Outdoor Retailer Winter 2020

5 of the Best Jackets Coming Out This Year


January 30, 2020 Sports and Outdoors By

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Every year, outdoor gear companies reveal tech-laden marvels that make spending time outside in the blistering cold not just tolerable, but enjoyable. Solar-adaptive goggles. Magnetic heated gloves. And yet, it’s still that ubiquitous staple, the humble jacket, that always draws our attention. That’s not to say that outer layers won’t see their fair share of innovation and updates in the coming year. Here are the ones that we’re most excited to zip on next winter (no batteries necessary).

Filson Alcan Quilted Jacket

Price: $450
Release Date: July 2020
Filson’s reputation for ruggedness is well-known; it embeds practical durability into every one of its products, from canvas work jackets to waterproof haul bags. That characteristic extends to the Alcan Collection, Filson’s first moto-specific line of clothing. Alcan includes leather gloves and double-front pants, but we’re particularly excited about the quilted jacket, which has a canvas shell reinforced with ballistic nylon and PrimaLoft Gold insulation for additional warmth.

Helly Hansen Elevation Infinity Shell Jacket

Price: $750
Release Date: Fall 2020
Helly Hansen’s Elevation Infinity Shell comes with a long fit, an integrated (removable) balaclava and a pocket that keeps your phone warm with NASA-created insulation. Still, its most interesting feature is much less visible. It’s called LIFA Infinity Pro, and it’s an impressive new waterproof and breathable membrane that Helly developed first for base layers and insulation.

Fjällräven Vidda Pro Wool Padded Jacket

Price: $400
Release Date: Fall 2020
Again, the coolest thing about Fjällräven’s new jacket isn’t immediately visible. The Vidda Pro has been one of the Swedish brand’s trekking go-tos for seasons thanks to its durable G-1000 shell. Fjällräven added a layer of unique insulation to this cold-weather update. It’s made of a blend of recovered wool and biodegradable cornstarch fiber, a combination that the company says resists long-term compression better than typical insulation.

Picture Demain

Price: $500
Release Date: Fall 2020
Another jacket, another invisible upgrade. Picture has aimed for eco-consciousness from the get-go, and the Demain is the best representation of that mission yet. The three-layer shell includes polyester made of sugar and a PFC-free waterproof membrane. Picture didn’t skimp on style, either.

Norrona Lofoten Gore-Tex Anorak

Price: $799
Release Date: September 2020
Gore-Tex recently revealed its rejiggered Pro fabric tech, which comes in three separate variations that highlight stretch, durability and breathability. Norrona harnessed the latter version to make the forthcoming Lofoten Anorak. The jacket is lightweight, even with its extended cut and roomy fit, and it features underarm vents and a central zipper long enough to permit access to your layers underneath.

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Tanner Bowden

Tanner Bowden is a staff writer at Gear Patrol covering all things outdoors and fitness. He is a graduate of the National Outdoor Leadership School and a former wilderness educator. He lives in Brooklyn but will always identify as a Vermonter.

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