5 Best Down Jackets for Winter


Despite El Niño’s best efforts to keep the East Coast in an unseasonable heatwave, cold temperatures are finally here to stay. With that in mind, your tired old hoody is not going to cut it when you’re out on the trail this winter. Down is far and away the best warmth-to-weight ratio insulator, and we’ve had our eyes on a few new ones this season that will surely be favorites as the temperatures continue to drop. Whether you’re looking for  down jackets for winter climbing or  sleek puffies for your cold commute, read on.

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Best Hybrid: Mammut Trovat IS Hoody $250

The new Trovat IS uses Primaloft Silver Down blend, which is a combination of synthetic insulation and duck down. That means that even if you get wet (not likely considering the outer fabric is Pertex Microlight) it will maintain loft and warmth. This is the perfect layering piece for a day of skiing or heading out to discover a ski town bar for some après drinks.

Extreme Cold: Canada Goose Expedition Parka $950

The Expedition Parka was originally designed for scientists in Antarctica, who regularly brave temperatures far below zero. It is mid thigh length, and features an elasticized snow skirt to seal out moisture and cold air. The hood is built with coyote fur and a bracing wire to help it keep shape when pulled up against the wind. If your morning consists of arctic gale force winds, we can’t imagine wearing anything else.

Best For Climbers: La Sportiva Cosmos $249

Weighing in just over three quarters of a pound, the Cosmos is an ultralight insulation layer for climbers and backcountry skiers on the move. The 700-fill power European goose down is incredibly compressible – it packs into a stow pocket for easy storage in a pack – and lofts up very quickly when unpacked. The face fabric is Bluesign approved, so you can rest assured that your jacket is eco friendly.

For The Design Conscious: Aether Apparel Loft Jacket $575

This puffy has all the design hallmarks of a classic leather moto jacket. However, with 800-fill down, a 3-layer nylon face, and a multitude of pockets (two hand, one back, and two inside the chest), this coat is ready for much colder temperatures. Aether typically has a very athletic fit, so be ready to consult their sizing chart to make sure you get the best fit.

Best For Urban Wear: Arc’teryx Veilance Monitor $1,450

For a few seasons now, Arc’teryx has been taking all the technology and lessons learned from their venerated line of climbing and ski apparel and applying that to serious urban  fashion. The Monitor Coat represents the pinnacle of that design relationship. The outer fabric is GORETEX Pro, the strongest waterproof/breathable membrane that GORE makes. 850-fill goose down lines the entire jacket from hood to mid-thigh, ensuring you’ll be warm to and from the office, even if the Polar Vortex comes knocking again.