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Our 5 Best Men's and Women's Insulated Jackets

Our pick of some of our best insulated jackets.. By Cotswold Outdoor
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We caught up with our clothing buyers, Sam and Amy, and asked them to pick their top 5 insulated jackets for men and women. Whether you’re after a feather-lite down jacket or a high-performance jacket for winter adventures, our range of insulated jackets has something for everyone. With stylish new additions and innovative technologies, you can be sure you’ll stay warm wherever you’re planning to explore.

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Montane Prism

The Montane Prism jacket is highly versatile and can be worn as a mid-layer as part of a layering system or alone depending on weather conditions. The adjustable helmet compatible hood and reflective detailing mean it’s a firm favourite with Mountain Rescue teams and is great for exploring in tough conditions.

Perfect for: Mountaineering

Synthetic fill: 40g PrimaLoft Silver Eco

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Rab Alpha Flux

The Alpha Flux showcases a new technology from Rab, the highly breathable, lightweight fabric makes the jacket ideal for use in all seasons. Its adaptability makes it perfect for use as a mid-layer and the breathability ensures you’ll stay comfortable during high output activities. The jacket also benefits from a slim fit and a stretch in the hood, meaning it can fit over a helmet.

Perfect for: Climbing and high output activities

Synthetic fill: Polartec Alpha 95g/m2

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The North Face Thermoball Hoodie

The North Face Thermoball Hoodie benefits from Primaloft Thermoball synthetic fill which makes it incredibly light and warm. The real benefit of this fill is that it mimics down in it’s structure, yet retains a lot of its warmth when wet. The lightweight properties of the jacket make it easily packable, and the outer of the jacket features Ripstop technology which makes the Thermoball Hoodie both durable and hardwearing.

Perfect for: All season layering

Synthetic fill: Primaloft Thermoball

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Rab Microlight Alpine Jacket

The Microlight Alpine is a slimmer fit than previous models. As a narrow baffle down jacket, it’s easily packable and very lightweight, making perfect for use as a layering piece for climbers and winter adventurers. This jacket also looks great around town, so it’s at home wherever you’re exploring.

Perfect for: Everyday to Alpine

Down fill: 750 fill power hydrophobic goose down
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Rab Nebula Jacket

The Rab Nebula is an all-round technical jacket has a helmet compatible hood and Durable outer fabric making it perfect for climbing and winter walking. Despite looking like a down jacket the Nebula uses synthetic fill, making it quick drying. The stuff sack means it can be packed down easily.

Perfect for: Winter walking and climbing

Synthetic fill: 244g of Cirrus powered by 3M

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Rab Microlight Alpine

The Rab Microlight Alpine is an excellent layering piece and can also be worn alone. It’s extremely lightweight and packs down into a small bag, making it perfect for a day out on the hill. The jacket also benefits from a hydrophobic down filling, meaning it can withstand light showers and still keep you warm and dry. The slim, flattering silhouette means you’ll look great wherever you’re exploring.

Perfect for: Everything from Day-to-Day wear to Alpine exploring

Down fill: 750 fill power hydrophobic goose down

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Patagonia Down Shirt

The Patagonia Down Shirt is great both as a standalone piece or when used as part of your layering system. It’s a very lightweight, hoodless jacket and the down filling means it’s easily packable. This jacket is great for keeping warm when sitting around a campfire on a summer evening after the temperature drops.

Perfect for: Summer evenings

Down fill: 600 fill power 100% recycled down

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Rab Altus

Rab have used a synthetic fill in the Altus jacket, making it highly versatile and suitable for use all year round. Its excellent performance in cold, damp environments means you’ll stay warm no matter what. In addition to being a great insulator, the Altus has diamond baffling giving it a feminine style which can be hard to find in hoodless jackets.

Perfect for: All year round walking

Synthetic fill: 162g Cirrus powered by 3M insulation

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The North Face Thermoball Hybrid Full Zip

The North Face Thermoball Hybrid Full Zip jacket is a stylish and versatile piece which looks great day-to-day, as well as for Apres Ski. The Power- Stretch fabric provides a sleek and slimming fit meaning you’ll look great whatever you’re doing. However, this jacket isn’t all style without substance, its technical features mean it’s suitable for use out on the hill too. The synthetic fill means it can be worn in all weathers while still keeping you warm and dry.

Perfect for: Apres Ski

Synthetic fill: Primaloft Thermoball

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Mountain Equipment Lightline

The Mountain Equipment Lightline is a down piece for cooler conditions. The additonal grams of down give it an excellent warmth-weight ratio make it great at keeping you warm when the weather turns cold. The Lightline jacket is the perfect companion for any winter adventure, from hill walking to travel.

Perfect for: Cold winter adventures

Down fill: 225g of 700 fill power down

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Expertly picked by

Sam Crouch, Men's Clothing Buyer

Our men’s clothing buyer Sam has worked for Cotswold Outdoor for 7 years and has amassed over 15 years experience in retail. She enjoys backpacking, running and scuba diving. Travel is also a big part of her life, she recently visited Asia and went scuba diving in Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia.

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Amy Williams, Women's Clothing Buyer

Our women’s clothing buyer Amy has worked for Cotswold Outdoor for 5 years and originally worked in our Brecon store. She loves to travel, some of her favourite destinations are the Philippines, India and Malaysia. Amy is also a keen skier, having been all over Europe. She loves working in the outdoor industry and seeing new, innovative technologies coming to market.