The Snorkel Parka Spectrum

Styling Tip

Don't be afraid to shake things up and throw one on over a suit or a sport coat.

Snorkel parkas are a reliable piece of outerwear for inclement weather that balance timeless style and modern fabrication. Often made from weatherproof fabrics like nylon and GoreTex, they're perfect for snowy, windy days. The classic snorkel jacket with a fur-lined hood can be traced to the US Air Force-issue N-3B parka, made at a 3/4 length and developed in the 1950s for flight crews stationed in areas with extremely cold conditions. The classic color for this type of jacket is a sage green and it got the nickname "snorkel parka" because the hood zips up to the point where the wearer only has a small field of view (like a snorkel) to look out of. Here are some of the best on the market in a range of price points.

Alpha Industries, $199 / $80

Armed with a water-repellent shell, inset rib knit cuffs and removable faux fur trim, this is a steal on sale.

Rugby, $398 / $200

This cotton snorkel has a removable liner with a drawstring waist and military details like epaulets and patches.

North Face, $299

This nylon parka has a detachable hood and pockets for everything from a water bottle, gloves and electronic devices.

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L.L. Bean, $199

The 650-fill goose down keeps you warm (while remaining lightweight) and TEK2 fabric keeps the elements out.

Eddie Bauer,, $349 / $249

Seam-sealed and tested for temperatures up to 30 degrees below zero, this parka also has plenty of pockets.

Canada Goose, $695

Made in Canada out of the finest materials like white duck down, fleece-lined pockets and coyote fur trim.

 

Published on

February 7, 2012
 

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