A puffy down jacket is perhaps the linchpin of every outdoors person’s wardrobe—keeping you cozy on alpine summer nights and winter trailside breaks. Knowing how to best layer other shirts and jackets with a down jacket will help you get the most of it. We interviewed Alex Lauver, our director of commercial innovation, and Charlie Berg, senior product manager of outerwear, to find out how to layer—and how not to later—with a down jacket.
Down makes a great midlayer in a bigger system.
Our shells are intentionally fitted to work with our lightweight down jackets as a midlayer, Alex says. Our lightest down layers, in the Helium Down Collection, will be the easiest fit, says Charlie, but jackets in the Transcendent Collection can also work with a shell—they just may require sizing up with the shell.
To pick the right shell for layering with your down jacket, Charlie recommends thinking about what activities you’ll be doing.