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Learn more about Amazon Prime. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. Every time you stuff a synthetic jacket away, the insulation breaks down and loses its heat retention capacity. Down can handle many more compressions and expansions than synthetic insulation, and is also smaller when compressed and is lighter weight than synthetic materials.
The down used in the construction of the jackets reviewed is high quality and resisted degradation throughout testing. Consequently, the stratifying characteristic for this metric tended to be how small they were when compressed. The jackets with few features, lightweight fabric, and high fill-power down compressed the most, while the jackets with heavy and bulky face fabrics or low fill-power down tended to compress the least.
Some jackets easily fit into one of their own pockets and could be zipped up with an attached clip-in loop. Others included a dedicated lightweight stuff sack that lives in the breast pocket. Unfortunately, some of the jackets in this review did not have a specialized method of compression, and so to get them as small as possible, we rolled them up inside their hood.
Not surprisingly, the Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer Hooded was the highest scorer when considering compressibility. It is the thinnest and lightest weight of the jackets we tested, and its high fill-power down means that it easily stuffs into its pocket in a tiny little package that can be clipped and taken anywhere.
Despite offering the most warmth of any jacket we tested, the Arc'teryx Cerium LT Hoody also stuffs down extremely small, a testament to the fill-power down used inside. The only downside was that it uses a dedicated stuff sack rather than stuffing into its pocket, which adds a tiny bit of weight and bulk, not to mention the possibility of losing the stuff sack. A handful of other jackets, including the REI Co-op Magma , also stuff down pretty small in their own pockets.
With so many companies producing high-quality clothing, it often comes down to the little things that make all the difference when deciding on a jacket. This means a zipper that out-performs another, pockets a few inches higher, or a hem a few inches lower might make or break your choice. We've tested plenty of jackets that got away with elastic instead of a drawcord in the hood with varying results.
However, only one attempted to do away with the drawcord at the waist, and we did not like this design. There are a few things that you can do without, but some features are essential.
When testing for features, we first set out to identify each of the features present on a jacket, and then tested them intensively while wearing the jacket out in the field. The most important thing to consider was whether the features present worked well. We would way rather have a simple model with bomber performance, than a jacket full of bells and whistles that don't work.
If a jacket's particular features are of interest to you, be sure to read the individual reviews where we give a full breakdown of what features each jacket has, and how well they worked. The top scorers were two jackets whose features worked exceptionally well. The Outdoor Research Transcendent Hoody has dual internal stash pockets, three drawcords for adjusting the hood precisely, and fleece-lined hand pockets, all of which endeared it to our hearts.
The Patagonia Down Sweater Hoody, on the other hand, had fewer features that worked just as well. Our favorites were the hem drawcords that lived inside the hand pockets so they wouldn't dangle below our waist, a soft fleece-lined chin guard on the inside of the collar, and a perfectly fitting hood that can be tightened with a single drawcord. Although it was a low overall scorer, we thought the dual interior stash pockets and the hem drawcord buckles recessed into the fabric were a nice touch for the Mountain Hardwear StretchDown Hooded jacket.
There are so many insulated jackets available on the market today that choosing the right one can be quite a challenge. The first step is being sure that you would prefer down instead of synthetic insulation. Next, determine what characteristics matter the most to you, and then use this review to help narrow down your search. Our expert reviewers have spent countless days in the mountains wearing and testing these jackets so that they can give you the very best advice.
We hope that you find it helpful, and no matter where you live or what you do, you find a jacket to keep you warm this winter! The Best Down Jackets for Men of Displaying 1 - 5 of Updated April Getting ready for summer backpacking trips and need a warm layer for cold nights under the stars? We've revamped our review to bring you the top 10 jackets on the market today.
We also have two budget recommendations below, and a Top Pick for Wet Weather, because yes, you can wear some down jackets in a drizzle and still stay warm and dry. See all prices 4 found. The warmest in our review. See all prices 3 found. Combination of Pertex shell with DWR coating and Nikwax treated down leads to optimal water resistance.
The Ghost Whisperer moves as you move and was an ideal choice for chilly evening hikes in the fall, as we took here with Chip the dog to the backside of Smith Rock State Park, OR. The North Face Morph Hoodie is a warm down jacket that scored roughly average in our comparative review.
Here contemplating testing its water resistance in a cave behind the Cascade Falls. With its very high quality fill power down, the Cerium LT Hoody had unrivaled amounts of loft and was also the warmest jacket in this review. It uses sewn-through baffles to keep the jacket light. Responsibly Sourced Down In the past few years, most companies have begun using responsibly sourced down. Since down is an animal product — duck and goose feathers — it is important that it is harvested for use in your jacket in a way that does not unduly torture the animal.
Responsibly sourced down described using different terms by different companies means that the down comes as a by-product of the food industry and that the animals were not live-plucked or force-fed, two cruel and unnecessary forms of animal torture.
We have described in each review, as well as in the specs table, whether a jacket contains responsibly sourced down, and most do. While we did not specifically grade or punish for this attribute, we encourage you to hold companies that you buy your outdoor equipment from accountable and consider this aspect of jacket construction before making a purchase.
While it wasn't one of the warmest jackets we tested, for how insanely thin and light it is, the Ghost Whisperer is surprisingly warm! We loved it as an active under layer or as a stand alone when it wasn't too cold out. We didn't find the Mountain Hardwear StretchDown Hooded jacket to be one of the very warmest in our side-by-side testing. However, when using it as a stand alone warmth layer on this fall hike in the alpine, it was plenty warm enough to keep us comfortable.
A sudden rainstorm during an October climbing trip to Smith Rock proved to be a great chance to test the Down Sweater Hoody against the elements. The down stayed dry and we stayed plenty warm while waiting out the rain. Testing the water proofness of the Columbia Outdry Ex Gold in a very wet early season snow storm. It certainly keeps the water out and the down inside dry, as claimed. Here you can see the combination of the Pertex Quantum Microlight fabric and the DWR coating working to prevent water from absorbing into the fabric and the down underneath.
A comparison look at the fit and styles of eight of the lightweight down jackets of the other two were tested at a different time and place. From L to R: The Down Sweater Hoody fits nearly perfectly. It is not too baggy, but also has enough room underneath to layer if need be. You can see how high the collar comes up to cover half the face, and also how the sleeves are perhaps just an inch or so short. Eight of the ten jackets in this year's review, compressed as small as possible for comparison the other two were tested at a different location and time.
Most compressible on the right, least on the left. L to R top: The Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer is a super light down jacket that is great for pleasant days like this one below the Three Sisters volcanoes in Oregon, or as a base warmth layer on much colder days. Shown here on the Morph Hoodie is the hem pull cord that lives inside the front handwarmer pockets, and has a recessed release buckle that lives inside the fabric, and releases by being pinched, as our other hand is doing.
This was the single most optimal combination of hem draw cord location and buckles on a jacket that we tested. These dual draw cords inside the collar of the Rab Microlight Alpine offer fine tuning ability for the fit of the hood, and also do a great job of sealing off the face enclosure if it is really cold.
They are relatively easy to use with one hand. You can also see the wire-brim of the hood. As a highly technical layer that features only the very highest quality materials to make it as light as possible, the Ghost Whisperer does not come cheap. Sometimes quality is worth its price, however, and this is certainly one of those times. How to Choose the Best Down Jacket This article helps you decide which down jacket is the perfect one for you by going into much greater depth about the The Best Winter Jackets for Men of We put in the cold hours and the nitty-gritty research to bring you reliable recommendations.
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As a result, it lacks in versatility for uses like backpacking or climbing, but the waterproofing and warm build make it viable for everything from cold winter walks to downhill skiing. High-end look and feel. For commuting, urban use, and après-ski, the Lodge Jacket is a very attractive option.
See the Men's Canada Goose Lodge. Can feel drafty in cold conditions and the fit is a bit trim. At less than 7 ounces total, the SL is an ultralight jacket for fair-weather spring, summer, and fall backpacking trips, as well as a midlayer for winter sports. We recently took the new hoody version on a trekking and bikepacking adventure through Mongolia and came impressed with its packability and build quality.
Keep in mind that the Cerium SL does have its limitations. Given the meager 1. A casual piece from Marmot at a reasonable price point. Low fill power and sheds feathers. Marmot is known for outerwear, and rain jackets in particular. With fill down, it does have one of the lowest fill powers on this list competitors like the REI Co-op Down Jacket and Outdoor Research Transcendent use fill down.
Aside from price, the Marmot Tullus is pretty bare bones. But if you can find it on sale, the Tullus is one of the cheaper down jackets available from a top brand. Down Sweaters The down sweater is the most casual category of down jacket. But they perform well for everyday use, travel, light adventuring, and layering for winter sports. The temperature range for these jackets depends on factors like layering and exertion, but we find that down sweaters are suitable for approximately 35 to 60 degrees Fahrenheit 2 to 15 degrees Celsius.
Ultralight Down Jackets Ultralight down jackets are designed for backpacking, climbing, backcountry skiing, and other outdoor pursuits where every ounce matters. These down jackets generally have similar fill weights as down sweaters, but are ultralight due their use of premium down fill power , thin shell fabrics denier , and minimalist zippers and pockets.
They are high quality jackets in general, and if you are willing to take a little extra care to avoid damaging the shell, we prefer ultralights over down sweaters due to their warmth-to-weight ratio and athletic fit that's easy to layer.
They still look great too, although the designs do have more of a performance cut. They also are far puffier than the other categories with more down, and as a result take up quite a bit more space in your pack. Because of this, we only bring them along if the extra warmth is absolutely necessary.
At the warmest end of the spectrum are heavyweight winter jackets and parkas. It all starts with that lofty and premium warmth that can only be found in a down-filled product.
Down insulation functions so effectively because the loose clusters of feathers are great at trapping body heat. But unlike down sleeping bags, which have an official EN rating system that tests and measures their warmth on a concrete scale, down jackets are more like the Wild West.
Below is information that should help you fill in the gaps. Fill Power Fill power fill, fill, fill, etc. The number is calculated based on how much space one ounce of down clusters takes up in a cylindrical tube.
This is known as the amount of loft, and the more loft a jacket has, the more body heat it traps and the warmer you will be. Put another way, achieving the same amount of warmth with a lower fill power requires more down, adding weight and bulk to achieve the same comfort goals.
At this level of quality, you reap the highly touted benefits of down insulation: Some high-end climbing brands like Feathered Friends and Montbell use fill down, but that high of a number is a rarity and fill is considered premium.
Fill weight is the actual amount of down stuffed into a jacket, measured in ounces. For example, if Jacket A has 6 ounces of fill down and Jacket B has 3 ounces of fill down, you can expect that Jacket A will be significantly warmer we estimate that it would increase comfort levels in low output activities by approximately degrees.
Lower fill power down offers less warmth per ounce, so to compare apples to apples you should use similar fill powers. We find it interesting that fill weight is much less publicized than fill power, which leads to a lot of confusion for shoppers who associate higher fill power as always meaning more warmth.
Down Fill and Insulation Explained. Factors like fit, layering, your levels of exertion and circulation, and wind all play a role. Generally, we think of down sweaters and ultralights—which usually have between 2 and 4 ounces of fill weight—as providing solid warmth in conditions ranging from around 35 to 60 degrees Fahrenheit 2 to 15 degrees Celsius with low levels of exertion, such as puttering around a campsite.
More fill will help you move toward the bottom end of the range and less will push you toward the middle. A cozy baselayer can buy you an extra 5 to 15 degrees depending on its thickness and quality. These types of jackets are very popular for three-season alpine use and in cities for everything but the heart of winter.
When the mercury drops below freezing, you will be more comfortable wearing a true midweight or heavyweight down jacket for winter. The fill weight of these jackets should be 4 ounces at the absolute minimum and often is in the range of 5 to 6 ounces or more the Rab Neutrino Endurance and Montbell Mirage Parka.
For bitter cold and climbing the highest peaks, an even heavier down parka may be in order. For uses like backpacking, climbing, mountaineering, ski touring, or whenever you have to lug around your own gear, the total weight of your down jacket should play a significant role in your buying decision. As a result of all the fun tech, they also cost considerably more than your typical down sweater. We keep a close eye on the ratio of fill weight to total weight to see what lengths the manufacturer went to trim weight the shell denier is a good hint too, and more on that below.
Three of our ultralight picks have healthy amounts of premium down and are relatively light at around 10 ounces or less for the hooded versions. Some even opt for a pullover style to cut out half of the zipper. No matter what the manufacturer names a jacket, keep a close eye on fill weight and total weight to make your own determination.
Denier D is the measurement of the weight of a thread, and the lower the number the lighter the weight. A lower denier rating means the material is less durable and more prone to abrasion.
Much of the difference in weight of an ultralight jacket is trimmed by using a lower denier fabric for the shell. Other factors like premium down it provides the most warmth for the least amount of weight and ultralight zippers play a role as well, but the shell fabric is most important. Almost every jacket on this list is made with reasonably lightweight shell fabrics. The thinnest jacket is the Montbell Mirage Parka, which has a very fragile 7D shell, and the thickest is the Mountain Equipment Lightline , which has a 40D shell.
If ounces matter and you intend to use the jacket in the backcountry, treat yourself to an ultralight. If most of your use will be in the city, a down sweater is sturdier and should save you money in the process. Down enthusiasts love its compressibility and for good reason.
An ultralight jacket like the Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer can be stuffed into its own pocket and end up much smaller than a Nalgene bottle.
The tiny packed size means you have little reason to leave it behind, and can fit it easily into either a daypack or overnight backpacking pack. Keep in mind that the higher the fill power the more easily it will compress. Fabric thickness also plays an important role, and thinner denier fabrics logically pack down smaller.
Along with warmth for the weight, compressibility is an area where down absolutely dominates synthetic insulated jackets.
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