Gents, it’s time to get technical. That wool overcoat is all very well, but when the weather really turns, you need something space age. Whether you’re facing wind, rain or snow, a science-packed coat will keep you protected from the worst so you arrive at your destination dry and warm, not soaked and shivering. But technical isn’t synonymous with nerdy. This is the outerwear where form matches function, and which can work as well up a mountain as on the Underground. It’s time to wrap up in style.
The North Face Thermoball Triclimate Jacket
Bulky winter jackets sometimes lack when it comes to style, but this option by The North Face will help keep those all-important fashion credentials up; its deep burgundy is particularly on-trend, as is the lack of detailing. To stop you sweating when there’s not frost on the ground, this suave technical cover-up also comes with a detachable padded layer. Just leave the rest of the hiking gear at home. This jacket work best with your everyday denim and sneakerboots. Available at The North Face, priced £280.
Penfield Hoosac Jacket
Penfield’s pieces are built for the beyond-cold climates of New England, so you know they’ll put in the work when it comes to protecting you from the comparatively balmy British winter. Built with premium down insulation and a durable polyester shell, this isn’t so much a coat as a suit of armour against nature. Its petrol blue shade also makes a nice change from classic navy, bringing a burst of brightness to those pitch-black mornings. Available at Penfield, priced £300.
Moncler Rouve Jacket
Moncler excels at outerwear you could shelter from a blizzard in, but which looks just at home thrown over a suit. The Rouve’s graduated grey panels and silver hardware class up some rugged guts – the jacket is stuffed with feather down, which makes it super warm without adding bulk, but the detachable hood and shortened hem ensure it’s versatile enough for urban explorations too, paired with slim black denim and leather hiking boots. Available at Moncler, priced £875.
Arc’teryx Veilance Field Jacket
This smooth jacket from Arc’teryx’s premium Veilance line keeps you safe from the elements without emulating the Michelin man. It’s minimal enough to wear with a suit and the Gore-Tex shell will protect your tailoring even when the weather gets biblical. One for the man who always loses his umbrella. Available at Arc’teryx Veilance, priced £850.
Stone Island David TC-Trench Coat
The military trend’s return means you can whip out khaki green, epaulettes and the classic trench for autumn. Fabric maven Stone Island has enlisted, producing an on-trend shower-proof jacket for the stylish man who also cares about practicality. Keep your look regimented with brown leather boots, dry denim and a perfectly pressed white shirt. Just leave the rifle at home. Available at Stone Island, priced £600.
Patagonia Rubicon Jacket
Even if you’re not climbing South American mountains, this jacket is sure to prove its worth when winter makes itself felt. Built for freezing days at 6,000m, Patagonia’s Rubicon jacket boasts thick insulation, a detachable hood and hard-wearing shell, keeping you cosy wherever you are. Equally versatile is the red and wine colourway, which adds some grey sky-battling brightness to your neutrals. Available at Patagonia, priced £280.
Mackintosh GR-010 Jacket
Cold weather calls for the very best in fabric innovation, and British label Mackintosh crafts its coats with almost two centuries of know-how. The brand’s slick GR-010 coat bonds wool with rubber to create a water- and windproof shell, all in a classic raincoat silhouette. But the tech comes in a time-honoured cut, which lies perfectly over any suit. Available at END Clothing, priced £769.
Canada Goose Hybridge Jacket
Want to tick off one of this season’s biggest trends with your outerwear? Canada Goose’s padded Hybridge jacket incorporates a bold camouflage print into its nylon form, with contrasting side panels and coordinating zips tying the full look together. Just be sure to avoid print overload by sticking to tailored wool trousers and a grey crew neck. Available at Flannels, priced £550.
Norse Projects Nunk Classic Jacket
Barbour Hemble Jacket
Designed to emulate the classic military field jacket, Barbour’s beige Hemble design embodies all that’s rugged and masculine, which is why it’s right on the money for exploring the Great British outdoors. Waterproof yet breathable, you won’t feel or look stuffy in this piece – its slimline shape and cinched waist will bring structure to your frame, no matter how many layers you’ve squeezed on underneath. Available at Barbour, priced £279.