Winter is coming, and it already feels like it’s here in some states. It’s getting colder, which means it’s time to bring out those reliable sweaters, scarves, and of course, puffer jackets. Whether you live in a snow-prone area or in a place where the temperature drops, it’s vital to have at least one huge coat for the cold winter days. Sure, you can go with classic winter outerwear pieces like a parka or fleece, but everyone knows one of the best ways to stay warm and stylish during the colder months is to rock a puffer.
The Puff in Puffer Jackets
Puffer jackets are quilted jackets stuffed with duck or goose down that’s been sewn into an insulated layer, accompanied by an outer layer made of some sort of nylon or polyester. The feathers keep your body warm, while the outer layer protects against wind chill, rain, snow and ice. The actual “puffs” of the jacket are made by the stitching done on the outer layer that can be down vertically, horizontally, in diamonds or other geometric shapes depending on the style.
Are Puffer Jackets Heavy?
Some winter coats can be heavy, which may be intolerable to wear for an extended time, but not a puffer. This jacket is often preferred by many due to the airy nature of the feathers they tend not to weigh as much. Puffers can squish down into compact carrying cases, making them excellent for packing or stowing in the back of your car in case of a sudden cold spell.
Whether you need a go-to piece of winter outerwear or want something puffy you can take on your next plane ride, we’ve gathered the best puffer jackets for winter 2021 and beyond.
1. Nobis Oliver Reversible Puffer Jacket
If you want a premium-made jacket that will last you for years, then we highly suggest you go with this option from Nobis. The puffer is made of a premium 3-ply micro denier fabrication and Nobis DP nylon, making it completely waterproof and windproof. It’s stuffed with certified Canadian-origin white duck down and breathable membranes. Not only does this ensure proper insulation, but it allows the jacket to adapt to your body to keep you warm in the cold conditions down to -22 degrees Fahrenheit. Did we mention, the jacket is reversible and it comes with a lifetime warranty?
Nobis Oliver Reversible Puffer Jacket
2. The North Face Men’s 1996 Retro Nuptse Jacket
This is one of the puffiest puffers around, made by a brand that knows their stuff when it comes to winter gear. It’ll work just as well in the mountains as it will in cities on your way to and from work. The large puff has a shiny ripstop fabric exterior and a removable hood that can keep you dry and warm if it’s raining or snowing.
In addition to all the durability, this jacket also has a great 90’s look to it, which is what you’re going for with puffers in the first place. It’s lightweight and comes with its own stuff sack that you can use to pack it away efficiently. It also provides excellent wind protection.
Men's 1996 Retro Nuptse Jacket
3. Arc’Teryx Thorium AR Hoody
Have you ever wasted your money on a new jacket before because it was supposed to come equipped with the latest features? But in reality, there were no special features, and it was just like your other coats in the closet. Luckily, you don’t have to worry about that issue with this puffer from Arc’Teryx. For starters, the Thorium AR Hoody is specifically designed for alpine conditions, so if there is ever a snowstorm in your area, this jacket will be your go-to. Like most puffers, it comes filled with a grey goose down that’ll keep you warm. The jacket features a down composite mapping technology that goes hand in hand with the jacket’s insulation system in the hood, cuffs, and underarms. It’s also repellent to moisture and has a no-slip zip.
Arc'Teryx Thorium AR Hoody
4. Columbia Men’s Delta Ridge Down Hooded Jacket
This thinner, lightweight puffer jacket is made for combatting chilly conditions while still being portable. The shell is only water-resistant, so it’s great for cities that don’t experience a lot of actual snow and rain. The thermal-reflective lining and 650-fill down insulation keep the elements out and your body heat in. The scuba-style hood and bound cuffs also keep the warmth in on especially cold days. The down is also responsibly-sourced, so your environmental conscience doesn’t need to sacrifice its integrity for you to stay warm this winter.
Columbia Men's Delta Ridge Hooded Down Jacket
5. Alpine North Vegan Down Lightweight Packable Puffer Jacket
Are you looking for a vegan puffer jacket but can’t seem to find one? No worries, Alpine North has your back on this one. The lightweight puffer has a nylon shell and is stuffed with 100% polyester instead of traditional duck or goose feathers, making it a cruelty-free and animal-friendly insulation alternative. Don’t worry it will still keep you warm, and it even retains heat when wet. This versatile piece is good for layering but is strong enough to wear on its own as well. It’s the perfect winter coat to have in your wardrobe.
Alpine North Vegan Down Lightweight Packable Puffer Jacket
6. Amazon Essentials Men’s Lightweight Puffer Jacket
Stay warm and keep your pocketbook fat this winter with this affordable puffer jacket from Amazon Essentials. It’s a solid shell that won’t hold up to freezing temperatures but is a great option for layering that costs less than $40. The outer shell is water-resistant and the full-zip front and collar can fasten and secure your body heat inside on chilly days. It also comes in a wide range of colors including black, blue, bright orange and heather green.
Amazon Essentials Men's Lightweight Puffer Jacket
7. Columbia Powder Lite Jacket
This jacket from Columbia is built to be lightweight with Omni-Heat thermal reflective technology that reflects your body’s heat for insulation while maintaining breathability. It has a fit that hugs your body and zippered hand pockets where you can keep your mitts warm if needed.
Columbia Powder Lite Jacket
8. The North Face Men’s Thermoball Eco Jacket
This puffer is warm AF and made of post-consumer recycled content which makes it incredibly lightweight and packable on cold outdoor excursions. It’s made for hiking with its grid stitching design that keeps you extra insulated against the elements. It has an exposed VISLON front zipper and the ThermoBall insulation technology features small, synthetic PrimaLoft fibers that mimic the warming effects of down by trapping heat in thin air pockets. So you get the warming perks of real down with the moisture-resistant benefits of synthetic insulation.
The North Face Men's Thermoball Eco Jacket
9. Guess Quilted Puffer Jacket
This puffer from Guess will keep you warm in the coldest weather, thanks to its quilted thermal heat sealing design. The jacket has a mock neck and is also windproof. It has a zip closure and features internal and external pockets to store your personals. The outerwear piece comes in five colors: black, green canteen, pumpkin slice, very blue and green invidia.
Guess Quilted Puffer Jacket
10. Uniqlo Ultra Light Down Jacket
Uniqlo has quickly become a go-to retailer for fashion lovers everywhere, and we can’t help ourselves, not to mention this lightweight puffer jacket from the brand. It has a water-repellant coating that’ll keep out light rain, and it features an anti-static lining. The jacket also comes with a stuff sack you can use again and again when traveling, hiking, backpacking, or organizing your winter clothes.
Uniqlo Ultra Light Down Jacket
11. Canada Goose Crofton Black Disc Puffer Jacket
For all of those fashion-obsessed guys out there, this shiny black puffer jacket is for you. The Canada Goose puffer jacket is mid-weight and has a black disc logo on the sleeve. It’s made of recycled nylon with feather down for great insulation. This jacket is equipped with several handy features like a drawcord hood, side slip pockets, and backpack straps for carrying.
Canada Goose Crofton Black Disc Puffer Jacket
12. Marmot Men’s Down Hoody
So we don’t know the exact puff ratio of this specific jacket — but it’s definitely large and has the marshmallow vibes we’re looking for during the holidays. It has 700-fill power down that stays warm even in wet conditions, a common complaint with down material. The outer shell is moisture-resistant and there are zippered handwarmer pockets that offer additional heat. There’s also a convenient chest pocket for storage, and the velcro cuffs offer temperature control and customization.
Marmot Men's Down Hoody Puffer Jacket
13. Eddie Bauer CirrusLite Down Jacket
Eddie Bauer has been serving up durable outdoor gear for over a century now, so it’s only right if we feature the brand on the roundup. This puffer jacket has a nylon shell with a StormRepel DWR finish that’s repellent to water. It has 650 Responsible Down Standard filling for superior insulation and added warmth. The jacket has a standard fit and comes in four colors: teal, purple, black, and gray.
Eddie Bauer CirrusLite Down Jacket
14. Banana Republic Water-Resistant Hooded Puffer Jacket
Sometimes you just want a jacket for layering purposes, you know? And what better piece to have for that reason than the Banana Republic Hooded Puffer Jacket. It has a loose fit, so it works very well as an outer layer with a sweater or hoodie underneath. The outer shell is windproof, water-resistant and made from polyester fabric.
Banana Republic Water-Resistant Hooded Puffer Jacket
15. L.L.Bean Men’s Ultralight 850 Down Sweater
This L.L.Bean down jacket comes in both “regular” and “tall” lengths and is insulated with DownTek PFC-Free down that’s water-repellant and stays dry 50% longer for extra protection. It’s slightly fitted and designed thin, so you can easily make it your middle layer along with a larger jacket on top and long underwear underneath. The outer shell is windproof, water-resistant and made from Pertex Quantum nylon that’s 100% recycled fabric. It’s also filled with some of the highest-quality 850-fill goose down available on the market.
L.L.Bean Men's Ultralight Down Sweater
16. Patagonia Nano Puff Jacket
This Patagonia puffer is a solid pick for so many reasons, the main one being that it travels incredibly well. It’s thin, lightweight, easy to squish and one of its pockets doubles as a stuff sack for easy storage when traveling. The outer shell is made of 100% recycled polyester ripstop that’s been treated with a durable, water-resistant finish. This jacket also features a front zipper with an interior storm flap and a zipper garage at the chin, so your face doesn’t get irritated with extensive use in the winter.