If you’re anything like me, you’ve been living your winters all wrong. I’ve spent many a December traipsing around in belted wool coats that were stylish but not at all practical for the cold. But not anymore, friends. Ever since I’ve decided to put warmth first when investing in a winter jacket, I now feel like an actual human person when the temperature drops below 0°C.
My weapon of choice is The North Face Cyros GTX Triclimate jacket and while it doesn’t come cheap, this investment piece will remain a solid staple in my winter wardrobe for many years to come (It does come with a lifetime guarantee, after all). Now that I’ve got my wind chill attire sorted, I’d be remiss not to pass on some tips when it comes to finding a piece that’ll keep you toasty. Talking to outdoors expert and manager of one of Canada’s premiere outdoors store, Alfred Chin, we’ve come up with a list of the best women’s coats to keep you warmest this season.
Nine coats that will keep you really, ridiculously warm this winter
WOMEN'S CRYOS GTX® TRICLIMATE®This three-in-one jacket has transitioned from the perfect fall to winter coat. When the chill starts to set in September, the outer Gore-tex shell will keep you perfectly wind and waterproof. Once it starts to get frosty, put on that goose down layer and you're golden. Finally, when those good old Canadian north winds come full force, zip the two layers back together and you'll be warm, toasty and a bit smug at the fact you may have outsmarted winter.
The North Face Women's CRYOS GTX® TRICLIMATE®, $1000 at The North Face. The North Face
helly hansen W KARA PARKAThis cute parka is waterproof, windproof, breathable and has an extra large hood for blocking out that snow. With PrimaLoft insulation (the best synthetic alternative to down), this baby comes in four colours and is simple enough to fit seamlessly into your wardrobe.
Helly Hansen W Kara Parka, $400 at Helly Hansen. Helly Hansen
Columbia Icelandite TurboDown™ OmniHeat™ Women's ParkaMade with TurboDown, an insulating combo that includes a mix of goose feathers and Columbia’s synthetic Omni-Heat insulation fill, this jacket will keep you snug and heated all winter. Best of all, it comes in eight colours, so you can pick your favourite and go with it.
Columbia Icelandite TurboDown™ OmniHeat™ Women's Parka, $320 at SportChek. Columbia
Fjällräven Women's Singi Down JacketWater resistant and filled with traceable down, this classic coat has velcro adjustable cuffs to keep the heat in. Reinforced padding on the shoulders and elbows also make the coat extra durable. Though it comes in an assortment of colours, dark garnet is our favourite.
Fjällräven Women's Singi Down Jacket, $700 at Altitude Sports. Fjällräven
columbia WOMEN’S HEATZONE 1000 TURBODOWN™ HOODED JACKETWhen a jacket is called 'heatzone,' you can bet it'll keep you cozy. This lil jacket gets its super warmth from 900-fill, water-resistant goose down, Omni-Heat insulation, a thermal reflective lining, and a "revolutionary wave baffle construction that eliminates the cold spots found in traditional down jackets." We like that it comes in electric blue for those looking for something a little different than standard black.
Women's Heatzone 1000 Turbodown hooded jacket, $580 at Columbia. Columbia
hunter Women’s Original Astro ParkaThis water resistant quilted jacket is definitely the most statement making of the bunch. From everyone's favourite wellies brand, Hunter, this durable jacket comes with a drawstring hem to keep the warmth in. It's also lined with thermolite down for those who prefer synthetic insulation.
Hunter Original Astro Parka, $450 at Hunter. Hunter
Marmot Astrum Women's Insulated JacketThe lightweight stretch shell outer fabric on this handy coat makes movement a breeze. An elastic, drawcord hem helps keep out powder and wind for all-day warmth, perfect for climbing or skiing.
Marmot Astrum Women's Insulated Jacket, $150 at Atmosphere. Marmot
The North Face Women's Arctic II ParkaFor a more affordable The North Face option, try the Arctic II, made from recycled polyester (and recycled plastic bottles!). Using as much as 75% less crude oil than virgin fibres, these yarns divert waste from landfills to create useful products, like this coat. Filled with goose down, the jacket's shell also deflects rain, wind, sleet and snow all winter long.
The North Face Arctic II, $400 at The North Face. The North Face
Arc'teryx SYLVA PARKAThis sleek coat is cut extra-long to keep the lower torso and legs warm. Made from windproof materials, the synthetically insulated jacket has quick drying times and retains warmth when damp.
Sylva Women's Parka, $500 at Arc'teryx. Arc'teryx