Categories
Men's Fashion

The 10 best men’s winter boots

We independently research, test, review, and recommend the best products, if you buy something through our links, we may earn a commission.

Whether for slushy commutes or just shoveling snow, a durable and stylish pair of winter boots is essential.Here we’ve gone deep on the best men’s winter, rain, and snow boots, as recommended by people with serious experience in both designing and wearing cold-weather footwear.

What we’re looking for

Waterproofing: The gold standard for waterproof shoes and clothing is Gore-Tex, a finely woven waterproof membrane that locks out moisture while remaining breathable. But the majority of winter boots are simply treated with a durable-water-repellent (DWR) coating that can be perfectly adequate for milder climates. “If you live in Portland and it’s pouring 200 days a year, DWR is going to do nothing,” explains footwear designer and lecturer Igor Burt. “But if you live in California, you shouldn’t be buying Gore-Tex shoes.” For extra puddle protection, Burt suggests looking for boots made from leather (a material that is a “breathable natural protectant from water”) with minimal seams and stitching. “The more stitches on the outside of the boot, the less waterproof it is,” he advises. A vulcanized rubber outsole will give an additional rainbootlike effect.

Insulation: “If you have multiple boots and you’re going to use only one boot when temperatures are below freezing, look for insulation,” advises Burt. “You should be able to feel it with your fingers on the inside of the boot. If it’s the same material inside and outside, you know there’s no insulation.” He points out that if you’re spending less time in extreme conditions, there’s an easy hack for warming up a winter boot — and preventing blisters in the process: “Build insulation yourself in the form of moisture-wicking wool socks. You can choose when you want to use it and customize according to conditions.”

Traction: If you’re encountering ice and snow, traction is even more important than waterproofing. “The reason you slip is because the top layer of ice melts and you have a layer of water between your shoe and the ice,” explains footwear and product designer Mark Britton. In order to increase flexibility and control in such conditions, he recommends laced boots, which will have a tighter, more customized fit. Grip is also key, Burt says: “Walking on ice, you can’t get a shoe that has no studs or no lugs on the bottom. You’re going to be slipping all over the place.”

Best overall winter boots

Blundstone Men’s 510 Chelsea Boots

BUY NOW

Water-resistant leather | Uninsulated | Pull tabs, elastic gusset, lugged rubber sole

For non-extreme winter conditions — puddly commutes, wet park walks, and the occasional snow day — it’s hard to go past a pair of classic Blundstones. Our top pick for both men and women, these boots are a longtime our favorite for a reason: They’re comfortable, reasonably waterproof (being made of leather, with minimal seams), and neutral enough to style with almost any outfit. They work well across seasons, develop an attractive patina over time, and get comfier with wear. They also seem to mold to most people’s feet with ease. “A Chelsea boot is actually difficult to get right,” says Britton. “The fit has to be spot on because there’s no lacing — so I give Blundstones extra kudos.” If you know you’ll be walking in freezing temperatures more often than not, the brand offers an insulated version of the same style.

Best lace-up winter boots

Wolverine 1000 Mile Plain-Toe Rugged Boot

BUY NOW

Water-resistant leather | Uninsulated | Laces, lugged rubber sole

One of our editors has been wearing these vintage-looking USA-made boots for three winters now and says they have “aged beautifully.” (he wears a discontinued Wolverine model, the Arctic Boot, which has a Gore-Tex lining, but the brand’s newer Rugged Boot is similar to the Arctic Grip.) The lugged Vibram outsole keeps his footing steady on iced-over sidewalks and slippery concrete. The leather will develop an attractive patina over time, and that rubber heel means these boots can be dressed up for more formal winter occasions.

Best (less expensive) lace-up winter boots

Vasque Sundowner GTX Boots

BUY NOW

Waterproof membrane | Uninsulated | Laces, lugged rubber sole

These discreet but utilitarian winter boots come recommended to us by our advice columnist, who “swears by” them for both form and function. He cites their “simple, classic design” as well as the fact that they’re fully waterproof thanks to a Gore-Tex membrane. “For the price, you really can’t beat them,” he adds, advising that the boots can be styled with baggy Levi’s 501s and a North Face Nuptse for a full winter fit.

Best moccasin-toe winter boots

Red Wing Classic Moc, Oro Legacy

BUY NOW

Water-resistant leather | Uninsulated | Laces, rubber tread, no lugs

Our former senior editor and former writer both stand by their moc-toed Red Wings for even the most blizzardlike conditions. “To me, they look more like your standard winter boot: less fashion, more function (but still stylish enough),” former senior editor says. “Plus the exterior is leather, not suede, which is a bit more suitable for plodding through the occasional foot of snow that one or two winter storms blanket the city in each winter.” The boots don’t feature insulation or Gore-Tex, which means they’re light enough to work across seasons. (Their sturdy leather construction should still keep your feet dry in shallow puddles.) And though expensive, these boots are designed to be resoled every few years, which means they can literally last forever.

Best snow boots

UGG Men’s Butte Boot

BUY NOW

Waterproof membrane | Insulated | Laces, lugged rubber sole

UGG’s hardy hiker-style winter boots as being durable, warm, and waterproof. Made from leather, with a high shaft that’ll keep the snow out, this pair offers tight lacing for maximum traction and lugs for gripping on to snow and ice. Instead of Gore-Tex, the boots use a similar technology developed by UGG called DryTech, which creates a highly effective waterproof-bootie effect. They also feature a cozy sheepskin lining for comfort and warmth. A worthy investment if you’re spending months at a time in snow.

Best (less expensive) snow boots

Sorel Men’s Caribou Boot

BUY NOW

Water-resistant leather shaft, waterproof rubber outsole | Insulated | Laces, lugged rubber sole

Our experts also praised the Sorel Caribou, which Burt calls “one of the standards” for winter boots against which others should be measured, because it’s “a vulcanized boot with an interior lining, meaning it’s waterproof.” A little cheaper than the Adirondack (and missing its slipperlike sheepskin lining), the Caribou is similarly designed for heavy snow, with sealed seams and removable insulation as well as faux fur cuffs around the calf to keep ice and water out.

Best winter rain boots

Xtratuf Men’s 15-Inch Insulated Legacy Boot

BUY NOW

Waterproof, vulcanized rubber | Insulated | Rubber tread, no lugs

When considering heavy-duty insulated rain boots, we turned to Ben Shryock, chief ranger of the Alaska State Parks Kodiak region. He told us that Xtratufs are his only choice and daily go-to: “They are the most comfortable and durable rubber boots I’ve found. You can find them for sale in almost any coastal Alaskan town.” Shryock’s insulated 15-inch Xtratufs do a great job of keeping his feet both warm and dry, but he says that if you do happen to step in some water that goes over the 15-inch mark, they’ll air out fast — “much faster than leather boots.” Being too warm for extended indoor or summer wear, he’ll usually trade them out for the uninsulated regular Xtratufs in April.

Best duck boots

ALEADER Men’s Duck Boot

BUY NOW

Man-made water resistant upper, waterproof rubber outsole | Uninsulated | Laces, rubber tread, no lugs

Our former writer says these are the boots to break out “if it’s really snowy or rainy or slushy or whatever else.” They’re very waterproof and very durable: It took five years for his pair to need resoling. And “that’s one of the reasons I wanted these in the first place,” he adds. “You can keep repairing them.” (“I like that I can also wear them in the fall or spring when it rains”). And come winter, break out a pair of heavy wool socks — we’re big fans of Darn Tough — if it’s really cold.

Best winter hiking boots

Salomon Quest 4 GTX Hiking Boots (Men’s)

BUY NOW

Gore-Tex membrane | Uninsulated | Laces, lugged rubber sole

“It’s not necessarily always true that everyone’s going to need insulated [hiking] boots in the winter,” Scott Wilkinson, communications director at the Pacific Crest Trail Association, tells us. “So much of that depends on temperature, weather conditions, whether it’s wet or dry, and the individual — some people’s feet are always freezing and they’re going to need more insulation.” Budget-wise, you’re better off investing in a quality waterproof boot that can be used in all seasons, like these Gore-Tex Salomons that Wilkinson uses in both winter and summer. (The Quest 4 GTX is also our top men’s hiking-boot recommendation.) Despite being waterproof, these boots will never feel stiff, being designed to flex with your foot in the same way that trail runners might — but unlike trail runners, they feature high cuffs to keep water, debris, and even snow, out of your socks.

Best (less-expensive) winter hiking boots

Altra Lone Peak Hiking Boots — Men’s

BUY NOW

Breathable mesh upper | Uninsulated | Laces, lugged rubber sole

We included the crowd-favorite Altra Lone Peaks in our roundup of the best men’s hiking boots. They have a distinct zero-drop profile — the height from the heel of the shoe to the toe is flat. The Lone Peaks aren’t built with Gore-Tex or a waterproof membrane; the mesh is airy — a plus if you’ll be in a drier climate where heavy rain and snow are infrequent. (Altra also makes an all-weather version of the Lone Peaks, which have a waterproof-breathable membrane.) Editor of this article wears his Lone Peaks for both hiking and winter running: “With these shoes, I have the running bona fides I’ve come to love from Altra, but with the warmth, flexibility, waterproofing, and extra traction that winter demands, whether I’m running five miles or just trying to make it from my truck to the grocery store,” he writes. “Along with running, hiking, shoveling the driveway, and doing errands, I’ve also worn these boots for snowshoeing.”

Categories
Men's Fashion

The 11 best winter coats for men 2022

We independently research, test, review, and recommend the best products, if you buy something through our links, we may earn a commission.

The perfect men’s winter coat should not only be warm, stylish, and comfortable, it should also fit your lifestyle’s needs. Skiers and snowboarders may want to invest in a weatherproof option that will keep them dry on the slopes, while city dwellers may prefer a sleek wool overcoat that looks good over a suit. Unfortunately, many of us have learned the hard way that many winter coats are not as warm or durable as they claim to be, so to help you decide which piece of outerwear is right for you, we researched the best for a variety of needs.

We found the North Face Gotham Jacket III to be the best overall pick with a sleek appearance and functional features including goose down fill to keep you warm. Many of the options below can also withstand frigid temperatures and blizzard-like conditions. From waterproof parkas to ultra-warm down coats and trendy puffers, these are the best 11 winter coats will keep you warm and toasty all season long.

These are the best men’s winter coats to shop:

Best Overall

The North Face Gotham Jacket III

BUY NOW

Why We Love It: It’s waterproof, windproof, and ultra-warm.

What to Consider: It’s on the bulky side, which makes it less stylish.

This popular coat from The North Face boasts a waterproof outer layer and goose down feather fill to keep you warm and dry on harsh winter days. It also features an attached hood, a chin guard, rib-knit cuffs, and a zipper and button closure to help keep the wind and cold air out. It features a relaxed fit making it perfect for layering up before heading out to the wilderness or for staying cozy as you run errands. It even expertly stands up to below-freezing temperatures. The warm coat has multiple pockets to hold all your essentials and it comes in 12 different styles. Wear it for everything from hiking and climbing to running errands and shoveling the driveway.

Best Fleece-lined

Carhartt Quilted Flannel Lined Duck Active Jacket

BUY NOW

Why We Love It: Despite it’s lightweight, hoodie-like appearance, it’ll warm you up in minutes.

What to Consider: The pockets are small and the hood is heavy.

This coat by Carhartt is a longtime favorite and it’s easy to see why. The hooded coat’s outer layer is made with a durable cotton duck material that is both water- and wind-resistant. Meanwhile, the interior is lined with a super soft and cozy quilted flannel to keep you warm. We love the spacious pockets and the fact that it is machine-washable. Paired with a sweatshirt or thermal underwear underneath, cold air and wet weather are no match for the Active Jacket.

Best Down

Marc New York Baltic Faux Fur Trim Down Parka

BUY NOW

Why We Love It: A faux fur chin strap and collar keep cold air from getting in.

What to Consider: The sleeves tend to catch on the zippers.

Looking for a high-quality down coat to keep you warm this winter? We recommend this Marc New York option that boasts a removable hood and a furry chin strap to help lock in warmth. In addition to being water-resistant, the coat also boasts multiple interior and exterior pockets to hold all your belongings. We especially love how deep and cozy the pockets are thanks to fleece lining. With the addition of a high quality zipper and storm cuffs, you won’t find many down coats comfier and more reliable than this.

Best Lightweight Down

Marmot Stockholm Down Winter Jacket

BUY NOW

Why We Love It: It’s one of the toastiest options on our list.

What to Consider: It may be too bulky and puffy for some tastes.

This jacket is so warm and lightweight, it’s actually kind of shocking. While the hooded puffer looks bulky and heavy, in reality, it’s super light and easy to move around in. The moisture-resistant jacket has a 700-fill power down interior that will continue to keep you warm even if the jacket gets wet. It also boasts a hidden waist cord, a zip-off hood, three exterior pockets, and two interior pockets. The jacket may be a bit puffy for some, but it’ll never fail to keep you comfy and cozy on even the coldest winter days.

Best Wool

Cole Haan Italian Wool Blend Overcoat

BUY NOW

Why We Love It: It’s just as comfy and warm as it is stylish.

What to Consider: The sleeves are very long.

If you’re in the market for a sleek, wool winter coat, consider this Cole Haan option. Made from an Italian wool blend material, the classic overcoat is a great for nights out on the town or to wear to important business meetings. It features a single-vent back construction, two front pockets, and a silky inner lining. Not to mention, it’s super soft, comfy, and warm. The jacket is actually so functional, you just may forget how stylish you look wearing it.

Best Affordable Option

Wantdo Quilted Hooded Winter Coat

BUY NOW

Why We Love It: It’s durable, waterproof, and stylish.

What to Consider: Don’t expect it to last forever.

This Wantdo coat is pretty affordable, but it looks and feels much more expensive than it is. The hooded puffer coat features a water-resistant material, multiple pockets, and a wind flap to keep the cold air out. The drawstring hem keeps warmth in and allows you to adjust it to your preference. Snag it in your true size for excellent fit and comfort, or go up a size if you plan on wearing it over sweatshirts or suits.

Best Puffer Coat

Tommy Hilfiger Men’s Hooded Puffer Jacket

BUY NOW

Why We Love It: It comes in dozens of colors and is built to last.

What to Consider: The sizing is inconsistent (the jacket may fit you well in some areas, but not so great in others).

This stylish puffer coat fro Tommy Hilfiger has a cozy fleece lining and a comfortable padded hood. The sleeves also feature and special interior cuff that keeps snow and rain from penetrating the coat. It even features a drawstring hood and two front pockets. We love how cozy and warm the coat is — plus, it comes in 44 different colors and prints, so you shouldn’t have a problem finding a style or two that you love.

Best Waterproof

Columbia Horizons Pine Interchange Jacket

BUY NOW

Why We Love It: It’s made for adventure, so it’s ultra-rugged.

What to Consider: It’s not quite as soft as other options on our list.

If you plan on partaking in outdoor activities like skiing, sledding, and snow tubing this winter, be sure to invest in a waterproof jacket like this one from Columbia. It boasts the brand’s patented Omni-heat lining that helps retain body heat and a media-cord router so your headphone wires won’t get tangled while you listen to tunes. Plus, the coat features zippered pockets, a stand collar, and a removable hood.

Most Packable

Amazon Essentials Men’s Lightweight Water-Resistant Packable Puffer Jacket

BUY NOW

Why We Love It: It’s comfy, easy to move around in, and available in more than 20 colors and prints.

What to Consider: The sleeves run a bit short.

This lightweight coat from Amazon Essentials compresses down to fit inside the corresponding compact carrying case, making it super easy to throw into a bag or suitcase. It features a stand up collar and elastic sleeves to keep out the cold, as well as two front zippered pockets. The thin puffer jacket is also machine-washable, and it comes in 25 different styles.

Best Parka

Arc’Teryx Camosun Parka

BUY NOW

Why We Love It: It’s sleek and super insulated.

What to Consider: It’s bulky and the collar is stiff.

This monochromatic parka by Arc’Teryx is water-resistant, windproof, and super warm thanks to its down insulation. The high collar, removable hood, and adjustable hood drawstrings will keep your head warm, while the full-length zipper, chin guard, and snap wind flap keep out the cold air. It even has two exterior hand pockets and an interior zip chest pocket. Despite the jacket’s incredible insulation (thanks to down filling) and moisture-wicking abilities, it manages to remain breathable.

Best Windproof

Wantdo Men’s Mountain Waterproof Ski Jacket

BUY NOW

Why We Love It: It’s great for warmth, comfort, and mobility — all selling points if you’re into snow sports.

What to Consider: The zippers aren’t the best quality.

This windproof and waterpro of Wantdo jacket is perfect for everyday wear and ski trips alike. In addition to a super soft and fuzzy lining, the topper is filled with 240 grams of polyester fiber to keep you warm on even the coldest of days. We recommend it for days of skiing, snowboarding, and snowmobiling since it’s full of pockets for essentials like your phone, keys, credit cards, and more — not to mention, an adjustable hem and elastic cuffs keep cold weather at bay. Snag it in 23 different colors and prints.

Tips for Buying Men’s Winter Jackets and Coats

Check the warmth specs

You can’t rely on looks alone when it comes to a coat’s warmth. Before making a purchase, be sure to look into the coat’s fill power (down quality) and fill weight (amount of down). The higher each is, the warmer the coat will be. It’s also wise to check if the coat you plan to buy is waterproof, water-resistant, or windproof.

Consider your use case

Wearing a winter jacket for running errands in chilly weather is very different than wearing a coat while snowboarding down a mountain in the snow. If you plan to use your jacket for short, casual outings, you don’t necessarily need features like a hood, a waterproof construction, or high fill power (unless you live in a particularly cold or rainy city). But if you’re one to spend your winters outdoors participating in snow sports, opting for a heavier duty jacket with helpful features is worth it.

We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a way for websites to earn advertising revenues by advertising and linking to Amazon.com