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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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