The Undefeated Layer of Winter

Best men's down vests in 2021

The Undefeated Layer of Winter

Down vests are the season's most functional piece

We’ve reached that time of year when the temperatures seem to drop a few degrees consistently week by week, but it's not cold enough to bring out the super heavy outerwear. Cardigans, thermals and heavier tees check all the transitional weather boxes, but what about down vests?

Down is super-lightweight, but insulates body heat and makes for the perfect winter layer. The key to staying warm and cozy throughout the colder months is to trap in the heat that surrounds your core area. Also, you can size down with these vests to wear under your favorite fleece or denim jacket; you can also size up to wear over your favorite Harris tweed suit or a heavyweight hoodie.

Fill this void in your wardrobe with this piece and you'll soon find yourself reaching for it every day. The vests come in great colors and a range of styles yet they all are incredibly functional. You can toe the line of going full Gorpcore and get technical with your vests or just style it causally. So the only question remaining ... are you down?

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The Best Men’s
Down Vests in 2021

Patagonia Nano Puff Vest

Nano puff vest,
$149 by Patagonia

Stan Ray Down Vest

Down vest,
$179 by Stan Ray

Montbell Superior Down Vest

Superior down vest,
$139 by Montbell

The North Face Stretch Down Vest
The North Face Stretch Down Vest

Stretch down vest,
$189 by The North Face

Columbia Bulo Point II Omni-Heat Infinity Down Vest
Columbia Bulo Point II Omni-Heat Infinity Down Vest

Bulo point II omni-heat infinity down vest,
$180 by Columbia

UNIQLO Ultra Light Down Vest

Ultra light down vest,
$49.90 by UNIQLO

L.L. Bean Mountain Classic Down Vest

Mountain classic down vest,
$139 by L.L. Bean

Grammicci Inner Down Vest

Inner down vest,
$85 by Grammicci

Gap 100% Recycled Nylon Puffer Vest
Gap 100% Recycled Nylon Puffer Vest

100% recycled nylon puffer vest,
$89.95 by Gap

The Very Warm Puffer Vest
The Very Warm Puffer Vest

Puffer vest,
$295 by The Very Warm

Merrell Ridgevent Thermo Vest

Ridgevent thermo vest,
$125 by Merrell

Todd Snyder Japanese Down Quilted Vest

Japanese down quilted vest,
$298 by Todd Snyder

Proof Moonweight Vest

Moonweight vest,
$138 by Proof

Barbour Bretby Gilet
Barbour Bretby Gilet

Bretby gilet,
$180 by Barbour

Buck Mason Cascade Down Expedition Vest
Buck Mason Cascade Down Expedition Vest

Cascade down expedition vest,
$275 by Buck Mason

Snow Peak Flexible Insulated Vest

Flexible insulated vest,
$180 by Snow Peak

RAINS Trekker Vest

Trekker vest,
$170 by RAINS

OnlyNY Outdoor Goods Puffer Vest

Outdoor goods puffer vest,
$140 by OnlyNY

ARCTERYX Piedmont Vest
ARCTERYX Piedmont Vest

Piedmont vest,
$249 by ARC'TERYX

John Elliott Quilted Shell Gilet
John Elliott Quilted Shell Gilet

Quilted shell gilet,
$350 by John Elliott

FYI

The earliest inventors of down-stuffed outerear, the Caribou Innuit of the North West Territories in Canada, have used down-stuff outerwear for countless generations to keep hunters warm during the harshest of weather.

NOTE: Items featured in this story are independently selected by the editorial team. Purchasing via our links may earn Valet. a portion of the sale, which helps fund our editorial mission.

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