Battling the kind of brutal, winter conditions the east coast has been getting slammed with recently is a challenge in itself. But being able to pull if off in a way where you can still keep your sense of cool intact? Well, that requires an entirely different set of skills – namely, being able to narrow down the most stylish tools for the job.
With that said, we found ourselves picking up a few useful winter fashion tips of our own, during a Volkswagen Tiguan excursion to learn about how ice shapes the culture of Yellowknife, located in Northern Canada’s Northwest Territories. Sure, the hope is that the worst of the cold weather is now in our rearview here in the states. But wishful thinking is little comfort when old man winter decides to rear his head again, reminding us once again of exactly how unpredictable mother nature can be. So, keeping all that in mind, here’s a list of five of the best winter gear for men that we found ourselves desperately depending on during our Northern Canada trip, along with a few helpful tips when shopping for the items on BroBible’s favorite go-to shopping spot, Amazon.
Parka Coat – There’s no coat better known for its level of endurance in the kind of frigid weather conditions you encounter in a place like Yellowknife than a Canada Goose jacket. The well-trusted winter shields, used by scientists working in the Antarctica, are literally engineered to withstand anything old man winter dishes out. Though, you’ll want to keep in mind, Canada Goose jackets aren’t cheap. The price for the coats can top $1,000 and more. But apparently, they are well worth the investment for those who are in it for the long haul.
Winter Hat – In frigid weather conditions like those that blanket the Northwest Territories, the typical knit wool hat won’t do. In fact, your head is one of the things you’ll want to take extra precautions to protect, considering that it’s one of the body’s most sensitive and vital parts to keeping a sense of sanity in cold weather. So, here’s the perfect excuse to finally pick up one of those Russian ushanka-styled hats and play out that dream of being a secret agent, destined to save the world. The list of arctic approved headgear is fairly lengthy. But apparently, the Fjallraven Nordic hats are some of the most popular among consumers.
Price: $52.45 – $88.00
Winter Gloves – According to local Yellowknife physician, Dr. Kate Breen, frostbitten fingers tend to be one of the things that people are most susceptible to in frigidly cold conditions. So, much like your headgear, a well-insulated pair of gloves or mittens are key essentials as well when it comes to successfully weathering old man winter. Our Kombi-issued, thermal mittens wound up being life-savers during our trip. Though, we’d strongly recommend have a pair of both mittens and gloves on hand (pun intended), in case some of your outdoor winter activities require a bit more of the finger freedom you get with the latter.
Wind Resistant Pants – It’s amazing how a pair of wind resistant pants can help ease one’s pain when facing -20 degree temperatures on a frozen lake. And depending on your budget, there’s an endless number of styles and brands to pick from. When pressed to make a quick on-the-spot decision on- (due to poor planning on my part), I wound up picking up a pair of overall style wind resistant pants. But if given the option, I probably would have opted for a pair of MorryOddy fleece snow pants (with a pair of thermals), after having a chance to sort through the collections featured on Amazon.
Thermal Insulated Winter Boots –The key essentials for a good boot in a place like Yellowknife include a pair that are waterproof, well-insulated and comfortable. Oh, they need to have great traction on ice and snow as well, which I learned first-hand, after a couple of nearly embarrassing falls when wearing normal, everyday street shoes. Our VW provided gear came with a pair of trusted Sorel Caribou weatherproof boots, which have been tested in conditions as low as -40 degrees Fahrenheit, and show consistent high consumer ratings on Amazon.
Price: $84.99 – $284.04 (Most styles and sizes fall into the $100 – $140 range.)
2018 Volkswagen Tiguan – Of course, it kind of goes without saying that you need a pretty capable winter ride as well. And while the Volkswagen Tiguan might not quite measure up to the appeal of rolling a Range Rover in Yellowknife, features like the SUV’s heated steering wheel and its 4Motion all-wheel-drive system’s Snow Mode makes it well suited for just about anything you’ll encounter in a place like Yellowknife.
Well, aside from the vehicle breaking through the ice. Then again, a hot-looking Range Rover won’t be much use either if you happen to find yourself in that situation.
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