down jacket reviews

A backpacker hiking the Dawson Pass Trail in Glacier National Park.

How You Can Tell How Warm a Down Jacket Is

By Michael Lanza While sleeping bags have temperature ratings, with down jackets and other insulated jackets, there exists no easy way to determine how warm any specific garment will be without wearing it outside. But despite the absence of a precise metric for gauging the warmth of down and synthetic puffy jackets, there are ways to assess a specific jacket’s …

Read on

Cotopaxi Fuego Hooded Down Jacket

Review: Cotopaxi Fuego Hooded Down Jacket

Down Jacket Cotopaxi Fuego Hooded Down Jacket $250, 13 oz. (men’s medium) Sizes: men’s S-XXL, women’s XS-XL cotopaxi.com Down jackets come in a wide range of prices based primarily on the fill-power rating (read: warmth per ounce and packability) and amount of down inside, with the cost boosted when those feathers are water-resistant. While $250 does not seem inexpensive at …

Read on

Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer 2 Down Hoody

Review: Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer 2 Down Hoody

Ultralight Down Jacket Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer/2 Down Hoody $325, 8.8 (men’s medium) Sizes: men’s S-XXL, women’s XS-XL backcountry.com There’s no getting around a hard truth about most of the products we buy to use outdoors: Their materials come from the petroleum products that are a primary driver of climate change. Increasingly, outdoor brands and consumers are leaning in on …

Read on

Review: Feathered Friends Helios Hooded Jacket

Down Jacket Feathered Friends Helios Hooded Jacket $389, 1 lb. 1 oz. (men’s medium) Sizes: men’s XS-XXL featheredfriends.com As I stood outside our yurt on a December evening in the backcountry of Idaho’s Boise Mountains, enjoying an inky-black sky riddled with stars as the temperature plunged into the single digits Fahrenheit, this fat down jacket felt like an impenetrable force …

Read on

The North Face Morph Jacket.

Review: The North Face Morph Down Jacket

Down Jacket
The North Face Morph Jacket
$249, 12.5 oz. (men’s medium)
Sizes: men’s XS-XXL, women’s XS-XL
ems.com

While today’s insulated jackets come in a greater variety, with different strengths and weaknesses, it can seem confusing to differentiate between them. One easy metric relevant to any consumer is warmth per dollar—and that’s where The North Face Morph Jacket shines. Stuffed with high-quality down feathers that are not water resistant, it delivers warmth that competes with the best down jackets of the same weight, and performance ideal for many backpackers, climbers, and others, at a price about 100 bucks lower than top competitors.

Read on