Whether we like it or not, summer is officially over and those winter nights are quickly drawing in, but if there is a silver lining to take from the situation, it's the fresh styling opportunities winter presents. So, if things are beginnings to look a bit stale in your wardrobe, it might be time to invest in a new winter coat to take your cold-weather styling to the next level.
From down parkas to water-resistant shells to windproof styles, there is an abundance of winter jackets available on the market so it can be difficult to choose just one. So to give you a helping hand, we've decided to compile a list of our favourite winter coats available on the market right now. From obvious choices such as The North Face and Arc'teryx to classic workwear heritage styles from Carhartt, we've sought some of the best quality and most stylish winter jackets to keep you toasty in the upcoming winter weather.
Here at The Sole Supplier, we're gearing up for snowstorms, cold winds and torrential rain, because you never know just exactly what mother nature has in store for us! So before you buy your next winter jacket, make sure you check out our extensive list of recommendations below!
What makes a good winter jacket?
A good winter jacket above anything else should be functional. This means your piece should hit at least one of the key areas such as warmth in extreme cold, water-repellent properties during rainfall and windproofing during brisk breezes. If your winter jacket doesn't offer any of the above, there's a good chance it might only work as a styling piece.
A lot of the time, winter coats will utilise materials such as faux fur details and down fill inners to add both warmth and comfort to the garments. Often when looking for a down coat, you will see brands refer to the "fill power", this is a number that measures the loft or "fluffiness". The higher the number, the more space the down filling takes up meaning more air and warmth will be trapped inside the jacket. Other times, you will see jackets that boast GORE-TEX fabric, for the unfamiliar, this is a fabric that repels liquid water whilst allowing water vapour to pass through, meaning it is both completely water-repellent as well as breathable.
It's probably worth noting before we continue on with our list there is not one jacket that will suit all environments. For instance, someone living in the Canadian Yukon will most certainly require a jacket that can withstand extreme cold more than your average UK or European native, so it's worth bearing that in mind before you make your choice.
The Best Winter Coats
The Sole Supplier Favourite Picks:
The North Face 1996 Retro Nuptse
"The essential winter jacket"
We all knew this was going to make the list! First up on the list we have a puffer jacket that needs little introduction. If you're a fan of streetwear or outdoor gear, there's a solid chance you're familiar with The North Face and its Nuptse coat, but if you're not don't fret as we're going to tell you all about it
Who is this for: This down jacket is perfect for anyone looking for a piece that is going to trap heat within the upper body. This winter jacket bridges the gap between style and functionality, meaning it can be worn everyday on the street or even on walks in colder climates.
Key features: This piece arrives with a water repellent ripstop construction that is both robust and stylish. Despite its bulky appearance, this piece is also easily packable and can even be folded into bags the size of its own pocket. The body of the jacket showcases a large oversized quilted effect that is ideal for distributing its quality 700 power down filling across the body. In addition, the high collar, velcro cuffs and drawstring hem all work in unison to further trap heat within the jacket.
The only downside to this piece is the lack of water resistance and hood. If you get caught out in the rain wearing this and the down filling gets wet, like every other down jacket, it won't trap heat very well so just be cautious of that. Overall, this piece is a must cop for any streetwear or outerwear fan looking to add a seriously warm jacket to their wardrobe and look good while doing it.
Arc'teryx Therme 2L GORE-TEX Parka
"The ultimate technical winter jacket"
Following on with the outdoor theme, up next we have a piece from everyone's favourite premium outerwear brand. In 1989, Arc'teryx was started in the basement of climber but it wasn't until nine years later in 1998 when the brand would make its first foray into clothing. Since this point, Arc'teryx has gone on to produce some of the finest clothing in the outerwear world, with its stylish jackets being a shining example of this.
Who is this for: This piece is ideal for anyone looking for a jacket that is going to tick all the boxes. In addition to its stylish appearance, this jacket will offer you a warm inner layer, a waterproof and windproof exterior and breathability due to its GORE-TEX construction.
Key features: The Arc'teryx Therme 2L GORE-TEX is a longer length Jacket that effortlessly pairs a down filling with waterproof construction, offering all-around protection from the elements. The outer of this jacket sports a stylish GORE-TEX outer shell which guarantees water-repellent properties alongside breathability. In addition, this jacket is insulated with a high-quality goose down fill throughout ensuring maximum warmth in even freezing temperatures.
While the price tag isn't the cheapest, this is a high-end jacket that is guaranteed to serve you for years to come, so it's definitely worth investing in.
Patagonia Hi-Loft Down Sweater Hoody
"A sustainable warm winter jacket"
Whilst Patagonia say the best way to be sustainable is to not buy at all, sometimes you need to pick up a new warm winter jacket. Originally started in 1973 during somewhat of an American boom for outdoor pursuits, Patagonia has since grown to be one of the largest outdoor brands on the planet with an array of clothing on offer. From its signature lightweight down puffer jackets all the way to stylish fleeced additions, the American outerwear brand has developed a reputation for providing quality and affordable goods built with longevity in mind.
Who is this for: This jacket is ideal for anyone who is looking for an eco-friendly approach to their clothing! Patagonia is well known for being one of the most sustainable companies on the planet, so each step of the process has been considered to be as responsible and less damaging to the environment as possible. For instance, the outer shell the inner down filling are both made from recycled sources which minimise the impact on the planet and environment.
Key Features: The Patagonia Hi-Loft Down Sweater Hoody is a warmer and more comfortable version of the brand's classic down sweater. It arrives with a 100% recycled ripstop polyester shell complete with a quilted design, a small Patagonia signature and a frontal zip closure. The piece is insulated with a 600 fill power 100% recycled duck and goose down that has been reclaimed from old down clothing. The snug fit combined with the adjustable hood of this hooded puffer coat is guaranteed to keep you snug through the coldest weather! This jacket also boasts a DWR (durable water repellent) finish meaning it is both waterproof and blocks wind for the wearer.
More of our favourite winter jackets:
Nike Therma-FIT ADV ACG
Though Nike isn't usually a brand that comes to mind when we consider winter coats, its ACG (All Conditions Gear) range boasts a variety of outerwear pieces ideal for conquering the great outdoors, just as the name might suggest. Nike first launched its ACG line back in 1989 with the Air Pegasus ACG All-Terrain trainer and has since gone on to create a massive amount of products, all with the great outdoors in mind.
Who is this for: This jacket is ideal for anyone looking to add some fresh and contemporary style into their winter outfits while not sacrificing warmth. The upcoming Nike Therma-FIT ADV ACG Jacket is a piece that is guaranteed to keep you looking and feeling your best from the high peaks to the high streets.
Key Features: This jacket arrives with a 100% nylon construction (75% of which is made up from sustainable materials), and offers head to hem coverage to ensure maximum warmth. PrimaLoft®, a synthetic microfibre, is found on the inner of the jacket offering an alternative and eco-friendly solution to down filling. PrimaLoft® insulation creates warmth through tiny pockets of air to keep warmth in while letting moisture escape, because of this Primaloft works a lot better compared to down filling whenever wet. The jacket also includes a package sack to store your jacket when it's not in use, complete with Viking Icelandic bead detailing.
While this jacket isn't waterproof, it will function better than your standard down piece due to the Primaloft filling, so it's still an option for those rainy days.
Stone Island Garment Dyed Crinkle Reps Hooded Down Jacket
When most of us think of luxury Italian clothing specialists Stone Island, we tend to think of jackets, but not necessarily warm ones. While Stone Island have created an expansive range of jackets and styles in the past, you might be surprised at how many of them are ideal for winter days and nights. Enter the Stone Island Garment Dyed Crinkle Reps Hooded Down Jacket.
Key Features: This jacket is one of Stone Island's warmest pieces available on the market due to high-quality construction. The outer shell is made from 100% nylon and sports two side pockets ideal for keeping your hands warm. Moving on, the inner features a resin coating that has been utilised to make sure the jacket is windproof and slightly water-resistant, in addition, the garment is directly injected with the finest feathers to ensure maximum warmth during the coldest weather.
Who is this for: This jacket is perfect for anyone that wants to stay warm this winter and keep their fits looking their best while doing so! Because of the direct feather insulation paired with the resin coating, this jacket will work perfectly in the wind and light rain while also making room for a light layer underneath. So if you're looking for a stylish jacket with the warmth of a sleeping bag, this Stone Island piece might be what you're looking for.
Canada Goose Chilliwack Hooded Arctic Tech Down Jacket
After establishing its operations back in 1957, Canada Goose has now grown into one of the largest and most popular luxury outdoor brands on the planet thanks to its high-quality clothing and iconic branding. From heavyweight insulated jackets all the way to lightweight fur trim coats, Canada goose has built an expansive range and the reputation to match due to its exceptional build quality. One particular jacket that seemingly stands above the rest is Canada Goose's Chilliwack Hooded Arctic-Tech Down Jacket.
Key Features: This particular model is inspired by the jackets worn by post-war bush pilots in working the freezing cold climates of the arctic. The mid-length coat silhouette utilises a classic bomber jacket shape complete with two frontal handwarmer pockets and two pouch pockets also. The interior of this jacket features a down insulation mix of 80% down and 20% feathers, meaning it is extremely warm. In addition, a stretch rib waistband, ribbed knit cuffs and a two-way zip closure are also featured to stop cold from entering the jacket when worn.
Who is this for: As this jacket is suitable for temperatures around -15c, we would recommend this jacket to anyone who spends a lot of time in the great outdoors during winter. This heavy-duty piece is guaranteed to keep you warm and toasting when paired with the appropriate garments.The only downside to this jacket is the extremely high price point which may put some people off.
Carhartt Nimbus Pullover
A modern streetwear staple, Carhartt is a brand whose reputation is built on producing hard-wearing clothing for hard-working people. Taking that same philosophy of building high-quality, affordable clothing, Carhartt WIP takes things a step further by adding a touch of style into the mix. With more fashion-forward cuts and designs, the brand still stays true to creating clothing to tackle the most rugged of environments.
Who is it for: If you're looking for an incredibly wearable jacket that you can throw on anytime over anything to keep yourself warm, look no further. The Carhartt Nimbus is an incredibly wearable jacket that provides great warmth and protection and protection from the elements.
Key Features: This particular piece arrives with a robust nylon Supplex construction, ideal for protection from the elements. The exterior of the garment boasts zip-up pockets, perfect for keeping those essential goods safe and secure while you're out on the move. Moving on, the inner of this jacket features a warm and comfortable fleece lining which generates plenty of heat and keeps the warmth trapped and insulated. The hood of this particular piece is also adjustable.
The main drawback of this jacket is its outer coating. It is only water-resistant, not fully waterproof. Although still providing great protection from rain it won't offer complete protection in heavy downpours.
Columbia Marquam Peak Fusion Parka
Add some vintage outerwear inspired pieces with Columbia. The Oregon based brand is famous for its outerwear and ski apparel so it'll come as no surprise that they made this list. They know a thing or two about making an excellent winter jacket and the Marquam Peak Fusion Parka is the perfect example of that.
Who is this for: This jacket is ideal for anyone that is looking for function above anything else. While this jacket is still stylish in appearance there are more stylish jackets out there, but for the price, this is a piece certainly worth investing in!
Key Features: This piece arrives with a primarily polyester-cotton shell complete with a water and wind-resistant exterior, making it perfect for the great outdoors. On the front of the piece, there are an array of pockets including snap closure chest pockets, zipped pockets and dual entry hand pockets to help keep you warm. Moving on to the interior, this jacket utilises Omni-Heat™ Infinity advanced thermal reflection alongside Thermarator™ Insulation to trap a vast amount of heat within the jacket throughout wear.
Like the previously mentioned Carhartt piece, one of the few downsides to this jacket is it is not completely waterproof, meaning if you get caught in torrential rain things are going to get pretty cold very quickly.
What is the warmest winter jacket?
Well, truth be told there is no obvious warmest winter jacket on the market as it's hard to measure and replicate the exact test conditions for there to be a clearcut winner. For instance, unless it is the same test subject, who has eaten the same amount of food, wearing the same under layers, in the same spot, at the same time of year, in the same weather etc, then it is near impossible to measure without getting different results. However, with that said, some brands do still choose to give a thermal index to give you a rough estimate on how the jacket will perform in certain temperatures.
For instance, according to Canada Goose, its warmest jacket is the Snow Mantra Parka which is reportedly able to withstand temperatures of -30c and below. The jacket was developed with commercial and industrial work in such locations as Antarctica in mind and is still used regularly by scientists and other arctic workers. What makes it so warm is 247 individual pieces, all of which have been put together with maximum function and purpose. For example, the interior of the jacket is stuffed with 750 Fill Power White Duck Down and padded out for maximum warmth. In addition, recessed rib kit cuffs, an adjustable drawstring, a high neck gator and a frontal zip closure ensure maximum heat is trapped inside the coat and won't escape during wear.
While this jacket is perfect for sub-zero conditions such as the arctic, it may be a tad bit overkill for climates like the United Kingdom. Many Londoners will know that wearing a thick jacket on the tube during winter is equivalent to being in a sauna, so it might be worth going for something a tad lighter if that sounds familiar. However, any readers that might find themselves in cooler northern parts of the world may want to opt for something more heavy-duty if you find yourselves outdoors a lot during the winter.
To conclude, there are a million and one different winter jackets and coats out there, but before you buy it's best to think about what kind of thing you're using it for! From then on, it's usually best to go with a reputable brand like some of the ones we have listed above as they will often guarantee quality alongside style and function.
With many brands to choose from it can be hard to settle for one, so make sure you do your research before pulling the trigger on something you like! Generally speaking, all the brands we have mentioned within this article will have guides and reviews available on sites such as YouTube, Reddit, Trustpilot and Outdoorgearlab, so make sure to read and watch a few second opinions also.
While you're here remember to check out some of our other relevant pieces available below!