Our Best Men’s Parkas For The Winter buying guide will give you our top choices for some very stylish men’s winter coats. Before we get started let’s clearly define a mens parka. For the purpose of this guide, a parka is a hooded, waterproof coat that falls below the waist. Many of our offerings will have drawstrings at the waist and cuffs and down or synthetic filling for additional warmth. Where provided a fill power rating will be noted.
Parkas were first invented the Caribou Inuit. These were barren-ground Caribou hunter who lived in northern Canada’s Keewatin Region. The most prominent feature of a Parka is the fur-lined hood to reduce the impact of high winds. Original parka shells were made from caribou or seal skin and required regular coatings of fish oil to retain water resistance. The shell of today’s parkas is made from more modern materials like cotton blends, and nylon. Many of these shells will feature some sort of Teflon coating that makes the shell completely water and wind-resistant while still maintaining a high level of breathability.
First up on our list is the Carhart Trapper Parka. This is a perfect work parka but is also stylish enough for a trip out on the town.
Carhartt Trapper Parka
Carhartt makes some of the best work clothing anywhere. Their Carhartt Trapper Parka ($199) is no different. It was built to take on the harsh winter conditions with its thick water-repellent cotton fabric. The Trapper features a zip closure with press stud overlay, two chest pockets, two dual entry side pockets and a single internal pocket to the left of chest. It’s finished with a faux fur lined hood with removable faux fur trim. The brands leather tab is stitched on the front left pocket and includes branded press studs throughout.
Nigel Cabourn Authentic Everest Parka
British designer Nigel Cabourn draws his aesthetic from historical military designs. The Nigel Cabourn Authentic Everest Parka ($3125) provides a perfect example. The outer shell is made of high-performance Ventile cotton that is extremely durable, windproof and highly breathable. This arctic parka is built to hold up to the coldest climates on the planet. Made in England it features shearling fur trims, down and feather fill, wooden toggle adjustments for the hood, and waist drawstrings and elasticated cuffs to ensure a snug fit. Nigel looks to create timeless pieces that can be passed down through generations, I think they’ve done exactly that with the Everest Parka.
Canada Goose Carson Parka
The Canada Goose Carson Parka ($1,029) is a nod to Canada Goose’s Chateau Parka. It features a mid-thigh length and removable coyote fur hood that provides exceptional warmth. Additional details include an Arctic-Tech Fabric shell which is water and wind resistant, white duck down insulation with a 625 fill power rating, handwarmer pockets, and a Napoleon chest pocket. Whether you’re a polar explorer or city dweller the Carson Parka will protect all you against the harshest weather conditions.
The North Face Men’s Gotham Parka III
North Face is always go-to for affordable winter apparel that can handle some of the harshest element. The brand is named after the coldest, most unforgiving side of a mountain and their latest offering, The North Face Men’s Gotham Parka III ($249) looks like it could hand such adverse adventures just fine. This weatherproof, insulated parka features 550-fill down insulation wrapped in a waterproof, breathable, seam-sealed DryVent 2L shell that’s 100% windproof, a removable, faux-fur adjustable hood, storm flap with snap buttons, and ribbed trim for complete coverage. A stylish men’s parka for a trip out to the city or the country.
AIRBOSS Men’s Parka N-3B
The Airboss Men’s Parka N-3B ($220) is a great looking aviation inspired parka based on decades of Parkas use by Army, NAVY and Air Force. It is a perfect lightweight and warm men’s parka that was specifically designed to keep you dry and maintain your body heat in subfreezing weather conditions. The Airboss features a durable flight nylon shell protected by DuPont Teflon making it water-resistant, mud and oil-repellent and extremely durable. While the wool insulated liner makes this parka not only extremely warm and breathable but also extremely durable. Additional details include a hood that is lined with a soft, smooth to the touch faux-fur fabric and trimmed with a removable wide faux-fur hood lining, two side zips that allow the parka’s bottom to expand to accommodate additional layers, a hand warmer pocket and a covered deep pocket on each side.
The North Face Men’s Mcmurdo Parka III
The North Face Men’s Mcmurdo Parka III ($280) is the second North Face Parka on our list. It is stylish and comes in eight different colors. The shell is a seam-sealed DryVent 2L shell that is waterproof, and breathable. Additional details include a faux fur-lined zip-off hood with an internal emergency gaiter, and secure-zip lower hand and chest handwarmer pockets.
Woolrich Men’s Arctic Parka
The Woolrich brand is one of the most respected names in outerwear. They’ve been making outerwear since 1830 with their first arctic parka being introduced in 1972. It was originally designed for Alaskan oil workers who needed protection in sub-zero temperatures. The latest release of the Woolrich Men’s Arctic Parka ($212) delivers the same vital protection thanks to a modern cotton nylon hybrid Teflon coated shell that is water and wind resistant. The insulation is a duck down with a 550 fill power rating. Additional features include a detachable fur-trimmed hood that brings a luxury element to the silhouette, a zip and button closure, 4 flap front pockets, and adjustable drawcord waist and hood.
Alpha Industries Men’s N-3B
The Alpha Industries Men’s N-3B Winter Parka ($180) was designed for extremely cold weather. The N-3B design was originally created to protect U.S. Air Crews and ground personnel during flight operations in severe cold and polar conditions. The slim fit of this parka helps retain the protective qualities of the original N-3B. Features include a 100% flight nylon shell with nylon lining and polyfill, a hood lined with synthetic mouton fur and trimmed with removable faux coyote fur, reinforced elbow patches for reinforcement, and inset knit cuffs for added warmth.
Penfield Lexington Jacket
When an opportunity arises to go exploring in the dead of winter, don’t let it pass you by. With the Penfield Men’s Lexington Hooded Mountain Parka ($255), you’ll receive the warmth and protection you crave with the added bonus of effortless style. Crafted from a cotton/nylon blend, this durable jacket resists water and wind, so you won’t have to call it quits when the snow begins to flurry. Synthetic insulation acts as a buffer against the cold, while the adjustable hood with a detachable faux fur trim protects your head and neck from a chill. An adjustable interior waist cinch and rib-knit inner cuffs create a personalized fit to seal out cold. A variety of pockets provide storage for gloves, keys, and other essentials you’ll need to enjoy your time outside.
Eddie Bauer Men’s Superior Down Parka
No matter what kind of weather winter throws at you, the Eddie Bauer Men’s Superior Down Parka ($230) has you covered. A waterproof/breathable nylon shell turns away rain, sleet, snow, or hail. The 650 fill power rated down insulation keeps you warm even when the mercury goes sub-zero. Additional details include inner, rib-knit storm cuffs that further seal out the cold. This Eddie Bauer Men’s Parka is available in five colors to fit any style.