As outdoor survivalists always say, it’s easier to stay warm than it is to get warm. Staying warm starts with staying dry- and this is why your winter coat is so important. If a winter coat can keep you dry, you will most certainly be warm. So would you like to know what our picks are for the Top 20 Warmest Winter Coats? Great, let me give you a bit of background first.
When shopping for a winter coat, you will quickly realize how many styles, and different material is out there. You will want to stick to the best winter coat brands. And should you buy a bigger coat size so it fits over you clothes? It’s overwhelming, really. But, don’t worry! I’m here to help you navigate the world of warm winter coats.
So, what makes a winter coat warm after all?
Turns out there is a lot that goes into making a winter coat warm- right down to the zippers and seams. Insulation plays a big role in keeping you warm. There are two basic types of insulation in warm winter coat: down and synthetic insulation. Down is a wonderful at keeping you warm- and it’s really lightweight. However, it’s more expensive that synthetic filled jackets and it may not hold up very well if it gets wet.
So, if you choose a down insulated jacket make sure its water-resistant or waterproof at the very least. Synthetic insulation is a great alternative to down. It’s bulkier than down, but it holds up under wet weather. Synthetic insulation is also much more budget friendly.
While it’s important to have a well-insulated winter coat, the outer shell is also critical to how warm or cold you will feel! Things to keep in mind when considering a warm winter coat: is it waterproof or water-resistant. Be careful with this one. Waterproof is not the same as water-resistant. Waterproof means the jacket is rated for heavy rain and extreme snow fall.
Water-resistant means the coat will keep you dry in a light drizzle- that’s about all. Also, look for a coat that is breathable too. You don’t want to get too hot! A breathable coat will allow sweat to evaporate through the pore of the jacket- but keep body heat where it belongs. Kind of cool. If you are going to be in extreme weather- like on the top of Mount Rainier, pay attention to the seams of the jacket and the zippers. Some brands make waterproof zippers to keep moisture out of those tiny spaces- this may be important depending on where you are going!
How to Choose Size?
When it comes to size- always go one size up if you can. The jacket alone won’t be enough to keep you warm- you need room for your basic winter layers. Also, the warmest winter coat for you will depend on your activity. In my list of the top warmest winter coats, I also indicate the type of activity this coat is designed for!
Below is my list of the top 20 warmest winter coats, I hope you find this list helpful:
This is perhaps one of the warmest jackets on the earth- literally. It’s the jacket arctic explorers where when they are headed to spend weeks, sometimes months in Antarctica. It’s the jacket of choice for those brave enough to make the journey to Nome, AK in the annual Iditarod sled dog race. This IS the jacket for ultimate warmth and protection from the harshest, coldest weather ever recorded. The jacket is down insulated with 675 fill white goose down.
Every inch of this jacket is well thought out and designed to keep you warm.
- Pros: fleece lined neck area for warmth, wind guard, reinforced elbows, 14 pockets, reflective fabric for added visibility in blizzards or other harsh working environments, built in snow skirt to keep wet weather away, side zippers for ventilation, fur lined hood molds around face to keep wind away and prevent frostbite.
- Cons: sells out quickly, expensive, limited to harsh weather and extreme temperatures. Cost: $1,550
The Canada Goose 3 in 1 parka is a jacket you can wear all year long. This jacket has it all: down for incredible warmth, hood for protection, water-resistant, lightweight, durable and versatile. The jacket can be worn three different ways: with the down jacket alone, the rain jacket alone or combined the two for the warmest jacket around. The down jacket is filled with 675 fill down.
The coat is rated for -5 degrees. It will keep you warm while walking the dog around the park or on your next trip the mountain. It’s longer length, covers your thighs- for added warmth and protection from the weather. Pros: warm, can be worn multiple ways, moves with your body, down insulated, water-resistant. Cons: isn’t waterproof, sells out quickly and is really expensive. Price about about: $1,500
The North Face Gotham jacket has everything you want in a warm winter coat. It’s down, waterproof, breathable and it’s windproof. Does it get any better than that? The jacket is designed to move with your body, stretch with your arms as you hike, climb or grocery shop on a chilly day. This jacket is so versatile, you could also wear it skiing.
This style jacket is available in both men’s and women’s sizes. Pros: 550 fill down insulation, hood, waterproof, breathable, pockets where you need them, media pocket, cuffs for wrist protection. Cons: zippers may wear out faster than the coat. Price about about: $319.
This down insulated, water resistant winter coat will keep you nice and warm around town and on the slopes. It’s a great design, for a laid-back winter look. Marmot has a long history of making quality outdoor gear for every kind of adventure. This jacket ranks in at #7 on this list because it’s packed with 700 fill down insulation.
The outer shell is water-resistant and features a removable hood, zippered pockets, fleece cuffs for wrist warmth and protection and an adjustable hem. Pros: 700 down insulation, really warm, comfortable, water-resistant, fleece cuff. Cons: won’t hold up in a monsoon or heavy snowfall. Price about: $325
This is a great all-around winter coat to keep you warm on the coldest days. It’s a longer coat, hitting just above the thighs. This length will give you added protection in harsh weather. The jacket is insulated with 80% down and 20% feathers. This mixture of down and feathers gives you added comfort and warmth all around your body. The shell of the coat is made with the brand’s durable G-1000- designed to protect you against wind and water.
This jacket is designed for low-intensity activities such as a walk around the neighborhood or building a snowman with your kids. Pros: down and feather insulation, big pockets to hold cell phone and wallet, warm, water-resistant and windproof, synthetic fur hood for protection against snow. Cons: bulky, only for low intense activities. Price about: $600
Take a look outside your window? Is the snow swirling in all directions? Is it below freezing? With this coat on you’ll have no fear to venture outside into the craziest of winter weather. This jacket is sure to cure any case of cabin fever. It’s long-hitting just about the knees. This added protection is key to staying warm when Mother Nature is putting on a winter show!
The jacket is insulated with 90% down and 10% feathers. The quilting pattern on the jacket keeps the insulation evenly distributed throughout for consistent heat everywhere. The jacket is also treated with a durable water repellent material to protect you from the water and wind. Pros: super long, extra coverage, great for extreme cold, large pockets, hood, reinforced shoulders padded for comfort. Cons: may be too bulky for everyday use. Price about: $700.
Packed with 850 fill down, this jacket is the ultimate winter coat. The shell is made with a waterproof and breathable fabric that will keep wind, rain and heavy snow away from you and your body heat. Nothing is getting through this jacket! This jacket is the number one choice for guides on Mt. Rainier and other big peaks across the country. The wrap around hood that conforms to your face and chin/neck protection give makes this coat extra warm. Pros: well made, warm, 850 fill down, waterproof, breathable, great for winter camping, ice climbing or everyday use. Cons: shorter length. Price about: $429.
This jacket packs a punch when it comes to keeping you warm. Get this, it’s insulated with 900 fill down. Wowzah. I don’t think there’s a jacket on the market right now with this much down insulation.
The Seattle based company is dedicated to making down products from well treated animals. This jacket is lightweight and easy to pack. Pros: really warm, 900 fill down, quilted pattern for even heat distribution, well made, durable. Cons: isn’t waterproof, may need another shell in wet weather. Price about: $309
There isn’t a mountain peak this jacket hasn’t met. It’s the jacket of choice for backpackers, alpine adventure seekers and dog walkers around the world. With 900 fill down insulation, this jacket is ideal for peaks and valleys. It’s an all-around tough winter coat that will keep you warm no matter what Mother Nature has in store. Pros: well insulated, durable, high quality construction, warm, insulated hood, lycra hand pockets. Cons: make sure you measure before ordering, may be short. Price about: $359
The Glacier Guide Down Parka is a great jacket when you need warmth and protection from whipping winds and sub-zero temperatures. This jacket is made for mountaineering. But, you can also wear it around town if you live in a harsh winter climate. This jacket is insulated with 650 down fill, giving you exceptional warmth! You won’t have to worry about the shell of the coat getting wet!
This shell is made with a breathable, wind and water-resistant fabric. The zipper of the jacket is also covered with a windproof material to keep you protected- no matter where the wind is coming from. Big pockets and a nice hood, bring this jacket to #15 on the list of the top winter coats. Pros: 650 down, warm, covered zipper, wind proof and water resistant. Cons: not made for heavy rain. Price about: $699.99.
The big hood and neck cover, make this jacket a really warm choice for chilly days. This jacket can be equally warm at the top of a 13,000-foot peak and at a Saturday morning ski race. The shell of the jacket is designed to withstand the most extreme weather, for long periods of time. The shell is also made with GORE WINDSTOPPER, which is a trademarked product that literally stops wind in its tracks. The jacket is packed with 850 fill down insulation and synthetic insulation.
This jacket evenly distributes the insulation, so you’re shoulders or elbow aren’t chilly. The bright colors make it easy to spot you in a blizzard or on the ski hill. Overall, this is a high quality, well made warm winter coat. Pros: high insulation value, water resistant, windproof, breathable, awesome hood- full coverage around neck, ears and head, bright colors. Cons: may need another waterproof shell in extreme conditions. Price about: $699
This lightweight down jacket is great for dry, cold conditions. It’s packed with 850 fill down. Remember, in general the higher the fill-count the warmer the coat. At 850 fill, this jacket will keep you warm on days you may not otherwise venture outside. The is a basic, versatile jacket that will work well running errands and running to the top of a mountain. Okay, maybe not running up the mountain, but you get the idea.
The hood on this jacket is what makes it stand out from the rest. The hood forms around your head and covers your neck, almost all the way to your mouth. You’ll be glad you have this extra hood protection when the wind starts to pick up. Pros: lightweight, warm, 850 fill down, colorful, comfortable, full coverage hood. Cons: may need an outer shell to protect from wet weather. Price about: $525
It’s a jacket, but it looks and feels like your favorite hoody. It is very comfortable and very warm. It has very good reviews. It seems a lot of people really like this jacket that have tried it. This jacket is insulated with synthetic material, which means if it gets wet it will still keep you warm. It will also dry fast if you find yourself in the middle of a snow storm.
Pros: windproof, breathable, water-resistant, well insulated, waterproof seams, insulated hood and chin guard. Cons: may not be suitable for all activities. Price about: $42
If the mountains are calling and you must go. Go. Right now. And take this jacket with you! The Topley Jacket by Patagonia is a packed with 600 fill-recycled down. The company is big on protecting the environment and keeping its waste to a minimum. This coat is not only warm, but its environmentally conscious as well. The outer shell is waterproof, breathable and moves with your body.
The jacket is designed for everyday wear and short expeditions into the wilderness. The insulated and removable hood keep your head warm and you can take it off, weather permitting. Oversized pockets with waterproof zippers make this an all around excellent warm winter coat. Pros: the jacket is insulated with 600 fill down, warm, waterproof, breathable, great oversized pockets for wallet and cell phone, waterproof zippers. Cons: may not be suitable for sub-zero temperatures. Price about: $399.
The Micro Puff Hoody is one of the warmest, lightweight jackets Patagonia has ever created. The jacket is made with a “revolutionary” synthetic insulation that mimics the warmth of down, but without the price about tag. The unique stitching on this jacket, mean you get an even distribution of warmth! Double plus! the shell of the jacket is water-resistant and windproof. It’s also treated with a durable water repellent finish. Pros: lightweight, left pocket doubles as a stuff sack, durable zippers, nice hood, warm. Cons: may need a shell for severe wet weather. Price about: $299
If you are looking for an affordable winter coat this is a great choice! This jacket is designed to be worn around town, a football game or working around the house in the fall. It’s made with a water-resistant and windproof outer shell. The coat is rated to keep you warm in 15 degrees F to -35 degrees F depending on your activity level.
The company ranks this jacket as a light activity coat. The jacket is longer than most winter coats-falling just about the knee. The inside of the jacket is insulted with special fleece lining for extra warmth and comfort. Pros: Really warm, comfort in a wide range of temperatures, water and wind resistant. Cons: not for high activity. Price about: $129
The Columbia Men’s Hyper Puff Jacket is designed to keep you warm during the harshest winter weather conditions. Sleet, ice, rain and snow don’t stand a chance in this synthetic insulated jacket. The coat is lightweight and made with a water-resistant, windproof outer shell. The shell is also treated with a durable water repellent finish to keep wet weather from penetrating. Patagonia also uses special quilting patterns to maximize the warmth of the jacket.
Pros: warm, synthetic insulation, moves with body, weather resistant, keeps wind away, full coverage hood, elastic cuffs! Cons: May need another shell in severe weather. Price about: $149
REI is a national outdoor gear retailer with its own clothing line. The company started in Seattle decades ago and has since developed a cult like customer base. Cult, in a good way- not in a Kool-Aid kind of way. Back to the jacket. This puffy jacket is filled with 850 fill down. So, you know it’s going to be warm-really warm as a matter of fact. Plus, the jacket is waterproof and breathable. This special outer shell will prevent the down from getting wet- which means you will stay dry and warm at all times.
Not only is the shell waterproof, but the insulation itself has been treated with a durable water repellent finish to repel water, if it gets wet. The jacket also features vents in the arm pits to prevent overheating- no need to take your coat off, just unzip and you’re on your way! Pros: it’s lightweight, warmth evenly distributed, waterproof, breathable, adjustable cuffs, 850 fill. Cons: isn’t as breathable as some may like. Price about: $249
The Columbia TurboDown Wave jacket is designed to keep you warm on the most extreme mountain tops and while walking your dog in the park. The sleek fit, makes it an everyday jacket you will want to throw on while running out the door. At the same time, this is the coat to pack when you are headed into the mountains. The jacket is packed with 900 fill down power, plus a special proprietary synthetic Omni Heat Insulation as well. The jacket is also lined inside with special reflective material- like tiny silver dots, that are designed to reflect your body heat back to your body.
What will they think of next? The shell is also waterproof and breathable to keep wet weather away. Pros: really warm, well made, high quality material, waterproof and breathable. Cons: may be too bulky for some activities. Price about: $469
Rab is rad at making warm winter coats. The company is well known for making high quality outdoor gear that will withstand whatever Mother Nature has up her sleeves! This jacket is packed with 800 fill count goose down. The insulation is also treated with a special water-resistant material to keep it from getting soaked in the event you encounter extreme wet snow. The jacket is designed for light mountaineering and other alpine conditions. The zippers on this jacket are all waterproof- there’s no chance rain or snow are getting in there! Pros: warm, water-resistant, water repellent down insulation, waterproof zippers. Cons: too bulky for everyday wear. Price about: $375.