The Snorkel Parka Spectrum

Styling Tip

Switch things up and throw this over a suit or sport coat for a warm, winter-appropriate mix of tailored and casual.

Call it a snorkel parka, anorak or N-3B, one thing that's universal is the warmth the jacket provides once autumn goes from brisk to chilly. When "transitional weather" turns into "braving the elements," sometimes a topcoat just isn't enough. Fur-lined hoods and technical waterproof fabrics have the added benefit of making a harsh wind feel almost nonexistent—to the parts of you that are covered, anyway. And while this is definitely a piece worth investing in, the price range fluctuates between the affordable and aspirational. That's why we've rounded up a bunch of brands we think are actually worth the price—no matter your budget.


Alpha Industries, $140

A 100% nylon shell repels water, while reinforced elbow patches and a storm flap ensure this U.S. Air Force-tested replica lasts all season long.


Spiewak, $382

A plethora of pockets and a quilted fleece liner mean this jacket will keep you (and all of your gear) extra warm and protected.


Woolrich, $595

Filled with duck down and duck feathers, this cotton/nylon parka is accented with detachable, humanely-sourced Canadian coyote.


Banana Republic, $250

A fully lined cotton/nylon shell (in a neutral shade) paired with a removable faux fur trim makes for a versatile and affordable winter jacket.


Fjallraven, $499

A wind and waterproof parka made from the brand's synthetic Hydratic fabric. The media pockets are perfect for storing your phone and camera.


Canada Goose, $725

Insulated with duck down, this slim-fitting parka has a detachable coyote-trimmed hood and you can't beat the protection of the Arctic-Tech shell.


Published on

November 27, 2012

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of Valet.