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Best Winter Coats 2020 | Top 10

We’ve selected the season’s best winter coats to keep you warm, dry and comfortable while offering full protection from the elements

When temperatures drop, a dependable winter coat is the ultimate bit of outdoor kit. There’s nothing like hunkering down in the enveloping warmth of a down parka in the freezing cold. Or battening down the hatches in a fully-stormproof technical hardshell jacket when foul weather blows in. Those kind of conditions are when you really need one of the best winter coats around.

Luckily, whether you’re after a cosy belay jacket for winter climbing adventures or a warm yet stylish overcoat for the morning commute, we’ve got you covered. These outer layers will protect you from biting wind and lashing rain or snow, as well as any other kind of brutal winter weather. In fact, if you’re wearing one of these jackets, there’s really no excuse not to get out there.

The Best Winter Coats 2020

Outdoor brands generally know one or two things about protecting you from the elements. After all, would you rather trust a company who have spent years fitting out mountaineers and outdoorsmen, or leave it to some high-end Italian fashion house? Yeah, thought so. That’s why we’ve rounded up the best winter coats from the leading outdoor brands for your consideration. This is kit that has been used and abused in some of the wildest, coldest and wettest places on earth.

  • Filson Featherweight Down Jacket
  • Jöttnar Elvar Thermolite Insulated
  • Patagonia Macro Puff Insulated
  • Mammut Whitehorn IN
  • Rab Neutrino Pro
  • Columbia OutDry Ex Eco Down
  • Fjällräven Polar Fleece
  • Holden Corkshell Summit
  • Paramo Alta III
  • The North Face Thermoball Eco
  • Devold Trollkyrkja


Filson Featherweight Down Jacket

Price: £295
Weight: 544g

The Pacific Northwest sees some seriously gnarly winters. So brands coming out of the upper left USA usually make very good cold-weather gear. Filson is no exception. This 850-fill power down jacket is built tough from high-quality materials. It’s made to last, and it’s also very warm. In fact, after taking it out in both Norway and Wales, OM Editor Will Renwick said it was “one of the warmest jackets I’ve tested this season.”

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As a heavy-duty jacket, it’s no lightweight, despite the name. It may be ‘featherweight’ by Filson standards, but then, this is a company that makes pants and jackets from a 15-oz fabric called tin cloth. So it’s not a jacket to stuff in your pack and carry around just in case. But if you’re venturing out in sub-zero conditions, it’s definitely one to wear for all-day warmth.

Read our full Filson Featherweight Down Jacket review.

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Patagonia Macro Puff Insulated Jacket

Price: £380
Weight: 420g

The Macro Puff is the biggest, burliest and warmest of Patagonia’s range of synthetic insulated jackets. It builds on the success of their Micro Puff jacket, using the same PlumaFill fibres. The fill is housed in offset baffles to reduce stitching (which can cause cold spots). However, The Macro Puff employs a greater fill density than the Micro Puff for added warmth. The jacket is cut longer too.

In terms of overall warmth, weight and packability, it strikes a superb balance. That makes the Macro Puff a very versatile option for all sorts of cold-weather pursuits. And as this is a synthetic jacket rather than a down piece, it also offers considerable wet-weather performance. That means it continues to insulate even in damp conditions. We were intrigued by the Macro Puff when we got a first look back in early 2019, and when we got our hands on the jacket for full testing, it performed really well. In fact, we were so impressed with the Macro Puff that it made it into our Outdoor 100 this year.

Read our full Patagonia Macro Puff Jacket review.

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Mammut Whitehorn IN Jacket

Price: £199
Weight: 623g

The first thing we noticed when we pulled the Mammut Whitehorn jacket on is just how cosy it is to wear. It uses zoned insulation to achieve this. The main body is stuffed with 650-fill power duck down, which is topped off with plenty of Mammut’s Ajungilak synthetic fill across the shoulders.

Both types of insulation inside the Whitehorn jacket are recycled; the down being sourced via Re:down, while the synthetic fill comes from recycled polyester. The face fabric and lining of the jacket are also made from recycled fibres and it has a PFC-free durable water repellent (DWR) coating. This focus on eco-friendly features was the reason this jacket made it into our 2019 Green Gear Guide.

The jacket looks good too, with eye-catching retro styling. Unusually, it is reversible, and the two different faces offer slightly different looks as well as features. It makes for a stylish down hybrid jacket that is certainly warm enough to see you through a British winter. It would also be a great piece to take skiing. Wear it one way on the piste, then flip it when you head off the slopes to enjoy some apres-ski.

Read our full Mammut Whitehorn IN Jacket review.

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Rab Neutrino Pro Jacket

Price: £290
Weight: 570g

Warm, refined and versatile, the Rab Neutrino Pro is a well-built and reliable down jacket that’ll do pretty much everything in sub-zero conditions. Or as OM gear tester Jon put it in his review, it’s a “whopping great dose of portable warmth that you can take out wherever you are in anything short of seriously cold conditions, and rely on to keep you comfortably toasty”.

It packs a punch in the heat stakes thanks to plenty of 800-fill power goose down stuffed inside its roomy baffles. That gives reassuring, near-instant warmth when you put it on, making it ideal for everything from cold, exposed belay stances to winter nights in a remote Scottish bothy. It would even be suitable for grander adventures in the world’s great ranges.

Though it’s obviously not as toasty as an expedition box-wall down jacket, the Neutrino Pro does exactly what it was designed to do, and does it extremely well. All in all, this is a cracking all-rounder for all sorts of winter pursuits at home and abroad.

Read our full Rab Neutrino Pro Jacket review.

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Columbia OutDry Ex Eco Down Jacket

Price: £260
Weight: 460g

The waterproof down jacket was a pretty niche product until Columbia came along. Now, many brands seem to be following suit. It’s a good idea – down, after all, is nature’s best insulator, but it only works well when it stays dry.

As one of the first brands to latch on to the concept though, Columbia remains a leader in the field. That’s largely thanks to their use of a unique waterproof-breathable technology, OutDry. This is an inside-out waterproof construction that places a toughened waterproof membrane on the face of the fabric rather than sandwiching it between two layers. This eliminates the need for a durable water repellent coating, and therefore means no harmful PFCs.

As well as this, the materials are all 100 per cent recycled and are completely dye-free (that’s why the jacket is white). Similarly, the 700 fill-power goose down fill is ethically sourced. It’s a very green product, inside and out. It’s also warm, completely waterproof and one of the best winter coats around.

Read our full Columbia Outdry Ex Eco Down Jacket review.

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Fjällräven Polar Fleece Jacket

Price: £260
Weight: 800g

For those fresh but dry winter days that don’t quite warrant a big, puffy jacket, there’s nothing better than a heavyweight fleece. The Polar Fleece Jacket from Swedish mega-brand Fjällräven is one of our favourite examples. It’s got that casual, wear-it-down-the-pub aesthetic that means it is equally at home on or off the hill. But it’s also about as warm as fleeces get, thanks to the thick polyester face fabric and wool lining. This even extends to the hood and handwarmer pockets too, for added comfort.

Like all Fjällräven products, sustainability is at the heart of the product, as the fleece makes use of recycled fabrics throughout its construction. That only makes us like this excellent fleece jacket even more.

Read our full Fjällräven Polar Fleece Jacket review.

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Devold Trollkyrkja

Price: £468
Weight: 230g

In many ways, merino wool is nature’s own performance fabric. It’s warm, breathable, regulates temperature well and is naturally anti-bacterial. That’s why any number of outdoor brands use it for a range of garments, from socks to baselayers.

Now, Norwegian brand Devold has developed an outer layer made from 100% merino. The Trollkyrkja jacket is a softshell unlike any other. Thanks to a proprietary technological process, the brand has created a woolen face fabric that is both water and wind resistant. Yet amazingly it is still as soft, breathable and comfortable as a merino baselayer. It’s basically everything you want in a softshell jacket, which makes it ideal for a range of winter activities.

We were so impressed with the jacket’s performance and quality, as well as its impressive eco credentials, that it even made it into our 2019 Green Gear Guide.

Read our full Devold Trollkyrkja Jacket review.

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Holden Corkshell Summit Jacket

Price: £712
Weight: 1,043g

It’s pretty unusual for us here at Outdoors Magic to review a ski-mountaineering jacket. Sure, we love the powder, but we’re mostly about hiking and backpacking. However, when a jacket wins a prestigious industry award thanks to its innovative tech, we tend to sit up and take notice.

The Holden Corkshell Summit Jacket is a fine piece of outerwear indeed. It makes use of a highly unusual three-layer fabric called Schoeller Corkshell. The face is infused with pulverised cork left over from the wine industry. And it’s no gimmick – it makes for a fabric that is water resistant and breathable while offering more warmth than a standard softshell. The fabric also boasts 4-way super stretch, offering great mobility without restriction or bulk.

The jacket has a waterproof membrane, fully taped seams and YKK Aquaguard zips for full wet weather (or snow) protection. There’s also a powder skirt, magnetic pocket closures and an easily adjusted hood plus pit zips and wrist gaiters. So if you’r heading to the slopes this season and have got some serious cash to drop on a new skiing or snowboarding jacket, this one is well worth a closer look.

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Paramo Alta III Jacket

Price: £300
Weight: 805g
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Since we’ve included one winter waterproof, it’s only fair that Paramo’s Alta III jacket is also part of this round-up. A tried-and-tested hiking and mountaineering workhorse, the Alta has been in the Paramo range for some years. The latest version, however, is better than ever.

The features, fit and functionality have all been refined to create an exceptionally good waterproof jacket. It also has impeccable environmental credentials, which is why the Alta III was one of a select group of products that made it into our 2019 Green Gear Guide.

If the jacket has a drawback, it’s that it is a bit warmer and heavier than a typical hardshell. As the seasons get colder and wetter, however, that becomes a positive rather than a negative, and in the wildest winter weather you would hardly want to be wearing anything else.

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The North Face Eco Thermoball

Price: £180
Weight: 450g

As the name suggests, this warm jacket by The North Face houses Thermoball insulation, the U.S. brands synthetic alternative to down that was developed a couple of seasons ago in partnership with Primaloft. It makes use of small, round fibre clusters that hold heat within tiny air pockets for maximum thermal efficiency. It’s been a big success, as it is warm, compressible and continues to retain heat even if it gets wet.

With this new version of ThermoBall, called the ThermoBall Eco collection, the fill is now made from 100% recycled polyester, which according to The North Face, has given the equivalent of 3.6 million plastic bottles a second life this year. To further strengthen the jacket’s green credentials, all of the liner and shell materials are made from 100% recycled fibres.

Weighing in at a little less than 500g, it’s a fairly lightweight option, making it an ideal layer to throw on at rest stops or for for wearing under a protective shell when its raining or snowing.

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