But how do you pick the perfect jacket? You have to think about the insulation – down feathers or synthetic fibers – as well as the jacket’s features and how much use you can get out of it.
A down jacket is a great option because it provides the most warmth for the least weight. It’s puffy but light. A water-repellent down jacket is even better because its molecular-level polymer will resist moisture. The bigger the thickness of the insulation, the warmer you stay.
You also have to consider the synthetic materials. You want your jacket to withstand cold weather, including wind, snow or rain. But you also want it to be functional so you can move freely in a chilly environment. The plasticized fibers in the jacket have the same function as the down feathers, the “original insulator,” but the synthetic materials don’t form lumps when the jackets get wet and they dry out much quicker.
A proper jacket for cold weather can be a lifesaver. Whether you’re in a snowbank deep in the backcountry, or walking home late night from the bar, puffy jackets rule the cold. By design the loft keeps chills at bay so you can go about your business. They have a way of just make freezing temps easier to endure.