Best 3-in-1 Jackets 2021 Edition
We love that they are often composed of lightweight materials that wick away rain and moisture without affecting movement or breathability. Instead of purchasing three separate jackets for three seasons, these garments work triple duty without draining your bank account.
In the guide, we have compiled a list of some of our favorite 3-in-1 jackets so that you can be prepared for anything!
- The North Face ThermoBall Eco Triclimate
- Mountain Warehouse Correspondent Extreme
- Under Armour Infrared Sienna
- The North Face Cinnabar
- Marmot Featherless
- The North Face Carto
- Columbia Wild Card
- Camel Crown
- Columbia Eager Air
- Columbia Whirlibird
- Mountain Warehouse Storm Rain
- Tommy Hilfiger 3 in 1
- Wantdo Puffer Ski
- Jack Wolfskin Iceland
Criteria Used for Evaluation
Comfort is paramount no matter the type of garment you are looking into.
When it comes to 3-in-1 jackets, most of the comfort is concentrated on the idea of warmth and temperature regulation. After all, that is their entire purpose as they give you multiple wearing options to adapt to certain temperatures outside. However, there are ways that manufacturers will achieve the correct level of warmth.
Typically, the inner layer should be the one to add extra insulation and warmth. You may see this accomplished by a tighter fit to the body, the type of fabric, and extra insulation. For example, a type of heat reflective thermal lining to keep the body heat inside. Though, sometimes too much warmth will make you uncomfortable. Some layers will adopt integrated pit-zips underneath the arms or a mesh lining. This is an exceptional way to regulate body heat and provide just enough ventilation to make the jacket breathable.
The convenient aspect of this type of jacket is you are mostly in control of the heating elements. Simply add or remove layers when necessary to provide the correct amount of comfort.
3-in-1 jackets are specifically designed to allow you to choose the layers you want to wear at a given time, hence their name.
In addition to this, there are design features that allow you to tailor the jacket to fit your needs. In specific, the hood and the cuffs. It cannot be guaranteed that each jacket will have all these adjustable features, but most should have.
For hoods, it is important to have a hem string for adjustability. In downpours and during bitterly cold days, wearing your hood can provide you with the extra protection you need. Also, some are completely detachable. This comes in handy in instances where the hood is more of a liability than an asset. Really, the same goes for the cuffs as the tighter you adjust them the less air that will seep through. On warmer days, you may want them loose for ventilation purposes.
Most jackets utilize different types of technologies and fabrics to make them unique.
For example, you may see some crafted from 100 percent polyester, 100 percent nylon, Polartec Classic 100 for wicking away moisture, or a HyVent fabric for advanced protection against the weather.
The outer shell and inner layer are generally constructed differently. For an outer shell, you typically would like to see critically taped seams for ideal resistance to the wind and water and a polyurethane coating for added durability and protection against the elements.
For the inner layer, you could look for technology that repels water and stains or any technology that provides protective elements to mother nature. But, when it comes down to the preference of polyester or nylon (or any other general fabrics), they each have different advantages. Polyester’s fibers do not wear down quickly and are resistant to wrinkling and shrinking while nylon is thin and flexible with a strong amount of toughness.
These jackets are all made unique by their features.
Some have hoods, cuffed sleeves, or feature a DWR treatment. Another often overlooked feature that we researched here was the pockets. As simple as it seems, pockets can make a huge difference. These can provide you with storage options which are either on the outside or the inside of the jacket.
Top 15 Picks
1. The North Face ThermoBall Eco Triclimate
It doesn’t get much better than the ThermoBall Triclimate from the North Face. The reason that we selected this design to earn our coveted Top Pick is that it boasts all of the features that you want in a 3-in-1 jacket. It is composed of high-end weather-resistant materials and has smart accent features that make your life just a little easier. It may come in at a steep price point, but we feel that it is worth every penny!Read more
The most notable feature of this design is the composition of the interior shell. It utilizes The North Face’s synthetic down called ThermoBall. Ducks around the world can rest easy that this material acts as a down lining without using feathers. Users love that ThermoBall is insanely warm, and it doesn’t bunch or wears down like traditional down lining. Plus, it makes it much easier to wash!
The exterior shell boasts the classic North Face design with some advanced features to make your life just a little either. The interior boasted taped seams that work to keep water out, and it is made from wind-proof materials that are great for all types of weather. It has roomy pockets to store all of your gear, and even a headphone hole to prevent headphones from being exposed to the elements!
If you are in the market for the best of the best and are willing to spare no expense, it doesn’t get much better than this design. We love that it is composed of lightweight materials that won’t hinder your full range of motion, but do an excellent job of keeping you warm and dry.
2. Mountain Warehouse Correspondent Extreme
While some designs are made for more mild weather conditions in the spring and autumn, this design from Mount Warehouse is built incredibly tough to hold up to all three seasons. It uses an interior shell composed of a thin layer of down to keep you warm without feeling too heavy or bulky. The removable exterior shell is also packed with smart features that work to keep you dry when the rain comes.Read more
The very first thing that we noticed about this design is that the interior shell boasts a modest puffer design that is filled with a thin layer of down. Unlike many puffer jackets, this design is much thinner, which feels more lightweight and gives you more movement than big and bulky designs.
The exterior shell is completely wind and waterproof to keep you dry even in heavy rain and high wind. It is constructed with taped seams to keep water from penetrating as seeping into the stitching. It has an adjustable hood and a myriad of pockets that are large enough to stash all of your important gear.
While the cost of this design is slightly more expensive than some of the other designs that we have seen, it is well worth it for adventurers that need something that is effective when the temperatures really start to plunge. We love that it is composed of lightweight materials that really work to keep you warm and dry all year long.
3. Under Armour Infrared Sienna
Under Armour is a trusted brand in warmth and comfortability and their ColdGear Infrared Sienna jacket, just so happens to be one of the best 3-in-1 jackets that a person will find.Read more
A two-layer shell provides an excellent amount of warmth and the ColdGear lining does an efficient job of absorbing and circulating your body heat. For an athletic fit, the underneath wear is closer to your body enhancing the warmth.
When you become overheated, you can simply remove the outer shell for a lightweight weather-resistant jacket. In addition, the included three-piece hood has a bungee drawstring for an appropriate fit.
Both the shell and liner is constructed from 100 percent polyester. The UA Storm outer shell has critically taped seams for ideal resistance to both the weather and the wind. There are open hand pockets on the front of the jacket.
Everyone should be able to find a color and size option for them. Color choices are available for fury and oxblood, full black, blue and Neptune, ivory and gray, among others. As far as sizes, you can select from small to extra-large.
About the only real issue, you should be concerned with is that this jacket tends to run big. Outside of that, the quality and temperature control speak for themselves.
4. The North Face Cinnabar
Besides the common sizing issues, there is nothing but pure quality here. Even in the harshest of conditions, the liner jacket is zip-in insulated. What this does is trap the hot air to reduce the amount escaping through the jacket. Overall, the fabric utilized perfectly regulates your body temperature to keep you comfortable at all times.Read more
The included hood is fully adjustable and if you do not see a reason for it, it can be removed. As a 3-in-1 jacket, you can also choose which layers to wear at one time.
The integrated technology utilized in this jacket uses a polyurethane for the utmost waterproof protection and durability. Also, the front zipper is seam-sealed and it does include a storm flap. For fabric, the shell is made from 100 percent polyester and the liner from 100g Heatseeker. As for pockets, both hand pockets and a secure zip chest pocket are included.
Again, there is a strong number of color choices available including plum, pink and orange, gray and white, full black, and full blue. Sizes range from extra-small all the way to XX-large.
It may take a few returns for you to find the right size for you, as they can be inconsistent, but once you do there will be no looking back.
5. Marmot Featherless
A go-to jacket for many winter enthusiasts, the Marmot Featherless is an innovative addition to our line up. This jacket provides you with the comfort and warmth of a down jacket, but without the hassle. It holds up surprisingly well in adverse weather, including heavy wind and rains. Additionally, there are a decent amount of features built into the jacket.Read more
Reviewers have found that is jacket runs true to size and fits well. It is slightly longer in the back, adding more warmth and comforts. The arms of the jacket offer you “angel wing” movement, so that you will be able to easily move in all directions while wearing the jacket. This is a super warm and adjustable jacket that also looks great.
This is a great jacket for any cold situation. We love the durability and weather resistance of the shell. No matter what you encounter, this jacket can handle it. The puffy interior jacket performs like a down jacket but doesn’t clump together or sag like a traditional down.
The main material of this jacket is nylon oxford. The Marmot MemBrain outer shell is waterproof and breathable. The inner layer is a puffy jacket that is made from 3M Thinsulate. It is stuffed with recycled fibers, in place of goose feathers. This fill gives you the warmth of 700-down, but without the delicate washing instructions and clumping. To top it all off, all the seams are taped.
The shell and interior layer feature two polyester-lined hand pockets. The puffy jacket also has a nice chest pocket that is a great place to store your electronics or wallet. Every zipper features a pull-tab that makes them easy to open and close, even when wearing gloves. To keep in warmth, there is an elastic drawcord hem on each layer, velcro wrist closures, and a cinch cord on the back of the removable hood as well.
6. The North Face Carto
The North Face Carto Triclimate excels in comfort and design, all except for the pockets. There could have been more integrated, but that is just a minor complaint.Read more
To adapt to the climate outside, the underarms have integrated pit-zips. For extra warmth, you can zip both jackets together and wear them simultaneously.
Outside of the obvious ability to wear the layers how you please, there is also an adjustable hood and cuffs. Both of which can be adapted for different sizes and fitted with the utmost comfort.
The shell has full-seam seals crafted from HyVent fabric. This is a superior technology that has a tri-component formula for advanced durability and weather protection. Meanwhile, the inner fleece liner jacket is constructed from Polartec Classic 100, which wicks away moisture and is extremely lightweight.
While there are a couple of hand pockets on this jacket, this section leaves a lot to be desired. There is zip-in-compatible integration with complementing garments from The North Face.
On Amazon, specifically, there are many different colored and patterned options available for the jacket including sizes to XX-large. There is a removable hood and covered front zip with storm flap.
It is worth noting that the addition of more pockets is subjective. Two hand pockets may be all you really ask for and, if so, you will not be complaining about it. Considering every other aspect is nearly impeccable in every way, this only makes the jacket better for you.
7. Columbia Wild Card
This addition from Columbia is a great choice for the active winter enthusiast. The Wild Card is stretchy, breathable, and adjustable. There are zippered armpit vents for rapid cool down and the hood is removable. It is available in four different colors and sizes XS to XXL.Read more
The only comfort complaint has been if someone ordered the wrong size. This jacket seems to run large and it is recommended to order a size smaller than usual. The 650-down insulated inner layer will keep you warm and cozy. This jacket is stretchy, breathable, and waterproof.
It features a two-way stretch so that you can continue engaging in all of your favorite winter activities. The hood is also helmet-compatible so you won’t have to choose between safety and warmth. The inner jacket zips in on both sides and features three simple snaps.
The shell of this jacket is made from 100% polyester. The liner is made from bonded-baffle polyester with OmniHeat reflective lining. This special lining features small reflective dots that work together with your body heat to maintain the warmth inside the jacket. With these little dots are keeping you warm, the other materials are working together to dissipate moisture. Additionally, the seams are fully sealed.
The Wild Card features a great number of pockets. There is a chest pocket in each of the layers, as well as hand pockets. There is also an interior wrist zipper on the shell that is perfect for carrying your ski pass. Perhaps the most important zipper that we should mention is the underarm zippered vents. If you get too hot but aren’t ready to shed a layer, this is a great way to cool off quickly. Lastly, the cuffs are adjustable, the hood is removable, there is a drawcord hem and an adjustable powder skirt.
8. Camel Crown
What we love most about this option from Camel Crown is that it boasts a sleek and stylish design that comes in many colors, and it is composed of premium materials to keep you comfortable. By using a blend of fleece and tough outer shell, it works to keep your warm in dry in rainy and windy conditions. Plus, it boasts small practical design features to make your life a little easier.Read more
The interior shell is composed of premium fleece material that makes it easy to wash as well as comfortable against your skin. It has a high neckline that is essential to hold in warmth and a detachable hood for added comfort and versatility. While fleece has earned a reputation of generating static in dry conditions, this option from Camel Crown is made from static-free fleece.
The outside shell is light and breathable and made from materials that are completely water and windproof. It has adjustable cuffs to help hold in heat, as well as a hood with drawstring cables to fasten tightly to your head. It boasts easy to use zippers that won’t get caught and uses waterproof zippers on the deep pockets as well.
If you are in the market for something that comes in a wide variety of colors that is able to keep you high and dry when the rain comes, this design from Camel Crown is an excellent option. Smart adjustable features work to keep you dry and warm as the weather turns, and it is incredibly easy to wash as well.
If you are looking for the trifecta - affordable, stylish, and functional- this design from OutdoorMaster is a great choice. This design is made from lightweight and easy materials that work to keep you warm and dry as the temperatures plummet. It boasts a waterproof shell that comes in a wide variety of bright and fun color choices and has a plush lining to keep you comfortable.Read more
The interior shell of this design is composed of a plush fleece lining that feels like a pair of fuzzy slippers. It boasts deep pockets to store important gear and has a high zippered neckline to keep you warm and toasty. It even has large interior pockets that hold even more gear close to your body and away from the harsh elements.
The exterior shell is where this garment really shines. It is composed of waterproof and stain-resistant materials that are treated with a layer of Teflon. It boasts an adjustable and removable hood that works to hold in warmth on those super cold days. YKK zippers make it simple to remove layers to wear on their own as needed.
What we love most about this design from Outdoor Master is that it comes in at a super affordable price point with skimping on quality. It boasts smart features that work together to keep you warm and dry in all types of weather. Weighing in at just under 3 pounds, it is also most of the lightest designs found on our list.
10. Columbia Eager Air
Columbia also knows a thing or two in the jacket industry and while their men’s Eager Air Interchange jacket does not breathe extremely well, it does have a spectacular fit and waterproof nature.Read more
With the modern classic fit, it feels more relaxed and not sloppy. This makes it ideal for any activity you can think of. But, it is worth noting that other jackets have superior breathing.
The included storm hood is both removable and adjustable. In addition, the cuffs and long sleeves are also adjustable. Of course, you can wear the waterproof jacket with or without the fleece liner.
While the inner lining is crafted from 100 percent polyester, the outer shell and lining are constructed from 100 percent nylon. To provide adequate protection from the weather, the fabric is waterproof. Not only are there two zipped hand pockets but also an interior secure zipped pocket.
Quite a few color options to choose from including blue heron mystery, ever blue, graphite and peppercorn gravel. For sizes, choose anywhere from small to XX-large.
It only takes one issue to alter your opinion of a product. Although this may be this jacket’s breathing issue, it should not blind you from all the other amazing design features.
11. Columbia Whirlibird
Using Omni-Heat and Omni-Shield technology, the Women’s Whirlibird jacket is able to achieve both regulating body temperature and waterproof experience. Plus, it has enough pockets present to hold all your accessories.Read more
To keep you comfortable throughout the day, there are zippered underarm vents that regulate your core body temperature. Omni-Heat thermal reflective technology is also utilized to reflect heat back to your body to prevent overheating.
Besides the liner jacket being removable, both the storm hood and cuffs are fully adjustable. On cold days, this can seal in the warmth and prevent any heat from escaping your body.
The liner includes Omni-Shield technology that will repel water and stains, preventing them from affecting the surface. Lining fabric consists of Nylon taffeta and the shell consists of polyester and Omni-Tech technology. Loads of pockets are present on the shell including zippered handwarmer pockets, an interior security pocket, and a goggle pocket.
There are more colors than you probably care to look for including variations of black, red, white and gray. Sizes range from extra-small to extra-large.
Much like anything else, there are some small gripes present here but they are just that, small. The quality and design will more than make up for any issues.
12. Mountain Warehouse Storm Rain
What the Mountain Warehouse Storm Rain jacket excels in is its technology to resist wind and water. As a cool bonus, it also has an interior pocket to accommodate a pair of headphones.Read more
With a mesh lining, all the air is allowed to circulate and on warmer days this provides you with an extra amount of ventilation. Overall, the jacket has a highly-breathable membrane preventing you from overheating.
All portions of the jacket are adjustable including the hood, hem, and cuffs. This allows you to tailor the jacket to your specific needs, while also allowing you to remove layers you do not need.
Its outer 100 percent nylon shell uses IsoDry fabric to provide a waterproof and breathable membrane that keeps perspiration out. In addition, the seams are taped and there is an included storm flap for further protection against the rain and the wind. Meanwhile, the inner fleece is made from 100 percent polyester and prevents little balls of fluff from forming. There are pockets on the exterior, but truly noteworthy is the inside pocket that allows headphones to easily flow through.
For rainy days, there may not be a better 3-in-1 jacket for you. It may not be the best for anything past this, but it is also not as if it will not keep you warm on cooler days.
13. Tommy Hilfiger 3 in 1
Who says you can’t marry style with performance? This design from Tommy Hilfiger is composed of high-end materials that are lightweight and comfortable and will keep you warm and dry in all types of weather. Plus, it boasts a stylish design with slick accent features along the sleeves and pockets that are bound to generate quite a few compliments.Read more
The interior shell of this design boasts a simple yet effective quilted polyester design with a high neckline to retain heat when the temperature drops. It has simple zippered pockets that offer a subtle pop of color when worn without the waterproof shell. We love that this layer is lightweight and offers users a full range of motion while keeping them warm.
The exterior shell is made from materials that are 100 percent waterproof and has smart design features made to keep water from sneaking through the cracks. Taped reinforced seams work to keep water out, and adjustable cuffs and hoods trap hot air inside.
If you want something stylish to wear while out on the trails or out running errands, this is an excellent choice. We love that it comes in three colors that include white, red, and blue. The interior shell boasts a different color than the outside shell, so you get two different color coats for the price of one!
14. Wantdo Puffer Ski
Wantdo may not have immediate brand recognition as Columbia or The North Face, but they are certainly worth a look. This design is made from quality materials with smart design features to keep you warm and dry, and it comes in at a price point that won’t break the bank. Plus, it comes in a wide variety of unique and neutral color options that make it worth checking out.Read more
The interior shell of this design is composed of a lightweight puffer design that provides users with a full range of motion while out skiing or simply hiking on a trail. The simple pockets on this design are lined, which work to keep your hands just as warm as your body. It even boasts anti-static features which is beneficial when out in dry and cold weather.
The exterior shell is made from materials that allow for a full range of motion while keeping you dry. It is made from 100 percent water and windproof materials that keep you dry without limiting your full range of motion. It boasts vents under the arms that allow you to move your arms freely and also allow some hot air to escape so you don’t get too hot and sweaty.
If you are in the market for something that is composed of quality materials that are made to move with you, this design from Wantdo is a great choice. We love that it comes in a variety of neutral colors to match your personal style, and clock in at an incredibly affordable price point.
15. Jack Wolfskin Iceland
Capping off this impressive list is the Jack Wolfskin Women’s Iceland 3-in-1 jacket. It is breathable, yet the soft cotton-like finish keeps you dry and comfortable at all times. The elbows are also articulated to make them more adaptable for your arms.Read more
The choice is yours whether you want to wear the inner jacket on its own or as a part of the overall jacket system. The hood is also adjustable. This is a jacket made up of 100 percent polyamide taffeta is highly waterproof of up to 6000 mm. Meanwhile, the inner jacket is made from Nanuk 200 Fleece making it extremely warm and robust. But, the zippers are quite flimsy and not up-to-par.
Not only are there a couple of zipped hip pockets and two zipped side pockets on the fleece, but there is also a secret Napoleon pocket.
Several sizes are available from extra-small all the way up to XX-large. A few colors are also open including black, dark sky and red.
If you can live with zippers that tend to be flimsy, you should not run into any other issues.
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