One cannot have enough down vests when living in the Pacific Northwest and their utility cannot be beat in terms of layering and usefulness for outdoor activities. Read on for a selection of purely functional vests for under $300.
L.L. Bean waxed cotton down vest – $89. Link
Filson down vest – $225. Link
Western Mountaineering Flash Vest – $140. Link
Patagonia Micro Puff Vest – $125. Link
Crescent Down Works Vest – cost varies. Link
Notes: They mostly prefer to make vests just for stores, but if you ask nicely they’re sometimes willing to make a one-off for a regular joe. South Willard carries them (and should be getting in more soon), and you can also find a selection on Rakuten.
Patagonia Slingshot Vest – $125. Link
Western Mountaineering Flight Vest – $175. Link
Feathered Friends – cost varies. Link
Notes: Like Crescent Down Works, Feathered Friends is also based in Seattle and offers custom options for down vests, jackets, and other mountaineering goods. Their gear is serious business though, some of which is suitable for even climbing Everest.
Another Jansport ad. In the old days, it was not uncommon for people to either make their own vests with DIY kits purchased from ads in magazines, or from the then outdoor gear giants like REI or Jansport.