When it’s cold enough outside to make your face hurt, having a super-warm coat is a must. If you’re on the hunt for one, let us point you toward the best puffer jackets for this season. Thanks to their lightweight insulation and oftentimes layerable designs, these jackets can make spending time outside in the winter actually delightful (even when it’s frigid).
What to look for in a puffer jacket
When shopping for outerwear like a puffer jacket, comfort is key (and that applies to how it fits and how warm it’ll keep you). You can go with a jacket that’s more snug if you’re planning to layer it under a heavier coat (and use it on its own in warmer months). But if you want to wear a chunky sweater or hoodie under it without feeling like the little brother from A Christmas Story, an oversized puffer might be the best choice. Either way, you should pay attention to how the arms fit (you don’t want wind going up your sleeves) and choose a length that works for you, whether that’s something that hits right at your hips or a longer parka style to cover your butt.
You’ll also want to think about the conditions you’re most likely to use the jacket in, which will help you pick out the right material. Both down puffer jackets and ones that use synthetic insulation will keep you warm, but the former won’t insulate well if it gets too wet, and can even get mildewy if it doesn’t dry right. Synthetic materials or down alternatives are better suited for rain and wet snow.
Now that you know how to narrow down what’s out there, check out these 12 puffer jacket options to find your new favorite cold-weather companion.
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