If you are going to be playing or working outside this winter, chances are you want to stay warm. The key to choosing the right jacket is knowing your activity and the weather you will be in. In this article, I will walk you through the difference between a synthetic and down jacket as well as choosing the right “fill” for your purposes. It’s my goal to keep you warm and cozy this winter, so you can truly enjoy the outdoors!

SYNTHETIC VS. DOWN INSULATION

Insulation is the most important factor in a good coat, as it keeps you warm and able to keep moving on. Synthetic coats typically soak up less water, take less time to dry, and are normally less expensive. Whereas in a down jacket, water will seep into the fibers and stay there longer. However, a shell over the down jacket creates a nice water barrier, which also adds wind and warmth protection. Some down jackets now use a Durable Water Repellent (DWR) coating on the outside, and hydrophobic feathers are often used as well. Down jackets pack up smaller, and are usually lighter in weight than a synthetic jacket.  They also tend to last longer than synthetic jackets.

FILL COUNT

Along with picking the fiber type, synthetic v.s. down, the fill is also important. It is all about the loft. The loftier the jacket the more air the fibers can trap and the warmer the coat will be. So, the thinner the insulation, the less air can be trapped and the fairer weathered the coat would be used for.  Of course, this also has to do with how your body does in different temperatures. The chillier you are at room temperature the more loft you will want.

CALL TO ACTION

No matter what type of outdoor activity you like to do, having the right jacket for the circumstances can really improve how warm and comfortable you are. Hopefully, these tips will help you in the future!

I have linked three of my favorite options below! Feel free to check them out as you research the best “puff jacket” option for you!

https://www.mountainhardwear.com/womens-stretchdown-ds-hooded-jacket-1732251.html?cgid=womens-jackets&dwvar_1732251_variationColor=010#start=16

https://www.bigagnes.com/Womens-Shovelhead-Hooded-Jacket-700-Downtek

http://www.blackdiamondequipment.com/en_US/womens-insulation/womens-stance-belay-parka-APO5I2_cfg.html#start=19

Until next time,

Ginger

Adventure Leader

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