Now that this “polar vortex” has seemingly brought most of the country to its knees with fierce winds, heavy snows, and record-breaking low temperatures, it’s time to really plan your layers before you venture out in what could be dangerous weather. In any below freezing conditions, it is important to cover your extremities and face in order to keep sensitive skin and body parts protected from the uncomfortable and injurious effects of extreme cold. Here are a couple winter jackets for men and ladies we think would do an outstanding job of getting you through this deep freeze.
One of the greatest advantages of Outdoor Research’s Stormbound Jacket is that it’s designed for people who intentionally spend many hours in the snow on mountainsides, meaning it will be more than suitable to get you through this intense cold spell. The exterior is constructed with 75D Pertex, an advanced fabric that is durable and wind resistant while being more breathable than its competitors, and a dual-way zippered opening under each armpit allows for even more temperature regulation and circulation. A removable powder skirt reliably keeps snow from going up the jacket or down your pants, and each cuff features a Velcro flap that secures around the thumb to keep the sleeves from riding up.
When the winds kick up, pull the zip-out balaclava over your head to protect your face, and if necessary, add the removable helmet-compatible hood with drawcord adjustment and really lock your body heat down. The Stormbound Jacket is completely waterproof with water resistant zippers, and the 650 down fill will keep the fire going. It even has an integrated RECCO reflector in the arm, a device that reflects the signal put out by RECCO detectors to find people that have been involved in an avalanche or other situations that require search and rescue. This winter jacket is safe on every level. Available in 3 colors.
And for the ladies, we’ve got something just as solid: the Marmot Sling Shot Down Jacket for Women. This jacket is constructed with Marmot’s MemBrain polyurethane lamination, which is not only completely waterproof, but also reduces internal condensation and the chilling effect caused by the condensation converting back into vapor. This means you’ll stay supremely warm and dry in this jacket, even with extended use, like a day on the slopes or walking in a snowstorm.
The Sling Shot comes with all kinds of neat features, each of which will come in handy for something on a cold winter day! Stuffed with 650 fill down, this cozy jacket will wrap you up like a blanket and keep you insulated throughout the day. A removable powder skirt keeps snow, moisture, and drafts from creeping up your back or down your backside, and the adjustable Velcro cuffs and high neck are lined with microfleece for warmth and no chafing.
Two water-resistant zippered hand pockets allow access to an internal drawcord for cinching down the hem to further reduce cold infiltration, and a removable storm hood with bonded brim adds yet another layer of protection from the coldest of days. A chest pocket is perfect for cellphones and other devices, while a roomy mesh goggle pocket on one side of the interior and a zippered sunglasses pocket on the other provide plenty of storage for a day out in the snow. Available in 4 colors.