When you’re on the hunt for the perfect parka, puffer, or aviator jacket, you can run into gut-wrenching price tags. This winter, save your money for a weekend road trip or alpine getaway.
So whether you’re looking to buy a proper slope-ready coat or want to add some more stylish outerwear to the mix, choose your winter jackets wisely to make sure you get the most for your money. For a sporty winter jacket, durability is key. You’ll want a waterproof, windproof, rugged exterior, and a warm synthetic insulation. For a casual jacket, go for comfort and versatility. But don’t skimp on quality and fit.
To make purchasing easier on you (and your wallet), we hunted down the 10 best winter jackets under $ 200. This way, you won’t go broke on coats, but you’ll still look and feel sharp for every occasion.
1. MicroTherm Stormdown Jacket by Eddie Bauer
If you’re looking for a no-nonsense, no-frills, keeps-you-warm-in-just-about-any-weather coat for under $ 100, then Eddie Bauer’s MicroTherm Stormdown Jacket is your best bet. The 50% recycled 20-denier ripstop poly shell is water-resistant enough to keep you dry during surprise showers or misty days, and the Responsible Down Standard-certified insulation will keep you warm on even the most blustery days. The Stormdown coat is also trim-fitting, so you won’t look like the Michelin Man—but go down a size if you’re in-between sizes, because Eddie B. products tend to run large. ($ 99.50,
2. Whaleback Waterproof Jacket by Duluth Trading Co.
Duluth Trading Co. has earned its reputation for high-grade working gear that puts functional performance above all else—and the Whaleback Waterproof Jacket is no exception. This coat is tough inside and out. A waterproof 6-oz nylon shell, reinforced double-layer shoulders, and a double-layer front storm flap will seal out wind, rain, and snow, while classic Thinsulate insulation keeps you warm and toasty when the temps drop. The smart folks at Duluth have also added in a few mobility-enhancing details we love, like the brand’s classic Armpit Gussets, back-wicking panels, and “pit zips” to help you move freely and without extra sweat. ($ 169.50,
3. Thomas Insulated Winter Parka with Inset Bib by London Fog
Look polished even when the heavens open to dump snow, sleet, and rain. This London Fog parka has a convenient quilted bib neck collar to seal in your body heat and keep out moisture, but you don’t have to worry about overheating once you get indoors. There’s a centralized back so you can let off some steam without disrobing. ($ 129,
4. Men’s PackDown Jacket by Mountain Hardwear
Durable and ridiculously easy to stuff in a suitcase, you’ll want to live in this cozy jacket from Mountain Hardwear—no matter where your winter travels take you. It’s like receiving a warm hug—cozy and comforting—but with the water-repelling power of a shield. Plus, you get the added bonus of zippered pockets to keep electronics safe and sound. ($ 200
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5. Shearling Aviator Jacker by River Island
Instantly elevate your style this winter with River Island’s Aviator Jacket. You get the relaxed coziness from the faux shearling lining bundled with an edgy, cool-as-hell silhouette. Plus, it has everyday wearability. Dressed up or down, day or night, in the dead of winter, and it’ll always be a good choice. ($ 180,
6. Ulta Light Down Parka by Uniqlo
If you prioritize function over high fashion, this ultra-light parka will exceed your expectations of what a down jacket can be. Sleek and insulating (but never bulky), this winter jacket won’t have you feeling like a marshmallow. Plus, it comes in some eye-catching colors, so you’ve got plenty of options no matter your style. ($ 79.90,
7. Padron Insulated Jacket by Volcom
Whether you live in a bustling city or out in the mountains with nothing but passing moose for neighbors, this durable, insulated jacket from Volcom will help you brave the snow in style. Its weatherproof exterior is bolstered by a snuggly fleece lining for extra warmth. This is a winter-ready steal. ($ 200,
8. Black Corduroy Puffer Jacket by Topman
Corduroy and puffer jackets are two classic cold-weather trends that have exploded back into popularity over the last year. Topman’s rendition combines both: Toasty puffer segments get some serious flare with thick corduroy fabrication. We also love the discrete, faded pinstriping. ($ 140,
9. Faux Suede Coat by Zara
Left open or buttoned-up, this faux suede coat says
gentleman. It’s dapper and decidedly more grown-up, with its off-seam pockets, double-breasted buttons, and brandy coloring. We love the collar; it has a buckle fastening so you can cloak your neck with the faux shearling lining. ($ 199 , ) zara.com
10. Battle Parka by Carhartt WIP
Simplicity at its best, Carhartt’s khaki Battle Parka is perfect for layering. The hood, cuffs, and waist are all adjustable to make room for chunky sweaters, scarves, and the like. Just keep it for dry days, as it’s not waterproof. ($ 198,
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