Getting Ready for Fall: Down Vests

Fall is my favorite season. I recently received a nice reminder of fall in my inbox from the fine folks at Jack Spade. It seems they are offering a down vest this year. To me it doesn’t get much more fall than the simple down vest.

jack spade weber down vest

The down vest is nothing new. Eddie Bauer claims the invention of the down filled coat in the ’30s and I’m sure the down vest wasn’t too far behind. It’s one of the pieces of technical gear that consistently finds its way into the trends of the times. Need proof? Just look to the movies. Smokey and the Bandit and Back to the Future are both movies that I enjoy and really they couldn’t be further apart stylistically. The one common link? The down vest:

Snowman from Smokey and the Bandit and Marty from Back to the Future

While it can be worn in nearly every season, the down vest to me means fall. The Jack Spade offering above looks quite nice but I’m fond of the humble Lands End offering. Size down and look for sales. I have two and I don’t think I paid more than $30 in either case. The patterned version is currently on sale for $19.99. I have one in green and one in blackwatch plaid. It doesn’t matter when I’m wearing it, it always reminds me of fall, football, and a cold beer in my hand. It doesn’t get much better.

nadsat fall down vest