The Best Down Jackets for Style Without the Shivering

The Best Down Jackets for Style Without the Shivering

They’re lightweight, sporty
and warm as hell

Best men's down jackets in 2023

Winter style can be great, right? You've got cozy layers and textural knits—in an ideal world, you'd step out in the morning with your long woolen overcoat worn open (to show off the fit) and maybe a scarf slung casually around your neck. But our world, as we know all too well, is not ideal. Winter can be a real bitch. Bone-chilling wind, frigid freezing rain, maybe snow and a heap of other unpredictable meteorological conditions. Without the right outerwear, you'll suffer.

The smart move is to pull on a powerful puffer jacket. Quilted with a heat-trapping down filling, these coats' insulation is their secret to keeping you toasty, no matter the conditions outside. For the uninitiated, “down” is the light fluffy coating clustered beneath the feathers of ducks or geese that helps to protect them and keep them warm through natural insulation. Of course, nowadays, not all puffers are stuffed with genuine down. Some alternative fillings can be just as insulating but kinder on your allergies (or conscience).

Down feather

Down feathers.

Down feather

Down feathers.

These sporty jackets warm up and retain heat in ways that regular old coats just can't. And luckily, you don't have to sacrifice style for the sake of your comfort. We're living in the golden age of outerwear thanks to the rise of Gorpcore and other hiking-inspired trends in menswear. Which means your options range from classic heritage brands and simplified styles (in a range of colors) to luxurious and rarefied options from modern and designer labels. So whether you're looking for an easy, packable nylon jacket to keep you warm on your travels or more of an investment piece, cut from a waxed Japanese broadcloth or refined Donegal wool fabric, we've pulled our favorites from the season. But don't wait until mid-winter (when you really need it) to buy. By then, they'll all be sold out.


The Best Men’s
Down Jackets in 2023

Triple F.A.T. Goose Oswin down jacket
Triple F.A.T. Goose Oswin down jacket

Oswin down jacket,
$425 / $340 (w/code SNOWFALL)
by Triple F.A.T. Goose

Snow Peak Recycled down jacket

This jacket is crafted from 100% tent-recycled nylon ripstop with a rain-repellent finish and reused feathers by the Green Down Project.

Recycled down jacket,
$449.95 by Snow Peak

Norse Projects Waterproof down jacket

Waterproof down jacket,
$995 by Norse Projects

Finisterre Nebulas insulated jacket

Nebulas insulated jacket,
$270 by Finisterre

UNIQLO Ultra light down jacket

UNIQLO’s down jacket is one of the best for under $100.

Ultra light down jacket,
$69.90 by UNIQLO

Patagonia Cotton down jacket

Cotton down jacket,
$349 by Patagonia

Alpha Industries Unfrm tactile down jacket

This lighter style is oversized for a military-inspired fit with an integrated hood.

Unfrm tactile down jacket,
$360 by Alpha Industries


Topo Designs Mountain puffer jacket

Mountain puffer jacket,
$269 / $161 by Topo Designs

L.L. Bean Trail model '82 down jacket

Trail model '82 down jacket,
by $149 L.L. Bean

Abercrombie & Fitch Ultra puffer
Abercrombie & Fitch Ultra puffer

Ultra puffer,
$120 / $96 by Abercrombie & Fitch

Todd Snyder Quilted down bomber jacket

Quilted down bomber jacket,
$498 by Todd Snyder

Dickies Waldenburg puffer jacket
Dickies Waldenburg puffer jacket

Waldenburg puffer jacket,
$149.99 / $104.99 by Dickies

Crescent Down Works Quilted down jacket

Quilted down jacket,
$631 by Crescent Down Works

Filson Pateros down jacket

Pateros down jacket,
$325 / $195 by Filson


Eddie Bauer x JJJJound Down Jacket

Down jacket,
$329 by Eddie Bauer x JJJJound

Everlane Renew short puffer jacket

Renew short puffer jacket,
$228 / $160 by Everlane

C.P. Company D.D. down jacket

D.D. down jacket,
$384 by C.P. Company

Quince Down jacket
Quince Down jacket

Down jacket,
$169.90 by Quince

Reigning Champ Taffeta warm up jacket

Taffeta warm up jacket,
$280 by Reigning Champ

Older Brother Waxed puff coat

A classic down puffer produced in California with hand-beeswaxed Japanese broadcloth.

Waxed puff coat,
$650 by Older Brother

How does
down insulate?

Down is made up of small feathers called “clusters.” These clusters insulate by trapping air within filaments that make up these clusters. The larger the cluster, the more air that is trapped within the down, resulting in an increased level of warmth.

How to Care for
Your Down Outerwear

L.L. Bean’s handy kit will clean your down outerwear, restore its water repellency and boost the down’s insulating loft. After washing, allow to drip dry and then tumble dry for at least 20 minutes to puff it back up. Your jacket will be clean and fluffed—maximizing warmth and breathability.

Down care kit,
$29.95 by L.L. Bean

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