The 16 Best Men’s Parkas To Wear This Winter

Updated Jan 03, 2023
Photo: Fjallraven Expedition Long Down Parka

As the quintessential winter garment, the parka is a well-rounded contender that could (and should) put the rest of your outerwear to shame. Not only does it boast the warm, insulated fill of its puffy counterparts, or the technical, waterproof textiles that you’d find in the genre’s more expeditionary pieces, but it’s also inherently good looking, thanks to its unique cut, fur neckline, and draped silhouette. While owning a wide range of jackets is the mark of a true style connoisseur, we understand the need for simplification. That’s why we’d recommend parka for any guy who’s looking to cut the fat from his wardrobe this upcoming season and focus on an outerwear piece to replace their most-utilized garments. Below, we’ve curated a selection of favorites from around the industry, placing an emphasis on utility, structure, and weatherproofing.

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Alpha Industries N-3B Parka

Alpha Industries is one of the most iconic outerwear brands in the world, and its militaristic garments are second to none. They’re so beloved, in fact, that many of their silhouettes have been adopted as trademarks within branches of the armed forces, including the N-3B Heritage — a dependable example that derives its design from the USAF Snorkel parka. Like any good parka model, it features a protective hood with removable faux fur for added comfort and warmth, a full-length storm flap, and channel-quilted lining for increased reinforcement against wear and tear. A tough nylon shell helps to deter the elements, making the N-3B a surefire pick for those who are looking for a (surprisingly) affordable alternative to some of the genre’s more expensive models.

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Patagonia Lone Mountain Parka

If there’s one thing Patagonia knows, it’s how to make a good piece of outerwear, and that’s not just limited to anoraks and fleeces. The beloved imprint’s Lone Mountain Parka is a testament to its sustainable prowess, boasting a fully recycled polyester taffeta lining and a shell composed of over 50% recycled nylon that’s waterproof, windproof, and breathable. It’s rounded out with a trusty storm flap with hidden snaps and a DWR finish to ensure no issues in frigid forecasts.

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Flint and Tinder Caliber Parka

As per usual, Flint and Tinder takes inspiration from vintage military gear to design its handsome, weather-resistant parka. By sticking to the script, the Huckberry house brand retains every bit of the traditional silhouette’s integrity by adding a few elements that boost its stylish prowess, like a fuzzy corduroy lining. It’s all rounded out with a quartet of roomy flap pockets and a pair of side slit pockets for keeping all your gear accessible.

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L.L.Bean Maine Mountain Parka

L.L.Bean continues to enamor with its heritage-focused outerwear pieces. This time, we’re focusing on its Maine Mountain parka — a tasteful model that pairs traditional design cues with modern fabric technologies to create the quintessential garment for outdoor exploration. Each example boasts a sleek, simplified appearance, complete with abrasion-resistant, waterproof TEK canvas, 650-fill DownTek insulation, and an adjustable snorkel hood for increased protection from the elements. Of course, it’s difficult to call it a “parka” without the addition of a removable faux fur ruff, so L.L.Bean decided to throw one in as an added bonus.

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The North Face McCurdo Parka

The famous outdoor brand’s McMurdo Down Parka is windproof, waterproof, and boasts 600-fill power down-insulation. Then, it’s finished with a recycled nylon plain weave construction and a DWR treatment to protect anyone who throws it on from winter weather’s typical unpredictability. The iconic piece of outerwear is rounded out with a pair of front patch pockets, secure-zip alpine chest pockets, and an adjustable hood with removable faux fur for added warmth from neck to waist.

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Helly Hansen Urban Lab Down Parka

Functional, streamlined, and durable, there’s typically no way you can go wrong with any parka from Helly Hansen. That said, the Urban Lab Down is one of our favorites from the outdoor outfitter, equipped with a trusty DWR finish and sturdy waterproof membrane to ensure protection from rain and slush all ski-season long. Of course, this option is far more technical than the traditional parka. However, it’s still worth operating in city environments, boasting convenient details ideal for the average daily commuter, including roomy hand pockets and a D-ring.

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Houdini One Parka

Houdini’s technical proficiency is a godsend for the outerwear world, and its parkas are truly one-of-a-kind. While other brands are more interested in perfecting the formula of construction and utility, the outfit’s One parka seeks to transcend the boundaries of traditional function, resulting in a decidedly pleasing garment. This sleek, technical piece features a waterproof and breathable 2.5-layer shell, which takes the place of the genre’s lined options. As a result, it’s lighter (and more breathable) than your average outdoor jacket, allowing you to utilize it at various points throughout the year. To accent its slim persona, the One has been crafted to be a bit more spacious than other models, giving you the opportunity to layer-up from the inside, should the need arise.

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Outdoor Research Stormcraft Down Parka

To keep things technical, we’re including this impressive, water-ready option from Outdoor Research. The roomy piece’s GORE-TEX membrane does everything in its power to tackle rain and snow while wicking away sweat when warmer weather permits it necessary. Further, the jacket is down-insulated and easy to throw over your shoulders, thanks to its midweight composition. And while it’s ideal for intensive hiking and outdoor adventures, it operates just as well in city environments.

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Fjallraven Expedition Long Down Parka

You’ll have a hard time finding something from Fjallraven, but that’s just because its catalog is so extensive that pinning down a single piece can be oddly tricky. Luckily, we’ve realized that the Expedition Long Parka is optimal for ice-cold conditions. While the traditional iteration was released in 1974, the elongated choice features a similar, recycled polyamide makeup and synthetic insulation that covers far more ground, paving the way for additional warmth from head to toe.

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Filson Down Cruiser Parka

When it comes to American heritage brands, few names toe the lines of high-end fashion quite like Filson, and this immensely functional parka proves it. By fusing the brand’s signature waxed cotton exterior with top-of-the-line 650-fill-power insulation, the Down Cruiser Parka serves as a seamless blend of timeless style and technical functionality that people have been able to appreciate for decades.

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Arc’Teryx Therme Parka

Arc’Teryx continues its utilitarian rampage with the Therme parka — an urban essential that’s equally-as-viable in the outdoor environment. To keep it as functionally-sound as possible, the brand has incorporated a waterproof, and windproof GORE-TEX face fabric, as well as an innovative Down Contour Construction that allows the garment to form to the body for more efficient heat retention. Utilizing a specialized Down Composite Mapping system, Arc’teryx has pinpointed the areas of the parka where synthetic insulation provides the most benefit, introducing lofty, high-performance 750-fill European goose down throughout. To offset this, a synthetic Coreloft substitute is used in the jacket’s cuffs and hood, enhancing moisture control in some of its most prominent areas.

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Norrona Oslo GORE-TEX Insulated Parka

Norrona’s Oslo GORE-TEX Insulated parka is a lesser-known garment within the outerwear world, but don’t let its understated following deter your opinion. The fact is, it stands at the top of the parka range, thanks to its waterproof and insulated GORE-TEX shell, recycled PrimaLoft insulation, and sleek, eye-catching design. While this classic model features a fully-protective hood, fleece-lined front pockets, and storm-guard flaps, it becomes abundantly clear that where the jacket truly shines is in its visual appearance. When compared to the busier, more complicated models on our list, it stands apart with a simplified exterior, inlaid pocketing, and protected zippers, allowing it to maintain its streamlined aesthetic.

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Todd Snyder Japanese Mid Down Parka

Even though Todd Snyder is based in the fashion capital of the states, the esteemed menswear designer recognizes the capabilities showcased by other countries’ garment construction. As a result, this vintage-inspired piece is made using sturdy nylon from Japan, deeming it an intercontinental affair fit for the coldest temperatures. It boasts 700-fill power duck-down insulation, a quartet of spacious pockets, and an adjustable drawcord hood.

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Woolrich Luxe Long Parka

While it may not be doused in the heritage brand’s beloved shade of buffalo check, Woolrich’s Luxe Long Parka is a premium option suited for more upscale dressers. The sturdy, wind-resistant piece is made using luxury Italian wool, insulated with 90/10 duck down, and horizontally quilted to maintain the traditional look of your favorite parka. For the sake of keeping things simple and elegant altogether, the piece is available in black or a deep shade of blue.

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Canada Goose Expedition Parka

Drawing inspiration from the snowy expanses of Antarctica, this unique garment is as close as you’re going to get to a surefire expeditionary garment, thanks to its adjustable, down-filled hood, fleece-lined chin guard, and hide-away nylon snow skirt, which can be deployed at a moment’s notice when the weather takes a turn for the worse. To remain in-line with the parka aesthetic, a removable fur ruff and 625-fill Power White Duck down have been added to keep the elements at bay.

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VISVIM Greely Combat Reversible Parka

VISVIM’s unapologetically utilitarian spin on the classic parka is pricey but think of it as a long-term investment, as you should with any of these heavy-set pieces. The Greely Combat Reversible Parka lives up to its name in that it’s versatile enough to wear as a wool-crafted, military-inspired zip-up hoodie or a weather-resistant jacket composed of remarkably sturdy nylon. The Japanese-made piece is rounded out with a pair of side-seam pockets and a buttoned chest pocket to keep your hands (or gear) equally comfortable.

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Photo: AETHER Nordic Jacket

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