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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 outdoors types, 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
  • Patagonia Macro Puff Insulated
  • Mammut Whitehorn IN
  • Rab Neutrino Pro
  • Columbia OutDry Ex Eco Down
  • Fjällräven Polar Fleece
  • Craghoppers Pember – Best Winter Coat Tested
  • Fjällräven Vidda Pro Wool Padded
  • Paramo Alta III
  • The North Face Thermoball Eco

Filson Featherweight Down Jacket

Price: £295
Weight: 544g
Best for: Field use, everyday outdoor wear
Key attributes: Warm, durable

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.

Full Specifications

Men’s XS-XXXL, women’s XS-XL / 850 FP goose down / 100% nylon ripstop + 59% nylon/41% cotton overlay / Two-way front zipper closure with zipper garage and full inner storm flap / Interior hanging zipper pocket and Moleskin-lined kangaroo handwarmer pockets

Check out our full Filson Featherweight Down Jacket review

Get the latest price at:
blackleaf.com

Patagonia Macro Puff Hoody

Price: £380
Weight: 420g
Best for: Skiing, mountaineering, climbing, winter hillwalking
Key attributes: Warm, great wet weather performance

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.

Full Specifications

Men’s XS-XXL, women’s XS-XL / 10D 100% recycled nylon ripstop shell with DWR / 100% polyester 135-g PlumaFill (body); 90-g PlumaFill (side panels and sleeves) / Two-way front zipper closure with zipper garage and full inner storm flap / Interior hanging zipper pocket and Moleskin-lined kangaroo handwarmer pockets

 

Read our full Patagonia Macro Puff Jacket review.

Get the latest price at:
eu.patagonia.com

Mammut Whitehorn IN Jacket

Price: £199
Weight: 623g
Best for: Skiing, general everyday use
Key attributes: Warm, stylish

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.

Full Specifications

Sizes: S-XXL (men’s),  XS-XL (women’s) / filled with 82 g 80/20 recycled down from Re:Down with 650 cubic inch fill power on body / 200 g/m² recycled Ajungilak® OTI™ Element in shoulder area / Pertex® Quantum material with PFC free DWR treatment, made from recycled yarn.

Read our full Mammut Whitehorn IN Jacket review.

Get the latest price at:
mammut.com

Rab Neutrino Pro Jacket

Price: £290
Weight: 570g
Best for: Climbing, mountaineering, alpinism
Key attributes: Warm, water-resistant

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.

Full Specifications

Men’s XS-XXL, women’s UK 8-16 / 800 FP RDS-certified hydrophobic goose down / Pertex Quantum Pro Shell

Read our full Rab Neutrino Pro Jacket review.

Get the latest price at:
webtogs.com

Columbia OutDry Ex Eco Down Jacket

Price: £260
Weight: 460g
Best for: Hiking, general everyday wear
Key attributes: Waterproof, eco-friendly

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.

Full Specifications

Men’s S-XXL, women’s XS-XL / 700 FP RDS-certified goose down / 100% recycled polyester OutDry shell

Read our full Columbia Outdry Ex Eco Down Jacket review.

Get the latest price at:
columbia.com

Fjällräven Polar Fleece Jacket

Price: £260
Weight: 800g
Best for: Winter walking, general everyday use
Key attributes: Warm, eco-friendly

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.

Full Specifications

Men’s XS-XXL, women’s XS-XL / 35% polyester, 28% wool, 23% acrylic, 11% polyamide, 3% other fibres with G-1000 Eco reinforcements: 65% polyester, 35% cotton / Two zippered hand pockets / Adjustable hood / Two-way zipper / Drawcord hem.

Read our full Fjällräven Polar Fleece Jacket review.

Get the latest price at:
fjallraven.co.uk

 

Craghoppers Pember

Price: £200
Weight: 1.51kg
Best for: Winter walking, general everyday use
Key attributes: Warm, eco-friendly

Craghoppers have pulled out all of the stops with their new Pember jacket. First up it’s super, super warm and comfortable and it’s waterproof as well, then there are a whole bunch of eco-driven efforts on show as well. Not only is the DWR on the outer fabric free from any nasty chemicals but they’ve also made sure that most of the materials they’ve used here are from recycled sources, that includes the textured face fabric, the polyester lining, the fill and even the zip tapes. On top of all that, the full bluesign approval gives that extra reassurance that Craghoppers have considered the ethical and environmental impact of their product.

All in all, the Pember is a cosy, eco-friendly jacket that will keep you warm on country walks or national park excursions and without too eye-watering a price tag either.

Full Specifications

Men’s S-XXL, women’s n/a / Aquadry Membrane (waterproof 12,000mm HH, Breathable 15,000g/m2/24hrs) / Thermo Pro polyester fill / 10 pockets: 2 bellowed button fastening lower with zipped handwarmers,2 bellowed button fastening chest ,1 zipped inner chest, 1 zipped map and 2 elasticated accessory pockets

Selected for our 2021 Green Gear Guide. Read the full Craghoppers Pember Insulated Jacket review.

Get the latest price at:
 craghoppers.co.uk

Fjällräven Vidda Pro Wool Padded Jacket

Price: £415
Weight: 1.4kg
Best for: Winter walking, general everyday use
Key attributes: Warm, eco-friendly

The Vidda Pro Wool Padded Jacket is one serious bit of kit that you could imagine would be right at home in the wild depths of a Swedish winter. It’s a jacket that’s really impressed us here at Outdoors Magic, not just because of its performance but because of the range of eco-friendly materials that have Fjällräven have used for it.

Out of the 30 items selected for our 2021 Green Gear Guide, this is perhaps one of the most qualified products. You’ve got the shell that’s made from G-1000 Lite Eco, a mix of recycled polyester and organic cotton that’s treated with Greenland Wax for eco-friendly water resistance. Then there’s the insulating fill which is made from a blend of Fjällräven’s Recovered Wool (wool from the meat industry that had been headed for landfill) and a bioplastic made from corn starch. Perhaps best of all though, you’ve got that incredibly snug hood that’s lined with a flannel made from recycled wool.

It’s seriously cosy and excellent at keeping the wind off you, thanks to an adjustable hem and a generously padded hood that is particularly snug.

Full Specifications

Men’s XS-XXL, women’s XS-XL / Wind- and water-resistant G-1000 Lite Eco / Sustainable padding in Swedish wool and PLA from corn starch / Two-way front zipper with protective flap and buttons / Adjustable hood with lining in recycled wool / Drawcord adjustments at hem and buttons at sleeve cuffs.

Selected for our 2021 Green Gear Guide. Read our full Fjällräven Viida Pro Wool Padded Jacket review.

Get the latest price at:
fjallraven.com

Paramo Alta III Jacket

Price: £300
Weight: 805g
Best for: Winter hillwalking and mountaineering
Key attributes: Waterproof, protective

A dedicated winter waterproof rather than a warm winter coat, Paramo’s Alta jacket is a tried-and-tested hiking and mountaineering workhorse that has been in the Paramo range for some years. The latest version, the Alta III, 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.

Full Specifications

Men’s S-XXL, women’s XS-XL / Nikwax Analogy 100% polyester fabric with Mesh Pump Liner reinforcement and directional waterproofing / Upper arm vents and two-way locking front zip /  Adjustable cuffs and hood / 6 pockets / Classic longer length cut / Glove-friendly zips.

Read our full Paramo Alta III jacket review.

Get the latest price at:
paramo-clothing.com

The North Face Eco Thermoball

Price: £180
Weight: 450g
Best for: Hiking, general everyday wear
Key attributes: Warm, eco-friendly

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.

Full Specifications

Men’s S-XXXL, women’s XS-XL / 30D 100% recycled polyester with DWR finish / ThermoBall Eco 100% recycled polyester synthetic insulation / Hem cinch-cord / Stows in hand pocket / Internal, secure-zip chest pocket / Zip hand pockets / Internal, elastic-bound cuffs.

Read our full The North Face Thermoball Eco review.

Get the latest price at:
webtogs.com

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