When it comes to great winter coats, nothing beats a parka. Parkas are the quintessential cold-weather piece of outerwear because they are meant to keep you both warm—often with fur, faux fur, or fleece lining—and dry with water-resistant materials. It’s the kind of coat you put on when you can’t get away with a lightweight down jacket anymore. It’s what you’ll wear out in a blizzard, to the driveway to shovel snow, or in any other extended period of time spent outside in the winter.
There are a few things to keep in mind when shopping for the best parka. First, consider this a winter clothing item worth investing in. There are some items of clothes that deserve high-quality construction, and a winter coat is not the place you want to cut corners on. Get one good one, in a color you’ll always like, and you won’t have to purchase again for a minute. Unless you decide you prefer options, of course.
It’s also important to pay attention to length and layers. There are parkas that have shorter hemlines, and hit around the start of your pants if you like ’em shorter. But many will hit mid-thigh or lower, which gives you more coverage. You can also look for parka jackets that have removable layers to make it more flexible to your varying jacket needs.
Here, we rounded up the best parkas for men on the market right now. They’re warm, they’re protective, and they’ll eliminate any question of what coat to wear when it’s cold and snowing.
Everlane The ReNew Long Parka
Everlane never fails when it comes to simple, reliable clothing—and you don’t want to be sleeping on their jackets. At just under $200, it’s one of the less expensive (but still very good) protective layers for winter.
Woolrich Arctic Parka NF
Woolrich’s Arctic Parka offers major protection against the cold, wind, snow, and rain. Its duck down paired with cotton and nylon ramar cloth shell, assuring warmth in the most brutal weather.
Lululemon Cold City Parka
Lululemon has some sleeper hits in its outerwear collection. This Cold City parka is ideal for wearing all winter long. It’s waterproof, seam-sealed, and easy to move in.
Patagonia Tres 3-in-1 Parka
Remember those layers we talked about? Patagonia gets it. This parka can be one big layer—or you can zip out the liner and down layers to lighten up. Great for a trip with varied weather.
L.L.Bean Mountain Classic 650 Parka
L.L.Bean’s mountain parka is basically a warm and comfy sleeping bag made for walking around. You won’t want to take it off.
Alpha Industries Slim Fit N-3B Parka
Alpha Industries is one of our favorite parka brands for long-lasting pieces that are perennially in style. This slim parka is one of the founding members of the cool outerwear sect.
Fjallraven Yupik Insulated Parka
Fjallravene is a brand that takes great pride in making the quality high-tech coats at a price that’s fair for amount of function you get in each piece. Their Yupik Parka has a water and windproof outer, premium (removable) fur trim hood, and high performance fabric.
Arc’teryx Therme Insulated Parka
A Arc’teryx parka will keep you warm and well-equipped to handle freezing temperatures on the ski slopes or city streets. This stylish option will be your go-to outerwear to sport from your morning coffee, to your evening dinner date.
The North Face McMurdo Parka
The North Face is the master of all things winter weather outerwear. The McMurdo Parka is a long-standing favorite, and gets slightly tweaked with upgraded details every year. This is one you’ll wear forever.
The North Face Sierra Down Corduroy Parka
North Face offers fine quality at a fair price and their colored down parkas—like this corduroy forest green—are a bright stand-out in the pack of solid neutrals out there.
AllSaints Tarling Parka Coat
If you’re not into the super outdoorsy feel of a lot of parkas, AllSaints has you covered. This urban-tinged jacket belongs right in the city but keeps you as warm as the others.
Nike Sportswear Hypershield Parka
Nike Sportswear also has taken its talents to the great outdoors. You already trust them for your sneakers and workout gear—you can expect the same quality in their outerwear.
Canada Goose Macmillan Quilted Parka
This versatile Canada Goose parka will keep you warm as can be. Worn over a suit jacket for dressier occasions or over a turtleneck sweater and jeans, this option works for all occasions with understated style. The water-resistant fabric with matte finish makes it a practical choice for all kinds of weather that you’re sure to face in today’s varying climates.
O.N.S Clothing Everest Parka
O.N.S makes clothes that are as cool as they are functional. This jacket is engineered to keep you warm and insulated, without feeling like a straight-up marshmallow.
Mackage Edward-NFR Nordic Tech Coat
Mackage is the holy grail of stylish outerwear. A Moncler parka is a hefty investment worth you hard-earned money for a high-quality product, masterfully made, with enduring style. The ever growing number of devotees to the brand assures that this is truly a smart purchase for undeniable warmth.
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