Puffer Jackets have become an increasingly popular fashion item in recent years. This is not surprising as they keep your body warm during the winter months and are lightweight and easy to carry, making them ideal for travel.
Made from feathers and down from geese or ducks, as well as polyester and recycled synthetic materials, Puffer jackets help you stay warm by keeping your body warm and letting moisture and sweat escape easily.
Sizes and styles
Full-body Puffer Jacket is ideal for people who want to protect most of their body from the elements – think parents who need to keep warm on the sidelines while their kids play sports or those who go for a daily walk with their dog during the harsh winter months.
For those who need more freedom of movement but also want to avoid the negative effects of the winter elements when hiking or camping, a waist-length Puffer Jacket combined with good thermal layers is ideal.
Puffer Jackets are popular in urban areas because of their versatility when the weather can be changeable, such as in late autumn and early spring. They are great for staying comfortable outside after dark or for people who only feel cold in the upper body.
Synthetic or feather and down?
Feather and Puffer Jackets are so light you won’t even notice you’re wearing them, and they can be cut down to a minimal size. But if you’re going somewhere damp and cold, it’s best to opt for synthetic or water-repellent Puffer jackets.
Jackets filled with synthetic down not only provide much-needed insulation, but also dry faster than jackets made from feathers and down, so you can withstand the elements for longer.
Fill weight and fill power
Puffer Jacket have a fill weight and a fill capacity. The fill weight is self-explanatory: it indicates the weight of the fill (quantity), and the fill capacity indicates how much down is in the jacket and how well it holds the air (quality).
The higher the volumetric value, the warmer your Puffer Jacket, while the fill weight indicates the weight of the jacket. If you need to travel light in colder climates, look for a high fill factor. You can find the fill weight in the manufacturer’s care instructions or on the sales label.
If you wash your jacket by hand, soak it for about an hour with a detergent specially formulated for down. Rinse the jacket by gently wringing out the water. Do not wring the jacket dry, as this can also cause lumps.
Dry the jacket in a tumble dryer at low temperature for one hour or until completely dry, unless otherwise stated in the care instructions. Clean down balls for washing or tennis balls will help to re-inflate the jacket and reduce the risk of air loss.
If you don’t have a tumble dryer – or if the weather permits – you can leave it to air dry for 12-48 hours. Lay the jacket on a flat surface and shake it about every half hour until it’s completely dry, so the feathers don’t stick together.
Final thoughts on the fleece jacket
Although a fleece jacket has long been considered essential clothing for winter outdoor enthusiasts, the proliferation of Puffer jackets for everyday wear has led to a boom in the number of styles and patterns you can choose from. If you know what to look for when buying a Puffer jacket, and if you take good care of it, you can be sure that your clothes will last for years to come.