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.
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.
Everlane ReNew Long 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).
Madewell Bedford Convertible 3-in-1 Parka
This fishtail parka is inspired by a classic military design. The three-in-one jacket can be worn as a water-resistant shell, you can zip the liner out and wear it like a bomber jacket. or you can button the liner into the shell to be worn in winter conditions. The jacket has a rugged two-way zipper and a hood with removable sherpa fleece (it’s recommended for -9 to 45°F).
Y-3 Gore-Tex Hooded Down Parka
This oversized parka from Y-3 features a breathable, water-resistant and windproof Gore-Tex shell, zip hand pockets and an interior phone pocket. It has down insulation, a draw-cord adjustable hood and hidden ribbed cuffs inside the sleeves.
Woolrich Mountain 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Woolrich originally made parkas in the early ‘70s for Alaskan oil pipeline workers, designed to keep people warm in the most frigid conditions.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.
Canada Goose Langford Parka
Consider this a a city-friendly style from the brand that makes parkas for scientists stationed in Antartica. This down-filled jacket has four front pockets, three internal pockets and a fur-trimmed hood. Available in four neutral colors, it’ll protect you from the elements in the city and the country alike.
American Trench x Gear Patrol Parka
This Gear Patrol x American Trench collaboration has an exterior shell of weatherproof Ventile cotton, a performance fabric that goes back to the Second World War. The interior is ethically sourced, 750 fill power down insulation, which will keep you nice and warm in the most bitter cold of winter. The storm cuffs and adjustable pulls on the hood and interior allow the user to fully seal the garment in extreme weather.
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.
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