A packable puffy is a key part of my cold-weather kit, and I’ve tested a bunch. This one stands out for its superb athletic fit. The women’s Demaree has an astounding 204 chambers—more than twice as many as any other jacket in my closet—of premium 800-fill down. (The men’s version has a different pattern but comparable number of baffles.)
The result: a fit that wraps every curve without binding, enhancing both thermal efficiency and mobility. Plus, the down stays put. Despite its bear-hug cut, I never felt restricted, even when clawing my way out of a tree well while snowshoe testing.
Winter athletes looking for an athletically cut, midweight puffy jacket
> Kristin Hostetter
(other tester: Dennis Lewon)
> Duration March to June
> Locales/conditions Norway, Northeast; wind, sleet, snow, 0°F to 50°F
> “I love the luxe details: a fuzzy collar and pockets, stretchy cuffs, and a DWR that works in wet snow.”