How to choose the right winter jacket for sports and outdoor activities
How to choose from a wide assortment of jackets so that they fully serve their purpose and make you feel comfortable during your missions? Pick the right-on warm layer is not always easy, but we will try to help you.
A broad portfolio of products often makes it difficult, and one can get lost among the specifics of different jackets with various features. Each model is designed to work best in certain outdoor conditions and is suitable for certain outdoor activities. And therein lies the essence. If you can answer the question of what exactly you need the jacket for and where you want to use it, the number of options will significantly narrow down to a few products, among which personal preferences will have the last word.
Temperature index of the jacket
To make your choice easier, Patagonia uses the so-called temperature index. It can help you find your way around jackets immediately. On a scale from 1 to 10 the higher the number, the warmer the jacket. The temperature rating is determined in the test laboratory under constant conditions, so it is possible to compare the jackets. Of course, the feeling of warmth is relative and depends not only on weather conditions but also on your subjective resistance to cold and the layers you wear. Nevertheless, the defined temperature index is a great way to categorize jackets, which gives you an idea of their function and leads you to the best choice.
Warmth for active people
If you are an active person who doesn’t care too much about the weather and goes out, whether it is a blizzard, freezing, or a cold rainy day, a jacket capable of keeping you warm is an essential part of your equipment. There are 9 Patagonia performance jackets, which differ in material, filling, weight and compressibility, and temperature index grade. This list can help you choose the right jacket for your needs.
This favorite jacket/sweatshirt is a warm, stretchy, and breathable layer that you can put on at the start and keep on throughout your stop-and-go, high-output activity in cold weather. The winter jacket with technical FullRange™ synthetic insulation is warm, highly flexible, and breathable, which enables it to dump excess heat.
Warm, windproof, and water-resistant jacket uses extremely light and compressible PrimaLoft® Gold EcoInsulation synthetic insulation. It is an excellent layer for activities in cold and wet weather, with a smooth polyester shell that glides easily in your layering system. It keeps you warm even when wet.
AlpLight Down Jacket is an extremely lightweight and packable down jacket for physically demanding activities in cold weather. The 800 fill-power down filling makes this jacket featherweight, warm and highly compressible.
A men's performance jacket with the best warmth-to-weight ratio Patagonia ever produced and the highest compressibility of all types of synthetic insulation. Ultralightweight, down-like warmth for those days when you care about every gram of your gear. It will be your first choice in mixed to nippy, biting cold conditions. Revolutionary PlumaFill insulation looks and feels like down, but keeps you warm even when wet.
Patagonia classic: a light, wind-resistant down jacket filled with 800-fill-power certified down of superior packability. Warm and comfortable jacket for everyday use in cold and dry conditions.
One of the lightest jackets with an excellent weight-to-warmth ratio. The lighter brother of the classic DAS® parka is adapted for climbing in the mountains by reducing the weight. The revolutionary PlumaFill synthetic insulation will keep you warm even in wet conditions.
A warm midweight down jacket ideal for cold and dry conditions filled with 800 fill-power certified down.
An excellent alternative to the warm Fitz Roy Down Hoody. PrimaLoft® Gold synthetic insulation fused with aerogel-based technology provides exceptional warmth even in wet and freezing conditions.
Durable and dense down parka that will protect you on the coldest days, whether you're dwelling in a high mountain bivouac or belaying your partner during the ascent. Lightweight, comfortable jacket filled with 800 fill-power down.
Exactly as warm as you need
Patagonia’s outdoor jacket selection consists of a wide range of products for everyone to find a suitable one. Considering your favourite cold-weather outdoor activities you can choose the one that fulfills your needs.
If you are looking for a more casual than technical jacket with a design suitable for winter city life, there is a Patagonia Life Outdoors jacket product line. Read more in our next article.
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