Commuting during winter is a cruel undertaking. It’s especially brutal when you’re subject to below-zero winds in that thin, throwaway coat you’ve had for years with loose intentions to upgrade. But if today’s brutal weather is any indication of what’s to come, we suggest you stop justifying your flimsy coat and open your wallets for these five great parkas. Because winter isn't coming. It's here.
Rag & Bone – Arctic Parka CFDA nominee Rag & Bone has updated the classic parka with thoughtful subtleties and an effortless, slouchy shape. Their down-filled coat features black leather detailing, a practical nikke wool water resistant finish and warm, fur-trimmed hood. This is for the modern guy who’s willing to make an investment if it means he’ll look a step above the average commuter. Although we can’t attest to it being suitable for the arctic, it’s certainly built for brutal below-zero days like today.
A.P.C. – Oléron Parka A.P.C. has carved out a great niche in street fashion, giving casual menswear an upscale, but approachable edge. Their take on this cold weather staple is true to their brand image, offering a confident look that’s equal parts streamlined and subdued. In bold navy blue, the Oléron Parka opts for an updated high hooded collar, Italian waterproof outer body and thoughtful, plaid flannel interior. This would be a great go-to winter piece at an incontestably fair price.
Canada Goose – Expedition Coyote-Trimmed Down-Filled Parka It’s likely you’d strike someone wearing a Canada Goose if you threw your salt-coated boot into a crowd, but these parkas are popular for good reason. The Canadian-made Expedition coat has been field tested against the brand’s Thermal Experience Index and received the top rating of 5. This means it’s properly equipped to face extreme -30 degree temperatures in “the coldest places on earth.” Despite all their attention to function, this parka still looks really sharp, arguably offering the most bang for your buck in this roundup.
Woolrich Woolen Mills – Fur Collar Parka Backed by more than a century of creating quality outerwear, Woolrich’s American-made parkas are time-honored and undeniable. Their timeless designs are fairly straightforward, but every last detail is accounted for and perfected: The coyote-trimmed hood, quilted lining, durable buttons, ideal number of pockets and a ballistic nylon shell. Incredibly classic and versatile, this parka is for the laidback guy who’s looking for an easy, quick answer to the essential winter coat.
Jack Spade – Chapman Down Parka Always one to blur the lines of refinement and function, Jack Spade has reworked the utilitarian principles of a parka and given it a simple, sophisticated edge. This budget-friendly style is slightly oversized without it being too bulky, and comes fully equipped with a down filling and fleece lining. Finished with a versatile zip-off hood, plenty of pockets and a drawstring waist, the Chapman was designed to face unbearable winter temperatures without sacrificing an ounce of style.
Text by Justin Moran.