It’s more expensive than our pick, and in a sustained drizzle or after a water-bottle malfunction, down becomes soggier and less insulating than a synthetic vest.
But this vest felt puffier, cozier, and more luxurious than all the synthetic options (and most of the other down vests) we tried.
But this Uniqlo vest is a good option for indoor use if you are willing to sacrifice some fit and durability for a great price.
To find the best puffy vests, we asked cool-weather climbers, commuters, cross-country cyclists, hikers, a curler, backcountry skiers, and an ICU nurse what they wanted in a vest for both work and play.
Rosenzweig warned us against small zippers on vests.
“The first time I used a lighter-weight zipper, it popped off the track.
Since it isn’t too puffy, it can work as a midlayer as well as a top layer (since you can wear it under a jacket), so it adapts easily whether you’re out on the trail or commuting to work.
Our testers liked the fit, which didn’t bunch or ride up when they moved, like four of the other vests we tried.They strike the best balance, keeping active people warm but not making them so hot as to overheat.When it’s raining or snowing, the fabric repels wind and droplets, but even when the vest gets wet, the synthetic insulation still keeps you warm.If you’re looking for something that feels puffier, cozier, and toastier than our pick and looks good during dog walks, errands in urban areas, or hanging out in cool temps, this is the vest for you.It had some of the strongest stitching we saw in any vest, plus a tough shell that minimized insulation loss, and it comes in a variety of colors.The Uniqlo Ultra Light Down Vest (which comes in men’s and women’s models) is soft and stylish, and it will keep you warm as a layering piece for commutes or in a chilly office.