What makes a jacket ideal for travel? For some, it may mean packability so that it takes up less space in a suitcase. For others, multi-layered outerwear that works for varied weather conditions are an ideal choice. So when you’re make a decision, take into consideration how your loved one prepares for a trip, the destinations they frequently visit, and desirable features like plentiful pockets and waterproof materials. With all of this in mind, I’ve chosen some of the best women’s travel jackets out there to gift this holiday season.
World-renowned for their stylish and high-quality outerwear, Canada Goose makes some of the finest down jackets in the industry. This puffer is crafted from a recycled ripstop fabric with a water-repellant coating that’s lightweight and is filled with responsibly sourced duck down that makes it warm enough to endure temperatures as low as negative 13-degrees Fahrenheit. The adjustable hood features two reflective stripes for visibility in low-light situations and features that help you stay nice and warm like a pair of fleece-lined pockets and rib-knit cuffs. When it’s warmer than expected, ventilation is offered via side gussets and the two-way zipper, but it also boasts backpack straps for hands-free carrying. Once you’re ready to pack it away, flip out the interior zippered pocket, stuff the jacket inside, and use the elastic straps to wear it like a shoulder bag. Yes, it’s pricey, but it also comes with some peace of mind thanks to a lifetime warranty.
Uniqlo makes some of the most affordable down outerwear that are light enough to layer and fold into its own carrying pouch. There are several styles including a quilted jacket and puffer parka, but for some extra coverage opt for this coat. It hits right around the knee and boasts a water-repellent coating that’s suitable for light rain. The garment also sports a removable hood that can be stowed away in the collar. Plus, they responsibly source their down and feathers from RDS-certified partners and the coat is incredibly warm despite how thin it may feel.
An exemplary jacket that works for multiple occasions, Columbia’s Oak Ridge features a waterproof shell that’s also breathable thanks to their patented Omni-Tech technology. It boasts an exterior zippered chest pocket that allows for quick access to your phone or wallet; adjustable sleeve cuffs; zippered hand pockets; and an adjustable hood via a drawcord at the neck and a Velcro strap at the back. Zipped inside is an insulating vest lined with the company’s signature Omni-Heat technology that provides thermal-reflective warmth. Wear the two together in frigid conditions or separately on a brisk day. But if your loved one prefers a look with a faux fur–lined hood, check out the brand’s Payton Pass Interchange Jacket.
This wind- and water-resistant jacket is light and perfect for mild conditions. It features a hood that can be tucked in the collar; two interior zip pockets to keep your belongings safe; adjustable cuffs; and a waist cinch cord for a fitted look. Once you’re ready to put it away, just neatly fold it up and store it in the included carrying pouch.
When it comes to matching with different outfits, a good reversible jacket goes a long way. This double-duty garment features denim on one side and faux shearling on the other, which also makes it work for varying temperatures. On colder days, wear it with the denim facing outward so that the shearling liner can provide some extra warmth. Once the temperature rises, flip it inside out and enjoy a look with contrasting patch pockets. The garment has a loose and boxy fit that’s great for the current style and an adjustable waist courtesy of a drawcord.
When it comes to outerwear, Gore-Tex is regarded as one of the best materials. It’s durable, waterproof, windproof, and yet still breathable. This new jacket from Arc’teryx utilizes this versatile fabric and pairs it with synthetic insulation for the utmost warmth. It also boasts an adjustable, helmet-compatible hood with a storm flap; front and interior zippered chest pockets; and a pair of hand pockets with water-resistant zippers. And if you’re getting this for an adventurer, they’ll highly appreciate the pit zippers that are great for ventilation once they’ve worked up a sweat.
If you’re buying for someone who likes to hit the slopes, there are a few things to keep in mind and Eddie Bauer’s Ski-In-1 jacket checks off all the marks. This well-designed garment boasts a powder skirt, a sleeve pocket with a goggle cleaning cloth, a loop at the waist for lift passes, and pit zips for ventilation. The waterproof and windproof shell has a helmet-friendly hood while the removable insulated liner boasts an interior zippered pocket. Wear them separately or together, but when you opt for the latter, you’ll still feel toasty if the temperature drops below freezing. In addition to coming in multiple colors, it’s also available in a wide range of sizes that covers everything from petite to plus.
Not all rain jackets are the same and Patagonia proves that with their Torrentshell 3L. This waterproof garment’s shell is made from recycled plastic that’s designed to last and keep you dry. In addition to a drawcord hem and adjustable sleeve cuffs, it boasts thoughtful attributes like a two-way adjustable hood with a visor that can be secured with a cord-and-hook design when it’s not being used; a microfleece-lined neck for comfort; storm flaps covering all zippers; handwarmer pockets; and pit zips for ventilation. Once you’re ready to stash it away, the jacket can self-stuff into the left pocket.