Best women’s winter coats for extreme cold

Before you wash your winter parka, always remove the hood or any fur pieces, which can be damaged by the washing machine and dryer.
Before you wash your winter parka, always remove the hood or any fur pieces, which can be damaged by the washing machine and dryer. (BestReviews)

The warmest winter coats for women

If winter weather forecasts have you shivering at the thought of facing blustery cold fronts and snowstorms, aside from plenty of hot chocolate and a good blanket, you'll want a high-quality insulated winter coat to protect you when you do have to face the elements.

From extra-long down parkas to short and athletic puffer jackets ready for the ski slopes, these are the best winter jackets for women to protect against extreme winter weather conditions. This list includes high-end and budget-friendly options made with durable, weather-resistant materials to keep you warm, dry and cozy all season long.


Warmest women’s winter coat: Canada Goose

Canada Goose Trillium Down Parka: available at Backcountry

Canada Goose makes some of the warmest gear around, and this parka is one of the most well-insulated winter coats for women. It has a water-resistant outer shell that serves as a protective first line of defense against wind and weather. The jacket is insulated with white duck down that’s lightweight but incredibly insulating. The removable hood is trimmed with beautiful and super-soft coyote fur for added warmth. It also comes in five colors, including fire-engine red and several neutrals that are great for everyday wear.


Best cinched-waist winter coat for women: Parajumpers

Parajumpers Adelle Down Jacket: available at Backcountry

This fitted heavy-duty down parka has a cinched waist for an attractive profile. The jacket has long cuffed sleeves that keep high winds out, along with a 770-fill duck-down lining that provides great insulation against the cold. It’s also got some nice room for additional base layers under the jacket. The high collar zips closed to protect the sensitive skin on your face and neck, and the down-insulated hood cinches tight around your head for added warmth.

Best women’s winter coat for activities: Arc’teryx

Arc'teryx Alpha Parka: available at Backcountry

This fully-insulated down parka is great for freezing cold days on the ski slopes. It’s shorter than other heavy-duty winter coats for more leg mobility. A cinch cord around the waist provides a physical barrier to cold winds, and a spacious StormHood is large enough to fit over a ski helmet. This is also a great jacket for active days in the cold because the GORE-TEX material helps keep you dry, even if you start to sweat during a mogul run.

Most stylish women’s parka: Moose Knuckles

Moose Knuckles Berlin Parka: available at Backcountry

This heavy parka is where function meets fashion. It has a soft cotton-blend exterior that moves with you, rather than restricting movement. The all-black coat is filled with lofty down insulation for plenty of warmth without tons of added weight. The down-filled hood is also detachable and the jacket’s mid-thigh length provides cozy, cocoon-like warmth. The jacket has interior and exterior pockets, including two fleece-lined pockets for hand warming.

Best extra-long women’s winter coat: Canada Goose

Canada Goose Alliston Parka: available at Backcountry

This ultra-long winter coat provides warmth from your head to your ankles. It has a weather-resistant ripstop nylon exterior filled with 750-power duck down, which keeps you warm in temperatures as low as -13 Fahrenheit. The stretchy sleeve cuffs double as hand warmers when you wrap them around your thumbs. Plus, fleece-lined hand-warming pockets offer added warming power. Despite the coat’s length, it doesn’t constrict your walking strides, making this a great coat to wear for everything from holiday shopping to shoveling the driveway.

Best bang for your buck women’s cold weather coat: Columbia

Columbia Women's Peak to Park Insulated Jacket: available at Amazon

This budget-friendly insulated parka from Columbia is a great jacket for everyday wear this winter. It comes in six color options and has an attractive faux fur-lined hood that’s fully removable. The synthetic down insulation may not be quite as warm as the real duck down in some of the other more expensive options on this list, but if you’re not facing arctic temperatures, this stylish down jacket will do the trick on chilly days this winter. It’s also lighter and more sporty than the heavier jacket options.

Best waterproof insulated jacket for women: Helly-Hansen

Helly-Hansen Women's Aden Down Waterproof Parka Jacket: available at Amazon

If you’re facing both freezing temperatures and precipitation this winter, you’ll appreciate the added layer of protection that this waterproof parka provides. The plasticized exterior repels water, but the jacket remains breathable on the inside. The faux fur hood is fully removable for washing and styling and the front zipper moves up and down, which is great for added range of motion if you’re skiing, snowshoeing, or sledding.

Best bomber-style women’s cold weather parka: Canada Goose

Canada Goose Chilliwack Bomber: available at Amazon

If you prefer a shorter jacket that’s just as warm as longer options, this fashionable bomber-style coat is a great option. It has the high-quality construction and materials of any Canada Goose product without the length and weight of the other parkas on this list. The hood is adjustable and cozy with removable fur detailing. Tight wrist cuffs and a cinched waist keep windy gusts out.

Best three-in-one women’s winter jacket: Patagonia

Patagonia Tres Down 3-In-1 Parka: available at Backcountry

This versatile winter coat has three wearing options in one sleek and cozy jacket. Wear just the 700-count down interior layer for a light, breathable and active jacket perfect for skiing and other outdoor activities this winter. Or sport the waterproof outer shell as a lightweight and durable raincoat. Or, for full protection from the elements, zip the two together into a warm parka fit to take on winter’s worst. The jacket is made from recycled materials and has a fitted, flattering cut that looks great on everyone.

Lizzy Briskin is a writer for BestReviews. BestReviews is a product review company with a singular mission: to help simplify your purchasing decisions and save you time and money.


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