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Learn More About Buying A Men’s Down Jacket

It’s rugged warmth for the winter season. Bundle up for backcountry in a performance men’s down jacket.

The right men’s down jacket warms and protects without weighing you down. And the latest down jackets for men are outfitted with technology-inspired features that help you conquer bitter temperatures.

A down jacket with a soft, brushed interior feels cozy when Mother Nature is unpredictable. Articulated arms and stretchable fabrication let you carve up slopes or work in the snow with ease. Choose from a variety of styles, colors and features from brands like The North Face®, Columbia®, Patagonia® and Marmot®.

Buying Tips

Down jackets are filled with the fluffy under coatings of ducks and geese. Down is a staple of the winter season—and for good reason. This material is nature’s best insulator, providing the most warmth with the least bulk and weight.

Down compresses easily and remains breathable. It’s exceptionally durable and produces naturally high loft to trap warm air with efficiency. Down’s only vulnerability is moisture. These jackets must be constructed with highly water-repellent or waterproof materials, because down absorbs and retains moisture when exposed to water.

Pair your down jacket with a waterproof soft shell layer for an extra degree of protection in wet weather. Look for a men’s down jacket with extra pockets and zippered compartments, perfect for stashing small essentials or warming your hands.

Expert Advice

The efficiency of your down jacket is measured by its “fill power,” or the amount of space in the garment taken up by an ounce of down. The higher the fill power, the more warmth your jacket provides.

In addition to the insulator, think about the level of weatherproofing your jacket offers. Jackets with no water resistance are highly breathable, often making for an ideal mid-layer beneath a soft shell jacket.

Water-resistant jackets are not entire waterproof. They delay, but cannot prevent, water seepage. Jackets that are waterproof with critical seams taped offer the most protection, but can feel heavy during wear.

Looking for more? Check out the entire collection of men’s insulated jackets at DICK’S Sporting Goods.