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Now the clocks have gone back, our days are getting shorter and it’s only going to get colder from here on out. But that doesn’t mean it’s time to go into hibernation mode. There’s plenty of adventures waiting for you this season if you’ve got the right gear. Heck, a decent winter jacket can even make the commute more bearable.
We’ve put together a selection of our top 5 winter down jackets for women (plus 4 alternatives to down). This super warm, weather-resistant selection will keep you toasty whatever the weather.
1. NORTH FACE 1996 RETRO NUPTSE WOMENS DOWN JACKET
Fashionable and functional - This North Face gear was inspired by the iconic design of their 1996 Nuptse Jacket, this boxy puffer jacket provides lofty warmth with deep baffles that are stuffed with 700-fill goose down insulation. Stow the hood in the collar when you're warm enough without it and stow the whole jacket in a pocket when you can go entirely without!
2. PATAGONIA DOWN SWEATER WOMENS INSULATED JACKET
The Patagonia Down Sweater is your go to whatever the occasion! Its lightweight and windproof design with 800-fill goose down gives you the perfect amount of warmth for almost every situation. This jacket has an excellent warmth-to-weight ratio and with its stylish fit and design, it'll be your first choice when winter is in full force. It's also packable into its own pocket for when things get a bit too toasty.
3. AUSSIE GRIT WENDOVER WOMENS DOWN INSULATED JACKET
The Aussie Grit Wendover is an all round winter jacket that is bound to keep you warm. Perfect for pre or post race or for when you're cheering from the sidelines. This jacket has all the techincal features, including a removable hood, water repllent shell and handwarmer pockets to keep your hands warm and cosy on those extra chilly mornings.
4. MARMOT MONTREAL COAT
Cut an ultra-cool profile and stay warm and dry while you do it in this classic parka. The Montreal Coat provides ample protection with its sturdy, water-resistant fabric and new high-quality, water-resistant 700-fill power down insulation; but what you'll love most is the numerous cushy linings, handy pockets, and the vibe that's just right for your busy, modern life.
5. ARCTERYX THORIUM AR WOMENS INSULATED DOWN HOODY
The Arc'teryx Thorium is a lightweight and extremely versatile jacket that works perfectly as a standalone winter jacket or as a layering piece for when it's extra cold. The 750-fill down offers plenty of warmth for its low weight and a stylish streamlined cut means this jacket is a great option for all activites, including your daily commute.
For those who don't need a big, down jacket, here are 4 alternatives to down that are sure to keep you warm and cosy during the winter months. Offering plenty of warmth for less weight, and perfect for layering with your favourite rain jacket when the weather turns on you. Synthetic and fleece jackets have oftten been a great (and often more affordable) alternative to your premium down jacket.
1. ICEBREAKER MERINOLOFT HYPERIA LITE HYBRID WOMENS HOODED MERINO INSULATED JACKET
Icebreaker is known for being the benchmark when it comes to merino wool and the Hyperia Lite Hybrid Jacket only furthers that notion. The MerinoLOFT insulation offers excellent warmth for it's light weight (only 400g of jacket!) and allows the wearer to move freely while performing all outdoor activities. It's packable into it's own side pocket so there won't be any wasted space in your pack with this jacket.
2. THE NORTH FACE THERMOBALL ECO WOMENS INSULATED JACKET
The Thermoball Eco is a lightweight, synthetic jacket offering a huge amount of warmth for its size and weight. It has a super stylish design that will look great on the trails or on your daily commute and is perfect for layering with your North Face Dryzzle Futurelight Rain Jacket for when the weather decides to turn on you. Made from 100% recycled materials, not only will you look good while wearing this, you'll feel good!
3. MARMOT SOLUS FEATHERLESS INSULATED WOMENS JACKET
The Marmot Solus Featherless Jacket is a great option for those who need something a bit more versatile. Offers a level of warmth comparable to the best down jackets as well as being lightweight and very packable (packs down into it's own pocket) and a really interesting feature with this jacket is the Zippin compatibility, which allows it to be attached to another compatible Marmot shells for even more effective layering.
4. XTM WILDCAT LADIES FLEECE JACKET
The XTM Wildcat is the perfect option for sitting around the campfire or for weekends at the snow. With its 100% recycled anti-pill polyester fleece, you'll be staying toasty while helping the environment. This works perfectly as a stand-alone fleece and as a layering piece with your favourite down or waterproof jacket
GRANGERS DOWN WASH KIT
This is a must for looking after your down products. Grangers Down Wash Kit is a complete product protection package designed to make caring for all down-filled articles super easy! It's suitable for use on all down-filled products, from sleeping bags to jackets and removes dirt and odour without reducing loft or impairing performance!