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The 7 best down jackets for men

When the temperatures start to drop, down jackets are the perfect thing to keep on hand because they're warm but also lightweight and fairly packable. The best down jackets for men are designed with high-quality insulation and a durable shell to hold it all in place.

While shopping around, one of the first things to consider is the type of insulation you prefer: natural down versus synthetic. Natural down is more lightweight and it typically packs down better if you need to shove your jacket into a bag or backpack. On the other hand, it's also more expensive and isn't naturally water-resistant. Synthetic filling, on the other hand, is typically cheaper and handles moisture better, though it tends to be heavier and bulkier.

If you opt for a jacket filled with genuine down, you also may want to think about a metric called fill power. This describes how efficiently the jacket's insulation traps heat. A higher fill power doesn't always mean a warmer jacket but it does mean "warmer for the weight." This doesn't matter as much if you like a thicker jacket but if you prefer a trimmer, more tailored fit, a higher fill power will be your friend.

The final factor to think about is style. Do you like a shorter jacket that hits at the waist? Or a longer option that keeps more of your core warm? Do you prefer loose, tailored, or slim-fits? What about hoods, pockets, drawstrings, or stitching patterns?

With these factors in mind, check out the best down jackets for men below.

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1. The tried-and-true one

Insulation: Genuine down

The lowdown: With more than 400 reviews on Amazon, this high-tech Columbia Sportswear coat is one of the best down jackets on the market. Made of lightweight polyester with 650-fill power natural down, it is warm, durable, and easy to pack down. In addition to the insulation, it has a special liner (inspired by NASA spacesuits) that features tiny aluminum dots that reflect heat back at you. This jacket showcases a sleek, hood-free design with cozy hand pockets and a simple straight fit. Plus, it comes in six colors.

2. The extra packable one

Insulation: Genuine down

The lowdown: With an ultra-lightweight, ultra-compact design, this high-quality Eddie Bauer jacket packs down into a small ball, making it a great choice for travel and weekend trips. Not only that, but at roughly $60, it's one of the best cheap down jackets out there. The 650-fill power natural down makes it warm, despite its feather-light weight, and the nylon shell is sturdy and abrasion-resistant. Style-wise, the jacket has horizontal baffling and a slightly tapered fit, and it comes in five solid colors.

3. The hooded parka

Insulation: Hybrid

The lowdown: If you prefer a longer, plusher jacket that comes below the hips, this Marc New York option offers an excellent combination of style and function. The exterior is made with a blend of nylon and spandex which makes it sturdy while still giving you a degree of stretch. The hybrid insulation combines real down with synthetic material, delivering some of the benefits of natural down (warm, lightweight, and packable) without the hefty price tag. This parka has a cozy hood for added warmth and a durable, snag-free zipper. And it's available in olive, charcoal, and ink color choices.

4. The tapered one

Insulation: Genuine down

The lowdown: Designed with a comfortable hood and a sleek, tailored fit, this real goose down jacket keeps you warm while looking good too. It's constructed with 700-fill power natural down and an outer shell that's tough and durable (as well as fairly flexible). It has two hand pockets, a strong, snag-resistant zipper, and a simple drawstring waist. Best of all, it's sold in nine different colors.

5. The splurge

Insulation: Genuine down

The lowdown: If you spend a lot of time outdoors and feel like treating yourself to an extra warm (not to mention stylish) option, this Fjällräven Greenland No. 1 is just the ticket. It's constructed with 800-fill power genuine down plus a blend of top-grade polyester and soft cotton, which makes it durable, insulating, and built to last for many years. "This thing is so incredibly well made," wrote one reviewer. " It gives the feeling of a garment that will last a lifetime." This coat comes in your choice of three neutral colorways.

6. The eco-friendly down alternative one

Insulation: Synthetic

The lowdown: Built with synthetic insulation made from recycled polyester, this eco-friendly down jacket will help keep you cozy and you can feel good about your purchase too. Available in an impressive array of colors, the waist-length, slim-fit coat is lightweight yet it stands up to cold weather, according to reviewers. The snag-free shell is ultra-durable and the attached hood offers added warmth. On top of the basics, this jacket has elastic cuffs and a cinch-cord at the hem for an adjustable fit. And it comes in 14 colors and patterns, making it easy to find one you love.

7. The budget alternative

Insulation: Synthetic

The lowdown: For folks on a budget, this wallet-friendly winter coat substitutes uses 100% synthetic insulation in place of natural down, shaving a substantial cost off the price tag. The exterior is made with heavy-duty (yet reasonably lightweight) nylon and it's filled with warm polyester. It has a full-zippered front and comes in 13 colors. "This is a really good quilted jacket, especially for the price," wrote one reviewer. "

Although the fill isn't very heavy, it's surprisingly warm." The jacket has a streamlined, hood-free design that makes it bulk-free and easy to pack down. On top of that, it comes in 13 colors and patterns.