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Insulated Jacket Comparison Guide

KUIU's experts have put together a helpful guide so that you can choose the best insulated hunting jacket for the weather conditions you'll face out on the trail.

Hunter Glassing Game in Super Down Burner Parka and Super Down Pro Pants in Valo Camouflage

Insulated Mid-Layer Jackets

These insulated mid-layer hunting jackets feature synthetic or down insulation for additional warmth. Jackets are ranked by warmth. All insulated mid-layer jackets are sized to layer over a base and mid-layer fleece, yet trim enough to fit under a rain jacket, all in the same measured size.

Front of Flyway Jacket in Valo Camouflage
Flyway Insulated Hooded Jacket

1 lb 10 oz / 737 g (L)

Synthetic insulated with a waterfowl specific feature set, with incredible warmth, stretch, and durability for extreme conditions.

Condition: Cold to Frigid
Protection: Windproof, Water Resistant, Insulated
Outer Material: Sektor Stitch-Free Woven Baffle Construction
Insulation: Fiberball® Synthetic Insulation
Treatment: DWR water repellency
Key Features: Sherpa Fleece Lined Pockets, Adjustable Hood and Hem Cinch
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Super Down LT Hooded Jacket

9.4 oz / 267 g (L)

Built as an ultralight, highly packable, and incredibly warm insulation piece, it ranks as our lightest down-insulated jacket.

Condition: Cold
Protection: Down Insulated, Windproof, Water Resistant
Outer Material: Toray® Nylon Ripstop
Insulation: 850+ FP Water Resistant Quixdown
Treatment: K-DWR™ water repellency
Key Features: 2-Stage Packability, Adjustable Hood, Dull Finish Fabric
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Super Down LT Jacket

8.3 oz / 235 g (L)

Built with the same features and materials but without a hood.

Condition: Cold
Protection: Down Insulated, Windproof, Water Resistant
Outer Material: Toray® Nylon Ripstop
Insulation: 850+ FP Water Resistant Quixdown
Treatment: K-DWR™ water repellency
Key Features: 2-Stage Packability, Dull Finish Fabric
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Kenai Hooded Jacket 

15.8 oz / 448 g (L)

Highly breathable, dead quiet, and incredibly warm, it's worn as a standalone jacket or layered under a rain jacket.

Condition: Cold
Protection: Synthetic Insulated, Water Resistant, Wind Resistant
Outer Material: Stunner Stretch Nylon - 51 g/m²
Insulation: 3DeFX+® Water Resistant Insulation - 90/60 g/m²
Treatment: K-DWR™ water repellency
Key Features: Self Stows in Drop Pocket, Zippered Pit Vents, Back Cinch Adjustable Hood
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Kenai Jacket

14.4 oz / 408 g (L)

Built with the same features and materials but without a hood.

Condition: Cold
Protection: Synthetic Insulated, Water Resistant, Wind Resistant
Outer Material: Stunner Stretch Nylon - 51 g/m²
Insulation: 3DeFX+® Water Resistant Insulation - 90/60 g/m²
Treatment: K-DWR™ water repellency
Key Features: Self Stows in Drop Pocket, Zippered Pit Vents
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Insulated Outer-Layer Jackets

These insulated outer-layer hunting jackets feature synthetic or down insulation for enhanced warmth in cold to frigid conditions. Jackets are ranked by warmth. All insulated outer-layer jackets are sized to layer over a base layer and insulated mid layers, all in the same measured size.

Front of Super Down Burner Parka in Gunmetal Grey
Super Down Burner Parka

29.2 oz / 828 g (L)

Waterproof, windproof, and Quixdown insulated, it's the warmest packable down hunting parka ever made.

Condition: Frigid
Protection: Insulated Box Baffle, Waterproof, Windproof
Outer Material: StunnerStretch Nylon 3-layer, Dermizax HDM Waterproof Membrane - 119 g/m²
Insulation: 850+ FP Water Resistant Quixdown
Treatment: K-DWR™ water repellency
Key Features: Dual-Adjust Storm Hood, Box-Baffled Construction, Stuff Sack Included
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Kutana Gale Force

2 lb 11.8 oz / 1242 g (L)

Built for the extreme, it combines a durable, waterproof shell with highly breathable synthetic active insulation.

Condition: Frigid
Protection: Waterproof, Windproof, Insulated
Outer Material: Torain® Waterproof System, Dermizax HDM Membrane, 2-Way stretch Primeflex® Nylon - 175 g/m²
Insultation: 3DeFX+® Water Resistant Insulation - 150/90/60 g/m²
Treatment: K-DWR™ water repellency
Key Features: Dual-Adjust Storm Hood, Extended Waterproof Internal Paneling, Zippered Pit Vents
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Front of Super Down PRO Hooded Jacket in Valo Camouflage
Super Down PRO Hooded Jacket

14.8 oz / 420 g (L)

Unbelievable warmth at an ultralight weight, it’s the ideal packable outer-layer jacket for locking in heat and blocking out wind.

Condition: Cold to Frigid
Protection: Down Insulated, Windproof, Water Resistant
Outer Material: Stunner Stretch Nylon - 50 g/m²
Insulation: 850+ FP Water Resistant Quixdown
Treatment: K-DWR™ water repellency
Key Features: Self Stows in Pocket, Zippered Pit Vents, Two-way Adjustable Hood
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Super Down PRO Jacket

13.8 oz 391 g (L)

Built with the same features and materials but without a hood.

Condition: Cold to Frigid
Protection: Down Insulated, Windproof, Water Resistant
Outer Material: Stunner Stretch Nylon - 50 g/m²
Insulation: 850+ FP Water Resistant Quixdown
Treatment: K-DWR™ water repellency
Key Features: Self Stows in Pocket, Zippered Pit Vents
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Front of Proximity Hooded Insulated Jacket in Vias Camouflage
Proximity Hooded Insulated Jacket

2 lb / 907 g (L)

Engineered as an ultra-quiet system for cold-weather hunts, this insulated hooded jacket is purpose built for close encounters.

Condition: Cold to Frigid
Protection: Highly Wind Resistant, Water Resistant, Odor Resistant
Outer Material: Polyester Knit Fleece, Synthacell® Foam Coating - 160 g/m²
Insulation: 3DeFX+® Water Resistant Insulation - 90/60 g/m²
Treatment: Silvadur® Anti-Odor Technology, DWR Water Resistance
Key Features: Safety Harness Port, Removable Hood, Magnetic Pocket Closures
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Axis Thermal Hybrid Hooded Jacket

25 oz / 709 g (L)

Built with waterproof soft-shell paneling across the hood, shoulders, and arms, and high-loft Fiberball® insulation at the core.

Condition: Cold
Protection: Waterproof Paneling, Core Insulation, Highly Wind Resistant
Outer Material: DownTube Stich-Free Baffles, Primeflex® Polyester, Dermizax Waterproof Membrane, Micro-Fleece Interior - 320 g/m²
Insulation: Fiberball® Synthetic Insulation
Treatment: K-DWR™ water repellency
Key Features: Dual-Adjust Storm Hood, Core Insulation, Zippered Pit Vents
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Front of Elements Hooded Jacket in Olive Green
Elements Hooded Jacket

23.9 oz / 678 g (L)

Durable, warm, and 100% windproof, it’s built for those camp and work chores that would shred most ultralight puffy jackets.

Conditions: Cold to Frigid
Protection: Windproof, Water Resistance, Insulated
Outer Material: DownTube Polyester Stitch-Free Fabric - 200 g/m²
Insulation: Fiberball® Synthetic Insulation
Treatment: DWR Water Resistance
Key Features: Adjustable Hood & Hem Cinch, Tricot Lined Pockets
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Elements Jacket

21.6 oz / 612 g (L)

Built with the same features and materials but without a hood.

Condition: Cold to Frigid
Protection: Windproof, Water Resistance, Insulated
Outer Material: DownTube Polyester Stitch-Free Fabric - 200 g/m²
Insulation: Fiberball® Synthetic Insulation
Treatment: DWR Water Resistance
Key Features: Adjustable Hood & Hem Cinch, Tricot Lined Pockets
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