Look around Melbourne or any other city that faces cold winters, and you will see hundreds of Puffer Jackets and warm people wearing them. The Puffer is a quintessential piece of the winter wardrobe. They provide warmth, protection from the wind and can even be waterproof or resistant. Rather than having the wind cut through your cotton hoody, grab a warm puffy and never fear the cold again.
Puffer Jackets are an essential part of the 3 piece layering system that many of us use when skiing. A Puffy nestled between a base layer and an outer layer forms the best way to head out to the hill. The Puffer Jacket provides insulation and keeps your temperature regulated.
Different Puffer Jackets are filled with different materials. Duck Down has long been the gold standard for providing warmth whilst being lightweight. Synthetic Insulation has come a long way and now is arguably better in many circumstances.
If you are looking for a city jacket, some water resistance and a hardy face material are key attributes. Check out The North Face Thermoball Jacket for men, or the Mons Royale Rowley Insulated Hood for ladies. Both are equal parts fashion and function, aiming to keep you warm no matter what the city holds.
If you are layering underneath a Ski Jacket, you don't want any added bulk, look for something with a soft breathable face fabric and definitely no hood attached. The Patagonia Down Sweater is the perfect down insulator for layering, lightweight and packable but still very warm. Women get a Down Sweater too, with a women's silhouette for added mobility, the Down Sweater ticks all the boxes.