The 7 Best Winter Coats for Men of 2022, Tested and Reviewed

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Best Men's Winter Jackets and Coats

Trip Savvy / Brian Kopinski

TripSaavy's Pick

Outdoor Research’s Stormcraft Down Parka is our best overall pick for its warmth-to-weight ratio. It feels thin compared to other winter jackets but is just as warm and weatherproof. Rab’s Neutrino Pro was a close runner-up, also for its superior warmth and weatherproofing chops. Carhartt’s Quilted Flannel Active Jacket is our best budget option.

Even if you’re fortunate not to experience a bomb cyclone and the below-freezing temperatures that this weather event triggers, having the right winter coat is essential to surviving the colder months of the year. The best jackets, like Outdoor Research Stormcraft Down Parka–our top pick–employ ample down (or synthetic) insulation to keep you warm; bomber outer shells that block out rain, wind, and snow while still allowing your inner temp to breathe. They’ll integrate loads of ready-for-winter’s-worst features like adjustable, insulated hoods, ample pockets to haul accessories, glove-friendly hardwear, and the ability to synch the hem and sleeves down to block out penetrating wind.

In total, we tested 22 winter jackets at various price points. We tested each one in real-time cold-weather environments to understand how well they insulated and protected us from rain, wind, snow, and sleet, judging each one on how well they worked with a variety of inner layers, how they felt and whether or not they proved to be excessively bulky or interfered with our range of movement, and how well they’d perform in a variety of circumstances. Each jacket was then rated on a five-point scale on the key characteristics of a good winter coat, including comfort, warmth and insulation, overall design and quality of materials, and whether extras like a snow skirt or wrist gaiters were needed, and the price-to-value ratio.

Best Overall

Outdoor Research Stormcraft Down Parka

5
Outdoor Research Stormcraft Down Parka

Outdoor Research 

What We Like
  • Excellent warmth-to-weight ratio

  • Good freedom of movement

  • Great weather protection

  • Works well in a variety of situations and conditions

What We Don't Like
  • On the expensive side, but worth it

The myriad benefits of the Stormcraft Down Parka from Outdoor Research are stealthily applied—our tester noted that it feels relatively thin compared to heavier winter jackets, but that “lack of puff” provides a full range of motion and ample layering opportunities thanks to its relaxed fit, and it kept them warm on days when the temps were well below freezing. That heat comes from 700+ fill, responsibly-sourced down, which works with a weatherproof outer Gore-Tex layer that really blocks out the elements without sacrificing breathability. 

A longer length adds a bit of extra protection, and the wrist gaiters help keep wind, moisture, and snow from penetrating the sleeves, but our tester was surprised that the jacket breathed so well, avoiding any instances of unwanted sweating. The ample hood is easily adjustable, and the high collar boasts a soft, stitched fabric interior that won’t chafe your chin. And there are pockets everywhere, including exterior cargo pockets, a chest pocket, an inside pocket at the chest, and a huge drop pocket to carry your gloves or other winter must-haves.

Price at time of publication: $499

Sizes: S to XXL | Materials: Gore-Tex | Insulation: 700+ fill down | Sustainability: Down is responsibly sourced

Best Overall, Runner-Up

Rab Neutrino Pro

5
Rab Neutrino Pro

Backcountry

What We Like
  • Solid warmth and weather protection

  • Lots of freedom of movement

  • Works well in many situations and conditions

What We Don't Like
  • The soft fabric might not be ideal for “rough and tumble” travelers

Built for high-alpine adventuring, the Rab Neutrino Pro looks crazy-warm, and appearances don’t deceive. The jacket comes with 800FP goose down insulation wrapped around a 100-percent recycled Pertex Quantum Pro outer shell that blocks out the elements and breathes astoundingly well. Twisted arm baffles provide an articulated fit that frees your arms and promotes movement, and an adjustable hem and Velcro cuffs help seal out the cold and wet. 

The padded insulation felt a bit much, but our tester was surprised at how well the jacket could compress, which added to a cozy, comfy fit. You can also adjust the helmet-compatible hood to fit a variety of applications, and our tester loved that it comes with a small rim to help block out the sun or shield you from rain or snow. Our tester also appreciated that the pocket configuration—two zippered hand pockets and one zippered internal chest pocket—didn’t over-engineer things.

Price at time of publication: $385

Sizes: XS to XXL | Materials: 20D Pertex Quantum Pro | Insulation: 800 FP European goose down with Nikwax hydroponic finish | Sustainability: Recycled outer shell

Rab Neutrino Pro

TripSavvy / Henry Yung

Best Budget

Carhartt Quilted Flannel Lined Duck Active Jacket

4.8
Carhartt Quilted Flannel Lined Duck Active Jacket

Amazon

What We Like
  • Amble insulation

  • Burly construction

  • A stylish overall aesthetic

What We Don't Like
  • The jacket could wet out if you’re trapped in serious snow or rain

Carhartt, the brand favored by everyone from ranchers to hipsters, provides solid warmth at an approachable price with their Quilted Flannel Lined Duck Active Jacket. Our tester reported the jacket provided the perfect blend of warmth and comfort, and they never felt like they were overheating. As you’d expect from the brand, the outer materials are bomber, made of 12-ounce heavyweight cotton duck, which will shrug off light rain or snow, along with quilted flannel that lines the body, sleeves, and hood for ample warmth. A draw-cord at the hood helps provide extra protection, with twin hand warmer pockets and two inside pockets for added storage.

Price at time of publication: $110

Sizes: Regular S to 5XL; Tall M-4XL | Materials: 12-ounce cotton duck | Insulation: Panels of flannel throughout | Sustainability: Not listed

Carhartt Quilted Flannel Active Jacket

TripSavvy / Alessandra Amodio

Best Parka

REI Co-op Stormhenge Down Hybrid Parka

4.8
REI Co-op Stormhenge Down Hybrid Parka

REI

What We Like
  • A unique blend of synthetic and down insulation

  • Good weather protection

  • Lots of pockets

  • Adjustable hood

  • Two-way zipper for easy venting

What We Don't Like
  • Our tester fell between sizes, and some freedom of movement was lost when sizing down

The Stormhenge Down Hybrid Parka from REI Co-op will cover you like a warm, weatherproof blanket, with coverage that drops well below the waist for added protection and insulation below the belt. Insulation comes from 850-fill power down that’s been treated with DWR to help it resist water, along with recycled-fiber synthetic insulation in areas of high heat, so it dries quickly if you start to sweat, while the outer shell is made of an exclusive HydroWall two-layer waterproof/breathable nylon shell with fully sealed seams to block moisture without overheating. 

Other key details—elastic cuffs with synthetic insulation and a sleeping bag-style draft tube at the neck—really seals things up tight, and the adjustable, helmet-compatible hood also carries insulation for added warmth. Our tester loved all the pockets, including fleece-lined hand pockets and numerous internal and external storage options. They also loved that it didn’t look like it had a bunch of pockets, affording a more streamlined profile than you’d expect from a winter jacket.

Price at time of publication: $179

Sizes: S to XXL | Materials: HydroWall nylon | Insulation: Synthetic and 850-fill power down | Sustainability: Fair Trade Certified factory, down certified to the responsible down standard, recycled synthetic insulation, materials that meet bluesign criteria

Best 3-in-1

L.L.Bean Men's Maine Warden's 3-in-1 Parka

4.8
Men's Maine Warden's 3-in-1 Parka, with Gore-Tex

L.L. Bean

What We Like
  • The 3-in-1 style makes it highly adjustable for many weather conditions

  • Excellent weather protection and warmth


What We Don't Like
  • If you plan on serious layering, you may want to size up

Crafted from input from Maine wardens, the L.L.Bean Men's Maine Warden's 3-in-1 Parka with Gore-Tex packs in the features to improve the already-versatile jacket style. The outer shell features Gore-Tex ripstop nylon for waterproof/breathable protection, with a front storm flap, an adjustable cinch collar, and velcro-closure cuffs to seal out the elements, and it is perfect solo on hotter days. Need warmth? Just zip in the 650-fill power goose down liner, and you get ample insulation—and the option to wear it solo on dry, cold days.  

Our tester raved that it's "by far the best winter coat I've ever had," accolades attributed to its multiple uses, warmth and protection, and overall fit, the latter of which is assured thanks to an Interlock 3-in-1 System that keeps the liner in place, with plenty of space for wearing base and mid layers underneath. But the features don't stop there. The jacket also boasts a removable snap-closure storm skirt; a removable two-point adjustable, insulated hood; and a total of 11 pockets, including one for your cell phone.

Price at time of publication: $399

Sizes: S to XXL | Materials: Gore-Tex nylon, nylon taffeta, and polyester in the hood and collar lining | Insulation: 650-fill power goose down | Sustainability: L.L.Bean donates $2 of each parka sale to the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.

L.L.Bean Maine Warden's 3-in-1 Jacket

TripSavvy / Nick Maslow

Best Value

Eddie Bauer Seabeck Down Parka

4.9
Eddie Bauer Seabeck Down Parka

Eddie Bauer

What We Like
  • Ample warmth

  • Loads of pockets

  • Adjustable hood

What We Don't Like
  • The fit runs large, and the cotton risks wetting out in serious winter storms

Made from a combo of cotton and nylon in the outer shell, the Seabeck Down Parka from Eddie Bauer has a classic waxed cotton look that’ll resonate with traditionalists looking for a good-value, very warm winter coat. The fabrics have been treated with StormRepel WR to shed moisture and block the wind, while warmth comes from panels of 650-fill responsibly-sourced down insulation, rated to keep you warm in temps down to -30 degrees F, and our tester definitely appreciated the excess warmth. 

We also loved the large exterior pockets, including hand pockets on the side, big, top-entry flap pockets suitable for hauling loads of extra gear, and one interior zip pocket. The adjustable hood is insulated, though our tester wished it was removable. And while it felt like they were “putting on a warm blanket” when they wore the coat, our tester called out that it runs large—though it’s designed to fit loose to allow for extra layering underneath, it still felt a bit big.

Price at time of publication: $167

Sizes: Varies | Materials: Cotton and nylon | Insulation: 650-fill down | Sustainability: Down insulation aligns with Responsible Down Standard certification.

Eddie Bauer Seabeck Parka

TripSavvy / Andrew Whelan

Best Down

Mountain Hardwear Stretchdown Parka

4.8
Mountain Hardwear Stretchdown Parka - Men's

REI

What We Like
  • Ample insulation

  • Solid weather protection

  • Excellent stretch for good movement

What We Don't Like
  • Sizes run large, and in serious storms, it may wet out

Unlike most down jackets, which place the insulation in baffles or panels, the Stretchdown Parka from Mountain Hardwear weaves pockets of 700-fill down insulation from a single stretch fabric, which means that you won’t find any cold spots and total freedom of movement thanks to that proprietary stretch fabric. It comes with an insulated hood with an elastic binding, two secure zip chest pockets, zippered hand pockets, and elastic binding on the cuffs, a detail our tester appreciated because they didn’t have to fuss with Velcro to seal out the elements. 

We also loved the main two-way zipper, which helps regulate heat and can accommodate wearing a harness without sacrificing on insulation. But our tester noted that the jacket runs large, allowing for extra layers. On the other hand, given that the jacket stretches, it may make sense to size down.

Sizes: S to XXL | Materials: 20D Durable Stretch Doubleweave, nylon, and elastane | Insulation: 700-fill down | Sustainability: Down has been RDS-certified

Mountain Hardwear Stretchdown Parka

TripSavvy / John Somerall

Other Jackets We Tested

In addition to the 11 jackets that made our list, 11 other products competed for our top selections, but they didn't make the cut based on our testers' insights. 

Our tester liked The North Face's McMurdo Down Parka but noted that it didn't have good hand-warming pockets and was a bit expensive compared to similar products.

The Patagonia Tres-in-1 Parka felt great when worn as a shell, but when our tester wore the insulated layer along with the outer, there wasn't a lot of room for layering underneath, and their movement felt restricted. 

Our tester loved the warmth and style that came with the Marmot Fordham Jacket but felt its bulk restricted movement a bit and didn't feel comfortable after hours of continuous use. We liked how the Arc'Teryx Camosun Parka felt, but it's not rated for extreme cold, and the price was high. The Everlande ReNew Long Parka won accolades for its streamlined aesthetic, but it was a bit heavy, adding too much bulk. 

The price of the Uniqlo Hybrid Down Parka was spot-on, and the warmth-to-weight ratio was solid, but it didn't breathe as well as other jackets, which can lead to overheating during high-octane activities. Overall, our tester liked the Wantdo Mountain Waterproof Ski Jacket but knocked it for being more utilitarian than stylish, and the little extras like a button clip to attach a lining to the jacket and poorly-made thumb slits felt poorly designed.  

Amazon's Essentials Heavyweight Hooded Puffer Coat kept our tester warm in the Scottish Highlands but noted that wind would always blow up from under the hem, making it tough to stay warm. When our tester adjusted the hood and zipped and snapped up the J.Crew Franconia Parka with PrimaLoft tight, it worked wonderfully, but they found that the hood blocked their line of sight whenever the jacket wasn't completely snapped.  

The Polo Ralph Lauren Wool-Blend Melton Peacoat stuck to its name, lending a traditional, timeless aesthetic, but our tester doubted it would work well in colder temps or during a serious winter storm. And while the COS Relaxed-Fit Wool-blend Coat looks good enough to wear in fancy situations, the fit felt more focused on taller travelers.

How We Tested

After receiving samples of each coat, our testers first rated the overall feel of the coat based on its weight, quality of materials, and overall feel. We then put each jacket to the test for several hours in cold-weather testing, everything from running errands to hikes, and wore a variety of different inner layers to see how well the jackets would accommodate bulky sweaters as well as thinner base and mid-layers, taking note of how well we could move in the jacket to understand their bulkiness and whether or not they impeded any movement. We also took note of how well the hoods could be adjusted, so they stayed put in extreme winds without interfering with the field of vision, how easily the hem and cuffs could be adjusted and noted both the quality and glove-friendly application of the hardwear like zippers, buttons, and snaps.

After at least 6 hours of testing, we rated the jacket on its key characteristics on a five-to-one scale, taking note of each jacket’s comfort level, warmth and insulation, overall design in terms of aesthetics and extra features like additional pockets, and the value-to-cost ratio. We also consulted verified customer reviews to widen the insights on each jacket and consulted both professional reviews and each brand’s website to validate that the jackets did (or did not) live up to the company’s promises.

What to Look for in Men's Winter Coats

Materials and Insulation

Winter coats typically consist of two key elements: the outer shell, which should feature weatherproof materials that block out the wind and rain to keep you dry and helps seal in warmth without overheating thanks to its breathable properties, and then the insulation, which should include either down or synthetic fabrics. Down boasts a larger weight-to-warmth ratio, meaning those jackets are lighter than those with synthetic insulation, but down is often more expensive and doesn’t always provide warmth when it gets wet—a rare occurrence given the weatherproof outers, but that’s something to consider if you’re planning to travel to a notoriously damp place. 

Weatherproofing

Almost all winter coats come with a waterproof/breathable outer layer to help you stay dry in freezing rain, sleet, and snow, and it’s an essential feature. Look for either Gore-Tex or a proprietary fabric/treatment that promises to keep you dry, sheds moisture well, and breathes so you can better regulate your internal temperature. Jackets that also have DWR treatment add another layer of protection.

Fit

Most winter jackets strike a balance between a looser overall fit, which allows you to wear layers underneath comfortably and bolsters freedom of movement, and a slightly more svelte profile, so you don’t feel like you’re the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man. Hemlines are also typically longer than traditional jackets, extending below your hips by a couple of inches, which adds some much-needed extra protection. Look for jackets with shoulder seams that largely line up with the drop in your shoulders, and little features like adjustable cuffs, pull cords at the lower hem, and wrist gaiters help you dial the perfect fit. And if the jacket has a hood, be sure it’s adjustable so you can position the hood in a way that won’t blow off in the wind and doesn’t interfere with your peripheral vision.

Cost

It’s best to think of buying a quality winter coat as an investment—the better coats cost more (typically at least $200, though some quality jackets can be had for a bit less), but they also are built to last for multiple seasons. Higher-cost jackets also boast features that’ll resonate for prolonged use, including more durable fabrics, higher breathability and weather protection, higher-quality down insulation, cuff closures, and the ability to adjust the jacket to fit well, as well as elastic properties that afford freedom of movement.

Frequently Asked Questions
  • How should I care for and wash my jackets and coats?

    To spot-clean the outer shell, you can use a wet washcloth to remove dirt and grime and apply a bit of liquid soap on stubborn stains, but always refer to the manufacturer’s care instructions to be sure you don’t damage the water repellency. For more thorough cleaning, you can machine-wash your jacket. Just be sure to use the gentle cycle at around 85 degrees F using a down-specific soap or detergent. And be sure to skip the spin cycle and let the jacket drip dry.

  • What type of jackets will be the warmest?

    You can judge the warmth of a jacket by looking at the insulation itself, which is either measured in weight (for synthetic insulation) or by the fill count (for down jackets). In both instances, the higher the number, the more insulation. But also look at other key details like whether the hood is insulated (which increases the jacket’s warmth) and whether or not you can seal out the elements with adjustable hems, cuffs, and collars as the hood itself. 

    The outer shell materials also play a factor—those with waterproof and windproof fabrics or DWR treatments will block out biting winds and freezing rain, sleet, and snow, to keep you comfortably dry and warm. Waxed cotton provides some protection but may wet out in serious storm conditions, which can be an Achilles heel. It’s also important that even the warmest coats allow breathability, either by using Gore-Tex or another proprietary outer shell or by having glove-friendly zippers to help you dump heat as you start to move. You don’t want a jacket that’s so warm that you start to sweat after ten minutes out in the wild, which makes it difficult to stay warm.

  • Can I use a ski or snowboard jacket as a winter jacket?

    The best ski jackets lean into the polarity of the sport—periods of extreme aerobic activity while you ski and long stretches of downtime as you weather the cold while riding the lift or waiting in line. As such, most skiers opt for a layering strategy, with insulation coming from the base and mid layers, while the outer jacket is typically a waterproof/breathable shell with ample pit zips that help regulate your temperature (zipped up to keep you warm, unzipped to add more air circulation while skiing or when you want to cool down rapidly). As such, ski shell jackets don’t provide much insulating warmth. But for those who run cold, you may ski with a jacket that provides some insulation, which means the jacket can also work as a lifestyle-oriented winter coat, provided you wear enough underneath to keep you warm. Ski jackets also typically have a bevy of sport-specific features like a pass pocket, wrist gaiters, a pocket for ski goggles, or microfiber cloths for wiping the goggle lenses. These features are superfluous when you’re off the slopes.

Why Trust TripSavvy

Nathan Borchelt has been rating, testing, and reviewing outdoor and travel gear for decades, focusing on cold-weather apparel that keeps you warm and dry in extreme conditions. He collated the feedback from a field of testers on more than a dozen men’s winter coats and then did a deep dive on the ones that ranked the best, examining each jacket’s key characteristics, along with consulting both verified customer reviews as well as product profiles written by professionals.

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