You can't deny that when it comes to warmth, puffer coats make for one of, if not the, best coat styles imaginable. These squishy, ultra-cozy finds come in all different lengths and styles to keep you toasty from head to toe without weighing you down. Read on for tips on how to choose the best puffer coats to suit your needs and our suggestions for where to find them.
How to Choose a Puffer Coat
When it comes down to choosing any one puffer jacket over another, the main factor to consider is insulation. While down (the fluffy substance beneath an animal’s feathers) is considered to be the gold standard of insulation, other synthetic materials may better suit your needs, particularly if you plan to use it in wet weather or have allergies. We’ve broken down the different types for you below.
Down: Dubbed “nature’s best insulator,” down from geese or ducks is king when it comes to keeping warm. This type of insulation is measured by its “fill power rating,” which tells you how many cubic inches of down it has at its maximum loft, or thickness. As a general rule of thumb, the higher the fill power, the warmer the coat, though other factors, such as down weight may also play a role. Fill powers range from 300 to 900, with most high-quality coats netting 550 or above.
Synthetic: There are plenty of reasons you might opt to choose a synthetic fill coat over down. Not only can these materials, including polyester and Primaloft (synthetic microfiber thermal filling), be nearly warm as their down counterparts, there’s no fear of animal cruelty with this purchase. You’re also less likely to experience an allergic reaction to the materials. Finally, synthetics may be a superior choice in wet weather, which can cause down filling to clump.
Synthetic Down: This is a mix of down and synthetic, which allows for more warmth in certain areas of a coat.
Synthetic Wool: A few brands out there may also combine synthetic materials with wool — a material known to resist dampness and odors.
Once you’ve decided on an insulation type, you’ll want to focus on the extras. Added puffer coat details, like faux fur trimming, inner drawcords to keep insulation close, storm flaps, and adjustable cuffs will all do wonders to increase your warmth and comfort. Some jackets are also labeled water resistant (able to resist water to some degree) or durable water repellant (aka DWR, not easily penetrated by water thanks to a special coating placed on the coat).
Cost and weight may also play a role in your decision, as down coats tend to be on the pricier side and heavier pieces may be uncomfortable.
The Best Puffer Coats
After taking all of these factors into consideration, FIRST for Women has rounded up some of the best puffer coats on the market. Keep reading to find out which ones made the cut!
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