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The 9 Best Men’s Puffer Jackets to Stay Warm This Winter

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Like it or not, puffer jacket season is fast-approaching. Unless you're one of the select few who gave yours a once-over before stuffing it into the closet last spring, a few weeks from now you may discover worn cuffs, down escaping from seams, or stains that set because you didn't toss it in the wash. If you have a sneaking suspicion you'll be that person, this is the time to invest in a puffer, before the first chilly day arrives everyone realizes they need a new jacket. Read on for our top recommendations, plus advice on essentials to consider before you shop.

What to Consider

A good place to start is to decide whether you want a down or down-alternative puffer. The technology used to develop high-performance synthetic jackets has come a long way; and it can be just as warm as down and offer better performance in wet conditions.

If you’re set on down, you’ll want to start by considering the fill, which is a number that represents the volume of an ounce of down when it's compressed. Jackets have anywhere from roughly 450- to 900-fill power, and those on the higher end are warmer and usually more expensive. Look for jackets with at least 550-fill-power made with duck or goose down that’s ethically sourced and carry one of two sustainable down certifications, either Responsible Down Standard (RDS) or Global Traceable Down Standard (Global TDS).

Next up is jacket weight. There are lightweight options designed to wear in between seasons or for layering in colder weather, and many stuff inside an inner or outer pocket to become a packable little bundle. Winter puffer jackets are bulkier and often heavier, though there are some higher-end models that weigh less than a pound. Features to look for to increase warmth include a hood (ideally adjustable), elastic at the cuffs, a drawcord at the hem, and wind flaps that cover zippers. Most puffy jackets from top brands have a water-repellent finish and are made using recycled materials.

How We Chose

Every puffer jacket we write about has an average customer rating of at least 4 stars, and the majority of those featured in our selection are rated 4.5 stars and up. We dug into our own research to make our selection based on coats we've tested, and cover lightweight and winter jackets from popular brands including Patagonia, The North Face, Marmot, and Columbia. We also offer options across price points, from value picks for $100 or less to higher-end ones that cost upwards of $200.

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Editors’ Choice
The North Face Men's Aconcagua Hoodie Puffer Jacket
The North Face

Key Specs

  • Shell: Nylon with water-repellent finish
  • Insulation: 550-fill goose down (RDS-certified) 
  • Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Hood: Yes

High quality and solid features, plus a reasonable price point, is what makes this puffer jacket our top pick. The North Face Aconcagua has a roomy cut for layering underneath and features a nylon shell with a water-repellent finish, 550-fill goose down, and extra-warm recycled insulation in the pockets, underarms, and attached hood.

Other highlights include elastic cuffs and a chest zip pocket for your phone or keys. The jacket is machine-washable and comes in five colors. 

Most Affordable
Dockers Men's The Noah Classic Puffer Jacket

Key Specs

  • Shell: Water-resistant nylon
  • Insulation: Down alternative
  • Weight: Unavailable 
  • Hood: No 

This affordable puffer jacket is a smart pick for in between seasons, plus it stuffs into a drawstring pouch, so it's easy to pack for weekend trips when temps may drop. The down-alternative coat has a water-resistant nylon shell, elastic cuffs, an adjustable drawstring at the hem, two outer zip pockets, and one inner zip pocket. It's available in six color options for about $60 at the time of this writing.

Value Layering Jacket
The North Face Men’s Thermoball Eco Insulated Puffer Jacket
The North Face

Key Specs

  • Shell: 100% recycled nylon
  • Insulation: 100% post-consumer recycled polyester
  • Weight: 9.5 ounces
  • Hood: No

The North Face's Thermoball puffer is another excellent value, and one of the brands most popular lightweight layering jackets. It's also made from 100% post-consumer recycled materials. The quilted lightweight jacket has a slim cut and packs down into one of the zippered hand pockets. 

Other features include a cinch cord at the waist, elastic cuffs, and a chest pocket inside. More than 850 customers give it an average 4.6 stars, and it's available in more than a dozen colors and neutrals.

Mid-Priced Layering Jacket
Men's Cotopaxi Fuego Hooded Down Puffer Jacket

Key Specs

  • Shell: Ripstop nylon with water-repellent finish
  • Insulation: 800-fill-power goose down (RDS-certified) 
  • Weight: 14 ounces
  • Hood: Yes

Cotopaxi is a mission-driven company known for its stylish and sustainable clothing and gear. Their classic Fuego puffer is warm and highly packable, with 800-fill-power goose down and a water-repellent ripstop nylon shell. The jacket also has elastic at the cuffs and hem, plus a drawcord at the waist to prevent heat loss. 

Like the other layering puffers we cover, it stuffs into an inside pocket, so it's perfect to travel with and easy to store. The jacket is available in seven striped options, all with attractive color combinations.

Premium Layering Jacket
Patagonia Men's Micro Puff Insulated Hoodie

Key Specs

  • Shell: 100% recycled ripstop nylon
  • Insulation: PlumaFill polyester
  • Weight: 9.3 ounces
  • Hood: Yes

With more to spend, this quilted jacket from Patagonia won the top spot for best synthetic jacket during our testing research. It's made with lightweight PlumaFill polyester that performs exceptionally well in wet conditions and has a 100-percent recycled ripstop nylon shell. 

The slim-fitting hooded puffer is also great to pack for travel, as it stuffs into its left pocket and there’s a carabiner hooked to the loop so it won’t get lost in your bag. Its elastic cuffs and hem prevent the wind from creeping in, plus the front zipper has a flap and there’s a chin guard at top to prevent irritation.

Value Winter Jacket
Columbia Men's Powder Lite Hooded Puffer Jacket

Key Specs

  • Shell: Water-resistant polyester
  • Insulation: Polyester
  • Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Hood: Yes

This hooded winter puffer from Columbia gets high marks from more than 1,100 customers, who give it an average 4.7 stars. The down-alternative jacket features a liner that traps body heat and a water-repellent polyester shell, with an adjustable hood in chin guard for the zipper. It also has a drawstring cord at the hem and elastic cuffs. The puffer comes in 10 solids, pattern, and color-blocked options.

Mid-Priced Winter Jacket
Fjällräven Expedition Pack Down Jacket

Key Specs

  • Shell: 100% recycled nylon 
  • Insulation: 700-fill-power down (traceable and ethically produced) 
  • Weight: 14.6 ounces
  • Hood: No

The hooded versions of Fjällräven Expedition Down Jacket came out on top as the best puffer during our testing. It has a 100% recycled nylon shell and 700-fill-power goose down, with a straight cut and synthetic padding at the shoulders. There's also a drawcord at the hem and it has a roomy fit for good range of motion. 

Other highlights include side zippered pockets and an inner pocket, plus a two-way front zipper with a wind flap inside. The company’s “Down Promise” states that only traceable and ethically produced down is used.

Premium Winter Jacket
Men's Patagonia Silent Down Puffer Jacket

Key Specs

  • Shell: 70% recycled polyester taffeta, with a water-repellent finish
  • Insulation: 700-fill-power recycled down 
  • Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Hood: Yes

The outer shell of this puffer from Patagonia has a water-repellent finish and is made of recycled polyester taffeta, which has some stretch to it for a comfortable fit, and water-repellent finish. 

The jacket features 700-fill-power recycled down, with a durable reverse coil zipper, jersey-lined hand pockets, and a zippered pocket inside. There's also a standup collar to keep the wind off your neck, an adjustable hood, and a drawstring at the waist. 

Premium Lightweight Winter Jacket
Marmot Men's Stockholm Down Puffer Jacket

Key Specs

  • Shell: 100% recycled nylon with water-repellent finish
  • Insulation: 700-fill-power down (RSD-certified) 
  • Weight: 1.9 ounces
  • Hood: Yes

If you're in the market for an ultra-lightweight puffer, look no further than Marmot's Stockholm down jacket. Unlike the rest of the winter coats we cover, which all weigh over a pound, this option is only 1.9 ounces, but it's just as warm, with 700-fill-power down. 

Another highlight that sets it apart is its removable zip-off hood. The shell is made of 100% recycled nylon, with a water-repellent finish, and other features include zippered hand, sleeve, and inner pockets, plus microfleece cuffs and a drawcord at the hem.

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