It even comes with a carrying bag.

By Christie Calucchia
December 01, 2019
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A puffer vest is a cold-weather necessity. It keeps you warm, but won’t cause you to overheat when you’re on the go, and it’s perfect for layering — especially if you’re in a new city and aren’t sure what to expect from the weather.

While you may think that a puffy coat would take up far too much space in your luggage, there are travel-friendly options, like this lightweight, water-resistant packable puffer vest from Amazon Essentials. It’s affordable, machine washable, and shockingly easy to pack.

The vest has a nylon shell and lining with a polyester fill to keep you warm and cozy. It zips up the front and has a stand-up collar for a structured look. Two front pockets will keep your hands warm, or you can zip them up to secure small items like a phone or keys. 

Unlike other boxy vests, this one features contoured seams for a fitted appearance. And when it comes time to pack it for your next adventure, simply use the included carrying bag with a drawstring closure to minimize the size of the puffer so it will fit in even the smallest satchels. 

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Amazon shoppers say the vest is lightweight yet warm, great for travel, and worth double the price. In fact, it’s earned 4.6 out of five stars based on customer reviewers.

“This is the all weather vest. So warm and light at the same time. I bought [it] for a vacation where I only had a backpack to travel with in winter. Boy am I impressed,” one reviewer wrote.

Another customer said, “This [puffy vest] is better looking than most and is quite well made. It weighs practically nothing and stuffs away into a tiny bundle into the included pouch. It is a perfect extra layer to bring along in your tote, handbag, or [to] pack without significant added weight or bulk.”

Some even think the vest is worth far more than its low price. “I was just about to pay $90 for a puffy vest from one of my favorite clothing brands and thought to myself: ‘hmmm... better not.’

I tried the Amazon basic brand and holy cow, I'm glad that I did. This vest is warm, comfortable, fashionable, and a convincing dupe for the designer one. Plus it's coffee-resistant (I spilled coffee on myself and it rolled right off!). I'm about to order a few more colors,” one shopper wrote.

The vest comes in eight solid colors, including black, burgundy, navy, and red. Plus, it’s currently 20 percent off thanks to Amazon’s Cyber Monday sales — you can buy one today for just $21.

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To buy: amazon.com, $21 (originally $27)

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