9 Down Vests That Warm You to the Core

Keep your core warm and your arms free with a new down vest.

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When a down jacket is too warm for spring or too bulky for your pack, a vest will keep you just the right temperature, without overheating! Technical down vests are lightweight and packable, making them perfect for hiking and backpacking, and the more lifestyle-based options are the perfect addition to your around-town wardrobe. Slip on one of these new down vests this spring, and you'll keep warm where it matters most — at your core!

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The North Face
The North Face Morph Vest (Women's)
$198.95

Best Technical Vest for Women

With the new Morph Vest, The North Face found the perfect combination of warmth and weight. The secret is their new Thermobaffle technology, which replaces the typical exposed threads with integrated, woven chambers. Translation: This jacket prevents wind from penetrating the seams, and it minimizes the amount of body heat that can escape, without extra materials or filling to add bulk or weight! 

We love this pick as our go-anywhere, do-anything vest; it's perfect for a cold morning at the campsite, a brisk trail run when a jacket is too much, and even around town on a crisp afternoon. 

More: Here's Our Beginner's Checklist for Backpacking Gear

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Arc'teryx
Arc'teryx Cerium SL Vest (Men's)
$225.00

Best Technical Vest for Men

Arc'teryx is known for their high-performing outerwear, and this vest is no exception. The Cerium SL has the perfect warmth-to-weight ratio, with 850-fill goose down that's super lightweight (just 4.2 ounces total), highly compressible, and will keep you the just-right amount of warm. Stuff it away when the sun is shining, then throw it on over a base layer while scrambling along the summit ridge, or wear it with a shell while descending the trail underneath  the moonlight. 

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Stio
Stio Woodson Hooded Down Vest (Women's)
$151.20

Best Lifestyle Vest for Women

Cozy and charming don't even skim the surface when describing Stio's Woodson: If the mountains are your domain, it'll definitely become your new daily driver! The comfort comes from oversized baffles that are stuffed with 650-fill down insulation for maximum warmth. The two-layer polyester outer layer is waterproof, breathable, and durable enough to handle the day-to-day abuse of an active outdoor lifestyle. 

To top it all off, the hood, drop tail, and two-tone colorways give it a cute, casual style that Stio affectionately refers to as "mountain-modern." We're totally enamored.

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Fjallraven
Fjallraven Ovik Lite Down Vest (Men's)
$177.74

Best Lifestyle Vest for Men

When style is more than just an afterthought, Fjallraven's Ovik Lite answers the call. The fit is trim, with one chest pocket, two hand pockets, and leather accents, so it pairs great over a flannel with jeans and sneaker boots. The company's G1000-Lite fabric is a polyester-cotton blend that's made from recycled materials, is water-resistant, and is durable enough to wear while hauling logs and preparing the campfire.

More: Get Hooked on Camping With Our Gear Reviews

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Mountain Hardwear
Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer Down Vest (Women's)
$159.22

Looking to save weight? At just 5 ounces, this vest is one of the lightest options around. The 800-fill down is super warm, compressible, and treated with the company's Q.Shield technology to be water-resistant. We really like the low-profile quilt pattern and tailored fit, as it's a great combination of high performance and flattery for active women.

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Cotopaxi
Cotopaxi Fuego LT Down Vest (Men's)
$149.95

Cotopaxi crammed this vest full of value (per usual), with 950-fill responsibly-sourced and water-resistant goose down! Meanwhile, the ripstop nylon outer shell resists tears, a DWR (Durable Water Repellant) treatment repels water, and the Polartec side panels release excess heat with ease! This is a top-quality vest with the highest fill power on our list, so it's hard to believe it won't run you well over $200! Snatch them up before they're gone, folks!

More: The Best Down Jackets for All Seasons

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Marmot
Marmot Bronco Hooded Vest (Women's)
$150.00

Love having the option to pull your hood up when winds are whipping? Us too! Cover up in this 600-fill down vest, with a drawcord-adjustable hood. It's not quite as lightweight or compressible as others, but it has a great amount of warmth for the price, and it packs down into its own pocket for easy transportation, without a separate stuff sack!

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The North Face
The North Face Novelty Nuptse Vest (Men's)
$124.99

Intended more for streetwear than as active insulation, this vest will keep you toasty without looking like you're dressed for a trail-running competition. The lofty 700-fill goose down wraps all the way around your body, so it's nice under a heavier jacket when temperatures plummet, and the DWR (Durable Water Repellant) treatment will prevent soaking if you forget a rain jacket!