Count me as one of those who used to scoff at the short puffer. What on earth is that for? If it is cold enough for down, I need my bum covered! Said, obviously, by one who walks (and rarely drives) and lives in a cold climate.
Fast forward to a new climate. Now my short packable puffer is one of my most worn jackets. I wear it on its own and I layer over and under it.
Saturday I had to be out all day and night with no returns home. The day was sunny and crisp but the night was going to be cool. So I stuffed my puffer in my bag and brought it with me for a quick change up! Worked easily.
Next day's outfit for daytime only. That consignment jacket is an autumn workhorse.