The first sprayer (or Fat) made by Eddie Bauer in the 1930s after he nearly died of hypothermia on an ill-fated hunting expedition. Although the initial design featured a downy feather filling, warm jackets have become filled with all sorts of insulation over the years. From synthetics to wool blends—or the pages of a Louis Lamore novel if you’re like famous rock climber, mountaineer, and author Fred Becky—the best outdoor puffer jackets keep you entertained when the weather isn’t good.
The nice part for eco-conscious folks is that most modern puffer jackets are made with responsibly sourced, recycled synthetic insulation, and are certified to be harvested using best practices across the board. Responsible fluff standard. We also love all the extra eco-tech that goes into making atomizers, like nylon made from recycled fishing nets and shells made from super-tough Dyneema fibres. Thoughtful design specifications are incorporated into the latest blowers as well. From ice climbing to a frozen waterfall to chilling around a snowy campfire, you can connect to form and purpose for nearly every winter outdoor need.
From lightweight jackets to padded jackets, here are the best outdoor jackets. You’ve got it covered!
1. Mammut Eigerjoch’s advanced hooded jacket
Eigerjoch Advanced blends two types of insulation: RSD’s premium waterproof goose-down is loaded into the upper arms, core and inner cover, while exposed and/or high-sweat areas (think shoulders, outer cover, back, and underarm) are insulated with soft, stretchy synthetic insulation. The combo keeps you warm without overheating. Durable, abrasion-resistant outer shell protects all this good insulation from the elements. Wear the Eigerjoch for a quick bodice if the weather changes or you have a frigid approach.
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