Comparing Coats: Men’s Bomber Jackets


Winter is practically here! This cold weather makes us want to run out and buy the warmest jacket we can find. Last week, we compared two women’s Canada Goose jackets. This week, we are looking at men’s bomber jackets between some of our favourite fashion outerwear brands. Canada Goose, Parajumpers, Mackage and Moose Knuckles each offer a take on the down bomber jacket. What sets them apart from one another? Keep reading!

The Canada Goose Chilliwack Bomber is one of our most popular bombers. Retailing for $795, this jacket encapsulates the iconic style of bush pilots in the Canadian Arctic. This jacket is rated TEI 3 (Fundamental), and will keep you warm in temperatures as low as -10°C/-20°C. The Chilliwack features an adjustable hood with a non-removable coyote fur ruff, interior shoulder straps, and 625 fill-power white duck down. There are four exterior, fleece lined pockets for your convenience, as well as two chest pockets and two lower pockets with Velcro flaps. Heavy duty rib-knit cuffs and waistband keep the cold out, and double reinforced elbows ensure durability no matter what adventures you bring your jacket on. Available in both regular and Fusion fit, you can’t go wrong with a Chilliwack.
Men's Chilliwack

Canada Goose Chilliwack Bomber
Men's Ballistic

Moose Knuckles Ballistic Bomber
Also available for $795 is another Canadian-made coat; the Moose Knuckles Ballistic Bomber Jacket. With a cotton nylon water repellent outer shell and 620 fill power grey duck down, this bomber is sure to keep you warm and dry on cold winter days. The Ballistic Bomber offers heavy duty front zippers, four front seamed pockets and a detachable hood with blue fox fur. Despite being a waist-length style, this coat’s rib-knit edges serve to keep the wind out. As with all Moose Knuckles outerwear, this jacket features a metal Moose Knuckles logo on the sleeve. This bomber is great for men that prefer a monochromatic look!
We have featured the Parajumpers Gobi Bomber Jacket before; it was one of the brand’s first styles! Ringing in at $1,195, the Gobi is a classic choice for a winter bomber. This down jacket features a two way zip that opens at the top and bottom, and the bright yellow tab serves as a nod to Parajumpers; yellow is a signal to find a person in a difficult situation. The Gobi also includes an iPod pocket, cell phone pocket, and cargo pocket for whatever the wearer wishes to store. The men’s and women’s styles are nearly identical, with the exception of a removable interior in the men’s jacket.
Men's Gobi

Parajumpers Gobi Bomber
Men's Dixon

Mackage Dixon Bomber

Lastly, we have the $1,050 Mackage Dixon Bomber. This extremely fashionable bomber offers a natural rabbit fur hood lining, and Asiatic racoon fur trim on the oversized hood. A removable down-filled inner bib and collar allow this jacket to function as a transitional piece between seasons. Along with Mackage’s signature leather trims, this bomber features a Napoleon pocket with a leather welt and zipper and a rib-knit cuff and hem for a snug fit. The Dixon is not only fashionable, but also functional; it is crafted with water repellent fabric, a funnel neck, double entry pockets, and nano goose down filling in order to provide maximum warmth. Boasting a comfort zone down to -25°C, the Dixon is a fantastic choice for the fashion forward man.

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Comparing Canada Goose: Trillium & Rossclair


As a Canadian company, we are proud to support other Canadian brands like Canada Goose. Sporting Life is the largest retailer of Canada Goose, and as such we carry a wide variety of styles for all seasons. It can be overwhelming to decide on a coat when there are so many options! Despite the streamlined design between styles, there are a variety of features that make the difference between various Canada Goose jackets.

To help you in your decision, today we are comparing two similar Canada Goose parkas: the tried and true Trillium, and the brand new Rossclair. These styles ring in at the same price point and have a similar silhouette. What is it that sets these two designs apart?

The two styles do share quite a few features: mid-thigh length, 645 fill power white duck down, an interior elastic drawcord, heavy duty rib-knit cuffs and a highly adjustable hood. Both coats have interior shoulder straps- ideal for a commuter to take their coat off on the subway and carry it on their back. The fur ruff is removable on both the Trillium and Rossclair, perfect for changing weather or style preference.

Aside from these similarities, there are qualities that set the Trillium apart from the Rossclair. The Rossclair’s Thermal Experience Index (TEI) is a 3 – Fundamental. This keeps the wearer warm in temperatures of -10°C/-20°C; fundamental warmth for everyday use. On the other hand, the Trillium’s TEI is a 4 – Enduring. It is crafted for temperatures of -15°C/-25°C; inspired by the Arctic and made for enduring daily warmth.

Canada Goose Rossclair

The Rossclair
Canada Goose Trillium

The Trillium

The Rossclair is a slim fit coat that is longer in the back, with a 36.5″ centre-back length. The gusset is zippered, allowing for more movement and weather protection. A suede tricot-lined collar and chin guard provides added comfort, and a heavy duty 2-way locking zipper further protects the wearer from the weather. Along with two exterior fleece-lined handwarmer pockets, the Rossclair features two interior pockets; an upper security zippered pocket and a lower mesh stuff pocket.

The Trillium is a regular fit with a 36″ centre-back length. The hood, while adjustable, is also removable, making for a highly customizable piece. A storm flap over the centre zipper keeps the wearer warm and dry, and an interior media pocket with headphone access keeps the wearer’s technology safe from the elements.

Both the Trillium and the Rossclair are suited for the coldest Canadian winters and offer features that are functional and fashionable. Available in a variety of beautiful winter colours, these parkas can be found at all Sporting Life locations. Which Goose will you choose?


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Chill Foundation Announces Support From Sporting Life


(TORONTO, ON) A youth development snowboard program for underserved youth has received a much-needed financial shot in the arm – just in time for winter. Sporting Life, Canada’s most prestigious sporting goods and lifestyle retailer, has donated $10,000 to the Chill Foundation – a non-profit that’s been helping young people since 1995.

The Chill Foundation’s core youth development program uses snowboarding to teach life skills and increase self-esteem in underserved youth between the ages of 10-18.

“Snowboarding is a sport that many children cannot access and we’re excited to open up opportunities for youth to enjoy the sport this winter,” says Sporting Life’s John Roe, “We are extremely excited to support The Chill Foundation and help them deliver the high quality programming to deserving children.”

This year, more than 200 Toronto and Vancouver youth will learn some of the most important lessons in life while learning to snowboard.  Thanks to the support from Sporting Life, The Chill Foundation will provide program participants with everything they need to learn to snowboard, including lift tickets, lessons, transportation, and head-to-toe gear, which are all included at no cost to the participant.

“Donations like this one from Sporting Life make such a huge difference to these youth, most of whom have never considered snowboarding as an option,” says Alistair Thomson with The Chill Foundation in Toronto, ”As we know, Canada is a winter country and this money helps these young people get out on the snow and try an activity they otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford.”

For more information about Chill, head over to

Founded by Burton Co-Owners Jake Burton and Donna Carpenter, Chill’s core youth development program revolves around a six-week curriculum that uses snowboarding and other board sports to teach life skills and increase self-esteem in underserved youth between the ages of 10-18. Our six weekly themes, respect, patience, persistence, responsibility, courage, and pride, provide a framework for learning and personal growth. We use our time on the bus to the program to introduce the weekly theme through an activity, and reinforce the concept during our time on the mountain, at the beach, or at the skatepark. This structure allows participants to make meaningful connections to the curriculum while experiencing the innate joy of snowboarding. For more information about Chill, head to

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Brand Spotlight: Blackyak


This season at Sporting Life, we are welcoming a number of exciting new brands to our stores. One of these additions is the Korean outerwear brand Blackyak. Founded in 1973, Blackyak caters to the adventurous outdoorsman. Developed by mountaineers, quality and functionality are the cornerstones of this back country brand.

Why a yak, you may ask? Yaks are the most useful animal in the Himalayas. Without them, trade between Nepal and Tibet through the Himalayas would have been impossible. They can carry up to 220 lbs each, and they walk over treacherous trails and snow-covered passes. In addition to being creatures of burdon, they plough fields, provide meat, milk, butter, wool for clothing, and dung for fuel. Their bones are used to make various artifacts, and the hair of the yak is used to make rope, sacks, blankets and tents. Nothing is wasted from this incredible animal. The resilient and strong nature of the yak is what Blackyak customers strive for.

Blackyak’s ideology is based on four pillars: customer care, quality first, dedication, and rule of mountain. Customer service is at the base of everything this company does, which aligns perfectly with the ideals of Sporting Life. Everything starts from quality, and Blackyak works hard to earn their excellent reputation. This dedication to customer service and quality is what makes Blackyak an exceptional up and coming brand in Canada.

True mountaineers climb by the rule of mountain, and this can be applied to real life. From the mountain, one can learn moderation, tolerance and perseverance; Blackyak does business based on these lessons, and our customers may be inspired to live their lives the same way.

We love Blackyak for its colourful yet sophisticated nature, as well as its layering capabilities. The colour story ranges from black to bright yellow, and if you look closely at each piece, you can see the face of a yak in the design! Blackyak offers jackets and pants perfect for layering in order to create the ideal head to toe suit. Currently available in men’s styles, Blackyak is a welcome addition to Sporting Life’s outerwear department.


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Junior Ski & Snowboard Half Back Program


Are you a member of our Lifeline program? By providing us with your name, phone number and email, you are added to our client recognition program to make your Sporting Life experience the best it can be! Once you are signed up for Lifeline, we are able to inform you of promotions as well as determine the best service for you and your lifestyle. Sign up here.

As you may have heard, our Kids Can’t Wait For Winter event is on now; this is the perfect time to take advantage of the Junior Half Back associated with our Lifeline program.

Designed for your budget and for your kids, the Half Back program ensures that your children get properly fitted for safety and performance. After purchasing a ski or snowboard package, you as a parent may return the package at the end of the season for a credit of half the value purchased to use for the following year. Allow your children to flourish in their sport with the best available equipment season after season! This is applicable to junior recreation ski and snowboard boots, skis, snowboards, and bindings.

Find amazing deals on winter equipment for your children during Kids Can’t Wait For Winter, and see what else our Lifeline program has to offer.



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Wax On, Wax Off: The Barbour Wax Jacket


When it comes to heritage and fashion forward brands, there is nothing quite like Barbour. Founded in England in 1894, Barbour continues to produce quality apparel for men and women. One of our favourite pieces from Barbour- and one of their most famed- is the wax jacket. Designed to protect the wearer from the elements, the history of this iconic piece proves that it will last a lifetime.

The wax jacket’s history begins in 1910 with Uncle Harry’s coat. This coat was a double breasted outdoor coat that protected the wearer against foul weather. This coat has been passed down from generation to generation and still resides within the Barbour family. From a completely weatherproof wax cape in the 1920s to a motorcycle all-in-one suit in 1936, wax has made a name for itself in every Barbour collection. With a history in police and motorcycle wear, the wax jacket is designed to perform.

bedale-1980One of Barbour’s signature and most popular jackets, the Bedale, was introduced in 1980. This jacket is lightweight and short in length, and was designed by Chairman Dame Margaret Barbour as an equestrian jacket. This short length was perfect for riding, making it the ideal country coat! This jacket serves as the transition piece between countrywear and city style: this jacket paved the way for Barbour to become a fashion statement in an urban setting.

Barbour’s signature elements can be found in many wax jackets: 100% weatherproof, big bellow pockets, a large pull ring, two way zip and a corduroy collar. Today, waxed jackets are available in a range of styles and finishes from heavy and tough to antique and distressed. The wax jacket is perfectly described by Barbour themselves: “[the] wax jacket…is now as comfortable in the urban jungle as it is in the country.”

Shop all Barbour wax jackets at Sporting Life, or see some of our favourites below.



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This Throwback Trend is Back on Track


It’s #TBT time, and we have the ultimate throwback for you this week.

Everyone remembers the days of Paris Hilton rocking Juicy Couture velour tracksuits in every hue, or Missy Elliott’s adidas ensembles. The tracksuit trend seems to have died out years ago and has lived on in memory of comfier times.

Well, lovers of athleisure, you’re in luck: Track is BACK and trendier than ever!

Juicy Couture has initiated the #TrackIsBack campaign to promote the resurrection of the tracksuit. Sequins and velour are no longer a thing of the past; Juicy has revived their classic designs that scream “fashletic”, and we’ve noticed that other comfort brands are following suit. If you’re still not sold on bringing back the tracksuit, look to some of today’s most fashion forward celebrities. They’re totally buying into the tracksuit trend and making us want to run out and buy velour sweats in every colour.

Comfortable, effortless style is always the end goal, and a chic tracksuit is a surefire way to get there. We are loving the fun prints offered by Adidas and EA7, and the sparkly details we know and love from Juicy Couture. Whether you’d prefer a neutral colour palette, a fun fabric, or the classic velour, brands are producing a wide variety of styles that perfectly combine style and comfort.

What do you think: will you bring track back this fall?





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The Best InVESTment for Fall



Days are getting shorter, temperatures are dropping…it looks like fall is officially here. The time has come to unlock an entire section of your wardrobe and bring out the layers! When it comes to fall fashion layering, there is one important piece that everyone should inVEST in…

You guessed it! Vests are the ultimate layering piece for autumn. We love vests because of their versatility; whether made for fashion or the outdoors, a vest is a stylish way to add warmth and dimension to any outfit. Today we’ve laid out the best 12 vests for men and women. Between fashion, outdoor and quilted pieces, dressing for style and warmth will be a breeze this fall.

Which style of vest is your favourite?

The hybrid vest: fashion meets function. Quilted vests will keep you warm while adding texture to an otherwise neutral outfit. Barbour offers the ultimate selection of stylish quilted outerwear, but brands such as Ralph Lauren are contenders to fight for that top spot. Get into the English look this fall; style your quilted vest with a pair of boots or a wax jacket!

For Fall 2016, fashion brands are coming at you with trendy vests in an array of colours and fabrics. Lovers of shearling and suede, this season’s selection is calling your name! Velvet and Esprit in particular offer styles in beautiful, soft fabrics. Fashion vests are perfect for creating transitional outfits, elevating casual clothing, or adding colour to a neutral fall palette. Whether for daytime or evening, try accessorizing your outfit with a vest this season!

For a day spent hiking through the woods or apple-picking with your family, an outdoor vest will keep your core toasty warm all day long. Down vests come in varying degrees of puffiness, from slim to Michelin Man. No matter your preference, vests from brands such as Canada Goose perform well on their own or layered with other technical pieces.


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Brand Spotlight: Parajumpers


Parajumpers designer Massimo Rossetti has successfully built one of the world’s leading outerwear brands. The first collection from Parajumpers had only 3 garments each for men and women, and the brand continues to succeed with a handful of immaculately designed pieces.

m_masterpiece-3In a taped interview, Rossetti provides a glimpse into his creative mind. This intriguing designer finds inspiration in the seemingly most unlikely of places. The huge pocket found on many PJs styles was inspired by a research trip to Alaska; Rossetti saw a fireman’s jacket that had a pocket large enough to fit a helmet. This new and different design is one of many that sets Parajumpers apart.

The ultimate form of inspiration for Rossetti came from a chance meeting with a Parajumper. Parajumpers are a small group of people who train twice as hard as Navy Seals, however they are trained to save and not to kill. These heroes intervene all over the world and have been on thousands of operations that are unknown to most people. When Rossetti was asked to bring forward new ideas, it is clear that he needed to look no further than the image of a Parajumper. Rossetti’s designs are largely influenced by a backpack with nylon, zips and hooks, and now all PJs styles are full of such hardware. The signature hook on all jackets comes from a quick release parachutist hook, which has contributed to the creation of the Parajumpers image.

The original PJs collection consisted of identical jackets made of one fabric in four colours for men and women. These first styles were the Gobi, Kodiak and Denali. The Gobi features a two way zip that opens at the top and bottom. The bright yellow tab serves as a nod to Parajumpers, as yellow is a signal to find a person in a difficult situation. The jacket also includes an iPod pocket, cell phone pocket, and cargo pocket for whatever the wearer wishes to store. The men’s and women’s styles are nearly identical, with the exception of a removable interior in the men’s jacket.

One of Parajumpers’ newer styles that has become quite popular is the Long Bear. This women’s jacket is a knee length coat with a removable hood and detachable fur. This makes the coat easily machine washable; an incredibly practical feature for a winter coat!

In Rossetti’s own words; “we are a guiding light.” Parajumpers has proven itself to be an innovative and functional brand, and we can’t wait to see what new designs Rossetti has up his sleeve. We highly suggest watching the video clip below in which Rossetti details this brand history in his own words, and keep scrolling to browse the PJs styles that Sporting Life has to offer.


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