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Synthetic Insulated Jackets

The best synthetic insulated jackets, reviewed and curated by the Trailspace community. The latest review was added on October 19, 2022. Stores' prices and availability are updated daily.

user rating: 5 of 5 (9)
Arc'teryx Atom LT Hoody
$259
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (10)
Patagonia Nano Puff Pullover
$169
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Arc'teryx Atom SL Hoody
$161 - $230
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Outdoor Research Ascendant Hoody
$162 - $173
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (7)
Arc'teryx Atom LT Jacket
$239 - $240
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (7)
Patagonia Nano Puff Hoody
$154 - $279
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
Patagonia Nano Puff Jacket
$69 - $229
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Smartwool Corbet 120 Jacket
$140 - $153
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Norrona Trollveggen Primaloft100 Zip Hood
$215 - $329
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Montane Prism Jacket
$170
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Access Hybrid Hoody
$150
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Rab Xenon 2.0 Insulated Jacket
$125 - $190
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Rab Strata Hoodie
$150
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Rab Xenon X Jacket
$153 - $164
user rating: 4 of 5 (7)
Patagonia DAS Parka
$314 - $449
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Patagonia Nano-Air Hoody
$149 - $299
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond First Light Stretch Hoody
$154 - $285
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Arc'teryx Atom AR Hoody
$299
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Outdoor Research Shadow Insulated Hoodie
$109 - $219
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Mountain Hardwear Kor Strata Hoody
$75 - $220
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Outdoor Research Deviator Hoody
$95
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Rab Alpha Flash Jacket
$125 - $134
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
The North Face Thermoball Full Zip Jacket
$43 - $280
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Mountain Hardwear Kor Strata Alpine Hoody
$165
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Therm-a-Rest Honcho Poncho
$97 - $129
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (5)
Patagonia Micro Puff Hoody
$185 - $329
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond First Light Hoody
$100 - $259
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
REI Swiftland Insulated Running Jacket
$50 - $99
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Helly Hansen Lifaloft Insulator Jacket
$200 - $220
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Craghoppers Compresslite Packaway Hooded Jacket
$80
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Buffalo Mountain Shirt
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Arc'teryx Fission SV Jacket
$689 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Eddie Bauer First Ascent Igniter Jacket
$199 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
REI Revelcloud Jacket
$149 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Loki Lodur Hiloft
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Pacific Trail Pac Tech
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (5)
REI Revelcloud Hoodie Jacket
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Outdoor Research Neoplume Jacket
$135 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Mammut Stratus Jacket
$159 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Outdoor Research Chaos Jacket
$260 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Mountain Hardwear Zonal Jacket
$185 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
The North Face Super Zephyrus Hoodie
$179 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Arc'teryx Fission AR Jacket
$499 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Eddie Bauer Accelerant Jacket
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
First Lite Uncompahgre Puffy
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Recreation Before Responsibility Nylon RipStop Jacket
$185 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Arc'teryx Solo Jacket
$299 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Mammut Stratus Flash Jacket
$199 MSRP
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Recent Synthetic Insulated Jacket Reviews

rated 3.5 of 5 stars
REI Swiftland Insulated Running Jacket

An average piece of gear. Nothing ultra special except good for between cold and warm seasons. Aimed at runners, but also good for hiking on cool days and X-country skiing on sunny days.   REI Swiftland Insulated Jacket This is a very lightly insulated jacket and if you look at it you can see the difference in fabric. It has insulation down the front and along the shoulder on the back. The DWR finish is good enough that I've extended the usage as a light jacket for hiking on in between weather. Full review

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Sitka Arrowhead Midlayer Hoody - MDWi

The best active mid-layer I've used to date. From a company you've probably not heard of. The Sitka Arrowhead MDWi (midweight insulated) hoody is an active insulating layer utilizing Polartec Direct fabric. Most folks outside of hunting have probably never heard of Sitka, let alone Sitka Arrowhead. Sitka Arrowhead is Sitka's military/law enforcement division. They don't sell direct, but they have several retailers where their products are available (you don't have to be military to purchase). on… Full review

rated 3 of 5 stars
Craghoppers Compresslite Packaway Hooded Jacket

An attractive, all-season layer, which can fulfill a variety of functions—if looked after. This is a 465-gram warm layer. A simple, waist length, polyester jacket made from 28 recycled bottles with a hood, a main zip, two zipped pockets, and two additional hand warmer pockets. The jacket is reversible—mine is blue and orange—blue, when I want to put my hands in unzipped pockets, orange when I want to be visible in low light conditions. The large size fits my 42-inch chest snugly, without restricting… Full review

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Outdoor Research Shadow Insulated Hoodie

The Shadow Insulated Hoodie is a mid-weight insulating layer; a relatively thin layer of synthetic insulation is sewn between two layers of somewhat wind-resistant but air-permeable and somewhat stretchy or forgiving shell material. The Shadow Insulated Hoodie is appropriate for a fairly wide range of temperature and weather conditions as an outer layer or mid-layer. This layer’s best use is for high-output cool and cold weather activities where you want to stay warm while working hard and generating… Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Rab Xenon 2.0 Insulated Jacket

I’m now on my second Rab Xenon jacket. I wore the first one nearly every day from fall through spring for years until the outer fabric finally started to wear through. My first Xenon jacket only had a one-way main zipper so it didn’t work well as a chilly-weather belay piece. That’s the only thing I had wished Rab had done differently. By the time I bought my new (second) Xenon jacket Rab was making them with a two-way zipper. Yay!   On the downside, the first Xenon fit perfectly, but the… Full review

rated 4 of 5 stars
Rab Alpha Flash Jacket

Breatheable, lightweight midlayer that pairs perfectly with a wind shirt. If you want to go light, this packs warmth like few other midlayers... but there are caveats. The Rab Alpha Flash is an outstanding midlayer for active use. Constructed almost entirely of Powertec Alpha Direct, it breathes so well that you can leave it on during high-exertion activity without overheating. Plus, it dries fantastically, freakishly quickly. It is not a general-purpose garment, but it absolutely excels when worn… Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Arc'teryx Atom LT Hoody

Amazing jacket which regulates temperature and moisture, great fit and comfy hood; have used it in winter high-exertion sessions with a T-shirt underneath, and bad weather with a hard-shell over it. Greatly recommended for all winter outings with a harshell in the backpack, or shoulder season. I came into some additional money and was browsing my favorite website to treat myself, and found a great deal on this jacket; price paid 140$ (in late summer for those interested). The jacket is soft and… Full review

rated 4 of 5 stars
Outdoor Vitals Ventus Active Hoodie

The Outdoor Vitals Ventus Active Hoodie is a phenomenal mid-layer jacket that’s built to move with your body. Not only does it provide warmth when it counts, it’s also somewhat breathable and resistant to moisture. If you’ve ever been running in a chilly environment, you know how difficult it can be to get the right layering system down. Many jackets or sweatshirts are too bulky, not breathable, and prone to suffocate you. But Outdoor Vitals’ new Ventus Active Hoodie provides the perfect… Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Buffalo Mountain Shirt

Incredibly functional, warm, and featherlight protection for high effort activity in wet, windy, or cold climates.   Buffalo Mountain Shirt After suffering the last 30 years hiking the PNW in a 3l hard shell, being too hot walking uphill, and shivering all the way down because I was soaking wet inside from sweat, I decided I'd had enough. Did some internetting and found out about Buffalo. The Mountain Shirt fits comfortably loose. The Special 6 is the same, just longer and therfore better for the… Full review