Want to stay warm this winter? From waterproof down to battery-powered warmers, a high-tech coat can be worth the steeper price tag.
Dean Arrindell 1 / 6
Tis the season for winter jackets. And when you like to keep your closet simple (seriously, there’s no point in having <em>five</em> coats), it’s worth splurging for a wrap that can handle whatever winter weather comes your way. We’re talking maximum breathability, moisture wicking technology— heck, even battery-powered pocket warmers.
So don’t let steep price tags put you off a coat that will <em>actually</em> keep you warm and dry. With these <a href="mensfitness.com/gear/workout-gear/5-high-tech-winter-jackets-worth-the-splurge?page=2" target="_blank">five winter jackets</a>, you’ll get more bang for your buck—especially if you’re the guy who wears the same jacket <em>every</em> single day.</p>
Patagonia Men's Exosphere Jacket
Adventure enthusiasts know it’s not easy to travel if you’re packing lots of winter gear, and the <strong>Patagonia Men's Exosphere Jacket</strong> solves that problem completely..Its breathable material keeps you warm and dry, but if you get too hot, you can always loosen the waterproof pit zips to regulate your body temperature. Plus, it packs the most complex—and functional—pocket system <em>ever</em>. Expandable chest pockets and internal waterproof slots will keep your wallet and cell phone dry, plus two harness-and-pack compatible hand warmer pockets located midframe ensure you can wear a waist-buckled backpack <em>and</em> still keep your hands warm at the same time.
($349; <a href="http://www.patagonia.com/us/product/mens-exosphere-jacket?p=84380-0-042" target="_blank">patagonia.com</a>)
Brooks-Range Mojave Down Jacket
We like down coats, sure. But when poor-quality filling gets soggy, it’s much less effective in keeping you warm. Not a problem with the <strong>Brooks-Range Mojave Down Jacket</strong>. Its water repellent 800 fill goose down traps warmth next to your body, even if it gets wet. And if you’re on the warmer side, the Mojave’s DownTek moisture-wicking, breathable technology prevents uncomfortable overheating. Point is: this down jacket won't fail you. ($299; <a href="http://brooks-range.com/Mojave-Down-Jacket.html" target="_blank">brooks-range.com</a>)
The North Face Houser Triclimate Jacket
The North Face
In winter’s unpredictable weather, it's good to have options. And with <strong>The North Face Houser Triclimate Jacket</strong> you have many, because the two-part shell and lining can be worn together or separately. The snow-ready shell has exactly what you need as you head out into the snow: waterproof technology, an adjustable hood to pull tight around your face, a snow skirt, and zip vents. Not to mention the lining itself is reversible. The bonus? Because the shell is part of The North Face’s Triclimate line, you can wear it with any zip or snap-in North Face compatible jacket.
($350; <a href="http://www.thenorthface.com/catalog/sc-gear/mens-jackets-vests/men-39-s-... target="_blank">thenorthface.com</a>)
Columbia Electro Interchange Jacket
If you spend hours outside in the cold, <strong>Columbia’s Electro Interchange Jacket</strong> will keep you warm by pumping heat around your core. Literally. Inside its waterproof, breathable exterior, this jacket packs two lightweight rechargeable batteries that power heat throughout. Sounds a bit extreme, we know, but the three settings on the Omni-Heat Electric control system, combined with your own body warmth, <em>guarantee</em> you’ll stay toasty. Plus, the battery packs can charge your cellphone.
($300; <a href="http://www.columbia.com/Men’s-Electro™-Interchange-Jacket/SM7886,default,pd.html" target="_blank">columbia.com</a>)
Westcomb Skeena Wool Hoody LE
If you like the look of a classic wool coat but want the features of a synthetic exterior high-tech jacket, the <strong>Westcomb Skeena Wool Hoody LE</strong> has it all. The inner fleece lining traps warmth, the acrylate-coated middle layer resists water and wind, and the wool/lycra blend exterior feels like a classic Navy pea coat. It also features an adjustable hood and waist, plus a windguard on the front zipper, for added protection against biting wind.
($299; <a href="http://www.westcomb.com/product/jackets/94/skeena-wool-hoody-le.html" target="_blank">westcomb.com</a>)
<a href="http://www.mensfitness.com/gear/fashion-and-trends/top-10-winter-jackets... target="_blank">Top 10 Winter Jackets Under $200>>></a>