Spring is an odd time of year. Everything feels brighter and warmer – and in most cases it actually is. But when compared to the summer? It’s not warm at all. That’s why we love items of clothing like puffer vests.
These in-between-season garments are great for keeping you warm during the cooler parts of the day, but won’t overheat you during those few hours in the afternoon when the weather is actually pretty balmy. And what’s more, puffer vests have gained a kind of acceptance in a lot of offices as of recent – so these are just as great for wearing out to your favorite bouldering spot as they are for throwing on before you head in for that early meeting. Whatever situation you’re trying to keep warm in, and whatever your preference or style – we’re sure that you’ll find an item you’ll like in our roundup of the best puffer vests on the market.
Uniqlo Down Ultra Light Down Vest
Looking for something that’ll keep you warm but won’t decimate your checking account? Uniqlo’s Ultra light down is a nice pick. It features a DWR treatment that sheds water, a simple baffling construction that keeps insulation from floating around, and up to 9 different colors to choose from. Whether you’re looking for something for traveling or just for daily wear – this is well worth a second look.
H&M Padded Sports Vest
Great for those who want something they can throw on before their early morning run, this padded sports vest from H&M will keep you warm and protected even when the air is crisp. The puffer vest features polyester build with synthetic insulation, a chest and waist pocket with zipping closure, and a hood for when you just can’t bare the low temperature or rain.
Topo Designs Puffer Vests
One of our favorite outdoor brands, Topo Designs, took a crack at the puffer vest, too. Their approach was more old-school than anything else. This vest features a substantial build with Primaloft insulation, nylon ripstop shell with DWR finish, and a snap closure system down the front. More than just looking handsome and keeping you warm, you can take pride in knowing this thing was made right here in the U.S. of A.
The North Face Thermoball Vest
This puffer vest from The North Face uses their special ThermoBall insulation technology that is designed to keep you toasty warm even when the skies open up with snow and rain. The garment features an internal chest pocket, nylon ripstop fabric, and a lightweight and VISLON center zipper. For keeping select items secure, the vest also boasts an internal chest pocket.
Arc’teryx Atom LT Vest
Looking for something more on the sleek end of the outdoor gear world? The Atom Vest is not a bad look. The lightweight layer features synthetic Coreloft insulation for staying warm, while the interior of the vest has Polartec panels with Power Stretch and Hardface tech for breathability and versatility. Need a safe place to store important documents or cash? The jacket also has a hidden pocket on the inside.
Filson Quilted Polson Vest
For those who want a more traditional style with high-end synthetic insulation, this puffer vest deserves a second look. The exterior of the vest is dry-wax treated, while the interior is lined with a 3-ounce cotton feature cloth for a nice, organic feel. Sandwiched between the cotton backing and wax canvas front is 100g of PrimaLoft Gold that’s guaranteed to keep you perfectly warm during cold mornings and evenings. Top this off with an attractive brass zipper with a snap-closure storm flap and expandable pocket snaps – and this thing is a solid grab any way you cut it.
Patagonia Micro Puff Vest
When we think of puffer vests, this is honestly what first comes to mind. Patagonia, the Ventura, California-based outdoor gear brand, has been producing comfortable and warm down and puffer jackets for a long time now. This example from the brand is no exception to that rule. The shell is made from a Pertex Quantum ripstop nylon that is both water and wind resistant (thanks to its DWR finish). For warmth, the vest is filled with the synthetic PlumaFill which will keep you warm even when wet. Add this in with a couple of zipper pockets and you have yourself something special.
NikeLab Essentials Quilted Shell Gilet
This item from Nike is more a child of the athleisure trend than it is a product of the outdoor industry. The crew-neck puffer vest is made from a polyester fabric and features a lightweight PrimaLoft fill for solid warmth even when the temperature dips well below. Don’t let the look of the vest fool you. It features a pair of side zippers that make it easy to take on and off easily without taking away from its contemporary minimalist look.
12 Best Down Jackets
Lets be honest. Sometimes puffer vests just aren’t going to cut it. For those looking for some more substantial cold weather wear, check out our rundown of the best down jackets.