The Best Winter Coats Will Keep You Warm, Dry, and Comfortable

I don’t know about you guys, but whenever there’s one of those atypically warm winter days here in NYC I always get all hyped to wear something other than a down coat for once. Then I start feeling guilty about climate change and how it’s definitely not natural for a New York winter to be this mild, and suddenly I need to go home and, like, watch a documentary on global warming or something to soothe my nerves. (If you’ve never passed out on the couch to the dulcet tones of Al Gore waxing doom-osphical about the planet on a TV in the background, don’t talk to me or my son ever again.)

Why am I thinking about this? Because it’s about to be fucking freezing out, and if you want avoid the type of coat-on-coat action rapper and noted layering enthusiast Lil Uzi Vert describes with glee, it’s time you started thinking about copping a proper winter coat. And guess what? It ain’t all “Canada Goose this” and “Canada Goose that” (although, okay, yes—the brand makes one hell of a parka). The ideal winter coat should be warm. It should protect you from wind, snow, sleet, and all sorts of nasty weather. And it should look halfway decent doing it. So much so, in fact, that you won’t look forward to those atypically warm days in the slightest.

Sound like a tall order? Worry not. Because we tracked down some of the best options to buy now, long before that neighbor you secretly hate has the chance to scoop the one you had your eye on—ruining it for you forever—and you’re forced to call an audible and go with a different choice in a moment of desperation. Don’t let him have the last laugh. Cop a winter coat now and get the jump on Jason from the apartment down the hall. (Fuck you, Jason!)

Ultra Parka ABERCROMBIE & FITCH

Ultra Parka ABERCROMBIE & FITCH

Abercrombie’s wind- and water-resistant down jacket combines the best aspects of a heritage-inspired design with all the trappings of a top-notch modern day winter coat, including fleece-lined pockets, adjustable draw cords by the waist, and heat trapping ribbed cuffs.

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Ultra Warm Down Coat UNIQLO

Ultra Warm Down Coat UNIQLO

The Japanese mega-retailer reduced the weight of its polyester by 15 percent to make its down jackets as light as possible—all without compromising on comfort or durability. Its water-repellent winter coat packs in a whole lot of style for not a whole lot of cash.

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ReNew Long Parka EVERLANE

Everlane’s ReNew parka delivers on two fronts. First off, it’s incredibly eco-conscious. The recycled polyester fabric is made from 55 renewed plastic bottles, and while the zippers and trim aren’t recycled, the brand is working on it. Second, it’s warm—very warm. The body-length, boxy-fit parka is filled with Primaloft insulation that’ll keep you cozy on all but the most punishingly frigid days.

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1996 Retro Nuptse Jacket THE NORTH FACE

Aside from the throwback good looks, The North Face’s Nuptse jacket has a lot to offer. The 700-fill goose down is certified to the Responsible Down Standard, and ranked among the warmest insulation the brand provides. And while it’s not entirely wind and waterproof, the Nuptse will keep you guarded from the elements on even the blustery-est days. All that, and classic style, too. Talk about a win-win.

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Rockfall Down Parka COLUMBIA

A water-resistant exterior and 550-fill power down are just part of the story with this Columbia jacket. The lining uses the brand’s proprietary Omni-Heat technology, which reflects back body heat to keep you extra warm in cold conditions. With all that to consider, the sleek white colorway is really just a bonus. (And a very stylish one, at that.)

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Epuffa Mid Jacket DAILY PAPER

Daily Paper’s mid-length coat combines maximum insulation from the cold (courtesy of a 100% recycled polyester padding and functional details like a high neck and removable hood) with a glossy nylon fabric designed to provide some much-needed extra warmth.

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Padded WOOLRICH

Woolrich’s padded down coat is about as classic as they come. In other words, if you’re looking for a timeless waist-length, winter-ready silhouette that’ll keep you nearly as toasty as any of its longer counterparts you’d be hard-pressed to find a better option for the price.

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Down-Fill Parka NIKE

Nike’s warmest cold-weather jacket was designed with your morning commute in mind, but even if you’re no longer trekking across sprawling urban tundras to get to your nine-to-five, its down parka will come in handy throughout the worst of winter. To paraphrase the Swoosh’s famous tagline: Just buy it.

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Hoosac Jacket PENFIELD

The 550-fill power down and a detachable faux-fur hood are only part of the story when it comes to Penfield’s signature mountain parka. The rest of the narrative features cameos from a super-warm poly/cotton blend and a whole host of other lovable winter-ready characters.

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Oversized Down Jacket ADER ERROR

Ader error’s retro-inflected, color-blocked style is intentionally oversized and ready-made to keep you cozy all season long. Heavily padded with down, the Korean brand’s zip-up jacket also boasts a packable hood you can adjust on the fly as you see fit.

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Padded Coat Y-3

Yohji Yamamoto’s partnership with Adidas was nothing short of groundbreaking when it was first introduced in the early aughts, but it’s a testament to the *grimaces inwardly* genuine synergy between the two that the collaboration hasn’t lost its luster even after all these years. Yohji-san’s padded puffer jacket is made out of recycled polyester and features a down filling and a detachable hood, all done up in the designer’s signature dark palette.

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Tres 3-in-1 Parka PATAGONIA

If you need something to shield you from the wind and cold on your way to wherever the hell you’re going, Patagonia has you covered. The brand’s sleek waterproof parka looks and feels refined, but its bonded construction and removable, insulated liner ensure you’ll stay warm and dry in winter weather. Plus, you can wear both pieces together, or each separately for a true 3-in-1 system.

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Oversized Quilted-Shell Jacket BIANCA SAUNDERS

At first glance, Bianca Saunders’ take on the classic black puffer might not look all that different from those of her peers. But the British wunderkind earned her status as one of the most exciting talents in London’s fashion scene for knowing how to cut a garment just-so, and her mastery of silhouette is on full display here. Big but not bulky, oversized but not comically so, this jacket is a great (and cozy!) introduction to what Saunders does best.

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Quilted Shell Hooded Down Jacket C.P. COMPANY

C.P. Company’s waist-length, low-shine puffer offers a relatively low-key look with pockets aplenty and a sleeve that comes with a nod to the brand’s now-signature eye goggle patch. (All the better to see you with, etc.)

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Hooded Padded Coat MARTINE ROSE

Martine Rose’s down-filled coat takes all the functionality you want in a winter coat—from the concealed button fastening to the heavy padding—and blends it with an old-school, military-inspired feel. If you’re looking for something that’ll still be in style years from now, this is it.

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Chateau Slim Fit Down Parka CANADA GOOSE

Before Canada Goose became the brand of choice for style-conscious urban-dwellers, you could find it on arctic explorers and film crews working in seriously unpleasant conditions. There’s a reason for that: The company’s down-filled coats are both tough and insulating. And even if you’re not venturing into the unknown, the 625-fill power down on this Chateau parka is enough to keep you warm all winter.

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Therme Insulated Parka ARC’TERYX

Arc’teryx’s area of expertise is the great outdoors, so it should come as no surprise that its 750-fill power down parka is fully kitted out to handle whatever the elements throw at it with ease, Gore-Tex exterior and all. Extra impressive: the brand’s signature Down Composite Mapping, which helps to deliver insulation in the areas that need it most.

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Puffer Jacket HERNO

Herno’s waist-length puffer is lined with lightweight goose down, so you can be sure it’ll protect you from wind, water and whatever else it encounters this winter while maintaining its breathability. Throw in concealed fastenings and a heavily padded interior—plus that trusty down insulation—and you’ve got a super-sleek, super-functional winter coat.

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Shelby Military Parka NOBIS

If classic, outdoorsy parkas aren’t your thing, maybe Nobis’s military-inspired detailing will do it for you. This fishtail parka is windproof and waterproof, and finished with elements like epaulets and buttoned flap pockets to give it an elevated vibe. The 650-fill down means it’s also warm enough to keep you comfortable throughout the colder months.

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Hooded Padded Coat PARAJUMPERS

Parajumper’s polar puffer is designed for severe weather, so it’s packed with technical details that’ll keep you warm and safe whether you’re trekking through the tundra or just on your way to the bodega down the block. Down insulation shields your body from the worst of the wind and rain, and a distinctive high neck design leaves as little exposed to the elements as possible.

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Ballistic Parka WOOLRICH X AIMÉ LEON DORE

The third round of Aimé Leon Dore’s ongoing collaboration with Woolrich sees the two brands team up on a beefy coat befitting the latter’s reputation as one of the trustiest purveyors of winter-ready clothing in the business. The duo’s ballistic parka is made from Woolrich’s signature water-resistant fabric and insulated with duck down for oodles of added warmth.

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Close Up Olivine Jacket PARIA FARZANEH

The upstart British designer brings her penchant for wood block prints to a heavily insulated, waist-length neon yellow coat that celebrates her Iranian heritage while keeping its wearer toasty all winter long.

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Crinkle Reps NY Down Coat STONE ISLAND

Stone Island has built its cult-like following in no small part thanks to the brand’s mastery of materials. In this case, that means a poly-blend shell that’s been treated to look intentionally lived-in (while still being rugged enough for a lot more living), driven home by the iconic compass fabric badge on the left sleeve.

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5 Craig Green Long Down Jacket MONCLER

Moncler is damn-near synonymous with high-end ski style, and for good reason. The label knows how to keep you insulated, sure. (In this case, using down fill and big-ass paneling.) But it also knows how to make sure you look great as you make your way down the slopes or down the street, teaming up with industry darling Craig Green for a fashion-y spin on a classic silhouette.

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