Insulation

This time of year, most everyone realizes that winter isn't going away anytime soon (something to do with the polar vortex). In any cold climate, adding a synthetic or down fill piece to your arsenal will make the long months of winter head amazingly more bearable.

It used to be that insulated jackets made you look a bit overstuffed yourself; thankfully, thoughtful design and technology have done wonders for insulated clothes, and now you can get synthetic or down fill in a range of pieces. Once you have a taste of what it's like behind the warm insulation of a synthetic or down fill, you won't want to come out.

1. GoLite 800 Fill Demaree Down Jacket

If Patagonia's nanopuff and down jackets are a little too pricey for you, check out what GoLite has to offer. They pride themselves on selling directly to the consumer and getting you a more inexpensive good, and their prices are hard to beat. The Demaree is stuffed with power goose gown and is super warm but still packable, meaning you'll take this with you wherever you go.

@ GoLite ($109.99)

2. AXS Folk Technology Shirt–Jacket

AXS is a new brand from the man behind Farm Tactics, Kyle Ng, but very quickly he's assembled a nice collection of outdoor-inspired clothes. All AXS's clothes are made in LA and feature memorable details. This quilted down shirt–jacket has a contrast corduroy collar and is super versatile. It's already a great thing, but what's even greater is that all of AXS's stock is on a 30% sale right now.

@ AXS Folk Technology ($192.50 after 30% discount)

3. Nau Women’s Down Blazer

It's great to see some more fun styles in insulated clothes, and I'm really liking this all-purpose blazer. Nau frequently incorporates an asymmetrical placket, and here it gives the blazer a real chameleonic flavor. Depending on how many snaps you use and how you set the collar, it can be like several jackets in one.

Available in three colors @ Nau ($225)

4. Journal Standard Gabardine Down Blazer

I wish I needed a down blazer; if I did, I'd reach immediately for this Journal Standard version. It's a total bulls-eye thanks to the wool outer and subtle quilting, as well as the single chest pocket (so I can still flash a handkerchief in the cold). Down blazers are normally far more expensive than this one, making this price point a definite steal. If layering over your suit jacket with another coat is not your thing, maybe a down blazer can be the game changer.

@ Unionmade ($375)

5. Canada Goose Hybridge Lite Skirt

Made in Canada for over 50 years, Canada Goose knows about dressing for cold weather. Suggested use for this down skirt is for after a long day of skiing, but this piece would be an extra bit of cozy, stylish warmth in any context (especially in days like we've had this week).

@ Campsaver ($175–$250)