The temperatures are beginning to drop so most of us need a garment to keep us toasty – that’s where down jackets come in.
Filled with either a thin layer of duck or goose feathers, the best down jackets on the market trap all the warm air from our bodies to help us combat the cold temperatures outdoors. They come in all different shapes, sizes and fabrics so if you’d like a little more information then check out down jackets buyer’s guide for advice and tips for buying.
But for now, here are six of the top lightweight down jackets on the market with varying prices, weights and fabrics to give you an idea of what’s out there.
Rab Microlight Jacket
A down jacket used as either a warm layer or weather-resistant stand-alone garment, the Rab Microlight is a light, versatile product of the British brand.
The jacket’s big draw is the fact you can either wear it as a warm layer, if you’re a climber like Libby Peters for instance, or a casual, everyday jacket to walk around town in – very typical of Rab’s versatility.
The combination of the water-resistant Hydrophobic down and the breathable, windproof Pertex Microlight outer fabric makes the jacket very strong against the elements, while the fitted cut and low-key colour patterns mean it looks good as a lifestyle garment.
It is of course very lightweight too, at only 370 grams it is great to carry around as an extra layer in the hills and thanks to its minimal construction, it packs very small. Effectively, you’re getting two jackets in one, so the price is very reasonable.