by Truc Nguyen · CBC Life

If you’re still on the lookout for a great winter coat, the good news is that many outerwear styles are currently on sale, and some may be further marked down ahead of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Now may be the perfect time to upgrade from a lightweight, insulated jacket or transitional topper to something more heavy duty that will take you through the cold winter months. 

There are four main factors to consider when shopping for a parka: Your lifestyle and the climate where you live, the ideal length and shape, whether you prefer synthetic or down insulation or a combination of both, and how you feel about fur trim (which is often included with higher-end and designer coats). 

Beyond that, it’s just about finding something in your budget that you’ll enjoy wearing for many years to come — after all, according to experts such as Audrey Paiement, Director of Sales and Merchandising at Kanuk, a down jacket (for example) can last for up to 25 years if you take care of it properly. We took a closer look at each of the four factors you’ll want to consider and sourced some options for different temperatures. 

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