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 best down jackets to keep you warm this winter

The North Face Quilted Down Jacket

£250

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The best down jackets to keep you warm this winter

Canada Goose Macmillan Down Jacket

£795

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The best down jackets to keep you warm this winter

Moncler Grenoble Hintertux Down Jacket

£920

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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.

The best down jackets to keep you warm this winter

Canada Goose Brookvale Jacket

£495

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The best down jackets to keep you warm this winter

Arc’Teryx Cerium Down Hoody

£320

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The best down jackets to keep you warm this winter

Patagonia Quilted Down Jacket

£220

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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.

The best down jackets to keep you warm this winter

Brunello Cucinelli Quilted Down Gilet

£1080

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The best down jackets to keep you warm this winter

Moncler Arv Quilted Shell Gilet

£535

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The best down jackets to keep you warm this winter

Orlebar Brown Aidey Down Gilet

£295

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