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

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

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We're currently facing one of the coldest snaps in recent history with 'The Beast from the East'. There's plenty to moan about as winter grinds on, 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.

2. Alexander McQueen Embroidered Bomber Jacket

Coming from Alexander McQueen's recent collection, this stylish bomber is a must for anyone looking to make a statement. The leather and suede exterior is embroidered with the label's signature skull. The jacket is cut in a slim fit to give it a more tailored, dramatic look.

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.

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.

5. Berghaus Ramche 2.0

The Berghaus Ramche sets a new standard in winter insulation, in the most efficient, lightweight package possible. Body-mapped goose Hydrodown makes sure that warmth is delivered just where it is needed, providing the perfect thermal balance. An ultra-lightweight outer fabric, down-filled hood, zipped hand-warmer pockets and adjustable cuffs and hem complete a hugely effective jacket for the coldest conditions.

6. Burberry Kensington

Seen here in dashing famous beige cotton-gabardine, this trench coat is perfect for the sophisticated gent around town. A tad light on 'tech', this coat is weatherproof, and features buttoned storm flaps. The Kensington can be dressed up for work, or down for a more relaxed look.

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).

8. Canada Goose Bromley

One of the most popular 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 features a shearling-trimmed collar.

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.

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.

11. Haglöfs Essens Mimic

This lightweight jacket from Haglöfs features the latest high-loft QuadFusion Mimic, which emulates the best qualities of down, but retains excellent performance even when wet thanks to minimal moisture absorption.

12. Helly Hansen Voss

If you're looking for something a little lighter, that can sit on top of a warm jumper, we'd recommend the classic Helly Hansen Voss Jacket, which has seen global success built on its heritage from protecting fishermen in the coldest of seas in all kinds of weather. It has totally windproof and waterproof PU fabric with Helox+ technology to provide full weather protection.

13. Kjus x Hublot Limited Edition

Perhaps the ultimate T3 jacket - meet the Kjus x Hublot limited edition.

Hublot's usually a brand you'd see popping up in our best watch guide, but they've also spent three years developing a jacket with ski-brand Kjus. Where functionality meets luxury, it's the first piece of clothing to feature real carbon YKK zip puller.

It's got goose down, PrimaLoft and Dermizax EV carbon to keep the cold and water out. Perhaps the best feature is an exclusive 'watch window', so you can still show off your Big Bang.

Of course, you also get a KJUS Hublot Big Bang Carbon and Leather 44mm Watch. Available only and exclusively via KJUS and in a strictly limited edition of 20 pieces.

$21,300 (including shipping and insurance) | KJUS

14. Mackintosh Raincoat

The O.G when it comes to raincoats - Scottish brand Mackintosh know what they're doing when it comes to weatherproofing. Made from bonded-cotton and featuring a drawstring hood. This is a true classic.

And we got through that without making a pun about Apple, well done us.

15. Moncler Pascal

This winter jacket is based on an '80s style Moncler stumbled upon in its archives. Called the 'Pascal', it can be worn skiing or on city streets. It's stitched from water-repellent shell that doesn't feel stuffy over a sweater and filled with insulating goose down for unrivalled warmth.

16. Musto Siku Parka

Musto claims the Siku is "the pinnacle of technical design". It's built to withstand the most extreme weather conditions, but the understated all-black aesthetic means it can be worn anywhere. Dual-layer Gore-Tex protect you from heavy rain, while staying breathable warmth with lightweight PrimaLoft Gold.

Musto have binned the fur hood in favour of a double layer construction, and added a breathable nylon metal mesh face mask that allows water vapour to pass through when exhaling.

Now, don't go thinking the Siku is all style over substance. If the unthinkable avalanche does happen, the jacket features Recco Reflectors which can be picked up by rescue teams using special equipment.

£850 | Buy it from Musto

17. The North Face Nuptse III

The North Face - brand of choice for BBC news reporters on location, anywhere. We love this parka from the company, featuring HyVent technology, and responsibly sourced down, it looks right at home on the streets as well as more remote locations.

18. Patagonia Down Sweater Hoody

The Men's Down Sweater Hoody from Patagonia delivers exceptional comfort and warmth in cold conditions. It features a combination of recycled polyester fabric and 800 fill power goose down that is traceable from the parent farm to the apparel factory to ensure its ethical sourcing. The fabric boasts a durable water resistant finish for a little extra protection in damp conditions and will also block out the wind while the down helps to trap a layer of warm air around your body.

19. Snow Peak Down Jacket

Snow Peak is a brand started by Yukio Yamai, an accomplished mountaineer, in 1958 when he became dissatisfied with available products. The company now strives to create harmony between people and nature, with products that you can pass down to the next generation, like you would a wristwatch. Which we think is a pretty nice sentiment.

This shearling-trimmed wax cotton down jacket is both water and wind-resistant. It's packed full of quilted lining and down, offering exceptional warmth.


Beat the cold with this affordable cold weather jacket for the everyday outdoors. The Worth TCZ is a tough jacket, offering protection from showers and wind with a special down-like thermal fill that carefully conserves body heat. There’s a snug fleece-and-taffeta lining plus adjustable hood with detachable faux-fur trim.

21. Volcom Starget Parka

Volcom say this is the 'next generation parka'. The heavyweight hooded coat provides enhanced warmth and weather protection - treated with 5000WR. It's lined with plush sherpa and heavyweight poly fil, and looks great as well.

22. The Workers Club Quilted Bomber Jacket

We absolutely love this quilted jacket from The Workers Club. It's be designed exclusively for Mr Porter, and can cleverly adapt to the changing weather. Crafted from a lightweight shell, the jacket can be reversed, for either an army green or navy coloured exterior.