Women's Vests

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About Women’s Vests

You may have noticed that vests are making a serious comeback this year. And for good reason: They offer an unparalleled combination of warmth, mobility, breathability, and style. Whether you’re going for a brisk morning walk or sending the crag in October, women’s vests are the perfect cold-weather companion.

Your Dream Vest Awaits, at Altitude Sports

Vests are one of the most flexible cold-weather garments around. Wear it on its own or pair it with your favourite hoodie; wear it in the woods or while daydreaming at work; heck, you can even wear it all on its own (though we don’t recommend doing so in public).
But with so many vest brands and styles to choose from, it’s important to know what you want. Maybe you’re... looking for the perfect puffer vests for the trail? Check out The North Face ThermoBall Eco Vest 2.0. Or, perhaps you want something cozy for after-hours and around the fire? Pick up the Patagonia Retro Pile Fleece Vest. Can’t decide? Don’t worry—you can always try both.
At Altitude Sports, we offer a 60-day return policy. Plus, enjoy free shipping on all orders of $49 or more—anywhere in Canada. Visiting us from abroad? Check out our international shipping and returns page for more policy details.

Vests for Success

But one big question remains: What sparked this resurgence in vest love? Well, the answer is pretty simple. Vests are both aesthetically and functionally versatile.
In terms of fashion, vests can be formal or funky, thick or slim, silky or synthetic. Function-wise, they work admirably to keep you warm while providing complete, unrestricted freedom of movement. It’s no wonder vests have become as popular on the runway as in the wild.
This season, consider introducing women’s vests into your wardrobe.



Frequently Asked Questions


What is the point of a vest?

Vests are popular cold-weather garments, characterized by their sleeveless construction. Though it may seem counterintuitive to chop off half of a jacket, it’s actually perfectly suited to keeping you warm.
Vests work so efficiently because they keep you warm where it matters most: your core. In fact, if you’ve ever experienced cold hands and feet, it’s likely because your body is directing essential heat to your torso, the home of all your vital organs. So next time your fingers get chilly, forget the gloves—throw on a vest!
Vests are also less restrictive than jackets, as well as more breathable. The combination of these features is a win-win for all outdoor enthusiasts, from rock climbers to trail runners. Lastly, vests make a great layering piece. In frigid temps, combine your cold-weather puffy with a vest overtop to create an ultra-warm torso burrito. You can thank us later.

Is a vest as warm as a jacket?

The answer is no, vests are not as warm as jackets. But not to the extent you may think. Though jackets are certainly a better choice in extreme cold weather, vests can effectively replace your lightweight to midweight jacket. By thoroughly insulating your core, a vest is actually helping to warm your sleeveless extremities.

Is down or synthetic better for a vest?

Down is still the reigning champ for all things insulation. On the other hand, if that down is compressed, synthetics can actually be a more effective alternative. That’s because most synthetics don’t require loft to adequately keep you warm. Consider this fact if you’re shopping for a down vest; opt for something with thick baffles and a high fill-power. This will ensure your vest is extra lofty and therefore extra warm.
Note, however, tremendous strides have been made in synthetics. While they still can’t beat down’s exceptional warmth-to-weight ratio, they can certainly hold their own. Plus, synthetic insulated vests are typically much more affordable.

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