Although winter started a bit late this year, it has come with a fury. With ice storms and blizzards in the past, Canadians are used to the cold. But sadly, your favourite jacket has worn away as a result. There are a few Canadian and international brands known for their jackets that will live up to your expectations. Some of these brands have survived through conditions including Arctic expeditions, dog sled races in the Yukon, and mountain climbing, so you can rest assured that you’ll be warm when the temperature dips below freezing.
Moose Knuckles started back in 2006 and was the brainchild of Ryerson fashion graduates Will Poho and Mark Peros. The jackets are currently manufactured in Winnipeg. Their down bombers and three-quarter-length parkas are made of waterproof rubberized Italian cotton. and they are equipped with handy pockets, storm cuffs and hoods trimmed with blue fox fur tails. The jackets are detailed with heavy-duty hardware from zippers and snaps to a stylized metal hoof logo on the shoulder.
Canada Goose was started in 1957 by Sam Tick with his company Metro Sportswear LTD. These jackets have been used for mountaineering and dog sled races, not to mention that Laurie Skreslet wore it on his trek to becoming the first Canadian to reach the summit of Mt. Everest in 1982. Believe it or not, one jacket takes up to 450 hours to make! Legendary filmmaker Paul Haggis also recently used it to make an interactive film titled Out There.
The famous shoe company also has a parka line. Pajar started in 1963 after Paul Golbert and his family emigrated from France and settled in Montreal. Their jackets have gone on to become some of the best jackets for the winter climate. You can purchase one at The Bay, starting at $600.
Soia and Kyo
Soia and Kyo, a sister company of Mackage, produces down jackets that turn heads. The company’s designs are inspired by European trends, and with their sleek styles and range of jackets to fit all seasons, they’re sure to keep you warm.
Freed & Freed International Ltd. is based in Winnipeg, Manitoba and remains one of the very few Canadian family-run businesses in the clothing industry. Started in 1921 by David Freed, business has stayed in the family, as his son Joseph, grandson Stephen, and great-granddaughter Marissa have run the company. They have made jackets and uniforms for the Canadian Armed Forces, so you’re guaranteed an amazing jacket with this brand.
Fjällräven was founded in 1950 by Åke Nordin, who developed a backpack frame that sowed the seed which would go on to become the company. Since then, Fjällräven continued to produce clothing and other products. As their company states, “Fjällräven means Arctic Fox in Swedish, honouring the small and highly adaptable predator that lives in the Swedish mountains under the harshest conditions.” Currently their products are sold in over 20 countries.
Arctic Bay is a Canadian-born company. Although really expensive, these jackets are durable. The technical features of Arctic Bay jackets are inspired by the Inuit people who use special techniques that have been passed down by generations to stay warm in harsh climates. The jackets feature the industry’s largest and warmest premium Canadian coyote fur and beaver trims, leather accents, and light-weight construction with a 70% nylon and 30% cotton blend outer shell.
SKOOKUMbrand jackets are made in Dawson City, Yukon. They are custom-made to fit each person. The company states: “Coming from the land of the six month winter, we know people don’t just wear a winter jacket, they have a relationship with one”. There are three different styles to choose from: Ivvavik, Kusawa, and Vuntut, each with different features. The fur-trimmed jackets ensure that you stay warm.
A cheaper alternative: Snowboard Jackets
Burton, Columbia, Oakley, Roxy, DC, Volcolm, Salomon, The North Face, Ride, Quiksilver, Marmot, Mammut, Helly Hansen, Lib Tech, Arc’teryx, Under Armour, etc.
If you’re pressed for cash and need a good jacket, snowboard jackets do the trick. Usually you can snag a good deal at the end of the season and pick up a jacket for about $100-$200.
With all of these different brands, you are sure to find one jacket that suits your style and price range. So go out there and enjoy winter!