The Best Down Jacket in Australia [2019]

Down Jacket

Down jackets can be your best friend when out in the cold. Insulated with either duck or goose feathers and down, these jackets represent one of the best options for staying warm outside, especially when considering their warmth-to-weight ratio.

However, with the various brands, materials, and styles on the market it can be hard to know where to start on your quest to to find the best down jacket for your needs.

After the summary table below, we discuss the key things to look out for when choosing a down jacket, followed by our detailed reviews.


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THE NORTH FACE ACONCAGUA DOWN JACKET

  • Insulation in the side and shoulder panels as well as the core.
  • Secure-zip chest pocket.
  • Insulated hand pockets.
  • Over 50% recycled content.
  • Down RDS certified.


Patagonia puffer jacket

PATAGONIA DOWN JACKET

  • Lightweight, tear-resistant and windproof.
  • 800 Fill Rating.
  • Quality European down.
  • Insulated exterior pockets and secured with deluge DWR-coated zips.
  • Zippered stretch mesh which can be converted into a storage bag.


THE NORTH FACE 1996 RETRO NUPTSE DOWN JACKET

  • Stowable hood​.
  • Internal zip pocket
  • Velcro adjustable cuffs.
  • 700 fill goose down
  • Certified with Responsible Down Standard (RDS).


Kathmandu Heli Men's Lightweight Down Jacket

KATHMANDU HELI LIGHTWEIGHT DOWN JACKET

  • Responsible Down Standard (RDS) certified down.
  • Fabric treated with DWR finish​
  • Two front pockets are secured with a zip.
  • Adjustable hem.
  • High neck warming collar.


BURTON EVERGREEN SYNTHETIC JACKET

  • Synthetic down alternative
  • Hem is adjustable so the heat remains trapped.
  • Outer fabric has a PFC-free DWR coating.
  • Provides the feel of down but is less expensive.
  • Hand warmer pockets are also secured with a zip.

How To Choose the best ​​​​Down Jacket

The following are some things to consider before buying a treadmill:

​Fill Rating

The fill rating is a bit complex to understand but it is extremely important when buying a down jacket. The higher the fill power, the more expensive the jacket is likely to be but that is also the ideal jacket for hiking, climbing, etc. due to a higher warmth-to-weight ratio. Here is a handy guide to understanding down fill power.

Fit

The fit and the cut of the jacket is naturally extremely important. If you are climbing, you want a little more freedom to lift your arms and move freely. If the jacket is just for casual wear and functional clothing, you would not mind a tighter, more form-fitting cut. Based on your requirements, decide the fit and cut of the down jacket you want.

​Ethical Sourcing of Down

It is important to consider the ethical implications of your down jacket purchase. Often, geese being raised for commercial use can be mistreated, force-fed and be subjected to live plucking. Ensure you choose a brand of jacket that sources its down ethically. All brands included in this article are amongst the best on the market in terms of ethical sourcing.

Price

The price, of course, is a valid concern. The higher the down fill rating, the more expensive a jacket is likely to be. It is up to you to decide what your budget is and for what activities you want to use your down jacket. That will help you narrow down on a jacket that is within your budget.


Down Jacket reviews

#1 ​​The North Face Aconcagua Men’s Insulated Down Hoodie

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Stay warm on wintry nights, whether in the city or out in the hills with this insulated down hoodie from North Face. 

The baffled construction traps heat perfectly and provides insulation all over, including your shoulders and sides. Manufactured with 50% recycled content and 550 fill goose down (certified to the RDS), it is also a good ethical option.

This jacket also comes with a lifetime warranty.

Pros
  • Insulation in the side and shoulder panels as well as the core, giving you overall warmth.
  • Secure-zip chest pocket in case you want to keep small items like keys, money, etc.
  • Insulated hand pockets.
  • Constructed with over 50% recycled content.
  • Down is certified to the RDS.
cons
  • The 550 fill down is as warm as a higher fill rating, but may be heavier and therefore inconvenient for strenuous physical exercise.
  • The hoodie is not stowable.

#2 ​Patagonia Down Jacket — Planet Positive

Patagonia puffer jacket

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Made with lightweight fabric and treated with deluge DWR (durable water repellent) finish, this Patagonia Down Jacket is a great buy for both rough outdoor wear and casual city wear.

The cuffs are elasticated and the bottom has a drawstring so no wind can make its way in and warmth cannot escape. The polyester used in the jacket is 100% recyclable and the down is traceable.

Pros
  • Lightweight, tear-resistant and windproof.
  • Rating is 800 fill down and the jacket uses quality European down.
  • Exterior pockets are warm and are also secured with deluge DWR-coated zips.
  • Zippered stretch mesh which can be converted into a storage bag for the jacket, making it perfectly portable.
cons
  • Not as warm as other options - not intended for extreme cold

#3 The North Face 1996 Retro Nuptse Down Jacket

This jacket is great for both city life and trekking in the wilderness. The hood is stowable so you can whip it out when it gets too cold, windy or wet outside. 

The retro boxy silhouette is a perfect style statement, whether you are wearing the jacket casually or for a trek. The high-loft baffles will keep you warm on a chilly day.

Pros
  • Stylish inspiration from the 1996 Nuptse Jacket.
  • Stowable hood conveniently packs into the collar and is perfect for a cold day.
  • Internal zip pocket if you want to keep something secure.
  • Cuffs are Velcro adjustable.
  • 700 fill goose down gives you incredible insulation.
  • Certified with Responsible Down Standard (RDS). 
cons
  • This is a standard size jacket but may be too short for some. There have been complaints about the sizing not being easy to decipher.

#4 ​​Kathmandu Heli Men’s Lightweight Down Jacket

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The ideal down jacket to simply pick up and dash out of the house if you are running late or procrastinated while packing, the Heli’s lightweight down jacket can become one of the easiest pieces of clothing in your wardrobe.

It provides solid warmth at a competitive price point and is also prides itself as a lightweight jacket.

Pros
  • Responsible Down Standard (RDS) certified down.
  • Fabric has also been treated with DWR finish so you can even wear it outdoors when it is raining.
  • Two front pockets are secured with a zip.
  • Hem is adjustable so you can contain the heat and prevent the cold from getting in.
  • High neck warming collar.
cons
  • With only a 550 fill power, the jacket is lightweight, but not as light as a more expensive jacket with a higher fill power.
  • The full front zip may cause heat to escape. 

#5 Burton Evergreen Synthetic Men’s Jacket

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While not technically a down jacket, this great option from Burton provides almost as much warmth and insulation.

The Evergreen Synthetic jacket provides down-like insulation and a DWR coating. The neck is high to provide a warming collar.

Pros
  • Burton is a sustainable business that aims at 100% Fair Labour Association compliance by 2020.
  • Hem is adjustable so the heat remains trapped.
  • Outer fabric has a PFC-free DWR coating.
  • Provides the feel of down but is less expensive.
  • Hand warmer pockets are also secured with a zip.
cons
  • The jacket is not made of real down so the insulation may not be as effective as a real down jacket, though this jacket is a lot cheaper.

verdict

As you can see, the list of pros weighs heaviest for the The North Face Aconcagua Down Jacket. The brand uses only ethical down and the jacket represents th perfect blend of street style and outdoor performance wear. It will keep you warm whether on a hike in the woods or a casual day around town.

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