Welcome to the thirteenth installment of Sliding Scale, a series in which we bring you a single product for every budget. This month we’re rounding up responsibly-made Parkas. Check out our eleven favorites after the jump.
First up, military surplus store McGuire Army Navy has a large assortment of deadstock US-made parkas from Alpha Industries and Corinth. Though twenty to thirty years old, all of the jackets are in brand new, unworn condition, and prices start at an incredibly reasonable $104 a pop. To see the full range, go here here and enter the search term PARKAS MADE USA.
Designed in Sweden and manufactured in the UK, Brixtol’s Wolf Parkas are crafted out of “Driden Sahara” from the world renowned textile maker British Millerain. Unlike traditional waxed canvas, the water-repellent material has a drier feel and can be machine washed. The fishtail-style parka also boasts 120g insulation and a soft fleece lining. Three colors are available for $205.
Canadian brand Arctic North has three parka options, which range in price from $440-$780. Each has five, I repeat, FIVE layers (shell / baffle / down / baffle / lining), and is guaranteed to keep you warm in temps as low as -40F.
Spiewak Golden Fleece
New York’s Spiewak has been churning out mil-spec outerwear since the second world war. Their Vintage N3-B Parkas, which are part of the the company’s all US-made Golden Fleece collection, have a cotton / nylon shell, poly insulation, coyote fur trimmed hood, and are now a whopping 50% off at Superdenim ($387 down from $774).
Another OG New York outerwear brand, Cockpit USA, has two US-made parka options: the $450 Mountain Fur Hood Coat, which has a water-repellant waxed cotton outer and is lined with the company’s signature WWII camouflage quilted lining. And the $600 NB3 Long Parka, which has the same WWII camouflage quilted lining, as well as horsehide leather accents and a coyote fur trimmed hood.
Canadian outerwear specialist OSC Cross has six parka styles to choose from. While they vary in silhouette, length and color, each is insulated with premium down fill and built to last a lifetime. Prices Range from $630-$790.
For a more architectural take, check out the $585 Halstrøm Modular Snow Parka from The Arrivals. Designed and made in NYC, the unisex jacket has a waterproof / breathable poly-spandex outer, removable thermal-insulated liner, and detachable Toscana lamb fur trim on the hood.
Woolrich John Rich & Bros.
Coming in at $595 are the Pennsylvania-made American Arctic Parkas from Woolrich John Rich & Bros, which have a teflon-coated 60/40 shell, 550-fill-power down insulation, and coyote fur trim on the hood. Three colors are available.
Of course, no parka round-up would be complete without Canada Goose. Every model, from the $645 Constable Parka (their most affordable style), to the $1275 dollar Snow Mantra (touted as the warmest coat on earth), comes equipped with a unique set of features for specific climates / conditions, and is backed by a lifetime guarantee.
The NYC-designed, Italian-made, 3×1 System Expedition Parka from Isaora is actually two jackets in one: a fully waterproof, Primaloft insulated, Japanese nylon outer, and a hooded goose down inner that’s made using certified humane down. There are three colors to choose from, and each is priced at $985.
And finally, there are the Everest Parkas from Nigel Cabourn. Like all Cabourn products, they are inspired by / heavily borrow from real vintage garments. And, like all Cabourn products, they are wildly expensive. Details include a Ventile cotton shell, goose down insulation, WW2 army wool lining, sheepskin lined hood with coyote fur trim, and Riri zipper. And the price? Well, normally these cost a spit-take inducing $3,399. However, you can currently snag one on sale at End Clothing for a still spit-take inducing $2,209.