10 Coats to Pack for All Your Winter Adventures

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Finding the perfect winter coat can be a daunting task — especially when it’s for travel. Not only does it need to fit your cold-weather needs, but it also can’t be too bulky. Then you need to take into consideration which features you want, desired fit, style, and practicality. For example, do you need extra pockets or maybe a removable shell for versatility? Whether you want a light winter jacket to walk around town or extra insulation for an icy destination, the right jacket is out there. We’ve rounded up a variety of top winter jackets from trusted brands to help you be prepared for any type of cold-weather travel.

Columbia Women's Heavenly™ Long Hooded Jacket

Perfect for a walk through town or a low-impact day hike, Columbia’s Heavenly™ Long Hooded Jacket features a long hemline for warmth and a stylish, fitted silhouette. The interior of the jacket features Omni-Heat™ thermal reflective technology, while the outer shell is water-resistant. The coat is available in classic black or off-white, as well as a few deep, muted colors like olive green and black cherry. Thanks to the color variety, this can be your go-to winter jacket or a trendy new jacket for an upcoming trip.  

REI Co-op Men’s XeroDry GTX Jacket

For a budget-friendly travel coat, check out REI. The XeroDry GTX Jacket comes in at about half the cost of other winter jackets while maintaining high-quality performance. Available in both bright and neutral colors, this waterproof coat is made of two-layer GORE-TEX® Paclite® fabric that's both breathable and lightweight for an easy packing experience. As an eco-friendly option, this coat is made of bluesign®-approved material, which means that it was sustainably sourced and manufactured.

Patagonia Women’s Down Sweater Jacket

You can’t go wrong with a classic. Patagonia’s Down Sweater Jacket is warm and waterproof, yet packable and lightweight. Available in over 10 colors, the fitted silhouette features a high collar, timeless quilt lines, and a longer-length hem that sits at the hip. The insulation is made of 800-fill-power Advanced Global Traceable Down and features handwarmer pockets. This is a perfect go-to coat for airports, train rides, and wintertime exploration.

Columbia Men’s Summit Crest III™ Interchange Jacket

If there’s one thing Columbia does right, it’s versatility. New this season, the Summit Crest III™ Interchange Jacket is a 3-in-1 — meaning you can pack less and have three different coat options during your trip. The outer, removable shell is hooded and waterproof, while the inner thermal liner is warm and stylish. The outer shell is perfect for a cool, rainy day, while the thermal liner is ideal for throwing on at the airport or during a walk around town. Zip both pieces together for a warm, waterproof jacket featuring Omni-Heat™ thermal reflective technology. This coat is available in three bright colors or classic black.

The North Face Women’s Mountain Light Triclimate® Jacket

While some layered jackets can be bulky, the Mountain Light Triclimate® Jacket from North Face provides warmth and comfort without being bulky. This lightweight design was made for skiing and snowboarding, which means that you’ll have full mobility while wearing it. With a 3-in-1 design, you can wear only the outer shell, only the inner insulation, or zip both together for a full winter coat. The sleek outer shell is waterproof and 100% windproof. The insulation is also made of 550-fill goose down — making it highly compressible and easy to pack.

Patagonia Men’s Isthmus Jacket

This design is both stylish and functional — giving you the best of both worlds if you’re headed off to a cold and windy destination. The Isthmus Jacket from Patagonia is available in four trendy, neutral shades to match any outfit. This highly-rated jacket is wind and weather-resistant and is also an eco-friendly option. The outer material is made of 100% recycled nylon with a durable water repellent finish, while the inner insulation is Thermogreen® and made of 92% recycled polyester. To keep you comfortable and warm, this coat features an interior storm flap and two side-entry handwarmer pockets.

Cole Haan Women's ZERØGRAND City Jacket

For a stylish look that's perfect for a day in the city, try the ZERØGRAND City Jacket from Cole Haan. The waterproof coat is built with extra ventilation and crafted to keep the chilly wind out while still remaining breathable. Designed for mobility, this jacket doesn't feel stiff like other rain coats, and even comes with a zippered phone pocket on the interior for easy access. Available in neutral black and white or in a statement-making yellow, this coat can be your everyday look or a standout piece for when you want to turn heads in a gray city.

The North Face Men’s McMurdo Down Parka III

If you’re in need of full winter coverage for a very snowy or icy destination, check out one of North Face’s newest parka designs — the McMurdo Park III. This coat is an ultra-warm, weatherproof design with responsibly sourced, 550-fill goose down insulation. The hood is multifunctional. You can remove it entirely or just remove the faux-fur ruff. Designed with a city look in mind, this trendy yet very functional coat will see you through your cold-weather travels in style.

Arc’teryx Women’s Osanna Coat

This stylish cocoon coat was made for city streets and outdoor adventures. Featuring hidden inner snaps and a long hem design, the Osanna Coat will keep you warm without the bulk. The outer layer is windproof and waterproof, while the insulation includes Coreloft™, a synthetic material designed to be lightweight and great for those allergic to down. Its hood is also insulated and adjustable for extra wind protection. This coat is available in sleek black or trendy morganite grey.

Lululemon Outpour Shell

For a coat that can move from the trail to the city, try Lululemon's Outpour Shell. Made for both Men and Women, this waterproof jacket will protect from the elements, but is stylish enough to bring with you for a night on the town. Breathable and light, the coat contains zippered pockets and a hidden cellphone sleeve.  If you have plan on being outside all day and need something that will complement your outfit, this could be the perfect coat to keep you stylish and warm.

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