When you love the great outdoors, you don’t let cold and wet weather dampen your enthusiasm for outdoor activities such as hiking and backpacking. A helpful bit of gear on such excursions is a warm but lightweight jacket. It especially helps if you can find one that can withstand the rigors of colder weather but not add significantly to what you need to carry. Enter the packable jacket, light enough to condense into a pouch or a pocket, but warm and weatherproof enough to give you needed insulation and keep out the wind. Here are are top 10 best men’s packable jackets.
Puffy doesn’t have to mean bulky, as you’ll find when you slip on the Hawke & Co Men’s Packable Down Puffer Jacket. This quilted jacket only weighs a pound and can be tucked inside its own inside pocket for easy portability. Made from nylon, it’s got a zip front and stand up collar and is also machine washable. You can pick what color suits you, from standard black to loden, pine or clover. All these features help to make this Hawke jacket our #1 puffer jacket.
Hawk & Co shows off another popular choice with their second men’s Packable Down Puffer Jacket. This machine washable nylon jacket is attractively quilted and has side entry pockets with zippers. The down fill will keep you comfortable on chilly days, and the jacket packs easily inside its own pocket.
Comfortable, warm and economical are some of the ways you’ll hear the 32Degrees Weatherproof Men’s Packable Down Puffer Jacket discussed. It has a completely nylon shell with down fill inside. Its on seam side entry pockets provide a nice, casual touch. When you’re on the backpacking trail, you can tuck it into its color coordinated pouch for easy carrying.
Sometimes it can come in handy if your packable jacket has a hood. In that case, check out the Z-SHOW™ Men’s Winter Thicken Packable Down Jacket With Hood. Both the shell and the lining are 100% polyester, while the fill is 85% premium duck down and 15% feathers. The collar is extra high, and in tandem with the hood can help to keep you warm in a cold wind. A good budget purchase, but you should note that the manufacturer does recommend that it be dry cleaned. You can choose this jacket in red, navy, gray, black or blue.
You might want to take a peek at yet another of the quality packable jackets in the Hawk & Co line: the Hawke & Co Men’s Hooded Down Puffer Packable Jacket. Similar to their other packable jackets in its quality, this one features a detachable hood and zippered side-entry pockets. Thin and light enough to work as a sub-layer of insulation, it comes with zip closed nylon bag in which you can pack it. The shell is made from 100% nylon. When you need to clean this jacket, you can just toss it in the wash.
Looking for a packable vest? If you want something durable for damp and chilly days, you can turn to 32 Degrees Weatherproof. Their Men’s Down Packable Vest With Storage Bag is very soft, with 650 fill power. It zippers up the front and also has a zip front placket and two zippered pockets. You can choose it in gray, army green, black or blue, and it comes with its own storage bag.
Whether you decide to wear it as a middle or outer layer, you’ll likely find the Arcteryx Thorium AR Jacket a stylish and functional jacket choice. The nylon “face fabric” is moisture resistant and you’ll find the 750 fill of the gray goose down provides warmth and comfort. They’ve placed the fill and insulating layers in places where you need them most. You’ll also appreciate its zippered hand pockets and its snug front zipper ending in a high collar. The elastic cuffs and drawstring hem provide further protection against unwanted drafts.
Last but not least, you’ll enjoy the sleek look of the Kenneth Cole New York Men’s Packable Down Jacket. This quilted nylon jacket comes in the understated but classic colors of black, dark tin or mulberry and provides nice casual style along with warmth. Its liner is also made from nylon and it has 90% down and 10% feathers for the fill. Yet another easy to pack and easy to care for jacket, it comes with a storage bag. A zippered front, side entry pockets and a stand collar are some of its other features.