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Spring is here! After a long and dreary winter the extra sunlight and warmer temperatures has been a game-changer for my mood and mental health. Do little birds dress me everyday like a Disney princess? No. Do I walk around with a smile on my face as if they do? Yes. Once 5 p.m. hits I'm out the door and ready to take my daily stroll around my neighbourhood and soak up every ounce of spring that I can.
Even though I've put my winter jacket to rest, I'm not quite ready to head outside sans jacket. Sure, we all know that guy who wears shorts as soon as the temperature hits 10 degrees Celsius - but that's not me. I still need a light jacket to wear while walking my dogs or hitting the trails for a hike.
SHOP IT: Amazon, $60
What is it?
Aside from hosting products from hundreds of thousands of retailers, Amazon has their own line of apparel called Amazon Essentials. The Lightweight Hooded Puffer is a machine washable, water-resistant jacket that makes a great transitional option for spring and fall.
I purchased a puffer in black for a weekend getaway to a cottage with my boyfriend and another couple last October. I'm a street size 6 but decided to size up and order a large just in case. I knew we were going to be spending a lot of time outside hiking and canoeing and wanted something lightweight with pockets that I could wear over a sweater or sweatshirt.
I was pleased with how quickly the puffer arrived and was really impressed with how warm it was despite its lightweight feel. The jacket comes with a small pouch so that you can easily pack your jacket away without taking up too much space in your bag or backpack.
I wore the jacket the entire weekend during hikes and around the campfire. When we returned home I threw the jacket into the wash to get the smell of smoke out of my jacket and have been reaching for it months later to run errands or go for walks.
What others are saying
I was very skeptical about buying a jacket sight unseen, but I had no choice due to lockdowns and the pandemic. It's actually embarrassing how much I buy on Amazon- but no matter what I order, I always check out the customer reviews and look for products with hundreds, if not thousands of reviews.
The Amazon Essentials Lightweight Hooded Puffer currently has a solid 4.4-star rating based on more than 5,500 customer reviews. I felt good about my purchase after checking out what other Amazon shoppers had to say about their puffer and whether or not it was worth the money.
"Wow, I’m so impressed and obsessed with this lightweight puffer!" one Amazon shopper wrote. "It's a beautiful flattering style and very well made compared to other well known brands. It looks stylish and a lot more expensive than what I paid for it. It doesn’t look boxy and gives a nice silhouette. I chose the black shade so I could wear it with everything but now I’m tempted to get other colours! So happy with my purchase!"
"Sometimes we say 'you get what you paid for' but this does not apply with this jacket," another wrote. "It's way better than expected. It's warm, light and has good quality zippers, including on the two pockets so you can hold your phone. It has a lovely shape, zips up to a high collar, and has a nice size hood. I ordered a size up, since I usually wear two layers under. It's competitively priced with any other brands. I love the pink colour- very happy with my jacket!"
Some shoppers said that they had problems with the fit of their jacket and suggested sizing up to avoid a tight, awkward fit. Other reviews complained that it was difficult to pack the jacket into the carrying pouch - but that wasn't really a concern of mine and definitely not a dealbreaker not to place my order.
I'm very pleased with my lightweight puffer and very surprised that I was able to get a great fall and spring jacket on Amazon of all places. If you're looking for something sporty, you'll definitely want to try a jacket that's designed for running or outdoor activities in a breathable fabric, but the polyester works for me and my lifestyle.
My puffer is now a sentimental clothing item for me; during our weekend getaway my boyfriend surprised me and proposed during a morning hike. All of my photos from that day are of me wearing my Amazon jacket (of all things) but I love it and love wearing it as a reminder of that day.