Down jacket

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A thick, padded grey jacket with a zipper and hood
A modern down jacket

A down jacket or puffer jacket is a quilted, padded jacket filled with down feathers (usually duck or goose down). This material is usually used to insulate an Outer layer which is usually some synthetic fiber such as nylon or polyester.


The first down jacket, then known as an "eiderdown coat", was designed by Australian chemist George Finch for the 1922 Everest expedition and made by SW Silver and Co. It was bright green, composed of hot-air balloon fabric. Finch's jacket was initially mocked by other members of the party, but later won respect for its effectiveness in the windy mountain environment.[1] Since this time many fashion designers have adapted and commercialized the concept of the puffer jacket. [2][3][4][5][6]


  1. ^ Deacon, Ben (25 May 2019). "The incredible story of the Australian invention of the puffer jacket". ABC News. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 26 May 2019.
  2. ^ Cameron, Gwen. "24 Tool User". Alpinist.
  3. ^ Marshall, Shonagh (9 August 2016). "A Brief History of the Puffer Jacket". AnOther.
  4. ^ Hobbs, Julia. "Fashion History 101: The Puffer Jacket". British Vogue.
  5. ^ Nast, Condé. "Dropping Knowledge: The Puffer Jacket". GQ.
  6. ^ Ongley, Hannah (1 April 2016). "the rise and rise of the puffer jacket".

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