Whether you’re looking for a mid layer to wear under your shell while on the mountain or you’re looking for a lightweight but warm jacket for cruising around town, these lightly insulated jackets will do the trick. They may be lightweight but they pack enough insulation to keep you warm when the temperatures drop and the frosty winds pick up.
Most every outdoor brand will carry their signature styled, lightly insulated jacket so there are heaps to choose from and a variety of styles and looks. There are sometimes similarities between the styles but often each brand will have a unique detail or feature keeping them apart from the others. Generally you have two choices of insulation, down or synthetic. Both are exceptionally warm and have their benefits but depending on the climate you live in or plan to explore in, you should be aware of the performance properties of each.
Here Are My Top 8 Picks:
1. Patagonia Nano-Air Hoody
Lightweight yet durable, the Nano-air Hoody is the perfect lightly insulated jacket for this season. Breathable and water resistant thanks to the DWR coating, this jacket provides the warmth you need when you’re enjoying the outdoors in the cold.
2. The North Face Premonition Jacket
Insulated with 800-fill down, you’ll be anything but cold in this lightweight jacket. Part of the Steep Series collection, the Premonition Jacket is designed for on-mountain exploring and boasts technical features like transceiver hoops so you can play safe and stay warm.
3. Peak Performance Frost Down Light Jacket
Lightweight and packable, the Frost Down Light Jacket packs all the heat you need for an outer layer or a mid layer for under a waterproof shell. The Pertex® outer shell offers impressive protection for a variety of conditions so throw on this jacket and trust you’ll be protected, warm and look great.
4. Outdoor Research Diode Hooded Jacket
The combination of PrimaLoft® Gold Insulation and Down blends make this jacket exceptionally warm while the water and wind-resistant outer fabric keep you protected from the elements. Strategically insulated and designed, the Diode Hooded Jacket is the perfect versatile piece for functional, water-resistant warmth in a variety of conditions.
5. Rab Microlight Alpine Jacket
Insulated with European goose Down with a Pertex® outer, the Microlight Alpine Jacket is a handy, lightly insulated jacket to take along for your outdoor activities. Small details such as the small chest pocket and the zipped handwarmer pockets make this jacket ideal for outdoor living whether you’re in the city or in the mountains.
6. Arc’teryx Proton LT Hoody
Designed to perform alone as a softshell outer layer or as a mid layer to be paired with a waterproof shell, the Proton LT Hoody is a lightly insulated jacket worth buying. If you are looking for a jacket that offers supreme warmth while also promoting adequate air flow, the Proton LT Hoody is the jacket for you. Wear it on the hill for insulation, as a warm layer while belaying at the rock wall or a cozy layer for an autumn walk in the park.
7. Mountain Hardwear Dynotherm Hooded Down
When cold weather can’t stand between you and your outdoor activities, the Dynotherm Hooded Down jacket is the perfect companion. Insulated with Q.Shield® 650-fill DOWN which repels water, you’re sure to stay warm and dry so you can enjoy your outdoor activities without restrictions.
8. Norrøna Falketind PrimaLoft100 Hood Jacket
The Falketind PrimaLoft100 Hood Jacket is perfect for year round activities thanks to its light weight, packability and durability. You’ll be warm even when the weather is damp thanks to the PrimaLoft™100 insulation so you can get out and explore no matter what the forecast is calling for.
Stay Warm This Season
Stay warm while you’re out enjoying the outdoors this winter and zip up a lightly insulated jacket. They are perfect for transitioning between seasons, adding extra warmth on the mountain or in the forest and are a great addition to your closet.