Eight Down Jackets for All Winter Adventures

Hyperlight layers for weight weenies, heavy duty ski parkas, vintage-inspired vests, even down pants !


Graham Hiemstra

It's the time of year where we wish we could just life in down. Down jackets, down vests, down pants even! Thankfully, the gear gods have been favorable this year, bringing updates to tried and true favorites (shout out Ghost Whisperer) alongside countless new options for every activity you could think of.

Below are eight styles that caught our eye, paired with a suggested activity. Enjoy.

Best for Skiing and Snowboarding

Goldwin Thebe Hybrid Down Ski Jacket, $539

Goldwin is a brand you need to pay attention to, as much for their core ski apparel, as for their lifestyle collection with outdoor DNA. Both vibes can be seen in this urban-inspired ski and snowboard jacket made in Japan of Kodenshi down and PrimaLoft insulation.

Best for Winter Camping and Fire Tending

Snow Peak Fire Resistant Down Pullover, $398

Stylish in a way only Snow Peak can be, this fishtail popover parka is made of fire-resistant fabric with down insulation, making it the perfect campsite companion for when temps drop.

Best for Around Town Exploring

Mountain Standard Down Parka, $329

A classically styled down jacket made with DWR coated ripstop nylon and responsibly sourced premium 800 fill down. What's not to love?

Best Vest For Daily Wear

REI Co-op Wallace Lake Down Vest, $75

From REI's first ever "lifestyle" apparel line, this vintage-inspired vest is timeless, and made to last.

Best for Layering / Most Versatile

Montbell Superior Down Round Neck Jacket, $149

Montbell is another sleeper Japanese outdoor brand—if you don't know, get with it. The cardigan style down "sweater" is a staple in Japan, and becoming more popular by day Stateside too, thanks to the likes of Muji and Uniqlo. This 800 fill down iteration is built to handle proper outdoor use too.

Best Down Pants for Campsite and at Home Chilling

Patagonia Nano Puff Pants, $179

Get some down pants. Wear them at home, at the campsite, to the gym, etc. Thank us later.

Best Ultralight Jacket

Mountain Hardware Ghost Whisperer Men's + Women's, $325

Weighing just 7 ounces, this hood-less jacket is the gold standard for packable down. We pack one on every trip, no matter where we're headed.

Best for Serious Alpine Adventures

Mammut Eigerjoch Pro Hooded Down Jacket Men's + Women's, $600

This hyper warm down jacket features Pertex Quantum Pro waterproof material and a combination of down and PrimaLoft insulation, making it ideal for hardcore alpine mountaineering and being overly prepared (and perfectly cozy) while belaying at the local crag.

Published 01-08-2019

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