8 Puffy Picks That Will Keep You Warm This Winter
Published on 02/06/2012
By Mallory Ayres
This low bulk 800-fill down jacket is perfect for throwing on during rest breaks on the mountain or as a midlayer on days when the temperature dives. It features a dual drawcord hem and fully elastic cuffs to seal in warmth. It also has two front handwarmer pockets to keep your paws warm and a water repellent DWR finish to keep the weather at bay.
Outdoor Research Transcendent Hooded Down Jacket -Men's
When you are on an overnight ski or winter camping trip and night begins to fall, you are going to want some serious down cradling your body. This jacket by Outdoor Research has a 650-fill count and stuffs down into one of its hand pockets for easy packing. It features a 20D ripstop polyester shell with a taffeta lining, a front zipper with an internal storm flap and an adjustable hood. It also has elastic cuffs and a drawcord hem to seal out cold.
The North Face Prism Optimus Down Jacket - Men's
If you are into extreme altitudes, this ultra-insulating expedition jacket will keep you warm and happy no matter how high you venture. The Prism has a 700-fill count, fully welded baffles and a performance fit for ultimate warmth. It also includes an insulated hood with a laminated hood brim to keep you dry, warm and ready to move. Plus, The North Face got all the details right with inner stash pockets for water bottles, a hideaway hem cinch cord and internal elastic-bound cuffs.
Sierra Designs Gnar Hooded Down Jacket - Women's
This 800-fill goose down jacket is highly versatile - it can be used in the mountains or in town, alone or with a waterproof shell. It's ultra-lightweight at just 9oz and easily packs into the included stuff sack. It also has plenty of storage with an interior zip pocket and two interior dump pockets. Plus, it keeps out the cold and wind with a center front storm flap and a fitted elasticized hood, hem and cuffs.
Rab Microlight Alpine Down Jacket - Women's
Rab is known for its world-class goose down, and the Microlight Alpine Down Jacket is perfect for pulling on post-climb. It's packs down into the chest pocket so that you can carry it anywhere and it's ultra-lightweight. It also has a 750-fill and its light Pertex fabric is windproof and breathable. Plus it has a warm down hood, plenty of pockets and a medium cut perfect for layering.
The North Face Catalyst Down Jacket - Women's
This light jacket is a key mountaineering asset because it's warm but packs down small. It's an ideal midlayer stuffed with 800-fill high quality goose down with a Pertex exterior fabric and DWR coating. It's also harness and pack compatible, has elastic bound cuffs and a hem cinch-cord.
Peak Performance Helium Down Jacket - Women's
Not only is this pretty multi-sport jacket stylish, it has super effective 700-fill duck down insulation. It's ultra-light and can be worn on its own or underneath a waterproof shell. It's also wind and water-resistant with two front handwarmer pockets, elastic hem and cuffs and a zippered chest pocket.
MontBell Ultralight Down Parka - Women's
This 800-fill goose down insulation layer is lighter than most cotton t-shirts and can be worn under any hardshell jacket. It was specifically designed to replace heavy and bulky fleece layers and is perfect in the backcountry. You can carry it anywhere as it compresses down to the size of a 32-ounce water bottle and has a single quilt construction for weight reduction. It also has an adjustable hem, handwarmer pockets and an included stuff sack.