Baby, it’s cold outside. And to bring the cold to its knees, you need a puffer jacket. A great men’s puffer jacket or coat will keep you insulated and toasty, regardless of the wind chill. When shopping for a puffer coat, consider the insulation type, which takes into account how well the jacket retains warmth. And look at jacket features that you need, like a slew of pockets or none at all.
Our friends at REI have some great guidelines for jacket-shopping:
- A down jacket is insulated with plumage from ducks and geese. They’re considered the warmest, but if you’re so inclined, try to find one with down that’s ethically-sourced. Other things to keep in mind is the volume of the fill. The higher the volume, the warmer the jacket. These jackets are great for everyday use. And don’t be fooled by how puffy a jacket is: It’s not a sign that it’s any warmer.
- Synthetic insulation is best when you’re looking at performance. It dries fast and is great for anyone who’s skiing, snowboarding, or hiking. The higher the number on the fill, the warmer the jacket. These are the coats you want to get if you’re planning on taking on a few Black Diamonds.
- A blend of down insulation and synthetic insulation is ideal for really hard-core activities, and when you get one of these jackets, they’re generally more affordable than a pure down coat.
Best Everyday Puffer Jacket
This pullover down jacket is your go-to for anything that life, or Mother Nature, throws your way.
You want a jacket that you can wear all year? Here you go. The Patagonia hoodie is filled with ethically-traceable down. The shell is windproof and water-resistant, and made from 100 percent recycled polyester. Because they thought of everything, there’s zippered handwarmer pockets and an interior zippered chest pocket that doubles as a stuff sack with carabiner clip-in loop.
This no-frills puffer coat keeps you as warm as you need to be, even when temps drop, and can be worn alone or with a shell.
This down jacket adjusts to your temp needs. It has 700-fill down, and is water resistant-enough to handle light rain. It also has hand, chest, and interior pockets to keep all your stuff close.
Best Lightweight Puffer Jacket
One of the most lightweight puffer jackets you can buy, this one from Eddie Bauer weighs 12 ounces.
The first thing you’ll notice is that this down jacket has no quilting. That means more thermal efficiency, which means more warmth for you. Plus, it cuts down on bulk and gives you a sleeker line. This jacket is just as great for skiing, as it is for having dinner in the West Village. The elastic binding at wrist cuffs keeps out the cold. It’ll keep you warm when it’s -15 degrees Farenheit. Bonus: It’s Responsible Down Standard-certified.
Best Hooded Puffer Jacket
This versatile jacket adjusts to your needs, thanks to its GORE-TEX shell with removable down lining, and has a lean cut we love.
If your perfect day consists of a black diamond, followed by a black coffee at the office, this is your jacket. The hoods can be cinched up and the cuffs are adjustable. The exterior of this jacket is Gore Paclite Shell, and the interior is made from insulated removable down. It’s worth noting that Burton is part of the bluesign system, which ensures that the brand uses products that minimize the impact on the environment.
Best Packable Puffer Jacket
This down jacket stays warm when it's wet outside, and is ideal for travel because it's portable enough that it packs down into its own pocket.
This down jacket keeps you warm in temperatures as low as -8 degrees Fahrenheit. It’s lightweight, with 800 fill power. It packs into its chest pocket for easy travel. It’s got a water-repellant, windproof shell fabric. And the down is sourced ethically and certified as being so by Allied Down.
Best Jacket for Skiing and Snowboarding
This performance jacket combines a waterproof shell with a fleece liner to always keep your body temperature in check.
This Columbia jacket is waterproof but breathable. It regulates your temperature with the little silver dots you see, so you don’t overheat, or freeze. Each part of the jacket can either be worn on its own, or together when you really hit brutal weather. The storm hood is removable and adjustable. There are zippered hand pockets. The fill is entirely synthetic.
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