Mountain Equipment Lightline Down Jacket for men is a durable and warm hooded jacket. This jacket would work as a stand-alone in almost all cold dry conditions, or under a shell in wet conditions, due to the impressive warmth it provides. While it doesn’t have the highest warmth-to-weight ratio, it is a solid choice for non-technical cold weather use.
The Backcountry Silver Fork 750 Hooded Jacket for men is a versatile, durable, and adjustable mid-range down jacket. While this jacket won’t break your bank account, there are less expensive options. With that said, the jacket’s design and construction is solid, making this a nice choice when looking for a warm and functional down jacket.
The Outdoor Research Floodlight Down Jacket for men is the answer to the age-old question “what should I wear to keep me both warm AND dry?” This jacket is both water- and windproof, with 800-fill down that keeps you warm in chilly (but not extremely cold) temps. The fitted hood garners the most praise, while the benefits of the tighter cut are debated: it can make wearing a harness inconvenient, but also heats you up quickly. Overall, this is a quality jacket that can actually keep you warm and dry in a cold, wet environment.
The Arc’teryx Cerium LT Down Jacket for men is lightweight, stylish and warm. Due to its high warmth-to-weight ratio and athletic design, it is in the top-tier of lightweight down jackets.
Outdoor Research hit a sweet spot with their Transcendent Hooded Down Jacket. Offering a wide variety of colors, this stylish and affordable puffy is a solid companion on and off the trail. While this jacket is no featherweight, it gets the job done.
The Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer Jacket for men provides solid mid-layer warmth at a minimal weight. While there are warmer down jackets on the market, few provide so many features with such little weight, making the Ghost Whisperer a nice choice for outdoor adventures in moderate to cool weather.
The Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer Hooded Down Jacket for men is a super-light and thin jacket that provides surprising warmth and is best used as a mid-layer in multiple climates. The lack of durability may not make this suitable for an outer layer in rough conditions, but the mobility, packability, and wind/water-resistance make this a great choice for many excursions.
The Patagonia Down Sweater Hooded Jacket for men is great for outdoor adventures in cold climates due to the warmth factor, comfortable fit and feel, and protective hood. The color variety, flattering fit, and versatility make this jacket a top choice for activities ranging from going on a hike to going to the store.
The Cerium LT hoody for men is one of the best mid-layer down jackets on the market. It is lightweight yet very warm and also provides some wind and water resistance. The fit allows heat to be retained, and the material provides durability while remaining comfortable and proving to be an ideal choice for layering over baselayers, or under weather-resistant shells.
The Patagonia Down Sweater Jacket is a classic. It covers all the bases with its warmth, light weight, stylish look and ethical down. While there may be lighter down jackets and warmer down jackets out there, the Patagonia Down Sweater Jacket is an ideal combination of features and performance that will suit most people.