Do you have a warm winter jacket? You’re going to need it this year!

There are many things that correspond with winter — shoveling driveways, ice skating, hot chocolate, and above all else it can get COLD! Do you remember those polar vortexes from two years ago, the ones that brought the arctic cold down as far south as Colorado? Yeah, they’re supposed to be back this year. The Farmer’s Almanac for the 2016/2017 winter “forewarns that exceptionally cold, if not downright frigid weather will predominate over parts of the Northern Plains, Great Lakes, Midwest, Ohio Valley, the Middle Atlantic, Northeast, and New England this winter.”1

Here’s the map from the Farmer’s Almanac website:

SHOULD I WEAR LAYERS OR GET A PARKA?
Now, I’ve always been a layer person. Put on an extra layer when you’re cold and take off a layer when you get hot. But that year it was just cold and this year is going to be. This year you can take your pick of “chilled-to-the-bone”, “freezing cold”, and “numbing cold” depending on where you live. Unless you’re in the west, you’re in for a tough winter.

This year it’s not so much about fashion, at least for me. When you just want to be warm there’s nothing better than a toasty down parka. Now, maybe you’re from Arizona, New Mexico or Texas. You probably are not going to need something as warm as someone from Colorado, Montana or New York. You may be able to get by with layers or a lighter jacket near the bottom of the list. Anything that will help you to stay dry.

IS IT TEMPERATURE RATED?
I’m going to share some research I’ve done recently on women’s jackets. I get frustrated when a manufacturer claims that a jacket is “warm, warmer and warmest” without giving a temperature rating. Can you relate? Some manufacturers either don’t temperature rate their jackets or they loosely claim that a jacket is “warmer” than the warm, but not as warm as the warmest. What exactly does that mean?! Some manufacturers do temperature rate their jackets, but how does it compare to other brands?

FEATURES
In addition to warmness, there are other features I went looking for in a jacket. Cost is definitely one of them. You can find some great Canada winter warm jackets, but unless you want to spend a small fortune it may be out of your budget. Another thing I looked at was fill power, fill weight, total weight, length, whether the jacket is waterproof or not, and practical features like zippered pockets, drawcord, and whether or not the jacket is machine washable.

COMPARISON BETWEEN BRANDS
In order to figure out the estimated warmth of the jacket, I took the fill power times the fill weight divided by the length. That gave me the amount of estimated warmness per inch. Now, I must preface this with, it’s an estimate and only takes into consideration the amount of down fill! It can still vary based on the type of construction (i.e. breathability), whether or not there’s a drawcord, if it fits loose or tight, and many other factors, but it should give you a very good idea of comparison between different company’s jackets.

You can see my spreadsheet that I used to collect all this data here.

1 http://farmersalmanac.com/weather-outlook/2017-winter-forecast/
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In order of the “Estimated warmth per inch” of down fill. Warmest first!

Marmot Southgate Jacket

Cost: $350
Estimated warmth per inch: 199
Manufacturer Rated: Not Rated
Fill Power: 700, Fill Weight: 8.54 oz
Length: 30 in.
Total Weight: 38.8 oz
Waterproof: Yes
Removable Hood: Yes
Ruff: Faux
Zipper: 2-way
Drawcord: No
Zippered Pockets: No
Machine Washable: Yes

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L.L. Bean Baxter State Parka

Cost: $249 – $269
Estimated warmth per inch: 190
Manufacturer Rated: 5F to -45F
Fill Power: 650, Fill Weight: 9 oz
Length: 30.75 in.
Total Weight: 46 oz
Waterproof: Yes
Removable Hood: Yes
Ruff: Faux, Shapable
Zipper: 2-way
Drawcord: Yes
Zippered Pockets: Yes
Machine Washable: Yes

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Eddie Bauer Superior Down Stadium Parka

Cost: $349 – $379
Estimated warmth per inch: 165
Manufacturer Rated: 30F to -40F
Fill Power: 650, Fill Weight: 9.54 oz
Length: 37.5 in.
Total Weight:
Waterproof: Yes
Removable Hood: No
Ruff: Faux
Zipper: 2-way
Drawcord: Yes
Zippered Pockets: Yes
Machine Washable: Yes

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Eddie Bauer Sun Valley Parka

Cost: $269
Estimated warmth per inch: 165
Manufacturer Rated: 30F to -30F
Fill Power: 650, Fill Weight: 8.9 oz
Length: 35 in.
Total Weight:
Waterproof: No
Removable Hood: Yes
Ruff: Faux
Zipper: 2-way
Drawcord: No
Zippered Pockets: Yes
Machine Washable: Yes

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Columbia Heatzone 1000 Turbodown Long Hooded Parka Jacket

Cost: $650
Estimated warmth per inch: 124-154
(Range Includes Omni-Heat Synthetic)
Manufacturer Rated: Not Rated
Fill Power: 900, Fill Weight: 2.47 oz
(+ 100g Omni-heat Synthetic)
Length: 35 in.
Total Weight: 15 oz
Waterproof: Yes
Removable Hood: No
Ruff: Faux
Zipper:
Drawcord: Yes
Zippered Pockets: Yes
Machine Washable: Yes

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Marmot Montreal Jacket

Cost: $285
Estimated warmth per inch: 150
Manufacturer Rated: Not Rated
Fill Power: 700, Fill Weight: 7.05 oz
Length: 33 in.
Total Weight: 34.2 oz
Waterproof: No
Removable Hood: Yes
Ruff: Faux
Zipper: 2-way
Drawcord: No
Zippered Pockets: Yes
Machine Washable: Yes

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Eddie Bauer High Pass Down Parka

Cost: $229
Estimated warmth per inch: 142
Manufacturer Rated: 30F to -30F
Fill Power: 650, Fill Weight: 7 oz
Length: 32 in.
Total Weight:
Waterproof: No
Removable Hood: Yes
Ruff: Faux
Zipper: 2-way
Drawcord: No
Zippered Pockets: Yes
Machine Washable: Yes

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Eddie Bauer Lodge Down Parka

Cost: $229
Estimated warmth per inch: 142
Manufacturer Rated: 30F to -40F
Fill Power: 650, Fill Weight: 7.88 oz
Length: 36 in.
Total Weight:
Waterproof: No
Removable Hood: Yes
Ruff: Faux
Zipper: 2-way
Drawcord: No
Zippered Pockets: Yes
Machine Washable: Yes

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Marmot Chelsea Coat

Cost: $380
Estimated warmth per inch: 138
Manufacturer Rated: Not Rated
Fill Power: 700, Fill Weight: 7.51 oz
Length: 38 in.
Total Weight: 41.1 oz
Waterproof: Yes
Removable Hood: Yes
Ruff: Faux
Zipper:
Drawcord:
Zippered Pockets: Yes
Machine Washable: Yes

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Eddie Bauer Lodge Down Duffle

Cost: $269
Estimated warmth per inch: 133
Manufacturer Rated: 20F to -60F
Fill Power: 650, Fill Weight: 9.22 oz
Length: 45 in.
Total Weight:
Waterproof: No
Removable Hood: Yes
Ruff: Faux
Zipper: 2-way
Drawcord: Yes
Zippered Pockets: Yes
Machine Washable: Yes

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Marmot Waterbury Down Jacket

Cost: $400
Estimated warmth per inch: 126
Manufacturer Rated: Not Rated
Fill Power: 700, Fill Weight: 6.28 oz
Length: 35 in.
Total Weight: 53.5 oz
Waterproof: Yes
Removable Hood: Yes
Ruff: Faux
Zipper:
Drawcord:
Zippered Pockets: No
Machine Washable: Yes

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Patagonia Down With It Parka

Cost: $209 – $299
Estimated warmth per inch: 121
Manufacturer Rated: Not Rated
Fill Power: 600, Fill Weight: 7.62 oz
Length: 37.75 in.
Total Weight: 30.8 oz
Waterproof: No
Removable Hood: No
Ruff: No
Zipper:
Drawcord: No
Zippered Pockets:
Machine Washable: Yes

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Patagonia Downtown Parka

Cost: $265 – $379
Estimated warmth per inch: 121
Manufacturer Rated: Not Rated
Fill Power: 600, Fill Weight: 8.15 oz
Length: 40.5 in.
Total Weight: 32.8 oz
Waterproof: No
Removable Hood: No
Ruff: No
Zipper:
Drawcord: No
Zippered Pockets: Yes
Machine Washable: Yes

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Mountain Hardwear Downtown Coat

Cost: $300
Estimated warmth per inch: 115
Manufacturer Rated: Not Rated
Fill Power: 650, Fill Weight: 6.35 oz
Length: 36 in.
Total Weight: 33 oz
Waterproof: No
Removable Hood: Yes
Ruff: Faux
Zipper: 2-way
Drawcord: Yes
Zippered Pockets: Yes
Machine Washable: Yes

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Columbia Hexbreaker Long Down Jacket

Cost: $290
Estimated warmth per inch: 114
(+ Omni-heat reflective lining)
Manufacturer Rated: Not Rated
Fill Power: 600, Fill Weight: 7.05 oz
Length: 37 in.
Total Weight: 15.9 oz
Waterproof: No
Removable Hood: Yes
Ruff: No
Zipper: 2-way
Drawcord: Yes
Zippered Pockets: Yes
Machine Washable: Yes

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Patagonia Tres 3-in-1 Parka

Cost: $549
Estimated warmth per inch: 112
Manufacturer Rated: Not Rated
Fill Power: 600, Fill Weight: 6.38 oz
Length: 34.25 in.
Total Weight: 45.9 oz
Waterproof: Yes
Removable Hood: No
Ruff: No
Zipper:
Drawcord: No
Zippered Pockets: Yes
Machine Washable: Yes

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Marmot Geneva

Cost: $500
Estimated warmth per inch: 105
Manufacturer Rated: Not Rated
Fill Power: 700, Fill Weight: 4.8 oz
Length: 32 in.
Total Weight: 49.1 oz
Waterproof: Yes
Removable Hood: Yes
Ruff: Faux
Zipper:
Drawcord: Yes
Zippered Pockets: No
Machine Washable: Yes

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L.L. Bean Ultrawarm Coat, Three Quarter

Cost: $199
Estimated warmth per inch: 99
Manufacturer Rated: 10F to -40F
Fill Power: 650, Fill Weight: 5.61 oz
Length: 37 in.
Total Weight: 45 oz
Waterproof: No
Removable Hood: Yes
Ruff: Faux
Zipper: 2-way
Drawcord: Yes
Zippered Pockets: Yes
Machine Washable: Yes

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Notes: The North Face does not temperature rate their jackets, nor do they have the fill weight information available, so I was not able to include them in this list. You can, however, see my spreadsheet for the comparison of other features of these jackets.

Canada Goose jackets are rated very well by consumers for being warm, but the company would not release any information to me citing security reasons. “For security reasons Canada Goose does not release this information to the public.” They also would not provide me with the total weight of the jacket, citing the same reasons.

There was a Helly Hanson jacket on this list, but I removed it because the representative did not have most of the information I was looking for so I removed it.