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The North Face Flight Series

The Alternative to Down

Guide

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.

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.

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.