Best jacket: keep warm this winter with these technical jackets, coats, parkas, and shells

Winter-beating jackets to keep out the cold, from lightweight to heavyweight

It's the countdown to Christmas and the weather has definitely turned, with high winds, rain, and flurries of snow there's plenty to moan about as winter grinds on, then, and plenty of need for winter jackets and coats.

The fact is nothing beats Winter Blues like battling Mother Nature in a jacket stuffed to the gunnels with down. And so, just for you, T3 has picked out the best jackets and coats for those looking for protection from the elements.

Ready to get toasty? These are the best men's jackets, in alphabetical order:

1. Arc'teryx Atom LT

The Atom LT is a hybrid hoodie, designed for use as both an active-use insulation layer, or a standalone jacket for when you're in less Artic conditions. Despite being lightweight and packable, the Atom still packs some serious clothing tech, such as Coreloft insulation, Polartec and Hardface for stretch and breathability, and DWR taffeta outer shell to protect from wind and rain.

£170 | Arc'teryx jackets | Buy it from Berg Freunde

2. Alexander McQueen Peacoat

Coming from Alexander McQueen's sailor-inspired Spring '16 collection, this stylish peacoat should be a staple of any wardrobe. The midnight-blue heavyweight cotton is fully lined for comfort and warmth, and the exaggerated lapels give it a more tailored, dramatic look.

£1,085 | Alexander McQueen coats | Buy it from Mr Porter

3. Barbour Ashby Wax

Reworking the contemporary Engineered Bedale in a robust wax finish, the Ashby is a winter-ready jacket that's as stylish as it is practical. Perfect if you live on a farm and roll around everywhere in a Defender.

£329 | Barbour jackets | Buy it form John Lewis

4. Belstaff Roadmaster

Introduced in 1981, the Belstaff Roadmaster is a bit of an icon. The recent jacket, with the original four-pocket design comes in a more streamlined fit. Made from cambric cotton, Belstaff has developed the wax finish since 1800s, to be more breathable and waterproof.

£595 | Belstaff jackets | Buy it from Amazon

5. Berghaus Vapour Storm

Berghaus' Vapour Storm is a waterproof venting jacket designed for serious multi-sport athletes. With Gore-tex, this is, apparently, the world's first waterproof jacket with fully open vents, designed and tested during The Dragon's' Back, a tough mountain race. Of course, it'll also protect you as you're sprinting to catch the bus.

£270 | Buy it form E-Outdoors

6. Burberry Brit Delsworth

Seen here in dashing 'Ink' colour, this trench coat is perfect for the sophisticated gent around town. A tad light on 'tech', this coat is showerproof, and features a detachable peaked hood. The Delsworth can be dressed up for work, or down for a more relaxed look.

£795 | Burberry jackets | Buy it from Harrods

7. Burton AK 3L Freebird

Fancy making the most of that fresh snow that's currently falling in Europe? This stylish snowboarding jacket from Burton will have you looking good on the slopes.

It's ultra-lightweight and packable, made from Gore-tex with split boarding specific utility pockets for peak functionality. One innovate feature is the Pit Zip, efficiently dumping heat when opened (essentially, it's a zip).

£480 | Burton jackets | Buy it from Amazon

8. Canada Goose Chilliwack Bomber

One of the most popular fashion brands right now is Canada Goose, darlings of the Arctic Circle, streets of London, and the Beckham household. These jackets are made for extreme weather conditions, and it takes 450 hours to make a single Canada Goose coat. All designs are stuffed with Hutterite down (amongst other premium Canadian downs), and the hood is lined with coyote fur, helping it to create some of the lightest and warmest insulation available.

£699 | Canada Goose jackets | Buy it from Amazon

9. Cheap Monday Cage Parka

This classic hooded winter parka from Cheap Monday is finished in a water repellant coating and padded with a quilted lining. There's one inner pocket, zip-front closure with buttoned flap, and inbuilt drawstring at waist so you don't look obese every time it gets cold.

£140 | Cheap Monday jackets | Get it from Urban Outfitters

10. Columbia Shreddin' Jacket

Do you spend your Januarys shredding down the slopes of Tignes? Or, at least, pretend you do? Well, this Shreddin' jacket from Columbia is perfect for you. Featuring a helmet compatible hood, Omni-heat thermal reflective insulation, and Omni-tech breathability (essentially little silver dots which reflect heat but let sweet through) this jacket is crammed with fabric tech.

£350 | Columbia jackets | Buy it from Amazon

11. Givenchy Hooded Jacket

Sportswear meets streetwear in this stylish jacket from Givenchy - the panelled black leather and neoprene really making it stand out from lesser jackets. The hood can be zipped on, or zipped off and removed completely, essentially making ti two jackets in one.

£1,765 | Givenchy jackets | Mr Porter

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