Synthetic jackets, while very similar, can be chosen as an alternative to the down jacket, depending on what your needs may be. Synthetic jackets are also engineered to keep you warm and dry in cold, wet and wintery conditions and are designed to ensure that you stay warm, toasty and very well insulated in adverse weather conditions. They are just as ideal when worn while enjoying outdoor pursuits such as hiking, camping and cycling trips as they are when worn during everyday activities such as urban commutes and bike rides through the city. On the Addnature.co.uk website, there is a comprehensive range of synthetic jackets to choose from that suit a range of different needs.
Synthetic jackets… what is the difference?
While down jackets are made from goose or duck feathers, synthetic jackets are designed to have similar properties to that of a down jacket, but these properties are replicated by synthetic insulation instead. They are usually made from materials such as polyester. Essentially synthetic jackets achieve the same level of warmth, cosiness and insulation as down jackets do, however synthetic jackets are much more tolerant of moisture and wetter conditions. Synthetic jackets also dry much quicker than down jackets (usually within a day if not within a matter of hours) and can generally be a more economical choice. If you are looking for a jacket that can better withstand wet weather conditions, thanks to its quick-drying properties and ability to resist moisture, you may find that a synthetic jacket is the ideal choice for you.
Versatile and insulated synthetic jackets suitable all year round
On the Addnature.co.uk website there is a comprehensive range of synthetic jackets that are designed by well-known brands such as Columbia, Haglöfs, Patagonia and Regatta. From lightweight, functional sports jackets that can be worn as a standalone piece and those that can be worn as part of a layering system, to heavier-duty all-season hi-tech waterproof, breathable and full seam sealed models, with a synthetic jacket, you can be sure to stay warm and dry – even when it’s freezing cold outside.
Some advantages of choosing a synthetic jacket over a down jacket include:
Synthetic jackets are usually easy to wash and machine washable (check instructions)
They do not cause any allergic reactions as they are completely hypoallergenic
Synthetic jackets are designed to dry quickly – even in a few hours
They provide extensive warmth even when wet
They are able to resist water and moisture retention, even in adverse conditions
Synthetic jackets are versatile for a range of different environments and activities
Some lightweight synthetic jackets will pack right down, which is ideal for commuting or stuffing into your backpack or suitcase when you go on your travels. While synthetic jackets are better at handling moisture and wet conditions than down jackets are, they are not completely water resistant, so you might also consider investing in a light water-resistant rain jacket and layering up if you’re going to run into very wet conditions.