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With cold winter temperatures just around the corner, now’s the time to start planning ahead to find the best winter coats that will keep you feeling warm all season long. Many brands use goose feathers or down as insulation, but with that can come concerns over allergies, animal rights, and even just overall comfort.
As more consumers are looking for alternatives to traditional animal by-products, more and more brands are beginning to offer down alternatives made from synthetics and recycled materials that perform just as well as their feathered counterparts.
Ahead, you’ll find four of the best down-alternative coats currently available on the market, at price points to suit any budget.
Priced at $79, this hooded puffer jacket features PrimaLoft insulation for lightweight warmth and water resistance for comfort in any weather. Used as a leading alternative to goose down, PrimaLoft insulation is machine washable for easy care, while also retaining heat to keep you warm in cold weather.
Available in store and online in multiple different colours, the Joe Fresh PrimaLoft Hooded Puffer Jacket is an affordable option that doesn’t compromise on style. As an added bonus, it’s also available in an extended size range (up to 3X) to fit women at nearly any size.
Part of Everlane’s ongoing commitment to sustainability includes using recycled materials, like the plastic that’s used to create their entire ReNew collection. The ReNew Snap-Front Liner is made entirely from recycled polyester that started out as plastic bottles, and has been transformed into both the outer layers and the insulation of this jacket.
Lightweight enough to be worn on its own for warmer days, the ReNew Snap-Front Liner also acts as a versatile layering piece that can be worn underneath a coat for extra warmth. Available for $121, this jacket is one that you’ll definitely be reaching for throughout the season.
Noize is a Canadian brand that’s changing the face of outerwear with their range of cruelty-free pieces. Working to create a line that’s fashion forward, animal-friendly, and also affordable, Noize’s selection of outerwear uses high-tech synthetic fabrics that are nearly identical to animal-derived materials to provide warmth, comfort and style.
With most items priced under $300, the line is filled with colourful and on-trend pieces like the Bianca Boxy-Fit Puffer Jacket. Featuring thoughtful details like a stand collar, fleece-lined pockets and extendable cuffs for extra warmth, this jacket doesn’t compromise on fashion or practicality.
If you’re looking for a brand with a major commitment to sustainability, it’s Save The Duck. Using cutting-edge technology to create cruelty-free outerwear, the brand’s line of puffers is 100% animal-free, as advertised on the inner layer of their coats.
Made using thick nylon insulation, the Hooded Padded Jacket is windproof, rainproof, and stands up to the cold. With a bold zipper detail and a high-shine finish, this puffer is fashion forward as well as animal-friendly.