Whether you are heading for a backpacking trip, trekking, camping or a short hiking trip, it pays to have a suitable jacket that is both warm, lightweight and easily packable should you need to take off and put away. This is where the guide to the best packable down jackets come in. If you think of chilly deserts, mountain climate, cold winds, or coastal evenings and you’ll understand that there are a hundred scenarios that call for a great travel jacket.
Regardless of your destination, an awesome jacket is one of the essentials especially during winter – one that keeps you cozily warm, packable and doesn’t weigh you down. We have talked about the best luggage to pack for Europe on the blog, an essential part of packing in the days of budget airlines, is that it’s become even more important to pack items that weight too much or take up too much room so as to better utilise the amount of fee-free luggage allowance you have at your disposal. Below is a wide range of down jacket that folds into a pouch.
What are down jackets?
Simply put, down jackets are jackets that are usually insulated with plumage (super soft and warm inner feathers) from geese or duck.
Down is arguably the best nature’s insulator as it has the ability to provide extraordinary warmth plus it’s exceptionally breathable and lightweight. In addition, you can compress it down to a compact size, a feature that makes it fantastic for travel. You can pack it up in your cabin carryon with no issues, or even in backpacking bag without compromising on weight or room in your bag. Another important element to note when buying one is to make sure you consider a packable waterproof down jacket when looking at the material.
Best Packable Down Jackets for Women
There are many brands now offering great value that you need no spend an arm and a leg for the best winter down jackets for packable jacket for mountaineering or hiking in the warmer months. Below are some of my favourite and afforable brands with light, warm and dare I say stylish down jackets for women.
Among the best packable down jacket for women The quilted pattern on this lightweight jacket traps warmth to keep you cosy and comfortable. It’s made from slick nylon, it’s water-resistant meaning it’ll keep you dry come rain come snow plus it packs up conveniently and neatly in its drawstring pouch.
Price: £ 120-£195
The outer shell of this jacket is made from 100% nylon and the inner part is filled with ultra-soft fiber (20% feather and 80% duck down). Its ultra lightweight nature keeps you stylishly warm without bulkiness.
The jacket boasts several convenient pockets; 2 where you can dip your hands for warmth and another two where you can put your valuables.
Price: £50- £75
The lining and the shell of the jacket are made from 100% nylon (windproof) while the insulation is 100% polyester, the filling 90% duck down and the 10% feathers. It is perfect for travel as it can fit in a small carry-on bag.
It has two zipped side pockets as well as two inner pockets which provides you with enough space for storing your valuables.
Price: £ 21- £50
The material of the jacket is 100% polyamide and the filling consists of 90% duck down plus 10% feathers to get you the warmest lightweight down jacket there is. It’s warm, fashionable and easily packable.
The two outer pockets can be used to keep your hands warm and the drawstring on the hood ensures no wind penetrates through to your neck or head.
Price: £ 116-£270
Meraki women’s hooded puffer jacket is an ideal garment for the ‘in-between’ weather. It’s super lightweight, windproof and elegant piece to wear on those mildly cold days. It also folds down pretty nice and small so it can be a handy item if you’re unsure of the weather conditions of your destination but you’re skeptical to pack a bulky coat.
It has two zipped side pockets that effectively secure your belongings like a phone, keys or a small purse.
Price: £ 15-£40
EA7 EMPORIO ARMANI is made from 100% Polyamide and down feather filling. It has a non-detachable hood that offers complete neck and head coverage.
It also has elastic trim for that smart and perfect fitting.
Price: £ 120-£230
This synthetic-insulated jacket is designed to keep you warm in wet and cold conditions while at the same time giving you a smart look.
Some of the features the jacket has include hand-warmer zipped pockets, hem cinch-cord that protects you from wind and internal chest pockets.
Price: £ 145-£275
Whether you’re heading to a camp getaway or mountain climbing adventure this highly compressible and packable hoodie will keep you toasty-warm without making you feel bulky.
The internal secure-zip pockets provide a safe spot where you can put some essentials like lip-bum or a handkerchief. The bottleneck quilted design minimizes cold spots leaving you extra warm.
Thermoball insulation design ensures the jacket is lightweight while providing enough warmth.
Price: £100-£ 255
Made from a durable water-resistant shell this lightweight jacket is designed to keep you warm and dry in the winter season.
The hood provides extra neck and head coverage plus the binding helps it keep snug. The zip-up feature of the side hand pockets is excellent for stashing your precious items.
Price: £ 40-£110
Best Packable Down Jackets for Men
Much like the offering for women, the mens down jackets come in a variety of colours and in varying styles too. With and without hoods. You also find ones with removable arms too. Below are among the best down jackets for cold weather
One of the best packable puffer jacket for men. The Hardland men’s down hooded jacket is lightweight yet warm which makes it perfect for winter and outdoor activities like camping, hiking, travelling and so on.
With an adjustable waist drawcord, a non-removable hood, and 90% duck down filling this quilted puffer garment will keep you warm even when the weather is slightly below the freezing point.
It’s also an excellent base layer when the temperatures are really low.
Filled with synthetic down, designed to repel water and snow plus a shell made from 100% nylon, Joel Packable Quilted Jacket is a must-have if you’re travelling during the cold season.
It’s easily compressible so it can fit in small space plus it comes with its drawstring pouch which makes packing seamless.
The pockets are fleece-lined, a designed that helps keep your hands cosy and warm. You can also comfortably put your personal stuff such as keys in the zipped hand pockets without the fear of losing them.
The stand-up collar provides extra coverage to your neck.
Price: £89- £225
This jacket is lightweight but at the same time warm and comfortable giving you the warmth you need during those cold evenings without compromising style or elegance.
It’s made from feather and down filling which not only makes the jacket packable but also breathable.
The stormwear technology used makes the jacket water and snow resistant keeping you dry regardless of the season. The zipper hand pockets help you secure your valuables.
Tommy Hilfiger Men’s Packable Down Bomber Jacket is made from 10% feather, 90 %down fill and 100% polyamide shell. It’s lightweight, comfortable, neat and versatile to wear on different occasions during cooler weather season.
It’s easily packable and comes with a stow bag that you can tie on your backpack if you fancy walking hands-free. The cuffs are elasticated to give a perfect and neat fitting. It also has inner pockets that you can use to put your stuff safe e.g. keys or a phone.
Price: £100 – £175
The outer fabric material and the lining are made up of 100% polyester while the filling consists of 20% feathers and 80% down.
The warm padding gives you extra warmth while the lined collar with a chin guard and high-fastening ensures you get coverage all the way to your neck.
The cuffs are also elastic to give that stylish fitting and lock the warmth inside.
Price: £80 – £150
HARD LAND Men’s Down Jacket is not only warm but also windproof. It also has an in-built packable pocket for easy storage and this makes it the best choice for a backpacker that needs to pack light.
A packable hood lightweight down jacket. The hood boasts a drawstring which tightens it across the face to protect you from the wind. It has three pockets on the front part of the jacket; one across the chest and two at the hand level.
The jacket is awesome during spring and fall when the temperature is cool and you need to remain warm when embarking on outdoor activities like hiking, camping and so on.
During winter, it can be used as a base layer since it’s not bulky.
Price: £69 – £188
With a stand-up collar that provides coverage up to your neck, no-stitch design that improves the resistance against wind and water, plus the incomparable warmth from down, this jacket has the ability to keep you comfortable, light and warm.
The side pockets also provide warmth to your hands.
In addition to being lightweight and water-resistant, this puffer jacket is packable and it comes at a very affordable price.
The shell and the lining are made from 100% nylon while the filling is 100% polyester.
Price: £ 24
The material is made from 100% nylon with down filling. Its hood has drawstrings that make it adjustable to cover your head to your preference and the zipper side pockets provide a secure place to put your stuff.
This puffer jacket is lightweight and easily packable.
Price: £53 – £180
If you’re looking for unbeatable insulating performance with a friendly price tag, Tog24 Beck Men’s Hooded Down Jacket may be your best bet. Made up of 100% polyamide and with 800 fill-power, you are assured of warmth and protection from the strong winds you’re likely to experience during hiking or travelling.
It has 4 pockets; 2 hand-level pockets, 1 inner pocket and 1 zip chest pocket (where the jacket packs into).
Price: £60- £120
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