16 Lightweight Jackets That Will Still Keep You Warm

Save space with these packable rain jackets, fleeces, and puffers.
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If you're an avid traveler, the word “packable” is music to your ears—space in a carry-on or checked bag is always precious, and any chance to save it is appreciated. But even if you aren't traveling far this fall, there's much to be said for a packable jacket that'll keep you warm and dry, without the bulk. An extra layer thrown in at the last minute might be the thing that saves you on a colder-than-expected ski trip or fall camping adventure; that backup raincoat might be the insurance you need when bad weather threatens to ruin your day on the trails. For those situations and beyond, we turn to packable jackets that are no-brainers to bring along, just in case. 

Because there are many scrunch-up-to-the-size-of-your-fist layers out there, and not all are created equal, we've rounded up the very best packable jackets—from down-filled puffers to weatherproof rain shells and everything in between. Read on for our top recommendations.

This article has been updated with new information since its original publish date.

Puffer jackets 

Fjällräven Expedition Lätt hoodie

The best packable jackets have a high ratio of warmth to size-when-packed—and this hooded puffer from Fjällräven deserves top marks for just that. Made of a slinky, lightweight fabric (and stuffed with 100 percent recycled materials), this jacket takes up minimal space when packed into its own pocket, yet serves as a substantial insulating or primary layer. The fit is also cut to flatter, and comes in a basic black, navy, forest green, or a terra-cotta brown. 

Available in: Women's sizes 2XS–XL; men's sizes XS–2XL 

Patagonia Nano Puff jacket

As far as trustworthy jackets go, you can't go wrong with the Patagonia Nano Puff. Available in both men's and women's sizes, this year-round essential is windproof, water-resistant, and wrapped in a 100 percent recycled polyester shell and lining. Made of highly compressible PrimaLoft insulation, this ultra-lightweight jacket packs up tightly in any carry-on. It also features two zippered hand warmer pockets and an adjustable drop-tail hem to seal in extra warmth.

Available in: Women's sizes 2XS–2XL; men's sizes XS–3XL 

The North Face Aconcagua 3 hoodie

For all the warmth of a true puffer without the extreme bulk, pack the Aconcagua 3 hoodie from The North Face on your next winter adventure. Its recycled polyester sheet insulation will keep you warm even if you get caught in the rain and its zippered hand warmer pockets will definitely come in handy the next time it snows. As with everything at The North Face, it has a lifetime warranty.

Available in: Women's sizes XS–3XL; men's sizes S–2XL

Lululemon Pack it Down jacket

Lululemon is known for its high-quality, made-to-last activewear, and this travel-friendly down jacket is just as lovable. Not only is this slim fit jacket sleek and flattering, it's also windproof, water-resistant, and features two-way stretch, making it a great option for whatever weather arises on your next day trip. The jacket's ThermoControl construction helps evenly distribute insulation and reduce bulk—so overpackers can bring this along, too. 

Available in: Women's sizes 0–14 

Girlfriend Collective Packable Puffer

Perfectly named the Packable Puffer, this lightweight jacket from Girlfriend Collective is just what you need on a chilly night outdoors. When the weather isn't quite cold enough for a full puffer, this one gives just enough warmth with its outer shell and filling that are made from 100 percent recycled plastic bottles. It's also wind-resistant, water-repellent, and offers a relaxed fit for maximum comfort. The best part? It packs down to fit in its built-in bag, taking up as little suitcase room as possible. 

Available in: Women's sizes 2XS–6XL

Cotopaxi Fuego Hooden down jacket

The wide range of sizes available isn't the only thing we love about the Cotopaxi Fuego Hooded down jacket. Packed with 800-fill-power goose down, this jacket locks in insulation to keep you warm while still being thin enough to fit in your suitcase and layer well with another sweatshirt or coat. Whether you're planning a cabin getaway this fall or headed camping next spring, the Cotopaxi jacket has you covered. 

Available in: Women's sizes 2XS–3XL; men's sizes XS–4XL

Aritzia TnAction The Pillow Puff

Containing 100 percent vegan down and PrimaLoft insulation, this chic puffer delivers as much style as it does warmth. The Pillow Puff is designed to keep you warm in temperatures as low as 32 degrees Fahrenheit and is made of a water-repellent fabric, making it a great option for early morning hikes or city walking tours. Choose from colors like purple, pink, black, gray, blush, and more in a soft, matte finish. (This Pillow Puff style is available in a vest version, too.)

Available in: Women's sizes 2XS–XL

Rain jackets

Columbia Arcadia II rain jacket

For a short, no-nonsense rain jacket that will keep you dry—and keep a low profile—Columbia's Arcadia II (for women) and Watertight II (for men) are trusted go-to's. Not only do these jackets have thoughtful details like a storm hood and breathable mesh lining (great for hiking), they're also no-joke waterproof. The seams are completely sealed, the pockets are zippered, and there's a drawstring at the bottom so you and your stuff will be protected no matter how bad the downpour. These coats come in a dozen colors, range in sizes from XS to 3X for women, and are available in both bigger and taller options for men. (There are also kids' sizes if the whole family wants to match.) 

Available in: Women's sizes XS–3X

Columbia men’s Glennaker rain jacket

Another Columbia option we recommend is the best-selling Glennaker rain jacket. Made of completely waterproof nylon fabric, this tried-and-true jacket will keep you protected during a downpour. It's ultra lightweight, making it a great rain coat year-round and is compact enough to fit in even a duffel bag. With a stowaway hood, zippered front pockets, and adjustable sleeve cuffs, it's warm, functional, and versatile enough to wear no matter what's on the itinerary. 

Available in: Men's sizes S–6XL, plus tall options

Carhartt men’s Rain Defender jacket

If you're on the hunt for a durable option to wear biking, hiking, or working outdoors, the Carharrt Rain defender is the perfect everyday jacket to throw on. It's insulated and quilted so it will keep you warm without the bulk and weight of a heavy coat. The water-repellent coating will keep you protected through rainy or snowy days, and there are plenty of pockets for your phone, AirPods, or keys. 

Available in: Men's sizes S–4XL, plus tall options

Patagonia Torrentshell 3L rain jacket

A simple yet sleek option for travelers to wear everywhere is the Torrentshell 3L rain jacket. It packs up to fit in its front pocket—taking up little space in your carry-on, so you don't need to feel guilty about throwing it in your suitcase last minute for those “what if” scenarios. This breathable, light-as-air rain jacket is completely waterproof and is made to last for years. It also features a two-way-adjustable hood and a micro-fleece-lined neck to provide a comfortable waterproof yet breathable barrier. Choose from a variety of colors, including wool white (pictured), mauve, black, blue, plum, and more. 

Available in: Women's sizes XS–2XL; men's sizes XS–3XL 

Vuori Oahu rain jacket

Our editors swear by athleisure from Vuori, a sustainable brand prioritizing ethically made, high-quality performance clothing. Made of an 100 percent recycled polyester shell, the Oahu rain jacket delivers completely seam-sealed waterproof protection. It features a duckbill hood, power mesh lining, and a durable coating designed to withstand heavy rain. Fold it up tightly in your carry-on just in case.

Available in: Men's sizes S–2XL 

Fleece jackets

L.L.Bean Women’s Beans’ Sherpa fleece jacket

L.L.Bean's sherpa fleece jacket offers major cozy-up-around-the-campfire vibes. It's casual enough to wear around the house or for outdoor adventures when you want something warm, soft, and reliable. The taffeta lined sleeves and slightly fitted design make it all the more comfy. It's available in plenty of fall-friendly colors and in regular, petite, and plus sizes. 

Available in: Women's sizes 2XS–XL, plus petite and plus sizes 

Vuori Cozy Sherpa jacket

I wore this cozy sherpa jacket from Vuori nonstop last year—and I can't wait to pull it out again as soon as the temperature dips. It's the perfect in-between jacket: Warm and soft enough for cold fall morning walks, and light enough to wear into early spring. I wore it just as easily on a trip to Boston last November as I did on an early morning hike in April. As much as I love wearing this cute jacket on its own, it's equally functional for layering under larger coats in the winter. Made from recycled materials, the sherpa fleece locks in heat and there are two zippered hand pockets for small must-haves. My favorite thing about the Vuori sherpa jacket: It is incredibly well-made and will be a permanent resident in my closet for years to come. 

Available in: Women's sizes XS–XL

Canada Goose Kelowna Kind High Pile fleece jacket

Canada Goose is know for its top-quality outerwear, and the Kelowna fleece jacket is no exception. It keeps you warm and comfortable while still looking put together, making it an obvious companion for upcoming getaways to see fall foliage. It features three exterior pockets, rib-knit cuffs, reflective detail on the collar for nighttime or early morning visibility, and Canada Goose's signature logo on the sleeve. The brand's mission is to reduce its impact on the planet; as such, this jacket is made of primarily recycled wool.

Available in: Men's sizes 2XS–2XL

Columbia men’s Steen’s Mountain 2.0 fleece jacket

A lightweight, packable staple for winter trips is the Columbia Steens Mountain fleece jacket that has over 35,000 reviews and 4.7 stars on Amazon. The collared neck and zippered closure help lock in heat and keep you protected on extra cold day trips. Whether you're heading on a winter ski trip or planning a cabin getaway, you'll be grateful to have this essential layering piece handy. 

Available in: Men's sizes S–6XL, plus tall options