Winter in Ireland offers its own set of challenges. From plummeting temperatures to biting winds, the right winter coat isn't a luxury—it's essential. Here, we delve deep into what makes a great winter coat and present our top picks for this season from our top brands and suppliers that will keep you warm and cosy in the colder times.
The Best Winter Jackets will...
...have the right fit for you, be that through the style from the brand that makes it, or finding the exact size. The right jacket for you will have the right level of insulation, be it down, synthetic, wool or anything in between to keep you at the right temperature. Materials such as Gore-Tex waterproofing, dryvent, hydro-down & more can all add value to your winter coat depending on what you want from it.
Why Do Brands Matter?
Brands such as Rab, Columbia, Mountain Equipment, Helly Hansen, and The North Face are all held to a very high degree of standard. So much so that they offer warranties against manufacturing defects such as waterproof failure, poor craftsmanship on stiching, zips and other peripherals (not subject to wear and tear) of differing periods and levels per brand. The high standard of production is accompanied by the constant work these brands do to create these jackets in a way that is less impactful on the enviroment year on year by recycling old jackets when possible, using less PFCs when possible and sourcing down in a sustainable and non-harmful way.
Top Picks - Puffer/Insulated Jackets
The classic, puffer jackets combine high levels of insulation with style - be it through a retro fit, bold colours or both.
This is not just a jacket; it’s a cocoon of warmth. With a 700-fill of responsibly-sourced down and ripstop face fabric, the Diablo Down Jacket offers durability and unparalleled warmth. Elasticated cuffs and an adjustable hem keep your body heat locked in. This all comes in a package that retains the classic North Face oversized-boxy look. We have this available for both men & women.
A masterpiece that provides warmth without added bulk. Made from 30D Pertex® Quantum ripstop nylon and 700 fill power P.U.R.E recycled hydrophobic down, this jacket is both ethical and functional. This compact jacket does a huge amount of insulation for the size, and stands up to the rain for the type of jacket it is. Accompany this with a stuff sack that allows it to fit in a size similar to a closed fist - and you have a perfect winter jacket. Available for men & women.
Meet your perfect winter companion. The Puffect II features Omni-Heat™ reflective lining and water-resistant fabric. Lightweight and breathable, it comes with synthetic insulation for optimum warmth without the bulk. Available for men & women
Top Picks - Triclimate Jackets
These offer three-in-one functionality, allowing adaptability for varying weather conditions. Simply zip in or out the insulation layer to adapt to any level of heat you find.
Two jackets, three levels of protection - that's what you get with the Evolve II Triclimate® Jacket. The outer jacket is made from DryVent™. This waterproof, windproof and breathable two-layer shell is your shield, and combines with the 100 glacier zip-in fleece inside. Available for men & women.
Columbia Drop-Ridge Interchange
Whether you're hiking through the woods, exploring a new trail, or simply strolling around town, this jacket has got you covered with its exceptional features and reliable performance. Using omni-tech waterproofing, a zip-in sherpa liner and a fitted look, this one has performance and style all in one. Available for ladies in dark stone & navy.
Bonus Round - The Best Seller
Mountain Equipment Lightline Down Jacket
Mountain Equipment's iconic and continuing bestseller, this technical down jacket is ideal for freezing conditions anywhere in the world. Extensively reworked to meet the demands of modern mountaineers, the Lightline Jacket continues to set the benchmark for lightweight, technical jackets. With protection in sub-zero conditions and a water-reisstant DRILITE shell, this jacket is sure to withstand the elements in style. Available for men & women.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I choose the right size?
- Consult the size guide that we have on every product in this list, they contain measurements to help you achieve the right fit. If you want our recommendations or help - contact us here!
Is down or synthetic insulation better?
- Down offers more warmth, but synthetic performs better in wet conditions, as down can soak through and lose heat properties.
How do I care for my winter coat?
- Follow the care instructions, and use specialized cleaners where necessary. We stock the necessary cleaners from Nikwax & Grangers to help care for down jackets, synthetics, Gore-Tex, Fleece and much more.
Where can I buy these jackets?
- They are all available online from Great Outdoors!
Which brands offer the best variety?
- Rab, Columbia, Mountain Equipment, Helly Hansen, and The North Face offer extensive options.