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Tommy Hilfiger Men's Hooded Puffer Jacket Review

Warm, stylish, and inexpensive, this jacket gets the job done at a low price
tommy hilfiger men's hooded puffer jacket winter jacket review
The Puffer is stylish enough for the streets of any cold locale.
Credit: Jeff Dobronyi
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Price:  $80 List
Manufacturer:   Tommy Hilfiger
By Jeff Dobronyi ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Oct 27, 2022
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#14 of 16
  • Warmth - 25% 6.0
  • Weather Resistance - 20% 4.0
  • Comfort - 20% 8.0
  • Style - 20% 7.0
  • Features - 10% 3.0
  • Durability - 5% 6.0

Our Verdict

The Tommy Hilfiger Men's Hooded Puffer Jacket is an inexpensive and comfortable winter jacket that provides enough warmth, comfort, and weather resistance for most users. Thick synthetic insulation, fleece-lined chin and neck areas, and cotton wrist gaiters keep chilly weather at bay. The soft nylon interior lining feels comfortable against the skin and inner layers. Stylistically, this puffy jacket conforms to both urban and rural settings, without being too showy. The main downsides are a lack of weather resistance, due to the absence of any kind of waterproof shell material, and poor features. The jacket only has three pockets, and the exterior hand pockets don't have zippers. The jacket's price is very attractive, and if you live in an average winter climate, this one gets the job done at a low price.
REASONS TO BUY
Inexpensive
Warm enough
Comfortable
Stylish
REASONS TO AVOID
Not weather resistant
Few features

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Pros Inexpensive, warm enough, comfortable, stylishWarm, long hem, comfortable hood, great featuresWarm, lightweight, comfortableWarm, weather resistant, durableDurable, great for outdoor work and chores
Cons Not weather resistant, few featuresBulky, faux fur hood is polarizingNot that durable, minimal featuresNot very breathable, limited color optionsNot as warm or comfortable as other models tested, lacks adjustability features, limited workwear style
Bottom Line Warm, stylish, and inexpensive, this jacket gets the job done at a low priceA warm, stylish, and budget-conscious jacket for those in the coldest regionsA warm, comfortable, and lightweight down parka that is ideal for winter hiking and outdoor activitiesA versatile and high-performance winter jacket with plenty of warmth and weather protection, at a great priceThis work jacket isn't as warm or comfortable as others in our review, but its durability is impressive
Rating Categories Tommy Hilfiger Men'... The North Face McMu... Rab Neutrino Pro REI Co-op Stormheng... Carhartt Loose Fit...
Warmth (25%)
6.0
9.0
8.0
7.0
4.0
Weather Resistance (20%)
4.0
6.0
6.0
8.0
6.0
Comfort (20%)
8.0
7.0
8.0
7.0
4.0
Style (20%)
7.0
8.0
8.0
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5.0
Features (10%)
3.0
8.0
5.0
7.0
4.0
Durability (5%)
6.0
9.0
5.0
7.0
8.0
Specs Tommy Hilfiger Men'... The North Face McMu... Rab Neutrino Pro REI Co-op Stormheng... Carhartt Loose Fit...
Down Fill Power Synthetic 550 800 850 Flannel
Total Weight 1.84 lbs 3.55 lbs 1.38 lbs 1.94 lbs 3.44 lbs
Baffle Type Sewn through Sewn-through under an outer shell fabric Twisted arm baffle Sewn-through under an outer shell fabric Quilted
Main Fabric 100% Nylon DryVent 2L 100% nylon Pertex Quantum HydroWall 2L 100% ring-spun cotton duck
Hood Yes Yes (removable) Yes Yes Yes
Hood Adjustments 2 side drawcords Rear drawcord 2 side drawcords, rear velcro 3-way adjustable 2 side drawcords
Pockets 2 external hand, 1 zippered interior 2 chest height, zippered handwarmers, 2 exterior top-entry Velcro flap pockets, 1 sleeve, 1 interior media pocket, and 2 side-entry waist handwarmers 2 zippered hand, 1 internal chest 5 (2 zippered hand, 1 zippered chest, 2 internal) 2 external hand, 2 internal

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Tommy Hilfiger Puffer provides excellent value with its reasonable all-around performance and super low price.

Performance Comparison


tommy hilfiger men's hooded puffer jacket winter jacket review - the tommy hilfiger puffer is relatively warm and very stylish, and...
The Tommy Hilfiger Puffer is relatively warm and very stylish, and comes at an incredibly affordable price.
Credit: Sam Willits

Warmth


The Puffer uses synthetic insulation throughout the torso, sleeves, and hood to provide warmth. This jacket has enough insulation for chilly days, but not enough to keep you warm on the coldest days of winter without wearing an additional layer underneath. There is an insulated neck rib that takes up space around the neck cavity, and this rib is also fleece-lined, adding both warmth and a cozy, comfortable feeling. We had no problem grabbing this jacket on chilly days in the fall and spring, and on mild winter days.


The insulation is held into place using baffles that are sewn through both the external shell fabric, which introduces cold areas at the stitching. The front zipper has a small flap underneath to prevent a cold spot along the zipper, but it isn't very thick and doesn't help that much. Nonetheless, this jacket keeps us warm in most winter temperatures, but on the coldest days, you'll have to supplement its warmth with additional clothing.

tommy hilfiger men's hooded puffer jacket winter jacket review - synthetic baffles throughout the torso and sleeves provide decent...
Synthetic baffles throughout the torso and sleeves provide decent warmth for chilly and cold weather, but not enough for extreme cold.
Credit: Sam Willits

Weather Resistance


The Puffer lacks any kind of waterproof shell, which is a major problem for weather resistance. The exterior nylon shell is treated with a waterproof chemical, but these treatments soon wear off, leaving the shell fabric susceptible to liquid water. Fortunately, the jacket has synthetic insulation, which keeps its loft when wet, but nobody likes a soggy jacket. This shortcoming relegates this jacket to use only during fine weather.


The hood offers good coverage of the face and chin, and it can be tightened on the sides, but not on the back. The sleeve openings are made of stretchy cotton wrist gauntlets, which are comfortable, but incredibly unpleasant if they get soaked on a cold rainy day. This jacket is not designed to withstand inclement winter weather. It will probably suffice if you live in a mild winter climate, but if your winters are filled with rainy and snowy days, this won't be enough to protect you.

tommy hilfiger men's hooded puffer jacket winter jacket review - the puffer's nylon shell fabric absorbs water easily, making this...
The Puffer's nylon shell fabric absorbs water easily, making this jacket a poor choice for rainy days.
Credit: Sam Willits

Comfort


This is a comfortable jacket to wear. The thin exterior and interior nylon shell fabrics are soft and pleasant against the skin. The neck rib has a cozy fleece lining that feels great, and the handwarmer pockets are lined with a soft jersey material. The jacket is light and drapes nicely over the body without feeling overbearing or cumbersome.


The fit of the jacket is great, meaning it conforms to the body's contours and doesn't restrict movement. Our testers loved wearing this jacket around town for errands or long walks since it doesn't bog you down. Some users don't like the plasticky feel of puffy jackets with nylon fabrics, but compared to other options on the market that use canvas, we prefer the feel of a puffy.

tommy hilfiger men's hooded puffer jacket winter jacket review - a fleece-lined neck rib adds a cozy and comfortable feeling.
A fleece-lined neck rib adds a cozy and comfortable feeling.
Credit: Sam Willits

Style


Puffy jackets have long been in style in cold climates and small mountain towns, and they also fit right in on the streets of cold cities. This jacket is understated, yet refined, and feels at home in any winter situation. The stylish, contoured fit may feel a bit too refined for certain locales, but our testers felt comfortable wearing it in any social situation.


This jacket comes in an incredibly large number of color choices, meaning there is an option for everyone, from those who prefer subtle dark colors like black and navy blue, to those who want to stick out with shiny metallic finishes and bright color combinations. Your ability to look unique in this jacket is greater than in any other jacket in our review.

tommy hilfiger men's hooded puffer jacket winter jacket review - the tommy hilfiger puffer is relatively warm and very stylish, and...
The Tommy Hilfiger Puffer is relatively warm and very stylish, and comes at an incredibly affordable price.
Credit: Sam Willits

Features


With only two handwarmer pockets and one internal zippered pocket, the Puffer is decidedly light on features. The outer pockets don't even have zippers. So while you might be able to stay cozy by jamming your hands into your pockets, you won't be able to keep valuables or winter accessories in them. This is a major downside, in our opinion.


The interior zippered pocket is large enough to hold a phone, wallet, and car keys, but when this pocket is overstuffed, the jacket bulges out and looks weird. That internal pocket is the only useful one on the entire jacket. Most winter users need places to stash their gloves, scarf, and hat, in addition to their valuables. This jacket won't let you do any of that.

The exterior handwarmer pockets don't have a zipper.
The exterior handwarmer pockets don't have a zipper.
One interior zippered pocket is barely enough to hold all of the...
One interior zippered pocket is barely enough to hold all of the valuables we carry around on a daily basis.

Durability


The Tommy Hilfiger Puffer is a decently durable jacket, but it uses some materials that we know to wear out quickly. The jacket's synthetic insulation keeps the price down, but synthetic insulation loses its loft over time, and we find that synthetic jackets start to lose some of their warmth after a couple of years. The thin nylon shell material is thin and prone to snagging and can rip easily if caught on a sharp edge.


The stretchy wrist gaiters are also susceptible to snagging and tearing, and the elastic can wear out over time, preventing a snug fit around the wrists. The front zipper doesn't snag on the thin nylon fabric, thanks to a robust zipper flap, but the interior zipper pocket is prone to snagging. Overall, this jacket is durable enough, especially considering the cost, but if you want the most durable jacket, you'll have to spend more money.

tommy hilfiger men's hooded puffer jacket winter jacket review - the thin nylon face fabric keeps weight and bulk to a minimum, but...
The thin nylon face fabric keeps weight and bulk to a minimum, but it also snags easily.
Credit: Sam Willits

Should You Buy the Tommy Hilfiger Men's Hooded Puffer Jacket?


This jacket has some shortcomings, particularly when it comes to weather resistance and features, but it also costs a fraction of the rest of the competition. With decent warmth, style, comfort, and durability, this jacket is a great value. It won't be enough for the worst winter weather, but it is just fine for fall, spring, and mild winter weather. It could be a good choice for a primary winter jacket for a user on a very tight budget, but they'll have to supplement with additional layers on cold or stormy winter days. It also makes a fashionable alternative on fine days for users who already have a protective winter jacket for the worst weather.

tommy hilfiger men's hooded puffer jacket winter jacket review - the warm and stylish puffer is a great choice for chilly weather and...
The warm and stylish Puffer is a great choice for chilly weather and users on a tight budget.
Credit: Jeff Dobronyi

What Other Winter Jackets Should You Consider?


If you are on a tight budget, but still need a jacket that can handle the worst winter weather, we recommend the REI Co-op Stormhenge Down Hybrid Parka. This jacket costs more, but it is still the most affordable option for full winter protection with higher-quality materials and features. If you live in one of the coldest climates on earth, The North Face McMurdo Down Parka is relatively affordable and super warm. If budget isn't a concern, and you simply want the best winter jacket on the market, the Patagonia Frozen Range can't be beaten. If you like the puffy style, another good option is the Patagonia Jackson Glacier.

Jeff Dobronyi
 
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