6 Puffy Coats We Tried and Loved


Our Favorite Insulated Jackets for Utah Winters

In the Salt Lake City-area outdoor community, a puffy coat is standard three-season attire. Add on a beanie and your winter wardrobe is dialed. Whether you favor down or synthetic insulation, there’s a host of techy and urban-styled options available this season.

So whether you need a new puffy for yourself, a loved one, or a child, check out our favorites first:

merrellMerrell Silversun Featherless Puffer 
Synthetic or Down: synthetic, Thinsulate
The most fashionista-ish and bold style of those tested, this puffy has 600 grams of warm featherless insulation. The DWR coating means it’s no biggie if you get sprinkled or snowed on it.

Review: We love the baffled design that stretches to fit your form while still appearing fitted. The faux fur hood zips off easily if that’s not your style, and while we love the look of it when the hood is down, it’s an overwhelming amount of fur when the hood is on. So consider removing it if you’re planning to wear the hood often. Don’t be dissuaded by the bold look, this coat looks great on! $230 merrell.com

outdoor-research-placidOutdoor Research Women’s Placid Jacket

Synthetic or Down: 700-fill power down

This stylish bomber jacket style is at home in the city, but it’s made of weather-resistant, durable fabrics so don’t be afraid to take it into the great outdoors! The removable hood cinches tight to shield you on gusty days.

Review: Love the urban style! Our only gripe with the design is that it’s a bit shorter and tighter than expected, so consider sizing up if you like a looser fit.$275 outdoorresearch.com

diodeOutdoor Research Men’s Diode Jacket

Synthetic or Down: 70% DWR-treated down 30% PrimaLoft® synthetic insulation

Stuffed with a unique blend of DWR-treated down and synthetic Primaloft so you stay dry in situations where pure down would normally wet out. The water-resistant down makes up the bulk of the body with weatherproof PrimaLoft® Gold insulation in shoulders, hood, and other areas most likely to get wet. Great for belaying or during ice climbing or skiing, but versatile enough for any cold weather pursuit.

Review: This jacket topped our men’s testing because it combines the benefits of down and synthetic insulation into a lightweight yet warm coat that’s super compressible, making it easy to stuff in a pack. Guys loved the ability to have one winter coat that’s usable for a range of hobbies and activities. $325 outdoorresearch.com

cotopaxi tinjinCotopaxi Unisex Tianjin Jacket

Synthetic or Down: 600-fill waterproof down

Newcomer to the apparel scene and local Utah brand, Cotopaxi, has upped their game this year with eye-catching, functional products made high-quality fabrics.

The unisex design means guys and girls can wear the same style, but note that men’s and women’s specific modern cuts are offered so it will have a tailored fit for your body type.

Review: The polyurethane-backed canvas fabric provides excellent water resistance for Utah’s snowy winters, and we love that it’s stuffed with waterproof 600-fill down so it’s not a one-trick pony just for sunny days. Also works great as a jacket to wear for a night out as it doesn’t appear as technical as it actually is. $250 cotopaxi.com


Patagonia Baby Puffy

Synthetic or Down: 100% Traceable Down

Made for infants up to toddlers, this reversible, lightweight jacket is insulated with 100% Traceable Down, meaning Patagonia assures it was never force-fed or live-plucked. The lining fabric is also Bluesign® approved.

Review: We get it, $120 is a lot to spend on a rapidly growing baby, but if you’re planning on adding more than one tiny tot to your family, this warm coat is a great investment. It’s built to be handed down and will last and last. Plus, if your baby spends as much time outside as you do, he/she is going to need a high-quality winter coat. When your baby spills or spits up, we love that the reversible design allows you to hide it until you can wash it or switch jackets. $120 patagonia.com

patagonia nano puffPatagonia Nano Puff- Special Edition

Synthetic or Down: synthetic, 60g PrimaLoft® Gold Insulation

A go-to for fall hikes or about-town wear, this light, windproof and water-resistant jacket is stuffed with compressible PrimaLoft® Gold Insulation and packs into its own pocket. Perfect to throw in a backpack or suitcase as a small, spare layer. Also available in full zip, but the pullover style is a great alternative that makes it more of a shirt-feel than a jacket.
Review: I actually got my Nano Puff years ago, but felt compelled to include it here because it’s incredible…and on sale! Love the light-as-air design and the pullover style. The only negative about it that always comes to mind are the lack of pockets. I think a kangaroo front pouch pocket would catapult this jacket to one of my most favorite, but no pockets makes it a bit more limiting, but great for layering under a larger coat.
The special edition retails for $219, but it’s currently on sale for just $153 (less than the normal Nano Puff) so get the special edition while there’s a deal! Available for men and women, men’s pictured. $153 patagonia.com

About Author

Jenny Willden is the Managing Editor of Outdoor Sports Guide and a self-proclaimed gear and grammar nut. She's a member of the North American Travel Journalists Association and the Adventure Travel Trade Association. A lover of adventure and travel, she's happiest when riding horses or snowboarding in Utah’s mountains. Follow Jenny’s exploits on Twitter @jennywillden or Instagram @jlwillden.

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