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The 7 Best Women's Puffy, Down & Insulated Jackets of 2020

As one of the best forms of insulation that exists for outdoor gear, down has many benefits. It’s unparalleled warmth, lighter weight and packability make it a great choice for skiing and riding in the winter as well as backpacking and mountaineering at higher elevations in the summer. Whether on the trails, belaying at the crag, or running errands in the city, these jackets have tons of different uses and save weight and space in your backpack along the way. As worthy layering pieces for those frigid days on the slopes, they are just as useful for all of the winter activities you enjoy on their own, including snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, or trail running. Not only that, puffy, down, and synthetic insulated jackets easily transition to city living for early morning chilly dog walks and wintertime commutes in colder, drier climates.

It is up to you to decide what you use it for, but regardless of your outdoor activity of choice, down jackets have evolved to become tougher and more weather resistant over the years, meaning that there is something for everyone. We have picked our favorites below for the season, whether that means synthetic insulation (more on that later), natural down, or a little bit of both. These are our top picks from mountain to city that check all the boxes when it comes to fit, function, and features.


Patagonia Micro Puff™ Hoodie

The best women's puffy & down jackets of 2020
 

Whether you’re running, climbing, or sliding on snow, Patagonia’s Micro Puff Hoodie is a worthy option year-round. Its name comes from the fact that it is light as can be, which comes in handy when you are looking for a jacket that keeps you warm and packs easily in your bag for a weekend trip. When you stash it away in your backpack, it won’t take up more space than a couple of your trail snacks and won’t add any unwanted extra weight that could slow you down on the ascent.

The PlumaFill synthetic insulation replicates the structure and feel of down, so you have all the benefits of the natural material, but with added warmth performance when things get wet. When you want to wear this puff on the mountain, the hood is helmet-compatible and you’ve got a DWR finish to help prevent any moisture from the snow soaking through your layers. Its lightweight feel makes it a perfect option for post-ski activities too, including long-distance chilly trail runs and strolling about in the city. If you’re on the search for a lightweight and packable down jacket, the Micro Puff and its synthetic insulation are one of your best bets for outdoor activities all year round.

StyleInsulation Original Price
Lightweight PuffySynthetic 65g PlumaFill Insulation$299

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Arc'teryx Cerium LT Hoodie

The best women's puffy & down jackets of 2020
 

Arc’teryx is synonymous with top of the line gear, and their Cerium LT hoodie continues the trend. With a jacket that is just as light as it is warm (with LT standing for lightweight), this is a go-to piece as a mid-layer or standalone jacket for demanding sub-zero days. It is incredibly versatile and just as useful in the city for those cold morning commutes as it is for layering in the backcountry.

This lightweight down jacket packs in the best of both worlds, with 850 fill-power down that is guaranteed to keep you warm in the spots where you are most likely to start shivering. On top of that, synthetic insulation is strategically placed where you might overheat or get wet like the cuffs, armpits, and shoulders. If moisture happens to creep in, you won’t lose the benefits of the insulation. This hoodie packs up small in your pack, saving you from carrying extra weight when headed up the skin track. Inside the chest pocket, there is a handy stuff sack that lets you pack up the jacket for easy transport. When you want to be out there no matter how cold it gets, the Cerium LT Hoodie is one of the best women's down jackets and is sure to find its way to your winter wish list.

StyleInsulation Original Price
Lightweight Puffy850-fill Goose Down/Coreloft™ Synthetic Insulation$379

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Rab® Deep Cover Parka

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The ultimate piece for keeping you cozy off the hill, you’re going to have a hard time taking this jacket off, even when you get back home after your commute or stroll around town. When it comes to making the most out of those freezing winter temperatures on your way out the door in the morning, Rab’s stylishly designed Deep Cover Parka is a must-have. Known for creating dependable gear in the high alpine - think expedition sleeping bags and the like, Rab® knows a thing or two about keeping you warm and comfortable in cold and challenging environments.

When it comes to their streetwear, they’ve taken their skills honed atop mountain summits and combined it into a down parka that is not only incredibly warm, but also incredibly flattering. With a stylish yet functional longer fit along with a detachable faux fur hood, the design is on point. Not only that, but the insulation is ethically sourced to give you peace of mind when choosing your next off-hill winter jacket. With exterior nylon fabric on the outside, the Deep Cover is water-resistant against the snow showers you might encounter when around town for apres-ski or running errands. When faced with cool temperatures off the mountain and around town, this is the jacket we are reaching for.

StyleInsulation Original Price
Heavyweight Puffy650-fill Hydrophobic Duck Down$295

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The North Face ThermoBall™ Super Hoodie

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With a name like the Super Hoodie, you know that this jacket means business. Whether you choose to wear it is an outer layer around town or a mid-layer on the mountain, the Thermoball is a synthetic jacket with a unique insulator designed to mimic the qualities of down but pack an added punch on top. When it gets wet, this jacket still performs as intended in harsher outdoor environments. As a more weather resistant option, it is the perfect companion for backcountry missions and excels as a piece for hiking and adventuring at higher elevations. Its outer shell is tough, durable and leaves plenty of room to pack on the layers or fit over a helmet.

The insulation is made from 100 percent post-consumer recycled polyester, so if you are on the hunt for an environmentally friendly and ethically conscious option without sacrificing anything on the performance side, this jacket fits the bill. The Thermoball also features a stowaway pocket, packing down to quite an impressively small size considering its heavier weight and weatherproofing capabilities. Undeniably warm and suited for various types of weather, The North Face Super Hoodie is an ideal pick when you are looking to get after it in some tougher outdoor conditions.

StyleInsulation Original Price
Midweight Puffy25g ThermoBall Eco 100% Recycled Synthetic$278.95

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Outdoor Research Transcendent Down Pullover

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If you’re a fan of the anorak style, Outdoor Research has got you covered with the Transcendent Pullover. The Transcendent Series has been a long-time favorite and bestseller for climbers, mountaineers, and backpackers alike, with availability in a variety of styles. In this case, that slightly cropped, boxier silhouette that you know and love gets dialed up on the technical side to accompany you on all your favorite winter activities. This all adds up to a hybrid jacket that is perfectly suited for morning commutes in the city as well as day-to-day life up in the mountains.

With this pullover version, you’ve got a side-zip for getting it easily on and off, as well as an internal chest pocket and the trademark pullover kangaroo stash which easily snaps closed to store anything you might need. The left-hand pocket doubles as a stuff sack to quickly and easily pack up the jacket into your bag. When it comes to warmth, you’ve got 650 fill power to keep you toasty. If that wasn’t enough, it is made with all-natural responsibly-sourced insulation as well, so you can feel good about grabbing this jacket on your way out the door in the winter months.

StyleInsulation Original Price
Lightweight Puffy650 Fill Goose Down$229

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The North Face 1996 Retro Nuptse Jacket

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Retro puffs are back in a big way, and if you’re looking to get in on the craze, might we recommend The North Face’s Retro Nuptse Jacket? This puff has got style for miles with the boxy look in a variety of bright colors. With inspiration from the iconic design of the earlier 1996 Nuptse puff, this is a reimagined classic that has plenty of handy performance features to boot. This piece doesn’t mess around when it comes to insulation with 700 filled goose down to keep you warm, and heavier fabric that covers the shoulders to protect against ski edges or other wear and tear. A stowable hood packs into the collar to give you the option to wear it how you want it.

Despite its capabilities in mountain environments, the Nuptse perfectly doubles as a streetwear option to keep you cozy in the city. It’s roomier fit leaves you plenty of room to layer underneath when heading out to dinner or on your way to work. A DWR finish means the Nuptse is weather-resistant and not scared of some light rain or snow showers. This jacket lives up to the hype, and if color blocking and retro-inspired pieces are your thing, this is one of the best women's puffy jackets for you.

StyleInsulation Original Price
Midweight Puffy700 Fill Goose Down$278.95

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Obermeyer Cosima Down Jacket

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As a go-everywhere hybrid option that incorporates the best of both worlds, Obermeyer’s Cosima jacket is one of the brand’s most popular pieces. Why you might ask? That would probably have something to do with the fact that it incorporates both down as well as synthetic insulation. This jacket packs in 550 fill responsibly sourced down to keep you warm on top of additional synthetic insulation that is strategically placed in the lower body and sides. This warming insulation duo gives you the versatility to wear this jacket in a multitude of weather conditions, including when things get wet. Its technical capabilities don’t stop there, however. With a 15K rating when it comes to waterproofing, it can easily weather the storm when the clouds come in, too.

When you’re running the trails or snowshoeing on a sunny day and things start to get a little too toasty, vents give you the flexibility to cool down in a flash. Whether you are on or off the mountain, this jacket ticks all the boxes as a warm, waterproof, and breathable piece that you will love for all its features. No matter what the forecast has in store, the Cosima is an all-weather winter option that will have you covered.

StyleInsulation Original Price
Midweight Puffy550 Fill Duck Down/115g Thermore Synthetic$329

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