The Best Winter Jackets
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There are few places in Canada to escape the cold of winter. While it’s impossible to avoid the inevitable, it is possible to actually enjoy the chilly season by wearing the right winter jacket.
A good winter jacket is essential in keeping you warm during cold days and freezing nights but not all winter jackets are created equal. It’s not just about fashion; other important criteria should be met as well. Our suggestions for winter jackets cover the gamut from men and women to children and babies. Check out some of the best winter jackets to buy below.
1. Editor's Pick: Magcomsen Men's Waterproof Fleece Lined Winter Jacket
- Thermal fleece lining
- Water resistant and windproof
- Multiple pockets with zippers
- Jackets run about one size too small
- Construction not very sturdy
- Zipper comes on the other side
- Hoodie is overly large
|Material:||Water repellant, thermal fleece lining|
The Magcomsen is a windproof and waterproof soft-shell jacket has an attractive silhouette with straight, complimentary lines and a comfortable fit.
This Waterproof Fleece Lined Winter Jacket is roomy enough so it won’t restrict your arm movements and is designed to keep you warm. Other great features include adjustable cuffs with hooks and loops to seal in the warmth, an internal draw cord hem, a cozy and super warm thermal fleece lining, multiple pockets including a zippered chest pocket, two large side zippered pocket, and a deep inner pocket with a zipper.
2. Best Women’s Winter Jacket: Columbia Women’s Peak to Park Mid Insulated Jacket
- Long-form coat with drop tail
- Synthetic down insulation
- Detachable hood with removable faux fur trim
- Runs small
- Not ideal for downhill skiing
- Pockets are small and few
|Material:||100% polyester, synthetic down, faux fur trimmed hood|
This winter jacket for women makes it easy to look great while staying warm and cozy on cold winter days.
Fans of Columbia outerwear gravitate to this brand for its renowned expertise in providing warmth and functionality without sacrificing style and design. The Women's Peak to Park Mid Insulated Jacket features include a two-way centre-front main zipper that offers up/down options for flexibility of movement and warmth control, an interior security pocket, two zippered hand pockets, a partial elastic hem, and comfortable cuffs.
3. Best Parka: Vince Camuto Women’s Heavyweight Warm Winter Parka Jacket
- Large hood
- Deep, zippered front pockets
- Heavy duty, insulated material for durability
- No drawstrings on the hood to keep it on
- Arms fit too long for some
A parka is a special kind of winter jacket that falls just below thigh level so it is longer than a typical ski jacket but shorter than a winter coat. Parkas are great for all outdoor activities such as sledding, hiking, skating and mountaineering, and for just running to the supermarket. The jacket has a fashionable cut with a slim, tapered fit, is warm, and is machine washable.
This puffer parka is equipped with large, deep zippered cargo and hand pockets as well as a zippered pocket on the chest, the parka material is heavyweight with a front zipper closure, and the hood has a removable faux fur trim. The parka measures 35 inches from the centre back to the thigh and is available in five colours and sizes X-small to X-Large.
4. Top Pick Best Down Puffer Jacket: Marmot Stockholm Men's Down Puffer Jacket
- Machine washable
- Exterior made from 100% ciré nylon with plain weave
- Down filled
- Water resistant shell
- On the expensive side
- Not great for extreme cold weather
- Fabric is thin
- Filling is sparse
|Material:||Polyester and ciré nylon with plain weave|
This down puffer jacket will keep you looking good and toasty warm throughout the winter, including the long, frigid days of February.
This men’s winter puffer jacket is available in seven colours, including red, blue, black and grey, and sizes small to XX-Large.
5. Best Winter Jacket for Toddlers: Happy Cherry Insulated Winter Toddler Jacket
- Zippered neckline
- Windproof cuffs
- Removable hood
- Sizes run on the large side
- Not a snowsuit
|Material:||Polyester and down cotton|
|Colours:||9 and special patterns|
Toddlers and young children can’t always tell you when they are cold so it’s important to make sure they are dressed in a good jacket for cold winter days. Finding the best winter jacket can be a challenge since younger children may get cold faster sitting in a stroller and older tikes can get overheated running around if the jacket is too heavy. This winter jacket from Happy Cherry combines the best of both worlds. Made from polyester and down cotton, it will keep stroller-sitters warm but is light with a good fit to let kids run around and play in the snow. It's also good for various activities at daycare, preschool, and general outdoor play.
6. Best Durable Winter Jacket for Girls: Columbia Girls’ Nordic Strider Jacket
- Vast colour collection
- Has Omni-Heat Reflective Thermal Reflective Warmth
- Adjustable for your child's growth
- Doesn't have reflective accessories
- Zippers are poor and can be hard for some children to use
|Material:||Nylon and polyester|
Made of 72% nylon and 28% polyester, this Columbia jacket is perfect for girls who want to look great and stay warm while playing all winter long.
The Columbia Girls’ Nordic Strider Jacket has Omni-Heat Reflective Thermal Reflective Warmth that reflects body heat all while being waterproof and breathable. Featuring two front pockets, a microfleece-lined storm hood, elastic waist, comfort cuffs, removable faux fur, and a drop tail this youth jacket can be adjusted to grow with your child making it a cost effective choice for winters to come.
7. Best Durable Winter Jacket for Boys: Gemyse Boy's Waterproof Winter Jacket
- Water resistant outer shell
- Inner fleece lining
- Detachable fleece hood
- Plastic zipper
- No clear washing instructions
- Material not durable
- Sizing can be off
|Material:||Water repellant outer shell, fleece lining|
With all their rough and tumble ways, boys really need a durable and warm winter jacket that is versatile enough to be worn for all activities. This essential winter outdoor jacket doesn’t disappoint.
Ideal for skiing, snowboarding, skating, outdoor phys-ed classes, and walking to and from school, you will love its ability to keep your child warm and dry. The jacket’s outer layer is durable, wear resistant, and has a professional water-repellent exterior coating to keep the wearer dry while skiing, snowboarding, or during those cold and rainy January thaws. The inner soft fleece lining is thick yet breathable and lightweight to wear with solid, reinforced stitching.
Other features include adjustable Velcro cuffs with stretchable thumb holes, a detachable fleece hood and stand collar, full zipper front closure double secured with snaps, two zippered hand pockets, and a zippered chest pocket.
8. Best Plus Size Women: Alpine North Women's Vegan Down Plus Size Parka Winter Jacket
- Vegan down filling
- Zippered front with snaps
- Removable hood with faux fur trim
- Some people may prefer real down
- Can run large
|Material:||Polyester and cotton|
|Temperature Rating:||To -30C|
It’s not always easy to find a great looking coat for full-figured women as many are bulky or shapeless. Since you wear your winter jacket for about five months of the year, you want to look fashion forward while staying warm and comfortable.
This ultra warm winter jacket from Alpine North ticks off all the boxes with its front placket closure with a zipper and snaps that will keep the wind out. It comes with a cute removable hood that is lined with faux fur, but on those really blustery days you’re going to want to wear it to keep the cold and wind at bay.
The jacket is made from a blend of water-repellent polyester (82%) and cotton (18%) and is machine washable. The inside is filled with 100% vegan down insulation with a temperature rating of ‘warmest.’ There are four front welt pockets to keep your essentials – and your hands for those times you forget your gloves – a pocket on the sleeve and reflective trim and piping for nighttime visibility.
This jacket is available in five bold colours and sizes 1X to 4X.
9. Best Luxury Pick: Canada Goose Women's HyBridge Perren Jacket
- 800 fill goose down
- Comes with hidden emergency hood
- Exterior pockets are fleece-lined
- Sleeves can fit too long
- Not all customers found it warm below -5C
|Materials:||Nylon, Spandex, and Polyester|
|Temperature Rating:||0 to -15C|
If you want a brand known for its quality, and are comfortable with the price, Canada Goose has come out with a slim-fit lower-waist jacket that meets your needs.
The HyBridge Perren Women's Jacket can carry you through those winter days that beg for fashion and comfort without being bulky or chilly. The hybrid shell has a water-repellent finish and is wind-resistant, the lining can keep your warm through to -15C, and the fit still allows for breathability, warmth, stretch, mobility, and comfort.
What to Look for When Choosing a Winter Jacket
When shopping, always remember to look out for the following:
Another factor to consider with size, especially for children, is if they will wear a sweater under the jacket. If so, you will need to buy something with enough room to accommodate a sweater and still allow for easy arm movements. Otherwise, your child will feel stiff and uncomfortable, no matter how warm they are, and they may not want to wear the jacket. Future-proofing for your child's growth is another thing to keep in mind, too.
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