ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Stay Warm this Winter with a Goose Down Puffer Jacket

Updated on January 1, 2011

Puffer Jacket, my Favorite Winter Jacket

With my puffer jacket I am ready for winter this year, and good thing to as it has hit early! I actually have several. I have a reletively cheep puffer jacket for work, a fitted Rab puffer jacket for going out on the town and a big extra warm Puffer for extreme outdoor type activities.

With my extreme and even my work puffer I have managed to stay warm in the coldest weather. Take for instance a camping trip right on the coast, literally walking distance from the beach, a week before christmas. I should have froze my toes off! We had snow that year and only crazy people camp during the winter right? Well we managed to stay toasty warm!

If you live somewhere that gets cold winters, or is starting to get cold winters you really need a good warm puffer jacket! Read on if you want to know what qualities to look for in choosing a good puffer jacket or just go on and find one in your price range! You will love your puffer if you get a good one! Just be sure to get a down filled puffer, that is the most important thing to a warm puffer.

Down Filled Winter Puffer Jackets

My down filled puffer jackets range from low end to high end. When I say low end I am simply referring to the cost/quality ratio. My low end work puffer is made from heavy materials and while it keeps me as warm as my mid range puffer it is very heavy. This would not be suitable for outdoor activities beyond work of course.

My mid range jacket is very light weight, it uses a very lightweight outer material and goose down, as opposed to duck down. The warmth to weight ratio is what makes good goose down so much better the duck down. With a good goose down filling I have a very light weight jacket that has a nice fitted shape and is great to keep me warm around town when I would rather not look like the Michelin Man.

My high end puffer is equally as light as my mid range jacket but is very very warm and when temperatures really drop. This jacket is not fitted but it does have a larger volume of down feathers and that is why it is so wonderfully warm.

If things get really cold I can actually wear my  mid range puffer under my high end puffer and I will likely over heat! As a woman the very idea of overheating in sub zero temperatures is a lovely one indeed! I have actually overheated in my work puffer at work because I was wearing a cheep pair of skiing trousers as well (I work outdoors in my day job, year round too).

What to look for in a Puffer Jacket

When looking for a puffer jacket to keep you really warm in bad weather (especially if you cannot stay warm and snug indoors) there are a few things to consider.

One big thing to consider is the outer material. With a puffer jacket you do not want the jacket to get soaking wet and will want something that is at least water resistant. No point in having a warm jacket and then getting wet and having the water leach all your bodies heat away from you! This also includes the need for breathe ability, if you start to sweat in your puffer and the moisture does not have anywhere to go it will stay on your skin, and will leach the heat away from your body. I simply will not buy most synthetic puffer jackets for this reason, synthetic materials are notorious for their lack of breathe ability.

The next thing to consider with a puffer jacket is the fill. You can get goose down or duck down, you can also get a mix of both. Lets say you want to take an expedition to the south pole, can't get much colder then that, you will want more then just goose down, you will want a lot of goose down! This is often measured in what is called a 'fill power' or something similar. My husbands down jacket has a fill power of 850 and his jacket is sold for polar expeditions (it was quite expensive) and around town he will not zip it up and will wear a t-shirt underneath. 

The last thing I consider, and I think it is quite important, is how durable will your jacket be? My first puffer was on sale and was a name brand one, it took no time at all for holes in the outer material to appear, the feathers where coming out all the time! I think that puffer lasted one winter season only and that is just no good, not even for the cheep price I paid. I still have the jacket but only so I can keep the feathers and maybe use them to sew my own puffer vest (when I actually have the time to do so!).

I ask you, would you pay £50 (or dollars) for a jacket that wont last for longer then one winter or pay £100+ for a jacket that will last years? If you are unsure let me just say that in 2 years you will have spent the same as if you had bought a good quality jacket and in 3 years you will be going into the negative, even for a basic low end work jacket. Your health and comfort are worth investing in in my opinion.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • profile image

      Evaline 

      3 years ago

      Haelulljah! I needed this-you're my savior.

    • profile image

      James 

      3 years ago

      We be aware such as Im continuously lnikoog by reason associated with welcoming items to pore more than close by numerous subjects, however i be successful to incorporate your own install among my reads each and every life time since you give delivery to compelling entries that I appear forth to.

    • profile image

      Luis 

      3 years ago

      Your web blog landed in place with my look for, now i am whitin amaze with the items you've got released during this theme. We're currently lengthening my very own study and consequently are not able to invest additionally, insurance plan, I've saved to fav your internet website and i also will undoubtedly be okay get caught up with any sort of messages. Simply just adore it in addition to are grateful for enduring your short review.

    • kirstenblog profile imageAUTHOR

      kirstenblog 

      7 years ago from London UK

      I love puffers! A good quality one with good down is just so warm and cozy. I guess it comes down to the fact that these birds do just fine in the cold, their feathers are designed for holding in the heat. Thanks for reading and leaving a comment, always love to read comments! :)

    • katiem2 profile image

      katiem2 

      7 years ago from I'm outta here

      Awesome I feel warm and cozy just looking at these puffer jackets. Thanks for the great product review. We can sure use puffer jackets here in Ohio. :)

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)