Can you really put a price on staying warm? Well, yes. Yes, you can. Because, living in these increasingly uncertain economic times means not all of us have a casual £500 going spare to spend on a state of the art down and insulated jacket. But should these financial issues stop people from enjoying the great outdoors? Nope. Nope, they should not. The world of adventure gear is bursting at the zip with bargain winter jackets that will keep you warm and, just as importantly, your bank balance looking healthy.
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“But where are these bargain insulated jackets,” I hear you cry, “…and will they actually do the job that they’re supposed to?” Answer to first question: they’re right here, in this article. Answer to second question: you bet your bottom dollar, they will. These coats might not be as flashy as some of the more elite products out there but if you want a decent insulated jacket for less than £150, look no further than the compiled list below. We’d recommend them to friend and foe alike. Oh, and while we find ourselves on the subject, if you haven’t read our buyer’s guide for down and synthetic insulated jackets yet; be sure to give it the once over before you make a purchase.
Forclaz Trek 500 Men’s Down Jacket
When looking at the fill power of a down jacket to wear as a standard insulator for any spring to autumn hiking, you ideally want to be looking for something with a fill power around the 800 mark. And that’s exactly where this jacket sits. For £39.99 that’s a real bargain.
Decathlon brand Forclaz have made sure that all of the down used in the Trek500 conforms to their responsible material commitments, in this instance all of the down has been taken as a by-product of the meat trade, so there’s no live plucking involved.
It’s also worth noting that the Trek500 weighs 290g in a size L which is pretty respectable, and there’s the other added bonus that it all stuffs up into the left hand pocket – useful if you want to keep this stashed away neatly in your pack to pull out on a breezy summit.