With December quickly approaching, it’s safe to say it’s time for Canadians to bundle up. Canadian winters are particularly grueling, which is why warmth is of the utmost importance when shopping for winter gear (although style comes in at a close second). The key is to stock up on the best brands for winter.
There is a handful of select brands that actually understand what it’s like to endure Canadian winters. There are even fewer that understand them so well, they build their brands and design products around helping people withstand the elements — whether that be freezing temperatures, snow, sleet, ice, or wind.
Here are the best brands for Canadian winters.
Norden is a Canadian-based, B Corp and PETA-certified brand whose mission is to create high-quality outerwear that’s affordable, ethically produced, and sustainable. All of its jackets are made from 100% recycled materials while ensuring optimal design and functionality. Norden’s philosophy is “Better Outerwear for a Better Planet, For Tomorrow” – a mantra that motivates the brand to strive for a greener planet for the next generations to come.
Canada Goose is a staple in so many Canadians’ closets because of its commitment to keeping people warm. While Canada Goose is known for its outerwear, it also makes fantastic knitwear and winter accessories, like hats and mitts, to equip you with everything you need for winter. The winter coats are pretty much beloved by all Canadians (including Ryan Reynolds, who just donated more than 300 Canada Goose parkas to a struggling community in Nunavut). There’s no doubt that this is one of the best brands for winter.
Retail Insider ranked Moose Knuckles jackets as the top parka brand in terms of having the highest thermal insulation value. Moose Knuckles jackets will keep you warm in -40 degree cold extremes, plus they are durable and ethically-sourced, making them a go-to brand for winter weather. The emblem on the shoulder is a nice, shiny touch as well (that now comes in 24k gold).
Founded in Kitchener in 1962, Sorel is the OG sport boot brand for winter. Sorel “pushes the boundaries of function-first fashion,” protecting against the elements and keeping your toes toasty. (If you’re wearing Sorel boots, you’ll probably never slip on ice).
If you’re in the market for a classic fitted parka that’s stylish and functional, then Nobis has your back. The brands top-quality winter jackets will keep you safe and warm in pretty much all weather conditions, including wind, rain, snow, sleet, and hail.
People used to think that UGG was short for “ugly” but this couldn’t be further from the truth. Although the brand hails from Australia (where it doesn’t really snow), UGG seems to have figured out how to make boots that perform in freezing temperatures and will insulate your feet up to -32 degrees.
According to the website, people who work at Bogs know what it’s like to be “wet and cold and gloriously miserable.” But if you slip on a pair of Bogs, your feet will never be miserable again. Bogs are made with a Neo-Tech material that stretches four ways, to provide insulation, warmth and comfort. They are also 100% waterproof and slip-resistant, which has made them a go-to brand for winter activities.
Pajar has a long history of making winter boots — 57 years to be exact. The Canadian brand is known for blending modern industrial design with old-world craftsmanship that will keep you warm and chic.
Woodpecker makes high-end coats with a vegan twist (meaning, no fur). Lined with sustainable fibre insulation, the coats are 100% cruelty-free. So, if you shop with animals in mind, this is the parka brand to go with.
Olang Canada’s Sound Boots are life-changing. With spike-grip soles, these boots cling to the ice and snow so you won’t go tumbling to the ground this winter.
Mackage is a high-fashion take on outerwear. The designers take luxury materials like leather, down, and wool to create flattering and fashionable silhouettes that don’t sacrifice warmth. It’s become a go-to brand for winter and fashion enthusiasts.
Orage offers three seasons of outerwear, casual wear, layering, base layers, and accessories that are all designed to keep you warm and dry all winter long. This is a one-stop shop for all of your premium cold-weather clothing.
This Montreal brand engineers its coats for the most vicious winter weather conditions. While still remaining lightweight, Rudsak coats will keep you warm up to -25 degrees.
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