When the mercury takes a nose dive, trying to stave off frostbite generally trumps fashion. But with these hot winter finds, you’ll be able to beat the chill in comfort and style. From polar fleece hats to shearling footbeds, we’ve got the whole family covered from head to toe.
1. Demaree Canyon Urban-Style Goose Down Parka
With its stylized feminine design, superior warmth and technical performance, this is THE parka for serious hockey mamas. Boasting lightweight 800-fill goose down, key features include a built-in hand warmer, handy interior pockets, a two-way centre front zip and a stuff sack for packing. Available colours: black, canvas, smoke and twilight blue. Available online at www.golite.com.
Women’s XS – XL $149.99
2. Grinder by ODR Gear
The Grinder by ODR Gear is designed specifically to meet an outdoor athlete’s unique need for comfort and flexibility, while managing extreme temperatures. Perfect for a day-long game of pond hockey, the stretch-weave outer shell combined with the inner fleece creates a wind-resistant and breathable layer that keeps just the right amount of warmth in and cold out. Available at www.odr-gear.com.
Youth $95, Adult $129
3. BlockHeater by ODR Gear
We love this company so much that we had to feature not one, but two of their products! According to the folks at ODR, before the BlockHeater, outdoor skaters had two choices: wear your toque and risk a concussion or wear your helmet and play until your ears fall off! The BlockHeater is specifically designed to fit tightly under your helmet with a minimal profile. The vent lines allow the air to flow in and around your helmet, helping to maintain a comfortable temperature. The cozy lower fleece band hugs your ears, trapping in the heat and fending off the bitter wind and biting frost. Available at www.odr-gear.com.
Peanut (youth) $24, Walnut (adult) $24
4. Manitobah Mukluks signature Métis Mukluks
Craftsmanship and artistry combined with modern materials and techniques make Manitobah Mukluks’ timeless footwear as functional as it is beautiful. These signature Métis mukluks with floral beadwork feature high quality suede, rabbit fur, a shearling footbed and a low-profile Vibram sole. The artwork and story on the sole was created by an aboriginal artist in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Available at www.manitobah.ca.
A thermally insulated touchscreen-compatible winter glove — absolutely genius! These amazing gloves provide touch response on any touchscreen device. Made from a blend of synthetic thermal microfibres, conductive yarns and a light stretch, Glider Gloves come in black and light grey, as well as bright colours such as honeysuckle, phlox, and Olympian blue. The unisex gloves are available at www.glidergloves.com.
Urban $24.99, Winter Style $29.99
6. Chill-Beater Scarf
Keep out the cold this winter with this innovative scarf designed and sewn by Brantford, Ontario’s Sharon Lawrence. While it may look like a regular fashion accessory, the Chill-Beater is lined with cozy, ultra-warm fleece. The scarf extends over the chest for extra cold-weather protection. From casual designs to “lots of bling,” Chill-Beater scarves are available at various craft shows and through Lawrence’s website at www.chillbeater.ca.
One size $23