Being from Philadelphia where the winters are mild enough, I spend the majority of my time in a vest instead of a winter coat. If you’re in zone 6 or higher like me, you’re probably the same way. For 90% of the season, there’s no need to pull out a winter coat when running to the store.
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This buying guide will show you five of the best men’s winter vests we could find. While some are meant for warmth and others are more fashionable they are all from top-notch manufacturers. First up on our list is a winter vest I actually own, the Gap Men’s Quilted Vest.
Gap Men’s Quilted Vest
If you’re in a milder zone like 5 or 6 the Gap Men’s Quilted Vest ($40) is a great choice. This vest has a reasonable price and will definitely keep you warm. Here in Philadelphia, I’ll wear mine 90% of the winter season. Only when the temp’s drop below 30-degrees or I’m planning on spending an extended period in in climate weather will I move on to a winter coat.
Moncler Men’s Winter Vest
The Moncler Men’s Winter Vest ($388+) is not only stylish but also delivers a ton of warmth. Moncler is a brand name worn by a lot of entertainers, so if you want the cool factor this is the way to go. This vest features a brushed tricot-lined collar for added comfort and warmth, a shell made of 100% nylon, and a 90% down fill. The great thing about this vest is that it packs into an included pouch.
Sussex Quilted Vest By J. Crew
The Sussex Quilted Vest By J. Crew ($118) is another vest that I own. Though it’s not as warm as the Gap vest. I primarily go to this one for evenings out where I’ll layer it with a sweater or a jean jacket. Still a great vest with the added benefit of being machine washable. It features a corduroy collar and a chest pocket with a hidden zipper compartment. The Sussex is a lightweight layer that’s perfect for those warmer winter days or for a night out on the town.
Helios Down Vest By Feathered Friends
If you’re looking for the the best winter jacket replacement on the list this is the one for you. The Helios Down Vest By Feathered Friends ($209) has an incredible 850+ fill power rating and weighs just under 11 ounces. This vest is warm and light enough to handle extended periods in colder weather. The Lycra armholes and hem seal in the heat, so shivering on those chilly mornings around camp will be a thing of the past. With the addition of an insulated draft tube, the Helios Vest is ready for the cold and all your outdoor adventures. It’s perfect for backpacking, alpine ascents, ski touring, or just general cold weather.
The North Face Mens Aconcagua Vest
For a hundred bucks you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better working or a better-looking men’s winter vest. The North Face Mens Aconcagua Vest ($99) comes with a respectable 550 power fill rating making it perfect for those daily dog walks or those winter trail hikes. It features a 40D nylon shell with a water-repellent finish, a stand collar with soft, brushed inner face, full-length zip with inner draft flap, a zip chest pocket, and zip hand pockets.