Time for a new selection for the gents of our site and we’ll be continuing with Down jackets. The catch here is that they are packable. What this does is save you packing space when travelling.
Down jackets are the best option during winter weather, but often, those who travel tend to avoid bringing one with them because of the puffiness and space they occupy.
This is why we chose 13 of the best packable down jackets, so you will not have to carry extra sweaters or suffer from the cold in your next trip.
Let’s get started right away and take a look at our selection.
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1. Best Packable Down Jackets For Men: Our Top Picks
Tommy Hilfiger Men’s Packable Down Jacket
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By Tommy Hilfiger, this first jacket is one we have previously reviewed. It comes with a 100% Nylon shell and with an inner lining of 100% Polyester. The insulation is 90% duck Down and 10% feathers, kept in place by horizontal and vertical stitching along the shoulders and sleeves as well.
It is water-resistant but best suited for dry weather, as the down filling will lose its functionality if it gets wet. This is a hoodless jacket, with a medium-height stand-up collar and elastic cuffs.
There are two hand-warmer pockets on the sides, two inner pockets and it comes with its own drawstring bag. The design is clean and simple and it comes in 10+ color options, including: Navy, Black, Royal blue, Cement, Gold, Olive and Red.
32 Degrees Nano Light Packable Down Jacket
Nano is a Down jacket made of 100% Polyester, with 90% Down filling and 10% feathers. It is by 32 Degrees, designed to run a bit big, to keep the sleeves comfortable when layering underneath. This is a water-resistant jacket, with a medium-height collar without a hood.
The sleeve cuffs are elastic and the main zipper is full-length, as well as water-resistant. The quilting is horizontal and despite being a puffy jacket, it packs tightly into its own bag.
This is also a very lightweight jacket, weighing roughly 450g (1lb), which makes it very comfortable to wear, as well as practical for travelling. Nano is available in 8 colors: Asphalt, Army Green, Forest, Aluminum, Black, Royal blue, Red and Navy.
Hawke & Co Men’s Packable Down Puffer Jacket II
Puffer II is designed by Hawke & Co in a pretty casual style. It is a thin jacket that performs beautifully in dry and cool weather. The material is 100% Nylon, giving it slight water-resistance, with a 90% duck Down filling for insulation.
It comes without a hood, so keep that in mind if you are travelling in rainy areas. The collar is high and stand-up, closing up with the main zipper, which is full-length. The sleeve cuffs are elastic, as is the bottom hem, helping to close the jacket off from the cold and wind.
There are two side pockets to keep the hands warm and it comes in 15+ colors. Some of these colors include: Red, Wine, Maroon, Black, Chili pepper, Radiant yellow, Charcoal and Green grass.
Here is a video that shows how you can pack the jacket:
XPOSURZONE Packable Down Quilted Jacket
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Next we have this stylish puffer jacket by XPOSURZONE. The shell is made of 70% Nylon and 30% Polyester, while the inner lining is 100% Polyester. The insulation is a blend of 90% Down and 10% Feathers, with square-patterned quilting to keep it in place.
This jacket is designed for a variety of activities, ranging from everyday wear to different sports. It is comfortable and lightweight, with an elastic bottom hem and elastic sleeve cuffs. On the sides there are two zipped pockets for warming up the hands, as well as two inner pockets at waist-level.
The collar is high, stand up and it comes without a hood. It comes with its own color-matching pouch for packing and there are 9 colors available: Black, Blazing orange, Midnight navy, Olive night, Mahogany, Tan, Ash, Charcoal and Bristol blue.
Dockers Men’s Packable Pillow Down Jacket
Pillow by Dockers is a 100% Nylon jacket, with a wind and water-resistant shell. It comes without a hood, but has a high collar and a concealed main zipper that closes it up.
There are two side pockets for the hands and small-belongings and the sleeves are cut straight, with elastic cuffs at the wrists. The Down insulation is distributed throughout the whole jacket and the quilting is a combination of horizontal and vertical stitching.
This is not only a well-made jacket, but also very well-designed, especially when it comes to packing. The pouch it comes in has the shape of a neck pillow, which you can use for sleeping and comfort while travelling. It comes in 7 colors: Light grey, Orange, Charcoal, Slate blue, Black, Midnight and New navy.
The North Face Thermoball Jacket
Thermoball is by The North Face and it is a jacket with Thermoball insulation. This is a synthetic type of insulation that mimics Down, without losing its abilities when wet (read more: ThermoBall vs Down: Differences and Comparison).
This is a 100% Nylon jacket, with Ripstop shell that is resistant to wear and tear, making it a great option for travelers and outdoor’s enthusiasts. There is a drawcord in the waist for better adjustment and elastic sleeve cuffs to protect against the cold and winds.
The collar is short and stand-up and there are two side pockets with zipper closure. It is available in over 50 colors, including: Falcon brown, Asphalt grey, Green duck, Sequoia red, Spruce green and Moonlight blue.
Wantdo Men’s Packable Insulated Down Jacket
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This jacket by Wantdo is thick, fluffy and very warm. It is made of 100% Nylon, with 90% Down filling for insulation. The collar is high and also hooded, which along with the jacket’s resistance to water, make it a good option for those in cold and rainy areas.
It comes with two side pockets and one chest pocket on the outside, along with one pocket on the inside with an earphone duct. The sleeve cuffs are elastic and it comes with its own color-matching pouch. This jacket can be purchased in 3 colors: Black, Grey and Navy.
Calvin Klein Men’s Classic Packable Down Jacket
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Next, Calvin Klein’s Classic Down jacket is a great everyday and travelling jacket, as it is lightweight, warm and very comfortable. The material varies in different color options, mostly ranging within a combination of 50% Nylon and 50% Polyester.
The collar is hoodless, but filled with Down for added warmth. There are two outer pockets on the jacket for warming up the hands and two inner pockets for small belongings. This is a jacket best suited for dry and mild weather, with elastic cuffs and a concealed main zipper.
It is available in many colors: Black, Dark chromium, Electric blue, Military green, Navy mélange, Granite indecent and Midnight blue.
Amazon Essentials Lightweight Water-Resistant Packable Down Jacket
By Amazon Essentials we have picked a neat down jacket, which is made of 100% Nylon on the outside. The shell is water-resistant and quilted, which adds to the look and functionality of the jacket, by keeping the down fill in place. Speaking of down fill, it is a blend of 90% Duck down and 10% feathers.
It is very lightweight, as down tends to be and that ratio helps boost the jacket’s ability to provide warmth while not adding extra weight to it. That is the reason why this jacket is so lightweight and comfortable to wear.
The hem and sleeve cuffs are elasticized, providing not only a better fit but also helping to better insulate the jacket. There is no hood, but the collar is high and also padded, this way it keeps the neck warm and also protected from the elements. There are two zip pockets on the outside of the jacket and it comes in regular length.
What’s best about it is that it was tested by wear testers. Amazon listens to their feedback and this helps further develop and optimize the design, so you are guaranteed to get a jacket that will not only perform well, but also fit well. There are 6 colors to choose from: Black, Blue, Brick red, Grey, Navy and Olive.
You might also like: Best Women’s Packable Down Jackets Reviewed
Hawke & Co Men’s Poly Packable Puffer Jacket
Another quilted jacket in a clean and simplistic design, Poly is a puffer down jacket by Hawke & Co. It is made of 100% Nylon and comes without a hood, but has a padded collar for protecting the neck.
The reason why it comes without a hood is that this is a jacket best suited for dry weather as the shell is not resistant against rain, so wear it accordingly. The sleeve cuffs are elasticized, as is the hem. There are two zip pockets on the outside of the jacket.
It comes with its own pouch for packing it in and it barely weighs anything, so you can easily take it with you wherever you are going. The design is suitable for casual wear and it is hip-length. There are 4 color options available: Dark heather grey, Hawke navy, Black and Eggplant.
Tommy Hilfiger Ultra Loft Sweaterweight Packable Jacket
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Continuing with another jacket that is super lightweight, Tommy Hilfiger’s Ultra Loft Sweaterweight down jacket comes in a very modern design. The quilting is down in a brick wall pattern, so it is different than most down quilted jackets. The shell is 100% Nylon and highly resistant against wind and rain, but not completely waterproof.
It comes with a medium-height collar and two outer pockets, which are lined to quickly warm your hands up. The hem and sleeve cuffs are elasticized for a better fit and protection against the elements. It is insulated with poly fill, which tends to fare well under wet conditions.
This is a great jacket for cold weather as the fill is quite warm, especially if you live in areas where the winter is mild. To pack it in, there is a drawstring pouch in matching colors. The color selection includes: Black, Green, Heather grey, Ice, Navy, Red, Royal blue and Yellow.
ZITY Lightweight Packable Down Jacket For Men
A versatile jacket that comes in both hooded and hoodless options and a high collar, ZITY’s Lightweight down jacket is designed especially for men who travel a lot. Not only is it packable, but this jacket weighs practically nothing and it compresses extremely well, taking very little space in your luggage or bag.
The shell and lining are both made of 100% Nylon, while the insulation is 90% Duck down and 10% Feathers. The down is 650-fill power, which provides great warmth and loft. The quilting is horizontal and helps distribute the insulating fill evenly.
This is a jacket designed for activity and practicality, so it is not your regular everyday down jacket. There are two zip pockets on the outside, both of which are lined to warm up the hands and also two inner pockets that are secure and deep, so you can safely take your belongings with you.
Also, it is not only resistant to water but also repellent, so the water drops bead on top of the jacket and roll off. It has elasticized sleeve cuffs and hem and comes in 4 main colors for each option: Wine, Black, Army green and Navy.
ZSHOW Men’s Winter Hooded Packable Down Jacket
By Z-SHOW comes a hooded jacket that is made of 100% Nylon, with the inner lining made of 100% Polyester and 90% White Duck down filling. It is a very warm jacket, with elasticized cuffs, hem and hood that fits very well around the head, providing warmth and protection.
The shell is water-resistant but best suited for dry weather. There are two outer pockets and two security pockets on the inside for your phone, keys, wallet and other essentials. The quilting is diagonal and it is a padded jacket all over, including the sleeves.
It packs in a color matching pouch and just like the other designs, it is very lightweight. This is a comfortable jacket that provides great protection against cold winds and the design is quite stylish for everyday wear.
There are also no logos so if you are looking for a jacket to wear to work, look no further. There are 4 colors to choose from: Black, Blue, Grey and Navy.
2. How To Pack a Packable Down Jacket
We took a look at some great down jackets in this selection, but not everyone knows how to choose a good down jacket and how to actually pack a packable one.
We are always here to help so keep on reading and in no time you will be able to confidently shop for a down jacket and take good care of it, too.
First things first, make sure that your down jacket is packable, otherwise you might cause damage to the fabric and disrupt the down filling. Typically, packable jackets, regardless of whether they are insulated with down feathers or not, are labeled as packable.
A clear indicator is the pouch. If there’s a pouch or bag that it comes with, then it’s most definitely a packable jacket.
But nowadays it’s rare that you will come across a packable jacket that isn’t labeled as such, especially those that pack in one of their own pockets. In this segment we will look at the two types of packing you can use.
Jackets That Pack Into a Bag or Pouch
Let’s firstly look at the one that’s simpler, the down jacket that packs in a bag. We have also attached a video to make the explanation easier.
- The first step is to lay the jacket flat and zip up all the zippers (main one, pockets).
- Fold each side this way: Shoulder to collar and lay the sleeve over the folded side.
- After having created a long rectangle, grab the side closest to you and roll it tight.
- Continue rolling the jacket until you reach the end, forming a tube-like shape. Remember to keep the folding tight, so the jacket compresses enough to fit into the pouch.
Jackets That Pack Into One of the Pockets
The second option is quite practical, especially if you are not a fan of carrying extra items with you. The first thing to do is unzipping the pocket, usually the left one. Keep in mind that it is an outer pocket.
- Turn the pocket you are using for packing inside out.
- Start stowing the jacket into the pocket slowly, making sure you are not being too rough or damaging the fabric. Don’t worry, it will all fit into the pocket so keep at it.
- Lastly, after the entire jacket is into the pocket, use the zipper to close your “pouch” and you are done.
3. How To Choose a Packable Down Jacket
Now, let’s talk what to look for in a down jacket that will not only keep you warm and cozy, but is also packable and practical.
Warmth and Down Fill Power
Insulation is the reason why down jackets are so preferred during winter. You will often come across fill power of down and to put it simply, it means that the lighter the jacket, the higher should the fill power be in order to provide the best insulation.
Further reading: Duck Down vs Goose Down Jacket: A Useful Guide
Down vs. Synthetic Insulation
We have mentioned in several of our previous articles the differences in these two types of insulation. Briefly, what you should know is that when it comes to warmth, down is unrivaled.
The key difference is when the insulation is wet. Synthetic filling does not lose its loft when wet, so it still manages to provide insulation and warmth, unlike down. That’s why, when you are looking for a down jacket, make sure that it at least is water-resistant.
Now, on to the matter at hand, packable padded jackets. There is a big difference here. Down jackets pack much easily and compress better than a synthetic one, while also being a lot lighter in weight, so if you need to save space while travelling, then you know which one to go for.
This is for both the fabric’s resistance to wear and tear and also preventing down loss. Usually, the best option is to go for down jackets with thicker shells, which make wear and tear less of an issue and fare better against the elements, too.
There are also Ripstop fabrics, which are incredibly durable, but the downside is that they tend to trap in moisture, which becomes an issue for down.
As for retaining down, the jacket needs to either have a down bag or to have been treated with a down-proof coating. Ideally it would be both, but packable down jackets, which tend to be thinner and lighter, should be down-proof coated, so make sure that is the case.
Find The Proper Fit
This is also a previously mentioned key step in purchasing a quality jacket. It is especially important with down, since it will be worn in freezing weather and you don’t want to take any chances in that case.
Make sure the jacket fits well, with enough space for light layering underneath. A jacket that fits too loose will let the cold in, defeating the purpose of its insulation, whereas a tight one will fit uncomfortably and should you need to layer, it might not fit at all.
With that we conclude today’s selection and guide on choosing and packing a packable down jacket. We hope you liked it! If you have any question or suggestion leave a comment below.