Women's Anoraks & Ponchos

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About Women's Anoraks and Ponchos

Looking to do something a little different this winter? Anoraks and ponchos are a great way to spruce up your wardrobe without sacrificing warmth. Get ready to discover the best in women’s anorak brands and styles—only at Altitude Sports.

Stay Hip, Stay Warm—With Altitude Sports

The anorak has a long tradition of standing up to the harsh Arctic climates of Canada, Greenland, and Norway. It’s a durable, lightweight jacket you can wear on any occasion. That means it’s as versatile as you are. Whether you’re in a chilly movie theatre or caught in an unexpected blizzard, an anorak fits the bill.
You’ll also fall in love with our range of ponchos—with a modern twist, of course. The Therm-a-Rest Honcho Poncho is an absolute fan favourite. This fashionable... camping poncho doubles as a toasty blanket. Or maybe you’re looking for a workhorse that’s perfect for an expedition? In that case, check out the Nobis Hydra Performance Poncho in a striking Old Gold colourway.

Anoraks and Ponchos, Your New Wardrobe Staple

Tired of the look-alike parka and carbon-copy windbreaker? At Altitude Sports, we offer a diverse array of unique anoraks and ponchos to suit your needs.
A lightweight Rip Curl fleece anorak is a great way to stay cozy with your morning cup of coffee; the water-resistant Tilley hooded poncho is perfect for hiking on rainy days; and the sleek black Norrøna Lofoten Primaloft80 is an ideal winter companion.
Not sure what to choose? To help you find the perfect women’s anorak or poncho, we offer a 60-day return policy. Enjoy free, Canada-wide shipping on all orders of $49 or more. Visiting us from abroad? Not to worry—we’ve got you covered with our international shipping and returns policy.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the point of an anorak?

The anorak is a traditional jacket designed and worn by Inuit communities. They pioneered this style as a means of staying warm in brutal Arctic conditions. Some anoraks feature hoods while others don’t. Interestingly, the term itself has a slightly different origin.
“Anorak” is derived from the Greenlandic word annoraaq. In the early-twentieth century, the word was actually used to describe a type of person rather than a garment. These people had a niche obsession with trains. In other words, trainspotters.
These folks would stand in freezing cold temperatures just to catch a glimpse of an inbound train. Obviously, they had to stay warm. And so many of them adopted the dependable, Inuit-style jacket. Over time, the jacket became so completely associated with these trainspotters that the term eventually came to refer to the jacket itself.

What is the difference between an anorak and a jacket?

The most glaring difference between a typical anorak and a typical jacket is the front zipper. In contrast to jackets, an anorak eschews a full-length zipper. Instead, it’s characterized by a pull-over design which can include oversized front pockets for extra storage and insulation.
The absence of zipper hardware means that anoraks tend to be lighter than jackets. They’re also generally better at retaining warmth as there are fewer places from where your body heat can escape. The upshot is that no front zip means that anoraks are inferior to jackets when it comes to ventilation or quickly dumping heat.

Is an anorak the same as a windbreaker?

The terms anorak and windbreaker are often used interchangeably. Traditionally, both are a type of heavy jacket used to keep biting winds at bay. But that isn’t necessarily the case today. In fact, it may be more accurate to say that all anoraks are windbreakers, but not all windbreakers are anoraks.
For example, many modern hiking windbreakers are actually constructed using lightweight synthetics to reduce pack weight and volume. In contrast, a lightweight anorak is actually a poncho.

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