Which is the best insulated jacket?
Your choice of insulated jacket comes down to how you intend to wear it, how heavy you want it to be, and how packable it is. Obviously the choice of style, colour and price range are down to you, but there are plenty of options, whatever your activity.
Light, packable and water-resistant
For a light, packable jacket, the Thermoball Eco hooded jacket is always a good fit. It’s available in men’s and women’s styles and will protect you against humid air and light showers, with a decent amount of insulation. A handy feature is that you can pack it into its own pocket and it weighs about half a kilo, perfect for space and energy conservation when you hit the trail.
If you want lightness but don’t care about scrunching it into a ball, consider a stretch down parka, a full-length insulated jacket that’s down-filled and will protect you against a light shower. A stretch down vest will give you a welcome boost in warmth, and can be worn under a waterproof coat when it’s raining, or as an outer layer when it’s not.
Warmth in cold climates
When the temperature plunges, you’re going to need the reassurance of a good natural down fill. Because you get more insulation per gram of fill, it comes into its own with larger coats and jackets, keeping the weight manageable without sacrificing warmth. Breathability is important here, too, because you’ll be zipped up most of the time and you want your sweat to dissipate.
A parka is a great solution to this need. Whether you choose a men’s parka or a women’s parka, it’s a snug jacket that will protect you against the elements, keeping you dry from the outside as well as the inside.