Caterpillar Men’s Heavy Insulated Parka

Last updated date: October 29, 2019

DWYM Score
9.2

Caterpillar Men’s Heavy Insulated Parka

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Overall Take

Polyester construction gives the Caterpillar Men's Heavy Insulated Parka its warmth. Adjustable cuffs will keep air from getting in through the armholes. Numerous pockets will also help you keep all your items safe. In our testing, this jacket kept us very warm and we loved the many pockets for storage. In our analysis of 81 expert reviews, the Caterpillar Caterpillar Men's Heavy Insulated Parka placed 2nd when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note September 11, 2019:
Checkout The Best Men’s Winter Jacket for a detailed review of all the top men's winter jackets.

Expert Summarized Score
9.5
10 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.2
1,755 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
By far the cheapest winter coat on this list. In addition, you get ample storage with four large front pockets and one on the sleeve.
- Switchback Travel
This CAT jacket is 100% polyester with a very heavy weight insulation. The hood is also lined with this same polyester lining and has an attached draw chord to lock in your warmth. Although, this hood can be removed altogether – all subject to your personal preference.
- Travel Passionate
May 21, 2019 | Full review
Adjustable cuffs with storm cuffs inside.
- Travel Gear Zone
Even down to the finer details, this coat is a fantastic choice. There is reflective webbing on the front and back, meaning that during the short daylight hours of the winter you will still be seen. As the night comes, you will become increasingly visible, thanks to the webbing.
- Balding Beards
Inner and outer pockets for storage.
- Gear We Are
The zip of this hood is designed with microfleece and adjustable drawcord. Sure, the cord locks for versatility and warmth. Moreover, the two-way front zip and double storm flaps with snap closures are convenient for ultimate protection.
- 5 Product Reviews
July 10, 2019 | Full review
It has reflective and windproof strips.
- Top Products
October 12, 2017 | Full review
The pure polyester materials keep you protected from high winds and cold temperatures, making it the Caterpillar Men’s Heavy Insulated Parka the perfect option for cold winters.
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What experts didn't like
Heavy, stiff, and could be warmer.
- Switchback Travel
Belly pockets are not placed ergonomically.
- Travel Gear Zone
Comes in quite an oversized fit
- Balding Beards
Not as stylish as other jackets on the list.
- Gear We Are
Outer shell is a bit stiff.
- Top Products
October 12, 2017 | Full review
The fit of the Caterpillar Men’s Heavy Insulated Parka is not always true to the size shown, and this can make it slightly too tight and uncomfortable to wear for long periods of time.
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From The Manufacturer

Our heavy insulated parka, made of durable polyester oxford, is sure to keep you warm and provide a greater level of visibility due to our reflective webbing across the chest and back. This parka will help protect you from nature's elements and make you more visible in low light conditions.

Overall Product Rankings

Wantdo Waterproof/Windproof Mountain Jacket
1. Wantdo Waterproof/Windproof Mountain Jacket
Overall Score: 9.4
Expert Reviews: 20
Caterpillar Men’s Heavy Insulated Parka
2. Caterpillar Men’s Heavy Insulated Parka
Overall Score: 9.2
Expert Reviews: 10
Tommy Hilfiger Men’s Down Jacket
3. Tommy Hilfiger Men’s Down Jacket
Overall Score: 8.9
Expert Reviews: 7
DRI Duck Men’s Cheyenne Hooded Work Jacket
4. DRI Duck Men’s Cheyenne Hooded Work Jacket
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 2
MAGCOMSEN Men’s Softshell Hunting Jacket
5. MAGCOMSEN Men’s Softshell Hunting Jacket
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 7
Boulder Creek Men’s Big & Tall Expedition Parka Coat
6. Boulder Creek Men’s Big & Tall Expedition Parka Coat
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 4
The North Face Men’s Thermoball Full Zip Jacket
7. The North Face Men’s Thermoball Full Zip Jacket
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 5
ZSHOW Men’s Winter Hooded Down Jacket
8. ZSHOW Men’s Winter Hooded Down Jacket
Overall Score: 8.3
Expert Reviews: 6
Columbia Men’s Steens Mountain Full Zip
9. Columbia Men’s Steens Mountain Full Zip
Overall Score: 8.1
Expert Reviews: 6
Diamond Candy Men Hooded Waterproof Jacket
10. Diamond Candy Men Hooded Waterproof Jacket
Overall Score: 8.0
Expert Reviews: 4

An Overview On Men's Winter Jackets

The cold winter months can seem to last an eternity, but it’s much easier when you have a coat to keep you warm. This is especially important if you spend significant time outdoors. If you are heading for the ski slopes, you may need a warmer, more weather-resistant jacket than someone who merely needs to stay warm during those short trips from a car to a building.

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Weather resistance is definitely a consideration in a jacket, no matter how you’ll be wearing it. When precipitation is falling, you need a jacket that will not only keep you warm, but will stop rain, ice or snow from penetrating the layers and making its way to your skin. The best jackets not only provide warmth but also keep you dry whether you’re on the slopes or waiting for your Uber ride on a busy city street.

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But it can be tough to find a jacket that keeps you warm while also being lightweight enough to carry around with you. If you need to toss your jacket into a suitcase, a bulky, heavy coat can quickly become a problem. Added bulk can also make a jacket less comfortable than it would otherwise be. For that reason, some men prefer fleeces to traditional coats and jackets. The material provides warmth while still being lightweight enough for every occasion. Many lightweight jackets also use the latest materials to keep their build lightweight while still providing warmth during the most extreme temperature drops.

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Pockets are also a consideration when you’re searching for a jacket. If you plan to slip your wallet or electronic devices inside, you’ll definitely want to be on the lookout for a jacket that’s waterproof and make sure the pockets include that safety feature. Having a safe, dry place to store your items can come in very handy whether you’re indulging in winter sports or just moving around town.

DWYM Fun Fact

Mankind has always struggled to find warmth during the coldest conditions, going all the way back to the Inuits in Canada. Eskimo women crafted coats from the insides of seals and whales, with the results coated in fish oil. Going by the name amauti, these coats included drawstrings for the hoods and a pouch to help moms keep babies warm. One of the most interesting inventions, though, came from Eddie Bauer, which began when the designer was on a fishing trip in 1935. His battle with hypothermia inspired him to create a winter coat to beat all others, which is what led to the first down jacket.

The Men's Winter Jacket Buying Guide

  • If you’re shopping for a jacket, providing warmth is probably at the top of the list. The Wantdo Waterproof/Windproof Mountain Rain Jacket excels in that area, offering 240g polyester fiber that offers some of the best protection against cold weather. The Caterpillar Men’s Heavy Insulated Parka also uses polyester construction, combined with a heavyweight insulation.
  • Down feathers are often used in jackets to keep wearers warm without adding weight. The Tommy Hilfiger Men’s Down Jacket includes down feather padding inside a quilted outer shell to insulate you from the cold weather.
  • The attached gloves found on the Wantdo Waterproof/Windproof Mountain Rain Jacket can come in handy. Just slip your thumb through the hole to keep your hands warm, no matter what you’re doing. You’ll also get elastic wristbands that velcro into place to keep air from seeping through the arms. The Caterpillar Men’s Heavy Insulated Parka uses adjustable cuffs to keep your arms warm.
  • It’s also important to consider the weight of your chosen coat. If you aren’t spending hours at a time outdoors, the Columbia Men’s Steens Mountain Full Zip Soft Fleece may be a better choice. The fleece provides warmth without adding bulk. The Tommy Hilfiger Men’s Down Jacket is also a good choice for those who want a warm jacket that they can easily toss into a suitcase or gym bag.
  • When you add precipitation to the mix, an otherwise insulating jacket can quickly become a liability. The Wantdo Waterproof/Windproof Mountain Rain Jacket performs best in this area, with a shell that’s both waterproof and wind repellent. Quilted jackets like the Tommy Hilfiger Men’s Down Jacket also do well in rainy conditions.
  • Pockets come in especially handy during the winter months, giving you a place to store your car keys, electronic devices and wallet. The Wantdo Waterproof/Windproof Mountain Rain Jacket has two zippered hand pockets, one zippered chest pocket, one internal pocket and one internal pocket specifically designed to keep your electronic devices dry and secure. The Caterpillar Men’s Heavy Insulated Parka features four large front pockets, including one on the arm, and multiple interior pockets, including one specifically designed for device storage.