In Colorado, we wear Patagonia and North Face like it’s our collective uniform. Swaddled in those winter clothes, we talk to each other in code, with not-so-humble bluster like, “When I’m not busy climbing 14ers, I like to take my dog to the brewery.”
However, when it comes to the best all-purpose winter gear – and I’m ready to put my Colorado credits including my bumper sticker that says “You can’t spell Colorado without a rad” on the line for this – the absolute warmest, most comfortable jacket is made by Hunter. Yes, Hunter, as in the British heritage brand that makes these iconic rain boots that come in a rainbow of colors. It turns out that the rubber boot makers have also designed the best and warmest down jacket for outdoor enthusiasts like me.