When you go shopping for a winter coat, you’ll soon find that you are faced with an often-intimidating number of choices. Many people gravitate toward down-filled jackets, but have you ever wondered why? Is down right for you? Let’s take a look at the appeal of down jackets, whether they are suited to your needs, and how to shop for a good one.
Basically, down jackets have been insulated with the soft under feathers of a duck or goose, or a combination of the two. The result is a very warm jacket that keeps the wearer very warm. Goose down is generally considered to be the warmest and lightest, but it’s also the most expensive. Duck down jackets are also warm and light, with a more affordable price tag.
Real-deal down vs. synthetic fibres
There are several reasons why down jackets are preferred over those stuffed with synthetic fibres, but down isn’t without its downsides, too. First, down jackets are very light (they are stuffed with feathers, after all!) when compared to a synthetic version. However, because a large number of feathers is necessary to fill the average jacket, down jackets can seem bulkier to wear than those filled with synthetic materials.
Also, because down jackets keep you very warm, they may not be suitable if you are going to be wearing the jacket while doing active outdoor activities such as skiing. You may find that you get overheated. A synthetic fibre jacket will be more breathable in these cases.
Another thing to consider when purchasing a down jacket is that they usually aren’t waterproof. If you live in an area that gets lots of snow and rain, you may find that your jacket gets damp. If that happens, the jacket will lose its ability to keep you warm.
Whether it’s winter jackets for men or winter jackets for women, it’s important to weigh all of these factors before deciding to choose a down-filled jacket. If you are typically cold person who wants a jacket that will provide maximum warmth and you don’t live in a rainy climate, a down-filled jacket can be a good choice. They are warm, light and cozy. On the other hand, if you tend to be warmer, if you want to wear the jacket during outdoor active pursuits, or if you expect to have to ensure lots of rain and/or heavy wet snow, a down-filled jacket may not be the best choice. If you do choose a down jacket, find one that fits well and is in a flattering shape.
It’s best to opt for a smaller size than you think you need, so the garment fits close to the body and provides maximum freedom of movement and warmth.