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By Guest Writer and Outdoor Enthusiast Sandy Bandu

Patagonia is certainly renowned for their bombproof, outdoor performance gear, but their DAS Parka is nothing short of well-rounded perfection. If you are in the market for a lightweight, synthetic coat (truly a superior material to down, in most situations), this coat provides all the comforts that one would expect of a puffy jacket and provides ample warmth to the outdoor traveler – even when wet. An additional unique feature is its weather-resistant shell, which is good against high winds and moist snow.

Designed for belay climbers at the base, wearing it feels like you’ve been wrapped in a sleeping bag when you throw the oversized hood over your noggin. Since its not excessively puffy or big, though, it also packs down incredibly well and is equally capable of handling either outdoor expeditions or walking around your neighborhood on that chilly winter evening. You can even feel free to leave your gloves at home, as it is designed with insulated hand-warmer pockets. Available online for less than $200, you’ll be hard pressed to find another coat matching the Das Parka’s overall performance, much less at such a good price.

Cost: $195