When it comes to winter season, people generally think of a picture of snow-clad mountains, make way to destinations where you can try snow activities maybe, or enjoy the warm sun rays (if the weather is kind to you someday). But, what is that one essential thing for you to survive or thrive in the cold breeze or snow? The right kind of layer, which majorly includes getting the right type of jacket that can keep you warm throughout the day.

There might be people who love having a collection of jackets for the entire season, while some would love to stick to one jacket they can rely on for years to come – choices differ. Therefore, before you try your hands on a jacket, it is important to first learn how to select the right winter jacket.

Here we are with some tricks and tips you can follow to grab the perfect jacket. Act smartly and shop one that fits your needs or requirements.

Get Clear with the Purpose

Wait! Before you directly jump to the key specifications, make sure you know the exact purpose of wearing it and how you want to use it. See whether you need a jacket to perform an intense outdoor activity like cross-country skiing or running or you want something for the low-intensity activities like while going for the work.

Both cases require different types of jackets. In the first case, you should get a lightweight jacket to wear over different layers, while a heavier jacket will get the job done in the second case. Choose wisely!

Type of Insulation

After all, the sole purpose of your jacket is to protect you from the chilly weather, thus it is important to see whether the type of insulation in your jacket can do the same or not. There are two types of insulation – Down and synthetic. Discussed below are the benefits of both the types, read them and then select accordingly.

Down Insulation:

So, a down jacket comes with an amazing insultion that includes feathers of ducks and geese called plumage. This type of insulation works amazingly in retaining the body heat while making it breathable. It comes with great wicking properties that keep moisture away and offers great comfort. The typical fill rating of the jacket is somewhere between 500 and 900 and remember, the higher the rating, the warmer your jacket is.

With so many advantages come a limitation as well. If the jacket gets wet, the jacket will lose its effectiveness. So, these jackets are majorly used for cold and dry places, or you can get a jacket with a water-resistant layer.

Synthetic Insulation:

Talking about a winter jacket with synthetic insulation, it includes quality polyester fibres. In comparison to the down jacket, this one can keep you warm when wet and even dries with ease. The jacket also keeps you warm throughout the day, but the downside is that it is really heavy and bulky, and slightly less durable than the above pick. You can measure the insulation of the jacket in grams of a square meter. Remember, the higher the number, the more material is used in it.

Outer Shell of the Jacket

There are different types of materials used in the making of the jacket’s outer shell. So, you need to consider the weather conditions and other aspects of the place you’re moving towards and make the correct choice.

  • Water-Resistant: The jackets with great water resistance are the best to protect you from light rain for a short period.
  • Waterproof: A waterproof jacket is able to save you from rainfall for a longer period.

Type of seam also plays an important role in deciding the right type of jacket.

  • Fully Seam: The jacket with seams that are sealed tightly can help you protect from water.
  • Critical Seam: In this kind of jacket, only the most exposed parts of the jacket are seamed, like shoulders, back and front of it.

Lining Material Also Matters

The lining material of the jacket helps retain heat as it has the most contact with your skin. The right lining material also plays a crucial role in keeping your warm, and fleece or an extra layer can do wonders. The lining material can draw away moisture to keep you dry and warm throughout.

There you are, with the right information you need to consider while buying the right jacket. Some other features of a quality winter jacket might include hood on the jacket, adjustable and customizable options, the type of pockets, and easy packability. So, just keep your specific needs in mind and say  ‘Bring it On’ to the season.