Cold weather has Vancouver’s fashion-inclined flocking to these coats

Noa Nichol


When it comes to winter wear, birds of a feather certainly do seem to flock together. Here, a few of our favourite puffer coats for the season.

Photo: Roots water-repellent puffer coat

root down. This long down packable (it rolls up into a snowball-sized pouch) jacket ($178) boasts lightweight construction and, best, a water-repellent coating (Roots clearly had the cold November rain in mind when designing this one).

TNA Super Puff jacket

super puff. That’s not just a catchy title, it’s the actual name of this eye-catching Tna coat. Fitting the season’s (other) metallic theme perfectly, the Super Puff jacket ($250 at Aritzia) features responsibly-sourced goose down to keep you super warm.

Photo: Mackage Heida coat

two-in-one. Mackage‘s Heida coat ($790) is next-level reversible, with a fashionable wool finish and patch pockets on one side and—voila—lightweight down on the other. Mind blown.

Max Mara
Photo: Max Mara Here is the Cube

hip to be square. Why is Max Mara’s integrated system of outerwear and accessories called Here is the Cube? Thank the boxy shape of its travel-friendly packaging. From the FW 2017 collection, this Tref quilted drop-proof jacket ($1,455) has sleeves that can be worn long or three-quarter length and comes with the option to “complete the look” with a fur hood trim and cuffs. So, so chic.

Photo: MEC Tremblant long parka

mec a statement. Mountain Equipment Co-op‘s Tremblant long parka ($260) is a citified version of the brand’s popular backcountry jacket—i.e., when sidewalks feel as daunting as mountainsides, you’ll be glad for the extra length and warm down of this coat.

Photo: Columbia heavenly long hooded jacket

heaven sent. Aptly named, Columbia‘s Heavenly long hooded jacket ($210) combines a light-yet-toasty synthetic down insulation and a thermal-reflective lining for bonus warmth without the bulk (bonus: cuffs with thumbholes provide crucial coverage from the chill).

Photo: Alpha Industries N-3B Echo Elite

if this coat could talk. The N-3B Echo Elite ($723) by Alpha Industries offers an ultra-soft nylon shell filled with down-like DuPont Serona fibre—and a good backstory, to boot. The first N-3B jackets were made in the mid-50s for USAF air crews assigned to transport troops in extremely cold climates.


down coat winter
Photo: Filson Alaska

true north. Filson‘s top-of-the-line women’s down parka ($1,095) is called Alaska for good reason: it features a faux-fur brim, a blended wool Sherpa lining for added warmth and deerskin leather trim for durability. Basically, it’s America’s most northern state in a jacket.

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