Screw the polar vortex.
Adidas Outdoor Terrex Climaheat Ice
The streamlined Climaheat ($350) is nearly as warm as a Michelin Man puffy. That’s because it uses Prima-Loft’s new Gold insulation—a blend of down (70 percent) and synthetic (30 percent)—and reinforced against the cold: stretchy cuff liners help seal in heat, and the wire-stiffened hood is fully insulated.
Filson Reversible Down Vest
There are a lot of hunters on our editorial staff, and now all of them are wearing this vest. It’s cut slim enough that you can layer it under a shell but not so big that it looks ridiculous over a sweater. Oversize cotton-moleskine-lined pockets easily fit gloved hands or extra cartridges. $195, filson.com
Some testers loved the big front kangaroo pocket; others found taking this PrimaLoft-stuffed anorak on and off awkward, even with the side zipper. What can’t be debated: it packs down small, is refreshingly logo-free, and is cut slim enough to wear under most shells. $325, aetherapparel.com
Fjällräven Greenland No. 1 Down
It might look casual, but the No. 1 ($500) can handle the cold and wet. That’s because it’s lined with goose down and wrapped up tight with the company’s proprietary water-resistant fabric, a tight weave that’s impregnated with beeswax and paraffin.
Mountain Khaki Ranch Shearling
Don’t be fooled by the tough-guy western vibe. The synthetic-lined Ranch Shearling ($145) is a big softie. The faux-leather collar feels plush against the neck, and although the cotton-canvas exterior is sturdy, it has a bit of Spandex in it for added stretch and pliability.
Canada Goose Windermere
The warmest jacket here, the down-filled, waterproof-breathable Windermere ($900) is rated to five degrees. It’s also the most luxurious, with sueded, tricot-lined hand pockets and a removable hood that cleverly attaches via hidden buttons. And somehow it does all this in a relatively svelte package.