We’ve reviewed 25 of the best down and synthetic insulated jackets for 2017 from the top outdoor brands. We’ve tested everything from lightweight, super-packable lightweight warmers through to full-on expedition down duvets.
In each case we’ve picked out the strengths and weaknesses and tried to give you a clear idea of what they’re best used for in outdoors terms. If you want to know more about a particular jacket, just click on the link to the full review for more detailed information and comprehensive photographs.
Finally, we’ve selected our top picks in different areas in our final verdict section.
Down or Synthetic?
Choosing between down and synthetic fills used to be easy. Down was the best choice for warmth to weight ratio and for packability, synthetics worked better for robustness and water resistance.
Things are slightly more complicated these days. Water-resistant down treatments work surprisingly well and mean that some down jackets tolerate wetness far better and, just importantly, dry out fast and recover more completely if they do get wet.
Then there are synthetic fills with warmth to weight ratios which are close to down. And finally blends of down and synthetic fibres which blur the lines even further.
Want to know more? Our comprehensive Buyers’ Guide will be on the site shortly.
You can simply scroll on down through the various jackets or, if you’re interested in a particular brand or jacket just use the links below to jump straight to the relevant section.
Alpkit Filoment | Alpkit Katabatic | Arc’teryx Cerium LT | Berghaus Ramche 2.0 |
Berghaus Reversa | Black Diamond First Light | Craghoppers Compresslite | Criterion Activity | Fjällräven Keb Padded | Haglöfs Essens III | Haglöfs Essens Mimic | Keela Sherpa | Marmot Astrum | Montane Blue Ice | Mountain Equipment Vega | Outdoor Research Diode | Patagonia Nano Puff |
PH Designs Kappa | Rab Electron | Rab Xenon X | Salomon Drifter Air | Snugpak SJ6 |
Sprayway Mylas | VauDe Bormio | VauDe Kabru