Taking a look a the national weather forecast around the country, it’s clear that winter still has a firm grip in place. Clearly, we’re not out of the woods yet, so hoping that spring will break through in the coming weeks might be a bit too much to ask. Therefore, it might be best to remain prepared through this final month. And because late winter/early spring tends to be a wetter time of year, might we suggest the combined forces of both water resistance and warmth? We’re talking about the anorak of course.
Hailing from the Kalaallisut (a Greenlandic language) word annoraaq, the anorak was invented by the Canadian Inuit peoples and originally made from caribou and/or seal skin and fish oil for both warmth and water resistance while hunting or traveling on foot or by canoe. It’s related to the parka coat but is often times lighter and functions as a pull-over jacket with drawstrings at the waist and cuffs. Parka’s, on the other hand, are typically stuffed with down or other warm synthetic fibers and are worn during the peak of winter. With a more versatile nature, anoraks are worn during these transition seasons when the weather is finicky but wearing a heavy winter coat has become unnecessary. As far as options are concerned, here are 12 anorak jackets for men that live up to past traditions while pushing the envelope in contemporary style and function.
LL Bean Mountain Classic
Simply a classic all-around offering, L.L. Bean sells this lightweight design of the traditional anorak style peppered with their own flair. It’s made with a wind-and water-resistant fabric, an adjustable hood, kangaroo pockets for that extra gear, elastic cuffs to keep the weather out and an adjustable drawcord at the waist.
Imperial Motion Clinton
Featuring a cotton and polyester twill shell, the Clinton Anorak from Imperial Motion is sure to please both the mind and the wallet. It also comes equipped with a snap button storm flap, a side zip entry, Oxford hood liner, and a 1/4 zip front. Keep dry and warm during these finicky months, the Clinton can help.
Sierra Designs Pack
Made with 100 percent polyester ripstop fabric, this 80D PU-laminate jacket will serve as a reliable source of warmth and dryness for many seasons to come. It also comes equipped with a hat-compatible hood along with a stiffened brim, a high collar to additional protection from the wind and rain, and a hip belt vent to keep your torso from overheating.
Basing their design off of the classic anorak style, this attractive jacket is ideal for anything from keeping dry on the way to work to weekends snowboarding at the resort. It features a weather resistant exterior, synthetic insulation for additional warmth and underarm vents to help rid the jacket of excess body heat keeping your body at equilibrium no matter what.
Topo Designs Anorak
Functioning in their classic mountain wear aesthetic, Topo Designs offers this highly utilitarian anorak with both waterproof and breathable fabric options. It’s oversized yet tailored fit works well over layers without looking too baggy while a side zipper makes it easy to put on and adjustable cuffs keep the elements out. Also, each jacket is made right here in the USA. Can’t beat that.
Storms don’t discriminate against mountaintops either. That’s why Analog worked to ensure this weatherproof jacket performed properly in just about any conditions you’ll encounter in these regions. We’re talking a waterproof and breathable fabric construction, a mesh lining for air circulation, an adjustable hood and cuffs, and multiple pockets so you can bring along all kinds of carry items on the slopes.
Based out of Norway and created by two Royal Marine commandos, Jottnar simply doesn’t mess around when it comes to cold weather gear. Their Hymir jacket is a lightweight option that’s breathable, packable and also fully waterproof. It also features an anti-snag hem adjuster, cuff configuration and a comfortable and improved fit over other offerings.
Outfitted for climbers yet functioning just fine for everyday wear around your local town or on the slopes, the M10 anorak is Patagonia’s lightest three-layer shell jacket around. It features reinforced welded seams, and alpine helmet compatible hood, an exterior chest pocket with a watertight zipper, cuffs to seal out the weather, and a single cord drawstring hem for the waist.
Fjallraven Keb Eco Shell
Built for trekking through the wilderness, this highly functional three layer jacket is made from environmentally-friendly and stretchy Eco-Shell. It’s quality cut, along with a three-quarter length zipper that facilitates superior ventilation and its larger chest pockets keep that valuable outdoor EDC at the ready. It’s also snug fitting, boasts a drawcord at the hem, and sleeve cuffs to boot.
ColdSmoke Nannuk Event
Delivering the goods once again with their outdoor gear, the Coldsmoke Nannuk is designed to function in the backcountry. It boasts eVent breathable twill along with reinforced sealed seams that work to keep you dry and warm in the elements. It also comes equipped with adjustable sleeve cuffs, reinforced visor, a bottom opening, and of course a hood to bring everything together.
Alps & Meters Alpine
With a name like Alps & Meters, it’s clear that this brand means business within the realm of men’s outerwear. This anorak, in particular, boasts a waterproof membrane for the face along with a British Millerain waxed canvas in its construction. The piece is actually modeled after U.S Alpinists, hence the name, and works to ensure protection from the elements thanks to a front lace closure and face guard.
Arc’Teryx Veilance Conduct
As part of their Veilance technical line, this is one highly functional anorak thanks to Gore-Tex 3L C-Knit Backer tech and a 100 percent nylon face in its construction. The Conduct is also waterproof, breathable, boasts a taped seam construction, a storm hood that’s low profile, and a side entry zipper for venting and access to its zippered internal pocket.
Prepare For Spring With Some Lightweight Jackets
All this talk about winter getting you down? Why not plan ahead for the coming months with one of these spring jackets that are sure to keep you warm on those chilly mornings without having to bust out the parka.