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Down Jackets - Functionality and Aesthetics

Modern down jackets combine equal parts functionality and aesthetics. Though specially designed for keeping warm during outdoor activities, the broad range of models in our down jacket online shop also includes many fashionable down jackets for everyday use. They offer optimum protection from the elements on cool, cold or rainy days. Here at Bergzeit we carry down jackets in many different colours and designs to ensure you find something to suit your personal needs and tastes. We also carry down jackets for extreme weather conditions and all other conceivable uses.

Down Jacket Materials and Workmanship

Whether you are looking for down jackets for women or down jackets for men, the filling is always paramount. There are basically two overarching filling categories: synthetic and natural. The Austrian high-end manufacturer Carinthia for example uses its synthetic G-Loft® filling; Ortovox on the other hand fills its jackets with natural wool fibre. Heat retention does not differ significantly among the filling types, but rather is dictated by the amount of filling in each insulation compartment.

Before buying a down jacket one should certainly take into consideration how much the jacket will be exposed to moisture. When it comes to waterproofing there are indeed significant differences among the materials used for down jacket's shells; choosing the right one is imperative for staying dry.

Most modern down jacket models are machine-washable, but make sure to check the product details in our down jacket online shop for precise information.

Down Jackets - light-weight but bulky?

All down jacket brands and models available at Bergzeit are extremely light. Check the specific product details to find out exactly the exact weight of the down jacket your are interested in. While they are being worn some down jackets may seem bulky. However, down jackets can be packed down to a suprisingly small size to fit into almost any backpack - very pracical for temperature changes during outdoor activities! These can range from a game of golf during the winter to a multi-day expedition through high alpine terrain.

Top Down Jacket Brands

At Bergzeit you will exclusively find down jackets of leading brands and well-known manufacturers. Among these are Ortovox, Carinthia, Haglöfs, Patagonia, Marmot, Dynafit and Salewa, along with many more. You can comfortably choose your down jacket of choice online and order it from Bergzeit in a few easy steps – and no longer let cold winter days bother you.

Along with form and function, all these manufacturers place great emphasis on quality workmanship. This includes using as few seams as possible on the outside, to ensure that moisture does not enter the down compartments. Many of these brands' down jackets for extreme cold include highly useful technical features such as down-filled hoods or insulated zippers to guarantee optimum body climate.

Down Jacket Deals

Make sure to check the Bergzeit Outdoor Outlet for great deals on down jackets! Staying warm in a down jacket not only means staying comfortable, but can also mean staying alive. In cold regions it is extremely important to have a high-quality down jacket for winter touring, bouldering, climbing or expeditions!

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Buyer's Guide Down Jacket

Whether as an insulation layer under a hardshell or as a fashionable winter outer layer: down jackets are truly a luxury of warmth. But which down jacket best suits my needs and for which application? How do synthetic alternatives or even wool compare? continue reading

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Swisswool Dufour Ortovox

Swisswool Dufour

Warm thermal jacket made from quality Swiss wool with optimum weight/warmth ratio - ideal for all mountain sporting activities

259,95 € Reg. 259,95 €
In stock,
delivery time 3-5 days
mid aqua
S M
olive
M
-30% New
Traverse Hybrid PRL Jacket Dynafit

Traverse Hybrid PRL Jacket

Average Rating

Lightweight, breathable hybrid jacket for men

153,96 € Reg. 219,95 €
In stock,
delivery time 3-5 days
sparta blue
2X
fluo yellow
XXL
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Ortles Light Down Hooded Jacke Women Salewa

Ortles Light Down Hooded Jacke Women

Windproof, water-repellent down jacket for alpine activities

239,95 € Reg. 239,95 €
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delivery time 3-5 days
tawny port
38 40
royal blue
32
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Swisswool Dufour Ortovox

Swisswool Dufour

Warm thermal jacket made from quality Swiss wool with optimum weight/warmth ratio - ideal for all mountain sporting activities

259,95 € Reg. 259,95 €
In stock,
delivery time 3-5 days
mid aqua
S M
olive
M
-10% New
Hybrid Hoody Jacket Women CMP

Hybrid Hoody Jacket Women

women's stylish softshell jacket with very practical features

80,96 € Reg. 89,95 €
In stock,
delivery time 5-10 days
38
-20% New
Runbold Light IS Jacket Women Mammut

Runbold Light IS Jacket Women

Average Rating

Women's very light, packable, chic insulation jacket

199,96 € Reg. 249,95 €
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delivery time 3-5 days
lava-limeade
S
light pacific-orion
M L
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Ortles Light Down Hooded Jacket Salewa

Ortles Light Down Hooded Jacket

Windproof, water-repellent down jacket for alpine activities

239,95 € Reg. 239,95 €
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delivery time 3-5 days
quiet shade
M
royal blue
M
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Ortles Light Down Hooded Jacket Salewa

Ortles Light Down Hooded Jacket

Windproof, water-repellent down jacket for alpine activities

239,95 € Reg. 239,95 €
In stock,
delivery time 3-5 days
quiet shade
M
royal blue
M
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Ortles Light Down Hooded Jacke Women Salewa

Ortles Light Down Hooded Jacke Women

Windproof, water-repellent down jacket for alpine activities

239,95 € Reg. 239,95 €
In stock,
delivery time 3-5 days
tawny port
38 40
royal blue
32
-20% New
Cerium LT Hoody Arcteryx

Cerium LT Hoody

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Ultralight insulating jacket with strategically placed filling

319,96 € Reg. 399,95 €
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delivery time 3-5 days
M
-20% New
Ellipse LS Zip Jacket Icebreaker

Ellipse LS Zip Jacket

Hybrid jacket with windproof, insulating zones and grid structure breathability

159,96 € Reg. 199,95 €
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delivery time 3-5 days
L
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Swisswool Dufour Jacket Women Ortovox

Swisswool Dufour Jacket Women

Women's warm thermal jacket made from quality Swiss wool with optimum weight/warmth ratio - ideal for all mountain sporting activities

259,95 € Reg. 259,95 €
In stock,
delivery time 3-5 days
black raven
S
aqua
L
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Swisswool Dufour Jacket Women Ortovox

Swisswool Dufour Jacket Women

Women's warm thermal jacket made from quality Swiss wool with optimum weight/warmth ratio - ideal for all mountain sporting activities

259,95 € Reg. 259,95 €
In stock,
delivery time 3-5 days
black raven
S
aqua
L
-20% New
Duran Hybrid PRL Jacket Salewa

Duran Hybrid PRL Jacket

Average Rating

Light, soft PrimaLoft® jacket for men

143,96 € Reg. 179,95 €
In stock,
delivery time 3-5 days
S
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Expedition 800 Jacket Rab

Expedition 800 Jacket

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Particularly warm and durable down jacket of the highest class

649,95 € Reg. 649,95 €
In stock,
delivery time 3-5 days
L XL
-50% New
Electron Jacket Rab

Electron Jacket

Average Rating

Warm, technically superb down jacket with water resistant outer material

149,98 € Reg. 299,95 €
In stock,
delivery time 3-5 days
XL
-50% New
Infinity Endurance Jacket Rab

Infinity Endurance Jacket

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Warm ladies down jacket for cold weather conditions

189,98 € Reg. 379,95 €
In stock,
delivery time 3-5 days
Jam
08/XS 10/S 12/M 14/L 16/XL
Topaz/Chartreuse
08/XS 12/M 14/L 16/XL
-50% New
Infinity Endurance Jacket Rab

Infinity Endurance Jacket

Average Rating

Warm ladies down jacket for cold weather conditions

189,98 € Reg. 379,95 €
In stock,
delivery time 3-5 days
Jam
08/XS 10/S 12/M 14/L 16/XL
Topaz/Chartreuse
08/XS 12/M 14/L 16/XL
-20% New
Down Sweater Patagonia

Down Sweater

Average Rating

Light, windproof down jacket

183,96 € Reg. 229,95 €
In stock,
delivery time 3-5 days
S
up to -50% New
Down W's Sweater Patagonia

Down W's Sweater

Average Rating

Women's light, windproof down jacket with quality 800 cuin bulk

From 114,98 € Reg. 229,95 €
In stock,
delivery time 3-5 days
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Buyer's guide Down jackets

Down jacket or synthetic fiber alternative?

Warm luxury

Whether as an insulating layer under a hardshell or as a fashionable winter jacket, a down jackets is truly a warm luxury. How does it compare to synthetic alternatives or even wool? This Buyer's guide sheds some light on the subject.

The higher the fill power, the warmer the down jacket. High-quality down jackets such as the Atle from Klättermusen (800 cuin) have a chamber construction without continuous seams. Preventing cold gaps – for all-around high insulation. | Photo: Klättermusen

Down has been a popular and powerful insulating material for a very long time, either in quilted form, found in sleeping bags or used in outdoor wear. Modern down jackets are lightweight and are hard to beat in terms of insulation – as long as the conditions are suitable. Under a hardshell jacket they are ideal as a mid-layer for keeping warm in cold and unpredictable weather, for summit rests, as a warm back up for other moderately strenuous alpine activities and as everyday apparel. Often, however, as you go into a sweaty ascent or climb, a down jacket may quickly lose its insulating effect as it becomes moist. For wet conditions or perspiration-prone activities an alternative insulation jacket with synthetic filling or a wool-based insulation is becoming increasingly popular. Both of these variants have superb warming properties even when wet, however, are a little harder and less compressible than jackets with down filling. New on the market are also waterproof down jackets with hydrophobic down.

Quality down: The loft says alot about the thermal capacity

As insulation material down is unbeatable in cold and dry conditions. The fine plumage of ducks and geese acts as filling in the down jacket as a buffer against the depth of winter: Between the down feathers, which have a three dimensional structure, countless small “air bubbles” store body heat, ensuring a highly effective insulating layer form. Because of its elasticity, down can be compactly compressed and amazingly quick to spring back to its initial volume. So it not only insulates especially well, but can be folded together into an extremely small packing size. Its compactness makes a down jacket, an ideal warm layer to throw into a backpack (some even fit into their own pocket) and with consistent proper care, will remain reliable for years to come.

The bulk or fill power/loft provides information as to the thermal capacity in accordance to the quality down. The measurement is given in cuin, (cubic inches e.g 1 inch³ = 15,62 cm³) this states which volume a compressed ounce (approximately 28.35 grams) of down expands to after an hour. Usually, 500-850 cuin is sufficient for a down jacket. A higher fill power means better thermal insulation in relation to the packing volume and therefore a warmer jacket. High-quality down jackets have a fill power of 700 to 800 cuin. To assess the quality of down, one can also orientate to the mixed ratio of down to smaller or supporting feathers – 95/5 means the fill is made from 95 percent down to five percent feathers. This, for example, would be a very high quality down fill.

Down jackets with chamber construction have an advantage

In order that the down fill doesn’t slip inside the jacket, it is sewn into chambers. There are two common design variations: stitch through seams and box chamber construction. With a stitch-through design, the outer and inner shell of the jacket is simply sewn together to create chambers; the latter separate chambers within the jacket are used. Quilted seams means an uncomplicated version and less weight, however, cold gaps can form along the seam and leave down not being able to expand there. For lighter models, this can be ignored as they are usually worn in milder temperatures, during intense activities or as a warm mid layer under a hardshell jacket. The warmest down jacket, ideal for double-digit minus temperatures and expeditions, are mobile thermal wonders, such as the Expedition Jacket from Rab, that hold the chambers in the down jacket not only on the spot, they also form a mainly, continuous insulating layer that is supported by both the chambers and seams rather than be interrupted by them. A more complicated process entailing more detailed workmanship than the stitch-through construction, also reflects on the price of such a down jacket.

Down and moisture

Joined benefits: Hybrid constructioned down combined with synthetic fillings and material inserts. Vaude, has for example blended the Tacul PD jacket with a Primaloft down (polyester filling) to achieve an optimal balance of thermal capacity and breathability. | Photo: Vaude
The wool specialist Ortovox fills its insulating jackets with wool. The new wool insulates in the clothing on the same principle as down: air pockets in the fibers store body heat and prevent cold passing through. | Photo: Ortovox / Matthias Robl

For warmth-weight ratio down can not be beat, however during high-pulse activity and wet conditions an insulation jacket with a synthetic fill has its advantages over a down jacket. When down becomes wet, it clumps together and loses most of its thermal efficiency. Most fabrics are only partially breathable so that perspiration isn’t absorbed by the down. So that down jackets can also be worn in wet conditions, manufacturers such as Dynafit, Mountain Equipment and Berghaus have developed waterproof down jackets, which are equipped with hydrophobic down. The Berghaus Ramche jacket, for example, has a Pertex® Quantum® water-repellent outer material; the down itself has also been finished with a special water-repellent treatment. Hydrophobic down absorbs 75 percent less moisture than untreated down, ultimatedly warming even under moist conditions. Another excellent example of this is the Millet Trilogy Down Hoody.

Synthetic fill alternative

Many labels now have available insulation jackets with an alternative to down fill made from synthetic fibers: Artificial down imitations are not quite as lightweight, packable and warm as down, but considerably less sensitive to moisture. Insulation jackets with synthetic fill such as the Direct Alpine Sella or Millet Trilogy are excellent for strenuous endeavors such as freeriding, cross-country skiing or ski touring, as well as for multi-day hikes without the possibility of drying. They are also suitable for more humid regions. Hybrid constructions like the Millet Touring Hybrid Down combine both down with breathable synthetic fiber materials for a superb climate balance while ski touring or for other intense activities.

In addition to widespread PrimaLoft fibers, other fillings exist, such as Polarguard, Thinsulate as well as own brand technologies from diverse labels such as Arc’teryx, The North Face, Patagonia and Marmot. Even the Polartec fleece manufacturer has designed the breathable insulating Polartec Alpha fabric – that can be found, for example in the Bormio jacket from Vaude.

Wool as insulation material

For those that can do without the smallest pack size and best warmth-weight ratio and are searching for a natural alternative to synthetic, should consider the virtues of a jacket with wool fill. These are also relatively insensitive to moisture and provide an ecologically sustainable basis for excellent insulation for strenuous mountain activities in winter. Ortovox is a pioneer in insulating jackets with pure new wool filling. The wool used derives from the brand Swisswool and the wool is produced from small Swiss farmers.

Hannes Brunner

...enjoys his seasonal nomadic existence. In winter he teaches skiing for the High Society of Engadine and satisfies his own addiction to powder snow and steep terrain. If the Native American isn't writing for Bergzeit, chances are, you will find him travelling again – but never far from a mountain.

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