Volant Jacket

A perpetual favorite in the Feathered Friends line, the Volant marks the transition from sewn-through construction to a fully baffled garment. These baffles, combined with high lofting 900+ fill power down, Pertex® Shield® XT waterproof/ breathable fabric, and reinforced sleeves and shoulders creates an incredibly warm, durable, and reliable jacket. Used extensively by the climbing rangers on Rainier, the Volant Jacket is the Feathered Friends recommendation for Northwest summit attempts, chilly ascents in South America, smaller peaks in Alaska, and the lower Himalaya.

Ideal For: Mountaineering, Winter Camping, Ice Climbing, General Cold Weather Use

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• Tuck stitched & baffled construction
• Removable hood with drawcord and Velcro sealed storm flap
• Insulated hand warmer pockets
• Two zippered interior pockets
• Taslite reinforced sleeves and shoulders
• Lycra cuff and hem
• Made in Seattle, USA of imported materials


Midweight Garments

Feathered Friends Midweight garments offer tremendous warmth. The Volant Jacket, with its waterproof/breathable Pertex® Shield® fabric, is typically worn as the outermost layer, accommodating a couple of layers underneath

To Measure


With your arms slightly bent measure from the center of the back of your neck, along the length of your arm, to your wrist


Measure around your chest holding the measuring tape under your armpit


Measure around your waist at the narrowest part


While standing, measure from the inside of your leg from crotch to ankle


Additional Info

Fill Power 900+ Goose Down
Fill Weight 11 oz / 311 g (medium)
Fit Expedition
Origin Made in Seattle, USA of imported materials
Packed Weight 1 lb 12 oz / 794 g (medium)
Garment Shell Fabric Pertex® Shield® XT waterproof/breathable
Packed Size 9L
Front Zipper Length 27.5" / 70 cm (medium)

Customer Reviews (17)

Awesome JacketReview by Cucamonga Canyon Fan
I have used this jacket for several years now. The jacket is beautifully constructed. The fit is a little tight. I am 5'6' and scale out at 134 pounds. The medium is a better fit than the small. The Volant is unbelievably hot.

I am a believer in global warming but, unlike most of scientific literature I have read, I think the real culprit might be the Volant! (Posted on 3/13/2019)
One hell of a coatReview by Mark
I bought this jacket some 16 years ago. It has summited all the high peaks in WA - even a few in winter. Warm and durable - still looks brand new after years of hard use. Buy one - you’ll have it forever! (Posted on 2/15/2019)
Great extreme cold jacketReview by Michael D.
I got this jacket 13 months ago and have been very impressed. I live in Fort Worth, TX, which does not get very cold, but when it's in the 30s (F) here it feels like it's in the teens in Colorado, so I use it on the coldest days just to go to the office. It can be windy here and the Volant offers solid wind protection.

I took it to Yellowstone in Feb 2019. The jacket was too hot to wear when the temps were between +10 to +29 degrees (F) (-12 to -2 C). But when the temperature plummeted to -26 F (-32 C), my Arcteryx Cerium SV was not nearly warm enough and I switched to the Volant. I was never cold the days I was wearing the Volant.

I am 5'11" with a 44" chest and weigh 212 pounds. I bought the XL. This size does not allow for a anything but a thin mid-layer, but I haven't found the need for a thicker one while wearing this coat.

This jacket produces much more warmth than one might expect at its price and I love that it's made in the USA. It's a real bargain. (Posted on 2/13/2019)
RemarkableReview by Mike
I have wanted one of these for years, i work in a large outdoor retailer and can pro deal anything these companies make at massive discount, but i paid full price for my Volant and it is worth EVERY penny. the quality and performance of this is just fantastic, other manufacturers use lower quality fill( don't believe what they say) , less fill and make it in CHINA, supporting a small U S company and getting a superior product just makes sense. I am going to buy more F F items and get rid of some of my other things, this jacket oozes quality. you will be very happy. (Posted on 1/23/2019)
Now thats a warm jacket! Review by Boots
I oogled over this jacket for 18 months prior to purchasing it in Nov. '17. I scoured the inter webs trying to decide if this was the one. I ordered over BlackFriday and had it less than a week later, Seattle to NJ. I have warn this jacket while walking the dogs at 545/6 am, snow blowing the driveway (partially unzipped), and sleeping in a snow hut in the Adks. in February. Overall, I could not be more satisfied with this coat minus my sleeve issue, see below. There were a number of reviews on this coat but many were outdated so I feel compelled to give FF a long one here so others can benefit from this.

Fit: Some like it some do not, to each their own. At 6'3", 200lbs, 42L blazer I purchased the XL. Multiple reviews said that you can fit a form fitting base layer and a thinner mid layer underneath, and this is true, but I have found the amount of warmth from the coat to be more than ample down to 5 degrees with a base layer. Walking the dogs at 545/6 am with my light ski pants, fleece gloves and coffee and I was plenty warm, enough so that some days I would unzip it a tad. The sleeves are the perfect length for me. The length of the jacket is perfect, I like the elastic closure, and it is not designed to go over your hindquarters which is fine.

The Poof Factor: You will look like the Stay-Puff Marshmallow man with this on. Know this and accept it. Its not meant to be an around the town coat, its meant to be a warm as hell coat. Watch the Youtube videos to see a comparison.

The Pockets: Some people ding this coat for a design feature that you knowingly bought , then complain about. I was a bit weary about the elastic pockets but have begun to enjoy them. With gloves on, your hands slide effortlessly in and out. They work well. I have not had anything fall out when wearing it.

The Hood: The hood on this thing is warm. I sometimes do not wear a hat if I am wearing this jacket as the hood is plenty warm, and yes, I am fully bald. I have not had any issues with the hood becoming unsnapped like others. I have had it unsnap one or two times but nothing that peeved me and would say this is a problem.

The Sleeves: While the sleeves are the perfect length for me, 42L blazer, I have had one issue. The down migrates out from the inside of the arm, especially at the elbow hinge point, very easily. It would not be a problem if I could get the down to move back as this is a bit of a challenge. (Posted on 5/3/2018)
Good jacket, except...Review by Warmer now
Very nice, warm, very well made jacket with a couple of minor issues and one not-so-minor issue.

I'm 6'1" 185 lbs with a 42" chest and normally wear a large in everything (except Orvis stuff, then I wear a medium). I emailed to see if a large would be too small and if I should get an extra large. I was told a large should be fine. Well, it is, to a point. It's a very close fitting jacket, I'd never be able to comfortably wear a bulky sweater under it.

As others have stated, the snaps on the hood are ridiculously easy to unsnap, I've managed to accidentally unsnap them: getting into the car, getting out of the car, trying to put the hood up, trying to adjust how the hood lies, trying to adjust my hair, and various and sundry other ways. This really needs to be fixed. It would be laughable how easy it is to accidentally unsnap the hood if it wasn't so damn irritating.

The pockets are a bit odd. Nearly horizontal with no closures. If they were more vertical, say 45 degrees or more, and with zipper closures, or maybe snaps (no, not snaps, never mind), I think they would be a bit better.

Other than the hood snap issue, the other two issues are hardly worth mentioning. Those snaps though, are a real pain. Other than that, it's a great jacket. (Posted on 1/5/2018)
Great jacket, tested in the mountains of WashingtonReview by Daniel
I bought the Volant about a year ago and couldn't be more happy with it. I am 6'0 and weigh about 190. I usually fit in a medium to large jacket, but after speaking with the sales team I got an XL as I mentioned I would be mountaineering with it. The first trip I took was to Wisconsin, and out and about the town in -10F and with just a t-shirt I was toasty. This jacket really came into it's own on a recent trip up Mount Baker. I was wearing several other layers, and once we reached the top, wind chill had us around 5F. I was able to throw on the jacket over all my other layers and be completely comfortable (the larger size was a great suggestion for mountaineering as it fit over my wind breaker and thermal layers). The quality has been amazing thus far, and I continue to recommend Feathered Friends products to family and friends now when they are in the market for warm, high quality gear. (Posted on 11/9/2017)
Best piece of winter gear.Review by Michigan Man
I have worn my Volant on Mt Blanc, France and during northern Michigan winters. It is light weight, versatile, packable, and has lasted for 15 years so far. Well worth the money. (Posted on 5/20/2017)
QualityReview by Tom H
Volant : simply the best! (Posted on 1/25/2017)
Volant jacket is greatReview by Kraszman
Got this jacket along with a Widgeon bag. First time Feathered Friends customer, so was a little concerned spending that much in one go. Not a bit disappointed. This jacket (and the bag) are some of the best quality clothing gear I've seen. I'm 170 pounds, 6 feet tall. Got a large size. It's a close versus a loose fit, and I've come to really like it. Incredibly warm! Comes with a hood that actually fits and is functional. Coldest test so far is -22F and was warm and comfortable. Also, the design makes it ideal for hiking/climbing with gear. (Posted on 1/22/2017)
Tried & TrueReview by Scott Rock
So, I bought the volant jacket in 1996 I think with a FF sleeping bag. 20 years later, I'm still wearing the volant jacket every day of the winter in the Canadian shores of the great lakes in up to -30C. Winter steelheading, climbing, photography, hiking, camping its served its purpose in just about every condition with nothing but a t-shirt underneath in most cases. Keep in mind, this was their 1996 model and its been improved greatly since the first generations. My volant has become a bit worn over 20 years so I just stopped by to get some pricing. I'm buying myself a new one for christmas. Don't hesitate. Buy it.

Sidenote: My FF sleeping bag from 20 years ago, still looks new and remains my primary bag. (Posted on 10/26/2016)
wonderful jacketReview by Flinton Callahan II
well made, very warm, well worth the price. i am 5'10", weigh 195 lb and have a solid build. had to return size L because it was tight. return was easy and XL was perfect fit. the zipper easily catches on the baffle which is a moderate nuisance. highly recommend. (Posted on 2/13/2015)
Volant Jacket OverviewReview by Mike
Bought the Volant Jacket 4 weeks ago. Not sure what to say. There is Canada Goose, North face, Arc'teryx to name a few. This Volant is by far the best thing ever!! Thank you Feathered Friends!! I'm now your biggest fan for ever !!
Snow blowing today in Canada at Minus 18C ( -2 F ) Wind-chill of minus 26C ( -15F ). Wearing my Volant and a t-shirt. And yes I had to unzip this jacket to cool off!! This is amazing! I'll never wear anything else from here on in. I got the Pacific Blue! I love it!, it stands out and gets allot of attention around town.
Thanks again Feathered Friends !! At $409 US. This is a deal of a life time, if you want to be very warm and cozy, without worrying about the bitter cold temperatures, then this is definitely the jacket for you!! The fit of these jackets are true. I went with the MED. I'm 180lbs. 5'8" athletic build. It's perfect!!
You will need no outer shell. If it's raining or freezing rain, you are wearing a jacket that is too warm for those temperatures!! And to get an outer shell over this jacket?? not going to be easy ! And definitely not neccessary LOL !
The Volant outer shell material is tough! Very tough! It's not a nylon that makes you nervous to wear or snag. This is meant for the cold outdoors! This is serious warmth!!
Don't hesitate if you are considering this jacket!! (Posted on 2/2/2015)
This Jacket is BOSSReview by Chris
I've owned my Volant for 6 years and it is still going strong. Its kept me warm up 14ers in the Sierra and Cascades, including Rainier. The taslite fabric on the shoulders and arms is burly and the jacket is resistant to snow. The fit is more form fitting that a typical puffy. I am normally a L top in every other company, but an XL for Feathered Friends. You won't regret getting this jacket! (Posted on 12/12/2014)
The coziest thing you will ever wearReview by Mark York
I purchased my Volant 19 years ago. I like to stay warm, so I use it for an outer shell, light rain coat and heavy winter coat. When the temperature drops to single digits, I found this coat zips into a heavy gortex shell. Be careful, this combo is so toasty, you will find yourself easily sweating even at those extreme temperatures.

The Volant packs small, is incredibly warm, bomb proof (although not barbed wire proof) and has been my number one winter outerwear for almost 20 years now. I keep thinking of buying another, but can't find any reason to retire this one. Thank you Feathered Friends.
(Posted on 11/21/2014)
Fit Review by Rob
Sorry for posting this in the review area but I would like to know if the Volant is too bulky to fit under an 'athletic cut' Goretex shell.

Hi Rob,

The Volant has a considerable amount of loft, and wouldn't really fit under a shell jacket. Since it has Pertex Shield shell fabric, it is most often worn over other layers.

Thanks for the question!
-Feathered Friends (Posted on 4/20/2014)
PriceReview by FreeFlowin
Did the price of this coat go up from what Outdoor Gear Lab states just because it was picked as their #1 coat? Their review was in spring 2013 and I have been looking at these since fall 2013. Sorry not a review, just an inquiry.

Hi FreeFlowin,
Indeed the price has increased, but it is unrelated to the review from OutdoorGearLab. The main reason is the cost of goose down has skyrocketed in recent years, with the past year seeing a significant increase. This has impacted nearly every brand that makes down products. You can read a brief synopsis from Outside Magazine here: http://www.outsideonline.com/outdoor-gear/gear-shed/gear-guy/Is-the-Price-of-Down-Set-to-Skyrocket.html

Thanks for your question!
Feathered Friends (Posted on 2/24/2014)

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