You probably think all there is to getting a winter jacket is walking into a store and picking one off the racks or typing ‘winter jackets for men’ in the search bar of your browser till you see the hundreds of options there are.
That’s when you’ll appreciate that you’ve read this review on the three top-rated men’s winter jacket. We will not stop at listing these jackets, we will also show you what makes them top-rated.
Let’s not keep you cold any longer.
What Features Make a Good Winter Jacket?
The factors you need to consider would be dependent on one thing- the material/ fabric of the jacket. But we’ll break it down to include
Different brands adopt different insulation technologies. There’s the ThermoBall technology adopted by North Face which works by trapping heat within small air pockets. Some brands pad the jackets with fabrics, some insulate the jacket by quilt lining.
Whichever method used has one goal- to make the jacket retain as much heat as possible.
Windproof coatings and membranes are applied and added to the inner of the jacket to make it windproof. Tightly woven yarns could make a jacket wind-resistant.
Microporous polyurethane can also be applied between the outer layer and the inner layer of a jacket to make it windproof. This art has been adopted and perfected by GORE, that’s why we have a ‘GORE Windstopper’ collection.
Fastenings are used as well to keep the winds out.
Winter is often marked by snowfalls, and snow is just water in a fancy form.
For a fabric to be waterproof, the pores of the fabric must be sealed to prevent water from penetrating.
Some brands use DWR (durable water repellent) coating to achieve this. This coating makes the fabric water-repellent, not waterproof and wears out with time. To achieve a better result, it’s best you used the coating on waterproof breathable fabric.
There are textile mills which wax fabrics to make them water-resistant. Waxing the fabric seals its pores.
Natural-based fabrics are more porous than artificial fabrics, that’s why most brands make use of the latter.
To the jackets you’ve been waiting for.
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Our Three Top-rated Men’s Winter Jackets
The North Face Men’s ThermoBall Full Zip Jacket
When North Face was founded, all it wanted to do was keep you warm in the coldest of times. That’s true love, we know. Every outfit it designs is a proof of this.
This is not North Face’s only winter jacket, but we’ll tell you this one has been its best-selling winter jacket.
Let’s start with insulation.
In partnership with PrimaLoft Inc., North Face developed an insulation technology known as ThermoBall- which has been described as a revolution in insulation technology. Heat is trapped within small air pockets using PrimaLoft synthetic-fibre.
This technology offers the additional advantage of keeping the jacket light weight. When you buy this jacket, compare its weight with that of any other winter jacket you or your friends have.
Secondly, remember we earlier said synthetic/ artificial-based materials are water-resistant because they are less porous. This jacket is made of 100% nylon which means it’s waterproof.
Thirdly, what better windproof jacket can you get than one which traps air within it to keep the body warm?
Fourthly, this jacket is a lifetime investment because durability is assured with this jacket. North Face offers a lifetime guarantee against defects and workmanship for this jacket. You don’t get this offer every day.
This investment won’t even cost you anything. If you save $12 for the next ten days, you can get this jacket and have some change left, so cost isn’t a challenge.
Wantdo Men’s Faux Leather Jacket
No matter how much you look at this jacket, you may never be convinced that it’s not of real leather, except you’re an expert at identifying materials.
This jacket is made of faux leather which is known to imitate the look and feel of genuine leather. It’s waterproof, abrasion-resistant, doesn’t crack or peel like genuine leather and is long-lasting. The fact that it’s made of faux leather makes it less expensive.
As with most synthetic materials, its breathability percentage is low/ zero. (Breathability refers to the ability of a fabric to absorb moisture and release it through the material itself, allowing it to breathe.)
Its lack of breathability helps in insulation. That’s not all that helps with insulation. The lining of the jacket is 100% polyester and it’s padded with cotton to keep you comfortable while making you warm. It also has a detachable hood.
The rib cuff and hip length rib bottom help to retain warmth and keep away cold wind from penetrating the jacket.
You know what else gives you value for your money with this jacket? Its detachable hood. We just had to bring it up again because it adds to the stylish outlook of the jacket stylish and makes it versatile. You can remove the hood when you’re not feeling so cold, or if you wish to use the jacket with other accessories such as a face mask.
Helly Hansen Men’s Crew Midlayer Rain Coat Jacket
With a 4.6 star-rating on Amazon, Helly Hanson is surely doing something right with this jacket that has won the hearts of its users.
The jacket ticks all our ‘expectations of a winter jacket’ boxes with its qualities.
The jacket is waterproof, courtesy of its Helly Tech fabric, which is a technology adopted by Helly Hansen.
How it works.
Helly Tech Fabric Technology makes the membranes of the fabric hydrophilic and microporous. Its hydrophilic quality aids perspiration leave the insides of the jacket, while its micropores prevent water from outside to get through. So we have a fabric that’s breathable and non-breathable at the same time. This serves to keep you comfortable and keep your jacket smelling fresh, especially if you perspire even when cold.
Jackets that adopt this technology are built up in 3 layers- the outer fabric which is DWR-coated to ward off water and cold winds, the mid-layer that consist of the waterproof fabric and a layer made up of breathable fabric.
For its inner layer, this jacket uses 100-gram Polartec fleece while its mid-layer is 100% polyester.
The pockets provide extra-insulation as they are fleece-lined. If you forget to leave home with your handwarmers, you can improvise with the pockets.
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