The weekend’s forecast has the temperature dropping to -30°C and you’re wondering whether your coat is suitable for polar temperatures? Are you looking for a coat to ‘’face the great north’’ without freezing so that you can take on the winter and still enjoy the outdoors? To help simplify your life, our clothing consultant Lucette Cadieux has selected 5 of our warmest brands (although there are countless others from which to choose!) to stay protected from the cold this winter:
Quartz Co. is a company that offers a wide range of stylish coats designed to live in accordance with the winter season. Manufactured since 1997 in the city of Saint-Hyacinthe in Quebec, these coats will surprise you with their durability and how lightweight they are.
Characteristics: Heavy snowfall and ice will be handled with ease. Shoveling your driveway will no longer be a pain thanks to your Quartz co. coat, as it’s so lightweight that you will no longer feel the grueling weight of winter on your shoulders.
Maintenance: Seeing as the down is treated against bacteria, these coats eliminate bad odors over time. You can wash and dry them by removing the detachable fur trim.
Pajar was founded in 1963 in Montreal by French-Canadian Paul Colbert. Originally offering boots and shoes, the company launched a range of coats in the 2000’s for Canadian winters. The Pajar brand now sells its products in more than 40 countries around the world.
Characteristics: Their coats have shells made of oxford nylon – they are lined with an inner layer of polyester and insulated with duck down, which will keep warmth close to the body during your winter outings. The advantage of these coats is that their top stitching keeps the insulation in place, allowing even heat distribution.
Maintenance: Machine washable, these coats are easy to clean. Do not forget to remove the detachable fur trim from the hood before washing.Pajar coats
With its extreme temperatures, high humidity and frequent storms, Quebec has a unique climate. Determined to design coats for such winter conditions, Louis Grenier, an outdoor enthusiast and winter aficionado, decided to launch the Kanuk brand in 1970.
Characteristics: These coats stand out for their exceptional materials. All Kanuk coats are made of synthetic materials to keep moisture to a minimum. With a nylon shell treated with SWR, they are completely waterproof. In addition, they are also insulated with Thermo+ insulation. This insulation is made of hollow fibers, which trap heat and keep you warm longer. They are definitely known as very warm coats for winter.
Maintenance: Kanuk coats should not be dry cleaned or washed in hot water. In addition, they must be washed in a front-load machine.Kanuk coats
Designed and developed in Montreal, Ookpik coats are inspired by a national symbol: the Ookpik (or the snowy owl in the Inuit language). The perfect balance between trendy and technical, these coats offer a trendy and urban style with reliable protection against the cold.
Characteristics: Made of duck down, all Ookpik coats have an index of 600, which will keep you warm when heading to work in -25, -30 degree weather. Some of their coats are made with a nylon that imitates the texture of wool, for a feeling that is soft to the touch. In addition, their leather trimmings give them an urban twist.
Maintenance: These coats must be dry cleaned only.Ookpik coats
Founded in 1966 by ecologist Douglas Tomkins in California, The North Face has grown immensely in popularity thanks to its high mountain jackets. The brand offers parkas that are adapted to harsh climates and extreme conditions.
Characteristics: Made with DryVent technology, the jackets and coats keep heat near the body during all your winter activities. Additionally, they follow the RDS (Responsible Down Standard) and are Control Union Certified.
Maintenance: Machine washable, these coats are easy to maintain. Just remove the faux fur lining.The North Face coats
With this advice, frigid temps will no longer ruin your plans!