There’s cold and then there’s cold. We’re talking single digit temperatures—or possibly even lower—with gusts of frigid wind and Jack Frost chomping on your nose rather than just nipping at it. The kind of cold that makes you want to curl up in head-to-toe cashmere and sit by a fire with a piping hot cup of cocoa. Unfortunately, our schedules don’t always allow for such indulgences and sometimes we’re forced to endure the bitter winter air. For such occasions, you’ll definitely want to be sporting one of these ultra-warm coats. These high-tech toppers are the absolute best winter jackets for extreme cold, to give you that “warmed by a fire” feeling while you’re still getting things done outdoors. Now all that’s left to do is accessorize with some cozy mittens, don a wool cap and slip into some fabulous snow boots.
The 14 Best Winter Jackets for Extreme Cold, So You Won’t Be Left Shivering
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Our Picks at a Glance:
- Best Overall Investment: Triple F.A.T. Goose Sophie Puffer Down Jacket
- Best Under $200: REI Co-op Norseland Insulated Parka
- Best Maxi-Length Option: L.L.Bean Ultrawarm Coat Long
- Most Splurge-Worthy: Canada Goose Expedition Parka Fusion Fit
- Best for *Truly* Extreme Cold: 66° North Jökla Parka
- Best for Skiing or Snowboarding: The North Face ThermoBall Triclimate 3-in-1 Jacket
- Best for Layering: Eddie Bauer MicroTherm 2.0 Down Jacket
- Best Eco-Friendly Design: prAna Betania Long Jacket
- Best for Cold, Wet Climates: Patagonia Tres 3-in-1 Parka
- Best Plus Size: Outdoor Research Coze Down Coat
- Most Stylish: The North Face 1996 Retro Nuptse Jacket
- Warmest Faux Fur: Apparis Celina Coat
- Best for Winter Runs: lululemon Another Mile Jacket
- Editor’s Pick: Super World The Super Puff₂O
This coat checks all our boxes—super warm, waterproof, windproof, stylish—and is made from high-quality materials that feel incredibly luxe to the touch (like the plush fleece-lined pockets, for example). The hood is also removeable and comes with multiple adjustable cords and an extended visor to keep snow or rain out of your eyes. Yes, it is expensive, but there is a lot of technology that’s gone into making such a supremely cozy and chic design, so if you live someplace that regularly hits single digit temperatures (or lower), it’s definitely worth checking out.
Best Under $200
You don’t need to break the bank to find an ultra-warm winter coat. This REI design is long enough to cover your hips and bum, and the insulated hood is lined with cozy fleece for extra comfort around your face. It’s also made from recycled polyester, as an eco-friendly bonus. The materials have been treated with a water-repellant finish to help maintain that intense warmth even in rain and snow. And while the overall look may be simple, the Norseland has a flattering silhouette that’s neither too puffy nor too cinched and works well on a number of different body types. Reviews suggest it runs a hair large, but if you plan to layer thicker sweaters underneath we say stick with your usual size. Per one Minnesota-based reviewer, “Great for the cold northern winters in Minnesota, this coat is warm and stylish at the same time. I walk my older dog four time a day. Since it is a slow walk, I have difficulty staying warm but this coat does exactly what I need! I also like where the pockets are located—other long coats make you bend down just to put your hands in but the pockets are higher up on this one.”
Best Maxi-Length Option
Insulated pants make sense for ski vacations and outdoor adventures, but for simply strolling around the city (or quickly shuffling from your car to the front door to avoid the cold) you’re unlikely to sport such a bulky item. This does not, however, mean your legs must be forced to endure the wrath of Jack Frost. L.L.Bean’s Ultrawarm coat goes all the way down to mid-calf, right about where your cozy shearling-lined winter boots would end, and is rated for temperatures as low as -50° F. A double zipper allows you to adjust the fit to accommodate your stride, and both the hood and the faux-fur trim are removable, giving you multiple stylish (and warm) options to wear. It also comes in petite lengths so those under 5’4” won’t feel like they’re sporting a literal sleeping bag. That said, there is also a three-quarters length style available if you prefer.
Canada Goose is the outerwear of choice for explorers and scientists working in Antarctica, as well as film crews the world over, oddly enough. The brand makes some of the absolute warmest winter puffers and parkas, with multiple options rated to keep you warm at temperatures below -22° F. Unfortunately, it is also one of the most expensive brands on this list. This is definitely an investment piece, however it does come with a lifetime warranty and a bevy of rave reviews. The Fusion Fit parka comes with an impressively high neck (plus a detachable hood) to ensure no gusts of cold air sneak down your collar, and an inner drawstring that gives you the option to cinch the waist if you like.
5. 66° North Jökla Parka
Best for *Truly* Extreme Cold
This Icelandic outdoor brand is one of the absolute best and most popular options for serious mountaineers, guides, explorers and researchers, so you can bet it will hold up to anything Mother Nature might have in store for you this winter. As the website explains, “Around the solstice, northern Iceland experiences near 24-hour darkness, with temperatures falling as low as -30°C (-22°F). The Jökla was created because it had to be.” It even warns that locations with temperatures that can still produce rain are likely too hot for the incredible warmth this coat provides. Of course, such an advanced and technical item of clothing does not come cheap, but if you live somewhere as cold as northern Iceland, it is definitely worth the splurge.
Best for Skiing or Snowboarding
When hitting the slopes in the Northeast, you run the risk of skiing through sub-zero temperatures and nasty winds. And while we don’t recommend risking frostbite just to score another run, this jacket should keep you toasty warm throughout the day without trapping in moisture. It has a three-in-one design, with an inner puffer layer that can be zipped in or out, giving you greater flexibility regulating your temperature. The outer shell is fully waterproof, to keep you dry even when it’s raining sideways, but there are also pit zips should you decide you need a little extra ventilation if it warms up. Reviews suggest it does run small so we highly suggest going up one (or maybe even two) from your usual size, especially so you can layer even more warm pieces underneath should you want them. Per one review, “Loved this jacket and that it comes with a removeable outer shell. It was warm but did not feel bulky. The size runs a bit small and I like to layer up with multiple sweaters and warm weather gear. I typically wear between a small and medium but returned the small and went with a large.”
Best for Layering
This compact zip-up is rated for temperatures as low as -5 °F and comes with a water-resistant finish. While it would certainly work well on its own for most scenarios, we love how compact and thin the down is, making it an ideal layering piece that can be worn under your favorite Gore-Tex rain jacket or an even warmer parka for double the insulation. It also comes in both petite and tall sizes, so no one has to stress about rolling up sleeves that are too long or feeling exposed in a jacket that’s too short. Reviews suggest it runs true to size, and multiple women also report being pleasantly surprised about not having to size up to accomodate their hips.
Best Eco-Friendly Design
Prana is one of our favorite places to find high-quality workout and outdoors clothing all with an environmentally conscious design. This particular parka uses fill that’s Responsible Down Standard certified (meaning it’s been ethically sourced) and has a removeable faux-fur trim around the hood. Despite a handy waterproof finish on the outer layer, the coat is still breathable enough to keep you dry and comfortable even if you’re working hard to shovel the driveway or stomp your way across an icy field. The pockets are also fleece lined to keep you fingers extra warm, even if you’re already sporting gloves, and there are two vents on the sides of the hem for better mobility when walking or for those with wider hips. And while some reviewers found the length too long for their taste, many others rave about the extra coverage and protection from frigid wind gusts. “I spend a lot of time outside in the winter,” writes one Vermont-based shopper, “climbing, camping and walking my high energy dogs in the rain or 10 degrees snowing sideways. This jacket kept me warm and comfortable while it was 15 degrees and even when there was a surprise wind/snow storm.”
Best for Cold, Wet Climates
Just because a coat is warm doesn’t mean it will hold up well in wet conditions. In fact, most traditional down filling becomes fairly useless when wet. But this Patagonia design was made specifically for areas that experience both low temperatures and lots of rain or snow. Its three-in-one design comes with a waterproof, windproof outer parka and an inner 700-fill-power layer made from 100 percent recycled down that can be zipped into or out of one another depending on how bundled up you want to be. We love the clean, fuss-free design of the outer shell and longer hemline, both of which make this a good option for day-to-day activities in addition to outdoor excursions. If you plan to layer thicker sweaters underneath, we highly suggest going up a size.
Best Plus Size
Outdoor Research makes tons of great outdoorsy gear for all sorts of activities, but this coat really takes the cake as the best everyday winter coat the brand has to offer. And, as an added bonus, sizes range from XS up to a size 4X. It’s insulated with 700 down fill for maximum warmth, and the shell is made from 100 percent recycled materials and is water resistant. The hood is also insulated, unlike most of the designs on this list, to ensure your head and ears stay warm even if you forget to bring a hat. The drop tail hem (for extra bum coverage) has two side zips to give your hips better range of motion if you’ve got an active day planned. And there is an internal, fleece-lined collar that will keep your neck protected even if you aren’t wearing the hood. Kate from British Columbia writes, “When the temperature is below zero and the wind is blowing at 25 mph I wear this coat over a fleece and I’m very comfortable. The hood blocks the wind and can be pulled up over my chin, so that my face (all but my nose) stays warm. And I like the hip length because it's not awkward to zip or sit in. Also the coat has practical features like a durable zipper, sleeve thumb hole cuffs and well placed pockets. The outer layer is durable and has withstood challenges, like dogs jumping up on me in my forays into dog parks.”
We adore this throwback North Face style, which was reissued last year and is back in the same retro hues you loved in 1996, plus a few more modern options. But more than just feeling trendy, this coat is also supremely warm. In fact, it comes with the brand’s highest warmth rating and is also water repellent, all while maintaining a lightweight feel that won’t bog you down. Our only gripe is that, while there is a removable hood to add more warmth around your ears and head, the cropped cut leaves your hips and booty exposed to the elements (unless you opt for a pair of insulated pants, too).
Warmest Faux Fur
Apparis makes some of the highest quality faux-fur coats out there—which is in itself a mega warm and animal-friendly material—but we’re big fans of this style in particular for two reasons. One is that big cozy hood, which can be pulled up to cover your ears and head for additional warmth without worrying about ruining your ‘do with a beanie. Second, it comes with snaps down the front rather than a tie waist, like most faux-fur styles, meaning you don’t have to worry about your coat flying open should a cold gust of wind hit. Oh, and it also has deep pockets in front to keep your hands toasty warm. And, yes, it comes in many more “natural” hues, like chocolately brown or black, but we have to admit we’re loving this Barbiecore pink version most of all.
Best for Winter Runs
We’ll start by saying that, yes, it can absolutely be too cold for you to safely go for a run. But for the dedicated miler that still actually wants to head outside mid-February, this lululemon topper will help keep you warm and dry, even as you approach 10° F. The outer shell is water repellent and the PrimaLoft insulation will continue to keep you nice and warm even when wet. It also comes with an extra fleecy dickie zipped into the collar for additional warmth on truly frigid days, but that can be removed once spring starts to creep in. We also deeply appreciate the reflective details which help identify you as a runner on the road, since you’re more likely to be running in the dark during winter’s shorter days.
Canadian company Aritzia’s Super World puffer coat series has been a major hit with fashion editors, models and influencers for its super stylish puffers. But they aren’t just for style—most of the 15 silhouettes offered are rated to keep you warm all the way down to -40°C / -40°F, and the Super Puff2O is also fully waterproof to ensure inclement weather can’t ruin the warmth of the 700+ goose down fill. This waterproof design comes in four different lengths, but we like the OG cut best because it hits that sweet spot between being long enough to cover you hips and bum but not so long that petite frames will feel overwhelmed by the material. “I was deciding between this coat and another from a really well regarded outdoor gear brand for a recent mountain climbing trip,” said one PureWow editor, “and when I was comparing the two I was surprised to find the Super Puff really held its own and was just as warm and had just as many technical features and details. The only thing that made me pick the other coat in the end was because that one could pack down into a smaller stuff sack. But that one also wasn’t waterproof, so it was a difficult choice to make.”