4 Insulated Jackets To Keep The Heat In
Published on 11/15/2012
By Scot Groundwater
It’s that time of year again – time to crank up the heat and wonder where the heck summer went. Unfortunately, many people give up on going outside as soon as the weather starts getting a little chilly. What these poor suckers don’t know is that with the right layers, you can be as warm as you want, regardless what Ma Nature’s doing. We took a gander at some puffy coats and compiled a list of the jackets for a variety of situations.
Lightweight: Feathered Friends Hyperion Jacket
This 850 fill down jacket comes in at a scant 9.4 Oz. This Feathered Friends jacket is designed for those that want function over fashion. The jacket is a no frills jacket that has one purpose...to keep you warm. Besides a drawstring closure at the bottom and 2 handwarmer pockets, there’s nothing on the Hyperion that isn’t absolutely necessary to keep you from freezing to death. What this jacket lacks in extra features, it makes up for in its weight and packability. This is a jacket that you will always have stuffed somewhere in your gear because honestly, at this weight, how can you not?
Heavy Duty: The North Face Himalayan Parka
If you’re in the market for a portable fortress against sub zero temps or you just want to make sure you never (ever) get cold, the Himalayan Parka is the one. This windproof, 800 fill down jacket is designed for expedition teams that need a robust jacket to withstand the rigors of mountaineering. The heaviest one in the roundup, this jacket weighs 43 oz, but provides solid protection against the elements. This jacket has a list of features designed to slay the cold: fully laminated and taped baffles, adjustable snorkle hood, internal down collar, watch chest clip, two Napoleon chest pockets with internal parka access, internal zipper pocket for radio, and adjustable cuffs, to name a few. Truth be told, you might not be man enough for this jacket.
Innovative: Sierra Designs DriDown Gnar Lite
While you think that down is just down, this 11.2 oz , 800 fill down jacket has improved on the properties of down. While down is already amazing, its weakness has always been that when moisture gets to the feathers, down clumps up and loses all of its ability to retain heat. The Gnar Lite combats this with feathers treated with a hydrophobic coating called DriDown, which makes them impervious to water (hydro=water, phobic=averse). These bad boys actually repel water instead of becoming saturated in it. It’s equipped with the usual features like thumb loops, zippered hand pockets, internal dump pockets and an internal zippered pocket, but seriously – if waterproof down didn’t raise your eyebrows, you wouldn’t be on this site.
Everyday: Patagonia Men's Down Sweater
With plenty of color options, you’ll be able to find a version of the 800 fill down Down Sweater to match any wardrobe. It comes in at just under a pound (12-ounces) and provide loads of warmth. It rocks a look that’s at home in the city, but it doubles as an excellent outdoor piece when paired with a shell. There are 2 zippered hand pockets along with a built in zippered mesh pocket that has a carabiner loop, which is a handy feature for those of you that rock climb. No more stuffing extra layers inside your helmet or trying to throw them down to the ground without getting stuck in a tree (yes that has happened, and it was my favorite shirt too). In addition, this Patagonia jacket is made from recycled soda bottles, unusable second quality fabrics and worn out garments. Nothing like "going green" to make you feel like you’re better than your belay buddy.