A wide array of winter coats exist, and while you want to be utilitarian and only have one coat, you know deep down that it’s just not realistic. Why? Because different coats serve different purposes. That black pea coat is office appropriate, but it would suck if you tried to wear it skiing. That intense oversized parka with the fur-lined hood is great for outdoor winter activities, but wear it to a business meeting and you’ll get side-eye from your boss and colleagues. The lesson here? Different coats for different folks/occasions.
And for any and all outdoor activities you’ve got planned this winter, you’re going to need an extra warm, extra tough jacket. That’s why we’ve rounded up the best down jackets for you—down is proven to keep you warm in the most freezing temperatures. Check out 10 of our favorites.
Patagonia Down Sweater Jacket
Patagonia has been a trusted name in outdoor gear for years, so you won’t be disappointed when you purchase this Down Sweater Jacket. Available in a rainbow of colors, the ribbed jacket is made out of ripstop material and filled with 800-fill goose down, and the high collar will keep you warm without a scarf. Because it’s hood-less, this is more of a casual winter jacket to wear around town rather than on snowy outdoor expeditions.
The North Face Gatebreak Down Jacket
The North Face is known for creating quality, tough-as-nails products specifically for cold climates, so it’s no surprise that it’s landed on our list of best down jackets. Available in a variety of color combinations, the Gatebreak Down Jacket is insulated with 550-fill goose down and crafted out of durable, breathable ripstop fabric. Made specifically for skiiers, the jacket has a built-in goggles cloth, an internal googles pocket, and other features like a fixed, insulated good, zippered pockets, an adjustable hem, and much more.
Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer Hooded Jacket
California-based Mountain Hardwear has spent over 20 years crafting high-quality gear for hard-charging outdoor enthusiasts. Anyone who owns its products will tell you this shit lasts (and lasts). One of their most popular offerings is the Ghost Whisperer Hooded Jacket, which has been awarded a ton of accolades by gear experts who know their stuff. Filled with Q.Shield 800-fill down insulation, the jacket will keep you warm without the bulk—it’s lighter than 8 ounces and can be compressed into its own pocket for easy storage.
Penfield Apex Down Insulated Parka
Established in Massachusetts in 1975, Penfield has been creating quality outerwear for over 40 years. The Apex Down Insulated Parka is a testament to the brand’s commitment to quality—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.
Nau Blazing Recycled Down Jacket
Founded in 2007, Nau is a relatively young company, but that doesn’t mean that they don’t know what they’re doing. The slim-fit, ultra-versatile Blazing Recycled Down Jacket doesn’t look like a bulky down jacket, which is a good thing. Made with breathable recycled material and stuffed with 650-fill recycled down, the jacket has a variety of convenient interior and exterior pockets, a snap-off hood, and as a bonus—Nau donates 2% of every sale to its charitable partners.
Arc’teryx Cerium 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. The brand’s Cerium SV Jacket (available in green, blue, and black) is lightweight and streamlined, insulated with 850-fill grey goose down, and approved for usage in the most severe weather conditions imaginable.
Fjallraven Greenland Down Jacket
Fjallraven was founded in Sweden in 1960, and since then, its been making durable, functional products like the Greenland Down Jacket. Crafted out of a blend of durable cotton and polyester, the jacket is insulated with a blend of goose down and feathers, features multiple snap-closure pockets a snug-fitting hood, and an adjustable hem to keep wind and moisture out.
Aether Loft Jacket
LA-based Aether’s Loft Jacket is the brand’s attempt at blending a motorcycle jacket’s silhouette with the warmth of a traditional down jacket. Crafted out of a Japanese three-layer nylon shell (which locks out the cold while still being breathable), the jacket is insulated with 800-fill grey goose down and has a ton of extra features like an adjustable hem, oversized hand-warmer pockets, an audio valve, and more.
Canada Goose Macmillan Parka
Founded in a Toronto warehouse in 1957, Canada Goose has been constructing high-quality cold weather gear for nearly 60 years, but the Macmillan Parka has become ubiquitous on city streets only recently. Available in a wide array of 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 working together to make a coat that’s able to withstand extreme conditions when the weather dips into the negative temperatures.
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, and the red coloring will ensure that you stand out on gray winter days (or the bright-white ski slopes).
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