As you probably know, Patagonia is American company that designs high quality outdoor gear for men, women and children of all ages. They are well known for jackets that are designed to withstand almost any kind of weather. After all, their founder is someone who loves spending time in the outdoors, so they are motivated to make sure their gear works!
So, if you are in the market for a high-quality winter jacket, we suggest that you check out what Patagonia has to offer. You won't be disappointed.
In this post we have reviewed some of their best jackets to help you decide which one will totally suit your needs. Scroll down to see which Patagonia Jacket is the “killer” jacket for you this winter.
PATAGONIA JACKETS IN THIS REVIEW
Patagonia jackets are made with several different types of insulation. The most notable ones are PrimaLoft insulation and Traceable Down.
Patagonia Traceable Down contain bird feathers, and the name "traceable" comes from the fact that they track their supply chain to ensure the best quality and animal care. They do this because they want to make sure that no birds are being force-fed, or plucked alive.
As for the PrimaLoft insulation, you can read more about it in our detailed overview.
Not all Patagonia jackets are waterproof, so be sure to check for that if you intend on using them in the rain.
Down jackets, for instance, do not usually have a waterproof layer, but a coating (DWR) on the outside of the jacket which makes them somewhat water resistant (against light rain and snow).
Jackets that are fully waterproof will have a layer (like on the Triolet jackets) usually made of Goretex. This kind of layer is both waterproof and breathable, so is great for outdoor activities where sweating comes into play.
Some people don’t mind wearing hefty jackets, as it really gives them a sense of protection from the cold. However, if you’re anything like me and would rather freeze to death than wear something that weighs more than a pound, then Patagonia is a great brand for you. They have a variety of lightweight jackets, which won’t weigh you down one bit.
Check the full weights listed in the specifications section to see what you are going to be dealing with. Of course, the number itself might not mean much to you on paper, but it gives you a good point for comparison.
The Women's Down with It Parka is a knee-length jacket, with a 100% recycled polyester shell. It is insulated with 600-fill-power Traceable Down, which will ensure that you stay warm no matter how cold it is outside. The jacket features a DWR (durable water repellent) finish, so it is water resistant, but it is not waterproof.
Because this jacket is so puffy and long, it’s not really lightweight. It weighs almost 2lbs, which is not really surprising, what with all the layers and insulation. So, if you’re looking for something that’s light as a feather rather than stuffed with feathers, scroll down for more options.
This parka is great for you if you live in an area where it gets extremely cold in the winter, and you need a jacket that will keep you warm. It usually runs a bit small, so we suggest that you order a size larger than what you usually wear, especially if you want to wear thick sweaters underneath it. You can get it on Amazon in 2 colors: Black and Dark Ruby.
If you’re on the prowl for a jacket that will keep you warm without being a literal burden on your shoulders, then this is the one for you. The Women’s Down Sweater jacket is incredibly lightweight and weighs only 12.2oz. Because it’s so lightweight, it’s a great purchase for anyone who travels a lot. It can easily fit into your suitcase and it won’t take up much space.
Both the shell and the lining of the jacket are made from 100% recyclable polyester, and feature a DWR finish. It is also insulated with 800-fill-power Traceable Down, which will protect you from the cold. The durable water repellent will keep you dry in light rain and snow, but be aware, the jacket isn’t fully waterproof. If you’re in need of something waterproof, scroll down and check out the Women's Triolet Jacket.
Patagonia Women's Down Sweater Jacket is currently available in 13 different colors (huge choice, right?), so there's something for everyone. And it looks very stylish, more so than you would expect for a winter jacket. So, if you're like me and hate jackets that are bulky and heavy but you still need something to keep you warm, then this is an excellent option.
If you’re looking for an all-in-one type of jacket, then we’ve found it for you. This Patagonia jacket will keep you warm and dry, regardless of the conditions outside. It is waterproof, windproof and features 3 layers of GORE-TEX fabric. It is somewhat expensive, but you will definitely get your money’s worth. This jacket is so versatile that you won’t need another one for a long time, so it might even save you some money.
This particular jacket also features an elasticized strap at low back that you can connect to Patagonia ski pants. This will prevent the jacket from riding up, which is very useful if you plan to wear it while skiing. And, it weighs just a little bit over 1lb, so it won’t slow you down one bit. It’s also equipped with a dual-adjust drawcord hem, which is designed to optimize body heat retention.
The Triolet Jacket is equipped with a lot of pockets, including underarm pockets that you can easily access without moving the body of the jacket. This is a big plus if you’re looking for a skiing jacket, especially because the pocket zippers are watertight. You’ll have everything you need on you, and you don’t have to worry about any of your possessions getting wet.
The jacket is currently available in 5 different colors, but our absolute favorite is Howling Turquoise.
The coolest thing about this jacket is that you will get 3 jackets for the price of one. The inner layer of the Windsweep 3-In-1 jacket is actually a separate zip-out jacket. The outer layer is made from 80% nylon and 20% polyester with a waterproof barrier, and it is treated with a DWR finish. It is also windproof and features watertight pockets, so you’ll never get wet. The H2No shell will also ensure your dryness, even in the heaviest of rains.
The zip-out jacket is insulated with 150-g Thermogreen polyester insulation, and it’s water resistant. It can be completely removed from the outer layer of the Windsweep jacket, and it features a full-length zipper and pockets. This also means that you can wear the outer layer on its own; so you get a shell, an insulator and a waterproof, insulated jacket. If you’re looking for a multi-functional addition to your closet, then this is the jacket for you.
You can currently get this jacket in 4 different colors, but the Forge Grey one really stands out. It is on the expensive side, but it’s honestly worth it because you won’t need to buy another jacket for a long time. If, however, this one is way out of your budget, then scroll down and read about the Patagonia Men’s Torrentshell Jacket.
This particular Patagonia jacket is the choice for you if you’re looking for something lightweight and waterproof. It has a 2.5-layer waterproof shell that will keep you dry no matter how hard it’s pouring outside. The shell is also eco-friendly, since it’s made from 100% recycled nylon. The jacket also features DWR-treated zippers, so even your cell and wallet will stay comfy and dry.
The jacket is not insulated, so it’s not really suitable for very cold weather. But, you could wear it as a waterproof shell with an insulated jacket underneath. This is a great purchase for any traveler, because the jacket self-stuffs into one of the pockets. It takes up virtually no space, and since it weighs only 12.1oz, you literally carry it in your pocket. It is also very affordable, which is always a big plus in our book.
The Torrentshell Jacket is currently available in 15 different colors, so head on over to Amazon and pick your favorite.
This is the ultimate lightweight jacket. With a weight of only 9.3oz, it weighs just 2oz more than your iPhone 8+! This is particularly impressive because the Micro Puff Hoody is insulated with synthetic PlumaFill insulation. So, if you are in need of a lightweight jacket that will still keep you warm, then this is the one. It’s also water-resistant and treated with a DWR finish, so it will keep you dry in light snow and rain. It’s not completely waterproof though.
The shell and lining of the jacket are made from 100% nylon ripstop Pertex Quantum. It also features elasticized cuffs and hem, which are designed to retain body heat and keep you incredibly warm. The coolest thing about the jacket is that it self-stuffs into the left pocket, and is therefore very travel-friendly. And if you were to combine this jacket with the Torrentshell, you’d get a little over 20oz of waterproof, insulated protection. Pretty cool if you ask me!
Patagonia Men's Micro Puff Hoody is currently available in 4 different colors, and Paintbrush Red really stands out.
The cold of the winter can sometimes be unbearable; especially for children, since they get sick much more easily than adults. So if you’re looking for a jacket to protect your child from the January cold, check out these Patagonia Children’s jackets. They have a wide range of children’s clothing, so they will have something to offer you for both your boy and girl.
This Patagonia jacket is great for your son if you are looking for something that will keep him warm. It is insulated with 600-fill-power Traceable Down, with quilt-through construction that will keep that insulation in place. The jacket is also very lightweight, with only 10.9 oz. If your primary concern is protecting your child from the cold, then this is a great choice for you.
This jacket is all about retaining body heat, so it appropriately features hand-warming pockets and elastic binding at the hem and cuffs. Its only downside is that it is not fully waterproof. It is treated with a DWR finish, so it is at least water-resistant. It will keep your boy dry in light snow and rain, but it won’t do any good when it really starts to pour.
If you are more concerned about protecting your child from rain than from cold, the Torrentshell jacket is probably the better choice for you. However, if you think this jacket would be a great fit for your child, you can get it for him in 8 different colors. We can’t really help you choose one, because we love them all.
Keeping your child dry on his way to school is very important, and this is a great jacket for it. It features H2No Performance Standard waterproof 2.5-layer shell, which is guaranteed to do just that. Your boy can wear it as a waterproof jacket, or he could wear in combination with something insulated, for the ultimate weatherproof experience.
The Torrentshell jacket is not insulated, so it is not multi-functional on its own. But, because of that, it is even more lightweight than the Down Sweater Jacket - it weighs only 7.5oz. The lack of insulation also means that your child can wear this jacket even in the rainy summer days. But, for winter, we do recommend adding a warmth-providing layer.
Apart from being a great rain jacket, it also performs quite well in springtime ski-trips that are just around the corner. It’s also very durable, so once your boy grows out of it you can pass it on as good as new. Currently, this Patagonia jacket is available in 3 different colors.
The Torrentshell jacket is a Patagonia classic, but this particular one stands out because it is also packed with 60g Thermogreen synthetic insulation. This jacket will protect your daughter from all kinds of weather conditions, and ensure that she stays dry and warm no matter what. It is equipped with H2No Performance Standard shell that excels at repelling water.
This jacket has snap-closure pockets, so your girl can safely carry anything she needs on her. Grow-fit sleeves are another cool feature of this jacket, as they enable you to increase the length of the sleeves by 2 inches, to ensure the perfect fit for your growing child. Really, the only downside to this jacket is the lack of variety. It’s currently available in just 1 color, which is Cochineal Red.
Another Patagonia classic, the Girls’ Down Sweater Jacket is the ultimate cold-conquering jacket. It’s stuffed with 600-fill-power Traceable Down insulation that will keep your daughter warm no matter how cold it gets outside. It also features 2 zippered handwarmer pockets and an adjustable drawcord at hem, for maximum heat retention.
The shell of the jacket is treated with a DWR finish, which makes it water-resistant and not waterproof. But, even though it’s not waterproof, it will keep your child dry in light snow and rain, which still makes it an excellent winter jacket. It’s also really lightweight for such a heavily insulated jacket; it weighs only 11.3oz. You can get it in 8 different colors, and we absolutely adore the turquoise one.
It really depends on the type of jacket you are looking for. If you are primarily focused on getting something to keep you warm and don’t really care about waterproofness, then we suggest the Down Sweater Jacket. It really is a Patagonia classic, and the Traceable Down insulation will keep you warm wherever you go. The best part is that this model is available for children, men and women, so your entire family could wear matching jackets.
A close second is the Micro Puff Hoody, because its weight and compactness really impressed us. So, if you are looking for something that you can easily carry wherever you go, this is the jacket to get. Even though it’s not insulated with Traceable Down, the PlumaFill insulation will not let you down either.
If you’re in the market for something waterproof, to protect yourself or a loved one from the downpours that spring will bring, we have to recommend the Torrentshell jacket. Its H2No Performance Standard shell convinced us that this is the “it” rain jacket. Since this one is also a Patagonia classic, it is available for both genders, as well as all ages.
If you’re prepared to spend a significant amount of money for a jacket that will put all other jackets to shame, we have 2 options for you. Go for the Triolet (for women) or the Windsweep 3-in-1 (for men) jackets, respectively. Both jackets are insulated and waterproof, and they will protect you from all kinds of weather conditions for the next several years. So, even though you will spend more money in the short-term, these jackets will actually save you some money in the long-term.
Check out these amazing Patagonia jackets on Amazon.com, and let us know in the comments which one(s) you opted for!
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