This Winter’s 10 Best Parkas for Braving the Cold
For some, it feels like winter started last month.
For others, the winter season really kicks it into high gear after December 21st – the winter solstice. Next week we’ll say goodbye to fall and officially welcome winter, but for some, it definitely won’t be a warm welcome.
Many saw their first snow of the season just this past weekend, and it certainly won’t be the last. Before winter takes it grip, you need a coat that will help you brave the frigid air. One that is both stylish and practical, but most importantly, one that will keep you toasty in the elements. We’re talking about the parka.
Parkas made their first appearance hundreds of years ago on the backs of the native hunters in the artic regions of Alaska, Canada, and Greenland. They were originally made with animal skins and furs and coated with fish oils as a form of repellent against precipitation. Today, we are much more conscious about the materials we use and have turned towards synthetic or faux materials that replicate and outperform the original.
The best part about bundling up in a parka is that you can wear them with or over anything. They look great over shirts and sweaters, pair nicely with slacks or jeans, and match perfectly with either boots, sneakers, or formal footwear. If you’re job requires suit and tie, parkas worn over office attire look just as clean as overcoats and trench coats and will likely keep you warmer on your morning commute.
If you don’t have a parka, it’s time to make the investment. When it’s 13 degrees and snowing with a punishing, sub-zero wind chill, you’ll be glad you checked out our ten best parkas for braving the cold this winter.
This water repellent, goose down-filled parka from Filson is one of the most reliable in the cold. It has an adjustable waist with pull tabs on each side and interior cuffs to retain body heat. It’s made with 100% European goose down that is processed in the USA. Goose down serves as a buffer between you and the cold by trapping small pockets of air, making it one of the most reliable insulating materials in the world.
The Barents Parka from Fjallraven is long, durable, and built to last. It comes equipped with a detachable faux fur and many practical pockets for storage. This parka is also infused with Greenland wax for eco-friendly wind and water resistance.
The McKinley Down Park from Frank + Oak resembles the style of an M-3B parka. It is designed with cinchable storm cuffs to prevent wind penetration, it’s fully lined and down filled for guaranteed warmth, and the exterior fabric repels precipitation and wind.
This padded parka from H&M is the most budget-friendly on the list. It’s designed with handwarmer pockets, inner ribbing at the cuffs, and a quilted lining for extra warmth.
This parka from Kith was made in collaboration with Nishikawa. It’s equipped with a down filled poly shell and liner, a detachable faux fur hood, and two front hand-warming pockets.
The Hampton Jacket from Marmot is a faux fur hooded, seam-taped, down-filled parka designed to brave even the coldest of Northeast winters.
This parka is new to Penfield this winter season. It is inspired by classic military fishtail parkas and has been updated with a repelling shell fabric and insulating interior to combat the cold.
The McMurdo parka from The North Face comes with a lifetime guarantee – just as all products from The North Face do. It’s made to battle the frigid cold but also stylish enough to wear while navigating your urban environment. It is goose down-filled and insulated to trap heat, but also breathable enough to regulate body temperature. It’s designed with a slimmer fit and a removable faux-fur trimmed hood.
This collaboration from Undefeated, Alpha Industries, and Burton is probably the best deal on this list. It was originally $375, but has since been reduced to $189.99. It has a heavyweight build which is perfect for combating sub-freezing weather conditions, and it is made with a weatherproofing material to repel water and wind.
This is new Arctic Park from Woolrich features no fur, but it is insulated with duck down-fill and features two hand-warming pockets on the front. Another bonus is that it is extremely lightweight, yet very warm.