Columbia MoKay Lake Polyester Lightweight Men’s Down Vest

Last updated: May 31, 2023

Columbia MoKay Lake Polyester Lightweight Men’s Down Vest

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We looked at the top Men's Down Vests and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Men's Down Vest you should buy.

Overall Take

No matter what's going on with the weather outside, this men's down vest will keep you warm and dry. Since it's lightweight, it won't weigh you down or interfere with your outdoor activities. It's currently available in black, silver gray and olive green.

In our analysis of 6 expert reviews, the Columbia MoKay Lake Polyester Lightweight Men's Down Vest placed 5th when we looked at the top 11 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

Light weight down vest keeps you warm. Heat seal technology. Water resistant. Full zip. Secure hand pockets. Columbia logo. 650 down/polyester.

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Overview

If you’ve spent any January nights north of the Mason-Dixon line outside, you know there’s one golden rule: Keep your core warm. And when you need to do that, there’s nothing quite like a good down vest. That’s clear even before you put one on, since these sturdy mainstays of outdoor winter wear can cost quite a bit more than a simple windbreaker or sweater. But the moment you zip up against a chill wind, it’ll be well worth it.

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For the most part, the price tag will reflect the filling. Not all vests in that signature baffled “down jacket” style are filled with actual down, and while synthetic fillings will be fine for light weather, there’s no substitute for the real stuff. “Down” refers to a specific inner layer of feathers on ducks or geese. It’s the tightly woven filaments of these feathers that keep aquatic birds warm even on chilly swims. It turns out it can do the same for humans when stuffed inside a jacket, though it can still get water-logged without the right insulation in the outer material. Synthetic filling like polyester won’t retain as much water, but might not be as warm in general.

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Many jackets won’t specify whether their down comes from a goose or duck. If they don’t (and it’s on the cheaper side), chances are the filling is duck down. Geese are bigger and so are their down feathers, which are able to trap more heat. They’re also less plentiful, which makes goose down vests, like the North Face Aconcagua, a premium commodity. That said, duck down will still provide plenty of insulation.

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One stat to look for on a down vest is fill power. That can range from the 500s on the economy side to 900 or more for premium vests. That number is a rough indicator of the quality of the down used, because it measures volume — specifically, how many cubic inches of space are occupied by one ounce of material.

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There’s a lot more to consider as far as the exterior is concerned, but you can probably sort out the more subjective fashion side of the equation. Just know that no matter how cool you look, this is one piece of outerwear you can count on to keep you warm.

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