When it comes to fighting off the cold, the classic puffer jacket is as laidback and handsome as it gets.
But unfortunately, options are slim.
There's one option: poorly crafted, poorly insulated and poorly designed. Or another: painfully expensive with enough warmth to keep you alive in the Arctic but leave you sweating in regular-life situations. Thankfully, L.A.-based label Outerknown, co-founded by Kelly Slater, has a solution that hits all the right notes.
Their new puffer zip-up is slightly heavier for a classic look and is crafted from a rip-stop fabric made from recycled polyester, a material originally developed for parachutes. It's also filled with responsibly sourced duck-down with 700 fill power and clad with PFOA-free durable water repellency, living up to Slater and co.'s commitment to building eco-friendly products and eco-friendly products only. And not to be ignored, it's refreshingly free of tacky logos on the chest, unlike most others in the category.
So if you're not looking to challenge Bear Grylls to a survival showdown or settle for something that looks poor and performs poor, Outerknown's option – available in four different colorways – is the perfect middle ground. And thanks to Cyber Monday, the already affordable essential is even more so, dropping to $160 with free shipping. Get to it.