Winter is here yet no one can stop you from getting outside and exploring the mountains! We can't blame you! For some of us, winter is a time for hibernating, but for some, it's a time to see and enjoy nature in a different season. Mountains on its own are beautiful and majestic, but mountains and snow together are just magical! It's a view you will never regret hiking or trekking for. In this blog, we give you a list of the top-rated winter jackets for your winter adventures, why they're great and what these brands are claiming these jackets provide.
Anyone who’s bummed their way through a season or two knows the importance of being on a first-name basis with the patrol, avoiding your buddy’s landlord and keeping your options open whenever new storms arrive. Patagonia's motion-friendly Snowshot, designed for superior comfort and mobility, lets you slip through the season’s highs and lows. Snowshots have a fabric package that includes a burly H2No® Performance Standard 2-layer polyester shell (70% recycled) with a waterproof/breathable barrier for storm protection. A DWR (durable water repellent) finish increases the fabric’s durability and keeps you dry when you’re flying through mucky weather. Lightweight, slick mesh lines the body and sleeves to wick away moisture and provide a smooth glide over layers. Articulated arms let you move naturally, and pit zips offer up a quick-venting option when you’re working up steam. Weather-sealing features include a 2-way-adjustable, helmet-compatible hood with a laminated visor; soft microfleece panels for your neck and chin to protect from wind blasts; and a low-profile powder skirt (with webbing loop that connects to any Patagonia® Snow pants) that provides an always-ready seal when you’re in the deep. Zippered pockets include two handwarmers, one chest (with media pocket and cable routing) and one internal stash pocket. There's also an internal drop-in pocket for goggles and gloves.
Designed for versatility with a focus on trekking and hiking, the Zeta AR is made from N70p 3L GORE-TEX® fabric with GORE® C-KNIT™ backer technology. This material delivers durable waterproof, windproof, highly breathable protection with a backer technology that makes the fabric exceptionally supple, quiet and comfortable. Articulation in the sleeves and gusseted underarms provide freedom of movement.
Hardwired for the trail, the Zeta AR is built for exploring big terrain. On extended outings or when working hard in mixed conditions, the WaterTight™ pit zippers provide rapid ventilation. The low profile Arc’teryx StormHood™ delivers full protection and cinches securely with a single adjuster for a fit that moves with the head and provides exceptional peripheral vision. The hip length with drop back hem extends coverage and rides comfortable under a hipbelt. An internal laminated pocket stows and protects a smartphone or wallet, and two hand pockets with WaterTight™ zippers are accessible while wearing a pack or harness.
Part of the Titanium line, this fully seam sealed down jacket solves all your problems: it’s exceptionally warm without being heavy or bulky, and it’s as waterproof-breathable as it gets. We combined 800-fill power goose down insulation that’s been treated for water resistance with our innovative OutDry™ Extreme technology, the first-ever waterproof and breathable fabric constructed with a rugged, long-lasting waterproof layer on the outside and soft, wicking fabric inside. Finally, a waterproof, down-insulated rain jacket. This cold and wet stopping coat features 2-way pit vents, a 2-way front zipper, contoured cuffs for better coverage at top of hand, and a snap-back powder skirt to seal out wayward snow on those super deep days. This product is made with 100% responsibly sourced down. Columbia Sportswear Company is committed to ensuring the highest industry animal welfare guidelines.
Arc’teryx designs for use in true alpine conditions. This requires an elevated performance that comes from careful design and patterning. The Thorium’s Athletic fit is streamlined and layers easily under a hardshell in cold conditions. Articulation built into the sleeves and gussets under the arm provide a level of freedom of movement not often found in an insulated jacket. This ergonomic freedom is an Arc’teryx design commitment that infuses every piece they make. Because the Thorium AR is intended as a midlayer, Arc’teryx is able to use sewn through construction to further reduce weight and increase packability.
Arc’teryx Down Composite Mapping technology combines the goose down insulation with panels of Coreloft™ synthetic insulation in areas prone to moisture. Used in the collar, cuffs and under the arms, the Coreloft™ insulates even if wet. Down is used in the sleeves and around the body’s core. The Thorium’s tall collar seals out drafts, and two zippered pockets secure small essentials.