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Five Down-Free Winter Coats for the Complex Man

Written by Liam Cronin | October 23, 2012

You’re a man. That much is clear. But you’re complex. You have muscles (lots). You like mountain tops, beer, and various sports. But you also like bunnies (In tea cups? Stop.), being tender with your lover, elimination-style reality television, and hummus. You’re an intricate collection of the world’s brawniest, gentlest, and most honorable men all wrapped up in one handsome nugget.

Don’t worry: As PETA’s official ECSMA (Executive in Charge of Super-Manly Activities*), I have a masculine assortment of leather-free, wool-free, and down-free coats for all the men you’ll be this winter.

For the Rugged Man

It’s getting chilly at the construction site, isn’t it? Better throw on this cotton sandstone traditional jacket from Carhartt. Hey, after work, let’s go load up our trucks with lumber and put an addition on your house, OK?

For the Rebel

Hey, I’m gonna take my hog down to Dead Man’s Cliff and test out my brakes. Wanna come? I know what you’re thinking, but we won’t get cold. This sleek faux-leather jacket from the geniuses at James Payne will keep us cozy. Uh, I mean, tenaciously snuggly. Wait. OK, that’s fine.

James Payne jacket

Fer, Like, a Dude or Something

Awh, brah, isn’t it, like, crazy how we’re, like, warm? Yes. Yes it is. Shred some snow (Can you shred snow? You can, right?) in this nylon number from the hilarious dudes at Moosejaw.

For the Poet

Your eyes are like the wilting sun

Cascading across the snowy


Keeping time with vegan

Cocoa and getting

Snuggly with this pea coat.

Release your inner poet with this wool-free pea coat from the excellent Vaute Couture, aptly named “The Whitman.”



For the Economic Hero

It’s Sunday. It’s snowy. Johnny Jr. has a soccer game. I’m wearing this. Wal-Mart (hey, don’t front) carries this glorious down-free puff-tacular snow-fit for only $40. Shovel the walk, scrape off the car, or just turn the heat down, and with the extra cash, buy some of that hummus you like so much. Yum.

walmart puff jacket

Feeling inspired? Here are some more cruelty-free coats to check out.

Here’s some good news on the fashion front- Stella McCartney has announced a menswear line!

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  • Ali says:

    Postive Influence..My wife Joanne suffers from Multiple Sclerosis and adiotpng our first Grey Niamh from Kerry Greyhounds Uk has given her a renewed sense of purpose. She would spend days on end sometimes looking at the same four walls of our house, but ever since we adopted Niamh she made it her mission to get herself up and out in order to walk her. All three of us have bonded so well, she brings joy and smiles to our daily life on a regular basis.We have had Niamh just over 7 months now and one is never enough, shortly after adiotpng Niamh we adopted Marley and only last month we offered another sofa place to Luca.Niamh is a Lemon Brindle girl who has just turned 4, Marley is a Fawn boy who is 2 1/2 and Luca who is the baby of the bunch is a gorgeous soft Blue boy who is only 18 months old.The joy that all 3 of these Long Dogs brings into our life is never ending, I for one am glad we found each other, because they manage to bring my wife out of the darkness that can be MS.

  • Capitan says:

    I am looking for a jacket that Works for colder weathers (-20) Do you have any information for a warmer jacket?

  • Rhonda says:

    I’d like info on down-free very warm coats for Women.

  • chander kumar soni says:

    cool collection.