How To Pick Out a Puffer Jacket
BY RACHEL CAVANAUGH
To help you make an informed decision, we reached out to Douglas Maguire, senior outerwear designer for Columbia Sportswear to get some tips on how to pick the right puffer jacket. Here are five key factors he said you should consider.
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3. Insulation type
- Natural down: This type of insulation, made from natural feather down, is ultra-lightweight and compact. Not only that, it’s super warm and exceptionally durable.
- Synthetic down: Constructed from polyester fibers woven together to trap heat, the advantage of synthetic down is that it’s extremely water-resistant. That makes it perform better in the rain, and it’s also easier to wash.
If you decide to go with a natural down jacket, you may hear the term “fill power.” Sometimes described as “warmth-to-weight ratio,” fill power is the measure of how much space in cubic inches is produced by one ounce of down. A higher fill power number doesn’t necessarily mean the jacket is warmer, but it does mean it’s more efficient for its size and weight. Fill power does not apply to synthetic down.