A jacket is the MVP of a cold-weather wardrobe. Gloves and base-layers and hats are all valuable players, but a jacket is the team captain. Of course, not all winter jackets are the same. That’s not just a matter of quality; some jackets are simply designed for different functions. Some are heavy and waterproof, while others are lightweight and portable. And of course, personal taste is a big factor.
One versatile style is the puffer jacket, which includes down jackets (not all puffer jackets are down, some are filled with synthetic materials). When you imagine puffer jackets, you might think of heavyweight and cumbersome options that offer limited mobility, but a lot of brands have managed to update down jackets for on the go lifestyles. Uniqlo, Calvin Klein, and a bunch of other brands make lightweight puffer jackets that pack into compact carrying pouches. The Tommy Hilfiger jacket on this list fits into that category.
Another option is to go down the workwear route — brands like Carharrt and Dickies, which traditionally focused on construction and other outdoor workers, have become popular among street style fans. If you’re looking for a warm jacket but you’re not sure of the style you want, consider these well-reviewed jackets on Amazon.
1. Carhartt Men’s Quilted Flannel Lined Duck Active Jacket
This jacket from Carharrt is available in a range of different colors, including black, bright red, and “Carharrt brown,” the distinctive shade most of its vests are done in. The jacket is cut similar to a zippered hoodie, but with a quilted interior lining for warmth. There are two interior pockets and two exterior hand pockets.
Pros: Reliable Carharrt quality, quilted interior lining, Made in the USA.
Cons: The jacket is stiff.
2. Tommy Hilfiger Men’s Packable Down Jacket
This jacket has a nylon exterior and a genuine down interior. It comes in a range of patterns and colors and has a small logo at the chest. It’s a good option for travel, too; the two hand pockets are zippered for secure storage, and it packs into a small included pouch for easy carrying.
Pros: Genuine down, available in a variety of colors, packs into a convenient pouch.
Cons: Some found that the down can shed.
3. Gioberti Men and Women Sherpa Lined Fleece Hoodie Jacket
For another lined hooded jacket, this affordable option has a soft, fluffy fleece filling for comfort. It falls somewhere between a sweatshirt and a jacket; it offers the comfort of the former and warmth of the latter. Plus, it comes in 13 colors, including an option with a black outer and black fleece. Keep warm, goths of the world.
Pros: Warm fleece lining on the body and hood, padded sleeves.
Cons: Prone to pilling.