Columbia Sportswear is an American company that was founded in 1938, and it is one of the top sellers of cold-weather wear in the United States. The coats made by Columbia sometimes feature down filling, but more often use synthetic warmth layers. They are well-known for their outer fabric that is both waterproof and breathable. Winter jackets from Columbia are relatively affordable; they can be found at thousands of retailers worldwide and at the company’s own retail locations.
2. Canada Goose
This iconic Canadian brand features down-filled coats with coyote fur around the hoods that it has been manufacturing since 1957. These heavy-duty parkas are known for both their quality and warmth. The United States Arctic Program uses the brand, and they are often worn by actors filming in cold locations. Although these jackets are pricey, they are always made in Canada and the company has so far avoided outsourcing any labor.
3. Moose Knuckles
Moose Knuckles is another Canadian brand designing high-end winter coats designed to keep their customers warm at forty degrees below zero. All these coats use duck down and fox fur trim for ultimate warmth. Inspired by sporting wear, these coats are both stylish and practical, with water-repellent outer fabric and styles ranging from classic to fashion forward. Shop online or find the coats at high-end clothing retailers in North America.
Fjällräven is Swedish for Arctic fox, and this Swedish company has been making its iconic coats and backpacks for fifty years, enjoying immense popularity across Europe. The down used in its coats is traceable, ethically produced and of high quality. These jackets cover a wide range of warmth and prices and are available from the manufacturer online and at their retail outlets.
Patagonia is based in California, but that doesn’t stop them from manufacturing high-quality jackets for snowy weather. This company has a focus on environmental responsibility and donates ten percent of their profits to environmental groups. Some of their products use down; the company uses only feathers that can be traced to birds that were not live-plucked or force-fed. These jackets are available from the manufacturer and at sporting equipment retailers around the world.