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American East Coasters may not believe it, but winter is technically here in the northern hemisphere (sort of). While the snow is quite late in coming this year, you can be sure it is most definitely on its way. Get a jump on prepping for all that snowmobiling, snowboarding, and shoveling you’ll be doing for the next four months with these best-in-class winter jackets.
Triple F.A.T. Goose Hesselberg
After a twenty year hiatus, Triple F.A.T. Goose is back in a big way. The namesake brand synonymous with 90’s rap fashion has successfully been rebooted as a legitimate luxury clothing line for serious outdoorsmen and adventure travelers. Every product in their winter catalog is rife with technical essentials like a water-resistant coating, 80/20 goose down fill, YKK zippers, and a removable zip-off hood. With a shorter cut, slimmer fit, and subtle throwback styling, their men’s Hesselberg coat is the ideal choice for urban adventurists dreaming of tackling the great white outdoors. While the $450 price tag isn’t cheap, the long list of features makes it easy to see why “For Arctic Temperatures” is literally the company’s middle name.
Arc’teryx Camosun Parka
With ultra-minimalist styling and ultra-premium price tags, Arc’teryx has long been adept at elevating luxury outerwear to an art form. Their technical gear is world-renowned for its survivability, clever design, and meticulous level of detail. The Arc’teryx Camosun Parka is no different. While the streamlined silhouette may look deceiving — and more reminiscent of a rainshell than a true winter coat — the parka is waterproof, windproof, and designed to keep you plenty toasty with a smart, breathable blend of European Goose down and Coreloft™ synthetic insulation. The best part for weight-obsessed outdoorsmen is that it weighs just north of two pounds.
Canada Goose Snow Mantra Parka
Canadians are no strangers to cold weather. So it’s little surprise that they’ve known for years about their homegrown Canada Goose extreme winter clothing line. The brand’s premium arctic coats start around $600 (USD) and you can expect to pay north of $1,200 for their top-of-the-line Snow Mantra Parka which is designed to survive the harshest, coldest destinations on the planet. It’s a small price to pay for a jacket whose feature list includes 675 fill power white goose down, a 3-way adjustable tunnel hood, heavy duty YKK zippers, fleece lining, and a lifetime warranty. Bring it on, Everest.