Through snow and ice with the right winter jacket for men
Whether you're on a summer tour through the mountains or enjoying the first snowfall in a temperate climate zone, you absolutely need a warm winter jacket. There are various materials and many areas of use. Here are a few hints on choosing the right model from a multitude of men's winter jackets.
Materials, areas of use, and types of winter jackets for men
As conventional materials that provide the right amount of heat, synthetic fibers and down are suitable. Of course, there are also winter jackets with a warming inner layer of fleece.
Fleece is soft and dries quickly. It's comfortable to wear and breathable as well. It's perfect for all activities and everyday uses. But if a low weight and maximum thermal output are important, look for a men's winter jacket instead.
To minimize weight, look no further than down or synthetic fibers as insulation for men's winter jackets. The former ensures the greatest heat retention with its light weight. It's especially useful for activities that involve extremely cold conditions or rapid temperature fluctuations (it can be used as a layer of warmth for belaying). But down is somewhat harder to take care of than synthetic fibers. You can think of synthetic fiber insulation as something similar to cotton. It's lighter and warmer than fleece but less vapor-permeable than down. That's why it stays warmer than down when it gets wet. It's also great for playing sports in cool, variable weather.
The outer layer on men's winter jackets is either just windproof or completely waterproof. If it's waterproof, it must have a membrane. If you're wearing a men's winter jacket underneath a hardshell rain jacket (e.g., a light synthetic jacket), windproof material is good enough. The same goes for warm synthetic jackets and thick down jackets. These are worn as outer layers in subzero temperatures. Windproof material is sufficiently snow-resistant.
The waterproof, abrasion-resistant outer material on a men's winter jacket is great for cold weather with rain or very rough conditions (such as rock or ice contact).
There are also winter jackets for men and women with a removable lining that can be worn separately (3-in-1 jackets). For the most part, fleece is used for the inner lining. The outer component of a 3-in-1 jacket is almost always waterproof. It can be worn separately as a rain jacket. The advantage here is its high flexibility. For this purpose, strictly lined winter jackets for men weigh less. Coat-length winter jackets are also available. Almost all 3-in-1 jackets have a short sports-style cut.
The features and combinability of men's winter jackets
Warm outer jackets should have fully-adjustable hoods in order to protect against wind and blowing snow. Integrated thumb loops are a pleasant detail on some men's winter jackets. A warm jacket for layering (made of synthetic fiber or down) doesn't need a hood. It should be tight-fitting.
Details such as ankle snow gaiters, draft collars, and hand warmer pockets make it easier to spend time in the cold.
Finally, it's important to note that well-known manufacturers pay attention to environmental sustainability with down. Manufacturers such as Down Codex have controlled production methods!