Oh damn. So you thought that because January was almost done you’d made it through the worst of winter and your leak-prone jacket would now suffice? Please, think again.
The passage to spring is one still full of meteorological obstacles. And, while any old waterproof jacket can keep you dry to a certain extent, when the rain is really pouring and the winds are up, your comfort lies in the hands of the fine details. We’re talking elasticated storm cuffs, taped zips, heat-trapping toggles, and the like.
With regular daily programming seemingly a long way from returning, waterproof jackets take on a new level of importance. Perhaps you’re one of the millions to have taken up hiking as a welcome relief from the four walls of your home, or maybe heading outside is the only way you can catch up with friends. Whatever your reason, getting out of the house has never felt so good, so a proper all-weather jacket is a great investment piece right now. That’s why we’ve rounded up a veritable who’s who of the outerwear game, from Arc’teryx to Canada Goose, this is waterproof jackets royalty.
Byredo founder Ben Gorham teams up with Peak Performance for this subtle yet colorful take on the storm jacket. The basic down-feather fill jacket is characterized by five colored zip pulls across the front.
The North Face’s Himalayan Coat is a classic and it’s earned that accolade the hard way. Through snow, sleet, rain, sub-zero expeditions, and the like, The North Face Himalayan Parka reigns supreme, so it should be fine to see out a storm on your way to the shops.
Descente Allterrain opts for DOWNPASS-certified down and feathers as padding and a water and windproof shell to give the Mizusawa coat its foundational protection. Beyond that, the cocooned silhouette boasts a dual front zip and packable hood to take some weight off when the storm subsides.
Woven in Japan from high-performance technical fabric, UNDERCOVER looks to a traditional Losange-print design to give this oversized parka an elevated aesthetic. A relaxed fit allows the long coat to drape elegantly, replicating the hypnotic movement of a kimono.
In collaboration with Angel Chen, Canada Goose updates the Snow Mantra — arguably the brand’s most famous parka — beyond recognition. The seemingly basic, padded parka features multiple alteration zips for you to customize the fit. Take off the arms, crops the body, or split the hood to find your ideal combo.
Arc’teryx should be one of the first places you look when you’re on the search for a storm jacket. This down-filled jacket features a GORE-TEX INFINIUM shell which offers water-resistance and lightweight windproofing. With a hood that zips all the way up to your nose, you’ll be nice and cozy in here.
If you’re still about your luxury looks even in the middle of a storm, Moncler’s Marly Jacket is the one for the job. The ripstop jacket might not be a warmer but it makes up for that with a host of high-tech details like rubberized tricolor bands to the chest and bonded jersey trim at the elasticated cuffs.
Crimson red catches the eye, but the real value in this Bottega Veneta Parka comes in the form of minute but calculated details. Taped zips and seams throughout provide protection from the rain while a dual zip and elasticated toggles to each hem offer the possibility of personalizing the silhouette.
The Nike x Sacai collaboration is known in many forms, but perhaps best in its footwear form. But while the mishmash LDWaffle and Waffle Racer steal the limelight, an equally amazing visual marriage is happening in parka form. Combining elements of a Nike NRG Parka with more sophisticated wool-blend paneling, this is basically two coats in one.
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