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Down jackets provide the insulating layer in a layered clothing approach to heat and cold management. The base layer provides moisture wicking and the down provides insulation to trap and retain heat. Down [from ducks and geese] is the lightest material relative to the amount of warmth it provides. The high warmth to weight ratio is achieved by the loft or space that traps the body's heat. The body remains warm because of the stable micro-climate of warm air created by the loft and trapped heat. The outer layer of the system is typically a technical hard shell jacket which provides near 100% water proof protection as well as wind-proof. More information on layering>>

Recommended down jacket selection criteria:
  • Weight
  • Compressibility
  • Comfortable fit
  • Wind proof, water resistant
  • Allows unrestricted movement

Bottom Line: Select a jacket that is comfortable and allows a full range of movement for belaying on a cold winter day or waiting comfortably in the transition area for your leg of a winter adventure race.

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66 North Iceland Th rsm rk Down Parka - Men's

Get a jacket that can handle even the burliest winter days with the 66 North Iceland Mens Thrsmrk Down Parka.

686 ACC Nexus Down Jacket - Men's

Seek real ultimate power in the 686 ACC Nexus Down Jacket.

Armada Driggs Down Jacket - Men's

Wear the Mens Driggs Down Jacket for ripping deep powder at Grand Targee or catching a show at the Knotty Pine.

Burton AK 2L LZ Down Jacket - Men's

If you get cold or wet when you wear the Burton Mens AK 2L LZ Down Jacket, you should get a Nobel Prize or something because its pretty much impossible.

Burton AK BK Insulator Jacket - Men's

Layer the Burton Mens AK BK Insulator under your shell for no-frills, lightweight warmth. This insulating jackets 700-fill goose down insulation keeps your upper-body cozy warm without limiting your ... more info.

Burton Audex Motorola Down Jacket - Men's

Plug in and pow-out with the Burton Mens Audex Motorola Down Jacket. This high-tech puffy is compatible with any brand of Bluetooth-enabled mobile phone and works with Generation 3 or newer iPods ... more info.

Burton Continuum Down Jacket - Men's

Wear the Burton Mens Continuum Down Jacket for cold laps in through the park or powder days at the resort.

Burton Ronin Ro-Down Jacket - Men's

Zip up the Burton Ronin Ro-Down Jacket to separate yourself from the shivering masses in the park.

Burton Ronin Stroll Down Jacket - Men's

When the weather gets so cold that you cant hear your MP3 player over your chattering teeth, you need to switch to the incredibly warm Burton Mens Ronin Stroll Down Jacket.

Burton Strapped Down Jacket - Men's

Lock into the toasty Burton Mens Strapped Down Jacket, batten down the hatches, and get out your snorkel. This 550-down jacket seals you in Burtons Dryride Durashell fabric and snorkel hood, so you ... more info.

Canada Goose Chilliwack Down Parka - Men's

Beat back the worst cold that winter can dish out with the Canada Goose Mens Chilliwack Parka. This expedition parka features high-loft duck down to keep you warmly cut off from the harsh outside ... more info.

Canada Goose Constable Down Parka - Men's

Get serious authority over cold winter weather when you pull on the Canada Goose Mens Constable Parka. This heavy-duty coat features fluffy duck down insulation and a tough Arctic-Tech shell to let ... more info.

Canada Goose Expedition Arctic-Tech Down Parka - Men's

The Canada Goose Mens Expedition Arctic Tech Parka is the original, undefeated champion of extreme cold-weather utility jackets.

Cloudveil Down Patrol Jacket - Men's

Bust out the Cloudveil Mens Down Patrol Jacket and shirk the shivers when the snow accumulation leaves your thermometer covered and completely unnecessary this winter.

Columbia Alpino II Reversible Down Jacket - Men's

Dammit, you spilled coffee on the front of your Columbia Mens Alpino II Reversible Down Jacket, and none of your other jackets come close to the warmth of this puffys 700-fill down. No worriesjust ... more info.

Foursquare Ruff Down Jacket - Mens'

When the cold sends everyone else into the lodge, enjoy no lift lines while wearing the Foursquare Mens Ruff Down Jacket. This snowboard jackets down fill provides lava-like warmth in uber cold ... more info.

Foursquare Ruff Down Snowboard Jacket - Men's

When the cold sends everyone else into the lodge, enjoy no lift lines while wearing the Foursquare Mens Ruff Down Jacket. This snowboard jackets down fill provides lava-like warmth in uber cold ... more info.

GoLite Inferno Down Jacket - Men's

The folks at GoLite dont settle for anything but the lightest gear on the market, so they designed the Mens Inferno Down Jacket with an ultralight micro-polyester shell and soft, fluffy 800-fill ... more info.

Helly Hansen Montreal Down Jacket - Men's

Inspired by the brutal winter conditions of Quebecs largest city, the Helly Hansen Mens Montreal Down Jacket provides fluffy, insulating warmth for chilly ventures into the mountains or town.

Helly Hansen Norse Down Bomber Jacket - Men's

Cold? What does that mean? With the fluffy warmth of the Helly Hansen Mens Norse Down Bomber Jacket, shivering will be a foreign concept.

Mark XIII Knox Down Bomber - Men's

Mark XIII takes style beyond stiff brims and gold screen prints and gives you the oh-so-smooth Mens Knox Down Jacket. With its hydrophobic wool shell fabric and quilted satin liner, the Knox keeps ... more info.

Marmot 8000M Down Parka - Men's

Explore the highest, coldest places on earth with the high-loft warmth of the Marmot Mens 8000M Parka.

Marmot Ama Dablam Down Jacket - Men's

Marmot designed the Ama Dablam Mens Down Jacket to be used as an ultralight, ultra-compact mid layer for frigid January ski days and winter mountaineering.

Marmot Greenland Baffled Down Jacket - Men's

Marmot stuffed the Mens Greenland Baffled Jacket with the highest quality goose down to make winter climbs and below-zero city nights feel as nice as reading a book in front of the fireplace.

Marmot Guides Down Sweater - Men's

The Marmot Mens Guides Down Sweater balances everything you desire in an insulated jacket: lots of warmth, low weight, and just enough features. 650-fill goose down keeps you toasty whether youre ... more info.

Marmot Mountain Down Jacket - Men's

Marmot made the Mens Mountain Down Jacket with the same warmth-retaining features used in a high-end, cozy sleeping bag. A powder skirt and a long length make this puffy sweet for butt-cold days on ... more info.

Marmot Zeus Down Jacket - Men's

For fast-and-light climbing missions, extended backpacking trips, or backcountry ski tours, the Marmot Mens Zeus Down Jacket gives you the warmth of a down jacket for less weight than a traditional ... more info.

Millet Expert Down Jacket - Men's

When summit day dawns with bone-chilling temperatures and frigid, blowing wind, pull on the Millet Mens Expert Down Jacket.

Millet Rescue Quantum Down Jacket - Men's

The Millet Mens Rescue Quantum Down Jacket protects you from cold, harsh mountain conditions thanks to its fluffy 650-fill down, and an interior YES rescue signal prepares you for backcountry ... more info.

MontBell Alpine Light Down Jacket - Men's

The MontBell Mens Alpine Light Down Jacket provides serious insulation with 800-fill down, and it only adds 16oz to your gear when you head into the mountains.

MontBell Extremely Light Down Jacket - Men's

Forget fanciful names inspired by Himalayan peaks; the Montbell Mens Extremely Light Down Jacket tells it like it is. At a wispy 5.7 ounces, this ultralight down layer provides high-loft warmth for ... more info.

MontBell Permfrost Light Down Jacket - Men's

The MontBell Mens Permafrost Light Down Jacket combines toasty down insulation with wind proof protection for a serious piece of alpine layering or stand alone coat.

MontBell Ultralight Down Jacket - Men's

The MontBell Mens Ultralight Down Inner Jacket is warmer than a heavyweight fleece and lighter than most base layersits ideal for alpine climbing and other adventures in which weight is vital.

MontBell Ultralight Down Parka - Men's

MontBells Ultralight Down Parka adds an insulated hood to their cult favorite Ultralight Down Jacket, suiting it even more ideally to hyperspeed backcountry tours.

Mountain Hardwear Absolute Zero Down Parka - Men's

In your Mountain Hardwear Absolute Zero Parka, 800-fill down and weatherproof Conduit SL have you totally covered.

Mountain Hardwear Downhill Down Parka - Men's

With the Mens Downhill Parka, Mountain Hardwear prepares you for everything. A 20K-rated waterproof Conduit laminate ensures dryness, while 650-fill down insulation guarantees warmth on the hill. ... more info.

Mountain Hardwear Downtown Down Coat - Men's

The waterproof breathable Mountain Hardwear Mens Downtown Coat defeats cold weather with 650-fill down insulation. The insulated hood holds warmth around your head, where most of your bodys heat ... more info.

Mountain Hardwear Lodown Jacket - Men's

Wear the Mountain Hardwear Mens Lodown Jacket for an ultra-warm midlayer on your backcountry tour, or zip it up for some mountain-inspired style on freezing cold days in town.

Mountain Hardwear Phantom Down Jacket - Men's

The Mountain Hardwear Mens Phantom Down Jacket gives you an ultralight, incredibly compressible furnace for all of your backcountry forays. Don this toasty 800-fill down jacket while you wait for ... more info.

Mountain Hardwear Phantom Jacket - Men's

The Mountain Hardwear Mens Phantom Down Jacket is an ultralight, incredibly compressible furnace for your backcountry forays. Don this 800-fill down jacket and wait for your party-animal friends join ... more info.

Mountain Hardwear Sub Zero Down Jacket - Men's

For cold-weather mountaineering expeditions, make the Mountain Hardwear Sub Zero Down Jacket your toasty refuge for chilly belays and summit-ridge slogs. This 650-fill down jacket features Taslan ... more info.

Mountain Hardwear Sub Zero SL Down Parka - Men's

The Mountain Hardwear Sub Zero SL Parka covers you in 650-fill down to keep you warm, and is made with Conduit laminate to be water- and windproof.

Mountain Hardwear Sub Zero SL Hooded Down Jacket - Men's

The Mountain Hardwear Mens Sub Zero SL Hooded Jacket surrounds you with 650-fill down for the coldest possible conditions this winter.

Norr na Falketind Aero 10 Down Jacket - Men's

Bust out the insanely warm Norrona Mens Falketind Aero 10 Down Jacket on an icy belay ledge, windy mountain ridge, or cold walk down to the bar after a long day of climbing.

Oakley Bubble Goose Down Jacket - Men's

The overstuffed Oakley Mens Bubble Goose Down Jacket doesnt play games when it comes to your warmth.

Oakley Puffy Jacket - Men's

The Oakley Mens Puffy Down Jacket is stuffed with cool stuff. Its designed for lighting up the mountain.

Oakley Puffy Layer Detachable Jacket - Men's

Oakley made the Mens Puffy Detachable Layer Jacket with 450-fill down insulation to keep you consistently warm. On the days when down is a bit too much, open up the chest vents and get some cool air ... more info.

Outdoor Research Megaplume Down Jacket - Men's

A waterproof breathable Pertex shell and lofty 650+ fill down insulation prepare the Outdoor Research Megaplume Mens Down Jacket for hardcore use in the high mountains.

Patagonia Down Jacket - Men's

The Patagonia Mens Down Jacket offers the kind of warmth that winter wanderers need.

Patagonia Down Sweater Jacket - Men's

Patagonia made the 10-ounce Mens Down Sweater for alpinists, ice climbers, and backcountry skiers who need insulation that weighs as little as possible.

Patagonia Rubicon Down Jacket - Men's

When the temperature barely registers on your thermometer and last nights snowfall was dry and light, pull on your Patagonia Mens Rubicon Down Jacket and race like a maniac to the powder-covered ... more info.

Powderhorn Night Hawk Down Jacket - Men's

The Powderhorn Mens Night Hawk Down Jacket remembers the days before barbed wire and resort ropes. The Night Hawks 550-fill down insulation fends off the chills whether youre riding off into the ... more info.

Salomon Collective Down Jacket - Men's

The Salomon Collective Down Jacket is so warm, you might not even need pants.

Salomon Fusion Down Jacket - Men's

Salomon devised the Mens Fusion Down Jacket to give you the perfect blend of freestyle looks and warm, fluffy insulation for when youre hanging out in the park or at the pipe.

Salomon Manero Down Jacket - Men's

Ripe with retro-ness, the Salomon Mens Manero Down Jacket boosts your style cred while creating a bubble of warmth around you.

Scott Wisdom Down Jacket - Men's

Youll feel extra wise, not to mention warm, when you wear the Scott Mens Wisdom Down Jacket on bitter cold days at the resort.


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