Down to the basics…

… though the Active 600 Stretchlight hooded down jacket from Puma is anything but basic

Let’s begin with the basics. What is a “down” jacket? The type you tie around your torso instead of wrapping around your shoulders? No. Downmarket, maybe? Look at the price tag and you’ll hear it scream “NO”.

Here is what it is: A down jacket is a quilted jacket filled with down feathers. Okay, but what are down feathers? The down is a layer of fine feathers found under the tougher exterior feathers of birds. Very young birds are clad only in down(source of info: Wikipedia, of course).

So, if you want to feel snug and light as a duckling while on the move, a down jacket is what you need. And the Active 600 Stretchlight hooded one from Puma, priced at ₹14,999, ticks all the right boxes. Made of 100% polyester, it has cozy 'down padding' for warmth (the number in the name refers to the fill power), a hood with a storm flap (yo, Coolio), dual zip pockets, full zip closure and elastic binding on the hem and cuff to keep you from the elements (snugger than a duckling, really). You can feel comfortable, look great and still be ready if the weather turns on you while you're on the go. (No, don’t go looking for ponds, you won’t float.)