Our 5 Best Men’s & Women’s Insulated Jackets

Our pick of some of our best insulated jackets...

Preparing for the colder seasons can be quite the challenge. You might want to opt for an all-round down jacket, or your preference may be something more technical. When it comes to choosing the right down jacket, research is key. To help you out, we’ve had a look at this season’s top picks for down jackets with our buyers Amy and Sam, and if you still can’t decide, they’ve also highlighted a few synthetic jackets, a perfect alternative to keep you warm this season.

Women’s down jackets:

1. Mountain Equipment Lightline Jacket

The Mountain Equipment Lightline is a down jacket for cooler conditions. The high quality of insulation gives it an excellent warmth-to-weight ratio, making it great at keeping you warm when you’re enjoying a well-earned cup of tea after a long day of adventure. The Lightline jacket is the perfect companion for any winter adventure, from hill walking to winter expeditions.


Perfect for: Cold winter adventures


Synthetic fill: 225g of 700 fill power down, 90/10 down to feather ratio


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2. Jack Wolfskin Selenium

With this down jacket, you’re ready for your next winter adventure. It’s a warm, light and comfortable jacket with angled baffle constructions. The combination of baffle widths accentuates its feminine contours creating a flattering fit. With fewer seems in key areas and a slightly longer back length, body heat is retained, keeping you warmer for longer. 


Perfect for: All kinds of Winter adventures from lower level walking to casual use


Synthetic fill: 700 fill power white duck down, 90:10; hood is synthetic: 100% polyester, 80g/m²


Shop Jack Wolfskin Selenium 

3. Ayacucho Atlas III Jacket 

The Ayacucho Atlas III is a lifestyle jacket with technical features and attention to detail. In a bright red, matt finished fabric, this jacket can offer a colourful alternative to keep you warm this season. It’s a very lightweight piece that is easily packable. 


Perfect for: Casual Day-to-Day use as well as less extreme hiking adventures


Synthetic fill: 700 fill power Hydrophobic goose down, 90:10 down to feather ratio


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Womens synthetic jackets:

4. The North Face Thermoball Full Zip 

The North Face Thermoball jacket is sythethic, lightweight and packable. With its green colour and contrasting metaluxe zip, this jacket can add a touch of sparkle to the darker winter days. This jacket is extremely versatile. Great for keeping you warm during winter walks or at the pub. 

Perfect for: Everything from winter strolls to Day-to-Day wear


Down fill: Primaloft Thermoball, 102 g/m² throughout the body, 160g/m² in collar

Shop The North Face Thermoball Full Zip

5. Rab Nebula Jacket

The Nebula jacket from Rab offers another great alternative to down, made with 3M Cirrus insulation. It’s a longer length and has a polymer peaked hood to provide extra protection. The hood is also helmet compatible. Due to its synthetic filling, this jacket is perfect for the UK’s unpredictable weather. 


Perfect for: Technical all-round Jacket


Synthetic fill: 212g/m² of Cirrus powered by 3M


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Men's down jackets:

1. Rab Microlight Alpine Jacket

The Microlight Alpine is a narrow baffle down jacket that’s easily packable and very lightweight, perfect as a layering piece for climbers and winter adventurers. This jacket also looks great around town, so it’s at home wherever you’re exploring.


Perfect for: Every day to Alpine


Down fill: 750 FP Hydrophobic European goose down, 90:10 down to feather ratio


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2. Mountain Equipment Arete Hooded Jacket

The Mountain Equipment Arete Hooded Jacket is a lightweight insulation jacket, using durable water-resistant down to keep you warm. It’s a minimalist jacket that is very easily packable. With its hand warmer pockets and insulated hood, you won’t be losing any of that much needed heat. This jacket is a trustworthy companion that can be used on its own, but can also be used as a mid-layer in extreme conditions. 


Perfect for: Technical Jacket, perfect for climbing


Down fill: 700 hydrophobic down, 90:10 down to feather ratio


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3. Rab Asylum Jacket

The Rab Asylum is a retro-looking jacket that is durable and very warm. It’s a technical piece of kit that is great for climbing or bouldering. It has a high warmth-to-weight ratio and the Eskimo hood will keep you warm in the frostiest conditions. 


Perfect for: Winter climbing 


Synthetic fill: 650FP hydrophobic duck down, 90:10 down to feather ratio


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Men's synthetic jackets:

4. The North Face Thermoball Hoodie

The North Face Thermoball Hoodie utilises Primaloft Thermoball synthetic fill which makes it incredibly light and warm. The real benefit of this fill, is that it mimics down in its structure, yet retains a lot of its warmth when wet. The materials and construction of this jacket make it easily packable. The durable outer ripstop fabric makes this jacket a great option for climbing.


Perfect for: All season layering


Synthetic fill: PrimaLoft Thermoball: Body: 118g/m², Underarms: 102g/m², Collar: 140g/m²


Shop The North Face Thermoball Hoodie

5. Jack Wolfskin Mens Glacier Canyon Parka

The Jack Wolfskin Men's Glacier Canyon Parka uses a synthetic fibre insulation to keep you warm. Being waterproof, windproof and breathable, it’s great for use in a variety of conditions. The hard-wearing fabric is designed to withstand the abrasion caused by your bag and straps. With four hip pockets and two chest pockets to keep all your essentials, what more could you need for your upcoming city break? 


Perfect for: Urban Winter adventures


Down fill: Microguard synthetic fibre insulation: 200 g/m²


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