Outerwear company Penfield has been a pioneering source for cold-weather gear since 1975, when the brand set down roots in Hudson, Massachusetts, and began turning ripstop, quilted nylon, and insulating down into rugged coats. Built to withstand New England winters, these hardy classics are still going strong. Penfield's Summit hooded parka hasn't changed in shape and construction since the seventies because there was no room for improvement (though there was, it turns out, room for fur). The Naklin packable down shirt is similarly unchanging, but it seems better suited to these warming times. It is a great mid-layer and more wearable than a parka when a blustery day takes a turn for the balmy.
The Naklin has a sleek profile and side seams for shape, but also offers insulating details like a cinchable hem, fleece-lined pockets, and the Penfield one-two punch of down and durable nylon. With a compact drawstring bag for storage, this thick shirt is ideal for travel and as an extra security layer when camping.
The Lavic pile fleece is new, but it is sure to join the ranks of its classic forebears. While it might not be the warmest jacket on the block, it's trim enough to go under anything, and the vintage, two-tone look and short bomber cut are quite handsome. You'll feel warm and look cool. [Naklin package down shirt, $175, and Lavic pile fleece, $115; penfield.com]