Down parkasParkas - Down Jackets for Winter
Cold Weather Coats

There's no such thing as bad weather - only the wrong clothes. There is a bewildering range of clothing under the banner of "winter wear", some of it looks good, some of it works too, we find some of the best.

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The outer shell layer takes the direct battering from the elements. It should be at least windproof and preferably waterproof too (but see below in very cold temperatures). Antarctica is the windiest place on earth, so don't skimp on this or imagine that you can get by with an outer garment that is "pretty windproof". Antarctica does proper wind. Proper biting - gets through every nook and cranny - straight to the bones - wind.

Shell layer garments, such as insulated jackets, have a wind-proof outer layer but are not always waterproof. This has the advantage of making the garment softer and more pliable when it gets very cold, and of also keeping the cost down. Water-resistant or water-repellent are fine if you will not use the garment in extended wet conditions. In very cold conditions, waterproof is not necessary as there's no liquid water about!

500 / 600 / 700 fill down? The number is a measure of  "fill power". Take one ounce of down, compress it and then release it - the down will expand and fill up a volume, in cubic inches this is the down's "fill power". The higher the number, the higher the quality of the down - generally. Fill power is what gives the down its insulating properties.

Cost - Down is not a cheap material, it makes little sense to use an expensive material in a garment that cuts corners in other ways, so down jackets are usually made with other high quality materials and details too and with many more expensive to add features such as cuffs, draw cords, pockets etc. that result in a mid range to high end finished product. The jackets on this page have been selected for functionality and value for money.

Top Men's Down Jackets - Parkas
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canada goose expedition parka
Canada Goose Expedition Down Parka - Men's
The retail version of The "Big Red" parka as supplied to the United States Antarctic Program. Available to you in a variety of colors (including red), serious protection for serious weather, coyote fur trim.

Guide price - $1000
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The North Face McMurdo Down Parka
The North Face McMurdo Down Parka - Men's
 Waterproof, breathable outer, 550 fill down insulation, removable hood and faux fur trim, serious insulation at a more affordable price

Guide price - $330
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Moosejaw Men's Baseline Down Jacket
Moosejaw Baseline Down Jacket - Men's
Functionality and comfort in a more traditional design, water resistant, 550 down filled, pockets, hood and other good things

Guide price - $230
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Patagonia Tres 3-in-1 Parka
Patagonia Tres 3-in-1 Parka - Men's
 Separate wind and waterproof shell with down-filled liner, worn separately or together (hence "Tres") for extra versatility, making this a year-round garment, various colors

Guide price - $550
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Outdoor Research Men's Whitefish Down Jacket
Outdoor Research Whitefish Down Jacket - Men's
 Lightweight 700 fill down insulated jacket in a classic western workwear style, not for the coldest days without extra layering

Guide price - $300
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Patagonia Mens Down Sweater Jacket
Patagonia Down Sweater - Men's
A very lightweight and easily compressible down filled sweater, use as an outer layer against wind and cold or under a shell layer for extra warmth

Guide price - $230
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Arcteryx Men's Therme Parka
Arc'teryx Therme Parka - Men's
 Waterproof Gore-Tex outer, 750 fill down filled for light weight, many details that add to the comfort and warmth, a high quality garment

Guide price - $700
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Fjallraven Men's Greenland Down Jacket
Fjallraven Greenland Down Jacket - Men's
A down filled version of a classic jacket from Fjallraven, hip length with storage and hand warmer pockets, G-1000 fabric for durability and to fight the weather on your behalf.

Guide price - $500
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Marmot Njord Down Jacket - Men's
Marmot Njord Down Jacket - Men's
Thigh length trench coat using modern fabrics for modern performance, waterproof with fully taped seams and 700 fill down insulation, no hood

Guide price - $425
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Canada Goose Men's Chilliwack Front-Zip Jacket with Fur Trimmed Hood
Canada Goose Chilliwack - Men's
A very popular and stylish jacket, the short length and cuff style aren't the most effective design features for warmth, but probably the warmest bomber jacket you'll find, in a variety of manly colors.

Guide price - $750
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Top Women's Down Jackets - Parkas
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Canada Goose Kensington Down Parka
Canada Goose Kensington Down Parka - Women's
 A longer more protective coat, open press studs at the back for more freedom of movement or batten down the hatches for maximum warmth, several colors, coyote fur trim, the highest quality and longevity

Guide price - $900
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The North Face Arctic Down Parka - Women's
North Face Arctic Parka - Women's
Waterproof breathable outer, removable hood, knee length for extra protection and to avoid cold bum bench contact.

Guide price - $300
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Mountain Hardwear Women's Downtown Coat
Mountain Hardware Downtown Parka - Women's
Long, warm, snuggly, water resistant, hooded parka for city living

Guide price - $300
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Patagonia Tres Down 3-in-1 Parka - Women's
Patagonia "Tres" 3 in 1 Parka - Women's
Separate wind and waterproof shell with down-filled liner, worn separately or together, various color combinations

Guide price - $550
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The North Face Metropolis II Parka - Women's
North Face Metropolis Parka - Women's
Lightweight and long and very warm, no fur round the hood if that's what you prefer.

Guide price - $290
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Patagonia Down Sweater Jacket - Women's
Patagonia Down Sweater - Women's
A very lightweight and compressible down filled sweater, use as an outer layer against wind and cold or under a shell layer for extra warmth

Guide price - $230
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Arc'teryx Patera
Arc'teryx Patera Down Parka - Women's
Waterproof Gore-Tex outer, 750 fill down filled for light weight, many details tthat add to the comfort and warmth

Guide price - $600
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Cole Haan  Single Breasted Belted Down Coat
Cole Haan Single Breasted Belted Down Parka - Women's
Lightweight down filled winter coat in a more traditional styling if you don't want to look so "outdoorsey"

Guide price - $400
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Marmot Montreux Down Coat for Women
Marmot Montreaux - Women's
Past mid thigh length, water-resistant coating, treated 700 fill down insulation, plush fleece lined for extra comfort

Guide price - $300
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Canada Goose Women's Chilliwack Bomber
Canada Goose Chilliwack - Women's
A very popular and stylish jacket, the short length and cuff style aren't the most effective design features for warmth, but probably the warmest bomber jacket you'll find.

Guide price - $750
Buy: Amazon | Backcountry  | Moosejaw


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