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.
A plethora of pockets and a quilted fleece liner mean this jacket will keep you (and all of your gear) extra warm and protected.
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.
A wind and waterproof parka made from the brand's synthetic Hydratic fabric. The media pockets are perfect for storing your phone and camera.