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Wherever you spend your winters, staying warm is a priority. Up on the ski hill can get terribly cold, but waiting for the train to get to work in the morning can also be a chilly time. Staying comfortable and warm to prevent frostbite is important to everyone living in a country with this harsh season, so here are some tips for choosing the best parka fit for you.
Going Up a Size
It might seem like common sense to choose a parka size based on your overall clothing size; however, it is wise to leave some room for all the layers you’ll be wearing inside. A rule of thumb for shopping for Arctic jackets and parkas is to choose a size bigger than what you would normally choose. This leaves plenty of room inside for your sweaters and scarves. However, if going a size up means you’re swimming in the jacket, don’t buy it. If a coat is too big it will not do a good job at insulating your body from the cold.
There are many parkas on the market that avoid using down and opt for synthetic fillers instead. Unfortunately, they cannot compare to the warmth that down jackets provide. Choosing a parka with a fill power of 700 or less, especially a Canadian-made parka, will allow you to retain heat, stay comfortable all day, and look great. Plus, you can choose a parka with a coyote fur ruff for extra warmth and wind protection.
Another important tip for choosing a parka with the right fit is that you need to ensure it has adequate insulation. That also means preventing any gaps for cold air to get in. It needs to be the right size, and made of materials that keep you warm, especially warm during the coldest months of winter. The material should be insulated or thermal and be able to help your body circulate warmth inside. The sleeves should go down to your wrist and close up. The neck should also be high, and there should be a seamless connection to your hood, so no heat escapes.
Consider Your Lifestyle
If you spend most of your time in a heated office or warm vehicle, you may not require an exceptionally warm parka. However, if you are active outdoors, work outdoors, or commute by public transit, you are exposing yourself to freezing temperatures for long periods of time each winter. Invest in a warm parka to stay warm and comfortable even on the coldest days.
Get the Right Parka for You at Arctic Bay
As you can see, with a little consideration it’s quite easy to choose the right women’s or men’s down parkas for the winter. The only decision left to make is the company you trust to keep you warm during the winter. When it comes to premium comfort, function, style and quality, we’ve got you covered.
Arctic Bay’s jackets and parkas are made 100% in Canada and are inspired by our deep Canadian heritage. We pride ourselves on creating premium outerwear that insulates, resists water and snow, and lasts for years. Our parkas also feature duck down, coyote and beaver fur, and premium leather accents, and have been tested for quality assurance from Downmark®. Stay warm this winter with Arctic Bay outerwear! Just visit our online store today!