Fashion & Shopping

8 Puffer Coats to Covet (Win! A $340 Columbia Women’s OutDry Ex Gold Down Jacket!)

October 3, 2018

The best way to embrace the chill that winter will, inevitably, bring? With a stylish puffer coat, of course! The popular cold-weather trend, happily, continues, with styles that range from long and sleek to playful and pattern (indeed, there is a puffer for every occasion!). To ensure you meet the falling temperatures with pizzazz, here are seven of our favourite designs for the season—read on to find out how you could win our top pick! —Mackenzie Shand and Noa Nichol

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gold standard. From Columbia comes the bestselling Women’s OutDry Ex Gold Down Jacket ($340), boasting waterproof and breathable fabric technology constructed with a waterproof layer on the outside and soft, wicking fabric inside (translation: you’ll stay warm and dry). Great on the trail, this fully seam-sealed puffer coat is a real problem solver when it comes to a soaking rain, with bonded, horizontal baffles (technical term) to keep its 700-fill power goose down in place and eliminates pesky cold spots. Bottom line: this versatile down jacket is perfect for just about anywhere it’s cold and wet.

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canadian classic. Canada Goose has built up a great reputation in the world of puffers, thanks to its incredibly warm, high-quality offerings. One new arrival, the HyBridge Base Jacket ($695), is set to impress. Composed with something called Thermal Mapping technology, it’s designed to provide not only warmth, but breathability and comfort to boot.


think pink. From the Himalaya to the streets of NYC, The North Face Nuptse is the original puffer. For fall 2018, the brand has introduced the 1996 Retro Nuptse Jacket ($350), which features the original shiny ripstop fabric, boxy silhouette, stowable hood and iconic oversize baffles. It’s already sold out online, but, we’re told, will be restocked soon!

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wise wool. A light puffer jacket, like this pretty design ($249) from Smart Wool, is equally fit for running about town or hitting the slopes. With insulation composed of 250 base layers of Merino, this coat resists odours and helps maintain body temperatures so you can move around without pause.

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stylishly stuffed. There’s nothing like a touch of colour and pattern to elevate an ensemble. Lolë’s Emeline Jacket ($125) is lightweight yet cosy, and features packable Downglow 600 insulation, two pockets and a hood to see you (i.e., your blowout) through all conditions.

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brave the cold. Stay toasty and on trend in Lululemon’s Brave The Cold Jacket ($298). Made with water and wind-resistant Glyde fabric and 600 fill-power goose down, this puffer looks as good tackling errands as it does on your daily commute.

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parka it. Featuring a toasty faux-fur hood and a warm quilted lining, the Elyse Parka by Alpha Industries ($330) blocks out cool temps to keep your bod comfy and warm—and looking hot, too, of course!


downright fashionable. Looking for something a little different? New (and exclusively) at Simons, this military parka ($1,195) by Canadian designer Xiaoyi Li is sure to be a go-to statent outer-piece for fashionistas this winter.

Win! A $340 Columbia Women’s OutDry Ex Gold Down Jacket!

We have a winner! Congratulations Ellen N. of Waterloo, Ontario, who won a $340 Columbia Women’s OutDry Ex Gold Down Jacket!


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