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 Women's Down
Jackets - Parkas
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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
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.
Top Men's Down Jackets
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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
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.
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.
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.