As soon as winter temperatures start to plunge, the Canada Goose jackets come out in full force. Ever since Kate Upton donned a white, fur-trimmed bomber from the label on the 2013 cover of Sports Illustrated's Swimsuit Issue, it seems like every man, woman, and child has been under the Canada Goose spell.
Sure, the brand's ubiquitous parkas are incredibly warm, even during days when meteorologists are throwing words like “polar vortex” around. But there are actually other brands out there specializing in similar types of outerwear (other than Moncler and Patagonia, too).
Here, five to look into if you’re springing for a warm coat this winter.
Triple F.A.T. Goose - Eberly II
This New Jersey-based brand has been around since 1987 and was particularly popular in the ‘90s as the puffer jacket of choice in the world of hip hop—even being name-checked by rappers like Eminem. It was recently revived with elevated technical functionalities that has made its down coats warmer than ever (F.A.T. stands for “For Arctic Temperatures.”) even if it no longer has the same type of street cred. We love the sleek look of the Eberly II parka.
Its streamlined, wear-with-everything appeal (plus the hydrophobic nanotechnology that makes it both water-resistant and dirt-repellent) means you can rock it every day, no matter the occasion or the weather, all winter long. $650
Pyrenex - Mythic
With a 150-year history, this French label doesn’t just ply good-looking coats and vests, it actually sells down bedding, too. All of it is filled with plummaged meticulously sourced in the Pyrenees mountains. (It’s said that the founder started the business by collecting feathers from the region’s many village markets.)
Go for the head-turning vintage vibe of the Mythic jacket. The bomber silhouette is coated with brilliant sheen in a rainbow of color, including red, yellow, and orange. $442
Parajumpers - Bear
Inspired the tough and courageous men of the 210th Rescue Squadron in Alaska, this Italian brand founded by designer Massimo Rossetti combines rugged functionality with eye-catching style. Splurge on the special edition Bear zip-up.
It has a 700-fill power that’s perfect for very cold weather, but the combination of textiles (the exterior patches goatskin leather with water-repellent polyester, and the collar is lined with shearling) makes it a more visually captivating choice than your typical down parka. $1,215
Ienki Ienki - Dunlope Jacket
For those of you with a sharper eye for high-fashion, check out Ukrainian outfit Ienki Ienki (pronounced yenki yenki) for more stylish takes on the down jacket. The two-year-old brand from Kiev definitely has the inventory to make you stand out from the rest of the puffer-wearing crowds this winter with designs that feature exaggerated, unexpected shapes and bold colors.
We like how the Dunlope Jacket transforms the classic bomber with a number of quirky details including the higher neckline, the balloon sleeves, the mix-and-match quilting patterns. But if you’re gunning for something truly unique, you can get a customized one instead. $1,240
Blackyak - Niata Jacket
In South Korea and many parts of Asia, Blackyak has been the premier outdoors brand since launching in 1973. (Think of it like their version of Patagonia.) Unlike the rest of the companies mentioned here, however, Blackyak doesn’t specifically trade in the down market (it focuses on mountaineering), but its down jackets are so beautifully made with all the technical advancements that would impress even the engineers at Samsung, that we had to include it.
Take the Niata Jacket, which is built with a proprietary box wall construction that allows significantly warmer air to freely move around the garment to keep you comfortably toasty. It’s been tested to withstand harsh winds and ice at over 16,000 feet of altitude in Tibet; you can probably wear it skiing. $600