Waterproof puffer jacket

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      G’day all,

      I’ve been contemplating investing in a waterproof puffer jacket for winter walks, especially considering the unpredictable weather we’ve been having lately. I’ve seen a few brands offering puffer jackets that claim to be fully waterproof, not just water-resistant.

      I know the usual advice is to stick to layering. A merino base layer paired with fleece and then a Gore-Tex outer has generally been my go-to. But the idea of a single jacket that offers both insulation and waterproofing is tempting.

      Here are a few I found:
      Rab Valiance
      Rab Resolution
      REI Co-op Stormhenge
      Here are some questions I’d love to get your thoughts on:

      Effectiveness: Anyone here tried a waterproof puffer? Does it actually hold up in torrential rain?
      Breathability: One concern I have is that a waterproof layer might compromise breathability. Any experiences to share?
      Longevity: Given that these jackets aren’t cheap, how do they hold up over time?
      Brand Recommendations: Any particular brands you think are worth looking into?

      Look forward to hearing your insights.


        Personally I don’t see the appeal for multi-day hiking, as most people use their down jacket mostly just at camp in the evening, where you could take shelter if it started raining.

        But I can see the appeal for winter day walks where you want better rain protection than the DWR coating on a regular puffer. But one question I would have is would you also take a waterproof shell if rain was forecast?

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