IT IS the law of equivalent exchange: Whenever winter comes, nature decides to gatekeep warmth from us mortals but in return bestows the most stylish breed of outerwear upon us—winter coats and jackets—to live by. As such, winter is the season when style and comfort even up their sartorial scores. In fact, many winter coats or jackets for men duly provide comfort and performance like insulation and weather resistance, while making you look quite like a dandy.



  • Best lightweight winter coat

    Down For It All Hoodie
    lululemon

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  • best value winter coat

    WARMKNIT 2-Way Puffer Jacket
    Mack Weldon

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  • Most durable winter coat

    Therme Parka
    Arc’teryx

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  • Best packable winter coat

    1996 Retro Nuptse Jacket
    The North Face

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  • Most versatile winter coat

    Tres 3-in-1 Parka
    Patagonia

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A quality winter coat for men like that comes in many silhouettes. Parkas by Canada Goose and Moncler, for instance, are no-brainers. Puffer jackets by The North Face and Abercrombie & Fitch are just as good sans the surcharge. Specialty winter jackets by Arc’Teryx and Lululemon will brave you through the wind and snow. But to really look stylish, it can’t get better than winter coats like a peacoat or topcoat.

To steer you away from any dupes, we rounded up a slew of the best winter jackets for men in a variety of styles. Winter doesn’t have to be painful, we promise, not with these 15 best winter coats for men.

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Best lightweight winter coat

Down For It All Hoodie

Size XS-XXL
Material 90% Nylon/10% Elastane
Insulation PrimaLoft® insulation and 700-fill-power goose down

best value winter coat

Mack Weldon

WARMKNIT 2-Way Puffer Jacket

Size S-XXL
Material 100% polyester
Insulation Thinsulate® and quilted nylon

Most durable winter coat

Arc’teryx

Therme Parka

Size XS-XXL
Material 2L GORE-TEX with recycled nylon
Insulation 750 fill goose down with Coreloft™ synthetic

Best packable winter coat

1996 Retro Nuptse Jacket

Size XXS-XXXL
Material 100% recycled nylon ripstop
Insulation 700-fill goose down

Most versatile winter coat

Patagonia

Tres 3-in-1 Parka

Size XS-3XL
Material 100% polyester
Insulation 700-fill-power

Best everyday winter jacket

L.L.Bean

Ultralight 850 Down Jacket

Size S-XXL
Material Pertex Quantum nylon
Insulation 850-fill-power goose down (DownTek PFC-Free down)

Best Parka

Canada Goose

Expedition Parka Heritage

Size XXS-XXXL
Material Arctic Tech (85% polyester, 15% cotton)
Insulation 625-fill white duck down

Best affordable winter coat

Abercrombie & Fitch

Ultra Puffer

Size XS-XXL
Material 100% Polyester and nylon
Insulation 100% Recycled Polyester Fibers

Best puffer

Nobis

Supra Performance Puffer

Size XS-XXL
Material Premium Technical Taffeta fabrication
Insulation Premium Canadian Origin White Duck Down

Best hybrid winter coat

Woolrich

Wool Blend Arctic Parka

Size S-XXXL
Material Wool, Polyamide
Insulation 90% Grey Duck Down, 10% Feather

Best winter bomber jacket

Todd Snyder

Italian Quilted Down Snap Bomber

Size XS-XXL
Material 100% Italian Nylon Exterior
Insulation 650 Fill Power Duck Down

Best mid-range winter coat

Ralph Lauren

Water-Repellent Down Jacket

Size XS-XXL
Material Recycled polyester and nylon
Insulation 700 fill power

Best luxury winter coat

Maya Lacquered Down Jacket

Size 0-7
Material Polyamide, Nylon
Insulation Down-filled with boudin quilting (90% Down, 10% Feather)

Best fleece jacket

Line of Trade

The Montana Fleece-Lined Corduroy Trucker Jacket

Size S-3XL
Material 8 Wale Corduroy – 100% Cotton
Insulation Deep pile herpa fleece with 60 GSM polyfill insulation

Best Winter coat on Amazon

Carhartt

Duck Insulated Flannel-Lined Active Jacket

Size X-5XL
Material 100% ring-spun cotton duck
Insulation Flannel-lined

What to Look for in a Warm Winter Coat

A good winter coat for men should never sacrifice style for warmth or vice versa—both should be just as important when you make a decision to invest in one. Dan Hendricks, Brand Manager of Bespoke Post, believes the best winter coat for you should keep you looking good while protecting you from the weather. “In a good winter coat, you want the elements that make it warm to be the elements that give it style.” With that in mind, there are several factors to consider before you buy a winter jacket.

Material: Your winter coat can give off some seriously good looks, but if it’s not warm or durable then it won’t do you any good wearing it. Thus, Taka Kasuga, Senior Director of Design at Arc’teryx, recommends a waterproof outer shell that’s insulated with down. “With winter coats, you want to achieve a high warmth-to-weight ratio,” he further adds. Hence, pay attention to the type of fabric as well as the material used for the shell and down fill. “Natural fibers like down and wool are the most effective material to keep our body temperatures up, and wool is a high-performing material that will keep you warm without overheating,” says Woody Blackford, Canada Goose’s Chief Product Officer, EVP. “A touch of natural fiber in your shell materials makes for a much more flexible material in below-freezing temperatures, it’s also much quieter so you can hear the sounds of nature and not your coat,” Blackford adds. And stay away from faux furs and thin cotton (and really any thin fabric unless it’s made with some high-tech blend).

Insulation: Insulation is what makes a coat or jacket a winter coat or winter jacket. It helps seal in your body heat and prevent the cold from getting through the outerwear. The best insulation is often down fill or synthetic fill, both of which use pockets to trap warm air. We’ll give a special shout-out explainer to the down fill, but the synthetic fill is essentially more breathable and less expensive than down fill which often uses duck feathers. Synthetic fill often consists of polyester, and some of the better-known synthetic insulations are PrimaLoft and Thinsulate, both are made of fiber blend.

Construction: How much of the body does the coat cover? What kind of outer material is it made of? Is it waterproof? Will the fabric cut through the wind or will let the wind go right through you? How strong are the seams? These are all questions you want to ask when looking to maximize your warmth. “Overall versatility is the key word—both for function and style”, says Matthew Congdon, the Creative Director of Mack Weldon. “Quick change days and even quicker changing weather means you need something that can be dressed up or down, and provides warmth without overheating.”

Miscellaneous Specs: Do you enjoy a fur liner or a large hood that will help keep your ears warm? Is it made with GORE-TEX fabric? What about how easy it is to pack? There are tons of options out there so if you can write down what you usually enjoy in a winter coat then it will help you sort through the sea of choices. And if waterproofness or water resistance is your chief concern, Blackford explains that there will be a trade-off. “Waterproof products… can work well in damp cold above freezing, but if you are truly subzero (when waterproof is not needed) this choice is less breathable which can create excess moisture and discomfort.”

The most popular and reliable type of winter coat for men often is blessed with the insulation of down fill—arguably the most effective for winter. According to, Woody Blackford, Canada Goose’s Chief Product Officer, EVP, Down comprises clusters of light, fluffy filaments and each one looks similar to a dandelion pod. “It is recognized as one of the world’s best natural insulators: each ounce has approximately two million fluffy filaments that interlock and overlap to create insulating pockets of air to keep you warm,” Blackford explains.

Fill power thus measures the insulating quality of down by “the loft or the fluffiness of a down product and its insulating properties”. According to Blackford, for apparel, “fill power ranges from about 500 to 800 and a jacket with a high fill power has the potential to be more insulting.” A higher down fill power number thus means better insulation (more fluffiness and air pockets in the jacket or coat) and thus warmer protection against the cold. As such, a piece of outerwear with higher down fill power is generally much more expensive than one with lower down fill power, but it can be harder to pack and compress given how fluffy it is. However, Blackford warns that fill power is only reliable if the correct amount of down is used. “For example, 2oz of 800 fill is not nearly as warm as 5oz of 650 fill.”

The Difference Between Winter Coats and Winter Jackets

For most of us, the terms “jacket” and “coat” are probably interchangeable. However, the main difference between a coat and jacket is a coat prioritizes function first. A winter coat’s main objective is to keep you warm, which is why they’re bigger and thicker, extend longer past the waist at times, and are filled with some type of insulation. A jacket, on the other hand, considers the combination between style and warmth. They don’t typically go past the waist and they’re designed to be worn indoors at times, if you so choose. Winter jackets can be layered more with outfits too—sometimes even under a coat.

These days brands are incorporating all sorts of fabrics and using different types of construction to maximize the warmth of a winter jacket, which has made them more viable as your main outerwear garment when temperatures drop. But if we had to put a ballpark number on the temperatures a winter jacket can withstand you’d probably be good wearing most styles into the mid-30s (Fahrenheit). Anything lower than that temperature you want to consider switching over to a thick winter coat. This advice is simply based on our experiences in buying winter coats and jackets. We all interpret the cold in different ways.

How We Selected

For the past two years, Men’s Health fashion editors and writers have been trying and testing hundreds of men’s winter coats and jackets. To narrow down our favorites, we evaluated coats and jackets based on their durability, comfort, and value. We also considered coats and jackets that had high praise from reviewers on e-commerce sites we trust.


Style and Commerce Editor
Maverick Li is the Style & Commerce Editor of Men’s Health, where he covers clothing, footwear, watches, and grooming.


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