Recommended Men’s Down Jackets of 2019

 Arc’teryx Cerium LT Hoody

An interesting feature on the Cerium LT is the use of down composite mapping: Arc’teryx added a limited amount of Coreloft synthetic insulation in the areas most prone to getting wet: the shoulders, underarms, cuffs, and collar. The rest of the jacket is premium down in areas that need maximum heating efficiency: the core, hood, and upper arms. While the other jackets on this list are strictly down, Arc’teryx has created a nice balance of lightweight warmth and functionality.

The beauty of Arc’teryx products is awesome. They generally cost the most, look the best (Patagonia is a close competitor), and perform well enough for seasoned guides to put them through the wringer on a consistent basis. The Cerium LT Hoody is the company’s leading lightweight down jacket and one sleek piece of gear. With a total weight of 10.8 ounces, a nearly complete feature set, and a silky interior and exterior, the Cerium LT plays and looks the part. The most direct competitors are the Feathered Friends Eos and Patagonia Ultralight, which have similar specs and quality.

How much and where to buy?

You can find the it on Amazon.com.

The Down Sweater is decidedly more casual. The down fill power is the same (800), but you get a more sturdy 20Dx30D shell along with less compressibility for backcountry pursuits like backpacking and climbing. It also has a more casual design and fit. If you need a down jacket for everyday wear and weekend skiing or hiking trips, the Down Sweater is an excellent choice.

The Patagonia Down Sweater is the biggest seller on this list and ubiquitous from ski resorts to city streets. Similar jackets from brands like Outdoor Research and REI may be less expensive, but none can match the Down Sweater’s clean design or high quality materials. If you’re in the market for one lightweight down jacket that does it all and looks good in the process, look no further.

How much and where to buy?

You can find the it on Amazon.com.

 Mountain Equipment Lightline

How does the Mountain Equipment Lightline compare to other cold weather jackets on this list? The 700-fill duck down is respectable but falls short of being ultra-premium, and therefore the jacket doesn’t offer quite as much warmth for the weight as the 800-fill Rab Neutrino below. It also won’t compress down quite as easily for its size, although 700-fill down still does pretty well in this regard. But if you’re willing to sacrifice a little on fill power, the Lightline is warm, versatile, looks great, and won’t break the bank.

There is a lot to like about the Lightline jacket from Mountain Equipment. First, it has the highest fill weight on this list at 10.4 ounces of 700-fill down (next is the Rab Neutrino at 8.8 ounces of 800-fill down). Second, it offers excellent protection from the elements with a windproof and water resistant Drilite shell. Third, we really like the Lightline’s clean look and multitude of colorways—it’s a nice option for everything from technical use to everyday wear in cold climates. And last but not least, it’s a heckuva value at $250. Many jackets with a fraction of the down cost quite a bit more.

How much and where to buy?

You can find the it on Amazon.com.

Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer Hooded

Shortcomings of the Ghost Whisperer are that the 7Dx10D shell fabric won’t stand up well to abuse, and the curious cuff design is somewhat loose around the wrist (we appreciate the top-of-hand coverage, but it does allow for more cold air to enter). In addition, the zipper is the most flimsy of the ultralights we tested and failed to align the teeth on occasion. These are real sacrifices for casual wearers, but the Ghost Whisperer is a standard among backcountry enthusiasts looking to shave ounces while staying warm.

Mountain Hardwear led the ultralight charge with the numbers defying Ghost Whisperer, and it still impresses us to this day. At 7.7 ounces total including 2.8 ounces of 800-fill down, this jacket is extremely impressive with its warmth and paperweight feel. You don’t have to sacrifice on features either: the Ghost Whisperer has an optional hood, two hand pockets, and a side hem cinch for honing in fit. Some daily usability is lost in making everything so light, but it remains a top choice for minimalist backpackers and climbers.

How much and where to buy?

You can find the it on Amazon.com.

Rab Neutrino Endurance

What are the downsides of the Neutrino Endurance? The first is the total weight at over 22 ounces, which is good for serious winter weather but heavy and too warm for mild conditions. Second, Americans may have problems with the European-style left-hand zipper, which can take a while to get used to. Finally, for everyday wear and those on a budget, the Mountain Equipment Lightline is quite competitive with the Rab for $125 less. These issues aside, the Neutrino Endurance is an exceptionally warm and comfortable winter piece.

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U.K.-based Rab is on our shortlist of favorite outdoor clothing brands, and the Neutrino Endurance is their beloved down jacket for cold weather climbing and mountaineering. Most importantly, it packs in a ton of down—8.8 ounces of 800-fill hydrophobic down to be exact—at roughly the same price as less warm options from Arc’teryx, Patagonia, and Mountain Hardwear. It also has a tough 30D Pertex shell, which has a quality feel and good weather resistance. Even at $375, that’s a lot of bang for your buck.

How much and where to buy?

You can find the it on Amazon.com.