It seems the cold no longer bites in December. Thanks to mankind’s bad habit with greenhouse gases, this last Christmas has been one of the warmest on record – less fireside cups of cocoa, more Midnight Mass margaritas. But that doesn’t mean Baltic temperatures have buggered off forever. January and February are here to fill December’s sub-zero shoes, making a winter coat more essential than ever.
The good news is you don’t need to be an Arctic explorer to know what to look for. A winter coat should boast ample insulation, a waterproof shell and still allow you to look great, even when the weather isn’t. So, regardless of if you want to get down with down or plump for a parka, here are 10 that tick all the boxes.
Canada Goose Expedition Parka
Early morning commutes can feel about as treacherous as a trek up Mount Everest, so it makes sense to wear the same clobber as climbers. Canada Goose tests all its coats for durability and warmth in the coldest corners of Earth, allowing the brand to pack technical proficiency into a style-friendly shell.
Available at Coggles, priced £950.
Napapijri Skidoo Copeland Jacket
Napapijri is well known for turning out the Swiss army knife equivalent of winter coats. One of the jewels in its cold-weather crown, the Skidoo jacket features the same Recco location system used by mountain rescue teams and recently received a colour-block update in honour of polar explorer Sebastian Copeland.
Available at Napapijri, priced £530.
The Idle Man Nylon Parka Black
Winterproof coats are notoriously expensive. After all, down filling, Gore-Tex membrane and Arctic craftsmanship doesn’t come cheap. That said, there’s no reason to bruise your bank balance when winter bites. Affordable options, like this parka from menswear etailer The Idle Man, offer protection from the elements by pairing a quilted lining with a faux fur hood and heat-locking ribbed cuffs.
Available at The Idle Man, priced £35.
Parajumpers Portland Field Jacket
Parajumpers’ field jacket might look like standard country attire, but this foul-weather warmer has a treated shell fabric that protects it from dirt and rain, along with a removable down-filled lining and a detachable faux fur collar. It’s enough to make the New Year’s walk bearable.
Available at Parajumpers, priced £558.
Penfield Apex Down Insulated Parka
Tundra-ready gear should to be hardwearing, but it needn’t be boring. The military-style Apex jacket from US outdoor brand Penfield is cut with a clean shape in a shade bold enough to rival even the brightest of distress signals.
Available at Penfield, priced £250.
The North Face Nuptse Jacket
Putting images of E17 aside, the puffer jacket is officially cool again. This time round, however, instead of coats that look like overstuffed bin bags, brands like California-based The North Face are stripping out the bulk without sacrificing on ballast. Here’s hoping they stay now.
Available at Dr Jays, priced £185.54.
Moncler Shearling Quilted Shell Down Jacket
For the days when Mother Nature unleashes everything she’s got, you’d be hard pressed to find a brand that stands up to the test like Moncler. Named after the French alpine village Monestier-de-Clermont, expect luxury materials, rugged design and a price tag to match.
Available at Mr Porter, priced £2,625.
Stone Island 42025 Jacket
There’s a fine line between great and gaudy. Luckily, Stone Island’s 42025 jacket isn’t all mouth and no jacket. Cut from robust and water repellent Supima cotton, it incorporates a PrimaLoft layer which creates millions of air pockets to transform it into an excellent insulator.
Available at Stone Island, priced £525.
Adidas By Day One Gore Hooded Parka
There’s no denying that down is the ultimate feathered friend when temperatures dip, but that’s not to say those without can go get stuffed. This water-repellent parka from Adidas by Day One has a Gore-Tex shell, seam-sealed construction and multiple storm flaps for an animal-free way to fight the freeze.
Available at MatchesFashion, priced £490.
Shore Leave Blue Zip Puffer Jacket
Public service announcement: kit to take on the great outdoors doesn’t stop at geography teacher fleeces and toggle drawstrings. Urban Outfitters exclusive label Shore Leave balances form and function with its bold blue puffer that has a hideaway hood.
Available at Urban Outfitters, priced £85.