Who said layering up for the winter had to cost a fortune? Here are the best budget-friendly coats that’ll keep you warm—for every occasion.
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We get simplicity when it comes to your closet, but let’s face it: that snowboarding jacket you bought five years ago won’t exactly work at the office or on a first date. It’s time to finally dress right for the circumstances, guys, and MF is here to help you do it.
So whether you’re looking to buy a proper slopes-ready coat or want to add some more stylish outerwear to the mix, choose your winter jackets wisely to make sure you get the most for your money. For a sporty winter jacket, durability is key. You’ll want a waterproof, windproof, rugged exterior and a warm synthetic insulation. For a casual jacket, go for comfort and versatility. But be warned: don’t skimp on quality and fit. "A jacket that fits right will leave you looking better and feeling warmer," says Hadley Whittemore, Clothing Sales Specialist at REI Seattle. "The trick is to try on lots of jackets before making your final decision."
To make purchasing easier on you (and your wallet), we hunted down the 10 best winter jackets under $200. This way, you won't go broke on coats, but you’ll still look and feel sharpin every occasion.
Columbia Hellfire Down Jacket
When you're hitting the slopes (often at sub-zero temperatures) you’ll need an ultra-warm, down-insulated jacket to keep you warm during frigid hours outside. The Men's Hellfire Down Jacket packs a 550 fill power down insulation and Omni-Heat thermal reflective lining. And though athletic coats sometimes add bulk, this one fits snug enough around your core so you won’t look like a cream puff. The adjustable storm hood adds additional protection around your head, while the zip-closed pockets keep hands snug. ($180; columbia.com)
Marmot Oracle Jacket
The Oracle Jacket is water resistant (you never know when that unexpected rain storm may hit) and made of breathable stretch fabric. It’s an ideal jacket for outdoor sports on balmy winter days where lightweight material trumps your hefty down coat. The moisture wicking lined collar and chin guard keeps workout sweat off your neck while you run or ski, plus you can open and close the pitzips for extra ventilation. ($180; marmot.com)
Patagonia Rain Shadow Jacket
Paired with that fleece you wear 24/7, this Men’s Rain Shadow Jacket will keep you warm and dry in the slushiest winter conditions. Fat snowflakes that melt the second they hit your neck? No problem. Just pull up the snug the fleece-lined neck and chin, and tighten the two-way adjustable hood around your face—without sacrificing visibility. Watertight zippers and pitzips, plus waterproof handwarmer pockets, keep precipitation out and warmth in, as you transition in and out of winter’s wettest months. ($189, patagonia.com)
Lands’ End Regular Wool Pea Coat
Regardless of the weather, dressing for success always applies at work. Instead of a short jacket that looks weird with suits, opt for a longer wool coat. The goal here? Finding a polished, slim-fit to go with every work outfit you own. The Men's Regular Wool Pea Coat has a quilted bottom lining, and is made of a rich wool blend with a water resistant finish—for the unexpected snow flurries that disrupt your morning commute. The oversized turn-up collar and zippered chest pocket detailing keeps you looking sharp, without sacrificing warmth or comfort. ($190; landsend.com)
Banana Republic Quilted Nylon Pea Coat
This Quilted Nylon Pea Coat is dressy enough to wear out to happy hour with coworkers, yet casual enough to run to the grocery store on a Saturday. It has a fully lined interior to keep you warm and double-breasted closure for that business casual feel, plus its regular fit and even lines make this jacket great for guys of all sizes. ($150; bananarepublic.gap.com)
Guess Patterson Hooded Faux Leather Jacket
Guess Patterson Hooded Faux Leather Jacket First impressions matter on a first date, and you don't want to show up at her door in a jacket that makes you look like a ski-slob or a coat that says “Wall Street guy who's never truly off the clock.” Instead, show off your personality with a cool, sleek jacket in soft leather or suede, like this bomber-style Patterson Hooded Faux Leather Jacket. Stylish but still rugged, it has long sleeves and a removable hood to add extra warmth, while the quilted detailing at the sleeves give the jacket an added pop. ($170; shop.guess.com)
Tommy Hilfiger ColorBlock Hooded Jacket
Style has everything to do with making a good first impression—whether it’s meeting her parents or lunch with the boss—and the ColorBlock Hooded Jacket, with its mix of sophistication and style, can help. Made of 100% polyester, this classic fit jacket offers a warm drawstring hood, adjustable button cuffs, and a button and zip closure. Standing out (in the right ways) is important, and the bold ColorBlock pattern makes a memorable statement. ($150; usa.tommy.com)
Eddie Bauer North Slope All-Purpose Jacket
For a versatile, easy-to-clean jacket, the rugged North Slope All-Purpose Jacket is your solution. It’s waterproof, windproof, and incredibly warm, stuffed with 600 fill Premium European Goose Down. Hate going to the dry-cleaners? The cotton/nylon shell is machine washable, so any spills or dirt can easily be erased. Added bonus: unlike most bulky down jackets, this jacket has a sleek, slim fit, perfect for hiding that winter gut. ($199; eddiebauer.com)
Eastern Mountain Sports Stratus 3-1 Jacket
Eastern Mountain Sports
If you’re counting down the days to your next paycheck or are looking for the most bang for your buck, the Men’s Stratus 3-1 Jacket offers three layers of waterproof protection in one budget-friendly jacket. Great for hours outside where you need optimal warmth (think: sitting in a football stadium), this sturdy nylon jacket resists abrasions and is easy to clean. The fleece-lined pockets, removable, adjustable hood, and storm flap over the main zipper keeps winter elements at bay. ($185; ems.com)
Patagonia Better Fleece Jacket
Yeah, some weekends are just meant for catching up on that annoying to-do list. But don’t leave the house looking like a grubby college kid. After all, you never know who you’ll run into. The Men’s Better Fleece Jacket avoids the grunge look completely, but is still super comfy. Made of sweater-knit polyester, it´s lightweight but warm enough to shut out biting winter wind (or a draft from the freezer aisle). Additional cold weather components: a fleece interior and doubled-fabric on the collar. With four large pockets, the jacket is great for storing your wallet and phone. ($180; patagonia.com)