Bringing the Heat

The Best Arctic Parkas for Beating Sub-Zero Temps

January 13, 2017 Style : Clothing By Photo by Lululemon

When winter’s temperatures settle into the biting sub-zeroes, your best option for staying warm is the iconic arctic parka. Today’s iterations of the parka draw from mid-century military designs, placing equal weight on function and warmth, but utilize modern waterproofing and wind-proofing innovations. Along with down fill and an optional fur hood lining, cold weather doesn’t stand a chance. The practical and timeless design is easy to incorporate into any wardrobe, complementing a wide range of different aesthetics. In the case of cold-weather outerwear, the aphorism “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” readily applies, and the classic design is still the best.

Nordic Down Parka by J.Crew $450

Chenega Jacket by Triple Fat Goose $450

Hoosac Mountain Parka by Penfield $465

Stay Puff Parka by Lululemon $498

Legacy Parka by Helly Hansen $500

Arctic Parka by Woolrich John Rich & Bros. $765

Carson Parka by Canada Goose $999

John Zientek

John Zientek is Gear Patrol's style editor and in-house guitar authority. He grew up on the West Coast.

More by John Zientek | Follow on Contact via Email
Sign Up for the
Daily Dispatch
The day's best product roundups, reviews and gear news packed into one handy, daily email.

By submitting your email, you agree to our Terms and Privacy Policy and to receive email correspondence from us.