The term “puffer jacket” doesn’t have good associations. It conjures inflated torsos and overstuffed down, a coat that makes you look like the Michelin Man or, worse, George Constanza.
But today’s puffers are an entirely different breed.
New technology and designs have transformed them into streamlined, lightweight shells that trap heat while weighing next to nothing. This makes them perfect for transitional seasons. Then, when temperatures get even colder, they can be layered under an overcoat for added warmth. (Plus, they pack up nice and small, which makes them great for traveling.) Get one in a bright colour or a flashy pattern — we promise, you won’t look cartoonish.
Here are a few of our favourites this season: