By M. W. Byrne

19 Necessary Down Jackets to Feather Up for Winter

Even if you long ago swore off down, or have always been a feather devotee, it’s worth looking at the 19 best down jackets around right now, just in case.

REI Co-Op Down Jacket

For a low price that should appeal to the casual cold adventurer, the Co-Op is an impressive down sweater that’s easy to layer and provides as much warmth as similar 650-fill items that double-down on the price tag.


Isaora Microlight IR Down Jacket

The Microlight’s down is treated with Celliant, a mineral concoction that uses your body heat to create infrared heating that helps keep you cooking even as a HyperDry treatment evaporates any moisture that seeps beneath the micro ripstop shell.


Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer

The hydrophobic down is Q Shield DWR infused, and then covered over with 7D X 10D ripstop fabric that’s tough enough for most conditions.


Patagonia Ultralight Down Hoody

This wins the award for IT-factor, as it’s just fun to wear. Not thick enough to act as a jacket alone in the dead of winter, it’s better as an active coverup or for tossing on during a few flurries.


Arc’teryx Thorium SV

A combination of 750-fill down hits high, with Coreloft synthetic insulation coming in low to cover the most precious spots.


Rab Neutrino Endurance Jacket

Alpine hikers and mountaineers will want to see if they can bear this juggernaut, as it’s made for heading right into the teeth of a cold front with a laugh and a wink.