It’s no secret that Canada Goose crafts some of the best down jackets in the retail outerwear game today. And although this is may be case, spending thousands on a winter coat shouldn’t leave you out in the cold – metaphorically speaking, of course. So what’s the solution? Alternatives, and only the best will do. This season, there’s no need to break the bank in order to justify a lavish outerwear purchase. Instead, check out this season’s top winter parkas that may just perform better than Canada Goose.
Triple F.A.T. Goose, The Alistair, $450
Let’s kick off our top picks with another classic goose. Making a long-awaited comeback to dominate the outerwear market is Triple F.A.T. Goose with their performance-based line “For Arctic Temperatures.” A piece worth mentioning from this collection is the The Alistair – the parka you’ve been searching for. Able to withstand the elements, The Alistair is packed with an impressive 600 fill power of 80/20 white goose down, a 10,000 mm DWR fabrication, freeze-resistant coyote fur, and a brilliantly soft interior lining. Storm cuffs, side vents, and the original goose patterned lining also make their debut on the Alistair. Ultimately, you really can’t go wrong with any piece from this revival.
Fjallraven, Snow Flake Parka, $450
Complementary to its wintry title, the Snow Flake Parka by Fjallraven is an Icelandic original, which ultimately means that it is guaranteed to perform. Being that Iceland has one of the harshest climates in the world, it would only make sense that the locals know how to properly construct a quality winter parka. This fully loaded down jacket is packed with a 700 fill power of 95/5 goose down and premium fleece lining along the jacket’s interior. The Snow Flake Parka features an uncomparable G-1,000 fabrication, providing superior ventilation, top notch water resistance, and overall durability. Also included are an adjustable storm hood, two-way center zipper, and a cozy fleece lined collar. When put to the test, it’s safe to say this winter parka won’t ‘flake’ on you in the cold.
Columbia, The Heatzone, $650
Get ready to enter ‘The Heatzone’ in this one of a kind Columbia special. This lightweight puffer is just as stylish as it is technical. With flattering horizontal quilting, water-resistant down, and a full faux fur ruff, this waterproof parka has everything needed to keep you well insulated this winter. This Heatzone is an elongated down coat that features Omni-Heat reflective lining and an impressive 1000 TURBODOWN insulation. Omni-Tech additives ensure that this piece remains waterproof at all times, while also remaining breathable. All the while, heat seal technology has overrode the conventional use of stitches, so you never have to worry about the cold seeping in.
Patagonia, Women’s Recycled Down Jacket, $299
A Patagonia exclusive, this stylish parka is just as functional as it is eco-friendly. Made with “radical resourcefulness” in mind, this jacket is constructed with 100% recycled polyester, stuffed with 100% recycled down, and lined with 100% recycled wool along the jacket’s interior. Needless to say, this Patagonia parka is a lean, green, cold-fighting machine. The lightweight puffer features a 600 fill power of recycled down, a soft interior lining, elasticized cuffs, and wool lined pockets to keep hands warm in freezing conditions.