From Issue Five of Gear Patrol Magazine.
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Winter jackets are too often treated like umbrellas. They protect you from the elements, and nothing else. Style is secondary. True, a good winter jacket shelters you from foul weather, but a great winter jacket accomplishes so much more: it seamlessly melds high-performance details — down insulation, waterproof fabrics, breathable membranes — with styling that effortlessly transitions from Fifth Avenue to the Rocky Mountains.
Norse Projects Rokkvi Gore-Tex Parka
The Rokkvi Gore-Tex Parka is the epitome of minimalism. This is deliberate; Norse Projects is well-known for its subdued branding and emphasis on near-invisible technical details. The Gore-Tex membrane is bonded to a super-fine, DWR-treated polyester face, and the jacket’s silhouette contains one vent, four front button pockets, five internal pockets and a rear fishtail notch for unrestricted movement.
Insulation: 800-fill European Goose Down
Goldwin Hooded Spur Down Coat
What sets Goldwin’s jacket apart from others is its minimal bulkiness. Thanks to its glued baffles with zero stitching and Kodenshi Down, a ceramic particle-infused insulation rarely found outside Japan, the Hooded Spur Down Coat retains warmth exceptionally while keeping the shape, weight and feel of a shell jacket. Smaller details, like dot snaps and magnetic closures on the front pockets, are a nice touch.
Insulation: 180g Kodenshi Down
Filson Down Cruiser
Filson’s Down Cruiser belongs to that precious category of workwear-inspired jackets that are equally well suited for both New York City streets and Wyoming hunting lodges. It’s made with hard-wearing, rain-repellent oiled canvas and solid brass hardware and contains eight external pockets — two of which warm your hands like a pair of burly lined mittens. The Cruiser also features a wool-lined collar that adds all-day comfort, while a storm flap and rib-knit cuffs seal out arctic winds.
Shell: 8oz Oiled Cover Cloth and 11oz Oiled Shelter Cloth
Insulation: 550-fill European goose down
Aether Apparel Tromsø Jacket
The Tromsø Jacket is made with a waterproof and wind-resistant heavy two-layer canvas, yet it’s surprisingly supple and soft to the touch. Its slim, minimalist silhouette drapes over your torso like a tailored robe; an adjustable hood and rib-knit collar and cuffs provide added protection from the elements. It’s as tough as the arctic Norwegian småby for which it is named.
Shell: wind-resistant and waterproof two-layer canvas
Insulation: 800-fill gray goose down
Arc’teryx Veilance Monitor Down Coat
For those who demand the absolute finest jacket construction and most forward-thinking styling, the Monitor Down Coat is a perfect fit. Made with Gore-Tex Pro and bolstered with Coreloft, a synthetic down material heralded for its hydrophobic and heat-retention properties, the Monitor Down Coat is Veilance’s warmest jacket. The mix of synthetic and European goose down is channeled masterfully into baffles that are invisible from the outside, creating a sleek, modern silhouette. There are also two large front hand pockets, two internal pockets, a notched rear hem, adjustable storm hood and highly water-resistant zippers.
Shell: Gore-Tex Pro and a 70-denier nylon face
Insulation: 850-fill European gray goose down, 100gsm Coreloft
Lining: nylon and polyester
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