10 best men's down and insulated jackets that keep out the cold

Paddy Maddison
·1-min read
We chose designs that are lightweight and packable for any adventure (The Independent/ iStock)
We chose designs that are lightweight and packable for any adventure (The Independent/ iStock)

There aren’t many garments championed by polar explorers and style-savvy urbanites alike but the insulated jacket is one of them.

This essential piece of outerwear will block the cold out, lock the heat in and keep you warm even in the darkest depths of winter.

Its power lies in its superior warmth-to-weight ratio. It’s lightweight and packable, yet it delivers exceptional heat retention thanks to a high-loft fill of either down or synthetic fibres.

This makes it perfect as either a warm midlayer or a standalone jacket, depending on the weather.

If you’re in the market for an insulated jacket there’s a fair bit to consider and a lot of options to choose from.

So, to save you the legwork, we put some of the best options to the test in some of the UK’s coldest conditions and brought you our top picks below.

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