Words Anteneh Gebre & Nathan Zack
Images Alex Pabarcius & Nathan Zack

A rundown of the best outerwear the season has to offer–whether you’re looking for ultra warm down, GORE-TEX®, or that can’t-miss statement piece.

The Best Down Puffer

Ten C Arctic Down Parka

IF YOU’RE SOMEONE who wants to play the long game with a piece whose character comes with time, the giants of original Japanese jersey Ten C have created the winter jacket for you. Made in Italy with the level of craftsmanship the country is known for, Ten C jackets are designed to mold to the wearer and last a lifetime. The brand’s Arctic Down Parka is a modern take on the classic military N-3B jacket, with the hood and other details true to the original, with a simple YKK zipper closure and press stud flap as opposed to traditional buttons. This Arctic Down Parka will get you through harsh winters for years to come and if you’re a Ten C liner owner, this parka does feature the internal buttons needed to secure it.

The Best GORE-TEX Jacket

Tilak Raptor

IT’S WITHOUT A DOUBT that since the waterproof, breathable fabric was invented back in 1969, Gore-tex® has become synonymous with ultimate protection from the elements. When you take Gore-tex® and design a jacket that boasts not only one layer but three layers of the universally touted material, then you’re really going to be in good shape even up against the most intense weather...which is exactly what Tilak has done for their flagship model, the Raptor. As the brand makes clear on their site, the Raptor is “for use in potentially extreme conditions.” Featuring integrated ventilation, laminated zipper garages, and anatomically shaped sleeves with Velcro, this is a must-have for all the Gore-tex® junkies out there in NYC and beyond.

The Best Technical Layer

Mountain Research 4 Zips Pullover

GENERAL RESEARCH DESIGNER Kobayashi Setsumasa created Mountain Research as an outlet where he could combine his passion for innovative design with his love for the great outdoors. That message comes through loud and clear with the 4 Zips Pullover. Although the jacket’s outer surface is 100% wool, the texture is similar to pile or fleece making it very soft to the touch, while the other side of the jacket is 100% nylon. Since you’ve got 4 zippers, two on the front and two on the back, you can easily optimize breathability, and there’s no end to the number of ways the pullover can be styled.

The Best Statement Piece

Kapital 60/40 Cloth KAMAKURA ANORAK Blouson

THIS IS DEFINITELY the Kapital statement outerwear piece that pulls out all the stops. Made from 60/40 cloth–a blend of cotton and nylon that has historically been used by serious adventurers and mountaineers worldwide–this Anorak can be zipped up, cinched up, folded, unfolded, etc, etc, depending on what suits your mood and your environment. Plus, in this monochromatic all-black colorway, if you’re wearing this anorak in a city like NYC, it’ll work perfectly with a more street-appropriate fit, if you’re not trying to look like you just got back from Mt. Kilimanjaro. A perfect juxtaposition between form, function and style that’s signature Kapital.

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