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Down Jackets – Five Plus One

Five Plus One is our weekly series of buyer’s guides. We pick a specific category and dig up five great options along with one that’s a little outside the norm.


Everyone wants to stay warm this winter, and how better than with a new down jacket? They are lightweight but incredibly insulating, which makes them a great way to stay warm without being weighed down by too many layers. Sure, down loses its warmth if it gets wet, but the right waterproof shell can ensure that never happens.

Here are five options for down jackets plus one more that’s a little more outside the norm.

1) Filson: Down Cruiser

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Filson’s Down Cruiser has everything you need to stay warm: 550-fill goose down insulation, a water resistant oil-finished outer fabric, two handwarmer pockets, a wool lined collar, and ribbed cuffs. The outer fabric is abrasion resistant, and areas of high wear are reinforced to make the jacket even more durable. Filson’s distinctive style and high quality constructions make this jacket a solid option for anyone looking to buy an extra warm jacket this winter.

Available for $695 from Filson.

2) Beams+: L-2B Down Bomber Jacket

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Beams Plus’ L-2B Down Bomber Jacket combines a traditional nylon bomber jacket with a warm down insulation, and the result is fantastic. In addition to down insulation, this jacket features wool ribbing, storm-flapped pockets, and a quilted inner lining, all of which will help keep you warm this winter.

Available for $388 from Unionmade Goods.

3) L.L. Bean: Trail Model Down Jacket

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L.L. Bean‘s Trail Model Down Jacket proves that you don’t need to spend a lot of money to get a high quality down jacket. This one features 650-fill water resistant down insulation, ripstop fabric, and the ability to keep you warm down to -35° Fahrenheit. At only $80, this jacket is one of the best values on the market, particularly when you take into account L.L. Bean’s high quality construction and satisfaction guarantee.

Available for $80 from L.L. Bean.

4) Canada Goose: “Borden” Bomber

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Canada Goose makes some of the best cold weather jackets on the market, but they might be overkill if you don’t live in a particularly cold area. The Borden Bomber features 625-fill duck down, ribbed cuffs, removable hood with coyote fur trim, fleece lined handwarmer pockets, and a placket to increase wind resistance. Each jacket is made in Canada to the highest quality standards, which is why Canada Goose was chosen to make jackets for scientists at McMurdo Station in Antarctica.

Available for $875 from END.

5) Uniqlo: Seamless Down Parka

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Uniqlo’s Seamless Down Parka was designed with a very high attention to detail. It features minimal stitching lines to protect against the wind, a waterproof coating to protect against the rain, and warm down insulation to protect against the cold. It is offered in a ton of different colors, at at only $100 you could even buy multiple different colors without breaking the bank.

Available for $100 from Uniqlo.

Plus One – Gant Diamond G: Reversible Down Shirt Jacket

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Gant Diamond G’s Reversible Down Shirt/Jacket is one of the most unique down jackets on the market. One side appears to be a traditional nylon puffer jacket while the other side looks like a twill button shirt. Unlike most down jackets, this one doesn’t feature a zip front but rather a set of snaps — that might not be the most ideal closure method for cold weather, but it will certainly remain a suitable jacket down to some very cold temperatures.

Available for $396 from Gentry NYC.