We’re only a week away from Halloween, and as soon as that happens, your days become a blur of holidays until it’s Christmas and you’re freezing your ass off waiting for a cab to take you to the airport to visit your parents. The point? You’re gonna need a winter coat. And if you’re like most people, you’ve probably been wearing the same one for a few years, declaring you’ll “get one more year” out of it before you finally upgrade.
The time to upgrade is now. But when it comes to winter coats, there are a dizzying number of options and styles to choose from. Do you go classic and safe and opt for a traditional pea coat? Do you get a weatherproof down parka and run the risk of looking like the abominable snowman? Somewhere in between? Relax. We’ve rounded up the best winter coats you could possibly buy across multiple categories, so if you want to go dressy or sporty (or both), we’ve got you covered. Stay warm out there.
The North Face ThermoBall Jacket
The North Face is known for creating quality, tough-as-nails products, so it’s no surprise that its ThermoBall Jacket is first on this list. Available in a wide array of colors, this casual nylon jacket employs the brand’s signature ThermoBall technology, which keeps you warm even when the jacket is wet.
Alpha Industries Altitude Parka
Since Alpha Industries has been producing military jackets for the actual US military since the 1960s, you know that whatever you buy from them is legit. This Altitude Parka is modeled after the N-3B jacket that was first produced in the 1950s for air crews transporting troops in extremely cold climates. This means this jacket will get you through the subzero days you have to go outside. Available in multiple colors, the nylon parka has a soft faux mouton-lined hood (which is removable if that’s not your style), inset knit cuffs to keeps your hands warm, and a full-length storm flap in the front to keep rain and snow out.
Orvis Naval Pea Coat
Vermont-based Orvis has been creating outdoor gear since the mid-1800s, so you can’t go wrong with anything they have on offer, especially their Naval Pea Coat. Made to military specifications, the double-breasted coat has two hand-warmer pockets and is made in the USA.
LL Bean Authentic Wool Duffel Coat
The classic Maine-based retailer has been creating high-quality apparel that will last a lifetime, and this Authentic Wool Duffel Coat is no exception. LL Bean partnered with Steringwear of Boston to create this thick wool/nylon coat that provides warmth while remaining water-repellant. The classic toggle button closures, lined hood, and deep cargo-style pockets make the jacket perfect for any occasion, whether it’s casual or formal. Pair it with your Bean Boots and head out.
Wilson & Willy’s Foot Soldier Winter Coat
Minneapolis-based Wilson & Willy’s makes small batch apparel with keen attention to detail, and this Winter Coat is one of their best wares. Crafted from 100% gray wool from the venerable Fairbault mill, the coat is classic and will never go out of style.
Penfield Apex Down Insulated Parka
Penfield has been creating quality outerwear since it was established in Massachusetts in 1975, and the Apex Down Insulated Parka is a testament to that commitment to quality. Available in army green, this military-inspired parka has multiple roomy cargo pockets with snap closures, a funnel-neck hood, inset ribbed cuffs, and is filled with down feathers for extra bulk and warmth that you’ll appreciate on particularly chilly days.
J. Crew Explorer Down Parka
If you live in a place that plays host to particularly cold and long winters (we’re lookin’ at you, Maine), you’re going to want something a bit more substantial than just a regular pea coat. That said, you don’t want to wear some bulky coat that the scientists who work in Antarctica wear. J. Crew’s Explorer Down Parka presents a happy medium—the navy heavy-duty jacket is puffy to provide warmth, but is tailored well so you won’t look like the Marshmallow Man when you’re walking down the street in February.
Bonobos Bristol Pea Coat
Bonobos might not be the first brand you think of when looking for a winter coat, but trust us—their Bristol Pea Coat is worth considering. Made from Italian wool, it’s slim-fitting and features a nautical print lining to make you feel like a sailor.
Woolrich Arctic Down Parka
Since Woolrich’s Arctic Down Parka was originally created in the 1970s for workers constructing the Alaskan pipeline, you know it can stand up to tough weather conditions. Made out of water-resistant Teflon, the jacket is available in multiple colors, has multiple pockets, and a buffalo plaid lined detachable hood that’s lined with genuine coyote fur. Yes, you read that right. Who has a jacket with a coyote-fur-lined hood? Badasses, that’s who.
J. Crew Ludlow Top Coat
If you’re the kind of guy who has to dress up for his job, you need a quality dress coat to wear to meetings with big shots. This Ludlow Top Coat from J. Crew fits the bill—and then some. Made out of a combination of sturdy wool and luxe cashmere, this is the perfect coat to wear over a suit.
Gant Rugger Double-Breasted Boucle Overcoat
Launched in New England in 1949 by Bernard Gant, Gant Rugger offers preppy apparel with European influence. This Double-Breasted Boucle Overcoat is classic in its silhouette, roomy enough to wear over multiple layers, and its copper-colored buttons add a little extra flair to the gray winter days.
Club Monaco Wool-Blend Coat
Club Monaco might be known for specializing in beachy attire, but they do other things really well, namely this Wool-Blend Coat. Made out of Italian wool, it’s only partially lined to give you an unstructured feel. The coat’s length is longer than most, so you quite literally will not freeze your ass off even on the coldest days this winter has in store.
Filson Wool Packer Coat
If you’re the kind of guy that can pull off a giant sheepskin collar, this Wool Packer Coat from Seattle-based Filson is for you. Crafted from 100% water-resistant wool, the jacket has multiple deep flap pockets, button-adjustable cuffs, and a huge sheepskin collar that will make a statement for sure.
Fjallraven Greenland No. 1 Down Jacket
If you’re looking for a simple, warm jacket that you can wear anywhere, check out Fjallraven’s No. 1 Down Jacket. It’s slim-fit (but padded with 95% goose down for extra warmth), available in a variety of color combinations, and has a simple hood that will keep you cold without making you look like a snow beast.
Arc’teryx Fission SV Jacket
Founded in the extreme conditions of the Canadian coast, Arc’teryx knows a thing or two about how to survive in brutal conditions, and that’s why its products are favored by people who do super-active things in the cold. This Fission SV Jacket (available in gray, black, or red) is constructed with enhanced Gore-Tex fabric and Coreloft insulation, making it both waterproof and super warm. Zippered pockets on the front allow for easy access, and an extra-tall neckpiece all but removes the need for a scarf.
Canada Goose Macmillan Parka
Canada Goose has been constructing high-quality cold weather gear since it was founded in a Toronto warehouse in 1957, but the Macmillan Parka has become ubiquitous on city streets only recently. Available in multiple colors, the slim-fit parka is filled with duck down, has a three-way adjustable hood, lined chin guard, fleece-lined hand warmer pockets, and rib-knit cuffs, all of which work together to make a coat that is able to withstand extreme conditions when the weather dips into the negative temperatures.
Aether Nimbus 3-in-1 Jacket
LA-based Aether was founded by outdoorsy urban professionals with the desire to make high-performance clothing versatile enough for their everyday lives, and its Nimbus 3-in-1 Jacket does exactly that. While it looks simple, it’s anything but—its two stand-alone pieces (a shell jacket and an insulated vest) are built to let its wearer adapt as the weather changes.
Moncler Chauvon Quilted Down Jacket
Moncler made its first down jacket in 1954, and since then, the brand’s offerings have become trusted among the cold weather jetsetters. Quilted with goose down feathers, the jacket manages to provide protection from the cold while still being lightweight. The drawstring hood and elasticated cuffs and hem ensure extra warmth while still maintaining a sporty look.
Burberry London Quilted Down Jacket
The British brand that makes your girlfriend’s favorite scarf makes more than just scarves, and it proves that with this Quilted Down Jacket. Sporty but sophisticated, this jacket is made out of a blend of wool and cashmere and filled with goose down for extra warmth. Extra details like a drawstring hood, adjustable genuine leather cuffs, and handsome snap buttons make it one of the best jackets you’ll own, as you straddle formal attire and casual wear while trudging through snow banks.
Saint Laurent Checked Overcoat
Paying nearly $3,000 for an overcoat might seem crazy, but when you’re trying to protect your expensive suits from rain, sleet, and snow, you need a worthy protector, and Saint Laurent’s Checked Overcoat is certainly worthy. The subtle-checked wool jacket is made in Italy and has a classic silhouette that will allow you to wear it for the next few decades.
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