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Nano-Air Insulated Jacket - Women's

Patagonia Nano-Air Insulated Jacket - Women's

$249.00

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Nuuk Insulated Parka - Women's

Fjallraven Nuuk Insulated Parka - Women's

$499.95

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Nano Puff Hooded Insulated Jacket - Women's

Patagonia Nano Puff Hooded Insulated Jacket - Women's

$249.00

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Nano Puff Pullover Insulated Jacket - Women's

Patagonia Nano Puff Pullover Insulated Jacket - Women's

$169.00

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Nano Puff Insulated Jacket - Women's

Patagonia Nano Puff Insulated Jacket - Women's

$199.00

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Diva Insulated Jacket - Women's

prAna Diva Insulated Jacket - Women's

$158.95

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Kaleidaslope II Jacket - Women's

Columbia Kaleidaslope II Jacket - Women's

$139.95

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Thermoball Insulated Parka - Women's

The North Face Thermoball Insulated Parka - Women's

$229.95

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Lynndale Insulated Jacket - Women's

The North Face Lynndale Insulated Jacket - Women's

$198.95

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Powder Pillow Insulated Jacket - Women's

Columbia Powder Pillow Insulated Jacket - Women's

$99.95

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Lyngen PrimaLoft 60 Insulated Jacket - Women's

Norrøna Lyngen PrimaLoft 60 Insulated Jacket - Women's

$275.00

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Better Sweater Hooded Insulated Jacket - Women's

Patagonia Better Sweater Hooded Insulated Jacket - Women's

$199.00

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K2 Snowboards Collection

Atom AR Hooded Insulated Jacket - Women's

Arc'teryx Atom AR Hooded Insulated Jacket - Women's

$268.95

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Sylva Parka - Women's

Arc'teryx Sylva Parka - Women's

$398.95

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Atom AR Insulated Jacket - Women's

Arc'teryx Atom AR Insulated Jacket - Women's

$249.95

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Kaleidaslope Mid Insulated Jacket - Women's

Columbia Kaleidaslope Mid Insulated Jacket - Women's

$159.95

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Cathode Insulated Hooded Jacket - Women's

Outdoor Research Cathode Insulated Hooded Jacket - Women's

$198.95

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Strata Hooded Insulated Jacket - Women's

Rab Strata Hooded Insulated Jacket - Women's

$234.95

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Strata Flex Insulated Jacket - Women's

Rab Strata Flex Insulated Jacket - Women's

$179.95

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Coastline Insulated Parka - Women's

Helly Hansen Coastline Insulated Parka - Women's

$259.95

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The Alternative to Down

Synthetic insulation can be found in mid-layers, stand-alone jackets, and parkas. Unlike down fill, synthetic insulation will insulate even when wet. It's also less expensive. The type of insulated jacket you choose depends on use. For hanging out on belay or cruising town in the cold all you need is warmth. If you're skiing, backpacking, or climbing, weight and fit become more important.

Insulation
A synthetic-insulated jacket with relatively little insulation makes an excellent choice as a versatile mid-layer when you're moving or your primary layer when you're just hanging out by the campfire. Opt for a jacket with more insulation if you're standing around while belaying an ice climb or you know you'll encounter brutally cold weather.
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Waterproof Rating
Most synthetic-insulated jackets use a lightweight or medium-weight nylon shell with a water-resistant DWR coating. However, a puffy with fully waterproof fabric will be worth its weight in gold if you think you'll encounter wet weather.
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Fit
How you use your jacket determines which fit is best for you. Choose a slim, athletic, or medium fit if you'll wear your down jacket as an insulating mid-layer, or opt for a loose fit if you plan to layer your down jacket over everything else. Shop Slim Fit Synthetic Insulated Jackets Shop Regular Fit Synthetic Insulated Jackets