The best down jackets to keep you warm this winter
If you're looking for a heavy duty jacket to fight the frosts, or something sleeveless to slip under your suit, we've got you covered — literally
With winter well underway, you’re likely freezing. We know we are. But, if you’re still struggling along with the classic overcoat and scarf combo, you’ve got no-one to blame for your discomfort except yourself.
Down jackets, if you hadn’t heard, are having something of a moment. They’re padding onto the scene, stuffed with the finest feathers and offering winter warmth to their wearers. So, whether you’re in need of something heavy duty to see you through until the end of the February frosts, or just a simple sleeveless jacket to take the edge off, we’ve got you covered…
For insulation like no other, invest in a heavy down jacket
If you’re an outdoorsman, spend a lot of time exploring and walking in the countryside, or just tend to feel inordinately cold throughout the winter months, then there are few better solutions than a heavyweight down jacket.
From The North Face, this retro-styled Nuptse Quilted jacket found its fame on the streets of downtown Manhattan almost thirty years ago — despite being named for Everest’s western peak. Kings of outerwear, Canada Goose, have created this Macmillan parka to tackle the harshest climates with minimal fuss, and Moncler are adding a dash of colour to the category with their striking red Hintertux offering.
The North Face Quilted Down Jacket
Canada Goose Macmillan Down Jacket
Moncler Grenoble Hintertux Down Jacket
If you’re looking for a mid-layer, go lightweight
For those of you looking to wear a down jacket as a style statement rather than a practical coat, the lightweight mid-layer is ideal. Thin enough to fit under everything from a suit jacket to an overshirt, it’ll also keep you warm through the big chill.
From Canada Goose, this Brookvale is hooded and will keep you comfortably warm without feeling bulky. Arc-Teryx have also stepped up with their own hoody, the Cerium LT — which comes in a variety of 8 different colours. Or, for a classic navy jacket, turn to Patagonia for a traditional elasticated-cuff, durable ripstop option.
Canada Goose Brookvale Jacket
Arc’Teryx Cerium Down Hoody
Patagonia Quilted Down Jacket
The sleeveless option is ideal for the end of winter
As we move into spring, the weather is unpredictable to say the least. The perfect compromise between throwing on a jacket or leaving it at home, the sleeveless gilet is a godsend during these uncertain months.
Brunello Cucinelli’s offering is simply styled, but impeccably made to ensure it bridges the gap between tailoring and sportswear. From Moncler, this down gilet is packed with insulating down, encased in waterproof shell and fitted with an internal zipped pocket to keep your phone and keys secure. Or, for an alternative, look to Orlebar Brown, whose Aidey gilet comes with flexible armholes so your movement isn’t restricted.
Brunello Cucinelli Quilted Down Gilet
Moncler Arv Quilted Shell Gilet
Orlebar Brown Aidey Down Gilet
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