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Wantdo Waterproof Snow Jacket - Men's Review

A very reasonably priced jacket that performs well and offers impressive versatility
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Wantdo Waterproof Snow Jacket - Men's Review (A good winter jacket has lots of insulation to keep you warm in snowy, wintery weather.)
A good winter jacket has lots of insulation to keep you warm in snowy, wintery weather.
Credit: Jason Wanlass
Price:  $69 List
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Manufacturer:   Wantdo
By Jason Wanlass ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Feb 28, 2024
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RANKED
#13 of 16
  • Warmth - 30% 5.0
  • Weather Resistance - 25% 7.0
  • Comfort - 25% 6.5
  • Versatility and Style - 10% 6.5
  • Construction Quality - 10% 6.0

Our Verdict

It doesn't lack any key features and it doesn't feel overly cheap. Instead, it's well-engineered, comfortable, weather resistant, and fairly rugged. It also has clean lines, a zillion color options, and a tailored fit. To be more brief, the Wantdo Waterproof Snow Jacket is a great deal. It's our Best Buy on a Tight Budget because it costs far less than 100 bucks, but it still brings a lot to the table: a waterproof shell, drawstring waist, high-performance elastic cuffs, cinchable hood, and even a powder skirt. It lacks a little style, isn't super warm, and it can't compete with the construction quality of high-end jackets — but at this price, so what?
REASONS TO BUY
Water-resistant
Versatile
Affordable
Roomy
Powder skirt
Protective elastic cuffs
REASONS TO AVOID
Questionable durability
Cropped cut
Retains moisture
Not very stylish
Cheaper stitching

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Bottom Line An affordable jacket that performs well enough and offers a surprising array of featuresA cold weather parka that can meet nearly any winter climate head-onExtreme cold weather protection with a relatively affordable price tagWith long-lasting down insulation, cozy construction, and a value price, the Fordham is a competitive all-around contenderAn incredible value for a stylish and relatively warm winter jacket
Rating Categories Wantdo Waterproof Snow Fjallraven Nuuk Parka The North Face McMu... Marmot Fordham Tommy Hilfiger Men'...
Warmth (30%)
5.0
9.0
9.0
7.5
4.0
Weather Resistance (25%)
7.0
8.0
7.5
7.5
4.0
Comfort (25%)
6.5
8.0
7.0
8.0
8.0
Versatility and Style (10%)
6.5
7.0
7.0
7.0
6.0
Construction Quality (10%)
6.0
9.5
8.0
8.0
5.0
Specs Wantdo Waterproof Snow Fjallraven Nuuk Parka The North Face McMu... Marmot Fordham Tommy Hilfiger Men'...
Shell Fabric 100% polyester Polyamide DryVent 2L 100% recycled nylon NanoPro (100% post-consumer recycled polyester) 100% nylon
Insulation and Fill Power Synthetic 100% recycled polyester 600-fill down 700-fill down treated with Down Defender Synthetic
Measured Interior Temperature 72.6 °F 80.2 °F 79 °F 78.6 °F 71.2 °F
Fill Weight Not specified 250 grams/ sq meter Not specified Not specified Not specified
Removable Hood Yes No No Yes No
Hood Adjustments 2 side drawcords 2 side drawcords, 1 rear velcro tab 2 side drawcords, 1 rear drawcord 2 side drawcords 2 side drawcords
Pockets 2 zippered waist, 1 zippered chest, 1 zippered interior media 2 zippered breast pockets; 2 buttoned breast pockets; 2 top-loading bellow pockets; 2 fleece-lined handwarmer pockets; 1 media pocket on sleeve, 2 internal zippered chest pockets, 2 internal button-closure stash pockets, 2 internal mesh stash drop-in pockets. 2 zippered chest, 2 top-entry Velcro flap, 2 zippers side-entry waist, 1 zippered interior media pocket 2 zippered handwarmer, 2 flap waist, 1 zippered internal media 2 external hand, 1 zippered interior media pocket
Weight 3.29 lb (2XL) 4.64 lb (2XL) 3.31 lb (XL) 3.24 lb (2XL) 2.31 lb (2XL)
2-Way Front Zipper No Yes Yes No No
Weather Resistant Features Water-resistant shell, cinchable hood and hem, adjustable straps, spandex interiior cuffs, powder skirt Faux fur lined hood, cinchable hood and waist, adjustable cuffs, heavy exterior shell, rugged front zipper flap, water-resistant shell, Faux fur lined hood, cinchable hood, DryVent waterproof membrane, adjustable cuffs Integrating hood flaps, cinchable hood and hem, adjustable fleece lined cuffs, rugged front zipper flap, water-resistant shell, Thick synthetic down insulation, cinchable hood, rib-knit cuffs
Available Sizes S - 3XL XS - 3XL S - 3XL S - 2XL S - 2XL
Social or Environmental Certifications None specified Shell, lining, and filling made from 100% recycled polyester Non-PFC DWR finishes, 100% recycled waterfowl down insulation Shell is 100% post-consumer recycled polyester None specified

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Wantdo Waterproof Snow Jacket is more suited for outdoor recreation, but it can easily function as an affordable all-purpose winter jacket.

Performance Comparison


wantdo waterproof snow jacket - heading for the hills. this jacket is not just a good buy, it's also...
Heading for the hills. This jacket is not just a good buy, it's also versatile. It's designed for outdoor recreation, but it also is a great run-around-town jacket.
Credit: Jason Wanlass

Warmth


The interior of the Wantdo Waterproof Snow Jacket is lined with plush shaggy fleece. It appears warm, but its performance in our warmth tests proved it to be about average. This jacket is not built for the extreme cold, but it can certainly stand up to average winter conditions.


Some of the warmest jackets in our lineup are full-length parkas with down insulation. Unfortunately, the Snow Jacket lacks both of these features. Instead, it's cropped at the waist and uses basic polyester insulation. During our warmth testing, we stood outside at night for 20 minutes, with temps near 20°F. At the end of the test, the maximum reading on our internal Bluetooth thermometer topped out at 72.6°F.



When compared side by side with other jackets we tested, this temperature reading was near the bottom of the list. These results confirmed how we felt during the testing. Although this jacket provided some warmth, our body remained tense and there were noticeable cold spots across our back and shoulders and along our arms.

Our verdict: warm enough. Our thermometers proved it certainly isn't as toasty as several other jackets in our group, but it performs well enough for average winter conditions. And at this price, that's good enough.
Credit: Jason Wanlass

A large portion of our warmth testing included anecdotal evidence we collected while routinely wearing the Snow Jacket in Utah from November to January. Generally, we wore the jacket for day-to-day purposes and then noted our experiences. We were most impressed with its many warmth-retention features, including a drawstring hood, adjustable wrist straps with elastic cuffs, and an adjustable hem. It even comes with a powder skirt for that occasional tumble while skiing. After months of use, we feel the Snow Jacket provides average warmth. It kept us reasonably warm down to about 25°F during mild to moderate movement.

Grab, pull, snap. An adjustable hem is key to keeping the upper body warm.
Credit: Jason Wanlass

Weather Resistance


A surprising ability to do battle with wind and rain earned the Snow Jacket its highest scores. Our testing proved it to be reasonably waterproof and wind-resistant.


This jacket's waterproof zippers had us a little suspect, but our doubts were washed away during our water tests. We drenched our Snow Jacket during a three-minute shower and stayed almost completely dry. That said, the polyester shell absorbed water almost immediately, leaving us slightly unimpressed with this jacket's first line of defense. However, the interior polyurethane barrier was quite effective at blocking any water from passing through into the insulation or liner. The only area of the jacket that took on water were its elastic cuffs. Each is vulnerable to water and other elements because they extend beyond the shell of the jacket. Also, this jacket's cropped fit offers zero protection to the lower half of the body. As for the waterproof zippers, we placed bundles of paper towel in each of the three exterior pockets. All emerged completely dry. Overall, the Snow Jacket performed quite well. The only problematic area is the zipper system, which attaches the removable hood.

Getting the deets on this jacket's waterproof claims.
Credit: Jason Wanlass

As stated, we do have a gripe with this jacket's hood system. The hood itself is large, insulated, and effective at keeping the old noggin protected from the elements. The key issue we have is with the zipper, specifically its storm flap. The storm flap is a small strip of fabric that blocks water from passing through the zipper teeth. In our opinion, this flap is positioned upside down, so it's more prone to collect and hold water rather than repel or disperse it. We feel that during prolonged exposure to the elements, water would eventually make its way through the zipper and onto the neck and shoulders.

In our opinion, this storm flap should face down, not up. Its current configuration causes it to function more like a basin than a shingle.
Credit: Jason Wanlass

The Snow Jacket garnered some of its best scores during our wind resistance testing. Normally, we create our own backyard wind with the help of a high-powered leaf blower; however, we were lucky enough this time to test our jackets in a real winter windstorm. While standing for several minutes in sustained winds of 25 mph, we were surprised at this jacket's ability to take the brunt force of moderate gusts. The combination of the Snow Jacket's polyester shell, polyurethane membrane, and shaggy fleece liner create a fairly effective protective shield.

Cold winter wind: perfect for testing (absolutely no other uses came to mind)
Credit: Jason Wanlass

Additionally, a full-length main zipper storm flap, cinchable hood and hem, and tight-fitting elastic cuffs all combine to prevent cold wind from finessing its way through small openings. Despite these impressive features, the cropped design doesn't allow it to protect below the hips. Additionally, there is an annoying gap between the hood and the jacket's collar that allows wind to pass through. Overall, the Snow Jacket adequately protects against the elements. It may not have received our top scores, but in fairness, our tests are rather extreme. So, all things considered, we feel it's well equipped to do battle with typical winter weather.

wantdo waterproof snow jacket - trying to get home before the storm hits. this jacket isn't perfect...
Trying to get home before the storm hits. This jacket isn't perfect, but it protects well enough to keep you dry and warm while you run the daily hamster wheel of winter life.
Credit: Jason Wanlass

Comfort


The Snow Jacket has a sporty tailored cut, but it is still roomy enough to be fairly comfortable and easy to wear for long periods of time. We feel it will fit most body types, but its straighter fit may not be perfectly accommodating to larger frames. A shaggy fleece liner carpets this jacket's interior, and its polyester shell is soft and pliable.


Our favorite feature is the shaggy fleece liner that wallpapers the entire body of the coat (minus the sleeves). It also lines the hood. We're still a little unsure of how much warmth the fleece adds, but we enjoy the feel — kinda like being wrapped up in your favorite fleece blanket.

It's not Minky Couture, but it is pretty soft.
Credit: Jason Wanlass

Although quite cozy, the fleece liner does come with one drawback: it holds onto moisture. If you plan to exert energy in this coat, plan on sweating. Normal day-to-day activities were never an issue for us, but when it came to snowshoeing, skiing, or shoveling heavy snow, we often felt a little uncomfortable. Our experience was confirmed by our temperature tests, during which our thermometer also recorded humidity levels inside the coat. We weren't surprised to find the Snow Jacket had higher humidity readings than any coat we tested. Not only is this extra moisture uncomfortable, it also can cause the body to chill during prolonged activity.

wantdo waterproof snow jacket - loading up. this jacket is slightly tight under the armpits, but...
Loading up. This jacket is slightly tight under the armpits, but overall it's easy to move in.
Credit: Jason Wanlass

Versatility and Style


The Snow Jacket lacks its own unique style. This was especially evident when we searched its name and found several other jackets from different manufacturers with identical style and features. Overall, it kind of reminded us of a 1990s ski jacket. That said, it does have clean lines and a tailored, sporty vibe some buyers may like. More specifically, when we consider its appealing price tag, our need for the latest trend becomes less important. Even better, whatever the Snow Jacket lacks in style, it certainly makes up for with its overall versatility.


The Snow Jacket leans more toward winter recreation — skiing, snowmobiling, and snowboarding. However, for the price, it's a very inexpensive option if you need a decently warm jacket for general use. We used ours for sledding, running errands, shoveling snow, and even a neighborhood bonfire. That said, regardless of how this jacket is used, we don't recommend it for frigid conditions or for protecting you during extreme adventures. At best, this jacket will provide average warmth and protection in typical (slightly warmer) winter settings.

Buckle up. Locking in our powder skirt before hitting the slopes. We like the versatility of this jacket. It can take you to the mountain one day and the the grocery store the next.
Credit: Jason Wanlass

Construction Quality


Based on our personal experiences, we hesitantly gave the Snow Jacket slightly above average scores for this metric. Given its price, we may have gone out on a limb. After all, we've tested a lot of gear, and the old adage “you get what you pay for” often rings true in our line of work. Dubious durability was certainly top of mind while using this jacket, but we haven't seen any major breakdowns yet.


A somewhat hardy polyester shell keeps the Snow Jacket protected from reasonable contact with trees, rocks, or the occasional brick wall. We also found the shell to be somewhat stain-resistant, but don't press your luck too far. We aggressively pulled the end of a paperclip across several sections of the shell and saw no serious damage. We had the same results on the jacket's lining.

wantdo waterproof snow jacket - using metal to test this jacket's mettle.
Using metal to test this jacket's mettle.
Credit: Jason Wanlass

Quality of stitching was our biggest concern with the Snow Jacket. Seams on this jacket average 8-9 stitches per linear inch. Higher-quality jackets generally have 12 stitches per linear inch, which gives the seams greater tensile strength and creates smaller stitching loops that are less likely to catch, snag, and break. The Snow Jacket had the largest stitching pattern (least amount of stitches) of any coat we examined during our most recent testing. For moderate general use, we feel this coat is a great buy. But, if constant, rigorous, high-adventure activities are on your horizon, you may want to consider a more reliable option.

wantdo waterproof snow jacket - the tedious task of counting stitches per inch.
The tedious task of counting stitches per inch.
Credit: Jason Wanlass

Should You Buy the Wantdo Waterproof Snow Jacket?


This is not a high-end jacket. It has questionable craftsmanship and noticeably lower-quality fabrics and accessories. That said, this jacket is an amazing deal. If you're trying to stretch a dollar and are willing to sacrifice style and overall quality, this jacket is a great option. It's warm enough and it has a lot of extra features.

wantdo waterproof snow jacket - chilling stream side during a sunny break in january weather.
Chilling stream side during a sunny break in January weather.
Credit: Jason Wanlass

What Other Winter Jackets Should You Consider?


If you like the Wantdo Waterproof Snow Jacket but you're not big on outdoor recreation, the Moerdeng ArcticPeaks may be exactly what you're looking for. It's nearly identical to the Wantdo, minus the winter sports features. If you need a jacket that can offer above-average warmth and much better workmanship at a reasonable price, take a look at the REI Co-op Stormhenge Down Hybrid Parka. Likewise, the Patagonia Downdrift and Marmot Fordham are also high-performing daily wear jackets — and they're even warmer.

wantdo waterproof snow jacket - heading home after tromping through the snow.
Heading home after tromping through the snow.
Credit: Jason Wanlass

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