XPOSURZONE Men’s Lightweight Down Puffer Vest

Last updated date: November 6, 2019

DWYM Score

8.1

XPOSURZONE Men’s Lightweight Down Puffer 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.

Editor's Note October 9, 2019:
Checkout The Best Men’s Down Vest for a detailed review of all the top men's down vests.

Overall Take

Thanks to a handy carrying pouch, you can take the XPOSURZONE Men's Lightweight Down Puffer Vest anywhere. It's a lightweight vest with duck down insulation that lets it stand up to big chill. The raised collar and stretch armholes keep the fit snug for a range of sizes. In our testing, we loved how snuggly this vest fit, as well as the soft, silky feel of the fabric. It was super comfy to wear.


In our analysis of 8 expert reviews, the XPOSURZONE XPOSURZONE Men's Lightweight Down Puffer Vest placed 9th when we looked at the top 12 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

XPOSURZONE is a professional manufacturer of cold weather outwear, especially ultralight down jackets. We produce a wide range of jackets, vests, blankets, and other cold weather apparel, using the best quality, highest performing materials. Our premium down is incredibly lofty, weighs practically nothing, and amazingly compressible. The shells are made of lightweight nylon, so they are weather resistant and silky smooth. We put the stylish touch on practical pieces, so you will look fashionable as well as feeling warm and cozy. A thin, light, and warm down vest for men. The slim collar is made with less down, and fits your neck closely to keep drafts out. Stretch armholes add comfort and fit. The slender, stylish cut is great for layering over a shirt or hoodie, or under a coat or jacket without the bulk. Pack it down compactly into an included carrying pouch so you can take it with you everywhere you go. Suitable for outside activities: golf,hiking,climbing,traveling,riding,driving,walking,casual and sportswear.

Expert Reviews

Expert Summarized Score

8.0
2 expert reviews

User Summarized Score

8.2
298 user reviews

What experts liked

This vest features a nylon shell and lining, and 90 percent duck down insulation. Stretch arm holes and raised collar are nice features. Compacts nicely into an included carry pouch.
- BestReviews
The lightweight fabric used to manufacture it is durable, traps heat well to keep users warm and as comfortable as possible.
- Ama Top 10

What experts didn't like

Not as warm as goose down vests.
- BestReviews
Though you may get the wrong color as the photos may be misleading so user discretion is advised.
- Ama Top 10

An Overview On Men's Down Vests

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. (A 650-fill vest like the Eddie Bauer CirrusLite, for example, is filled with down that takes up 650 cu. in. for every ounce.)

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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.

The Men's Down Vest Buying Guide

  • There are a couple features that will make a big difference for heavy outdoor use, and pockets will be one of them. Deep pockets will be a lifesaver for chilly digits, and it’s that much better when they have zippers. That way, your phone, wallet or other personal items can benefit from any waterproofing the vest may have. Want space for both your hands and gear? Look for a vest with hidden interior pockets.
  • Regular vests are mostly a fashion accessory. They’re meant to be worn loose or button-down snug as the formality of the situation requires. Down vests, on the other hand, need to be snug to be functional. A good fit is crucial, and that can be helped a lot by the design. Look for drawcords on the hem at the waist, or even around the neckline. Pulling them tight in cold weather can do plenty to keep body heat from escaping.
  • Concerned about animal welfare? A lot of major clothesmakers are too. There are now certifications that buyers can look for to make sure the down in their jackets comes from ducks or geese that are treated as humanely as possible. One such certification is RDS or Responsible Down Standard. Another is the GTDS, which stands for Global Traceable Down Standard. Both ensure that the down in their jackets was harvested with no live-plucking or force-feeding of the animals concerned.