The 8 Best Men’s Winter Parka Jackets for 2023

By Beau Hayhoe  |  Updated January 9, 2023

The 8 Best Men’s Winter Parka Jackets for 2023
Courtesy of Canada Goose
 

Your checklist of winter style essentials should almost be like a way to fight back against seasonal cold. You watch news reports from afar about intense winter storms, so why not gear up accordingly when a blizzard or a frosty evening rolls into town? And the best way to do that? With one of the best winter parkas, naturally.

What is a Parka?

A parka is an insulated long coat hitting usually well below the waist, with added features like a thick hood to keep out the winter cold, plus front and chest pockets.


WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The parka is a winter essential: This long coat is outfitted with warm insulation, useful pockets and often, a helpful hood for extreme cold weather (or everyday winter pursuits).
  • Insulation makes the difference: Choose carefully between feather down or synthetic insulation, and look for a higher fill power for more warmth.
  • Look for added features: Parkas boast details like ribbed cuffs for a snug fit, and the best parkas offer room to add base layers or cozy extras like a flannel shirt.

Consider a parka a true must-have as brisk weather hits your neck of the woods. Parkas were originally worn by explorers in locales with intense Arctic conditions, but there are styles now more suited to modern life – with sleek designs and plenty of warmth built right in.

The Basics of Parka Insulation

What really counts with a parka is what’s inside that jacket – the insulation is going to provide that all-important warmth, after all, and there are different types of insulation based on jacket style.

Feather down insulation is exactly what it sounds like, and the most natural form of insulation. It’s insulation culled from feathers next to the skin of birds like geese (look for companies that source their down sustainably and ethically). Down traps air pockets and helps you retain warmth, and it’s also rated by fill power (the higher the fill power, the warmer the jacket). Down insulation doesn’t tend to dry quickly if it gets wet, however, so bear that in mind.
Synthetic insulation is another incredibly common type of insulation found in winter parkas. It’s made from manufactured, repurposed fibers like polyester or a blend of polyester and other materials. You should know that it’s often less durable than down and can be bulkier, but it’s still a warm choice for performance-minded pursuits.




Flint and Tinder Caliber Parka


$348
 

Trade in your trusty Flint and Tinder waxed trucker jacket for something more suited to snowstorms with this overbuilt, tough-as-nails winter parka.

Military jackets are the inspiration for this particular jacket, which means the jacket is built from a waxed outer that’s a bit more mobile than some other winter parkas. It’s also quilted and stuffed with recycled polyester (synthetic) insulation and finished off with a warm corduroy lining. The cool military green color is a nice stylistic touch, too.

Insulation: recycled polyester






Canada Goose Langford Parka Heritage


$1495
 

It seems like Canada Goose parkas have been positively everywhere as of late, but the heritage retailer is certainly more than just a trendy option for your winter parka. They’re a pioneer in the category, after all, with the specs and history to prove it.

The Langford Parka in particular is cut longer for extra protection and lined with a warm, real fur hood that also looks pretty cool. Made with responsibly sourced 625-fill power duck down, Canada Goose says this parka is built for extreme conditions – it’s tough not to take them at their word on that.

Insulation: feather down






Arc'teryx Therme Parka


$700
 

Arc’teryx has taken the parka from the Arctic Circle into the modern age with a seriously streamlined design at home in the city or a winter cabin retreat.

The key is durable, weather-ready GORE-TEX fabric designed to resist water and wind, and they’ve filed this sleek winter parka with 750-fill power down for plenty of warmth. They’ve also blended that down with synthetic insulation in areas prone to moisture, a nice and highly functional touch for performance pursuits.

Insulation: feather down with synthetic added in a few spots






The North Face McMurdo Parka


$400
 

It’s hard to go wrong with a classic when it comes to one of the best men’s parkas for winter, and the McMurdo Parka is undoubtedly a classic.

From the removable faux-fur trim hood to the simple, subtle design featuring colors like “TNF Black,” it’s as reliable a winter coat as it gets – and it’s even more reliable and warm when you consider the 600-fill recycled waterfowl down.

Oversized front patch pockets provide crucial space for your everyday carry essentials when on the move this winter. A nice bonus? You can extend coverage past your wrists with hook-and-loop cuff tabs for both mobility and comfort in cold, blustery weather.

Insulation: recycled feather down






Everlane ReNew Long Parka


$248
 

Affordability isn’t the only thing Everlane has going for it as you scour the market for one of the best winter parkas, but it’s quite the added bonus. For under $250, get yourself a crisply designed, effective winter parka filled with PrimaLoft insulation and made from recycled materials every step of the way.

The ReNew Parka surely lives up to its name (it’s made with material from 64 plastic bottles), and yet it also delivers in terms of performance. The storm hood is exceptionally useful in windy winter weather, and oversized front hip and side-zip chest pockets deliver helpful storage space on the go. Plus, cool colors like India Ink make this wearable with every winter piece in your wardrobe.

Insulation: recycled PrimaLoft insulation






Patagonia Jackson Glacier Parka


$499
 

Looking for as much coverage as you can possibly get from a winter parka? Patagonia checks off that box quite nicely with a thigh-length parka that happens to be plenty eco-friendly. That means you can feel good about wearing this parka (it’s sewn to Fair Trade Certified specifications) inside and out – note the use of toasty 700-fill power 100 percent recycled duck and goose down).

Note the hidden inner zip chest pocket to store your phone and other EDC picks, along with the oversized hood for even more coverage from fast-falling winter snow.

Insulation: recycled duck and goose down






Alpha Industries N-3B Parka


$250
 

Alpha Industries was contracted by the government to supply the U.S. military with the hardest-working jackets on the planet, an effort they certainly didn’t take lightly. Today, much of that same utility and performance holds true, whether with the brand’s famed field coats or the highly useful, sturdily built N-3B Parka.

The N-3B was designed for the U.S. Air Force, with the specs to prove it: Note the front storm flap for plentiful weather protection, plus the durable nylon outer shell and authentic sleeve zip pocket.

Insulation: polyester






Filson Chilkoot Pass Parka


$895
 

When you put on Filson gear – be it a classic flannel shirt, inky selvedge denim or this incredibly well-designed parka, you’re signaling that you’re ready for anything, and you’ve got the right gear to prove it.

The Pacific Northwest company’s designs are the stuff of legend, after all, and the Chilkoot Pass Parka can go the distance in extremely cold weather.

850-fill power ethically sourced goose down offers up incredible warmth, while the forearms on the organic cotton and nylon shell are reinforced. For good measure, the name hails from a harrowing route taken by Gold Rush prospectors trying to strike it rich. Consider it another Filson product that more than lives up to its name.

Insulation: goose down





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