It’s January; winter is on. If you haven’t made the proper preparations for the cold well, normally we’d say that’s on you. But today you’re getting a pass because we’re not halfway through the season but some of the year’s best new insulating jackets are already on sale at places like Backcountry and REI.
Whether you’re recreating in the mountains or just trying to make it through your work commute without getting frostbite, a down or synthetic jacket is a winter essential. If it’s cold now, count on it getting colder, but don’t think that these deals will still be around when that happens.
L.L.Bean PrimaLoft Packaway Jacket
L.L.Bean stitched its PrimaLoft Packaway Jacket with the same ingredients used in far pricier coats. If you’re into gray, you can get it for a fraction of its already-affordable price.
Rab Xenon Jacket
Without any stitched baffles, Rab’s Xenon looks more like a windbreaker than an insulated jacket. It’s warm enough to handle most winter days, though, as an outer- or mid-layer.
Patagonia Micro Puff Jacket
Patagonia’s Micro Puff was our top pick for a synthetic insulation jacket for years, thanks to an innovative filling that’s ultralight and ultra-warm.
Black Diamond Vision Down Parka
The Vision is among the warmest down jackets that we tested to produce our 2020 guide. It’s also uniquely durable thanks to a liquid crystal polymer coating.
Rab Infinity Light Down Jacket
The Infinity Light is one of the few down jackets to use Gore-Tex’s new Infinium fabric, which makes it impenetrable to wind but comfortably breathable.