How and Why to Choose a Puffer Jacket

About the Puffer Jacket

There are many puffer jackets in the world of winter clothing, so here are a few things to consider before making your final decision. After all, when navigating these waters, you will see pricing from $80 to over $1500, so a couple of tips might make you a little richer is addition to more comfortable.

Puffer jackets have a signature quilted design with sections that are "puffy" between the stitching. They are filled with down insulation or synthetic fibers, both of which can provide a high level of warmth depending on how well they are made and the quality of the synthetic fibers. Another attribute is that they are often very lightweight despite being very warm (with the down-filled jackets weighing a little more, so keep that in mind). Compared to wool or leather, puffer jackets provide the unique combination of both warmth and lightness.    

Puffer Jacket Insulation

As mentioned, puffer jackets can feature down or synthetic down insulation. Both are fairly lightweight, but not all methods of insulation will provide the same level of warmth. Generally speaking, a down-filled jacket will be warmer, yet synthetic down can be very comparable if the manufacturer knows a good bit about how insulation works.

At RefrigiWear, we have outfitted workers in minus-zero temperatures for over 60 years, so we know that the air in the layers of your insulation is what really helps create barriers against the cold. With our proprietary way of insulation with synthetic fibers, called RefrigiFill, we provide high-quality puffer jackets that retain the loft of the synthetic fibers longer so your jacket will keep you warm after years of wear. Cheaper ways of insulating with synthetic fibers often results in the loss of fiber loft after shorter periods, leaving you more vulnerable to the cold.

How Stitching Affects Styles in Puffer Jackets

The "puffs" of a puffer jacket are created by the combination of the insulation layer and stitching. Vertical and horizontal puffers are the most common, but you can also find diamond and other geometric shapes created due to stitching. Functionally, a puffer jacket with vertical stitching may lend itself to a more fitted design due to the already vertical lines created. Yet because they are lightweight, aren't weigh down by heavy materials, both horizontal and vertical puffer jackets can still be very roomy and comfortable to wear.

Style, Warmth and Quality

From style perspective, you may hesitate and think that the puffer style will be too bulky and unflattering. However, again because of the lightweight materials and overall lightness of the jacket, they are very flexible and sporty. Plus, because of these same reasons, they are comfortable in both cool and cold weather. The aspects that make this kind of versatility possible is the lightweight design of the garment as well as wind and water resistance.

All of RefrigiWear's puffer jackets are manufactured to maximize this versatility with several extra features, such as a wind-tight polyester microfiber outershell and bound seams to seal out drafts. As with all RefrigiWear garments, we crafted our puffer jackets with our knowledge of tough working conditions, so you won't be disappointed in the quality of your RefrigiWear puffer or the many years of wear you can get out of it. 

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