We’ve put the best puffer jackets all in one place so you can stay toasty warm this winter.

 

Keeping warm during the Aussie winter is all about layering. Moving here from England I thought I could leave all my warm gear behind, boy was I wrong. Very wrong. Despite being known for blue skies and beaches, the Australian winter can get really cold.

But unlike England, it doesn’t stay cold all day, even in the Snowy Mountains. You might start off covered head to toe and wrapped up to the nines, but come lunchtime you’ll want to lose a few layers, which means a lightweight puffer jacket should be a staple of your winter wardrobe.

Lighweight Puffer Jackets for Life!

It doesn’t matter if it’s a walk to the local shop for your morning coffee, a day hiking in the Bluies, or full day shredding in the Snowies, adding a lightweight puffer jacket to your repertoire will keep you warm when you need, but pack away easily when things heat up. This is why we’ve focussed our selection on the best lightweight, packable puffer jackets out there – leave that oversized puffer and the puffer coat behind – we’re going lightweight baby!

Whether you’re after the best men’s puffer jacket or the best women’s puffer jacket, a hooded puffer jacket or one without, these are the best puffer jackets for keeping warm during the Aussie winter.

1. Arc’teryx Cerium LT Insulated Hoodie

Price: $550
Weight: Men’s puffer 305g / Women’s puffer 280g

The Arc’teryx Cerium LT Insulated Hoodie will keep you warm during cold mornings at the crag, while checking the dawn surf and when you’re out for post shred beers. This premium puffer jacket has a down-filled hood to keep your noggin warm and a wind-resistant shell. While it won’t keep you dry during a downpour, the Durable Water Repellent (DWR) finish will repel some moisture. 

Weighing in at just 350g and with a pack size similar to a Nalgene bottle, this is the perfect puffer jacket for lightweight Explorers to keep warm this winter.

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2. The North Face ThermoBall Eco Insulated Jacket

Price: $300
Weight: Men’s puffer 430g / Women’s puffer 370g

If you’re looking for a puffer jacket that’s eco-conscious and chock-full of recyclables, then The North Face Thermoball Eco Insulated Jacket is for you.

The North Face is using ThermoBall technology, which means this puffer jacket is filled with synthetic fibre-clusters that have been designed to mimic the way down traps heat within air pockets. But more importantly, these synthetic fibres are made from 100% Post-Consumer Recycled Polyester. 

Not only is the puffer jacket filled with recycled content, everything from the lining to the DWR finish is made from 100% recycled materials. Equivalent to 600 fill goose down, the synthetic insulation should keep warming your bones even if it gets wet, which gives it a pretty significant advantage over down.

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3. Marmot Solus Featherless Insulated Jacket

Price: $270
Weight: Men’s puffer 581g / Women’s puffer 625g

Marmot’s featherless puffer jackets use 3M Thinsulate Recycled Featherless Insulation, which is also pretty good on the eco scale. The insulation is made with 75% recycled loose-fill fibres and should deliver warmth to the power of 700 fill down.

The synthetic insulation aims to keep you warm when wet and like the other puffer jackets on this list, the Marmot Solus Featherless Insulated Jacket also packs away into its own pocket. It’s a bit heavier than some of the others, but this extra weight is reflected in the extra warmth rating. 

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4. Patagonia Nano Puff Insulated Hoodie

Price: $350
Weight: Men’s puffer 363g / Women’s puffer 306g

Patagonia’s known for being an environmentally conscious company and their Nano Puff Insulated Hoodie is a true part of that tradition. The shell is made from 100% recycled polyester and the PrimaLoft insulation is 55% post-consumer recycled content. 

The puffer jacket’s also DWR coated and, according to Patagonia, maintains 98% of its warmth even when wet. The brickwork pattern on the front and back looks rad and helps the insulation work its magic. Stuff this puffer jacket into its chest pocket when not in use and chuck it in your bag, or hang it from the reinforced carabiner loop.  

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5. Mont Zero Ultralight Down Jacket

Price: $330
Weight: Men’s puffer 198g / Women’s puffer 188g

Boasting the lightest weight of our selection at under 200 grams AND the highest down fill rating, the Mont Zero Ultralight Down Jacket packs a serious double whammy. Filled with premium 800+ down and featuring an anti-gravity nylon shell, this puffer jacket is the ultimate choice for the ultralight connoisseur.

Hot tip – if you get this puffer jacket you’re going to want to size up as Mont lists it as a ‘trim-fitting’ jacket.

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6. Kathmandu Heli 600 Fill Lightweight Down Jacket

Price: $250
Weight: Men’s puffer 372g / Women’s puffer 308g

 

 

Colour is the new black when it comes to Kathmandu’s Heli 600 Fill Lightweight Down Jacket. With six different colour options, including a speckled mahogany print for men and ‘mint traverse’ print for women, settling on a colour scheme will be the hardest choice to make! Golden Oak or Midnight Navy? Rhubarb or Storm Cloud? The choice is yours.

The Heli 600 Fill Lightweight Down Jacket comes in at a healthy 372g, which is pretty good for the 600 fill duck down fill power. The down insulation is Responsible Down Standard certified, so you know it’s responsibly sourced.

A DWR coating helps the puffer jacket repel moisture and two front zip pockets plus two inner stash pockets means you’ve got plenty of space for all your trinkets. Like most of the puffer jackets featured, this one packs away into its own pocket and is just as comfortable on the high street as it is the mountain – if not more!

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7. Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer 2 Hoody

Price: $325
Weight:
Men’s puffer 249g / Women’s puffer 220g

 

 

Mountain Hardwear’s Ghost Whisperer 2 Hoody is a ‘sustainable reimagining’ 0f the brand’s original ultralight down hoody.

This puffer jacket makes use of recycled fabrics around the face and along the trims as well as 800 fill RDS certified down.

Cleverly, the first baffle on the cuff of both sleeves is actually filled with a synthetic insulation, rather than down, so you can wash your hands or play in the snow (hehe) without worrying about moisture wetting out the sleeves. Someone on their team is a real thinker!

With two zippered hand pockets, a drawcord at the hem and elastic bindings around the hood and cuffs, Mountain Hardwear is doing everything in its power to keep the heat locked in.

This puffer jacket comes in five different colours (six for women!) and packs itself right into the hand pocket. Plus the internal carabiner makes it easy to clip onto your pack.

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8. RAB Altus Jacket

Price: $270
Weight: Men’s puffer 438g / Women’s puffer 383g

 

 

RAB is another outdoor brand that’s shifted away from traditional down to a trademarked synthetic insulation instead. The Altus Jacket is filled with 195g of Cirrus insulation powered by 3M Featherless, which has a similar weight to warmth ratio as 600 loft down.

However unlike down, get one of these puffer jackets wet and they’ll still keep you toasty (and they’ll dry a heck of a lot quicker).

The RAB Altus Jacket also boasts easy care for this puffer jacket – just chuck it in the washing machine with your other washing and Bob’s your uncle!

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9. Columbia Labyrinth Loop Omni-Heat Infinity Insulated Jacket

Price: $500

 

 

Labyrinth Loop Omni-Heat Infinity Insulated Jacket – that’s a lot of words to take in, but so is the trademarked Omni-Tech that Columbia has managed to sew into this puffer jacket.

The puffer jacket combines both Omni-Heat recycled synthetic down insulation, with Omni-Heat Infinity advanced thermal reflective lining.

Essentially this is a pattern of reflective gold dots that lines the inside of the puffer jacket, reflecting back and locking in your own body warmth within the jacket, without compromising on breathability.

On the outside, the fabric is water-resistant, there’s a drop tail at the back, and two zippered hand pockets in the front.

This puffer jacket comes in a couple of colourways and patterns for both men and women.

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10. Lé Bent Pramecou Jacket

Price: $379.99

 

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Lé Bent is an Australian brand best known for their Signature Merino and Bamboo blend snow socks and layers, so they know a thing or two about keeping out the cold!

This year they’ve taken that super soft fabric from their base layers and plied it into a brand new technical midlayer.

The Pramecou Wool Insulated Hooded Jacket is packed with 80g wool insulation and recycled poly – ever seen a cold sheep? Neither have I!

This layer sets itself apart thanks to the so-called, ‘FlowState™ Sleeve System’ that incorporates a flexible panel of their Signature Blend around the shoulders, back and arms to enable maximum movement and enhanced breathability. In other words – helping you forget your layer and enter the elusive flow state, no matter what you’re doing.

For more athletic pursuits, the Pramecou also comes in a Hybrid Jacket for even more mobility and flow. 

 

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Best Puffer Jacket FAQs

 

How do I wash my puffer jacket?

Not sure how to wash your new puffer jacket? Read our how to guide!

 

Which puffer jacket is the warmest?

The warmest puffer jacket is the one with the highest fill power, with premium puffer jackets reaching the 800 mark or higher. Fill power measures the quality and loft of the down used and is different to the fill weight.

On this list, the jackets that have a rating of 800-fill power are the Mont Zero Ultralight Down Jacket and the Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer 2 Hoody.

 

What is the difference between fill power and fill weight?

Fill power measures the quality and loft of the down used in the puffer jacket. The higher the score, the better the quality and the warmer the jacket will be.

Fill weight measures the actual amount of down in the jacket. A higher weight does not necessarily mean a warmer puffer jacket, as the fill power between two jackets may be different, but it does mean a heavier puffer jacket.

It’s best to compare both the fill power and fill weight when buying a puffer jacket to make sure it’s a warmth and weight that works for you.

Each puffer jacket on this list is a lightweight puffer jacket.

 

Feature photo by Roger Stuart