Dec 18, 2012

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7 Jackets to Keep you Warm in Winter

7 Jackets to Keep you Warm in Winter

With winter rapidly approaching, it’s important to grab the right gear to make sure you stay warm. With the vast variety of brands, styles and jacket options, deciding on one could be a daunting task. Here’s a list of 7 jackets that are guaranteed to keep you warm during this difficult season.




Mountain Hardwear the Maximalist Jacket
Here’s a real competitor to Gore’s 3-Layer Performance coating. MH’s Dry Q Elite makes some bold claims, saying that their fabrics start breathing at a lower temperature than their most noteworthy competitors. Aside from the fabric, the jacket works during fall and spring, and when layered, can be worn on the absolute coldest conditions.  Open up the pit zips during a strenuous hike or keep them closed to keep out the elements while waist deep in the fluffy stuff. Keep the powder skirt down and use the thumb pockets to keep out moisture from seeping into the cracks, and you have an all-weather, all around great jacket.

Dynafit Movement Jacket
Midlayers for snow/ice sports are tricky. You want something that breathes out the pits, is super flexible, but warmer than a t-shirt. Even a fleece with breathable patches can quickly get clammy. Jackets like the Dynafit Movement Jacket is designed to be layered under a shell during strenuous activities. It’s designed to keep you breathing, but isn’t too stuffy so it restricts movement. Not to mention that it’s great as an outer layer, temperature permitting.

Montbell Frost Line Parka
Here’s the beauty of down. Down jackets provide incredible warmth while only adding minimal amounts of weight. This one can be stuffed into the tiniest of backpack pockets and works great all day excursions. When the sun is reflecting off the snow and baking you during the day, this jacket only takes up minimal space until it falls and the dead cold of winter reappears.

Helly Hansen Ask X Warm Parka
Some jackets are just made to be worn exclusively in extremely cold climates. With Helly Tech protection, 700+ fill power, and Faux fur for the irritating ice crystals that want to develop under your eyebrows, this jacket will keep you warm when the wind is chilling your bones.

Marmot 8000M
You might have seen Santa Clause wearing this one. The 8000M is primarily for mountaineering or expedition in say, the poles, than any practical use in the real life.  That said, 800+ fill power will keep you warm and even the frostiest of nights; in combination with the 8000M pants, this could be a walking sleeping bag. You won’t have to worry about the down getting wet from the outside since it has the Marmot waterproof and breathable Membrane fabric.

Spyder Bandit Full Zip
The key to staying warm during the bitterest of winter nights is layering. This jacket adds another layer of protection to help you stay toasty. The thumb holes on each sleeve help keep the weak point between your gloves and jacket warm and provides extra protection from snow sneaking in. Best of all, this jacket looks great for spring and fall weather, and also works well for chilly hikes, snowshoeing, or cross country skiing when your heart rate and body temperature peak.

The North Face Men’s Himalayan Parka
This jacket is only for the most hardcore of winter outdoorsman. If you get cold in this jacket then literally nobody should be outside in such treacherous weather. This parka is stuffed with insulation, and may be one of the heaviest down jackets available. Be careful with this one, just trying it on inside the store causes one to perspire immediately.