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Wantdo Packable Down Hoody - Women's Review

This no-nonsense jacket is simple and works decently well for the price, with respectable loft and impressive packability to keep you warm for less
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Wantdo Packable Down Hoody - Women's Review
Credit: Kaylee Walden
Price:  $74 List
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Manufacturer:   Wantdo
By Kaylee Walden ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Feb 21, 2024
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RANKED
#14 of 17
  • Warmth - 30% 5.0
  • Comfort - 30% 5.5
  • Portability - 15% 7.0
  • Weather Resistance - 15% 6.5
  • Breathability - 10% 5.0

Our Verdict

Looking for packable warmth on a tight budget that performs acceptably well? The Wantdo Packable Down Hoody might be just the ticket if you're after a puffy jacket for occasional wear in mild to moderate cold conditions. While some aspects of the jacket leave us wanting--like the sleeve length, lack of adjustability, and boxy fit--we were actually impressed with its performance in most metrics when stacked up against some of the best down jackets on the market. Check out the other down jacket contenders in our review of the top women's down jackets.
REASONS TO BUY
Lightweight
Good for travel
Budget friendly
Decent for activities
Comes in a wide array of colors
REASONS TO AVOID
Few features
Not as stylish
Sleeves are too short
Cuffs aren't elastic enough

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Bottom Line Simple and straightforward, this low-loft down jacket packs away small and costs less than mostA high-end jacket without the high-end price tag, this down jacket can take you from the trails to downtown in a pinchA solid and reasonably warm puffy that's more affordable but does come with some flawsThis budget-friendly option comes in a ton of cute colors, has a removable hood, and packs down tiny for travelWith a low weight, it's easy to bring this coat along, but it lacks the durability, warmth, and convenience of other models
Rating Categories Wantdo Packable Hoody Marmot Highlander H... REI Co-op 650 - Wom... Lock and Love Ultra... Rokka and Rolla Ult...
Warmth (30%)
5.0
7.0
5.5
3.5
3.5
Comfort (30%)
5.5
8.5
7.0
5.0
5.0
Portability (15%)
7.0
6.5
7.0
8.0
8.0
Weather Resistance (15%)
6.5
5.0
5.0
4.0
4.0
Breathability (10%)
5.0
7.0
7.0
6.0
5.0
Specs Wantdo Packable Hoody Marmot Highlander H... REI Co-op 650 - Wom... Lock and Love Ultra... Rokka and Rolla Ult...
Down Fill 90% duck down 700-fill down treated with 'Down Defender' 650-fill down 80% duck down, 20% duck feather 650-fill goose down, duck feathers
Responsible Down Standard (RDS) Certified? Yes No Yes No Yes
Outer Fabric 20D Nylon Taffetta 100% Recycled nylon and ripstop Recycled nylon, DWR finish Nylon Nylon
Weight (Size Small) 8.8 oz 13.0 oz 9.9 oz 10.0 oz 8.5 oz
Hem Type Straight hem; hip length Straight hem; hip length Drop hem (small); hip length Straight hem; short length Straight hem; hip length
Fit Standard Standard Standard Slim Slim
Pockets 4; 2 zippered hand, 2 interior stash pockets with media pass-through 3; 2 zippered hand pockets, 1 exterior zippered chest pocket 4; 2 zippered hand, 2 internal slip 4; 2 zippered hand, 2 internal slip 4; 2 zippered hand, 2 internal slip
Hood Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Cuff Construction Elastic Elastic Elastic Elastic Elastic
Adjustment Points None Single hem bungee Dual hem bungees Dual hood bungees None
Stow Option Packs into an included drawstring stuff sack Packs into a pocket with an integrated carabiner loop No stow option Packs into an included drawstring stuff sack Packs into an included drawstring stuff sack
Features N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Wantdo Packable Down Hoody doesn't do anything particularly outstanding, but it works well enough for its small price tag for those looking for a down jacket for occasional use or mild winter weather. It has a 20-denier nylon and taffeta exterior with waterproof coating, responsibly-sourced 90/10 down and feathers, although it doesn't note the exact fill power. It weighs in at a featherweight 8.8 ounces, and packs into an included stuff sack. It's available in a wide range of sizes and an array of colors for your tastes.

Performance Comparison


wantdo packable down hoody for women - packing up the wantdo at the top of a backcountry ski tour.
Packing up the Wantdo at the top of a backcountry ski tour.
Credit: Kaylee Walden

Warmth


The Wantdo wouldn't be the first jacket we reached for if we were looking for superior warmth. It does okay considering that the exact fill power of the down is not specified. It's also on the thinner end of the spectrum of down jackets we tested, but has decent loft for the overall weight. It does perform pretty well on moderate cold days, and even during winter storms. The hood has decent coverage and a fairly protective chin guard, with or without a beanie. We wouldn't really want to wear this jacket for technical missions, but it can fit over a climbing helmet, although with a bit of movement restriction.


There's a few factors that detract from the overall warmth of the Wantdo, aside from its relatively slim loft. Likely to save weight and manufacturing costs, it doesn't have any adjustability points, leaving the bottom hem especially susceptible to drafts. To be fair, Wantdo only claims that the jacket only works well down into the 20 degrees Fahrenheit range, which we would agree with from our testing, especially if you're not doing something active. It'll keep you sufficiently warm in mild to moderate cold conditions, but you'll need something more for sub-zero days--at the very least, a thick layer underneath, which this jacket can accommodate.

wantdo packable down hoody for women - as long as you keep moving, the wantdo is enough to keep you warm on...
As long as you keep moving, the Wantdo is enough to keep you warm on a single-digit temperature morning.
Credit: Kaylee Walden

Comfort


Compared to other budget down jackets, the Wantdo has a better fit for athletic and curvy body types, and doesn't restrict movement. If you're slim, you may want to consider sizing down so you're not swimming in it. It doesn't have the classic problem of the too-narrow shoulders, and feels fine to move in, even without specific features. It's a boxy fit overall and could use some streamlining to make it look less square, but this trait also makes it easier to layer underneath than slim-fitting jackets. If it had even just slight tapering at the waist, it would make it significantly more flattering, but we still like the low-key shape overall for the utility.


The exterior material feels almost like it has a very thin rubbery layer (likely due to the waterproof coating) and it's not the most comfortable to wear on bare skin. It's fairly low profile, and can easily be layered beneath a shell jacket. This down jacket comes in one of the widest size ranges we've seen in testing, from XS to 3XL, accommodating many different body types, which is a bonus. However, our biggest issue with the Wantdo is the sleeves--which unfortunately come up short. If you do anything aside from just keep your arms at your sides, the sleeves ride up 1-2", exposing your wrists to wind and cold, even if you're wearing gloves. The elastic around the wrists is loose, and essentially does nothing to keep the sleeves in place.

wantdo packable down hoody for women - while the wantdo generally performs quite well, we have some qualms...
While the Wantdo generally performs quite well, we have some qualms with the fit overall--especially the too-short sleeves, which lead to cold wrists.
Credit: Kaylee Walden

Portability


The Wantdo is built with portability front of mind, and shines as a down layer for casual travel to cold environments. It weighs in at a modest 8.8 ounces and packs into an included drawstring stuff sack. It's almost too easy to pack: The drawstring sack has a bit too much extra space left over, and it could pack even smaller if the bag was sized appropriately.


We generally prefer if a down jacket can pack into its own pocket so that you don't have to bring along an extra item to compress it, but that being said, the Wantdo is made to travel, and does so quite well. Time will tell if feathers begin to escape with years of use and compression, but within our several month long testing period, it didn't show signs of wear from being repeatedly packed down and bounced back to loft quite well.


Weather Resistance


For water resistance, the Wantdo performed better than expected. It does have a waterproof coating that proved effective, and it repelled water longer and more effectively than more costly technical jackets in shower tests and real storms. Even fairly wet precipitation like sleet or rain will bead off of the Wantdo for quite a while.


Similarly, the exterior nylon taffeta blend actually does quite well for blocking wind. While, once again, the jacket suffers for its lack of adjustability, the material itself does the job. We noticed wind sneaking in through the hem, the sides of the hood if not wearing a beanie and the unfortunately short sleeves.

wantdo packable down hoody for women - despite its shortcomings, the wantdo does a good job at keeping out...
Despite its shortcomings, the Wantdo does a good job at keeping out wind and precipitation.
Credit: Kaylee Walden

Breathability


The same qualities that make the Wantdo good at blocking wind and water make it not breathe as well as you would expect for a jacket of such a low weight. it seems like the waterproof coating is also on the interior, which notably traps perspiration and doesn't allow for good airflow. Unless it's below zero or we're not working that hard, we have to take it off relatively quickly compared to other jackets of a similar loft.


However, it does have some redeeming qualities for breathability, and mostly due to its relatively low loft and the ability to push up the sleeves, it's comfortable to keep on for moderate pace activities. The shape of the Wantdo facilitates airflow, and the wrists allow heat to escape.

wantdo packable down hoody for women - the low loft of the wantdo makes this a decent option for milder days.
The low loft of the Wantdo makes this a decent option for milder days.
Credit: Kaylee Walden

Should You Buy the Wantdo Packable Down Hoody?


With the price tag, there are not many reasons why not to buy the Wantdo, especially for a backup jacket, a down jacket for work or travel, or if you don't plan to use it frequently. It does decently well at blocking out inclement weather and precipitation, it's size inclusive, and for the most part, does what it's supposed to do. For most people in consistent cold winter climates though, your money would be better spent going towards something warmer. If you need a decent all-around down layer for less money than most, though, the Wantdo will tick those boxes.

wantdo packable down hoody for women
Credit: Kaylee Walden

What Other Down Jackets Should You Consider?


For a similar price to the Wantdo but a slimmer fit and more fashion-forward look, check out the Lock and Love down jacket. You'll have to jump up a bit in price range to get more warmth, though. The Columbia Lay D III is a highly protective and virtually waterproof down layer for around town with a removable fur hood that will give you more warmth compared to the Wantdo without completely breaking the bank, but it isn't packable. We also love the Rab Microlight Alpine for protection from most conditions, and while it's a lot pricier, it'll also last longer and is warmer.

wantdo packable down hoody for women - the wantdo isn't a bad choice for an all-around down jacket given...
The Wantdo isn't a bad choice for an all-around down jacket given its small price tag.
Credit: Kaylee Walden

Kaylee Walden