If the weather here in the Pacific Northwest is any indication of how the weather is around the world, it’s damn cold out there. But even in this arctic weather, life goes on and we go about our regular routine. That means heading to the office, hitting the gym and getting full-on outside to enjoy the snow. Here are three must have winter coats for three distinct type of guys.
There is a difference between quick walks in the cold vs. spending long periods of time outside, and your coat should reflect this. Look no further than Helly Hansen, a brand that has been keeping explorers frostbite free for 140 years . We opted for the Norse Parka, a coat that will surely keep you comfortably warm yet provides the mobility that you need when spending a day in the mountains. It’s definitely a signature piece, with a faux fox fur hood, water resistant, compressible and a lighter weight than most other parkas out there. Hit the hills all day, then hit the après party in this coat and you’ll definitely be remembered. Helly Hansen, $400
The Athletic Dude
There are coats that are designed for everyday wear, then there are coats that are specifically designed for the active guy that never sits still, and can’t be stopped by a little snow and sub-zero temperatures. Whether you’re headed to the track or gym, lululemon has your back. You probably know them for yoga gear, but their latest men’s winter collection is making a big statement beyond the yoga studio. We tried out their Stay Puff Parka. The outer waterproof fabric is seam-sealed to keep you dry, but don’t be fooled by the matted texture, the inside lining is about the softest thing you will touch with 700 fill-power goose down puff. What we liked most about this parka is that you can pack it up into a pillow for the occasional power nap while on the go. You can tell that their talented team of designers considered every possible need that the active guy might need. lululemon, $498
The Urban Wanderer
We are busy guys, and while we’d like to be out in the wild all day long sometimes life just doesn’t allow for it, but at least we can look the part. Penfield has been making style focused outerwear since 1975, and offers a selection for every type of guy looking for style and function. We can’t get enough of buffalo plaid, so we opted for the awesome Rockford jacket, which seems to be a signature classic for the ever changing Penfield collections. With western-inspired design, this coat is an easy go-to option before you venture outside, with a button snap front and mild down puff that keeps the warm air from escaping. Wear it downtown, and people will assume you just came back from chopping wood, yet the punch of pattern gives it a GQ worthy impression. Rockford, $235
Photos courtesy of Patrick Lipsker