I’m going to level with you — I’m not a fan of the puffer coat. For all of its warm and cozy benefits, I can’t seem to get on board with that big, bulky silhouette. Whether goose or duck down or synthetic, every puffer I’ve ever encountered has a way of making me resemble a giant marshmallow that I simply despise. And so, year after year, I’ve shivered my way through winter as I opted for a more fashionable coat without any of the optimal heating properties. But that was before I was introduced to Spyder’s Metro jacket ($600, Spyder).
The beauty of this coat lies in the fact that upon first glance, you’d never know it was a puffer jacket. Its exterior is crafted with a nylon outer and has a streamlined, tailored fit that looks just like a fitted wool. Unzip it, however, and you’ll find that it’s actually a down jacket in disguise. Its synthetic, Primaloft insulation has simply been engineered to fit inside the coat, making onlookers none the wiser.
Primaloft is a type of man-made down constructed with fibers that are a fraction of the size of a human hair, making it extremely efficient at trapping body heat and keeping cold weather out. It’s also a superior choice for those who might be allergic to real down or have concerns over how real goose or duck down — the layer of fine feathers under the exterior feathers — is sourced.
By keeping the puffy stuff on the inside of the coat, Spyder has managed to do what no other coat has: to give me superior protection from the cold without having to sacrifice my personal style. And that’s not all! This coat is also equipped with a water repellent coating to keep me just as dry as I am warm, underarm ventilation for warmer days, and a super stylish fur hood that can be detached when it starts to warm up outside. Finally, a critical seam taping ensures no amount of warmth escapes, and it comes in a neutral army green or black to suit your taste (I chose Sarge for a little pop of color).
All in all? It’s the perfect coat.
I’m not the only one raving about this jacket, either. Wrote on happy shopper, “I got the sarge color and love it! Its Super warm but not bulky. Outer shell is soft but keeps you dry. As an ice hockey mom, it’s the perfect coat to keep warm at the rink. Worth every penny.”
Where to buy: $600, Spyder
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