Buffalo’s been buried, the north east will be blanketed in snow come Thanksgiving and temperatures are supposed to hit an all-time low. And that’s just the month before winter officially begins. That’s all to say that this winter’s expected to be a doozy, so we suggest you listen to the weatherman and grab yourself a coat that’s actually built to withstand the cruel power of mother nature—one of these five, even. On a scale from tough to damn near invincible, we found the best new jackets you could brave a snowstorm in this year. (Of course, if you’re staying indoors, why not crack open one of these seasonal brews?)
ISAORA Combo Down Moto Jacket
Two different linings and two different looks make for one hardy piece of outerwear that’s both stylish and resistant to the elements (wind and water, not so much fire). The ISAORA Combo Down Moto Jacket’s goose down-filled nylon body should make you feel brave enough to take on an impending cold front. If it doesn’t, the contrasting insulated sleeves with their tough-guy leather will at least help you look the part.
Patagonia Primo Down-Filled Coat
Don’t let the Primo coat’s low-profile silhouette fool you. Designed for the climes of Jackson Hole, one of the few surviving great American ski resorts, it is Patagonia’s warmest jacket yet. Free of unnecessary bells and whistles—not to mention your last jacket’s five pounds of soggy lining—it’s got a water- and windproof Gore-tex shell, fleece-lined hand pockets and a super adjustable, helmet-compatible hood. Then there are some well-placed vents and an interior drawstring. Nothing you don’t need, and everything you want (lift ticket not withstanding).
Adidas x Barbour GSGNein Jacket
This military-style jacket is a product of the latest collaboration between Adidas and the British gods of waxed cotton over at Barbour. The GSGNein is worn best as a murdered-out top layer chock full of utility pockets, including a map pouch with a clear face (don’t worry, you can put your smartphone in it when you’re not behind enemy lines). An adjustable fixed hood provides some extra warmth when the waxed cotton body’s not enough. The leather details and camo-print liners—well, they just look damn good.
Strellson Storm Crasher Parka
Strellson’s penchant for combining great design with unimpeachable function is practically guaranteed—do you have any idea how cold it gets up there in Switzerland? On the keeping-your-ass-warm side of things, this military-style Storm Crasher parka is cut long, filled with premium down and topped with a breathable, wind- and water-resistant material to ensure you stay toasty and dry. You’ll also find handy features like a waterproof ripstop smartphone pocket and—get this—vents you can open up if you get too warm. Now those are some confident Swiss.
Supreme/The North Face Bandana Mountain Parka
The utilitarians over at The North Face have banded together with Supreme to create a winter coat for the hypebeast at heart. The collab’s Mountain Parka ditches the hiking store aesthetic for an urbanized waterproof outer shell sporting a bandana print—you’re not getting lost in a whiteout anytime soon. The parka’s not all flash, though: it’s got full-zip construction, tonnes of functional pockets and even zippered underarm vents. And that hood? Fully-adjustable, full-coverage.