The puffy jacket is no longer just for layering under a ski shell or traveling ultralight. These options are for outdoorsy and urban folks who want to stay warm without looking overly technical.
Puffy jackets are renowned among outdoor aficionados for their warmth-to-weight ratio and packability. In some instances, they’re downright necessary to stay warm and moving in the mountains.
And like any good advanced outdoor product, there are naturally some less-than-technical counterparts that put the emphasis on looks. Some of these styles play better in urban settings, others in mountain towns.
But one thing is for sure: These styles are sure to keep you warm. So get your puffy on, embrace the bulk, and check out these five puffies.
5 Stylish Puffy Jackets
Yes, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. But this model is certainly striking! On one side of the Holden Reversible Down is a nonchalant hoodie. But the other side is full of slightly reflective puffy panels. I’ve personally worn this jacket during the winter and love the feel and warmth. It’s got some bulk to it and is sure to turn heads.
Goldwin is one of three brands to use Kodenshi down, which reflects the body’s infrared heat, thus creating a warmer jacket with less bulk. So while it may look fashion-first, under those big, puffy panels is some good down technology.
Patagonia calls this line sophisticated and silent. The new collection from Patagonia uses recycled down and an outer fabric made with 70 percent recycled polyester that is designed to minimize sound and eliminate that “swish-swish” sound found with puffies.
The Nuptse is an all-time classic, and this year The North Face brought it back with “1996 Retro” inspiration. The big and bold jacket is perhaps the puffiest out of the bunch, with big, blocky colors and huge baffles.
REI dabbled in the lifestyle world this fall with the release of its Wallace Lake collection. The line has retro styles that hearken back to the 1930s.