66 North Dyngja Puffy recycled down vest review: eco-friendly padded opulence

Cosy on up in the luxuriously padded 66 North Dyngja Puffy recycled down vest, which has great green credentials too

66 North Dyngja Puffy recycled down vest
(Image: © 66 North)

Advnture Verdict

This smart and supremely comfortable body warmer offers great warmth ideal for the coldest days, and its good looks make it versatile for city and country wear alike.

Pros

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    Recycled down filling

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    Super comfortable

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    Stylish

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    Great pockets

Cons

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    Too bulky to layer over

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    No waterproofing

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66 North Dyngja Puffy recycled down vest: first impressions

On first feel it’s immediately clear that the 66 North Dyngja Puffy recycled down vest is absolutely stuffed full of highly insulating goose and duck down, which should effectively keep your torso warm on even the bitterest of winter days. 

As an extra positive, if manufacturing ethics and cruelty free production are important to you, but you still want a gilet stuffed with extremely warm animal down, this is a more eco-friendly choice than many on the market, as 66 North use recycled down reclaimed from used clothing and bedding, diverting waste from landfills and extending the lifecycle of down that would otherwise be discarded. (See also: The best eco-friendly outdoor brands.)

Specifications

• RRP: $341.46 (US) / £250 (UK)
• Fill: Recycled goose and duck down
• Sizes: XXS / S / M / L / XXL
• Waterproofing: None
• Colors: Ossis / Black Midnight
• Compatibility: Casual winter use in the city and the country

66 North Dyngja Puffy recycled down vest: on the trail

66 North Dyngja Puffy recycled down vest

66 North Dyngja Puffy recycled down vest in white (or ossis as the brand likes to call it) looks stylish but you may want to wear the more practical Black Midnight on the trail (Image credit: 66 North)

While putting the 66 North Dyngja Puffy through its paces for our best women’s gilets buying guide we especially liked the well-placed zipped pockets (handy for valuables) and the high neck, which keeps you warm without feeling restrictive. 

We tested the Dyngja on urban walks and country cycles and found it provided welcome heat on cold days but could be overkill in milder weather – save it for really chilly midwinter days or for wearing when travelling in seriously cold countries such as Iceland, where 66 North are based. 

While we like how smart the creamy white version of this gilet looks, the navy blue is probably a more practical choice for keeping it looking clean, and its neutral looks make it work for city streets as well as country strolls. This gilet isn’t water-resistant, so save it for dry but chilly days out. 

In a nutshell: if cosy comfort for winter wear is top of your gilet shopping list, try the Dyngja for size. This highly padded vest is as close as you’ll get to the feeling of taking your duvet from home out and about with you.

An award-winning travel and outdoors journalist, presenter and blogger, Sian regularly writes for The Independent, Evening Standard, BBC Countryfile, Coast, Outdoor Enthusiast and Sunday Times Travel. Life as a hiking, camping, wild-swimming adventure-writer has taken her around the world, exploring Bolivian jungles, kayaking in Greenland, diving with turtles in Australia, climbing mountains in Africa and, in Thailand, learning the hard way that peeing on a jellyfish sting doesn’t help. Her blog, thegirloutdoors.co.uk, champions accessible adventures.