December 21, 2016

5 Winter Jackets for Men (By Activity)

Before the cold temperatures roll in, make sure you’ve got a great winter jacket hanging in your closet. Check out 5 of our picks for men.

As winter weather approaches, we want to make sure you’re outfitted with the right jacket for the right occasion. Jackets aren’t one size fits all and they (often) aren’t one jacket fits all activity, either. Below we call out some of our favorite winter activities and the right jacket for the job.

Hiking: Protected from the rain

Hiking

The Arc’teryx Zeta LT Jacket is constructed using the impressive GORE® C-KNIT™ backer technology. The result is a lighter, more breathable jacket. Move freely on the trails with this soft, quiet waterproof jacket in the spring and in the winter. Don’t just take our word for it, check out what Backpacker Magazine had to say about the top-rated winter jacket when it received the Editors’ Choice Gold Award in 2015.

Skiing

When the powder is calling, make sure you have the Patagonia Powslayer Jacket within reach. This soft jacket is loose without being baggy, will keep you warm without overheating, and is extremely rugged. Bonus: The low-profile powderskirt will keep you protected and covered from every angle. Overall, a great winter jacket for men this winter!

Snowboarding

The Patagonia Primo Down Jacket is ideal for your next snow adventure. Whether you prefer a resort experience with a lift ticket or the good ole’ backcountry, this 2-layer shell provides durable waterproof, windproof protection and breathability that optimizes comfort. Keep warm with the 700-fill-power premium European goose down and Optimal Visibility Hood™ which is helmet-compatible.

Mountaineering

If you’re a man who prefers to spend the cold days on mountains, add the Black Diamond Sharp End Shell Jacket to your collection. Made with waterproof and highly breathable GORE-TEX® Pro fabric, this shell will give you the full protection you need while moving fast in adverse conditions. The 3-layer jacket was created with rugged terrain in mind, and the GUARANTEED TO KEEP YOU DRY® promise will keep you comfortable in your upcoming alpine adventures.

Camping

Winter camping typically requires more planning than summer camping. In addition to planning your location, the duration of your trip, and more, you’ll want to spend time choosing appropriate layers. REI recommends wearing a base layer, middle layer, and outer layer when camping in cold temperatures. For your outer shell, consider the top-rated Arc’teryx Beta LT Hybrid Jacket. Designed with simple features for minimal weight, this waterproof and breathable GORE-TEX® jacket with Paclite® product technology is ideal when weight and space are critical. This durable jacket will hold up on hikes, climbs, and the wonderful outdoor activities you have planned for your camping trip.

Whatever you do, don’t get left out in the cold. A little preparation makes for a great time in the outdoors, no matter the sport!

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