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Winter Style Watch: Packable Down Jackets

Updated on February 28, 2018
Add some shimmer with a quilted jacket that will fit neatly in your suitcase.
Add some shimmer with a quilted jacket that will fit neatly in your suitcase. | Source

The packable down jacket is a new fashion trend, for me, at least. My husband and I recently returned from a several-year stay in South America. Upon returning to the States, I found myself in need of outerwear to stave off winter's chill. Much to my surprise, every retailer featured racks of these candy-colored, featherweight, down jackets. Having never seen one, I was more than curious to find out what the big fuss was about.

What the Heck?

I have to admit, I was puzzled when I took my first one off the rack for a try on. The jacket was virtually weightless! The outer fabric felt extremely delicate. I immediately returned it to the hanger and wandered over to more familiar wool jackets. I could not imagine these insubstanital, packable jackets were worth the investment.

Time to Research

However, the more I shopped, the more I saw, and the more I saw, the more I tried on. Still not convinced of their durability and insulating capabilities, I did some online research. I was delighted to learn these ultra light, seemingly delicate puffer coats are definitely up to the task of keeping me toasty warm when the cold winds blow.

Shopping Tips

Whisper-soft, compressible down jackets typically contain a goose down or goose down and duck feather combination. Many are rated for below-zero temperatures, with insulation of up to 800 fill power. When shopping for these jackets, it is best to purchase the best quality you can afford. Lesser-quality jackets tend to leak down and are prone to fabric rips and splits along seams. If you are hard on coats, steer clear of thin outer fabrics. Also consider jackets with tightly patterned quilting to prevent the down insulation from shifting.

Taking the Plunge

I couldn't stand the temptation any longer. I have finally succumbed to the packable jacket trend! And I have to admit, I couldn't be more pleased. It's great to throw on my jacket and not feel like I'm dressing for an Arctic expedition. My new jacket feels no more constrictive than wearing a light sweater. It accentuates my curves without looking bulky. And it is super warm! Here in Las Vegas the low temps drop into the upper 20s and low 30s (I know, it's not Minnesota, but it is chilly for us desert rats!) My jacket keeps me warm on early-morning dog walks and protects from gusty winds. And speaking of dogs, I opted for a slightly thicker outer shell to resist potential damage from doggy claws.

You Know You Want One!

It's time for you to shop for a packable down jacket of your very own. I've made it super easy for you. Check out these great selections from Amazon.com and eBay below. Buy one. I promise, you won't be sorry!

Your Pet Will Love Your Jacket Too!

Cats like packable down jackets as a cozy bed.
Cats like packable down jackets as a cozy bed. | Source

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