The Best Down Jacket
Updated Dec 11, 2022
A high-quality down jacket can keep you comfortable during everything from backyard social gatherings to winter snowshoe adventures. To choose our favorites, 10 testers romped across every corner of New Hampshire’s iconic Presidential Range and throughout the Pacific Northwest in 45 insulated jackets, covering more than 220 miles. We took on conditions that ranged from frosty to wet to mild. After all that, we think Montbell’s Alpine Light Down Jacket (in women’s and men’s sizes) is the best puffy jacket for most people because it is lightweight, warm, and weather-resistant.