This vest features sleek quilt lines and classic styling. Deep baffles are stuffed with premium goose down. Features an inside chest pocket, zippered hand pockets and hem cinch cord.
A tad bulky, if that’s a concern.
Features a durable nylon shell with 80 percent duck down insulation. Boasts water-resistant fabric, adjustable hem and large inside pocket for storing valuables. Zippered hand pockets.
Insulation isn’t the highest grade.
Features a polyester shell and lining with a stand-collar design to keep your neck warm. Quilted and windproof, with one interior pocket and zippered hand pockets. Compacts well.
Polyester fill instead of actual down.
This vest features a nylon shell and lining, and 90 percent duck down insulation. Stretch arm holes and raised collar are nice features. Compacts nicely into an included carry pouch.
Not as warm as goose down vests.
Quilted and water-resistant, this vest has a durable nylon shell and lining, and duck down and feather insulation. Stand-up collar and elasticized arm holes provide extra warmth. Zippered hand pockets.
No waist drawstring. Too thin for regular winter use.
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Down provides incredible warmth by trapping air, creating a barrier of insulation between you and the outside. Natural goose or duck down is the warmest option, but when exposed to moisture it becomes heavy and can’t keep you warm as well as synthetic down. A down vest keeps your core warm while leaving your arms free for additional mobility. Baffles are the horizontal pockets that hold down, and larger baffles give down more space to loft, or capture air. Down vests have shells typically made of nylon or polyester and may be water resistant. Make sure the jacket you choose has enough pockets for all of your valuables.
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