The Best Men's Puffer Jackets

This test includes thicker winter jackets designed to keep you warm even when you are not generating your own heat through movement, such as at a belay or when camping for the night. These models are heavier but warmer than the thinner versions found in our lightweight insulated jacket review.

Our favorite piece in this test was the Brooks-Range Mojave. It is filled with water- resistant down that dries quickly and is thicker and warmer than the ultralight jackets we tested, but not much heavier.

We put the best men’s puffer jackets to the test by packing these warm jackets in our backpacks and bundling up at belays on mountaineering and ice climbing trips.

Review Year
Best in Class
Overall Rating
Price
Name Overall Rating Ratings The Good The Bad Price
Brooks Range Mojave Down Jacket
91
Warmth 8
Fit 8
Compressibility 9
Weight 9
Features 8
Value 9

Water-repellant down—dries much faster than regular down

Very light for its warmth and compressibility

One of the warmest jackets in the test

Good value

Zipper pull doesn't work well

MSRP
$300.00
BEST DEAL
N/A
Marmot Greenland Baffled Jacket
82
Fit 5
Warmth 10
Compressibility 5
Weight 7
Features 8
Value 7

Warmest jacket in the test

Easily layers over anything

Doesn't ride up when reaching

Packs small for its size

Feels bulky and big—but that just goes with the territory

MSRP
$425.00
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Mountain Hardwear B’Layman Jacket
79
Fit 7
Warmth 7
Compressibility 5
Weight 4
Features 9
Value 7

Good value for warmth and features

Fits well over climbing gear

Two way zipper for harness access

Sheds water well

Not very compressible

Cuffs felt restrictive and exposed wrists on reaches

MSRP
$300.00
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Mountain Hardwear Nilas Jacket
76
Fit 7
Warmth 7
Compressibility 5
Weight 6
Features 5
Value 6

Light! Half the weight of true 8000m outerwear

The fit for climbing is excellent: simple and stripped down

Butter jersey cuffs are amazing and comfortable

The face fabric offers a lot of protection without feeling too stiff

Just the right number of pockets for an 8000m summit day

No zipper pulls—a huge oversight for mitt users

Requires another insulation layer on really cold days

Insulation not as well distributed as with the Nilas Bib

Insulation didn’t hold up particularly well

MSRP
$550.00
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Sierra Designs TOV DriDown
75
Fit 6
Warmth 5
Compressibility 4
Weight 6
Features 7
Value 7

Easy to put on and take off at belay stances

Trim fit, more casual looking

Handy inside pocket

Good value

Water-repellant down—dries much more quickly than regular down

Not very compressible

Not as warm as other jackets in test

MSRP
$260.00
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Helly Hansen Odin Belay
73
Warmth 4
Fit 8
Compressibility 7
Weight 6
Features 3
Value 5

Weather resistant exterior

Warm for its weight

Good temperature regulation

Zipper snagged regularly

Compressibility was fair, not great

MSRP
$350.00
BEST DEAL
N/A
Brooks Range Mojave Down Jacket

With a rack of down jackets to choose from, this was the one we reached for the most. It all came down to the weight. This is a super warm jacket, but it doesn't have a weight penalty, and with the water-resistant down and great fit, it comes at a very fair value for its price.

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Marmot Greenland Baffled Jacket

A big, puffy jacket best reserved for cold places, winter camping or the chronically cold. It's a bit bulky for skiing with, but at rest stops or at camp its high warmth to weight ratio will be appreciated.

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Mountain Hardwear B’Layman Jacket

If you’re looking for a dependably warm, synthetic fill jacket, this a good choice. It was one of the warmest synthetic puffies we've tried and proved its ability to shuck weather. It’s a great choice for coastal places where precip doesn't always fall as snow.

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Helly Hansen Odin Belay

The least warm of the down jackets we tested for this review, the Helly Hansen Odin Belay scored bonus points for its streamlined fit and easy layering. For compressibility and weight-to-warmth ratio check out some of the other options, but it’s a good choice for a puffy with a wide comfort range.

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What is a Puffer (or Puffy) Insulated Jacket?

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If you like to be outdoors during the winter months, then you need a jacket to keep you warm in frigid temperatures. The first decision when shopping for a warm layer is: when will you most often wear the jacket? If you are going to wear it between periods of exertion, after you have worked up a sweat, you will need a slightly different design than a jacket to wear around town or for staying warm during periods of sitting and standing.

Puffer jackets insulation is usually down or synthetic, or a hybrid of the two. Down tends to be more expensive, compressible and lighter weight, while synthetic insulation is often cheaper and more water resistant, yet bulkier. Down jackets make for winter jackets that are notably warm for the weight. That is down’s best feature. The negative aspect of a down puffy is that down is vulnerable to moisture and precipitation. When the feathers get wet they clump together and the small spaces between the feathers that hold the heat are closed. However, modern waterproof fabrics and water resistant down treatments can help extend the range in which a down jacket is adequate. The bottom line is: if you choose a down jacket as your winter layer, it will be compressible, warm and lightweight, but not entirely weatherproof.

If you choose a puffer jacket to be your belay jacket while climbing or mountaineering, make sure the hood fits over your helmet and has cinch features to keep out wind and cold. Also evaluate the sleeve cuffs and make sure they are compatible with your glove cuffs, whether you want your gloves to go inside the jacket sleeves or you have gloves with gauntlets that fit over your jacket sleeves.