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How to choose a winter jacket

The primary job of a winter jacket is to keep you warm and dry. One of the first decisions you have to make when buying a winter jacket is the choice of padding. Down and synthetic padding both have excellent warming properties, but there are differences which mean that different paddings are better suited to different situations. Which insulating material is best for you is determined by what you are intending to use the jacket for and what weather conditions you are going to be exposed to most.

Down – when weight is important and it is very cold

Down filling provides the most warmth in relation to its weight, and is easy to compress to a small packing volume. If you are going to spend time in very cold conditions, down is the obvious choice. The same applies if low weight is a priority. Drawbacks include the fact that down does not insulate as well if it becomes damp, and that it is more sensitive to incorrect storage and handling during washing, for example. In severe cold, the air is dry and down really comes into its own. Some down jackets have a moisture barrier (membrane), enabling them to withstand wet weather.

Synthetic – perfect in damp conditions

Synthetic padding is less sensitive than down and the fibres are able to regain their shape even after long-term use. It can also withstand a certain amount of moisture without any dramatic loss of insulation capacity. Jackets with synthetic padding can be washed and are cheaper to buy. One drawback is that a synthetic jacket does not provide the same level of insulation as a down jacket of the same weight, and it takes up a little more space when packing. In temperatures fluctuating around freezing point – when the weather is alternating between rain and snow – synthetic padding is an excellent choice. 

In our material guide you can read more about Fjällräven's down and our synthetic paddings G-Loft® Supreme and Supreme Microloft. However, it is not just the padding that makes a good winter jacket. Read more about:

Design and detailing that contribute to the jacket's function
Fabrics that protect against wind, moisture and wear

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  1. Barents Parka

    Barents Parka

    Robust, waterproof parka with synthetic padding suitable for changeable winter weather. Sn...
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  2. Barents Parka W

    Barents Parka W

    Robust, waterproof parka with synthetic padding suitable for changeable winter weather. Sn...
    €529.95
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  3. Kiruna Padded Jacket

    Kiruna Padded Jacket

    Comfortable everyday jacket in G-1000 with lightweight, warm synthetic padding. A timeless...
    €349.95
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  4. Kiruna Padded Jacket W

    Kiruna Padded Jacket W

    Comfortable everyday jacket in G-1000 with lightweight, warm synthetic padding. A timeless...
    €349.95
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  5. Övik 3 in 1 Jacket

    Övik 3 in 1 Jacket

    Warm and durable winter jacket in G-1000 Eco with detachable inner jacket that has synthet...
    €459.95
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  6. Övik 3 in 1 Parka W

    Övik 3 in 1 Parka W

    Long and warm winter jacket in durable G-1000 Eco with detachable inner jacket that has sy...
    €459.95
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  7. Polar Guide Parka

    Polar Guide Parka

    Warm and waterproof synthetic padded winter parka with G-1000 reinforcements. Storm hood w...
    €539.95
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  8. Polar Guide Parka W

    Polar Guide Parka W

    Warm and waterproof synthetic padded winter parka with G-1000 reinforcements. Storm hood w...
    €539.95
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  9. Singi Winter Jacket

    Singi Winter Jacket

    Light, lined trekking jacket with a long cut in G-1000. Many pockets and a storm hood with...
    €439.95
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  10. Singi Winter Jacket W

    Singi Winter Jacket W

    Light, lined trekking jacket with a long cut in G-1000. Many pockets and storm hood with a...
    €439.95
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  11. Singi Anorak

    Singi Anorak

    Well-ventilated anorak in G-1000 with double layers of fabric over the shoulders. Zippers ...
    €289.95
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  12. Skogsö Padded Jacket

    Skogsö Padded Jacket

    Lightweight and convenient winter jacket in G-1000 with synthetic padding that keeps warmt...
    €379.95
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