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The Best Arctic Parkas for Beating Sub-Zero Temps

With its iconic design and modern innovations, the parka is still your best bet this winter.


When winter’s temperatures settle into the biting sub-zeroes, your best option for staying warm is the iconic arctic parka. Today’s iterations of the parka draw from mid-century military designs, placing equal weight on function and warmth, but utilize modern waterproofing and wind-proofing innovations. Along with down fill and an optional fur hood lining, cold weather doesn’t stand a chance. The practical and timeless design is easy to incorporate into any wardrobe, complementing a wide range of different aesthetics. In the case of cold-weather outerwear, the aphorism “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” readily applies, and the classic design is still the best.

Nordic Down Parka by J.Crew $450

Chenega Jacket by Triple Fat Goose $450

Hoosac Mountain Parka by Penfield $465

Stay Puff Parka by Lululemon $498

Legacy Parka by Helly Hansen $500

Arctic Parka by Woolrich John Rich & Bros. $765

Carson Parka by Canada Goose $999

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