When it’s sub-zero outside – on those cold winter days that make you feel like you’re limbs are literally going to freeze solid and snap off – it’s at this very moment that we say – thank you, Mr Eddie Bauer, for creating the puffer! You’re a bloody legend.
Yes, it was the famous American outerwear creator that first designed the jacket, using duck down and quilted fabrics after he nearly froze to death on a fishing excursion. And the fact that this was all the way back in the 1930s proves what a highly practical and timeless piece it has remained since.
There have obviously been a few modern variations over the years but the concept pretty much remains the same. The key is understanding where you want to wear it, and what for.
So listen up!
What Is The Best Puffer Jacket Insulation?
Down Puffer Jacket Insulation
First, there are a few things you’ll want to consider, such as how your puffer’s insulation performs in the conditions you’re going to use it in. If you’re buying goose or duck down, then be aware that moisture such as rain and snow can quickly turn you into a shivering wreck without the right exterior shell – so water resistance is really important.
Synthetic Puffer Jacket Insulation
If you’re using your jacket to explore the great outdoors, synthetic insulation offers great movement, warmth and breathability on climbs, slopes or altitude treks. They’re also great for transitions in varying conditions and generally easier to store. Synthetic is less green in an ever more eco-conscious world, however, strides have been made to change this recently, and you can even buy synthetic-down hybrids.
Hooded Puffer Jacket
There are also other things to think of, such as do you need a hood to protect yourself from winds? Do you need a hip cut to free up leg movement or something longer if you plan to be less mobile?
Whether you’re out for a statement winter piece or something for your next mountain adventure – here we’ll help you find the perfect puffer to keep you snug and stylish throughout the cold season.
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The North Face
Most of The North Face's puffer jackets use 100% duck down but also feature a DWR (Durable Water Repellent) shell that offers great protection from the wind and rain.
Their fantastic range of puffer jackets will keep you warm when you’re on the go, whether you’re on your way to meet mates or you're on that chilly morning commute. Insulated by 90% down and 10% feathers and featuring water-repellent (for light rain) nylon shells, Uniqlo have puffer jackets in an array of colours and styles that will all keep you warm in effortless style.
Incredibly stretchy, perfect for treks and climbs, as well as being light and easy to pack. Mountain Hardware's puffers are made with a knit fabric that offers more comfort than standard down alternatives and retains maximum loft even when wet. For an allrounder puffer jacket, you can't go past Mountain Hardware.
ASOS Design has a huge range of puffer jackets; from long lengths to short, and in every colour imaginable. If you’re after a puffer jacket that’ll give you a cool street-style edge but will also let you stay warm in colder temperatures, ASOS Design is the brand for you.
Their Cerium LT Jacket is a versatile, lightweight puffer with exceptional warmth. It can be worn as a mid-layer or on its own whether you’re trekking cross-country or popping into town for a spot of shopping. Arcteryx has used down composite mapping to give a trimmer, insulated fit without losing out on warmth - all protected by The Arato 10 shell.
Boohoo Man’s range of men’s puffer jackets has stylishly reinvented the winter wardrobe staple, with sharp shoulders, fashionable finishes, and contemporary colourways. Boohoo Man’s puffer jackets will allow you to stay warm while staying on trend.
Their take on the puffer jacket slightly reinvents the classic puffer style and is somewhere between a bomber and a ski jacket. Either way, Stone Island's puffer jackets look great, and with most featuring a full down fill with a nylon shell, they will definitely keep you warm and cosy.
With water-repellent technologies, Belstaff's puffer jackets are designed to hold their own whether you’re commuting to work or hiking in the great outdoors, Belstaff’s puffers all exude style and substance.
Fjallraven's men's puffer jackets will keep you feeling super warm thanks to duck downs and feather fills, nylon DWR shells (free from PFC), and a zip closures with storm flaps for those cutting winter winds.
The ripstop shell is made from 100% recycled polyester with DWR properties and a brick quilted pattern. Excellent warmth is assured thanks to 60g Prima-Loft Gold Insulation, which is a blend of highly compressible, recycled fabrics that also offer water resistance. It’s also bluesign and fairtrade certified, meaning it’s not only made from sustainable fabrics but it’s also ethically produced.
River Island has a small range of puffer jackets in modern urban styles as well as classic quilted styles. Available in timeless blacks, navys, and khakis, River Island’s puffer jackets will keep you warm in sleek style.
Moncler’s puffer jacket range is nothing short of extensive, and all are just as capable as the next; exuding Moncler style in spades and all filled with down insulation, a Moncler puffer jacket will keep you warm in style.
Their Trekker jacket performs best during transitional periods between Autumn and Winter, although unfortunately it might not hold up against sub-zero temperatures. But as a breathable, waterproof layer that benefits from synthetic insulation that will indeed stand up against inclement weather, it’s one of the best currently available.