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.
Battenwear Northfield Parka
Best Overall Parka
Made in the USA, Battenwear's vintage-inspired parka features a water-repellent 60/40 cotton-nylon shell with a faux shearling lining. It comes with flap pockets, Polartec-lined hand-warming pockets and a brimmed hood. The price tag certainly isn't the cheapest, but for all the features you get, it's pumped full of value.
Woolrich Mountain Parka
Best Upgrade Parka
Woolrich originally made parkas in the early ‘70s for Alaskan oil pipeline workers, designed to keep people warm in the most frigid conditions. This full-length parka updates the classic silhouette with a modern stretch-blend shell insulated with grey duck down. The style — with a zip front and protective high collar — has a relaxed fit with two concealed hand-warmer pockets and an internal security pocket.
Everlane ReNew Long Parka
Best Affordable Parka
Everlane launched its ReNew collection, a group of puffers and fleeces using renewed alternatives to polyester. The collection recycled millions of plastic bottles, turning them into a super-fine polyester thread which was knit and woven into polyester fabric. Theis jacket is minimal and quite affordable, and is filled with recycled PrimaLoft insulation (recommended for 0 to 35°F temperatures).
Uniqlo Hybrid Down Jacket
This jacket features a combination of down insulations and heat-generating padding. Cut from durable nylon, the styles are both water-repellent and windproof. For the price, it has a number of enticing under-the-radar details. Softer, matte nylon doesn’t rustle as you move, added stretch materials improve mobility and stitch-free quilting keeps cold air away.
Taylor Stitch Winslow Parka
If your idea of outdoor adventures is more rustic than technical, Taylor Stitch's Winslow Parka is the move. Made with a British eight-ounce waxed canvas exterior, the water-resistant parka features a super warm 14-ounce wool-blend blanket lining, flap pockets, a hood and brass fittings.
Carhartt WIP Trapper Parka
Wind and water aren't a problem with Carhartt WIP's Trapper Parka and its tough poly-cotton shell. The polyester fill in combination with the removable faux fur hood ensure you'll be toasty even through a sudden bout of snow.
The North Face HMLYN Down Parka
Based on down jackets frequently spotted scaling the Himalayan mountains, this puffer features 550 down fill inside of a lightweight and durable ripstop nylon shell.
Filson Granite Falls Down Parka
Filson's feature-rich parka comes with all the trappings you could want and more. A tough poly-cotton shell with a smooth all-cotton lining sandwiches bluesign-approved goose down, while your head is swaddled in fuzzy fleece and a removable faux fur ruff. Plus, the extra reinforcements at the yoke, hood and forearms ensures you'll have this parka for plenty of winters.
Veilance Monitor Down Coat
This thigh-length coat from Veilance uses Down Composite Mapping, a technique that combines 850 fill down with strategically placed synthetic insulation in moisture heavy areas. It also features taped seams and Down Contour technology, a unique down baffle construction that eliminates cold spots. The jacket has two zippered hand pockets — the zippers are highly water-resistant — and an insulated hood.