If they’re warm enough for deep space then they should do the trick on planet earth. Columbia’s Rogue One Jackets take inspiration from characters in the upcoming Star Wars flick, including Jyn Erso’s jacket and vest set, Captain Cassian Andor’s parka, and a breathable rain jacket that’s based off the Imperial Death Trooper costume. They’re all fully functional and perfectly suited to inclement weather, with a removable quilted vest that can be worn alone on Jyn’s jacket, Omni-Heat Reflective and faux fur on the parka and Columbia’s OutDry material on the rain jacket coupled with two-way underarm venting to keep air moving. Some models are sold out online but stock may be available in nearby stores, so get to it if you want one.
Learn more at Columbia – $400
South Park’s been on air for an astounding twenty seasons. The Burton x South Park collection celebrates that milestone with an assortment of accessories pulled straight from the show including Kenny’s hood, Kyle’s green trapper, and both Cartman and Stan’s beanies. They’re all perfectly wearable — as you’d expect of any Burton product — for braving the cold winter months, with a Sherpa fleece lining on the trapper and Thermex bonded fleece with faux fur trim on Kenny’s hood. Pair one of the hats with Burton’s South Park socks or leather mittens for the complete look.
Check out the full collection at Burton – $30+
Without form, function is irrelevant. Who wants a coat that just has a great personality? Filson’s Packer coat has function backed up by 120 years of experience and enough form to make even the fugliest mug look rugged and handsome. The Packer’s rain repellant, 24-ounce 100% virgin Mackinaw Wool is cut for optimum freedom of movement and ultimate warmth. Like Filson’s Double Mackinaw Cruiser, the Packer features a double layer of wool over the yoke for robust foul weather abatement, with the added utility and style of a genuine shearling collar. The collar negates the need to wear a scarf, and in truly inclement weather it can be worn up for further protection. The button-front Packer features plenty of real estate for EDC with 4 flap pockets, a slotted pocket, 2 handwarmer pockets, a rear map pocket, and 1 interior utility pocket. Available in red-black lumberjack plaid or charcoal. Note: will not work with skinny jeans.
Learn more at Filson – $495
If coziness is of upmost importance to you during the cold winter months you’ll be hard pressed to find better than the Wings+Horns Cabin Fleece. With a boxing-inspired cut, this robe is made of a custom triple-layered fabric that’s lined on the inside with a soft, warm quilt. It’s lighter than it looks, though, and boasts sweatshirt-like features including front patch pockets, rib cuffs, and a large sheltering hood.
Find it at Wings+Horns – roughly $171
Unlike graphic tees the Challky T-Shirt gives you a blank canvas in the form of a rectangular drawable surface (more specifically a multi-layered serigraphy print) that’s akin to a chalk board. Draw whatever you’d like on it with some chalk, then wear it. A full wash cycle, while very effective, isn’t necessary to clean off the chalk since it’s really just like a chalkboard — just a sponge and some water will do — and then you’re all set with a clean slate, ready to write or draw some more.
Learn more at Challky – $35
Coldsmoke’s take on the classic military bomber resulted in the cleaner, urban-tailored MA-1 Flight Jacket. It loses the elastic waistband and boasts a slimmer fit, as well as Japanese weather resistant flight cloth fabric on the outside for solid protection against the elements. Inside you’ll find Polartec Alpha insulation for warmth that’s coupled to a flip-up knit shawl collar to keep your neck a bit warmer in cooler weather. It’s also got plenty of pockets, including two for your hands, one on the arm, and an added one inside for your phone that’s complete with a headphone cable exit port. Available in Asphalt (dark grey), Mil-Spec Olive (shown), and Navy.
Find it at Coldsmoke – $340
Small, medium, and large do the job for a few, but attaining a perfect fit takes tailoring. Or something like Stantt’s DataFit sizing, originally launched with their button downs. It’s now made its way to the polo as well as the t-shirt, providing 75 distinct sizes for each that better accommodate the dimensions of your actual body and not some loose-fitting, “close enough” standard. Finding yours is as easy as submitting three measurements which they’ll then match to a size with their algorithm. Moreover, each of these shirts is made of super soft and durable 100% pima cotton, both pre-shrunk and with a reinforced collar on the polo. And if yours doesn’t fit you perfectly off the bat they’ll switch it until it does at zero additional cost to you.
Hit up Kickstarter for details – $49+
Every time we got caught in the rain, we swore we’d buy a waterproof shell — which we eventually did, minus much diligent research. And wearing that cheap polyester shell zipped up made us feel like a turkey wrapped with tin foil in an oven. GORE-TEX, eVent, and other patented breathable technologies, they say, make for a far more comfortable jacket than what was essentially a plastic garbage bag with sleeves. We got our hands on the quintessential GORE-TEX jacket, Arc’teryx’ Beta AR, to review, and while we’re not mountaineers or storm chasers we’re still outside a fair bit all the same — probably like you — and need a sleek and reliable jacket to get us through bike commutes, rainy dog walks, windy hiking days, and snowy ski days. So read on to get our full take.