Whether you are making away around the icy town streets or manoeuvering in the backcountry, choosing the best winter jacket is an important one.
To help you make an informed decision I reviewed and researched hundreds of testimonials.
I then shortlisted the winter jackets trialing them for comfort, fit and different conditions.
We hope our review aids your decision in choosing the right winter jacket for you.
Best Winter Jackets and Parkas
Arc’teryx Camosun Parka
The Arc’teryx Camosun Parka excellent all-round winter jacket that won’t disappoint
Weight; 2.14 lb
Hood; Yes (removable)
Main Fabric; N150p-x Gore-Tex 2L
High-end quality in construction and insulation, the Arc’teryx Camosun Parka will keep you warm with its 750 downfill.
Arc’teryx Camosun Parka outer Core-tex shell offers protection from the elements, including rain.
It also provides great coverage and with a stylish cut, you will feel comfortable wearing it around town. Arc’teryx Camosun Parka is not the warmest jacket out there.
If you are looking for a warmer jacket check out Canada Goose Expedition or Feathered Friends Khumbu Parka.
Overall, the Arc’teryx Camosun Parka win our editors award for its overall warmth, weather protection, coverage, stylish cut, and durability in a range of winter environments.
A comfortable, durable and warm jacket at affordable price
Weight; 2.75 lb
Fill; 700 downfill
Hood; Yes Removable
Main Fabric; MemBrain 2L 100% polyester
The Marmot Fordham is another quality parka on the market. It’s a warm jacket with a healthy amount of 700-fill downfill.
The double-layer waterproof shell offers a high level of protection from wind and rain.
We would be comfortable recommending the Marmot Fordham to our friends, for its durable construction, warmth protection, and reasonable price.
The North Face McMurdo Parka III
Well-tailored warm and waterproof jacket at affordable price
Weight; 3.55 lb
Fill; 550 downfill
Hood; Yes, removable
Main Fabric; DryVent 2L 100% nylon
The North Face McMurdo Parka III is one of the warmest and waterproof jackets going around.
Not only warm but a great looking jacket that offers quality and value found that can be found in more expensive jackets.
Its casual look and feel might not be suitable for the backcountry.
For the budget-conscious jacket, this must be given serious consideration.
For the ladies, the Arctic II Parka doesn’t share the name but has many similarities including full waterproofing, 550-fill down, and a removable hood.
Canada Goose Expedition Parka
A burly jacket that provides protection in extreme winter conditions
Weight; 4.46 lb
Fill; 625 downfill
Main Fabric; Arctic-Tech, coyote fur around the hood
Weighing 4.46 lbs, the Canada Goose Expedition Parka is one of the heaviest and bulkiest jackets/parkas in our review. The reason for the weight is the heavy-duty outer shell and bulky 625 downfill.
The Canada Goose Expedition Parka has been built for those living or adventuring into extreme weather climates and conditions.
Arc’teryx Fission SV
Well-tailored jacket for around town
Weight; 1.99 lbs
Fill; Synthetic Coreloft
N40r GORE-TEX 2L
N70p GORE-TEX 3L
Synthetic insulation will keep you moderately warm and with its full Gore-tex shell will keep you dry.
A well-tailored parka with good lines will make you a good look around town. The Arc’teryx Fission SV will set you back $700.
A puffy jacket built for warmth
Weight; 2.11 lbs
Fill; 900+ Goose Down
Main Fabric; Pertex Shield fabric
Make no mistake, this a large puffy jacket. Putting this on will make you feel invincible.
The Feathered Friends Khumbu Down Parka will keep you extremely warm. Ideal for winter backcountry adventures. For everyday use around town, most people will find this parka to warm.
Great value, highly comfortable for around town
Weight; 0.96 lb
Fill; Synthetic Plumafill
0.8 oz 10-denier 100% recycled nylon ripstop with DWR finish
Weighing only .96 lb, the Patagonia Macro Puff Hoody is a lightweight jacket.
It comes with Patagonia’s proprietary Plumafill synthetic insulation, which attempts to imitate the structure of down insulation whilst maintaining the benefit of synthetic which is to keep you warm when wet.
The outer shell will resist a few drops of water, but not much more than that (not waterproof)
The Patagonia Macro Puff Hoody does enough to keep you warm during cooler times, but for very cold or wet conditions it wouldn’t be suitable.
Comfortable jacket for cooler conditions
Weight; 1.88 lb
Fill; 600 downfill
2-layer 50D 100% polyester with a DWR finish
Another well-tailored parka from Patagonia, the Patagonia Jackson Glacier is a well-insulated jacket for milder climates but not very cold wintry conditions.
The outer layer provides only partial waterproof protection.
Full-length jackets, built to for warmth in freezing conditions
Weight; 1.1 lbs
Fill; 600 downfill
Main Fabric; Polyester
Pack with 600 fill down, the Patagonia jacket provides plenty of warmth in a “puff style jacket” which is supposed to keep you warm in freezing temperatures.
Although water-resistant and not waterproof, the Patagonia Down With It Jacket is a worthy consideration.
Versatile all-purpose jacket that differentiates itself from the crowd
Weight; 2.15 lbs
With its clever design, the Patagonia Tres 3-in-1 Parka is well-insulated, comfortable, fully waterproof, and has clean lines that work well in a variety of situations.
The Tres 3-in-1 parka, like the name suggests, is a model that’s designed with three jackets in one.
If you wear the shell and puff jacket together they form a very solid option that can be worn on the ski hill.
The shell on its own can act as a windbreaker, while the puff jacket can be worn after skiing or around town.
There are a few considerations when buying a winter jacket. For instance, do you need it for physical exercise, around the town, or the backcountry? Does it need to be waterproof or just water resistance?
If you live in a cold climate but not freezing you may only require a jacket which is not ultra warm.
Downfill Versus Synthetic
When choosing a winter jacket, there are traditionally two different types of fill, Synthetic, and Down Fill. Down Fill are feathers from geese and ducks.
Downfill insulation is more expensive than Synthetic, its lighter and more compressible. It is also more durable and provides greater warmth. Typically the high level of Downfill in a bag the more expensive the bag (visa versa).
A note about ethical down: Most brands take steps to monitor the treatment of ducks and geese that provide down. You can identify a bag from one of those manufacturers when you see it labeled as either RDS (Responsible Down Standard) or TDS (global Traceable Down Standard). To learn about what goes into those standards, read Animal Welfare and Outdoor Gear.
Synthetic insulation offers solid performance at an affordable price. Unlike down, it continues to insulate when wet.
Downfill versus Synthetic
|Insulation Type||Key Benefit|
Easy to compress
Excels in cold, dry conditions
Insulates when wet
While there are thousands of winter jackets in stores, like us you’ve probably learned the hard way that most are not as warm or weatherproof as they claim to be.
Choosing a jacket comes down how warm you want to be, the activities you’re performing, the style you’re after, how waterproof it needs to be, and finally how much you are willing to spend.
If you’re looking for a stylish all-weather winter jacket we highly recommend the Arc’teryx Camosun Parka. If you are after a durable and warm winter jacket we suggest the Marmot Fordham.
We hope our review on the best winter jacket has assisted you in making a decision on the best winter jacket.
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