Eight Down Jackets for All Winter Adventures
Hyperlight layers for weight weenies, heavy duty ski parkas, vintage-inspired vests, even down pants !
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 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
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
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
From REI's first ever "lifestyle" apparel line, this vintage-inspired vest is timeless, and made to last.
Best for Layering / Most Versatile
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
Get some down pants. Wear them at home, at the campsite, to the gym, etc. Thank us later.
Best Ultralight Jacket
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
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.