Puffy coats are everywhere. Many of us have owned at least one in our lifetime. While some puffy coats are just plain puffy, others have some great technical qualities for the outdoor lady in your life. And the fact that they’re a bit more fashionable and form-fitting instead of just a lumpy coat keeping you warm doesn’t hurt either. If a puffy coat is on the wish list this year for Christmas, here are some recommendations that won’t just keep the lady warm, but the additional features and performance will keep up with her whether she’s skiing in the backcountry, ice climbing on a gigantic frozen waterfall or gearing up for a mountaineering expedition.
Adidas Outdoor Terrex Swift PrimaLoft
The Adidas Outdoor Terrex Swift PrimaLoft Hooded jacket sports the CLIMAPROOF® fabric that provides a barrier against inclement weather and still allows for heat and perspiration to escape. The lightweight zip-front style jacket is padded with PrimaLoft insulation that keeps you warm. FORMOTION™ technology allows for natural movement and a great fit. The hood is adjustable with a drawcord and side seam zip pockets with ventilation are other features along with elastic cuffs and a drawcord on the hem for adjustable fit. This jacket is very cozy and great to wear while snowshoeing or doing some hiking in the colder temps. Retail price is $129.99.
The Dynafit Denali Windstopper PrimaLoft Ski Touring jacket is one of the warmest ski touring jackets for those really cold days. It’s also very breathable. Gore Windstopper Active Shell and Downtek down insulation are incorporated into the body of the Denali with PrimaLoft integrated into the arms. The jacket was developed with the lightest waterproof and windproof fabric on the market and the freedom of movement is huge. The Denali has an athletic fit and it definitely doesn’t look like your typical puffy coat. It has multiple pockets, a helmet compatible hood and storm cuffs. Suggested retail price is $399.95.
Patagonia Nano Puff® Hoody
Patagonia Nano Puff® Hoody is the major buzz for outdoor gear freaks. This highly compressible 60-gram windproof and water-resistant jacket is extremely lightweight with PrimaLoft Gold insulation. The brick quilting pattern with narrow horizontal quilt lines on side panels stabilizes insulation. The Nano Puff has two zippered handwarmer pockets with clean-finished zipper garages. The zippered internal chest pocket doubles as a stuffsack with a reinforced carabiner clip-in loop. Shaped side panels enhance the women’s specific fit. You wouldn’t think something this light would keep you so warm, but put it on and be amazed. The Patagonia Nano Puff retails at $249.
The North Face ThermoBall Hoodie
The North Face ThermoBall Hoodie has a sleek silhouette and features ThermoBall™, powered by PrimaLoft®, which is TNF’s synthetic alternative down that keeps you warm in cold and wet weather. ThermoBall is pretty impressive in how it works. The clusters of round synthetic ThermoBall trap and retain heat within small air pockets which provides effective insulation. The ThermoBall is ultralight and packable and it has its own stowable pocket you can store it in. The jacket has elastic-bound cuffs and hood, a hem cinch-cord and secure-zip covered hand pockets. It’s great as a standalone jacket or a mid-layer for your colder winter days. The jacket is true to size. The North Face ThermoBall Hoodie retails at $220.00.