Best Packable Jackets

Best Packable Travel Jacket

The most popular type of travel jacket is the one with a hooded sweatshirt or long sleeve shirt. The reason why it is called “packable” is because it can be easily packed away into your carry-on luggage when traveling. However, there are other types of travel jackets which are not so easy to pack away. These types of jackets are called “not packable”.

They have no zippers or snaps at all. Some of these types of jackets may even be made from synthetic materials.

It is very difficult to keep them dry while traveling if they do get wet. You will need to take care of their preservation first before you can worry about keeping them dry during travel.

There are several different kinds of travel jackets. Here are some of the most common ones:

1) Down Jacket – This type of jacket is made from down.

There are many reasons why it is called “down” and “lightweight”. One of the main advantages is that it does not weigh much compared to other fabrics such as cotton or nylon. Another advantage is that it dries faster than any other fabric, making it ideal for outdoor activities like hiking, skiing etc.. However, one of the major limitations is that it does not provide much protection against rain or snow.

2) Wind Jacket – This type of jacket is made from nylon or some other kind of material which does not absorb water.

It is very lightweight and hence, ideal for outdoor activities. A disadvantage with this jacket is that it doesn’t insulate heat well. Also, it tends to be quite “noisy” due to its synthetic nature.

3) Rain Jacket – This type of jacket is specifically designed to protect you from rain.

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It has a water-resistant coating on the outside and usually a thin lining on the inside. A disadvantage with this type of jacket is that it doesn’t insulate heat very well.

4) Soft Shell Jacket – This type of jacket is an all-weather jacket which is wind and waterproof.

It stands somewhere between a heavy fleece jacket and a full-blown rain slicker. It is more flexible and has more breathability than a rain slicker but more protection than a wind breaker. Unlike the other three types of jackets, this one is not made from either fleece or down.

Best lightweight travel jacket

One of the most important things that you should look for when traveling is a lightweight travel jacket. The reason for this is because most people are not willing to carry around a heavy jacket while traveling because it would just make their travel load heavier. In addition to making your travel heavier, a too bulky jacket can be quite uncomfortable while traveling as well. So when looking for a lightweight jacket, look for one that is small enough to fit into one of your pockets or one small enough to be packed away into your main pack.

The other important thing to keep in mind is that the jacket should be breathable since you will most likely be wearing it while traveling or hiking which requires a lot of physical activity. Synthetic jackets are good since they allow air to flow in and out, while down jackets trap the air inside, causing you to overheat.

After looking at several different travel jackets, these are the ones that I think are worth considering:

1) REI Vapor Jacket – This jacket is made from a lightweight nylon material with a bit of give allowing for good mobility.

It is extremely lightweight and packs up very small. It has elastic cuffs and a waistband to help keep the cold out but it isn’t exactly waterproof.

2) Columbia Silver Ridge Softshell Jacket – This is a softshell jacket made from a lightweight and breathable material.

It also has a bit of give to allow for mobility and has a water resistant coating. It isn’t completely waterproof, but should handle light showers and protect you from wind up to a certain degree. It is lightweight and folds up into a pocket.

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3) North Face Forge Jacket – This jacket is made from a water resistant fabric which makes it a good option for light to moderate rain.

It is also fairly breathable and loose enough to be comfortable while you are wearing it. It isn’t the most durable jacket, but it should be good while you are traveling if you aren’t rough with it.

4) Mountain Hardware Torch Flicker Fleece Jacket – This is a mid-weight fleece jacket which combines the warmth of fleece with the water resistance of a rain jacket.

It has elastic cuffs and a drawstring waist to help keep the cold out. It also packs up pretty small, making it a good option for packing on your travels.

5) Columbia Heavenly Gold Rain Jacket – This is a very basic rain jacket made from breathable material.

It offers more water resistance than the REI Softshell, but not as much as the softshell and doesn’t have near the level of water resistance of a heavy duty rain slicker. It is fairly lightweight and folds up into a pocket.

6) Patagonia Torrentshell Jacket – This is the most basic waterproof jacket that I could find.

It isn’t particularly stylish, but it should handle light to moderate rain without issue. The main drawback of this jacket is that it isn’t very breathable and traps sweat against your body. It does have elastic wrists and a drawstring at the waist to help keep out the elements.

7) Marmot PreCip Jacket – This jacket is very similar to the Patagonia Torrentshell, but it does breathe better through its mesh underarm panels.

It is still a fairly basic rain jacket without any of the bells and whistles, but it should do the job if needed.

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8) Outdoor Research Foray Jacket – Unlike the other jackets listed above, this jacket is made from a more durable and breathable fabric.

It is also longer and has drawstrings at the knees to help keep the wind out and can be worn while hiking or climbing. It isn’t completely waterproof, but it should handle light to moderate rain without issue.

Of these jackets, the three that you think will work best for you are…

This is just a general question to help break up the monotony of all these coats.


What is your favorite restaurant?


What type of music do you like?


Do you have any pets?


What is your favorite book?


If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you choose to go and why?


What is your favorite movie?


If you could have any career, what would it be and why?


What do you like to do in your spare time?


What is the closest you have ever been to being married?


Do you have any special talents or hobbies?


If you could meet anyone in the world past or present, who would it be and why?


Where is your favorite place to be?

These are all fairly standard “get to know you” questions. Everyone has different tastes, so there is no right or wrong answer.

When you’re all done answering the questions, you should have a good idea of which coat is going to suit you better. Depending on your answers you might need one with more pockets for your phone and wallet or you might need one with more ventilation to stop you from sweating.

Feel free to contact us if you have any additional questions. You can also re-order the coats to try them on again if you need to.


Jack Thompson

Customer Service Representative

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