Insulated Jacket Buyer's Guide
The insulated jacket—AKA the “puffy”— is often the outdoor enthusiast’s most precious article of clothing. It’s a shield against the elements, useful across all seasons: in the thick of winter, the insulated jacket is a primary source of warmth under a ski shell. In spring and fall, the puffy comes on and off to help maintain core temperatures as weather fluctuates. Even in summer, it’s the ultimate insurance policy, stuffed in a backpack during a hike, just in case there’s a storm or, heaven forbid, an injury that forces an unplanned overnight in the woods.