Fur- and Down-Free Winter Coats That Will Keep Your Style Hot

Fur- and Down-Free Winter Coats That Will Keep Your Style Hot

13 Stylish Winter Coats That Don’t Rely on Fur or Feathers to Keep You Warm

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Technology is a great thing, it’s it? It’s given us automated vehicles, face transplants, and Mars rovers. Those are all big achievements, no doubt, but technology has also given us simple things in our everyday lives we sometimes take for granted. One of the big ones? Being able to stay warm without needing mounds of down or heaps of fur like you see all over Jon Snow in “Game of Thrones” (and even those aren’t real).

So what is this technology that keeps us warm while leaving our feathered and furry friends out of it? Well, much like most technology, it begins with a need. One of the more well-known insulators, PrimaLoft, was created for use by the U.S. Army and used recycle microfibers to conserve heat. Another, 3M Thinsulate, is thin, lightweight, and offers variations that stretch, repel odors, and even resist fire. And of course, they’re all featherless. Another surprising vegan insulator is Monark Fibre, an ethical, eco-friendly fill that has the equivalent in warmth to down — and comes from Milkweed. Looking for more? PETA has a lengthy and comprehensive list of all the down alternatives.

Related: How Hard Is It to You Adopt a Vegan Diet?

The fact of the matter is, down is simply not necessary for us to keep warm and is not sourced ethically, since the two ways you can get it are by plucking it from a live bird or killing the bird and taking its feathers. And it goes without saying that the use of fur on coats is only for show at this point, but even that is quickly becoming passé. Major designers such as Ralph Lauren, Michael Kors, Tommy Hilfiger, and brands including Hugo Boss, Burberry, and Gucci, have all committed to banning fur outright and some have even gone further to ban exotic skins, angora, and mohair.

Take a look at these 13 vegan winter coats that are sure to keep you as warm and stylish as anything feather-filled or fur-trimmed you currently have hanging in your closet.

Carhartt Quick Duck Sawtooth Parka

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Carhartt is known for their tough and durable outdoor canvas workwear. This coat uses duck in name only with their Quick Duck fabric, a lighter version of their traditional sandstone canvas that’s just as durable. Add to that a waterproof breathable membrane, fully-taped waterproof seams, and 3M Thiosulfate Featherless Insulation, and you just upgraded your old outdoor winter workwear.
From $199.99 at Amazon.com

Wuxley Movement Elk Parka

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Contrary to popular belief, you can still be warm in Canada (or anywhere else) without goose or coyote. Just ask the Wuxly guys. They have been designing these coats in Toronto since 2012 to rave reviews. That’s because they use PrimaLoft Gold insulation with a 98 percent heat retention rate (compared to that of down, at 0). Using their Trade Up Program, which donates coats to the homeless in Canada, makes it easy to swap out your existing down-filled or fur-trimmed coats for a voucher towards a new, truly guilt-free vegan version of theirs.
$649.00 at Wuxley.com

Tentree Bennett Jacket

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We like that this lightweight jacket is warmer than it looks with its recycled polyester fill instead of feathers. We love that we are not hurting any animals when we buy it, but instead are actually helping them by planting, you guessed it, ten trees for every item sold. Tentree is on a mission to plant 1 billion trees by 2030, and they have already reached 25 million. By planting trees in deforested areas including Madagascar and Hatai, among others, we know that this stylish number we’re rocking is doing more than just helping out our outfit.
$115.00 at Tentree.com

The North Face Thermoball Snow Triclimate Jacket

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The North Face has one of the most loyal fan bases. The brand has been able to keep thrifty spenders happy with their lifetime guarantee, elites happy with the reliable quality and performance, and über-fashion guys happy with their collaborations with brands such as Supreme. So when a devotee to the brand wants something they know is vegan, this is the most versatile option they can buy. Proprietary ThermoBall PrimaLoft uses all recycled content and retains heat even when wet.
$349.00 at TheNorthFace.com

Helly Hansen Bardu Bomber Jacket

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If you’re a skier, there’s no doubt you’ve seen Helly Hansen among the racks in about every ski shop you’ve been to. In 1877, Helly Hansen himself founded the brand to stay dry and warm while braving Norwegian winters at sea — and trust us, that’s cold. Today, instead of using linen soaked in linseed oil and fur like they did back in the day, they’re using a PrimaLoft fill, faux fur trim, and their special Helly Tech water-repellent membrane on their fully seam-sealed jacket to keep it warm, waterproof, windproof, and breathable at sea (or more likely, on the slopes).
$330.00 at Nordstrom.com

Patagonia Micro Puff Storm Jacket

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If you just can’t get enough of the feathery fill feel you get from down, Patagonia has something you might like. Their PlumaFill insulation replicates the structure of down in a completely synthetic insulation. So it offers down’s warmth and packability you like, but keeps you dry when wet, which if you are that much of a down fan, you know it can’t claim the same.
$499.00 at Patagonia.com

HoodLamb Nordic Timeless Parka

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Thermore EcoDown is the lightweight vegan down insulation found in this parka, perfect for the early winter months. The warmth rating may not be that of the negative-30 ski jackets you can find, but unless you’re heading out for an hours-long walk in the tundra, chances are you’ll be OK.
$484.20 at HoodLamb.com

Marmot Avant Featherless Hoody

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This is a favorite among urban cold-weather vegans, per comments on Marmot’s website, thanks to its paperweight body and shove-into-a-ball-instead-of-coat-check ability. They use 3M Thinsulate Recycled Featherless Insulation with 75 percent recycled fibers that feel just as warm as 700-fill power down. That means this ultra thin hoodie can replace your winter coat and your rain jacket if you’re looking to pack light.
$225.00 at Marmot.com

Noize Doug Long Parka

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Committed to “No feathers. No fur,” PETA-approved Noize only offers vegan options for men and women. Parkas and jackets look handsome and sophisticated, so if you’re just getting into vegan outerwear and are a little nervous it won’t look as good as its feather-filled, fur-trimmed counterparts, this brand should ease your mind.
From $38.40 at Amazon.com

Banana Republic Faux Shearling Coat

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This sharp faux-shearling style from Banana Republic’s exclusive collection designed and sized for their Japanese clientele shows just how much you can do without getting the cows involved. The style runs slightly shorter and slimmer than their other offerings, so you may want to size up.
$298.00 at BananaRepublic.com

Save the Duck Arctic Packable Quilted Puffer Jacket

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Arguably one of the most mainstream vegan outerwear brands, Save the Duck uses 100-percent poly fill to keep warmth in where you want it, while their special Feel cotton and nylon outer fabric lets your body breathe just enough. The best part about this puffer? It packs into a bag smaller than a travel pillow.
$568.00 at Bloomingdales.com

Cole Haan Box Quilted Jacket

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Cole Haan is known for their leather shoes, but they have a vegan trick up their quilted sleeves with their outerwear selection. This 100 percent nylon jacket has synthetic fill and faux leather trim — but you could never tell coming for these leather experts.
$147.50 at Nordstrom.com

Alpine North Vegan Down Winter Puffer Coat

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This poly- and cotton-blend puffer coat full of vegan insulation gets Alpine North’s warmest rating and has reflective trim and piping to increase visibility at night.
From $119.00 at Amazon.com

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