Synthetic Insulated Jackets

Recent Synthetic Insulated Jacket Reviews

rated 5 of 5 stars
Rab Men's Xenon X Jacket

This is the best warmth-for-weight ratio synthetic jacket I have found. Totally windproof, and RAB has made this jacket with VERY few seams so the wind can't even find a way in through the Pertex Quantum. It has Primaloft Gold Active 60 grams, with double in the chest area to create hand warmer pockets. I can truly say, if you like the Pat Nano, YOU WILL LOVE THIS. This jacket seals up every cuff, collar, and seam up against your skin, and combined with the tailoring of it having few seams to begin… Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Outdoor Research Women's Ascendant Hoody

Shockingly warm for the weight and highly breathable with just the right amount of wind protection. This jacket is a great insulation layer for winter activities such as backcountry skiing and ice climbing. It's become my go-to insulation layer for winter. I am very impressed by this jacket and it has become a staple part of my winter adventure suit replacing the Patagonia Nano Air Hoody. I'm 5'4" 125 lbs with a very athletic build and the small fits great over long sleeve baselayers and lightweight… Full review

rated 3.5 of 5 stars
Helly Hansen Men's Lifaloft Insulator Jacket

The Helly Hansen Lifaloft Hooded Insulator jacket is a synthetically insulated jacket that partners HH’s Lifa fibres with Primaloft’s extensive knowledge of synthetic insulation in an attempt to mimic the weight and compressibility of down, while still providing the warmth when wet of synthetic insulation. The Insulator is highly successful in replicating the feel and warmth of down, but would benefit from further refinement in the fit and fabrics. FIT AND COMFORT The Lifaloft Insulator Jacket… Full review

rated 3 of 5 stars
The North Face Men's Bombay Jacket

Very lightweight packable jacket that is good as a middle layer or light jacket. Light machine wash and able to dry on low temperature. For a North Face product it’s lacking quality in the assembly of the jacket with single stitching. Has hardly any insulation and is more of a sweater or middle layer. Missing an interior pocket and needs a bottom drawstring or elastic to keep it tight to your body. Its MSRP is $99 and I bought it through North Face for $59. Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Sherpa Adventure Gear Kailash Hooded

This jacket checks all the boxes—lightweight, warm, breathable, and can handle all the elements. If you are looking for a jacket that does it all, no need to look further. Full review

rated 4 of 5 stars
Patagonia Women's Nano Puff Pullover

Nice jacket but the labels are itchy and abrasive. Patagonia needs to fix that now in many jackets. Fix the labels in your garments! They are sewn so firmly they cannot be removed and they are extremely abrasive to the neck!!  Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Montane Men's Prism Jacket

Amazing piece of kit that is very warm but packable to a tiny size. Mine is the 2015 version. Don't believe it has changed much if at all apart from colour. I got given this bit of kit as a leaving gift from my last Major level command. I could not have been more grateful. It is a fantastic hiking top, great for travel as it's smart but very functional. It is snug without being tight. Has light, but after three years, very robust zips. It is tiny when packed, easily fitting in a ultra running pack,… Full review

rated 3 of 5 stars
Patagonia Men's Nano Puff Hoody

Overrated? Obsolete? So I'm not bashing the Nano Puff. A lot of people have one and love them, much as you would have loved a good Irish fisher's jumper (sweater) or a peacoat fifty or a hundred years ago. There's nothing wrong with those things per se, it's just that there are garments that outperform them. For examples by Patagonia, there's the Nano-Air, Hyper Puff, and R1 TechFace. All are either more insulating, more packable, more breathable, durable and weather-resistant. With any stitch-through… Full review

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Patagonia Men's Nano Puff Hoody

Everyone that owns this puffy hoody loves it. The reason is that it looks good, fits good, performs good, and is packable. Everyone that owns this puffy hoody loves it. The reason is that it looks good, fits good, performs good, and is packable. It is not quite an athletic fit, rather I'd say it is a casual athletic fit. I'm 6 ft 175lbs and a medium fits me perfect. I can wear it over a base layer or a down vest. I can wear it under a parka. The fit and comfort are excellent. There's not much adjustability… Full review

Rab Nimbus Jacket
$22 - $214
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Brooks-Range Hybrid LT Jacket
$48
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
The North Face Thermoball Full Zip Jacket
$55 - $199
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
The North Face Bombay Jacket
$60 - $99
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
Patagonia Nano Puff Jacket
$63 - $199
Mountain Hardwear Superconductor Jacket
$70 - $121
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Craghoppers Voyager Hybrid Jacket
$87
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
REI Salix Jacket
$199 MSRP
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Helly Hansen Lifaloft Insulator Jacket
$90 - $200
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
High Sierra Molo Hybrid Jacket
$90 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Rab Xenon X Jacket
$90 - $154
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Outdoor Research Deviator Hoody
$94 - $189
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
The North Face Inlux Insulated Jacket
$100 - $199
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond First Light Hoody
$105 - $259
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Outdoor Research Ascendant Hoody
$107 - $248
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Arc'teryx Atom SL Hoody
$114 - $229
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Therm-a-Rest Honcho Poncho
$115
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Smartwool Corbet 120 Jacket
$117 - $159
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Mammut Belay Hoody
$119 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
The North Face Thermoball Pullover
$120
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Icebreaker MerinoLOFT Helix Long Sleeve Zip Hood
$120
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Montane Prism Jacket
$120
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Patagonia Nano-Air Jacket
$125 - $249
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (10)
Patagonia Nano Puff Pullover
$135
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Outdoor Research Neoplume Jacket
$135 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Rab Strata Hoodie
$143
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Black Diamond Stance Belay Parka
$149 - $299
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
REI Revelcloud Jacket
$149 MSRP
Montane Fireball Verso Pull-On
$149 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
The North Face Redpoint Jacket
$149 MSRP
discontinued
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Patagonia Nano-Air Hoody
$150 - $299
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Marmot Cauldron Hoody
$150 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Patagonia Nano Puff Bivy Pullover
$153 - $219
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Mammut Stratus Jacket
$159 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Mountain Hardwear Thermostatic Jacket
$160
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Marmot Baffin Jacket
$165 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Berghaus Ignite Hoody
$168 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Eddie Bauer First Ascent Serrano Jacket
$169 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (7)
Arc'teryx Atom LT Jacket
$170 - $239
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Patagonia Micro Puff Jacket
$174 - $249
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
The North Face Super Zephyrus Hoodie
$179 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Stoic Luft Hoody Insulated Sweater
$179 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Mountain Hardwear Zonal Jacket
$185 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Recreation Before Responsibility Nylon RipStop Jacket
$185 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (7)
Patagonia Nano Puff Hoody
$187 - $249
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Eddie Bauer First Ascent Igniter Jacket
$199 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Mammut Stratus Flash Jacket
$199 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Sierra Designs Chockstone Jacket
$199 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
The North Face Redpoint Optimus Jacket
$199 MSRP
discontinued
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (7)
Arc'teryx Atom LT Hoody
$200 - $259
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