"Packable jacket" might feel like another one of those buzzwords that fills catalogs each season, but there's much more to a packable jacket than zingy turn of phrase. If you've ever wondered what you use a men's packable jacket for, you've come to the right place.
Travel comes to mind as the most immediate answer. As anyone who has ever had to pack for a mid-winter journey can tell you, outerwear does not fold into suitcases or weekender bags easily.
That's where the "packable" part of "packable jacket" can make a major difference. Most men's packable jackets fold into themselves via a chest pocket or an inside pocket, which can reduce their size until they take up no more room than your dopp kit (or even less). Aside from giving you the option to ditch a heavy layer before boarding a heated airplane cabin or Amtrak car, it will clear up more room for your other travel essentials.
But that's not to say that travel is the be-all and end-all of the packable jacket. Due to its small size, it can also be stored in places where a backup or emergency jacket may come in handy. For instance, you can pack a packable down jacket and then leave it in the glove compartment of your car. That way you'll always have the option of another layer, and in the event of an emergency, ensure that a dependable layer of outerwear is at hand.
Not all men's packable jackets are designed exclusively for winter wear. A packable nylon jacket is an excellent choice for deflecting rain (and much easier to pack than an umbrella). If you're taking a trip and facing a forecast of gray skies, a lighter weight packable jacket that deflects rain can act as a literal security blanket against the threat of getting soaked. And just as a packable jacket stowed away into a glove compartment or office desk drawer means that you'll always have an answer to winter's bite, a packable nylon jacket can be stocked away for rainy day emergencies.
Additionally, a men's packable down vest is a great option for those late fall or early spring days that stay warm so long as there is sun, but grow chilly the moment it dips. A men's packable down vest will be easier to bring with you than a piece of outerwear or a heavy men's sweater, and can be packed away again whenever temperature shifts. If you're looking for something that will stand up to the coldest winter days, check out a packable puffer jacket.