Issue 179: Gettin’ Down-Puffy Jackets 2.0

Puffy jackets or down insulating jackets have come a long way in the past few years and they aren’t the same old goose down vest that your dad wore. Nope, these bad boys are space age wonder garments that will keep you warm in conditions that would put traditional down jackets out of the fight. They’re blended, treated, super packable and extremely lightweight pieces of technologically advanced equipment that you can pack with you anywhere and hardly notice you have them until you shrug into their cozy warmth and hunker down to glass those distant ridges or basins. We spent some time with the latest versions from First Lite, Kryptek, Sitka and Stone Glacier to bring you this review so that you can make an informed decision if you’re looking for a lightweight down insulating layer.

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