The time has come to replace your jacket when, even after a little tender loving care, it just doesn’t keep you warm anymore. After a while the synthetic fibres and down in insulated jackets lose their lofting ability and thus their insulation power. The rate at which this happens depends on frequency of use and how well it’s been looked after.
When looking to buy a new insulated jacket, try not to get too overwhelmed by the number of options available. Key questions to ask yourself are: How warm does it need to be? How packable does it need to be? What conditions am I likely to find myself in?
It is worth noting that if you simply want to replace your old jacket with the exact same model, be aware that the fit and some of the features may have changed slightly, afterall, a significant amount of time will have passed since you bought your old one. There will also be a host of new technologies available that might be more suited to what you need, so keep an open mind and check out some of the latest insulation innovations as well as how to choose an insulated jacket in our handy buying guide.