Timberland Men's Galehead Light Insulated Jacket | Practical Travel Gear
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Photo credit, Timberland

This soft-shell, insulated jacket is comfortable and warm without being too stuffy. The Men’s Galehead jacket from Timberland is designed to be lightweight and loose-fitting while still being comfortable and easy to zip up in cool weather.

I especially liked how it can fold up easily without taking up too much space in a carry-on bag. The lack of bulk is exceptional, and this jacket is not overpowering, which means you can wear it inside after walking a long distance outside without overheating. Still, the outer fabric is not too thin, which can sometimes make it easy to tear on sharp corners or objects.

The water-repellent exterior means that it is great for walking outside, and even when it’s worn in the rain or snow, the nylon interior stays dry and warm. It is not particularly baggy the way some winter coats tend to be, which means that it has a slim shape without being tight. Two pockets on either side are great for keeping your hands warm, but even when you put things in either side, they do not appear to be overstuffed (a common problem with slim jackets or pants).

Green thumb consumers will be happy to learn that the jacket is made up of about 50 percent recycled materials. But, if that makes you flinch, rest assured that the fabric and appearance is durable and high-quality. The zippered front is easy to pull and large enough to be sturdy. I really liked the high collar that protects your neck instead of having to add one more layer with a scarf.

Timberland’s logo is small and almost inconspicuous on the chest, which adds to the clean look of this warm jacket. It comes in a variety of colors including olive green and navy, and it retails on the Timberland website for around $100.