The Best Packable Jackets for Women and Men

We love the women’s Orvis Pack-and-go and the men's Eddie Bauer Trekker Hoodie.

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 Best Packable Jackets for Women and Men

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A jacket is an obvious necessity for cold-weather travel, but when you’re trying to travel light, it can definitely weigh you down. If you’d rather save your suitcase space for souvenirs, a packable jacket is for you. And by “packable,” we mean a jacket that ideally compacts up into its own pocket or carrying pouch, or at least doesn't take up too much room when folded.

We spent hours poring over reviews and brand catalogs to find the best packable jackets for your next adventure. We leaned toward options with hoods, since you never know when you’ll get caught in the rain or just need some extra ear coverage. Our favorites are the women’s Orvis Pack-and-go Jacket and men’s Eddie Bauer Trekker Hoodie for their ability to be useful in multiple travel scenarios while also easily rolling up into your suitcase.

These are the best packable jackets for women and men:

Best Overall, Women

Orvis Pack-and-go Jacket

Orvis Pack-and-go Jacket


Why We Love It: This jacket is more stylish than the average packable option, while also boasting plenty of pockets and sustainability cred.

What to Consider: It’s not the warmest jacket on this list, but there is room underneath to layer.

We’ve previously crowned the Pack-and-go as the best packable jacket, and it’s keeping its throne on this go-round. Unlike many other packable jackets on the market, this one doesn’t look like it’s packable. The extra length (which is also nice for keeping your torso warm) adds style to the wind- and water-resistant fabric, as does the slightly cinched waistband. There are two interior pockets to stash your valuables in addition to the outer hand pockets. (You can never have too many pockets.)

Adding to the versatility, the hood can tuck away into a secret zip pocket in the collar when you don’t need it. In addition to being stain-resistant, the fabric is also Bluesign-approved, meaning it’s produced in a sustainable and environmentally responsible manner. And when you don’t need it, it folds easily away into an included stuff sack. 

Price at time of publish: $149

Sizes: XS-XL | Material: Polyester

Best Overall, Men

Eddie Bauer Trekker Hoodie

Eddie Bauer Trekker Hoodie


Why We Love It: It’s versatile enough for hiking or happy hour while still protecting you from the elements.

What to Consider: If you’re hitting colder temperatures, you’ll want to add some extra layers underneath.

The Trekker Hoodie from Eddie Bauer is light, versatile, and loaded with pockets — all things we love in a travel jacket. It comes in a fairly wide range of sizes, including both regular and tall options and three colors. The styling is trail-friendly but won’t look out of place if your journey takes you into the city as well. The light cotton blend is also DWR-treated to repel moisture. You can adjust the hood and cuffs to find your ideal fit, and then stash all kinds of items in the seven pockets. Some are exterior and some are interior, and there are two secure zip pockets for anything you want to keep extra safe.

Price at time of publish: $102

Sizes: S-XXL regular, M-XXL tall | Material: Cotton, nylon

Best Combination, Women

Marmot Women's Minimalist Component 3-in-1 Jacket

Marmot Minimalist Component 3-in-1 Jacket


Why We Love It: It’s like three jackets in one, all of which will keep you super warm and dry.

What to Consider: It is a little on the bulkier side.

We love that this jacket does not just double, but triple duty. It has two separate layers—an outer shell and an inner thermal liner—which can be worn separately or joined together for one ultimate jacket. The Paclite technology used in its construction keeps it lightweight, while the Gore-tex protects you in any level of water or wind with a wind-blocking hydrophobic membrane. The seams are all taped, the hood is adjustable with a peripheral cord, and the cuffs are also Velcro-adjustable, all to keep you warm and dry. All three pockets (one on the chest and two for your hands) have zippers, and the zip on the chest pocket is even water-resistant to keep your phone or papers drip-free. As an extra bonus, the fabric itself is recycled. 

Price at time of publish: $350

Sizes: XS-XL | Material: Recycled polyester

Best Combination, Men

Marmot Men's Minimalist Component 3-in-1 Jacket

Marmot Minimalist Component 3-in-1 Jacket


Why We Love It: Get three jackets in one, all of which will keep you super warm and dry.

What to Consider: Like the women’s version, it’s on the bulky side.

Nearly identical to the women’s version of the Minimalist Component 3-in-1 Jacket, the men’s version offers two separate combinable layers in a boxier cut. There are four different cool-toned shades available, one more than the women’s jacket. Its outer shell and thermal liner can also be worn separately or together depending on just how blustery the weather gets.

Price at time of publish: $350

Sizes: S–XXL | Material: Recycled polyester

Best Ultralight, Women

Mountain Hardware Women's Ghost Whisperer 2 Hoody

Mountain Hardware Ghost Whisperer 2 Hoody


Why We Love It: This jacket is super light but also warm, plus it has extra sustainability cred and a whole set of matching items.

What to Consider: It’s not quite as insulated as bulkier jackets.

When every ounce counts, you definitely don’t want your jacket to be weighing you down. Mountain Hardware has retooled their super-popular Ghost Whisperer Hoody to improve its sustainability. This new version uses entirely recycled fabric on its face and trim, and the interior is packed with responsibly sourced down insulation. The brand has also added smart touches like an elastic binding on the hood and cuffs to seal in warmth, a DWR finish, and the first baffle on the cuffs is filled with synthetic insulation so they don’t get oversaturated in wet conditions. When you warm up, this jacket packs into its own pocket with the help of an internal carabiner clip. It also weighs only 7.8 ounces, so it’s easy to throw into your bag just in case. If you become a full convert to the Ghost Whisperer style, it also comes in a non-hooded version.

Price at time of publish: $325

Sizes: XS–XL | Material: Nylon

Best Ultralight, Men

Mountain Hardware Men's Ghost Whisperer 2 Hoody

Mountain Hardware Ghost Whisperer 2 Hoody


Why We Love It: Like the women’s version, it’s extremely lightweight and sustainably made.

What to Consider: Its athleisure look may not be for everyone.

Just because men often choose to carry heavier loads doesn't mean they need a heavier jacket. The men’s version of the Ghost Whisperer 2 has all the same thoughtful touches as the women’s version, though there are only three color options for men (versus women's four). Stay warm and dry with the binding on the hood and cuffs and a DWR finish, then just roll it up into its own pocket with the help of the carabiner clip if you start to sweat.

Price at time of publish: $350

Sizes: S–XXL | Material: Nylon

Best Rain, Women

Patagonia Women's Torrentshell 3L Jacket

Patagonia Torrentshell 3L


Why We Love It: It’s breathable, waterproof, and built to last for years.

What to Consider: The cut is on the boxier side.

The 3L in the name of the Patagonia Torrentshell 3L stands for “three layers,” which is what this jacket puts in between you and precipitation. The breathable polyester and recycled ripstop nylon layers are DWR-treated to repel moisture. What makes this the best packable jacket for rain over its competitors is the thought that Patagonia put into the details. A microfleece liner on the neck keeps you both cozy and comfortable, while zippers in the armpits keep you from getting sweaty without letting in moisture. Its hood can be rolled up and tucked in with a simple loop catch. The front zipper has internal and external storm flaps and a chin guard to avoid any leaks or snagging, and even the zippers on the outer pockets and armpit ventilation slits are DWR-treated. Seal the cuff closures and hem and you’ll be nice and snug. Once the rain lets up, stuff it into its own pocket with a carabiner clip. It’s also made in a Fair Trade-certified facility and the fabric is Bluesign-approved. We also love that the women’s version even comes in a cute longer trench-style version, though that one doesn’t fold up into a pocket so it’s a little bulkier to pack.

Price at time of publish: $149

Sizes: XXS–XXL | Material: Nylon face, polyester membrane

Best Rain, Men

Patagonia Men's Torrentshell 3L Jacket

Patagonia Men's Torrentshell 3L

Dick's Sporting Goods

Why We Love It: It stands up to rough weather and comes in 11 colors.

What to Consider: The men’s version is a bit shorter in the torso.

Men get their own full range of nearly a dozen colors to choose from in the Torrentshell, but the same three layers of waterproof protection and convenient touches to keep you from feeling like you’re inside a plastic bag. The jacket’s easy fit, durability, and features like armpit zippers, stowable and adjustable hood with a laminated visor, and fleece-lined neck keep you comfortable and well-ventilated and, most importantly, dry.

Price at time of publish: $149

Sizes: XS–3XL | Material: Nylon face, polyester membrane

Best Lightweight, Women

Ibex Women's Shak Lite Bomber Jacket

Ibex Shak Lite Bomber Jacket


Why We Love It: It’s stylish and made of naturally thermoregulating merino wool.

What to Consider: It rolls up fairly compactly, but doesn’t have a pouch.

We’ve repeatedly sung the praises of merino wool, so it makes sense that one of our favorite packable jackets is made of the material. Merino is naturally antimicrobial and anti-odor, so it can go longer between washes, plus it’s extremely breathable, moisture-wicking, and thermoregulating, so you won’t start to sweat at the slightest provocation. The collar and cuffs of this jacket add a bomber style to any oufit. There are two zippered pockets to keep your hands warm (or stow your belongings), along with a ribbed knit along the cuffs, hem, and neck. The gusseted underarm helps it move with you, whether you’re scrambling up a boulder or putting your suitcase in the overhead compartment, and there are six attractive colors to enhance your travel wardrobe. 

Price at time of publish: $240

Sizes: XS–XL | Material: Merino wool

Best Lightweight, Men

Ibex Men’s Shak Jacket

Ibex Men’s Shak Jacket


Why We Love It: It features solid fabric and a sharp design.

What to Consider: The cut runs more on the fitted side, so skip it if you’re looking for something thicker.

Far from the itchiness usually associated with wool, merino is a smooth and incredibly versatile fabric. No matter how hard you start sweating on the trail (or in the TSA line), the naturally moisture-wicking and anti-odor fabric won’t let anyone know. In addition to being warm, the collar also keeps this jacket looking sharp. There are two hand pockets as well as an additional front chest pocket to tuck away important documents or your headphones. 

Price at time of publish: $260

Sizes: S–XXL | Material: Merino wool

Best Down, Women

Arc’teryx Women's Cerium LT Down Hoody

Arcteryx Cerium LT Hoody


Why We Love It: It’s super light without sacrificing warmth.

What to Consider: Despite the coating, down in itself is not water-resistant.

Who says jackets can’t be both light and warm? Arc’teryx’s Cerium LT weighs just 9.9 ounces and is stuffed with a blend of responsibly sourced down and synthetic insulation to keep you warm in low temperatures. It’s DWR-treated to repel water but note, though, that it’s not waterproof, so you’ll need to add a shell if you’re expecting heavy precipitation. Arc’teryx uses down composite mapping to strategically put the synthetic insulation in moisture-prone areas and spots that need extra warmth. Even the hood is insulated, and the whole thing folds up into an included stuff sack for packability. You can choose from seven colors so your outerwear only needs to be neutral if you want it to be and, if you don’t want a hood, there’s a non-hooded version as well.

Price at time of publish: $379

Sizes: XS–XXL | Material: Nylon

Best Down, Men

Arc’teryx Men's Cerium SL Men’s Hoody

Arcteryx Cerium SL Men’s Hoody


Why We Love It: The men’s version is even lighter than the women’s while remaining functional.

What to Consider: Arc’teryx notes that this build prioritizes lightness over durability.

The men’s Cerium SL from Arc’teryx is even lighter than the women’s Cerium LT. It weighs just 7.6 ounces — less than half a pound. Despite that, it keeps all the engineering of the rest of the Cerium series, with wind-resistant nylon, a moisture-resistant face, and down composite mapping to keep you warm and dry where you need it most. Elastic cuffs and a hem cord keep your body heat inside the jacket, with the help of the insulated and drawcord-adjustable hood.

Sizes: S–XXL | Material: Nylon

Tips for Buying Packable Jackets

When shopping for the best packable jacket, you want to consider three Ws: weight, warmth, and wrinkles. 

Opt for a lightweight choice

You certainly don’t want something super heavy that will weigh your luggage down, or you the second you start to get sweaty. The lighter a jacket is, pounds-wise, the better it is for travel, whether you’re wearing the jacket or carrying it in your luggage.

Don’t forget to consider warmth

You also don’t want to freeze just because you’re trying to travel light, though. Luckily, as long as you’ve checked the weather at your destination, there are plenty of packable jackets of differing insulation levels for you to choose. We like a medium-weight jacket for maximum versatility, which you can then layer with a shell for precipitation and incredibly heavy base layers as needed.

Choose wrinkle-resistant fabric

It’s never fun to break out the iron as soon as you get to a hotel room. Since there’s a good chance you’ll end up wearing your jacket while in transit, you should still arrive at your destination looking fresh if you choose a wrinkle-resistant fabric like polyester, wool, or rayon.

Frequently Asked Questions
  • How should I fold a jacket for travel?

    There are a few options you can try to get the best fold situation. If your jacket comes with a pouch or has a pocket it can be stuffed into, that’s ideal; it may get a little wrinkled in the process, but it will be as small as it can be.If there isn’t a pouch included and your jacket isn’t too thick, the rolling method can also work. Lay it out flat, fold the sleeves onto the body, then roll up from the bottom. Secure with a rubber band if it’s too bulky.

  • Will a packable jacket actually keep me warm?

    Warmth depends on material, not foldability. The best packable jackets will keep you just as warm as non-packable ones — possibly even more so if you opt for one of our down picks. Don’t confuse lightweight for light protection.

Why Trust Travel + Leisure

For this article, Rena Behar researched dozens of packable jackets and chose the best options for women and men. Behar has been covering travel gear and a slew of other products for outlets including Travel + Leisure, TripSavvy, Wirecutter, New York magazine, and more since 2014.

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