by Jacob Gordon
Last week, we discussed 5 synthetic jackets for men, and this week, it’s the ladies turn. Now that winter is most certainly here in State College, why not talk about jackets that are meant to keep us toasty warm?
Earlier in the week, we explained the key differences between synthetic and down insulation, so be sure to give that a read when you have a chance. Without a doubt, the biggest benefit to synthetic insulation is that it keeps you warm even when wet, so if you have to battle snow, ice, or rain, you’ll stay warm.
1. Volcom Bolt Insulated Jacket
The Bolt Insulated Jacket from Volcom is perfect for the gal who wants to stay nice and warm while hitting the slopes. The Bolt comes with 60-g of Poly Fill insulation to keep you nice and warm, while the critically taped seams help repel light precipitation. While wearing the jacket at the lodge or around town, you’ll appreciate the slim, flattering cut of the Bolt.
2. The North Face Thermoball Jacket
The Thermoball Jacket from The North Face is meant to provide excellent warmth without weighing you down. Thermoball insulation is synthetic, yet it acts more like down than the run-of-the-mill insulation. The 15D nylon ripstop fabric adds some serious durability to the Thermoball. If you’d like to read a more in-depth review of the Thermoball, be sure to check out Levi’s review.
The Atom LT Jacket from Arc’teryx is a favorite around the Appalachian Outdoors community, and a lot of that has to do with how warm and versatile this jacket is. Coreloft insulation keeps you warm while the DWR finish fights off the winter weather. Though the Atom LT isn’t technically windproof, it’s highly wind-resistant, making it a great winter-weather option.
4. Columbia Sportswear Parallel Grid Jacket
Throwing a slight curveball into our synthetic discussion is the Parallel Grid Jacket from Columbia Sportswear. Lining the Parallel Grid is Columbia’s Omni-Heat thermal lining, which uses a reflective grid pattern to help keep your heat from escaping (think of it like one of those high-tech space blankets). Omni-Tech waterproofing and a fully seam-sealed construction make the Parallel Grid a perfect jacket for tackling the slopes this winter.
The Nano-Air Jacket from Patagonia comes loaded with 60-g of FullRange insulation throughout the entire jacket, ensuring you get the maximum amount of heat retention. The Nano-Air is designed with a unique, brick quilting pattern which not only looks cool, but helps to improve the shape and durability of the jacket. And should you find yourself in a sudden snowstorm or icy downpour, the DWR finish will ensure you stay warm and dry as you find shelter.