2013’s Best Lightweight Jackets

Winter might still be in full effect, but not every day calls for a quilted, thigh-length parka. For that reason, it's always wise to keep a lightweight jacket in your arsenal for those not-that-cold-but-still-pretty-cold sort of days. Here are the eight best options for 2013.

Canada Goose Lodge Hoody With duck down fill and a slim, contemporary fit, the Lodge Hoody can double as both urban daywear and an adventure-ready technical jacket. It reduces to a fraction of its size for easy storage and features a tough windproof shell to keep the chill at bay. $450, canada-goose.com

Chrome Ike Jacket A more fashion-forward approach to the classic Eisenhower jacket, the Ike (see what they did there?) is designed with riders in mind. If you don't have a bike to call your own, you can still take advantage of the stylish cut and warm but breathable wool outer. $125, chromebagsstore.com

Icebreaker Teton Long Sleeve Hood The Teton fits in anywhere, whether you're hiking through the mountains or driving to the grocery store. It's water resistant, windproof and offers plenty of pocket space for your keys, wallet or handheld GPS. $224, icebreaker.com

Stio Rambler Reversible Jacket The key word here is "reversible." The Rambler is a two-in-one piece that goes from a classic flannel Harrington jacket to waterproof technical wear at a moment's notice. Throw in the handwarmer pockets and it's ready for whatever the day might throw at you. $195, stio.com

RVCA Bayblocker Jacket If all you need is a basic windbreaker, RVCA has you covered with the Bayblocker. The simple form and nylon build look good and keep the elements out, and you can't beat that retro two-tone colorway (though it's available in more conservative tones of black and grey too). $72, rvca.com

Helly Hansen H2 Flow Jacket Don't let the ladybug lining turn you away—Helly Hansen's H2 Flow is one serious technical jacket, with lightweight construction and optimal airflow throughout. $180, hellyhansen.com

L.L. Bean Mountain Classic Anorak L.L. Bean probably hasn't had to change this anorak much in the past few decades (hence the word "classic"). It's a proven go-to piece that offers quick relief from the elements without weighing you down. $60, llbean.com

The North Face Alpine Project Jacket The North Face is synonymous with quality outerwear, and the Alpine Project is no exception. Its breathable GOR-TEX shell is tough enough to handle serious outdoors activities, yet its minimal and refined design won't look out of place on the subway. $350, thenorthface.com