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Every year, Canadians face the ultimate challenge of selecting warm winter coats that can fend off subzero temperatures without making wearers resemble the Michelin Man. For those who spend time at the cottage during winter, the challenge is even greater, as you’ll need a coat that can keep you warm during outdoor activities like skating, snowshoeing, or ice fishing, but won’t feel like a sauna if you only need it to shovel the driveway. If the thought of selecting the perfect parka from a seemingly never-ending parade of warm winter coats fills you with dread, do not panic. We’ve waded through the confusing winter coat market and ranked them by warmest winter coats.
1. Columbia South Canyon Down Parka
With its 4.9/5 rating on Amazon, the Columbia South Canyon down parka is one of the best warm winter coats money can buy. Filled with 550 fill power down insulation, this parka can handle temperatures of up to minus 15 below Celsius and is priced around the $250 range.
2. Columbia Peak to Park Insulated Jacket
Columbia also nabbed the number two spot on our rankings with their bomber-length Peak to Park insulated jacket. The exterior shell is waterproof polyester and the interior is 100 per cent synthetic down, making it warm and cruelty-free. At only $100, it’s as affordable as it is versatile.
3. The North Face Downtown Parka
The North Face has been keeping outdoor explorers toasty warm since the brand was founded by two mountaineers over 50 years ago. The high-neck collar on this coat will shield from brutal winds and the waterproof shell is perfect for fending off rain, sleet and snow.
4. Spyder Gtx Infinium Down Coat
The Spyder Infinium down coat combines breathable, waterproof Gore-Tex fabric with a stylish silhouette style that won’t look bulky in the city. The coat’s inner barrier is made from Gore Infinium, a wool-like nylon lining that makes the coat totally windproof.
5. Arc’teryx Seyla Coat
Arc’teryx is a Vancouver-based company renown for its high-quality, high-performance outerwear. At $600, this coat is relatively pricey but it is manufactured in Canada and its classic silhouette will never go out of style.
6. Tommy Hilfiger Arctic Coat with Removable Faux Fur Trimmed Hood and Ultra Loft Insulation
This practical Tommy Hilfiger coat is machine washable, making it remarkably simple to take care of. Its clean silhouette will make it a favourite in your wardrobe for years to come.
7. Lands’ End Expedition Down Parka
This parka is so good it earned a spot on Oprah’s hotly-anticipated Favourite Things list for 2020. The 600 fill power down insulation provides warmth in temperatures up to -18 degrees Celsius.
8. Marmot Chelsea Waterproof Down Rain Coat
The Marmot Chelsea down coat is especially good for days that are both cold and wet. It was designed with “MemBrain hydrophilic lamination for repelling water and reducing internal moisture.” With 700 fill power down, it will keep you warm in temperatures up to -20 degrees Celsius.
9. Marmot Montreaux Full-Length Down Puffer Coat
The Marmot Montreaux combines the look and warmth of a classic parka. With its waterproof shell, 700 fill power down filling, and zip-off hood, it’s everything you need in a winter coat.
10. Canada Goose Shelburne Parka Coat
While Canada Goose tends to top the price list of any winter coat ranking, it received the lowest rating out of all the coats we selected from Amazon (though 4.1 out of 5 still ain’t bad). The down-filled Shelburne coat is extra warm but it will cost you; this coat tops out at a hefty $2,000.