The best of… this winter’s technical jackets
Patagonia Micro Puff
Manufacturers have finally developed synthetic waterproof fibers as warm as 800-fill down, and the best of the new crop of jackets is this Patagonia hoodie. It’s $50 less than the down version and “almost indistinguishable in warmth and feel.”
L.L. Bean Ultralight 850 Down Sweater
If you’ll be traveling between a cold climate and a warm one, “this jacket is essential.” Filled with water-resistant 850-fill down, the windproof puffer weighs just 10 ounces and packs into its own pocket.
Source: New York Times
Eddie Bauer Evertherm Jacket
You don’t have to look like the Michelin Man to stay warm. The down in Eddie Bauer’s new jacket, rather than being blown into chambers, is bonded in an ultrathin sheet. It can keep you warm in temperatures well below zero.
Source: Men’s Journal
The North Face Ventrix
Designed for climbers, the North Face’s new winter coat combines state-of-the-art synthetic insulation with strategically placed micro vents that open or close depending on body temperature.
Filson Down Cruiser
Not all technical jackets rely on space-age materials. This rugged, down-filled coat is made of rain-repellent oiled canvas and has two lined “hand warmer” pockets. Stylewise, it’s “suited for both New York City streets and Wyoming hunting lodges.”