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With the coldest winter days upon us, it’s time to think about upgrading your current outdoor gear.
Whether your old parka has seen better days, or you’re in need of something a little sturdier to keep up with your every move this season, there are so many options on the market that it can be hard to know where to start.
That’s why we’ve done the work for you, scouring through online reviews to find the best-rated winter jackets for women. We’ve found everything from options available in extended sizes to affordable budget buys, so you can tackle the season head on.
Best size range: Eddie Bauer Sun Valley Down Parka
Available in standard, plus, petite, and tall sizes, this affordable parka is suitable for temperatures up to -34℃, and comes in a range of colours to get you through the winter in style.
Customer rating: 4.5/5 stars, 2,643 reviews
Customer review: “I got this in [navy] and I love, love, love it! It's the warmest down parka I have. It definitely holds up well in the Albertan winter. I love it so much that I just ordered another one in black.”
SHOP IT: Eddie Bauer, $227 (originally $379)
Finding a coat that holds up to the elements for under $100 can be a challenge, but this one from Amazon Essentials does the trick. With its water-resistant exterior and nylon fill, this jacket offers function at an affordable price.
Customer Rating: 4.2/5 stars, 758 reviews
Customer review: “I love that it is very lightweight and yet still very warm when our temperature is in the minus teens (Celsius). I also like the fact that the zipper can be opened from the bottom to sit comfortably.”
SHOP IT: Amazon, $64
Best mid-price parka: The North Face Women’s Arctic Parka II
This parka, which boasts thousands of positive reviews, is an essential for Canadian winters. It features a removable faux-fur trim on the hood and a wind and water-resistant outer layer to keep you warm and dry in all weather conditions.
Customer Rating: 4.7/5 stars, 2,258 reviews
Customer review: “Perfect for Toronto winters! My sister and I have the same jacket and we're never disappointed by our TNF jackets. They never failed to keep us dry and warm.”
SHOP IT: The North Face, $400
Best luxury buy: Canada Goose Shelburne Down Parka
A quilted design adds warmth to this down-filled parka, which you can wear down to -20°C. With a removable fur trim, this jacket is perfect for frigid days when you require maximum protection from the cold.
Customer Rating: 4.4/5 stars, 400 reviews
Customer review: “As someone who is cold all of the time, I needed something that provided warmth without weighing me down on my commute to work. The Shelburne is light yet incredibly warm. It also fits and looks great.”
SHOP IT: Canada Goose, $1,050
Best ski jacket: Wantdo Women's Waterproof Ski Jacket
This affordable ski jacket is made with a waterproof exterior and features multiple pockets for all your essentials. It also has adjustable cuffs and interior snap lining to help keep you dry when you hit the slopes.
Customer Rating: 4.2/5 stars, 3,986 reviews
Customer review: “Amazing jacket. This is actually the second one I have bought...There’s not too much room for a bulky sweater underneath but it is extremely warm, so an additional sweater is not necessarily needed. Survived -40°C weather in Alberta.”
SHOP IT: Amazon, from $115
Best down-alternative jacket: Everlane The ReNew Long Puffer
Everlane’s ReNew Long Puffer, made with 100 per cent recycled Primaloft insulation, is recommended for temperatures down to -9°C. It does have a roomy silhouette though, good for layering on extra chilly days.
Customer Rating: 4.4/5 stars, 989 reviews
Customer review: “This is by far the warmest winter coat I have ever owned. It is great quality and totally reasonably priced. The big pockets on the front have a fleece lining. The coat was designed with great attention to detail!”
SHOP IT: Everlane, $232
Best eco-friendly option: Patagonia Radalie Water Repellent Insulated Parka
This ultra-versatile parka is made from recycled Thermogreen insulation to keep you warm whether you're headed up a mountain or caught in a sudden storm. Patagonia, a founding member of 1% for the Planet, has also committed to donating one per cent of its annual sales to nonprofit partners in support of environmental solutions.
Customer Rating: 4.4/5 stars, 185 reviews
Customer review: “I love this coat! The length is great, and the colour is just the right to match most of what I wear. Incredibly warm and comfortable. I would suggest ordering one size up (they run small).”
SHOP IT: Nordstrom, $199
The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.