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The 7 Best Winter Jackets for Women of 2022

We bought and tested winter jackets from Arc'teryx, The North Face, Patagonia, Canada Goose, and more to help you find the best
Best Winter Jackets for Women of 2022
Credit: Clark Tate
Saturday November 12, 2022
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In the past decade, we've tested 50 of the best women's winter jackets to find the right one for you. We present the top 17 contenders available today, from soft and cozy coats to durable beasts that shrug off winter storms. To test them, we wear them while commuting, shoveling snow, hoofing through winter storms, and standing around the tailgate after a long day of skiing. We pulled them on over t-shirts and fleece layers to test comfort and stood still in the coldest pre-dawn hours in our side-by-side warmth tests. Bitter North Atlantic winds and our shower helped us test weather resistance. No matter what your winter looks like, we've got a great option for you.

It is essential to layer up if you want to enjoy outdoor activities when temperatures drop. Starting with a sweat-wicking base layer is key. Stacking insulation in the form of synthetic fleece or wool layers is a good follow-up. When it comes to protection against the elements though, your outermost layer is the most crucial, and winter parkas are just one of many jacket options. If you plan to hit the slopes, you may opt for a short and trim ski jacket. If weight to warmth ratio is important, you can't go wrong with a cozy puffy jacket.

Editor's Note: We updated this article on November 12, 2022, to include two new winter wear options, the Rab Neutrino Pro Down Jacket and Columbia's Heavenly Long Hooded Jacket.

Related: Best Winter Jacket for Men

Top 17 Product Ratings

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Pros Comfortable, durable fabric, awesome pockets, weather-proof and breathableExtremely warm, waterproof, lots of pockets, soft collarAthletic fit, comfortable, stylish, temperature regulating, waterproofWarm, waterproof, windproof, breathable, faux-fur ruffWaterproof, windproof, breathable, warm, durable
Cons On the bulky side, face fabric holds onto waterToo warm for most conditions, heavy, real coyote fur could deter someSleeves and hem are less insulated, tricky hood tightened, expensiveTight shoulders and tricky fit, gaps between the hood and ruffCold pockets, slightly tight shoulders, and collar
Bottom Line An extremely warm, comfortable, stylish, and durable parka with lots of pocketsThis jacket keeps you alive in killer weather but is too much for most conditionsA classically stylish waterproof winter jacket that helps you avoid overheatingA warm and protective option for anyone with narrow shouldersA warm and waterproof winter jacket that is available at a reasonable price
Rating Categories Fjallraven Nuuk - W... Canada Goose Expedi... Arc'teryx Patera Parka The North Face Oute... The North Face Arct...
Warmth (30%)
9.0
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7.0
Weather Resistance (25%)
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9.0
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Comfort (25%)
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Style (10%)
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Specs Fjallraven Nuuk - W... Canada Goose Expedi... Arc'teryx Patera Parka The North Face Oute... The North Face Arct...
Insulation and Fill Power Supreme microloft (100% polyester) 625 fill duck down 750 fill down 550 fill goose down 550 fill goose down and recycled polyester insultation
Fill Weight 250 g Unavailable 59 g Down, 100 g Coreloft Unavailable Down - unavailable, Synthetic - 150 g
Hood Insulated with detachable faux fur trim Insulated with detachable coyote faux fur trim Insulated hood Adjustable, insulated with removable faux fur trim Adjustable, insulated with removable faux fur trim
Pockets 2 internal, 2 bellows, 2 hand, 1 sleeve, 2 chest 4 large handwarmer, 1 sleeve utility, 1 flap-closure sleeve, 3 internal pockets - 1 zippered security, 1 drop-in 2 handwarmer, 1 internal chest pocket 2 zippered chest, 2 zippered hand, 1 sleeve 1 internal, 2 external
Weight (size small) 3.7 lbs 4.6 lbs 2.0 lbs 3.1 lbs 2.8 lbs
2-way zipper Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Weather Resistant Features Waterproof, windproof Waterproof, windproof Waterproof, windproof, and breathable barrier, DWR finish Waterproof, windproof, breathable (DryVent) Waterproof, windproof, breathable (DryVent), DWR
Sizes Available XXS to XXL XS to XL XS to XXL XS to XXL XS to 3XL
Social or Environmental Certifications Fluorocarbon-free impregnation Some materials meet bluesign criteria
Responsible Down Standard
Responsible Down Standard Lining 100% recycled polyester, Responsible Down Standard


Best Overall Winter Jacket


Fjallraven Nuuk - Women's


86
OVERALL
SCORE
  • Warmth 9.0
  • Weather Resistance 8.0
  • Comfort 9.0
  • Style 7.0
  • Durability 9.0
Insulation: 250 grams of synthetic | Hood: Insulated, faux fur
REASONS TO BUY
Warm, waterproof, and protective
Supple fabric with a relaxed fit
Excellent pockets
REASONS TO AVOID
Large cut can feel bulky
Fabric doesn't shed water well

The Fjallraven Nuuk was a fast favorite among our testers, keeping us warm in bitter temps with its generous insulation. The Nuuk's fabric is soft and pliable while having enough heft to feel like a hug. It's also waterproof, with a generous hood and faux-fur ruff that flips out like a brim to block the wind. With the zipper up to your nose and the hood blocking side gusts, you're pretty much weather-proof. A generous cut leaves plenty of room to layer up without feeling like an overstuffed pillow. We also found that it breathes well. Even when we worked hard enough to sweat, our base layers stayed dry. But maybe our favorite part of this jacket is its abundance of pockets. They are generously sized and artfully tucked away, lending the jacket a functional, laidback style.

The Nuuk is heavy, which we think is a fair tradeoff for how much goodness it packs into every pound. We don't love carting it around inside though, which is why the Arc'teryx Patera Parka outcompetes it in town. The larger, relaxed fit can sometimes feel overwhelming, particularly the sleeves, which are a roll or two too long. While the jacket kept us dry in our shower tests, the face fabric did hold onto water more than we'd like for wetter winters. If you like hugs, staying warm and dry in snowstorms, or apres tailgates, this one's for you.

Read review: Fjallraven Nuuk

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The Nuuk is ruggedly cute, comfortable, and very warm with one of the most protective hoods in the test.
Credit: Clark Tate

Best on a Budget


REI Co-op Norseland Insulated Parka


72
OVERALL
SCORE
  • Warmth 7.0
  • Weather Resistance 6.0
  • Comfort 9.0
  • Style 8.0
  • Durability 5.0
Insulation: 238g of 650 fill power duck down | Hood: Insulated
REASONS TO BUY
Cute outdoorsy style
Cut for function
Warm and comfortable
REASONS TO AVOID
Not as durable
Not waterproof
No inner security pocket

The REI Co-op Norseland Insulated Parka drapes you up in down for a price that feels like a steal. Winter jackets are an investment, and this is a reasonable one. It also feels well-built and likely to last. The 238 grams of 650 fill-power down is lightweight and warm in freezing weather. A fleece-lined hood, soft, deep pockets, and colorful wrist gaiters keep your extremities happy. Hitting midthigh, this jacket extends further in the back to hold in the heat where you need it. A two-way zipper in front and zippers on either side at the hem give you enough mobility to race up steps or launch a snowball attack. The jacket is Bluesign-approved, is filled with responsibly harvested down, and the polyester lining is recycled.

The Norseland is warm, but it is not the warmest model in the test. It has plenty of down, but a shorter hem, extended side zips, no cinch at the waist, and a shallow hood. You'll likely need warm pants or long johns when temperatures plummet. Although the hood fits well and features soft high-pile fleece insulation, it's not deep enough to keep cold, dry winter wind or wet snowflakes off your face. We also wish the collar was roomier. You can tuck your chin into the top of the zipper, but it's a tight fit. If you don't, the zipper rubs the underside of your chin. If you need a light and warm jacket with a laidback style that won't blow your winter gear budget, the Norseland is an excellent choice.

Read more: REI Co-op Norseland Insulated Parka review

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When you have to take as many walks as this dog demands, you need to be able to go out in any weather.
Credit: Ryan Reed

Best for Extreme Conditions


Canada Goose Expedition Parka - Women's


83
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SCORE
  • Warmth 10.0
  • Weather Resistance 10.0
  • Comfort 6.0
  • Style 4.0
  • Durability 9.0
Insulation: Unknown | Hood: Insulated, zip-off coyote fur
REASONS TO BUY
Arctic warmth
Fortress-like weather protection
Tons of external pockets
REASONS TO AVOID
Usually overkill
Heavy and a little stiff

Canada Goose gives the Canada Goose Expedition Parka a temperature rating for -22 degree weather and below. We tried it out on a walk in a -20 degree windchill in northern Vermont. It did the trick. That's a warm winter coat. Duck-down insulation, incredibly waterproof Arctic-tech fabric, and a hood with a real coyote fur ruff work together to block out cold air and brutal winds. With the hood deployed in our shower test, we barely even heard the water, and not a drop snuck inside this fortress of a jacket. It's also surprisingly wearable, with plenty of room in the shoulders and two pockets tucked inside the insulation.

Even in locales with cold winters, this much warmth and weather protection is usually unnecessary. So this jacket may be overkill for your needs. It's also heavy. And while it's surprisingly comfortable, especially with the waist cord cinched, the jacket does feel bulky. If you're in conditions rowdy enough to warrant it, you won't mind. The Canada Goose Expedition Parka is the jacket for your next Arctic expedition.

Read review: Canada Goose Expedition Parka

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The Expedition Parka is rated to -22 degrees and below.
Credit: Clark Tate

Best for Passive Cold Weather Activities


Outdoor Research Coze Down Parka


79
OVERALL
SCORE
  • Warmth 9.0
  • Weather Resistance 7.0
  • Comfort 10.0
  • Style 4.0
  • Durability 5.0
Insulation: 250g of 700 fill goose down | Hood: Insulated, down ruff
REASONS TO BUY
Very light and warm
Long with a protective hood
Incredibly soft
Comfy wrist gaiters
REASONS TO AVOID
Not the most stylish option
No waist cinch to hold heat in

The Outdoor Research Coze Down Parka wraps you in 250 grams of 700-fill power goose down. The high-quality feathers keep the jacket light, and the pliable nylon shell is cloud-soft. An insulated hood that extends beyond your face in what Outdoor Research (OR) calls a down-baffle ruff helps keep the weather at bay. It works like a fur ruff to block wind, though not as well. OR says that this jacket zips up to your nose. While its collar is very tall and wide enough to tuck your face into, it only reached a bit above our lead tester's chin. Still, it's one of the most comfortable tall collars in the test, with a knit lining and inner down baffle to hold in more heat. Knit wrist-cuffs and lined pockets tucked in beneath the down keep your hands warm.

The Coze is frumpy in a way that some very fashionable—or very tall—people can probably pull off as elegant. Our lead tester is not one of them. She loves wearing it though despite teasing from a few friends — friends who weren't nearly as warm as she was. We wish it cinched at the waist, which could lend a more flattering shape. More importantly, it would stop frigid temps from sneaking up into our down cocoon. It's not a problem with temps around freezing, but it can be when the weather turns truly cold. If you want to float around outside in a cloud, thumbing your nose at conventional fashion, seriously consider the Coze.

Read more: Outdoor Research Coze Down Parka review

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More and more companies are sourcing their down and fabrics responsibly.
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Best for Backcountry Use


Rab Neutrino Pro Down Jacket - Women's


77
OVERALL
SCORE
  • Warmth 8.0
  • Weather Resistance 9.0
  • Comfort 8.0
  • Style 4.0
  • Durability 6.0
Insulation: 212g of 800 fill down | Hood: Insulated
REASONS TO BUY
Incredibly warm
Lightweight and packable
Impressibly weather resistant
Roomy shoulders
REASONS TO AVOID
Can be tight in the hips
Shorter than other options
Functional style is less versatile

The Rab Neutrino Pro Down Jacket is the top winter jacket in the test for backcountry adventures. The size small is insulated with 212 grams of 800 fill down, which is the loftiest, warmest, and most compressible in the test. Those numbers translate to a whole lot of feathers holding warmth around your core. An included stuff sac compresses the coat to roughly the size of a football. What really blew testers away though, was this jacket's weather protection chops. Water beaded up and bounced off throughout our 2.5-minute shower test. A few quick shakes, and it was good to go. The highly adjustable hood has a flexible brim, and the jacket has a wide, comfortable collar. So when you're all zipped up, you can tuck your face and chin out of the wind without impairing your field of view.

There aren't a lot of downsides to this jacket. A couple of our curvier testers found that this jacket can be tight around the hips while fitting well in the shoulders. As a result, the jacket tended to bunch around the waists, leaving bums uninsulated and chilled. Sizing up may solve the issue. It is a shorter jacket than the lineup of parkas that dominate this review, but that's because it's made for movement. If you're looking for a beastly jacket to keep you warm between laps on the ice wall or backcountry rips, we recommend this one.

Read more: Rab Neutrino Pro Down Jacket review

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The Neutrino uses top-notch 800 fill power down for maximal warmth and compressibility.
Credit: Clark Tate

Best for Active Urban Environments


Arc'teryx Patera Parka


77
OVERALL
SCORE
  • Warmth 5.0
  • Weather Resistance 9.0
  • Comfort 9.0
  • Style 8.0
  • Durability 9.0
Insulation: 59g of 750 fill down, 100g of Coreloft | Hood: Insulated
REASONS TO BUY
Warm and comfortable
Helps regulate temperature
Waterproof
Sophisticated style
REASONS TO AVOID
Not the warmest option
Pricey

The Arc'teryx Patera Parka balances warmth, breathability, lightweight comfort, and classic style. It's an excellent option if you're always on the go, overheat easily, or find yourself ripping your jacket off the second you step inside. It's also light and compact enough to drape over your bag while running errands. The jacket uses high-loft, 750 fill down to hold maximal warmth around your shoulders, chest, back, and over your arms. It places synthetic insulation strategically to hold heat in areas that are more likely to get wet, like the collar, hood, side panels, underarms, and around the lower eight inches of the jacket. (Wet down feathers are not good at retaining heat.) The combination works well for us when we're on the move or in milder temps. The jacket is also windproof and fully waterproof for warmer, wetter winters.

The Patera Parka isn't the warmest jacket we've tested. We noticed the chill in our arms and thighs in temperatures approaching single digits, especially when sitting down outside. The two-way zipper stops about eight inches above the hem. This feature allows you tons of room to stretch your leg but does let more cold air in around your thighs. You can close it with a small snap to circumvent this issue, but then the jacket becomes a touch restrictive. We like it best in weather above 10 degrees. For less than frigid weather, the trim and durable Arc'teryx Patera Parka will keep you feeling sophisticated and comfortable in situations ranging from mellow hikes to errand runs.

Read more: Arc'teryx Patera Parka review

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This is a streamlined jacket, with two minimal hand-warming pockets and one internal media pocket.
Credit: Clark Tate

Most Versatile Winter Jacket


Patagonia Tres 3-in-1 Parka - Women's


74
OVERALL
SCORE
  • Warmth 6.0
  • Weather Resistance 9.0
  • Comfort 7.0
  • Style 9.0
  • Durability 7.0
Insulation: 700 fill recycled down | Hood: Zip-off, uninsulated
REASONS TO BUY
Three jackets in one
Warm and form-fitting
Shell is waterproof and durable
REASONS TO AVOID
Uninsulated hood and outer pockets
Tight in the shoulders
No double zipper on the down layer

If you want a jacket that can take you from early fall to late spring, the Patagonia Tres 3-in-1 Parka is the option for you. With an inner down layer, an outer shell, and an easy-to-use zipper that combines the two – this three-in-one jacket keeps you ready for ever-changing conditions. The inner jacket is insulated with 150 grams of 700 fill recycled down. It's water-resistant enough to get you out of a drizzle and is a great standalone option for clear and chilly days. The outer layer is waterproof, windproof, and breathable. When you zip the two together, which takes about a minute, this jacket is both warm and weatherproof. It's also one of the more stylish and flattering options we tested.

The Tres can be tight in the shoulders when you combine the layers. If you wear thick winter sweaters often, consider sizing up. Though the hood and outer handwarmer pockets are uninsulated, they are roomy enough to accommodate a beanie and gloves. The hood is also highly adjustable, which lets you snug it down enough to block out rain or snow. This jacket is expensive, but you are getting three high-quality options for the price of one, two at the most.

Read review: Patagonia Tres 3-in-1 Parka

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A subtle, sophisticated style and quality fabrics keep you looking polished.
Credit: Austin Trigg

Compare Products

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Score Product Price
86
Fjallraven Nuuk - Women's
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$500
Editors' Choice Award
83
Canada Goose Expedition Parka - Women's
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$1,795
Top Pick Award
79
Outdoor Research Coze Down Parka
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$379
Top Pick Award
77
Rab Neutrino Pro Down Jacket - Women's
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$385
Top Pick Award
77
Arc'teryx Patera Parka
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$700
Top Pick Award
74
Marmot Montreaux
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$325
74
Patagonia Tres 3-in-1 Parka - Women's
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$649
Top Pick Award
74
Canada Goose Camp Hooded
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$650
72
REI Co-op Norseland Insulated Parka
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$199
Best Buy Award
71
Rab Deep Cover Parka
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$300
71
The North Face Arctic Parka
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$350
68
The North Face Outer Boroughs Parka - Women's
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$500
65
Columbia Suttle Mountain Long
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$230
65
Patagonia Down With It Parka
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$329
63
Patagonia Jackson Glacier - Women's
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$429
52
Columbia Heavenly Long Hooded
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$160
48
Eddie Bauer Sun Valley Down Parka
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$299

winter jacket womens - we tested each jacket head to head to help you find the perfect one...
We tested each jacket head to head to help you find the perfect one for your winter.
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Why You Should Trust Us


Liz Williamson has tested winter jackets in Yosemite and around Lake Tahoe since 2015. She's tested over 100 jackets in harsh conditions, from the High Sierra to the Andes and Patagonia. Her design and wildlife management background gives her knowledge of the practical needs of outerwear in cold environments and the more functional and style considerations of day-to-day use around town.

Liz is joined by Clark Tate. Clark combines a Master's Degree in Environmental Science with a decade of science writing to build our jacket testing plans and ratings. Clark developed an appreciation for finding the right winter coat over ten winters living and playing in mountain towns like Breckenridge, Durango, South Lake Tahoe, and Jay Peak. She now lives in Maine and frequently visits New England's snowy peaks.

We test these winter jackets across five rating metrics:
  • Warmth tests (30% of overall score weighting)
  • Weather Resistance tests (25% weighting)
  • Comfort tests (25% weighting)
  • Style tests (10% weighting)
  • Durability tests (10% weighting)

After spending a half-day researching this season's winter jackets, we purchased the top models to test side-by-side. We spent 165 hours switching between coats in similar conditions and running repeatable tests, from standing in the shower to laying in a snowbank to standing outside in freezing weather and bitter winds while checking for heat leaks with a laser thermometer. We hiked and walked over 100 miles in inclement weather. We tested these in temps ranging from 50 to -20 degrees (with wind chill), in sideways snow and sloppy shoulder season weather.

Winter weather isn&#039;t predictable. We wore each model in a variety of...
Winter weather isn't predictable. We wore each model in a variety of environments, from daily city life to mountain adventures, and rated them based on their Warmth, Weather Resistance, Style, Comfort, Features, and Durability. The Metropolis, pictured here, scored towards the middle of the fleet when it came to warmth.
The chevron baffling offers a nice stylish touch to the down layer...
The chevron baffling offers a nice stylish touch to the down layer. We had no issues with the style of this jacket. We wore it to the gym and out on the town.
Fur ruffs and tall collars help keep the cold out. We love features...
Fur ruffs and tall collars help keep the cold out. We love features that feel soft against the skin, like fleece cuffs, and those that offer practical function, like sensibly sized pockets.

Analysis and Test Results


We judged each jacket based on warmth, weather resistance, comfort, style, and durability. Note that the ratings are also relative to the other jackets in this review. A score of "7" in warmth is still very toasty. It's just not as warm as models that score higher. You'll want to consider your climate and favorite outdoor activities to determine which test scores are important to you. You may need a completely waterproof jacket, the warmest option, or the one that will help you keep from overheating.


Value


It's essential to find the right winter jacket for your needs and your budget. The REI Norseland Insulated Parka provides an excellent performance-to-price ratio. It earns high scores and is among the least expensive jackets in the test.

The Columbia Heavenly Long Hooded Jacket is even less expensive. Though its scores are lower because it is a lighter-weight jacket and is less weatherproof than other options, it is a solid lightweight jacket for milder climates or shoulder seasons. If this is what you need, it could provide excellent value for you.

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Comfortable and warm with simple, streamlined features, the Norseland is a great value.
Credit: Ryan Reed

The Marmot Montreaux has better scores and is still reasonably priced, while the award-winning ​​Outdoor Research Coze Down Parka earns chart-topping scores for a bit more. Any of these options is a good buy. Still, they might not suit your needs since they all have relatively thin polyester fabric that isn't as durable as heavier-duty options.

Even a more expensive purchase can offer excellent value. For example, the Patagonia Tres 3-in-1 Parka gives you three jackets for the price of two budget options. It also offers ecological and ethical value. The coat is insulated with 100% recycled down and 75% recycled polyester (100% in the down layer and 50% in the shell). Its sewing labor is Fair Trade Certified.

Rab, Eddie Bauer, REI, Outdoor Research, and The North Face all champion the responsible down certification and offer recycled fabrics. If these practices align with your ethics, and you have the extra cash to spend, they offer value as well.

Warmth


You want a winter jacket that will be warm enough for your needs. This metric is one of the most critical factors in your decision, and we gave it the highest weighting at 30% of the overall score. If a jacket has down insulation, the quality, or fill-power, of the down, how much down is in it (fill-weight), and the face fabric's thickness determine its warmth. Higher fill-power numbers mean higher quality down and more warmth per weight. We consider anything over 600 to be excellent. But it also matters how much of that high-quality down is in the jacket.

Numbers don't tell the whole story though. Jackets with synthetic insulation can be even harder to gauge by the numbers. Lucky for you, we tested each of these jackets side-by-side in snow, rain, wind, and frigid temperatures to test the numbers against first-hand experience.


The warmest jacket in the test is the Canada Goose Expedition Parka. We were not surprised by this finding. It's rated for temperatures starting in the negative double digits and trending down. It's also bulky, cumbersome, and is too much jacket for most people most of the time.

winter jacket womens - the canada goose expedition parka provides unrivaled warmth.
The Canada Goose Expedition Parka provides unrivaled warmth.
Credit: Clark Tate

The toastiest jackets you're likely to need day-to-day are also some of our favorites — the Fjallraven Nuuk Parka, Outdoor Research Coze, Marmot Montreaux, Rab Deep Cover and the Rab Neutrino Pro Down Jacket. The Nuuk relies on thick, durable fabric, a protective hood, and synthetic insulation to hold in warmth. The puffy-style Montreaux is loaded with 700 fill power down with a fleece-lined torso.

The Deep Cover is incredibly warm thanks to its masses of mid-quality feathers while the Neutrino packs in 215 grams of top-notch 800 fill power down. Using these higher-quality feathers maximizes the Neutrino's warmth and compressibility while minimizing its weight, making it our favorite winter jacket to pack into the backcountry.

winter jacket womens - we didn&#039;t find the limits of the fjallraven nuuk&#039;s insulation.
We didn't find the limits of the Fjallraven Nuuk's insulation.
Credit: Clark Tate

Knee-length parkas like the Montreaux or the Patagonia Jackson Glacier are incredibly cozy in brutally cold weather, which we think of as 10-degrees and below. The Outdoor Research Coze reaches to the middle of your calves and covers your head with a large, deep, and very warm hood. Coze is right.

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That big protective hood and calf-length down baffles offer a lot of value.
Credit: Ryan Reed

The The North Face Outer Boroughs Parka and the Jackson Glacier are also plenty warm for most winter weather. The Jackson Glacier has less down but higher quality (700 fill). The Outer Boroughs has lower quality down but plenty of it, and a thick and windproof shell that holds in heat.

Keep in mind that the warmest jackets may be overkill in some conditions, which is why we rate the Arc'teryx Patera Parka so highly. It places 750 fill down where you need to hold in heat and synthetic insulation where you're likely to generate sweat and need more breathability.

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Sometimes the best jacket for you isn't the warmest option. The Arc'teryx Patera, for example, is a good mix of moderate warmth, breathability, and waterproofing.
Credit: Clark Tate

Most of the jackets tested have convenient features to help keep out the cold. A warm hood makes a huge difference in cold weather, and we like hoods that are large enough to allow you to fit a beanie underneath.

Insulated hoods with faux-fur ruffs that roll out around your face, like those on the Expedition Parka, Nuuk, and The North Face Arctic Parka, keep our heads happy in stormy weather. The OR Coze and Rab Neutrino Pro have unique hoods that serve a similar purpose. The Coze has a down baffle that juts out beyond your face to protect it. The Neutrino has a flexible but stiff brim that allows you to cinch the hood around your face and still see. Both help keep your face warm, but they don't replicate the wind-cutting power of fur, real or faux.

The Canada Goose Expedition Parka uses real coyote fur in the hood ruff. While a fur ruff certainly makes a jacket more protective in a storm, the ethics of using real fur can be controversial. Canada Goose is the only manufacturer in this review that uses real coyote fur.

Extra features like cuffed sleeves keep drafts from creeping up our arms, and insulated fleece-lined pockets are lifesavers on truly frigid days. And don't forget, a solid base layer can go a long way in keeping your body heat close.

winter jacket womens - the norseland&#039;s cuffs help keep the chill out, and they&#039;re cute.
The Norseland's cuffs help keep the chill out, and they're cute.
Credit: Ryan Reed

Weather Resistance


Winter weather can range from cold and clear to dry snow to sleet, wind, and freezing rain. If you live in a wet climate like Seattle, having a moderately warm and completely waterproof winter jacket is a good idea. If cold temperatures, biting winds, and dry snow are your reality, warmth and wind resistance are critical. Weather resistance ratings have a 25% weighting in the overall score.

All the models tested offer some protection from wet weather, from a water-resistant coating to a full-blown waterproof membrane. To test how well each jacket keeps you dry and cuts cold winds, we went for walks on wet snow days, stood in the shower for 2.5 minutes, headed out in windstorms, and braved blizzards.


The Canada Goose Expedition Parka wins weather resistance. It's impenetrable. A tough outer shell and an insanely protective hood block wind and snow. Though it's not meant to be used in temperatures where water is in liquid form, it shrugs rain off as well as anything else.

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The Canada Goose Expedition Parka is a great jacket to bring to a snowball fight. Good luck to anyone trying to hit you. We didn't find any weather that could.
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The Arc'teryx Patera Parka and Patagonia Tres are also windproof and are our favorite wet weather options. Both have nicely shaped hoods with good coverage and completely waterproof exteriors that didn't let a drop in during our shower tests. The Tres Parka's water and windproof outer shell work wonderfully on its own as a rain jacket.

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The Patagonia Tres jacket is one-third rain jacket, one-third parka, and one-third puffy down jacket. It's little wonder that it's the best in the test for wet weather.
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The North Face Arctic Parka, The North Face Outer Boroughs Parka, and Fjallraven Nuuk also offer excellent shelter from the storm. Their hoods roll out to form protective tunnels, and their collars zip up to your nose. All three collars are a bit tight when zipped, but the Nuuk's is the least comfortable, and its fabric wets out in the rain or wet snow. The Outer Boroughs gaps where the faux-fur ruff snaps to the hood that cold air can funnel through.

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The Arctic Parka's deep hood, tall collar, and weatherproof fabric are a port in every storm.
Credit: Clark Tate

The Outdoor Research Coze and Rab Neutrino Pro are other impressive options. Both have hoods that form a protective ring around your face and cinch down to keep the wind at bay. They are also incredibly water resistant, shrugging off 2.5 minutes of steady water in the shower test.

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The Patagonia Jackson Glacier and REI Norseland Parka both have impressive wet weather chops. They have DWR coatings that shed moisture effectively, and the zippers keep water out. Unfortunately, both also have small and shallow hoods that do very little to protect your face.

Comfort


Winter jackets can feel oppressive and restrictive. We love the ones that don't. We also love soft details that keep us warm in a storm. The most comfortable jackets we reviewed are supple and cut to give you plenty of shoulder room to stretch, move, and layer.

Some wrap you in down from your head to your knees. Others drape you in comfortingly weighted canvas. A cozy hood doesn't hurt. All of these features factor into comfort, which in turn has a 25% weighting in each product's overall score.


If you like puffy jackets, consider the Outdoor Research Coze, Rab Neutrino Pro, REI Norseland, or the Patagonia Down With It Parka. All earn top marks for combining a great cut with a velvety soft feel. We also adore the Marmot Montreaux with its nicely fitted, downy hood and soft ruff. It offers instant comfort with a plush, fleece-lined torso and collar, though the shoulders are a little tight. The Rab Deep Cover Parka and Canada Goose Camp Hooded also score well for their lofty, unrestrictive down fill and light nylon shells.

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A roomy cut and soft, forgiving puffy feel make the Patagonia Down With It a delightfully comfortable jacket.
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If you need a sturdier exterior but don't want to cut on the cozy factor, we suggest the Fjallraven Nuuk. Its design gives you plenty of room to layer and move, the fabric is buttery soft, and its slight heft truly feels like a hug. The one flaw is that its collar is too tight when zipped to the top.

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Soft with a pleasant heft, the Fjallraven Nuuk Parka is a comfort on harsh winter days.
Credit: Clark Tate

We also found the cut and comfort of the Arc'teryx Patera Parka impressive. It's trim and flattering but never restrictive, even with the collar fully zipped. It also offers plenty of shoulder room. The sleek outer belies the cozy down baffles inside. Soft storm cuffs hug your wrists and the insulated hood snugs around your head. The Columbia Suttle Mountain Long and Heavenly Long jackets are similarly easy to wear. They are lightweight with roomy cuts and soft fleece liners in the hood.

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As folks who like to move around a lot, we appreciate that the Patera Parka is warm without cloying us.
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Style


Why not be warm and stylish? We know it's a subjective rating so we give style a weight of 10% in the overall score. We tested models that vary in length, fit, function, and fashion. Some have smooth, sleek outer shells like the Arc'teryx Patera Parka. Some sport the rugged, functional look of the Fjallraven Nuuk. Others feature downy baffles, like the Marmot Montreaux. We like all of these styles, but some companies execute them better than others.


The Rab Deep Cover Parka and Marmot Montreaux are two of the most stylish jackets we tested. They're similar, with thin fabric, down baffles, and a hood with a faux fur ruff. The Deep Cover has horizontal seams and a mid-thigh length. The Montreaux's baffles are angled to create a chevron pattern, and it reaches our knees. Both earn us compliments like crazy. The Deep Cover is a bit sportier, while the Montreaux is more elegant, thanks to those angled seams, which suggest a slight drape.

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If a flattering knee-length sleeping bag with plush fleece lining sounds appealing, the Marmot Montreaux may be for you.
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The Patagonia Tres 3-in-1 Parka nails sophisticated winter style, with princess seams and pleasing proportions. We like the look of all three layers. The Patera is a close runner-up. Clever insulation mapping cuts down on bulk to offer a trim silhouette. The handwarmer pockets never interrupt the elegant line, and the face fabric's high quality is evident.

Durability


A durable jacket should serve its intended purpose for years, if not decades. To get one, you may need to spend more. Thicker fabrics stand up to rough use, but thinner shells work fine if you avoid manual labor and ski edges. Most of the jackets in this review are made with quality materials and should last, but there are differences between products. This metric has a 10% influence on the overall score.


The North Face Outer Boroughs Parka and The North Face Arctic Parka parkas seem indestructible with minimal exterior stitching and tough nylon, polyester, and cotton shell. The Canada Goose Expedition Parka feels similarly bombproof. However, we worry about the hook-and-loop storm flap closures on the Arctic and the name-brand Velcro ones on the Expedition Parka – both could wear out over time.

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We can't think of any weakness that would negatively affect the durability of The North Face Outer Boroughs.
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The 2-layer polyester and Gore-Tex shell on the Arc'teryx Patera Parka also brushes off sharp sticks and brambles. Based on our experience with this and other Arc'teryx products, we expect it to maintain its weather and windproof properties for many years to come.

The Patagonia Tres has a two-layer H2No membrane and polyester twill fabric that seems invincible. There isn't much to snag or unravel between the sturdy material and minimal external stitching. We did notice a few down feathers escaping from the inner jacket. It's not enough to concern us, but this layer is thin, snaggable, and has loads of external stitching. Keeping this layer up and running will require some care.

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The shell on the Patagonia Tres Parka will stand the test of time. You'll have to take more care with the inner, down layer.
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Some of the softest and most comfortable jackets we tested didn't earn the highest marks for durability. Jackets like the Montreaux wrap all that lovely down in thin a polyester shell. We ripped a small hole in the Montreaux during testing. It hasn't gotten any bigger, and it's easy to fix, but you do need to take better care of this type of winter jacket than we did if you want it to last. The Jackson Glacier Parka is a good compromise, offering a light and soft down puffy feel with thicker, presumably more durable, fabric.

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We're so excited for you to find a jacket that will keep you outside, playing with your friends, in the midst of any storm.
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Conclusion


There is no perfect winter jacket for every occasion. Still, there are plenty of excellent options for your needs, and based on the information we've presented here, you can choose one suitable for the conditions and climate where you live. We hope we've helped you find the right jacket to keep you outside this winter.

Liz Williamson & Clark Tate


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