Midwinter has hit and it's hit us hard. Those in the southern states are copping rough temperatures along with equally rough conditions, while those slightly north or away from the coast brave near-zero temperatures on the daily as the sun comes up.
One could argue the need for genuinely warm puffer jackets in Australia is a loose argument at best, though it's always essential for every man to have at least one variation of the gear in his wardrobe for when the situation demands it. Here we have something for everyone, for every condition and for every price point.
High fashion - Templa Membra Puffer
If you're paying upwards of $2000 Australian dollars for outerwear, you may as well shoot high and cover all bases with some of the most stylish gear you can buy. The Membra's 800 fill power boasts 94% white goose down & 6% white goose feather. The removable back extension helps for those days when the elements are exceptionally harsh and the technical membrane lining adds comfort and warmth.
Technical - Arc'teryx Cerium LT Down Hoody
Unbeatable for its warmth to weight ratio, the Cerium LT Down Hoody is the perfect mid layer or standalone in cool, dry conditions such as Australia. Revered for their proven endurance in the elements, Arc'teryx's articulated construction moves with the body and the insulated hood provides coverage without compromising range of vision.
Technical Fashion - The North Face Nuptse Ridge Parker
This parka-length jacket is built for everything from Apres ski at Thredbo to backcountry camping. 700-fill goose down will keep you toasty on demand and its relaxed fit leaves room for your normal go-to winter threads.
Fashion - Tommy Hilfiger Maddy Down Bomber Jacket
The matte blue on the jacket from TH contrasted with the black trim looks incredibly sharp and versatile with almost all of your winter colours. Sans the red, white and blue logo, this piece is a subtle yet fashionable addition to the collection.
Fast fashion - Uniqlo Seamless Down Parka
Don't knock Uniqlo until you try it. Price for the product, Uniqlo's jackets are extremely good valuable and surprisingly warm. Only just cracking the triple-digit price tag, this is one exceptional buy is the ultimate grab 'n' go piece. Available in a range of colours, meaning you could even treat yourself to more than one.