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Take one look in my closet and you’ll see a different jacket for every fathomable occasion or season. But even with all of the variety I have, the best jackets I own are usually packable.
Packable jackets are great simply because of how versatile they are for bringing on trips where packing light is important. You can toss them into your backpack for daily commutes, outdoor adventures, or anywhere else you might run into temperature and weather changes.
You never know when you might need an extra layer of warmth but don’t want to commit to wearing or carrying a bulky jacket all day, so to help you choose a packable jacket that works for you, I’ve rounded up several of my favorites. From lightweight puffers and windbreakers to surprisingly compact winter jackets, you’ll find exactly what you need here.
The Patagonia Micro Puff Hoody is the best warmth-to-weight jacket the company has ever created. It uses an ultralight, water-resistant nylon ripstop Pertex Quantum shell and is filled with PlumaFill, a sustainable alternative to down. Although it’s called a hoody, it’s warmer than most jackets that are twice as thick. 
It packs down into its own pocket so it’s great for packing lightly while traveling, tossing into your day bag for unpredictable weather while commuting, and outdoor adventures.
Read my full review on the Patagonia Micro Puff Hoody here.
Uniqlo’s Ultra Light Down Jacket is a great choice if you’re on a tight budget or you want a specific color in your wardrobe. It features a durable water-resistant outer shell, down insulation, and an interior lining designed to reduce static. 
It’s not as technical as packable jackets from outdoor brands, but the level of warmth and water resistance it provides is adequate for moderate daily use. 
You’ll find plenty of colors options available, so if you’re all about style, you can choose a few of your favorites.
Unlike most packable jackets that use feathers or synthetic down, United By Blue’s Ultralight Jacket uses bison down for insulation. The material is a byproduct of the bison meat industry, so it’s sustainable and more humane than bird feathers.
United By Blue’s Bison Ultralight Jacket features front pockets, interior pockets, and elastic cuffs and a drawcord hem to keep cold air out. When packed away into the inside pocket, the Ultralight Jacket doubles as a soft and fluffy travel-size pillow.
Inspired by Columbia’s vintage windbreaker silhouettes, the Santa Ana Anorak is built for outdoor utility and style. 
The lightweight pullover is perfect for blocking wind and keeping you dry in the rain. It won’t provide much warmth, though, so you’ll only want to keep it handy during the warmer months of the year.
Since the design doesn’t have any added insulation, it’s incredibly lightweight and easy to carry. You can pack it into its own side pocket, and it’ll fit into just about any bag you’re carrying.
Featuring a combination of PrimaLoft Gold insulation and NASA-developed aerogel technology, the L.L.Bean PrimaLoft Packaway Hooded Jacket is one of the most advanced lightweight jackets for warmth.
It has zippered hand pockets, a media pocket, and an elastic hood that you can wear with a helmet while rock climbing.
When you think of packable jackets, smaller lightweight options usually come to mind first, but there are a few heavier jackets that have the same feature.
The North Face’s iconic Nuptse Jacket, a tried and true winter puffer that can be found everywhere from the peaks of the Himalayas to the streets of big cities, is one of the most impressive packable jackets.
The design also includes useful weather-blocking additions like a bungee cinched hem, Velcro wrist cuffs, and a packable hood in the collar.
Frank and Oak’s Aero Ultra Light Puffer is another great choice for people interest in a jacket that leans more towards style than technical wear. It’s minimalistic yet warm and made from recycled materials.
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