10 Best Survival And Expedition Jackets
It’s that time of year again and we find ourselves shivering in the heart of winter. Winter always calls for proper gear and be it that you go on adventures such as skiing or on an Artic expedition or just find yourself out and about, we believe that you need only the very best to keep you warm and fashionable at the same time.
We present to you 10 Survival/Expedition Jackets:
1 – Rothco Special Ops Soft Shell Jacket
This is an old-school military jacket that is much different from modern, fancy, look-at-me jackets. This jacket does the work and does in a reliable, old-fashioned way. Rothco Special Ops Soft Shell Jacket is a good wind breaker that is also waterproof, lightweight, practical, not bulky and completely adjustable. If you are strapped for space in your backpack, this is a jacket for you. It rolls up and packs away very easily. The jacket’s price is also very affordable. Most of the jackets with similar features usually retail for at least $300 while the price of Rothco Special Ops Jacket starts at $90.99.
The jacket is made from 100% Polyester with the fleece inside lining which is breathable and moisture wicking. The collar is also lined with fleece and has a concealed hood in a zipper pouch. There is a zippered shoulder pocket on each arm. The cut is more than ample and the jacket is made from a really high quality, windproof material. As for the pockets, there are six in total – two front slash chest pockets, two interior pockets and two back pockets. All of them are zippered. Furthermore, there is a vent zipper under each sleeve and 4 x 4 inches loop side of hook & loop on each shoulder for patch attachment. Rothco’s Special Ops Soft Sell Jacket comes in variety of sizes (up to 6X Big) and colors – Black, Coyote, Coyote Brown, Midnight Blue, Olive Drab, Subdued Urban Digital Camo, Woodland and Woodland Camo.
BUY | from $90.99
2 – Bear Grylls Men’s Bear Expedition Gore-Tex Jacket
If there is one man that is absolutely synonymous with survival and everything related to it, it must be Bear Grylls. The guy knows the stuff inside and out! His Bear Expedition Jacket is made from Gore-Tex; one of the best waterproof, breathable materials around. This is the very jacket that Bear wore in “Get Out Alive” and “Escape From Hell”. The jacket is made from 100% Polyamide with a two-layer Gore-Tex membrane. It measures 31 inches in length. The trim fabric is also made from Polyamide, while lining is 100% Polyester.
The Bear Expedition Jacket comes with several pockets including a security one and an O/S map pocket. The zippers are also waterproof, with inner storm flaps, and the jacket’s hood has front and back cord stoppers which you can easily handle with only one hand. Additionally, the jacket has a brushed chin guard, its cuffs are adjustable and there are shoulder grip overlay panels. Although Bear Grylls Men’s Bear Expedition Gore-Tex is a classic-fit, heavy duty jacket, it is very light – it weighs only 740gr or 1.6 pounds. The jacket is marketed under a slogan – “Clothing for the Alpha Male” so if you already feel like one or aspire to be one, go for it.
BUY | $400
3 – Mustang Survival Classic Bomber Jacket
There are several reasons why any self-respecting man should have a bomber jacket in his closet. It’s a classic and it will never go out of style. It has been a fashion staple since the 1950s. It is a simple, versatile, edgy piece of clothing that you can easily combine with other stuff in your wardrobe and, on top of that, has an excellent layering potential. It is also both casual and cool. Mustang Survival Classic Bomber Jacket is a jacket with a twist. It has that recognizable look of a classic bomber jacket but it also has all of the features of the typical survival / expedition jacket. This jacket comes with High-Performance Nylon and AirSoft floatation foam, hypothermia protection and SOLAS reflective tape.
The men who have bought it claim that it is both “a life vest and a good outdoor jacket in one”. Mustang Survival Classic Bomber jacket comes in a relaxed fit that ensures mobility and comfort, and has warm, fleece-lined front pockets. This is also a jacket with history. Mustang has been producing bomber jackets for over 40 years and because of the quality of their construction and its timeless design, they have always been popular with men. The Survival Classic Bomber Jacket is available in three colors / color combinations – Navy, Orange / Black and Orange.
BUY | from $199.99
4 – Hooded Down Jacket by Mountain Standard
Goose down is by far nature’s best insulator, providing serious warmth without weighing too much. Unfortunately, very few jackets today are made with quality goose or duck down fill because of, you’ve guessed it, costs. With their Hooded Down Jacket, the Mountain Standard Company decided to provide their customers with the best possible outerwear for frigid winds and chilly weather using the old-fashioned 700 goose down. Hooded Down Jacket is also made from durable 100% nylon ripstop fabric with DWR finish and has YKK Vislon Aquaguard zips.
It is quilted through and through and will dry much faster than similar jackets with the usual down. On top of that, even when wet, the jacket will keep its warmth. If you buy it in medium size, it only weighs 500gr or 1.1 pound. It has a single-pull adjustable hood with an adjustable cord that won’t block your peripheral vision which makes it great for climbing and hiking. Hooded Down Jacket comes with an internal media pocket, big enough to fit your phone, and handwarmer pockets. The cuffs are elasticized and the jacket has a shock cord adjustable hem. Currently, it comes in four sizes (S, M, L and XL) and two colors – Black and Grey.
BUY | $248
5 – Men’s Sportswear Hooded Softshell Outdoor Waterproof Jacket by Diamond Candy
This is one of those jackets that is engineered so well that there is no room for error. It’s not only 100% water and windproof but is also anti-microbial, fully breathable and highly flexible. The movement in Diamond Candy’s Sportswear Hooded Softshell Jacket is not restricted at all and you can easily wear the jacket with a medium weight fleece. It is suitable for spring, autumn and winter. The jacket has three outer pockets, adjustable cuffs and a removable hood. It weighs between 800gr (1.76 pounds) and 900gr (1.98 pounds), depending on the size. As for the sizes, the jacket is available in S, M, L, XL and XXL. Diamond Candy’s Sportswear Hooded Softshell Waterproof Jacket comes in four colors – Blue, Dark Blue, Green and Red.
BUY | from $35.80
6 – Rab Infinity Endurance Jacket
Tested by Ben Fogle, a British Adventurer, this jacket by Rab came in at number 1 of his list of favourite jackets. Rab has long been known to be the favourite British brand for Everest Summiteers and not only did Ben take this jacket to the South Pole but Welsh Rugby player, Richard Parks, is actually wearing one right now as he tries to climb the seven highest peaks in the world and go on an expedition to both the North and South Poles.
What makes the Infinity Endurance Jacket so special is that it utilizes a new lightweight, ultra-breathable, water-resistant material called Pertex and the stitch-through baffle construction is filled with 210g of the highest quality 850FP Hydrophobic European Goose Down which allows it to deliver incredible warmth-to-weight ratio. We found it extremely surprising as this jacket only weighs in at a mere 575 grams and can easily fit into a backpack. The Infinity Endurance Jacket is completely reversible, giving you 2 for 1 price and for the bikers out there, the hood is also helmet compatible, has a wired peak and can be adjusted with a tethered draw cord. To keep your hands warm there are 2 zippered hand-warming pockets, one internal security pocket and 1 zippered check pocket. The Rab Infinity Endurance Jacket is available in 3 reversible colours – Ebony, Maya and Juicy/Koi/Zinc
BUY | from $289.95
7 – Rocky S2V Provision Jacket
Rocky has long been known as a quality clothing manufacturer for hikers, climbers and mountaineers and with their latest S2V Provision Jacket, we are pleased to announce that they certainly didn’t disappoint. Apart from its sleek and stylish look, the Rocky S2V is packed full of essential safety features that’s needed for extreme climatic conditions. Donning abrasive resistant 4-way stretch polyester that’s soft to touch, it’s not only comfortable but can handle anything from blizzard snow to tropical rain storms with its superior Hydro IQ technology. Hydro IQ works by keeping water on the outside and still allows for ultra breathability. The S2V Provision Jacket’s Hydro IQ technology is rated as having a 20,000/20,000 waterproof/air circulation.
Apart from its amazing waterproof technology and abrasion resistant outer, the S2V protects you from both extreme cold and extreme heat with the use of Aerotherm aerogel insulation. It’s so thin that you never notice it and the Aerotherm is both waterproof and windproof as well. The S2V hood is also helmet compatible, fully adjustable and rests comfortably be it on your head or a helmet. All the zippered pockets are designed to keep your gear dry since they are all waterproof and a simple draw cord can be utilized to adjust the waist of the S2V Jacket. The Rocky S2V Jacket comes in 3 different colors – Black, Green and Red.
BUY | from $318.99
8 – HELIOS Alpha Jacket by Beyond Clothing
Beyond Clothing found their inspiration for the HELIOS Alpha Jacket by looking at the US M-43 Field Jacket and we can clearly see that apart from the sleek military-esque design that just, as the name suggests, brings out the Alpha in you, it is also built for extreme performance. The HELIOS Alpha Jacket was designed specifically for high-intensity activities in frigid environments and with Polartec Alpha insulation, you can rest assured knowing that you have a jacket that offers protection against rain, snow, the cold and still retains breathability and compressibility.
The HELIOS Alpha Jacket has a storable hood, features two external hook and loop chest pockets and 2 pockets below them with zippers and all the zippers have tabs for extra grip. Ergonomically placed hand pockets offer easy accessibility while you are wearing a backpack and the HELIOS Alpha Jacket outer sports heavy-duty Ripstop Nylon. The HELIOS Alpha Jacket comes in 3 colors – Black, Blue and Grey.
BUY | $337.55
9 – Men’s Absolute Zero Parka by Mountain Hardwear
The owners of this parka swear that this is one of the warmest jackets they have ever worn. Made with 800-fill goose down and meticulously crafted the Absolute Zero Parka is made to withstand the most extreme weather and the strongest winds, usually found at the world’s highest mountains. Its waterproof baffle construction will keep you protected no matter the conditions.
The Absolute Zero Parka has an insulated, fixed hood which you can adjust quickly and easily thanks to one-handed draw cord. The cuffs are soft and stretchy and, despite its dense fill down, the jacket is very lightweight, weighing in at only 2 lbs 13 oz or 1.28kg. It comes with zip handwarmer pockets, internal water bottle and mesh stash pockets and two large zip alpine pockets which can accommodate a harness and a pack. The parka’s body is made from AirShield Nylon Ripstop and its center back length measures at 31 inches or 79cm. It comes in three sizes – small, medium and large – and three colors – Azul, Shark / Black and State Orange / Shark. Because it provides excellent thermal protection, it is ideal for high-altitude climbing.
BUY | from $428
10 – Canada Goose Expedition Parka
Lastly, we give you Canada Goose’s Expedition Parka and this parka was designed specifically for the severest weather conditions on Earth. Originally designed to be used by scientists working in Antarctica we can assure you that you will never feel the cold with this parka. According to Canada Goose’s TEI system which helps you choose a jacket most suited to your needs, this particular Expedition Parka has a rating of 5 and has been field tested for temperatures below 30° Celsius (-22° Fahrenheit). Featuring a relaxed, mid-thigh length fit and 625 Fill Power White Duck Down, comfort as well as utmost protection from the cold is what you can expect.
The hood sports a non-removable coyote fur ruff, has an adjustable bracing wire specifically designed for windy conditions and the hood is adjustable in 2 ways – horizontally and the hood opening. This Expedition Parka also has two Velcro flapped upper chest pockets, two lower snow pockets, a flap pocket on the right sleeve, a utility pocket on the left sleeve, two interior pockets (one a security pocket and the other a drop-in pocket) and four fleece-lined pockets behind the chest and lower pockets that were designed as hand warmers. On top of that, an elasticized nylon snow skirt, recessed heavy-duty, rib-knit cuffs and an adjustable drawcord provides the ultimate protection from the cold. The Canada Goose Expedition Parka is available in 10 different colors.
BUY | from $699
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