Last Updated: November 17, 2020

Best Down Jacket For Women: From Packable To Super Warm

Best Down Jacket For Women

Are you ready to finally stop being cold and pick up a warm and comfortable down jacket? If your answer is yes, you’re definitely in the right place!

We picked the ten best down jackets for women, out of hundreds of different options. And we have all sorts of options for you - from lightweight and packable down jackets, to versatile 3-in-1 parka alternatives. And some surprises - but you’ll have to keep reading to find out what those are. 

Scroll down if you never want to be cold again, and find the best down jacket for you!

The Best Down Jackets For Women

Marmot Women's Ithaca Down Puffer Jacket, Fill Power 700, Jet Black ,Large

Let’s kick things off strong, with an amazing everyday jacket that is suitable even for really harsh winters. The Marmot Ithaca is a down jacket for women who don’t want to be cold anymore, and it’s suitable even for storms and blizzards. 

That’s because the down inside the jacket is treated with something called Down Defender - a special type of water resistant coating that is applied to down clusters. This helps them stay puffy even in wet weather, and ensures they retain their insulating properties. 

The Ithaca jacket is insulated with 700 fill power down, which is very warm. Warm enough for sub-zero temperatures even! But I still wouldn’t recommend it if the minus goes to the double digits - in those cases, you’ll want something much bulkier. 

Marmot Women's Ithaca Down Puffer Jacket, Fill Power 700, Jet Black ,Large

The Marmot women’s down jacket has two exterior hand warming pockets that are lined with fleece, as well as a hidden internal pocket. And there’s an extra snap pocket on one shoulder, which is useful to have for items you want to keep easily accessible. 

This jacket features elastic inner cuffs that make it windproof, and that help keep the heat inside the jacket. It has a zip-off hood that comes with a removable faux fur ruff, so that you can shield yourself from some light rain or snow. 

The size variety of this jacket is not that great. It’s available in sizes ranging from XS to XL, so it’s lacking options for the curvier ladies. But it’s a regular fit jacket, meaning that it’s not too tight and there should be some extra space inside. This is great if you want to wear it over thicker sweaters and hoodies, since you don’t have to go a size up for that!

Pros

  • Stays warm when wet thanks to Down Defender
  • A total of four pockets
  • Removable hood with faux fur

Cons

  • No plus sizes
  • Not a lot of color variety 

Product Information

  • Down To Feather Ratio/Down Fill Power: 700 fill power down
  • Size Variety: XS- XL
  • Weight: No information
The North Face Women's Aconcagua Jacket II, TNF Blue, X-Small

Pros

  • Lightweight but warm 
  • Water repellent exterior
  • Insulated with goose down and synthetic insulation

Cons

  • Runs a little small 
  • No interior pockets
  • Does not have a hood

Product Information

  • Down To Feather Ratio/Down Fill Power: 550 fill power goose down 
  • Size Variety: XS-2XL
  • Weight: 15.9 oz
CAMEL CROWN Women’s Lightweight Hooded Down Jacket Packable Puffer Insulated Coats S Purple

The Camel Crown jacket is the perfect option for ladies who are looking for something super portable. This packable jacket can be folded and stuffed into a tiny pouch, making it an awesome jacket to have when you’re travelling. Maybe you’re trying to save space in your suitcase, or you just prefer travelling light - this jacket folds down to the size of a small umbrella. 

This also makes it a great option for various outdoor adventures. Maybe you’re going ice climbing or hiking, and you don’t actually need a warm down jacket. But if you’re planning on spending the night, or camping, it’s good to have the option of something more protective than a simple outer shell. 

The Camel Crown down jacket is insulated with duck down, with an 80-20 down to feather ratio. The exact fill power of down is not specified, but based on the price I assume it’s not higher than 400 or 500.

CAMEL CROWN Women’s Lightweight Hooded Down Jacket Packable Puffer Insulated Coats S Purple

Which means that it’s not suitable for insanely cold weather - this is more of a lightweight down jacket for outdoor trips and mild winters. But the down to feather ratio is pretty good. 

The exterior of the jacket is made from nylon, a durable and water resistant material. However, it is not fully waterproof, so I don’t recommend wearing this jacket in the rain. Down clusters get clumpy when wet, which renders them useless as they aren’t able to trap heat. 

This down jacket for women has a total of four pockets - two on the outside, and two on the inside. And considering that most jackets for women have about half a pocket, that’s really good. 

The cuffs are elasticized, making the jacket windproof, and ensuring that the cold won’t creep up inside the sleeves. Overall, it’s a good jacket to own, but definitely not the one you should pick up if you’re looking for the ultimate down jacket. 

Pros

  • Good for travel and outdoor adventures
  • Lightweight and packable
  • Total of four pockets

Cons

  • Not super warm 
  • Not waterproof

Product Information

  • Down To Feather Ratio/Down Fill Power: 80-20
  • Size Variety: S-3XL
  • Weight: 9.9 oz
Columbia Women's ICY Heights II Down Jacket, Black, Medium

Columbia is known for the amazing quality of their items, ranging from skiing equipment to reliable outdoor shoes. They’re actually a champion of synthetic insulation and lining, and you should definitely check out some of their other jackets if you’re flexible when it comes to the type of insulation. 

But if you’re dead set on down insulation, then the Icy Heights II is a great option. It is filled with 450 fill power down, which does a pretty good job at keeping you warm. But this isn’t an insanely warm jacket - it’s good for temperatures that don’t drop under zero degrees Celsius, and it won’t keep you warm enough in colder weather. 

This jacket comes with a removable hood, but the faux fur trim can’t be detached. Additionally, there are no drawstring cords to adjust the hood on your head, so it can easily be blown off in really windy weather. 

Columbia Women's ICY Heights II Down Jacket, Black Dotty Print, X-Small

The Columbia women’s down jacket features two external and one internal pocket. It also has drawstring at the hem, which lets you decide how you want it to fit - tighten up the drawcord really well if you want that heat to stay inside, or loosen it up a little if you want to cool down a little bit. 

The cuffs are elastic, which keeps the warmth inside the sleeves. On top of all that, the jacket is treated for water resistance, which helps it stay warm even in wet weather. But it is not entirely waterproof, and the down clusters themselves weren't treated with Down Defender, so bear that in mind. 

The Icy Heights jacket runs true to size, and it’s a regular fitting jacket. There’s no need to go a size up or down; you can wear it even over bulkier sweaters and hoodies. In addition to that, I love that there are lots of sizes available, from XS to 3XL. And with eight different color options, it shouldn’t be difficult to pick up a jacket you will love wearing!

Pros

  • Water resistant exterior
  • Drawcord at the hem 
  • Great size and color variety 

Cons

  • Faux fur trim not removable
  • No drawcord on the hood

Product Information

  • Down To Feather Ratio/Down Fill Power: 450 fill power down 
  • Size Variety: XS-3XL
  • Weight: Not specified
Sierra Designs Women's Sierra DriDown Jacket, 800 Fill Winter Down Jacket, X-Small, Majorca Blue

A packable down jacket can also be really warm - the Sierra Designs jacket is proof of that. It is insulated with 800 fill power down, and has a 90-10 down to feather ratio. Which means that this is a really warm jacket, suitable even for sub zero temperatures. 

And what’s even better is that this jacket packs down into a small pouch, making it great for travel. Or for those outdoor adventures when you want to bring a warm jacket, but don’t necessarily have to wear it all the time. It will fit into your backpack or any carry on, and it won’t take up much space!

The exterior of the Sierra Designs women’s down jacket is made from 40D shadow rip polyester, while its interior features nylon lining. Unfortunately, this is not a waterproof jacket, and its water resistance really isn’t great, so I don’t recommend wearing it in really wet weather. 

Sierra Designs Women's Sierra DriDown Jacket, 800 Fill Winter Down Jacket, X-Small, Majorca Blue

But, the down clusters are treated for water resistance, which allows them to stay dry longer - this is the DriDown technology Sierra Designs uses. However, they will get wet after prolonged exposure to wet weather, so avoid wearing it in really heavy rain. Actually, I think the lack of hood is indication enough that this was not designed as a rain jacket. 

It is designed to keep you warm during windy weather though, with the elastic cuffs that keep all the heat inside the sleeves. This jacket also features two hand warming pockets, and an extra external pocket just above the chest. There’s also a bigger internal pocket, great for items you want to keep extra secure. 

This is regular fitting down jacket, and it runs true to size. However, it’s only available in sizes ranging from XS to XL, so there aren’t really any options for the curvy ladies. 

Pros

  • Lightweight and packable 
  • Down is treated for water resistance
  • A total of four pockets

Cons

  • Does not have a hood
  • Size variety is not great

Product Information

  • Down To Feather Ratio/Down Fill Power: 90-10/800 fill power down 
  • Size Variety: XS-XL
  • Weight: 12 oz
Wantdo Women's Packable Ultra Light Down Coat Warm Jacket Wine Red X-Small

Wantdo jackets are very affordable, and they’re actually not too bad for the price. You get what you’re paying for, and in the case of this particular jacket, you will be getting a lightweight and packable layer. 

This women’s jacket features 80-20 down to feather ratio, which is really good. The exact fill power of down is not specified, but it’s same to assume that’s somewhere around 400 - that’s what the price leads me to believe. 

The Wantdo jacket packs down to the size of a small umbrella, and it comes with a travel pouch. It’s a great jacket to just throw inside your suitcase or keep in your purse - it won’t take up a lot of space, and it’s great to have it in case you need the extra warmth. 

However, keep in mind that this is not a proper winter jacket. Since it’s so lightweight and packable, this is more of a fall jacket. Or something to have on outdoor outings, when you’re moving around a lot and don’t really need a warm jacket, but would like to have the option. 

The exterior of this jacket is made entirely from nylon, and it is coated with DWR. Which means that it’s water repellant, and it can keep you warm even in the rain and snow. The hood helps protect your head and hair in wet weather, but it is not removable. 

This jacket features two external and two internal pockets, allowing you to have all your necessities handy on the go. In addition to that, I really like the color and size variety - there are ten colors to choose from, and it is available in sizes ranging from XS to 3XL. It runs true to size and it is not too tight, so there is going to be enough room even for thick sweaters. 

Pros

  • Lightweight and packable
  • Very affordable
  • Coated with DWR

Cons

  • Not very warm 
  • Hood not removable 

Product Information

  • Down To Feather Ratio/Down Fill Power: 80-20
  • Size Variety: XS-3XL
  • Weight: 7.8-11.3 oz (depends on size)
The North Face Women's Gotham Jacket II

The Gotham II jacket is definitely one of my personal favorites. It is very stylish, so perfect for everyday wear since it will go with most outfits, from jeans to dresses. And it’s a pretty warm jacket as well; it is insulated with 550 fill power goose down, and 160 grams of TNF’s synthetic Heatseeker insulation.

It’s a midweight jacket, so it’s not as packable as some of the other options I’ve showed you. But it is very warm - it’s one of the warmest jackets from TNF, so it will perform well even in really cold weather. 

The jacket is somewhat water resistant, but not a lot. Because of that, you shouldn’t wear it in really wet weather - the down clusters become clumpy when soaked, and they lose their ability to trap heat. Which in turn means that you’re wearing a pretty, wet jacket, which is unable to keep you warm. 

The North Face Women's Gotham Jacket II

But it is wind resistant, with the elastic cuffs and adjustable hood. The hood features a removable faux fur ruff, but you can’t detach it entirely from the jacket. 

The Gotham II women’s down jacket has two external hand warming pockets, and an internal media pocket. The latter is positioned around the chest area, so you have easy access to your phone, and in case you still use the old-fashioned earphones, they will easily reach your ears. 

This jacket from The North Face is available in a variety of sizes - from XS to 3XL - and it fits true to size. It is a regular fitting jacket, so it’s not too tight, and there’s room for bulkier layers underneath. Additionally, the Gotham II down jacket is available in a wide variety of different colors and prints, with our favorite being the almost holographic, iridescent option. 

Pros

  • Very warm 
  • Internal media pocket
  • Wind resistant

Cons

  • Not fully waterproof
  • Hood not entirely removable

Product Information

  • Down To Feather Ratio/Down Fill Power: 550 fill power down with 160 grams Heatseeker
  • Size Variety: XS-3XL
  • Weight: 22.33 oz
Columbia Women's Centennial Creek Down Hooded Jacket, Black ,Medium

I think it’s obvious just form the photos that this is a really warm winter jacket. It’s bulkier than most of the other jackets I showed you, so it’s got to be super warm, right? Well almost - yes, it is really warm, but not because of the bulk. 

The warmth of the Columbia Centennial Creek jackets comes from two things - the 650 fill power down insulation, and the brand’s proprietary Omni-Heat lining. The lining actually consists of tiny metallic dots, which reflect the heat inside the jacket. This in turn makes you really warm, even in ridiculously cold weather. 

Columbia uses Omni-Heat technology in most of their outdoor products, including jackets, footwear and ski gear. But, even though the dots are design to retain heat, the rest of the lining is actually made from highly breathable fabric. So, you won’t get sweaty or clammy while you’re wearing your Columbia down jacket - you will just be warm and comfortable 

Columbia Women's Centennial Creek Down Hooded Jacket, Black ,Medium

Additionally, the Centennial Creek jacket has a water resistant exterior, so it’s able to keep you warm even in wet weather. Which makes it perfect for outdoor adventures in the mountains, when there’s lots of snow on the ground. 

This jacket is also wind resistant, with binding at the hem and the cuffs. The hem is actually adjustable with drawcord string, so you can choose whether you want to keep al the heat inside, or let some air in.

The women’s Columbia jacket has only two zippered pockets, but they are pretty big. Actually, they’re big enough that the entire jacket can easily pack down into one of the pockets. Yes - this bulky and warm winter jacket is packable, and travel friendly!  A great option if you like the idea of a portable jacket, but want something that will keep you warm in sub-zero temperatures. 

Pros

  • Very warm 
  • Water resistant exterior
  • Packs down into its pocket

Cons

  • Size variety is not great
  • Hood is not removable

Product Information

  • Down To Feather Ratio/Down Fill Power: 650 fill power down 
  • Size Variety: XS-XL
  • Weight: Not specified
Universo Women's Hooded Waterproof 3-in-1 Ski Jacket Detachable Windproof Puffer Liner Outdoor Winter Snow Coat Parka(Iron and Carbon Grey,L)

The Universo jacket is actually the only decent 3-in-1 jacket I managed to find that has down insulation. I consists of two layers - an outer shell that is fully waterproof, and a thin inner jacket that is insulated with down. 

The inner layer has 90-10 down to feather ratio, and a water resistant exterior. It’s a great mid layer, but also a really good thin jacket to have for late autumn and early winter. The thin, insulated jacket has elastic cuffs that trap heat, two external hand warming pockets and an internal media pocket with an earphone hole.

You can wear this layer on its own, or combine it with the outer layer, to get a fully waterproof and really warm jacket. 

The outer shell is windproof and waterproof, and it’s actually a great jacket for skiing. It has three external pockets, a detachable hood, adjustable external and elastic internal cuffs, and a hidden internal pocket. But the shell is not insulated on its own, so it’s not really a good option if you want to stay warm. 

Universo Women's Hooded Waterproof 3-in-1 Ski Jacket Detachable Windproof Puffer Liner Outdoor Winter Snow Coat Parka(Iron and Carbon Grey,L)

I really like these jackets because they are incredibly versatile, and it’s like you’re actually buying several jackets for the price of one. You’re not getting just a winter jacket; you’re buying two outer layers that work for fall, winter and spring, and for all sorts of outdoor activities during those seasons. 

This particular jacket for women is available only in three colors and sizes from S to XL. But, ti runs true to size, and you don’t have to go up or down in size even if you want to wear it over bulkier layers. 

And the best thing about it is that it’s seriously affordable. You get three jackets for less than $130, which is really great. 

Pros

  • Very versatile 
  • Waterproof outer layer
  • A lot of zippered pockets

Cons

  • Size variety is not great
  • Only three color options

Product Information

  • Down To Feather Ratio/Down Fill Power: 90-10
  • Size Variety: S-XL
  • Weight: Not specified
patagonia Silent DownJacket

Patagonia is renowned for producing quality jackets and this toasty down jacket is definitely a great option. 

As with all things Patagonia, it is focused on sustainability and fairness. So, it has 100% recycled down, which means it is reclaimed from old products and a combination of both duck and goose down.

It is also Fair Trade certified, so you know no one has been exploited in some far off land to produce low cost jackets just for you. So, you can sleep easy with this purchase!

The Silent Down jacket is cut to hip length, so great if you want manoeuvrability, but Patagonia has not left it there. It has a high collar and drawn string waist to keep the wind at bay on those breezy days.

In terms of pockets, the two on the front are soft micro-brushed jersey-lined hand warmers, and they have added one chest pocket on the inside which I find handy for my phone or other quick access items.

The outer shell is also made from super durable polyester and coated with a durable water resistant coating (DWR) to help keep those pesky rain drops out.

Pros

  • Very warm 
  • Wind and water resistant
  • Sustainable and Fair Trade certified

Cons

  • Pricey 
  • No hood

Product Information

  • Down To Feather Ratio/Down Fill Power: 800 fill power down 
  • Size Variety: XS-XL
  • Weight: Not specified

What To Look For

How Warm Does It Need To Be?

If you want to get a down jacket that you will actually wear, it needs to be suitable for the weather in your city. So, don’t go for a heavy-duty down jacket if you live in a place where the winters are really mild. 

Look at the down fill power ratings and the ratio of feather to down - the higher the specs, the warmer the jacket. And only go for the warmest jackets if the winters in your city are really harsh. 

If you live in an area where the winters are mild, you will be okay with a medium-warm down jacket. 

In general, jackets that have 60-40 and 70-30 down to feather ratio are best for temperatures that don’t hit minus Celsius. Anything below that, and you will need a much warmer jacket. 

Down jackets that have 80-20 and 90-10 down to feather ratio are the best options for harsh winters, especially if they are stuffed with really high fill power down. 

Actually, fill power of down is even more important than the down to feather ratio. A 400 fill power jacket will work only for really mild winters, whereas a 900 fill power jacket will be able to keep you warm even in sub zero temperatures.

You can see both the down/feather ration and fill power ratings in the product information boxes. Usually only one of the specs is stated, but I’ve listed both wherever possible. 

What’s The Jacket For?

Are you looking for a down jacket you can wear everyday? Or something lightweight and packable for travel? Maybe you want a really good jacket that you can wear in the mountains, for ski touring or climbing?

There’s no one perfect jacket for all of these scenarios - the closest thing to it is a 3-in-1 jacket. Since these can be worn both as inner layers, outer layers and just really warm waterproof down jackets, they’re the best option if you’re looking for something super versatile. 

If you want a jacket that you can wear even when it’s raining or snowing, look for something that is at least water repellent. Here’s the thing - clusters of down get clumpy when they’re wet. Which makes them unable to trap heat, and in turn rendered the jacket useless. 

Some jackets I’ve showed you have excellent water resistance - those are usually either coated with DWR, feature Down Defender treatment on the actual clusters of down, or are a 3-in-1 jacket with a waterproof outer layer. 

However, you won’t see many 3-in-1 jackets here because most of the good ones feature synthetic insulation and not down. 

I’ve showed you loads of different options, from packable jackets to some serious warm down jackets, so you should be able to find something suitable for your needs. 

Sizing And Fit

Be sure to check the size and fit of a jacket you like, before you actually buy it. Sometimes you will need to go a size up or down, and whenever that’s the case I’ve indicated it in the mini review.

You can see which sizes you can get a particular jacket in the product info boxes. Additionally, I also talk about the fit of the jacket in the mini reviews - whether it’s a regular, loose or a slim fitting layer.

Definitely pay attention to that - with slim-fitting jacket, you might want to go a size up if you want to wear thick and bulky sweaters and hoodies underneath, even if a particular jacket usually runs true to size.  


Best Down Jackets For Women: Our Top Choices

Not sure which of these down jackets is the best option for you? How about you go for one of our top three choices - we liked some jackets better than the others, and here’s why!

The warmest jacket is definitely the one you can plug into a power bank in order to activate its different heating panels. The Wander 2.0 by Venture Heat is the jacket for all of you who don’t want to be cold anymore. The 800 fill power down insulation will keep you warm in mild weather, and what that fails, you can just plug the jacket into a power bank and turn it on. Plus it is wind and water resistant, as well as machine washable and dryer safe!

If you want a versatile down jacket, go for the Universo 3-in-1 option. You’ll actually get two jackets for the price of one, and you can wear them individually, or combine them into one beast of the jacket. The inner layer is insulated with down, and the outer layer is fully waterproof, windproof and breathable. When you put those together, you get a jacket that’s suitable both for the city and the slopes, and at a very affordable price!

Universo Women's Hooded Waterproof 3-in-1 Ski Jacket Detachable Windproof Puffer Liner Outdoor Winter Snow Coat Parka(Iron and Carbon Grey,L)
  • VERSATILE 3-IN-1 CONSTRUCTION - A versatile, 3-in-1 jacket for all sorts of weather that enables you to wear the hooded waterproof shell or puffer liner on its own, or pair the two together for adaptive warmth and protection. Interior loop and snap button closures for cuffs and collar to keep layers from shifting.
  • INSULATED AND WINDPROOF - Removable down-insulated liner offers reliable warmth and keeps you toasty in the dead of winter. Front zip closure with outer Velcro placket is designed for ultimate protection against cold weather and keep the wind out. Adjustable Velcro cuffs for heat retention and comfort. Detachable hood with Velcro attachment can be affixed to each side of the collar to secure in place and elastic drawcord cinches down for blustery conditions.

The Columbia Centennial Creek is overall the best jacket out of the bunch. It is packable, lightweight, water repellant and heavily insulated. Not only is it filled up with 650 fill power down, but it also features Columbia’s proprietary Omni-Heat lining. This consists of tiny metallic dots that retain and reflect heat, while the rest of the jacket is made from breathable material. And it packs down into one of the zippered front pockets, for ultimate portability!

Columbia Women's Centennial Creek Down Hooded Jacket, Black ,Medium
  • OMNI-HEAT: Our patented Heat Reflective garments are the ultimate body heat management system for outdoor performance. The interior lining consists of our metallic dot pattern designed to retain heat, while the breathable fabric dissipates moisture.
  • 100% DOWN INSULATION: The 650 down fill and baffling is flexible at all the right points, providing additional loft, versatile fit, and maximum warmth for years of use and enjoyment. Includes a close-fitting warm hood.

Those are the top three down jackets for women we’d get for ourselves. But you can pick up any one of the options featured here  - all of them are rated very highly and don’t disappoint!

If you still haven’t found the perfect jacket for you, go check out our related posts. And head over to Amazon to see the prices and color options of all the jackets featured in our review!

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