24 Puffer Jackets That Will Bring Some Serious Heat to Your Winter Fits

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The best men’s puffer jackets are harder to find than you’d think. Sure, in the dead of winter, puffer jackets are everywhere you look: slung on the backs of office chairs, draped on barstools, piled high on restaurant banquettes, scurrying across snow-covered streets. But consider the myriad ways to go wrong with a puffer. Too puffed up and you’ll look like you’re wearing George Costanza’s infamous Gore-Tex coat. Too bare-bones and you’ll be wishing you’d sprung for a jacket with more down filling. And even if you get the right fit, most drab winter jackets fail the Kondo test: They inspire literally zero joy. 

But the best men’s puffer jackets are antidotes to the schlubby, formless sleeping bag you probably already have in your closet. They come in unique silhouettes, they’re made with innovative fabrics, and they flaunt some eye-catching colors that will actually make a winter fit instead of sabotaging it. Below are our six favorites, plus a handful of others worth puffing up your closet with.


The Best Puffer Jacket for City Dwellers

The North Face 1996 Retro Nuptse down hooded jacket

The North Face designs jackets for outdoorsy folks and city dwellers alike, which means you’re just as likely to see one of the brand’s trademark puffy jackets in SoHo as you are in the Catskills. The retro-inspired Nuptse jacket features a boxy silhouette and is made from The North Face’s original shiny ripstop fabric. If that weren’t enough, the puffer also comes with a stowable (and quite stylish) hood for when the wet weather hits.

The Best All-Natural, Guilt-Free Puffer

Olderbrother waxed puff coat

$650

Olderbrother

The world of technical outdoors gear is fraught with synthetic materials and plastic that can wreak havoc on the environment. But Olderbrother’s waxed puff coat is 100% au naturel. From the natural plant indigo dye, to the renewable, cruelty-free tree fill, to the mother of pearl buttons and hand-applied beeswax organic Japanese broadcloth fabric, this puffer is as guilt-free as it gets. And it’s sexy as hell, too. Throw it over a cozy hoodie and some wide-leg jeans for a can’t-fail look.

The Best Luxed-Up Puffer

Moncler Genius down Suginami jacket

Moncler makes the Rolls-Royce of puffer coats. From the instantly recognizable patch to their signature glossy, puffed-up panels, a Moncler jacket is engineered to turn heads. And this one, designed by former Phoebe Philo protege Veronica Leoni, is no exception. It’s got all the goods under the hood, of course, but that eye-popping slime green colorway is the real star of the show.

The Puffer of the Moment

Yeezy x Gap Round jacket

You can’t write a puffer jacket story in 2021 without mentioning this cultural juggernaut. Ye’s first-ever release for the Gap instantly ranks among the weirdest and most interesting pieces of clothing the venerable American chain has ever released. Its amorphous shape and bold colors made it an immediate hit among streetwear kids and fashon types, and it’s been completely sold out since it first dropped back in June. Until Mr. West perfects his plan to bring Yeezy goods to the masses, you’ll have to cop this one on the secondhand market.

The Best Not-So-Puffy Puffer Jacket

Veilance Monitor down coat

Don’t let that slim, streamlined shell fool you. Veilance’s Monitor coat is packed with all the cutting-edge, cold-busting technology you’d expect from Arc’teryx’s highest-end division. We’re talking a whole lot of trademarks, people: Down Contour™ technology! Down Composite Mapping™! Insulated StormHood™! WaterTight™ external zippers! Waterproof GORE-TEX® Pro exterior! What does all that really mean for you? It means you’re getting an absurdly warm, absurdly advanced coat that won’t restrict your movement or interfere with your minimalist tech ninja aesthetic.

The Best Eco-Conscious Puffer Jacket

Prada Re-Nylon cropped puffer jacket

Back in the ’80s and ’90s, Miuccia Prada’s pioneering designs helped turn practical, techy nylon into something worth lusting over. Now, she’s pulling the same trick for recycled materials, by fashioning Prada’s iconic nylon goods—like this understated puffer—from repurposed ocean plastics.

18 More Puffer Jackets We Love

Abercrombie & Fitch heavyweight heavyweight puffer

Corduroy is for more than just trousers.
Abercrombie & Fitch

Uniqlo 3D cut seamless down parka

Uniqlo’s impossibly affordable—and seriously warm!—down jackets stay undefeated.

Todd Snyder English down parka

Hardy donegal wool is the stuff winter dreams are made of.
$1,098

Todd Snyder

Rocky Mountain Featherbed down jacket

Cowboys get cold, too. Wear this with a solid pair of Wranglers, a flannel shirt, and a ten gallon hat.
$998

Todd Snyder

Gramicci x Taion down inner

That collarless crewneck design is ideal for making your hoodie or turtleneck the star of the show.

Nike Sportswear Storm-FIT Windrunner parka

Keep those thighs nice and toasty.

Maison Margiela padded button-front coat

About as fancy and formal as a puffer coat can get.

Stussy Mossy Oak down puffer jacket

Be the outdoors.

PS Paul Smith fiber down jacket

As mesmerizing as the Northern Lights.

Marmot Guides down winter jacket

Handwarmer pockets, cushy down filling, and a moisture-resistant shell. What more could you need?

Montbell Plasma 1000 down jacket

One of the lightest and warmest puffers on the market, Montbell’s Plasma 1000 jacket will keep you extra toasty without any unnecessary bulk.

Comfy Outdoor Garment Comfy down jacket

The ultimate case for wearing white well after Labor Day.

And Wander diamond stitch down jacket

Created by Issey Miyake alums, And Wander’s range of outdoor goods marries high performance and high style.

Arc’teryx Cerium SV down hoodie

There’s a reason Arc’teryx earned a spot on our Quality List: their jackets are engineered to perform under the severest of conditions and last a lifetime.

Columbia Pike Lake hooded jacket

Columbia’s puffers pack in the body heat with the best of ‘em and come in a slew of ’90s-approved colorways. 

Battenwear Batten-Down parka

A note-perfect ode to outdoorsy ’70s-era parkas.
$790

Battenwear

Patagonia Silent water repellent 700-fill power down shirt jacket

Use this deceptively svelte mid-layer to bring an extra punch of heat to your fits all winter long.

Descente Allterrain “Mizusawa” mountaineer down jacket

Get familiar with the sleekest name in Japanese performance skiwear.

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