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Fjallraven


We have you covered if you're looking for a winter jacket that uses the latest technology to keep you warm, but there are also of course plenty of others to consider if you're just looking for something simple and affordable.

These nine coats are great for everyday wear or if you need something even warmer for ski trips and other winter adventures.


Best Overall: North Face Gotham III

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The North Face

There's no shortage of North Face jackets with their share of fans, but the company's Gotham line of jackets has some of the broadest appeal. They offer a bit less of an outdoorsy/sport-minded appearance than some other coats, but with few compromises in warmth or features.

The men's Gotham III is a favorite of due in no small part to its good value, though the site notes that you do give up a bit in terms of weight and packability compared to some pricier coats. The women's Gotham II is .

Best Value: Columbia Alpine Action Jacket

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Columbia

It may not be the warmest jacket Columbia makes—look to its Heatzone line for that—but the company's Alpine Action jacket is a consistently well-reviewed and affordable choice for everyday wear.

It's 100 percent synthetic fill is paired with Columbia's Omni-Heat reflective liner, and sealed seams means it'll keep you dry if the snow turns to rain. Both the and versions also have plenty of pockets inside and out, as well as a detachable hood.

Best Everyday Jacket: L. L. Bean Rugged Ridge Parka

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L. L. Bean

There's an L.L. Bean winter coat for just about every need, but the company's Rugged Ridge Parka is a favorite among customers for providing plenty of warmth at a low cost. It's rated for use down to –40 degrees Fahrenheit for moderate activity and is fully waterproof while remaining breathable.

Both the and versions also have a detachable hood, and both a pocket for your ski goggles (complete with a wipe) and a security pocket with a media port for your mobile devices.

Best Warmth: Arc'teryx Camosun Parka

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Arc'teryx

A $650 parka might not be for everyone, but if you're looking for a coat that'll keep you warm and serve you well for a variety of activities, you'll likely be more than satisfied with Arc'teryx's Camosun Parka.

It's an of OutdoorGearLab, which was especially impressed with the coat's durability and weather-resistance and, of course, its warmth, which comes from a combination of strategically placed down and synthetic insulation.

Most Versatile: REI Stormhenge 850 Down Jacket

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REI

REI’s winter jackets are generally a pretty safe choice for anyone looking for a great value for their money, and the company’s Stormhenge 850 (for both men and women) is one that can even hold its own with some pricier jackets.

was especially impressed with the inclusion of some technical features not always found at this price, or in a jacket that looks casual enough for everyday wear.

Best 3-in-1: Patagonia Tres 3-in-1 Parka

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Patagonia

They may not suit everyone's needs, but there's no denying the versatility of a 3-in-1 jacket if you're looking to get the most possible wear out of a winter coat. Patagonia's Tres is one consistently well-reviewed option, with singling out the in particular for its well-thought-out design and great protection from the elements.

They do note that it's fit is on the slim side, and the same can be said for the of the coat.

Best Comfort: Marmot Fordham Jacket

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Marmot

If you're looking for a coat that's equally suited to a snowshoe hike or a regular trek around town, Marmot's slightly retro-styled Fordham jacket could be just what fits the bill. It's a Best Buy pick from, and gets high marks for its comfort, durability, and warmth from 700-fill-power down insulation.

The site does note, however, that it might not be the best choice for truly wet conditions due to its non-sealed seams.

Best Lightweight: Eddie Bauer BC EverTherm Down Jacket

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Eddie Bauer

You may not fully appreciate all of its benefits just wearing it around town, but Eddie Bauer’s BC EverTherm jacket will likely please anyone looking for something that’s both warm and lightweight enough to keep them comfortable during winter activities.

found that it had the “best warmth-to-weight ratio of any waterproof puffy” they’ve tested, while the company itself says it’s the lightest waterproof down jacket they’ve ever made. Eddie Bauer’s regular sales can also take a big chunk off its $500 list price.

Best Synthetic: Fjallraven Yupik Parka

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Fjallraven

It may not be the sleekest or lightest winter jacket around, but the Yupik parka from Fjallraven will keep you warm and dry thanks to its fully synthetic insulation and a Hydratic outer membrane. It’s also loaded with pockets inside and out to hold all of your gear, and you can remove the faux fur trim around the hood or the hood itself to suit your taste or needs.

As many customer reviews note, however, Fjallraven’s coats do tend to run large, so you may want to size down if you aren’t looking for an extra-bulky look.