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The Best Men’s Winter Coats and Puffer Jackets

From parkas and puffers to more casual winter coats, here are some of our favorites.

For men, winter coats are not just a first line of defense in the cold. It’s what defines you — and keeps you moving and working — for an entire season. The best men’s winter coats, therefore, are comfortable enough to move in while chasing kids, stylish enough to take your partner out on a Saturday night, and warmest when it comes to that early-morning grocery run. Do you need something both warm and cool? A more technical jacket meant for active pursuits or engineered for extreme cold? What about something that checks every box? Be it a down-stuffed parka, a puffer coat, or a casual around-town jacket made from wool, waxed cotton, or other natural components, the best men’s winter coats and puffer jackets are those that keep you warm and dry without keeping you from doing what you need to do. If you’re searching for a men’s winter coat or puffer jacket for yourself or for someone on your Christmas list, here are some of our favorites.

The Best Puffer Coats

Everyone uses down, but one of the warmest natural fibers comes from the American bison, and United by Blue utilizes its fur in its BisonShield insulation to allow what appears to be a thin-looking jacket to take its wearer down to -30-degree weather. Beyond this staggering stat, the jacket also has a recyclyed polyester shell that's DWR-treated for shoulder-season sleet. On cold days, its fleece-lined pockets are awesome to dig your hands into.

A no-frills puffer coat, the Marmot Guides Puffer Jacket is a bit bulkier than standard performance puffers but man oh man is it toasty. It traps warmth wonderfully. Stuffed with 700-fill down, it's also water-resistant enough to handle light rain. Hand, chest, and interior pockets keep all your personal necessities close. Can be worn alone or with a shell.

Want a jacket that you can wear all year? Here you go. This puffer pull-over hoodie from Patagonia is filled with ethically-traceable down, meaning they can pretty much pinpoint the exact goose the feathers came from. The shell is windproof and water-resistant, and made from 100 percent recycled polyester. And because the little details make a big difference, there's zippered handwarmer pockets and an interior zippered chest pocket that doubles as a stuff sack with carabiner clip-in loop. It's light, warm, and will last you for decades.

Super lightweight and flexible enough for any activity, Lululemon shocked us with this seasonal release. Simply colored and without flash, it nevertheless packs a punch with 700-fill goose down that's sealed in stitchless baffles, making it exceptionally wind- and water-resistant. Sure, wear it as a solo jacket in the shoulder seasons, but its trimmer fit makes it a killer layering piece under your heavier jackets for the depths of winter.

The Best Winter Parkas for Extreme Cold

Designed to take you to Santa himself, Canada Goose's legendary parka lives up to its rep. Rated down to -22 Fahrenheit thanks to generous baffles of 625-fill duck down, wind- and waterproof fabric, and enough pockets to feed a gymnastics team, if you ever do encounter weather that meets its match, then it's time to turn around and go the other way.

Askov Finlayson is the world’s first climate-positive outwear brand. This means that not only do the products they create result in zero carbon emissions but the process actually has positive results on our climate and environment. This men’s winter coat, a more classically styled parka, features 100-percent recycled featherless insulation, is water resistant, rated to negative 20 degrees below, and has seven pockets for anything you want to carry. All this and the fact that the ethically and sustainably made coat has a one-winter return policy — meaning you can send it back if it doesn’t suit you after a season — makes it a great buy.

Named for the location of the terminus of the Appalachian Trail in its home state of Maine, L.L.Bean's parka is designed for infamous weather. The 650-fill down and rain- and windproof fabric packs a mighty punch that will take you down to five degrees in light activity. Translation: You'll be cozy when racing into the grocery store in February.

The Best Casual Winter Jackets

Generations of naval seamen have steeled themselves against stiff winter breezes in the classic peacoat. Buck Mason's pays homage to this heritage with a deep navy-blue wool that's even thicker than the original's. Rather than the normal boxy fit, its update is cut slim for a flattering silhouette and lined with smooth Japanese satin.

The original Skyliner by Eddie Bauer was the first down jacket patented in the U.S. almost a hundred years ago, and while the company's options have only gotten lighter and higher-tech, the original performs great and looks even better. 650-fill, responsibly sourced down warms well while its classic bomber silhouette elevates any man's game.

Designed to keep military men warm while far from their barracks, field coats like the Bexley show a nod to heritage while backing up their reputation. Its waxed cotton fabric is the original waterproof-breathable material that wears in with age, while a cotton liner provides warmth, insulation, and comfort against the elements.

Lululemon is much more than yoga accessories. Their men’s apparel — including joggers, jackets, shorts, and some of the most comfortable boxer briefs we’ve ever worn — is some of the best on market. Their Pinnacle Warmth Jacket is an excellent all-around coat for winter. Made with 700-power fill goose down, the waterproof, seam-sealed jacket protects from the elements while providing breathability, warmth, and style for any activity.