This small company designs and builds down gear for serious outdoorspeople who depend on it, and most of the manufacturing is done in the United States.
The Patagonia Tres had a sturdy, durable outer shell that was ready to withstand anything that we threw at it. Finicky zippers seem to be a common issue with some of the jackets we tested; for example, the primary zipper on the Arc'teryx Darrah gave us problems when we tried to zip it up.
The Arc'teryx Patera is highly durable, despite its finicky zipper. The outer shell is 2-layer Gore-Tex, 75D polyester with DWR treatment and is waterproof, windproof, and breathable fabric. We found the outer shell to be very durable against snags, due to the lack of exterior stitching. When tested in high winds and heavy rain, this jacket was comparable to the Patagonia Tres Down Parka regarding their level of durability. One of the most overlooked but crucial features when buying a winter jacket is the hood.
A thickly insulated hood makes a huge difference in cold weather, as opposed to a thin non-insulated hood. For someone living in a climate that gets heavy snow and cold temps, a hood with thick insulation and faux or real fur will protect your face and keep you warm. We understand that the real fur can be controversial and not for everyone. Feel free to read more about this in our Sourcing Ethics section of our buying advice.
The Canada Goose Shelburne Parka offers an oversized adjustable hood for an even tighter fit on those extra windy days. Detachable hoods are common, and offer versatility, but what if you get caught outside in a storm without it? There were certain features we loved, like fleece-lined pockets. Whether the exterior pockets were lined on one-sided or both, fleece pockets are a stand-out feature that attributed to additional warmth and comfort on super cold days.
Not everyone carries gloves with them at all times; because of this, the fleece-lined pockets are super practical. Fleece also was a theme with collars and cuffs. We loved the fleece-lined torso of the Marmot Montreaux , and the nylon cuffs on the Rab Deep Cover Parka were also plush and super warm. Double-sided zippers were almost a mandatory requirement on all the winter jackets; we found this especially true with the knee-length parkas.
While somewhat restricting, we gained a significant amount of mobility with the double-sided zipper when walking. Secured by button snaps, we could feel the cold air leaking in, and the snaps were noticeably uncomfortable when we were sitting on hard surfaces; we honestly didn't find this feature that useful.
Even though both offered a tailored look, the cinched waist on the Kensington Parka was more robust than the waist on the Columbia Heavenly Long Hooded Jacket.
Another interesting feature that the Kensington Parka offered was internal carrying straps. We didn't find ourselves utilizing the straps all that often, but for the weight close to nothing , it's a good option to include - especially if you are living in a mild climate.
The Patagonia Tres Down Parka offers a 3-in-1 option and is the only jacket like it in our review. If you are in the market for a raincoat, a puffy jacket, and a winter jacket, the Tres may be the jacket for you! We hope that we've been able to help you decide what type of winter jacket is the right style and fit for your life. If you're still wavering between a few contenders and need help narrowing down your selections, consider reading or re-reading the Buying Advice in your quest to determine which model will best suit your needs.
The Best Winter Jackets for Women of Displaying 1 - 5 of Updated January From sunny days where temperatures reach 50F to colder days where the highs are only F, winter weather can be unpredictable. When it's time to buy a winter jacket, it's important that it's the right one for the environment you live in so you can be sure you've covered all of your bases.
For the second year in a row, the Canada Goose Kensington has scored the highest in all of our rating metrics. See all prices 3 found. See all prices 2 found.
See all prices 4 found. We wore these jackets every day for months, everywhere we went. Some days we would load the car up with jackets and drive out into the mountains to get a feel for how they handled in even colder weather. Often, the fit of a winter jacket is what jeopardizes its warmth and style. When taking the time to buy a winter jacket, you want to make sure it fits properly.
If you are buying a jacket online, make sure to look at the size guide to ensure the best fit. Winter weather isn't predictable. We wore each model in a variety of environments, from daily city life to mountain adventures, and rated them based on their Warmth, Weather Resistance, Style, Comfort, Features, and Durability.
The Metropolis, pictured here, scored towards the middle of the fleet when it came to warmth. Being outside in cold weather wasn't an issue in the Editors' Choice-winning Kensington Parka.
The Marmot Montreaux is packed with fill-power down, keeping us comfortable and warm even when outside for an extended period of time in frigid temps.
This was the warmest jacket in our line-up, earning a perfect 10 out of 10 score. Down insulation has a high warmth-to-weight ratio. Lightweight and highly compressible, down is a great choice for cold climates, but not a super wet climate. Pictured here is the lead tester wearing the Canada Goose Camp, which scores a 10 out of 10 for comfort and an 8 out of 10 for warmth!
Adding internal nylon cuffs to a winter jacket really makes a difference in cold weather. Jackets that lacked cuffs had a hard time keeping warm air in and cold air out. We also noticed in stormy weather internal cuffs did a great job at keeping precipitation out.
The Shelburne is loaded with features. These adjustable straps at the cuffs allowed for a tighter fit when it was colder outside or when we were caught out in precipitation. In snowy conditions, our face remained warm and protected, thanks to the coyote fur ruff around the hood.
Unlike the faux-fur ruff of the Marmot Montreaux, the coyote fur ruff of the Kensington, shown here, is intended to do a better job at trapping heat. The coyote fur ruff will do a better job at retaining its loft in wet weather, and it will last longer than a faux fur ruff.
The Deep Cover Parka by Rab was one of the more stylish winter parkas we tested, scoring a 9 out 10 on the style scale. Though not mega warm, we loved the look of the lightweight and sleek Fiona Parka and granted it a 9 out 10 on our style scale.
The adjustable cinched waist on the Kensington Parka allows you to tailor the fit, and scored some high style points. Insulated with comfortable fill down, the Arctic II kept us warm when temperatures started to drop. The thick and durable outer shell did a great job at blocking cold temps and strong winds. The Camp from Canada Goose goes above and beyond to make your time outside in the winter is enjoyable. Subtle features like an insulated collar made a noticeable difference in cold weather.
Super comfortable and warm, it did a great job at trapping heat in and cold air out. We also loved the look that it added to the jacket. Soft fleece-lined collars and chin guards, like the one found on the Montreaux pictured here, added a nice cozy touch and protected our face in cold or stormy weather.
We wore these jackets for months all around Lake Tahoe, Ca and beyond. Rain, snow, wind, and even on sunny days, we brought these jackets out to really get a feel for how each one handled. The features on the Kensington are intended to last you many winters to come. A heavy duty 2-way main zipper is covered by a storm flap and offers extra protection from wind and precipitation.
There are military grade buttons on the pockets, as well as on the storm flap. No details are left out on this jacket. A classic winter parka style jacket with a faux-fur ruff around the hood, fill down insulation, and a waterproof exterior - all for a reasonable price!
The Arctic Parka II did a stand-up job against its contenders, especially when it came to durability. Plus this cutie comes in five different colors from, all perfect wardrobe neutrals, and at this terrific price, why not get more than one?
Slip it on with some world-famous Calvin Klein jeans and some tall boots for a super stylish look. This great looking double-breasted pea coat from Tommy Hilfiger is the perfect grab and go jacket for every woman. Made from a wool and polyester blend, this great pea coat hits just below the hips for a little better protection for your tush during wind and weather.
It features figure flattering princess seaming with a contrasting buttonhole at the deeply notched collar. Vertical welt pockets fall right at the waist to keep hands comfortable and cozy.
The added partial belt band in back gives this jacket some added flair. Pair it with a Tommy Hilfiger scarf and hat for a cute, buttoned up look. But London Fog has answered the challenge with this warm and cozy, super stylish plus size pea coat. Double breasted styling flatters fuller figures, whether you leave it open and casual or buttoned up against the weather.
And speaking of weather, the wool and poly blend fabric will keep you cozy and comfy. Want to see more plus sized pea coats? The wool-blend baby-doll styling features a convertible spread-to-funnel collar, side pockets, and a wide vent at center back. Over-stitched detailing gives it an extra smart look, and the figure flattering seems will make you look great from front to back. The simple four button closure keeps your jacket in place and the roomy body allows you to easily slip on this cute coat over suits , or jeans and a sweater , with plenty of breathing space.
This Solid color fleece pea coat from Aeropostale might be your new favorite casual jacket for walking the dog, or running errands. Solid fleece construction means easy wash and care. The fold down collar looks cute buttoned and flipped up or worn folded down with a scarf.
Imagine cozying up in this eye catching faux fur coat from Trina Turk. The Makayla faux fur coat features multiple hues from white and tan to black, meaning you can throw it over practically anything and it will look great and keep you warm and toasty.
It comes with a cushy hood that will keep your head and ears covered from the weather, and the deep side pockets are easy to slip your hands into on the chilliest days. Made from acrylic and modal, this coat is both fashionable and politically correct.
Trina Turk creates so many alluring fashion designs, especially for petite women. It features an oversized collar with notches and side pockets with faux leather trim.
The front features hidden hook closures to keep your jacket cinched close, even when the wind is blowing. This percent handmade, high quality, high-end sable faux fur coat feels exquisitely glossy and soft. This lovely winter coat features a full front hook and eye closure, lotus leaf collar and oversized lapels that snuggle up around your neck.
Add a faux fur head warmer for a super sexy look on those cold nights out. You can plan on staying warm and keeping your style chic and classy with this great looking, genuinely simulated faux leather pea coat. The Ovonzo super soft jacket will keep you cozy even in the harshest winters and stylish during the windiest spring. It is fully lined with faux-shearling and has good sized patch pockets at the waist with neat straight hems, to let you amp up your fashion game.
The adjustable collar, graced with faux-shearling, adds flexibility to your look as well. Double breasted, with hidden snaps, this great looking coat gives you a smooth, not-too-bulky look. Shearling coats are hot this season. Check out lots more styles of shearling coats here.
This long hooded faux fur plus size coat is perfect for cold winter nights. This beauty is fashionably loose and gracefully oversized. The generous cut gives you both style and comfort. It features long sleeves with elegant rolled cuffs with deliver extreme warmth and offer enough room for a flawless fit over your suits or other clothes.
The gorgeous attached hood is both flattering and warm against the weather. The hidden hook and eye front closure is highlighted by a single detail button at the neck.
This is because down traps heat in the air pockets between the down feathers. Most outdoor enthusiasts accept this risk and choose to take good care to keep their down items dry on their adventures, but if you spend a lot of time out in wet climates, you might consider synthetic insulation, at least for some of your insulation pieces—the synthetic fibers have more structure and retain warmth even when wet.
Another way to manage the risk of down getting wet is to encase it in waterproof fabric, or at least materials coated with a durable water repellent finish DWR. Arc'teryx uses a clever Down Composite Mapping technology where they integrate Coreloft synthetic insulation in high-risk areas such as cuffs, shoulders, armpits, and hoods. In previous reviews, these jackets stayed wetter longer because the synthetic insulation would absorb water which would then leak into the down and the shell fabric.
In this round of testing, however, even dripping ice climbs couldn't manage to get the Cerium's cuffs wet which is one of the areas most prone to moisture. Most of the jackets in this review are treated with a DWR durable water repellent coating on the exterior fabric to prevent water from soaking through the material and dampening the down. It is important to note, however, that these jackets are not designed to be remotely waterproof, so if you will be out in the rain, be sure you can fit your rain or hardshell jacket over your down jacket to ensure those feathers stay dry and lofted.
The KUHL Spyfire took an interesting approach using DWR coated soft shell over the shoulders, which we found very effective for beading up and shedding light rain. The North Face Aconcagua was a top performer when it came to water resistance. Not batting an eye, it has an oily feel that allows water to bead up and roll right off. We appreciated this when we got caught in storms, and the chill started to creep in.
The Arc'teryx Cerium SV and LT both earned the same score when it came to water resistance, and did a spectacular job of protecting us from the elements. It was our favorite model to wear on winter vacations to our favorite snowy wonderlands—especially great for those traveling from warmer climates and who therefore are not as acclimated to the cold.
We especially liked the Cerium SV for ice climbing, winter backpacking, and long backcountry ski tours. One of the most intriguing aspects of this review was the continued opportunity to test out some jackets with treated hydrophobic down: Water repellent fabrics still seem to make the most difference in a down jacket's water resistance.
We took all of these jackets ice climbing and ski touring to test the water resistance. Dripping ice climbs offered an excellent real-world opportunity to observe the jackets' water repelling abilities. In the end, most jackets performed to our expectations, with the Marmot Quasar Nova falling behind significantly with how easily the shell material wet out and soaked through to the down. The jackets in this review use sewn-through baffle construction instead of box-baffles, which are usually reserved for expedition parkas.
The sewn-through design is less expensive to produce, lighter and improves ease of movement. Several companies vary the sizes of its baffles to maximize mobility and insulation. We were very impressed with this solution. Under the arms, they place smaller baffles which eases movement of the arms and torso. Smaller baffles, however, also means more stitches, and therefore reduces its warmth. Since these smaller baffles are only under the arms, the area is often protected from the wind and otherwise covered by the arms themselves.
Overall we felt that the fit and the design of the sewn baffles are the primary components of style. No matter what, puffy down jackets make a woman look, well… puffy.
But some look better than others. The shape of the jacket also contributes to Style points. But style cannot trump function, in our reviewers' opinions.
In this review, we appreciated the style of the KUHL Spyfire which was an impressive blend of style while remaining adequately "mountain ready".
However, as you know, style is subjective - and if you don't like the look of a particular jacket, you might not be inclined to wear it. So do yourself a favor and peruse the metrics for a model that performs according to your wants and needs, and satisfies your personal taste. We hope we've been able to help you narrow down your top choices and make a final selection of a jacket for your wintertime activities. Check out the related articles below for more winter inspiration!
Properly caring for down jackets is very important. Over time the down will get covered in dirt and oils causing it to lose its loft and therefore lose its warmth. To clean your jacket, we recommend using a specialized cleaner such as ReviveX Down Cleaner or a similar product from Nikwax to safely clean the down and restore its loft.
The Best Women's Down Jackets of Displaying 1 - 5 of Updated October It's that time of the year; it's time to bundle up and hunker down - or set out on some exciting winter adventures! This fall, we thoroughly analyzed each model in our current fleet and added in the Cerium LT from Arc'teryx, an excellent lightweight version of the Cerium SV, a previous Editors' Choice winner.
On that topic, the Cerium SV was knocked down to a Top Pick winner after several more months of testing revealed long-term durability issues with the ultralight fabric.
It's still a big-time favorite, but not an everyday wearing type of jacket, and is more suited for the rugged adventurous type. See all prices 4 found. See all prices 3 found.
Feeling hip and functional with a stylish and affordable down jacket in the Pacific Northwest the Magma. We extracted a small sample of DownTek treated hydrophobic down from one of our test jackets. We evaluated the look and feel of the treated down and sprayed it with water to see what happened. A sample of DownTek treated hydrophobic down after being sprayed with water.
Notice how the water is beading up on the down rather than soaking into the fibers. Taking a break from climbing in the midwinter sun in the cozy and durable Rab Microlight.
Down is the ultimate in insulation: A lightweight down jacket is a must in every outdoors woman's quiver. Here we are getting all lifestyle-y in the Patagonia Down Sweater Hoody on the sea ice of Antarctica. The hood fits comfortably over a helmet when rock climbing and the overall design of the Microlight Alpine kept us toasty.
The Arc'teryx Cerium SV Hoody was super warm by itself, but also allowed us to wear extra warm layers underneath for those extra cold days. And it's lightweight, to boot! Shoveling is hard work in a cold place: Keeping warm with hot tea and the Marmot Quasar Nova Hoody on an early season ice climbing trip.
The Ghost Whisperer was the most compressible jacket in this review. The Rab,second from the top right in orange, was a decently compressible jacket. The Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer packs down so small you barely notice it clipped to the back of your harness. Stylish and durable, Canada Goose makes a nice jacket. The Perren also tops our charts as being one of the most durable in the bunch.
The Aconcagua is made of durable fabric it earned the highest score in our test , but lower quality fill down.
However, since down is one of the best materials for lightweight, warm jackets (and sleeping bags, quilts, booties, etc.), we think this is an important metric for judging the quality of a down jacket. Down comes from ducks or geese and is the best insulator for winter coats because clusters trap in heat and offer excellent warmth. You'll also find down and feather blends, which is a less expensive option, or down-alternative, which is made of synthetic fibers that mimic down. Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer Down Jacket (Women's) from $ BUY NOW The Ghost Whisperer has been ranked one of the best down jackets for years now because it's highly technical and won't let you down.