Best Women's Down Jackets - Backpacker

Best Women's Down Jackets

Women’s winter jackets have advanced in performance and style, with lightweight, bulk-free warmth leading the way. Here are three of our favorites with varying thickness, weight, and price. Each offers the warmth you need with the style you’ll love.
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Most Fashionable

Orolay Women’s Thickened Down Jacket

Orolay Women’s Thickened Down Jacket

Orolay Women’s Thickened Down Jacket

The Best of Both Worlds. This jacket provides a great way to stay warm and stylish. 

What We Liked: 

Women’s winter fashions have come a long way and this Down Jacket from Orolay is a perfect example. It offers all the warmth and performance of an expedition parka in a decidedly stylish, oversized silhouette that looks like it cost a fortune--but didn’t. We love the tunic-like design, which sets it apart from similar down jackets. The extended length provides excellent coverage from the cold, and the sides of the jacket unzip from the bottom hem to above the waist, allowing for comfortable, unrestricted wear when sitting. Zippered cargo pockets and vertical chest pockets provide convenient and secure storage for your phone, keys, wallet and more. Plus, the zippers feature extended zipper pulls that add a unique touch of style.

But before you go thinking that this jacket is just about good looks, consider that the outer shell is windproof and water-resistant, and the fill is 90% duck down for excellent warmth retention. Plus, the lining is specially stitched with 100 small squares that keep the down from shifting or protruding. Finally, the attached hood is lined with soft Sherpa material for a warm, cozy retreat from icy temps. Get it here.

Best for Work or Play

Columbia Women’s Heavenly Long Hooded Jacket 

Columbia Women’s Heavenly Long Hooded Jacket

Columbia Women’s Heavenly Long Hooded Jacket

Everyday Go-To for Winter. Heavenly comfort for wherever your day takes you. 

What We Liked: 

 If you’re looking for one winter jacket that can do it all, from shoveling the walk to commuting to work to building a snowman in the back yard, the Columbia Heavenly Long Hooded Jacket is a perfect choice. For starters, it’s lightweight yet dependably warm. Unlike old school winter jackets that rely on bulky insulation, the Columbia Heavenly Jacket features lightweight synthetic down and proprietary Omni-Heat reflective technology that reflects body heat to keep you warm and cozy. Plus, Columbia’s Storm-lite DP II shell is water-resistant to keep you dry and comfortable through inclement weather.

We love the extended length, and the tailored design gives this jacket a more flattering silhouette than dowdy long jackets that can steal your curves. Plus, for added protection from the elements, the extended collar can be zipped up to provide welcome coverage against icy winds. And our favorite feature is the soft, stretchy knit cuffs with thumbholes. For a “one-jacket-fits-all” solution for staying warm this winter, no matter what your day brings, the Columbia Heavenly is an excellent choice. It's available here.

Most Fun

Rokka&Rolla Women’s Ultra Lightweight Hooded Packable Puffer Down Jacket 

Rokka&Rolla Women’s Ultra Lightweight Hooded Packable Puffer Down Jacket

Rokka&Rolla Women’s Ultra Lightweight Hooded Packable Puffer Down Jacket

Big Warmth that Packs Small. Totally packable warmth with a pop of color. 

What We Liked: 

Can a jacket be fun and functional? Absolutely. And this Ultra-Light Down Puffer Jacket from Rokka&Rolla proves it. And, because of its amazingly lightweight design, this jacket easily packs up small into its own drawstring pouch. The windproof outer shell stops wind chill in its tracks. Inside, premium quality duck down quilted in heat-trapping channels captures and retains your body heat for a warm, cozy feel. You simply won’t believe that a jacket this lightweight can keep you this warm. Plus, this jacket is one of the most affordable packable down jackets we’ve seen, making it a great fit for your life and your budget.

And here’s the best part…the price! Well under $50. For a fun, colorful alternative to dull, lifeless winter jackets that packs small yet delivers big warmth at an unbeatable price, you can’t go wrong with this Rokka&Rolla Down Jacket. Available now.