Advanced technology and style come together this season to create winter coats that perform. "Advances in insulation and technology allow brands to now make jackets that look like great sportswear but work like technical outerwear," says Jordan Wand, vice president of product and marketing for Outdoor Research. "Our Whitefish Jacket shows the trend toward combining traditional rugged workwear silhouettes with modern day technology to make versatile and stylish technical outerwear."
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Materials like high-fill power goose down, H2 Flow Systems that regulate temperatures, and water-resistant Glyde light fabrics are some of the innovations that keep your core warm when battling the elements. "Look for fill power, where the higher the number, the more the down lofts up and therefore traps more air to keep you warm," Wand says. Transitional elements like zip-off hoods, removable vests, and reversible jackets create a versatile look and function, while adding additional warmth and protection when needed.
Here are the best winter jackets for this season: