Women's gear, up first
What is the best womens full-length parka for very cold weather? Linda McFarlane Calgary, Alberta
Im partial to two parkas. Patagonias Downtown Loft Parka ($350; patagonia.com) is made out of a buttery soft, durable, water-repellant satin polyester that feels so good against your skin you could wear it and nothing else. The 800-fill goose down, below-the-knee parka will insulate against even the bleakest Canadian cold front. The DLP also has a lot of thoughtful extras, like a shawl-collar that transforms into a hood, a two-way zipper with a windflap, and hand-warmer pockets. Best of all, this parka is svelte, ensuring you wont feel like the Bride of Michelin every time you put it on.
Cloudveils Oslo ($300; cloudveil.com) is another dreamy down option. Trimmed with fleece at the cuffs and collar, the 550-fill, full-length parka has a zip-off hood, a two-way zipper, hand-warmer exterior pockets, plus one more inside to keep important items like doggie treats safe when youre out braving the subzero temps, taking Fido for a midnight potty break.