This photos shows multiple best down jackets together including the REI Co-op Magma 850 Down Jacket, Eddie Bauer MicroTherm StormDown Jacket, KUHL Spyfire Down Jacket and more.
Chris Maxcer

The 29 Best Down Jackets for 2019

Man Makes Fire is reader-supported. When you buy gear using retail links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission that helps pay for our work. Learn more.

There is no one single best down jacket, and that’s a good thing because it means we have choices — there are many best down jackets. Everyone has different body types, does different sports, has different budgets, and needs different levels of insulation, breathability, and waterproofness. In fact, as we see it, there are 29 best down jackets that span three key categories. This might sound daunting, but it’s not: If you understand the key elements that go into your own best down jacket decision, it’s pretty easy to find the best lightweight down jacket for you. First, we’ll review what you need to know to choose the best down jacket for 2019 and beyond, ranging from truly technical ultralight down jackets to the warmest down jacket and coats. Next, we list our favorite down jackets and coats, highlighting their key features to help narrow your down jacket decision.

Best Down Jacket: Two Types of Down Insulation

This down jacket product image shows a blue Arc'teryx Thorium AR men's down jacket next to a black Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer men's down jacket.
The best down jacket could be ultralight, midweight, or heavyweight: Check out our top 29 best down jacket picks for outdoor adventure in 2019.

Down is basically the ultralight and ultra-fuzzy plumage from geese or ducks. It’s one of nature’s most amazing insulating materials — it’s lighter and better than any synthetic insulation. Down is measured by fill power, which ranges from 550-650 on the entry-level end to 850-900 or so on the high end. The fill power is a measurement for the fluffiness of the down — higher fill power means the down fibers can trap more air, which provides more insulation. Still, even 650 fill power down is very good compared to synthetics. There is one major problem with even the best down jackets: If the down gets wet, its insulating properties plummet. To combat this, the best down jacket brands often use chemically treated down that creates a water-resistant coating to transform it into what’s called hydrophobic down. There are a few different brand names for the treatments, but the effect is similar. Hydrophobic down resists moisture in the form of rain, sweat or water vapor produced by your own body. If you’re highly active, always error toward hydrophobic down. If you plan to wear your down jacket in wet weather, for instance, you’ll want to layer it under a waterproof shell like a rain jacket or ski jacket. In fact, two light layers — a down jacket with a waterproof jacket over the top — combine to create a super warm system that’s great for snow sports and even backpacking in the mountains.

Best Down Jacket: Ultralight or Ultra Puffy?

best down jacket fit
Most down jackets are sized to fit both a short-sleeve and long-sleeve layer underneath.

Your major choice in finding your best down jacket is choosing to go with an ultralight down jacket, a lightweight down jacket, or a heavyweight down jacket. For our purposes, ultralight down jackets are technical marvels that use super thin fabrics and very light zippers to create a down jacket that can weigh just 9 ounces or less and/or have a combination of technical features. Lightweight down jackets use slightly heavier materials, might use more down fibers, and weigh around 12-16 ounces — you could call these midweight down jackets, but we don’t like to call these midweight jackets because they are still very light! Heavyweight down jackets are more like down coats or parkas. The shell material may or may not be more robust, but the down fill baffles will be larger and contain a lot more down — think very puffy. What about true mountaineering or expedition-class down jackets? These are highly specialized jackets. They’re usually only worth the cost if you’re going to climb a snow-covered mountain and put your life at risk.

Down Jackets: Fit

This down jacket photo shows the men's Patagonia Down Sweater on a white background.
The popular Patagonia Down Sweater is one of the all-time best down jackets.

Down jackets are generally made for layering — they are cut so you can wear a base layer or t-shirt as well as a long-sleeve shirt underneath the down jacket. Sizing is usually pretty accurate, but if you’re a tall thin guy, you’ll want to pay close attention. Some brands and models provide more torso space than others. Average builds win out with down jackets. Men and women looking for more athletic cuts should carefully read the descriptions below, and if your best down jacket will be worn over just a t-shirt, you might want to size down for a slimmer fit.

Down jackets often look a bit blocky when you first buy them. Once you wear them in, the exterior fabric will soften and look more rounded and natural. So if your brand new down jacket sleeve — which was folded during shipping or sat on a hanger for 6 months — looks funny, your own best down jacket should start looking normal after you wear it for a few days.

Down Jackets: Durable Water Repellant (DWR) Shells

this best down jacket image shows snow on the dwr waterproofing coating on an Eddie Bauer down jacket.
The best down jackets have DWR coatings.

Some of the best down jackets have a chemical coating on the outer shell that repels water. These coatings are pretty much never fully waterproof, but they can shed a lot of water when they’re new. DWR coatings are desirable but not mandatory, especially if you pack a waterproof shell for layering for wet weather. After a year or two, expect the DWR coating to wear off your best down jacket, after which you can often refresh it with some spray-on options.

Hooded Down Jackets?

One of the toughest questions you’ll face is this: Should you choose a hooded down jacket? Hoods can offer extra warmth, of course, and they often look cool. If you’re going to layer your down jacket under a rain jacket or snow-ready shell that already has a hood, we usually recommend that you skip the hood. But still, hoods are great, especially if you’re going to be wearing your down jacket around town.

Best Down Jackets: Ultralight & Technical 2019

This best down jacket shows the REI Co-op Magma 850 Down Hoodie down jacket.
The new REI Co-op Magma 850 Down Hoodie features an ultralight Pertex ripstop shell and is designed for outdoor action. On sale now!

1. REI Co-op Magma 850 Down Hoodie

The new REI Co-op Magma 850 Down Hoodie uses a Pertex Diamond Fuse ripstop shell. The woven filaments of this shell are diamond shaped instead of simply rounded, which lets them lock together to make the fabric more abrasion-resistant. The shell is also treated with a DWR finish to protect against light rain. The down is high-quality 850-fill DWR-treated goose down. The underarm baffles are smaller for better arm movement, and a drawcord hem helps seal out drafts. It includes an interior chest pocket plus two hand warmer pockets positioned to accommodate hip belts. Regular fit, about 13.75 ounces, fantastic price-to-value ratio. Learn more: Men’s | Women’s

2. Arc’teryx Cerium LT Down Jacket

Arc’teryx consistently produces awesome backcountry gear and the Cerium could make most anyone’s best down jacket shortlist. At 9.9 ounces, the Cerium LT uses a 850-fill power European white goose down in the torso and arms but uses a synthetic Coreloft insulation for the shoulder and collar, which is better for durability under a backpack as well as potential wetness from rain. The DWR shell is made of Arato 10 ripstop nylon. The Cerium looks superb, has a trim fit, is very functional, and has impeccable design. Learn more: Men’s | Men’s Hooded | Women’s | Women’s Hooded

Shop direct from Arc’teryx and get free 2-3 day express shipping and free returns!

3. Canada Goose Hybridge Lite Hoody

This best down jackets photo shows the Canada Goose Hybride Lite Down Jacket in the men's red version.
Canada Goose Hybridge Lite

Made in Canada, the Canada Goose Hybridge Lite Hoody is one of the most expensive down jackets going today, but it’s loaded with features, starting with 800-fill-power goose down. It weighs just 9.6 ounces but Canada Goose packs in two hand pockets, two chest pockets, and an internal mesh stretch pocket. Plus it has a stretch Lycra hood edge, and the sleeves have thumbholes — and pretty much everyone loves thumbholes. The sides are made from a stretchy material which makes the Hybridge Lite suitable for active wearers, but that stretch design also helps ensure a trim fit. The 10D outer fabric has a DWR coating to fend off some moisture, but it is super thin, so wear a protective shell in the woods. Still, Canada Goose has created something special here: The Hybridge Lite is able to show off its technical construction and hints at its interior down insulation in a way that elevates it into a something downright stylish. It even has reflective tape on the back of the hood for nighttime visibility. If you can afford it, choose a Hybridge Lite and don’t look back. Oh, one more thing: There’s a sweet camo version, too. Learn more: Men’s | Men’s Hooded | Women’s | Women’s Hooded

best down jacket ghost whisperer
The Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer down jacket is ultralight but retains key features like pockets and a drawcord hem.

4. Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer

The Ghost Whisperer is a long-term favorite for ultralight high-performance down jackets. It uses 800-fill Q.Shield hydrophobic treated down with smaller baffles that are nicely packed with down. The shell is made from a thin and ultralight Whisperer ripstop nylon. And the weight? It’s down to 7 ounces (8.75 ounces in XL — read our review). It is surprisingly warm. Because it’s been such a hit over the years, Mountain Hardwear makes it in many colors, usually with a glossy sheen. (You can sometimes find some less popular colors at clearance pricing.) The one downside is that Ghost Whisperer fabric is thin and can tear if you wear it in the woods without a shell — so pack a GearAid adhesive patch in the backcountry. Size down if you want a trimmer fit — we find that it runs slightly big in the body. Learn more: Men’s | Men’s Hooded | Women’s | Women’s Hooded

The L.L. Bean Down Sweater has an excellent price-to-value ratio and weighs in at just 10 ounces.

5. L.L.Bean Ultralight 850 Down Sweater

The L.L.Bean Ultralight 850 Down Sweater is one of the few down jackets that come in “tall” versions, too, which is great for those who have longer arms. Weighing in at about 10 ounces, it has 850-fill power water-resistant DownTek down and classic styling. It is slightly fitted and has an adjustable drawcord at the waist. Most importantly, if you want to size down to get a trimmer fit, the extra sleeve length is particularly nice for those of us with long arms. One last point here: Comes with L.L.Bean’s legendary customer satisfaction guarantee. Learn more: Men’s | Men’s Hooded | Women’s | Women’s Hooded

6. Montbell Plasma 1000 Down Jacket

Weighing in at a mind-blowing 4.8 ounces, the Plasma 1000 is even lighter than the Mountain Hardware Ghost Whisperer. To reach this level of lightness, Montbell uses the best down and then makes some sacrifices. What sacrifices? The Plasma 1000 does not have pockets, nor does it have a drawcord to seal out drafts. The exterior fabric is super thin, too, so much so that Montbell warns that it requires special care. Despite the drawbacks, the Plasma has its fans. Learn more: Men’s | Men’s Hooded | Women’s

Huge CLEARANCE savings on down jackets at CampSaver — Patagonia, Mountain Hardwear, Marmot and more, plus free shipping on orders over $50.

7. Helly Hansen Odin Veor Jacket

This brand new down jacket from Helly Hansen excels in ventilation. It has frontside-oriented pit zips along with underarm stretch softshell breathable panels. These features alone make for great heat-dumping capabilities when you’re working hard, but Helly Hansen takes ventilation to a whole new level: the company added slots — basically holes — into the lower back of the jacket that are covered by floppy overlapping insulated baffles. By having both the pit zips and the back slots, you can create airflow that lets your own water vapor escape and help you regulate your temperature on the go. So cool. The down insulation is 800 fill power and the 25D shell has a DWR coating. The technical design and sweet pockets come with a slight weight cost, though: The Odin Veor weighs in at 17 oz. Learn more: Men’s Hooded | Women’s Hooded

best down jacket eddie bauer
What the Eddie Bauer MicroTherm StormDown Jacket lacks in puffiness, it makes up with hydrophobic down, a windproof DWR shell, and excellent style.

8. Eddie Bauer MicroTherm 2.0 StormDown Jacket

The Eddie Bauer MicroTherm StormDown Jacket is a bit of an anomaly: It’s a down jacket but it’s not really designed to be a “puffy” down jacket. It starts off a little flat looking, but once you put it on and wear it around, it begins to look great. It is one of the thinner down jackets available, and the baffles have an interesting size and angle pattern, so if you’re unsure about the full-on traditional puffy look, the MicroTherm StormDown should make your shortlist. We were skeptical at first but became fans (see full review of the 1.0 version). It has a DWR finish, but more importantly it’s windproof, and has hydrophobic “StormDown.” Plus, it is one of the few jackets that have tall versions. A Tall XL fits a 6’3” 225-pound athletic guy snug in the torso and its arms are plenty long, but shorten to perfection once you wear it around, which lets the baffles expand more. It has stretch panels for decent movement around the shoulders, too. What about the 2.0 changes to the previous version? Fit is a bit better, it’s slightly longer, the fabric is softer, and you now get a drawcord at the hem to seal out the cold. Learn more: Men’s | Men’s Hooded | Women’s | Women’s Hooded

Shop the Spring Sale at — up to 50% off most everything!

9. Feathered Friends Eos Down Jacket

This best down jacket photo shows the Feathered Friends Eos Down Jacket.
The Feathered Friends Eos Down Jacket boasts 900-fill power down.

Feathered Friends uses super high-quality 900+ fill down, but what’s most great about Feathered Friends is that the company is an enthusiast craftsmanship-focused small business that manufactures in the U.S. And when it comes to the best down jackets, this is rare. The fit and finish is fantastic — utterly, truly fantastic. It has a slim fit without binding anywhere. It’s big enough to layer underneath and trim enough to layer over. We’re huge fans. The average weight of the Eos is 10.6 oz, but the overall construction and quality of its down elevates the timeless Eos design to create a down jacket that is everything you need it to be and nothing you don’t. We took the Eos backpacking in the Eagle Cap Wilderness in August and were treated to three inches of snow (Eos review here). All that was needed was a t-shirt, the Eos and a rain jacket shell for toasty, nimble warmth. If you want to support a high-quality U.S. manufactured down-filled jacket, sleeping bag, or quilt, check out Feathered Friends. Plus, if you’re in the Seattle area, check out their store to see their jackets in person. Learn more: Men’s Hooded | Women’s Hooded

10. Mammut Broad Peak Down Jacket

Mammut makes a lot of high-quality, technical alpine gear, and the Broad Peak jacket is our favorite for its overall design. It uses 850 fill power goose down (10% feathers), a water repellant outer shell, a chest pocket, and hand pockets situated higher than usual for accessibility while wearing a backpack or climbing harness. It has a trim, athletic fit. Learn more: Men’s | Men’s Hooded

Best Down Jackets: Lightweight & Versatile 2019

best down jacket arc'teryx thorium
The classically stylish Arc’teryx Thorium down jacket boasts high-end construction with a seriously great zipper.

11. Arc’teryx Thorium AR Down Jacket

Arc’teryx Thorium is a lot like the Cerium but it uses 40D mini-ripstop nylon with a DWR finish and 750-fill goose down in the torso — while also using synthetic Coreloft insulation in the collar and shoulders. Get the Thorium instead of ultralight Cerium if you want the slightly tougher 40D fabric and bomber zipper — seriously, we love this zipper. Arc’teryx says the fit is regular, but we find it slightly trimmer than most regular fit down jackets, making it great for most everyone. Learn more: Men’s | Men’s Hooded | Women’s | Women’s Hooded

12. Patagonia Down Sweater

You can’t go wrong with any Patagonia down jacket or layer, but the Patagonia Down Sweater has 800-fill goose down with 20 x 30D recycled polyester ripstop fabric with a DWR finish. It’s solid, lightweight and dependable, and it includes an interior chest pocket and drawcord waist. The regular weighs about 13.1 ounces. Nothing fancy about the regular-fit looks, but it’s altogether excellent in function and craftsmanship. Again, it’s another long-time Patagonia fan favorite. Learn more: Men’s | Men’s Hooded | Women’s | Women’s Hooded

best down jacket stretchdown
The Mountain Hardwear StretchDown Jacket uses welded channels to let the jacket stretch during high activity.

13. Mountain Hardwear StretchDown Jacket

The StretchDown uses a welded channel construction instead of stitched thread to create the baffles. The result is a down jacket that stretches, giving you better range of motion during activities. The downside is that it weighs in at just over 1 pound — compared to most fleece and soft-shell jackets it is still pretty light. The 750 fill power Q.Shield down is treated. The fit is standard and Mountain Hardwear says it’s aimed at the ski and snowboard crowd. Mountain Hardwear makes a few versions, including the StretchDown RS, which is a bit lighter at 13 ounces. The “RS” stands for the 15D Ghost Lite Ripstop fabric body, which is more tear resistant but also less stretchy. The RS also has a trimmer fit. Meanwhile, be sure to check out the StretchDown DS with the new baffle design and even better “dynamic stretch.” Learn more: Men’s | Men’s Hooded | Women’s | Women’s Hooded

14. Rab Microlight Down Jacket

Uses a Pertex Microlight fabric with a DWR coating and 750-fill Nikwax Hydrophobic European goose down insulation. A size large weighs about 13 ounces. Aside from the moisture resistance and excellent overall quality, the Microlight’s best feature is its extra slim and stylish design. Learn more: Men’s | Men’s Hooded | Women’s | Women’s Hooded

15. Stio Pinion Down Sweater

This is a product photo of the Stio Pinion Down Sweater jacket.
Stio men’s Pinion Down Sweater has a near-perfect trim fit.

The Stio Pinion Down Sweater is a mountain-town down jacket that fits the Jackson Hole, Wyoming manufacturer’s outdoor ethos — to produce clothes for outdoor enthusiasts for both the “epic and everyday” moments of their lives. We’re on board with that, and the Pinion Down Sweater doesn’t disappoint. The Pinion has 800 fill power hydrophobic goose down. The shell is made from 20d Pertex Quantum Shadow Rip Nylon fabric, which is basically a lightweight ripstop with a tight weave that’s surprisingly supple. A DWR coating sheds light moisture, and the whole jacket weighs in at a respectable 11 ounces. The zipper is fantastic for this class of lightweight down jacket, but the best feature is the Pinion’s trim fit. The torso is slimmer than most down jackets, but not so trim that you’ll have to avoid the holiday eating season — so don’t size down or up unless you’re super skinny or extra heavy. Check out our full Pinion review for more detail. Oh, one more thing: The sleeves are long enough to cover your wrists when you get active, which is a pleasant surprise. Learn more: Men’s | Women’s

best down jacket kuhl spyfire
The excellent style of the KUHL Spyfire down jacket grabs attention yet performs well outside.

16. KUHL Spyfire Down Jacket

If you want a lightweight down jacket that doesn’t look like a down jacket, the KUHL Spyfire is for you. It’s decidedly stylish and seems to look great on most everyone . . . but it is built to handle more outdoor adventure than you might think. For instance, the soft shell reinforced shoulders are strong enough to let you carry skis or equipment with sharp edges. The Spyfire is water-resistant, windproof, and uses 800-fill goose down. If you want a down jacket that can transition from snowshoeing in the woods to hanging out in a mountain town, it’s hard to go wrong with the KUHL Spyfire Down Jacket.  Learn more: Men’s | Men’s Hooded | Women’s | Women’s Hooded

17. Eddie Bauer Downlight StormDown Jacket

While the MicroTherm version above is thinner, the Downlight StormDown Jacket has a more classic down baffle design for a bit more puff. It has a tall version, too. The fit is a classic universal fit, which means there will be more room around the torso — but it has a drawcord. DWR finish plus 800 fill StormDown. Learn more: Men’s | Men’s Hooded | Women’s | Women’s Hooded

18. Columbia Voodoo Falls 590 TurboDown Hooded Jacket

This best down jacket photo shows the Columbia Voodoo Falls 590 TurboDown Hooded Jacket in the men's Navy Topo Fade Print color option.
The Voodoo Falls 590 TurboDown down jacket now comes in tall versions.

Columbia’s Voodoo Falls 590 TurboDown line of down jackets now come in tall versions . . . as well as big versions. This is awesome news for those of us who aren’t an average size but still want a great fit. Better yet, Columbia’s Voodoo Falls 590 TurboDown series offers an excellent midrange price-to-value ratio. The 550-fill-power down isn’t the fluffiest grade of down, but it’s combined with a Columbia Omni-Heat thermal reflective layer to help reflect your own body heat back to you. Plus, it includes 40g of Microtemp XF II polyester insulation, which if you’re doing math, leads to the “590” in the jacket’s name. But that’s not all, Columbia welded the Voodoo Falls 590 TurboDown Jacket with wavelike baffles that combine three offset layers of insulation to avoid cold spots that can come through stitching areas. This leads to better heat retention. The shell includes a DWR coating. If you don’t want the hood, you can nab a non-hooded version, too. Columbia offers the Voodoo Falls in several standard sorts of colors, but the Navy Topo Fade Print that fades from a bright blue to a darker blue? Very nice. Learn more: Men’s | Women’s | Women’s Plus Size

19. REI Co-op 650 Down Jacket

This best down jackets photo shows the REI Co-op 650 Down Jacket men's version.
The REI Co-op 650 is our favorite down jacket under $100.

The REI Co-op 650 Down Jacket offers one of the best overall price-to-value ratios. The men’s version only weighs 10.5 ounces, which is surprisingly competitive for the price point. The 650-fill-power down isn’t the fluffiest, but the REI Co-op 650 Down Jacket will stuff down into its own pocket. Both pockets are zippered, which we always appreciate. The nylon shell fabric has a DWR finish. The sizing is about average — but only size down for a trim fit if you also have average length arms. For bigger guys, the REI Co-op 650 Down Jacket sizes up to a XXXL. All-in-all, the the REI Co-op 650 Down Jacket is an affordable, no-frills jacket that does its job — in fact, it’s easily our favorite down jacket under $100. The men’s hoodie version is a bit more, as is the women’s down parka option — but they’re still great values at can’t-go-wrong pricing. Learn more: Men’s | Men’s Hooded | Women’s | Women’s Parka

best down jacket cabelas northport
The RedHead NorthPort Down Jacket is one of the very best entry-level options for 2019.

20. Cabela’s & Bass Pro Shops North Port Down Jacket

The Bass Pro Shops acquisition of Cabela’s has resulted in a few product changes and merged lines, which includes the down jacket formerly known as the Cabela’s North Port Down Jacket (read our previous review). For men, it’s now called the RedHead North Port Down Jacket and for women it is the Natural Reflections North Port Down Jacket. Either way, the North Port series is the most affordable jacket on this list — and it’s surprisingly good. This 650-fill-power puffy uses a 80/20 down/feather blend but the 20-denier nylon-taffeta shell is good at keeping the down/feather blend inside the baffles. The fit is regular, and it has a bottom drawcord for keeping out drafts. An XL weighs just 11.6 ounces. There is nothing is truly outstanding about this down jacket, but everything is surprisingly good — especially the can’t-go-wrong entry-level down jacket price point. Oh, one more thing: The Cabela’s North Port Down Jacket for Kids is quite a value for under $50 — interestingly, as of this fall, the kids Cabela’s kids version was only available through Bass Pro Shops. Learn more: Men’s | Women’s

21. Outdoor Research Transcendent Down Sweater

This 650-fill goose down jacket packs into its own pocket, has a timeless design and a handy chest pocket. It comes in at about 13 ounces, and OR makes it in a variety of excellent colors. The big win here is the price-to-value ratio — it’s spot on. OR doesn’t make a women’s version, though — try the OR hooded Verismo instead. Learn more: Men’s | Men’s Hooded

Best Down Jackets: Heavyweight 2019

22. Rab Neutrino Endurance Jacket

This technical mountaineering jacket boasts 800 fill-power goose down and uses a combination of lightweight and water-resistant fabrics. If you fear the cold and want hard-core warmth, the Neutrino Endurance is for you. The mid-level pricing for this jacket is great, too. Learn more: Men’s Hooded | Women’s Hooded

best down jacket kuhl firestorm
The KUHL Firestorm Down Jacket combines fabrics with an innovative style that looks fantastic and still excels in cold weather.

23. KUHL Firestorm Down Jacket

If you’re looking for a down jacket that doesn’t look like everyone else’s puffy, the KUHL Firestorm is for you. The outdoor/mountain style factor is through the roof but the Firestorm doesn’t sacrifice on performance, either. KUHL combines multiple fabrics with a DWR finish, including a two-layer wool overlay at the front and top of the sleeves. It’s packed with 800-fill goose down. The main zipper and front zippers are water resistant. You get two chest pockets, an interior pocket, hand warmer pockets, plus inside stow pockets for gear like your goggles. The thumb holes in the sleeves are sometimes handy, too. The large is 23.7 ounces, which isn’t the lightest in this category, but you choose the Firestorm for the style and functional durability. Learn more: Men’s | Men’s Hooded | Women’s | Women’s Hooded

best down coat lightline
The Mountain Equipment Lightline down coat is a great value with a classic design that features a cool zip-off hood.

24. Mountain Equipment Lightline

There is a lot to appreciate about the Lightline, starting with the reasonable price. It’s a bit heavier than some lighter down coats, but it’s packed with 675 fill-power duck down. It boasts a windproof and water-resistant Drilite shell. It straddles the line between a down parka that can handle challenging environments with a price and style that works for casual use, too. Velcro cuffs, adjustable hem, and get this: It has a fully-adjustable zip-off hood. Men’s (with zip-off hood) | Women’s (with zip-off hood)

25. Marmot Guides Down Hoody

The Marmot Guides Down Hoody uses 700 fill power down with Marmot’s hydrophobic Down Defender coating and a DWR coating on the nylon shell. Zippered hand warmer pockets, chest pocket, interior pockets, and adjustable Velcro cuffs. You get an elastic drawcord at the hem, as well as Marmot’s “Angle-Wing Movement” design, which gives you plenty of mobility around your arms and shoulders. It’s a classic overall design, built with Marmot excellence. Learn More: Men’s Hooded | Women’s Hooded

best down coat outdoor research floodlight
The excellent Outdoor Research Floodlight Jacket is waterproof, windproof, breathable, and boasts fully-taped seams.

26. Outdoor Research Floodlight Down Jacket

The OR Floodlight is waterproof, windproof, breathable, and fully seam-taped . . . and it uses 800 fill power goose down. Hook/loop cuffs, elastic drawcord hem, and chest pocket. A lot of greatness packed into this one — especially if you’re expecting big wet snowflakes. Hooded only! Learn more: Men’s Hooded | Women’s Hooded

27. Montbell Mirage Parka

At first glance, the Mirage Parka is just another well-constructed down coat . . . until you realize that it’s very light — starting at about 12.8 ounces. It uses 900 fill power down, has a DWR treatment, and it features drawcord at the hem that you can adjust with your hands inside the hand warmer pockets. Plus it has two internal stuff pockets. (And we like pockets.) Learn more: Men’s Hooded

28. The North Face 1996 Retro Nuptse Jacket

This best down jackets photo shows The North Face 1996 Retro Nuptse Down Jacket in the men's Aztec Blue.
The North Face brings back the 1996 Nuptse down jacket. Nice.

This year, The North Face has brought back the classic styling of its iconic Nuptse Jacket from its 1996 collection. The “new” 1996 Retro Nuptse is a big and unapologetic puffy that’s insanely warm and looks as good on a city street as it does on the sidewalk of a mountain town. Nobody looks slim in this jacket, but somehow everyone looks good in it — and in the 1996 Nuptse Vest, too. If you’re stuck on a gift idea this year, it’s hard to go wrong with a 1996 Retro Nuptse — the North Face was onto something special in 1996, no doubt about it. You get oversize down baffles with the original shiny ripstop fabric. The shell has a DWR coating to fend off snow and light rain, and it comes with a stowable hood that packs into the collar. The goose down is 700-fill-power. Despite the size, it packs down into its own pocket, includes an internal zippered pocket, and has adjustable Velcro cuff tabs and a bungee cinch at the hem to help you seal out cold drafts. Oh, one more thing: We like the burly front zipper. Learn more: Men’s | Women’s

29. REI Co-op Stormhenge 850 Down Jacket

This photo shows the mens REI Co-op Stormhenge 850 Down Jacket on a white background.
The REI Co-op Stormhenge 850 Down Jacket features a waterproof shell.

This waterproof down jacket from REI is definitely more of a coat or parka than a lightweight down jacket. Its best feature is the 2-layer waterproof outer shell, but the massive pits zips are awesome and let you easily dump excess heat while active (read our full Stormhenge review). The Stormhenge uses high-quality DWR-treated 850-fill power goose down that’s body-mapped to deliver more insulation where you need it most. The fit and finish compete well against jackets that cost twice as much. In fact, the price-to-value ratio of the REI Co-op Stormhenge 850 Down Jacket is superb. It runs just a bit big, which is great for multiple layers, but if you want a slimmer fit that you can throw on over any shirt (because the Stormhenge is plenty warm for most activities) size down. Learn more: Men’s Hooded | Women’s Hooded

Best Down Jacket for Massive Activity

This image shows the Patagonia Nano-Air Hoody jacket.
Patagonia Nano-Air Hoody

On one final note, if you’re into winter and cool-weather sports where you’re going to be so active that you either sweat or release gobs of water vapor, a real down jacket probably isn’t the best jacket for you — even though the new Helly Hansen Odin Veor (#8) is made for ventilation. No, if you’re super active and tend to sweat easily under exertion, just get the Patagonia Nano-Air Insulated Hooded Jacket. It’s not down, but it’s lightweight, water-resistant, and boasts 4-way stretch. Hardcore hikers, skiers, and active adventurers love it. Skiers and snowboarders even wear the stretchy hood underneath their helmets for extra warmth. It’s a bit spendy, sure, and it doesn’t look as a great as a down jacket, but it’s a can’t-go-wrong synthetic layer that should last years. Learn more: Men’s | Men’s Hooded | Women’s | Women’s Hooded

When you buy gear using links in our posts, we can earn an affiliate commission that helps pay for our work — see below for more detail.

Disclosure: Reviews and Gear Links:

In addition to Man Makes Fire buying gear for reviews and guides, gear manufacturers occasionally ship review units to Man Makes Fire. If we like it, we spend some quality time with the gear and review it, noting if it was provided to Man Makes Fire. After the review, we return it, give it away, or work on longer-term review follow-ups when applicable to reader interest.

We do not accept any gear in exchange for coverage. If we do not truly appreciate the gear, we don't write about it at all -- bad gear will fade into obscurity on its own if everyone ignores it. In addition, we focus on gear from reputable companies, reputable brands, and reputable retailers that we trust.

The gear links on Man Makes Fire are focused on what we are willing to recommend to our own family and friends. Many of our specific gear links connect to industry-standard affiliate advertising programs. When you buy something using the retail links in our guides and reviews, we may earn a small affiliate commission that helps pay for our work.

Basically, we deliver the advice and insight you need, you get the gear you want, and then everyone wins. Pretty straightforward.

Complete Site Details & Disclosures Here

More Stories
Kodiak Brown Bear and Coho Salmon Fishing
Fishing with the Bears