The need to stay warm and comfortable is a primary concern for most of us when out in the field and choosing the most appropriate jacket is a very important step when preparing for a hunting trip.
There are many different types of hunting jackets available that offer differing levels of insulation from the elements. The selection of jackets that have been analysed here have been released by their manufacturers as cold weather jackets. They offer warmth for the hunter. We check them out to find out what else they offer.
When looking for the best jacket for the job you will have to decide whether you need the jacket to:
- keep you warm in extremely cold weather
- keep you dry in wet weather
- allow you to move freely and silently
- shield you from the wind
- provide breathability to prevent overheating
Some jackets provide one of these features, some provide some of these features and some provide most. The occasional jacket is going to provide you with all of these features to a greater or lesser degree. In most cases you will be paying a premium for these jackets and we will highlight this as well.
So, here is our list of 12 of the warmest insulated hunting jackets available on the market today.
Cold Weather Insulated Hunting Jackets
Make / Model
|Sitka Gear Blizzard Parka||M-XXXL||Optifade Open Country||699.00|
|Browning Wasatch Hooded |
|Scent-Lok Vortex Windproof |
Vertigo Grey Camo
|Under Armour ColdGear Infrared |
|ScentBlocker Matrix Jacket||M-XXXL||Mossy Oak Break Up Infinity|
|Yukon Gear 3N1 Insulated |
Shadow Grass Blades
|Sitka Gear Incinerator |
|Onyx Arctic Shield X-System |
Classic Insulated Parka
|S-XXL||Mossy Oak Infinity||198.00|
|Sitka Gear Kelvin Insulated Jacket||M-XXXL||Optifade Forest|
Optifade Open Country
|Wildfowler Outfitter Waterproof |
|Russell Outdoors APXG2 L5 |
|Yukon Gear Reversible Insulated |
|M-XXL||Mossy Oak Break Up||123.00|
Now let's take a look at each of the jackets that we have examined in a little more detail. These jackets all possess features that will keep you warm in the harshest of weather conditions. You might also decide that you need a jacket that will adapt as the weather improves. Alternatively, you may need a jacket that is easy to store in a pack when not in use. Our list is diverse and so are the prices that you can get them for.
Sitka Gear Blizzard Parka
This jacket has been marketed by Sitka Gear as the company’s warmest top and has been designed to be used in the most extreme conditions. It has been insulated with a hybrid insulation blend of 60% 650 fill power white duck down and 40% ultrafine Primaloft fibers giving it outstanding water-repellent qualities. The insulation material is wrapped in 3 layers of Gore-Tex membrane and then covered by a durable polyester fabric. This is the ultimate cold season jacket that is suited to the hunter who sits and waits for long periods of time.
Browning Wasatch Hooded Insulated Jacket
This is a Big Game jacket that has been designed to provide tough abrasion resistance. The jacket has a cotton/polyester twill shell fabric on the outer layer and a brushed tricot lining. The majority of insulation has been focused on the body of the jacket with the sleeves given a lighter covering to provide freedom of motion. The lining of the jacket traps the heat to ensure the hunter remains warm in the harshest of external conditions. It is available in either Realtree Xtra or Mossy Oak Break Up Infinity patterns.
Scent-Lok Vortex Windproof Fleece Jacket
This is a fleece jacket that provides one very important additional aspect that other fleece jackets don’t – windproofing. The Vortex has a windproof barrier in the form of Carbon Alloy technology that sits between two layers of fleece. The result is a jacket that is soft to the touch yet durable and comfortable. The inner lining features micro fleece for even greater warmth. The jacket has been made in two colors, either Vertigo Grey Camo or Realtree Xtra.
Under Armour ColdGear Infrared Rut Camo Jacket
This is a jacket that has been made using the Under Armour ColdGear Infrared technology that is designed to retain the body heat of the wearer. The thermo-conductive inner coating and the 2-layer fleece exterior means that the Rut will keep you extremely warm in the coldest of conditions. The jacket also uses the Moisture Transport System to wick sweat away from the body. The fabric used prevents rustling for silent movement. Finally, it uses Under Armour Scent Control technology to keep odor under control.
ScentBlocker Matrix Jacket
This is a jacket that has been created specifically to counter the cold winds that threaten to cut you in two. The jacket has been built with 3 layers that are both wind and water resistant. The inside layers feature soft fleece to keep you warm, the outside layer is a quiet softshell to add protection and also to allow you to move around silently. All of this has been given the name Windbrake Technology and is proving to be very effective in keeping the hunter warm and comfortable.
Yukon Gear 3N1 Insulated Parka Jacket
The 3N1 parka from Yukon Gear is made from 100% polyester tricot and comes with a zip-in insulated inner jacket. The fabric is lightweight and quiet with a soft and comfortable feel to it but the outer jacket itself presents the qualities that are essential in a warm winter jacket. It is windproof, waterproof and breathable making it ideal for most cold weather hunting situations. The jacket is available in either Break-Up Infinity or Shadow Grass Blades patterns. The inclusion of the liner means that when the conditions start to warm up you can remove it and still feel comfortable in the jacket.
Sitka Gear Incinerator Insulated Jacket
The Incinerator has been named by Sitka Gear as its warmest Whitetail hunting jacket. It has been insulated with goose down that has been encased in Gore-Tex fabric. The jacket is waterproof and is suitable to be worn by hunters who are liable to spend extended periods of time motionless. The jacket has been designed to fit well to the body without feeling bulky, a good jacket to use when bow hunting. There are two chest pockets as well as two deep hand pockets for both storage and warmth purposes. It is made with the Optifade Forest color.
Onyx Arctic Shield X-System Classic Insulated Parka
This is one of the original and still one of the most effective jackets to wear in cold or adverse weather conditions. The jacket is fully lined and insulated and will keep you warm to temperatures that drop down below zero. As well as providing warmth it is also water and wind proof having been developed with ArcticShield technology. The exterior is micro-suede that is soft and silent so that movement is not inhibited at all. It is available in the Mossy Oak Infinity camo pattern. For the price it remains one of the best value for money cold weather jackets available.
Sitka Gear Kelvin Insulated Jacket
This is a lightweight jacket that has been built to offer an incredible heat-to-weight ratio. Although it doesn’t weigh terribly much it will handle the harshest weather conditions. It contains a high-loft synthetic insulation material that is called PrimaLoft Sport. It can either be worn as an outer layer or underneath a shell. The jacket is not rated for wind shear, yet it will still provide significant protection from strong winds. It is available in a range of different patterns including Optifade Forest, Optifade Open Country and Moss. This is the type of jacket you want to take with you if you’re low on space in your pack.
Wildfowler Outfitter Waterproof Insulated Parka
With a polar fleece lining and high cut storm collar the jacket has been designed to keep out the cold and insulate the wearer. It is designed to be worn by deer and waterfowl hunters who might be regularly faced with wet and windy conditions. The polar fleece lining sits inside a 100% polyester waterproof shell for a protective outer layer. The jacket is available in a choice of either Wildgrass or Snow Trees patterns. This is one of the cheaper cold climate jackets available.
Russell Outdoors APXG2 L5 Insulated Jacket
The Russell Outdoors Insulated jacket provides warmth thanks to the inclusion of PrimaLoft insulation. The jacket is also water resistant and will shed excess water as it hits the external shell. The PrimaLoft also means that the jacket is breathable and will moderate the temperature inside to keep you comfortable when you are under exertion. The L4 designation in the name of the jacket indicates that it is a lightweight jacket that belies its effectiveness for keeping out the cold. The jacket is available in Realtree AP camouflage pattern.
Yukon Gear Reversible Insulated Parka Jacket
The most important factors related to the Yukon Gear Reversible jacket are the features that make it waterproof, windproof and breathable. The outer layer is a soft 240 GM 100% polyester tricot fabric and provides a protective barrier against the weather conditions while remaining silent when it moves. The reversible aspect of the jacket allows you to turn the jacket inside out to go from the Break Up Infinity pattern to either a Blaze or Winter pattern depending on the model you buy.
Any of the jackets that have been listed above will keep you comfortable whilst out in the field.
There is more to staying well insulated during the coldest of winter days than simply putting a warm jacket on. The outer layer is important because it will keep the warmth generated by the body trapped where it will do the most good. But the process all starts with the inside layers of clothing.
The trick to staying warm is to start with quality base layer clothes such as the ones that are made from merino wool. They will not only preserve the warmth from the body but can also wick moisture away from the body. The result is not only the ability to stay warm but also to stay dry as well.
If you are looking for a more lightweight early season jacket you might also want to check out our list of Softshell Hunting Jackets.
Staying warm is certainly an important part of keeping comfortable when out in the field. But if the weather were to suddenly deteriorate you are going to need a jacket that will give you waterproof protection. We have examined a selection of Waterproof Hunting Jackets that give you a full range of outstanding options.