The Best Women's Winter Jackets of 2014

Coats of armor for all activities and conditions.

Meaghen Brown
(Inga Hendrickson)
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Coats of armor for all activities and conditions.

Meaghen Brown

Mammut Mittellegi Pro Jacket

BEST FOR: Wet-Snow Resorts

One tester might not have finished skiing the 40-mile Elk Mountain Grand Traverse without this multipurpose hard shell ($750). Designed with a burly Gore-Tex Pro exterior and underarm bents, it held up to the elements better than any other we tested. Bonus: the front pockets are big enough to stash your skins.

mammut mittellegi pro
(Inga Hendrickson)


Columbia Chelsea Station Jacket

BEST FOR: Fashionable Wear

The synthetically insulated Chelsea Station ($149) gets design points for its cute silhouette and thoughtfully chic ruffling along the baffles. It's also remarkably warm, thanks in part to Columbia's Omni-Heat lining, which kept us toasty during frosty morning bike commutes.

columbia chealsea station
(Inga Hendrickson)


Stio Hometown Down Jacket

BEST FOR: Mild Days and Layering

The 14-ounce, 800-fill Hometown Down ($275) held in heat on the coldest days at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, and the DWR-coated nylon shell kept out moisture even when the weather turned foul. Testers also loved the feminine styling, which gave the jacket enough versatility to wear out for drinks.

stio hometown down
(Inga Hendrickson)


Aether Space Hoodie

BEST FOR: Mild Days and Layering

Sometimes simplicity and attention to detail are all you need. Minimal flourishes, no logos, and neutral colors keep the Space Hoodie ($265) stylish enough for evenings on the town, but a healthy dose of Prima-Loft insulation makes it warm enough to use as a midlayer or, in mellower temperatures, on its own.

aether space hoodie
(Inga Hendrickson)


Patagonia Knifeblade Jacket

BEST FOR: Ski Touring

This soft shell ($379) quickly became our go-to for skinning up 13,000-foot peaks. That's largely because it's cut from Polartec's Power Shield Pro fabric, which strikes the perfect balance between breathability and weather resistance. A helmet-compatible hood with a visor took the sting out of windy ridges.

patagonia knifeblade
(Inga Hendrickson)


Arc'teryx Andessa

BEST FOR: Frigid Conditions

When temperatures in Girdwood, Alaska, went subzero, the 850-fill Andessa ($850) kept us warm and dry, thanks to a fully waterproof Gore-Tex shell and a plush goose-and-synthetic down liner. Add an insulated hood and a removable powder skirt and you've got the warmest, most technical down jacket around.

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(Inga Hendrickson)

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