Ok, where is the brilliant 'Warm and waterproof coat' thread from last year? I need another one.

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CuttedUpPear Sun 23-Sep-12 20:46:11

I bought an amazing coat by Didriksons last year on the advice of a MNetter here who worked in the industry. She gave the BEST advice but I can't find the thread now. Basically she explained how warm AND waterproof is a hard combination to come by because we're the only country with such a wet and cold climate and no one designs for us. Nice.

I bought the coat for DS but ended up wearing it myself, now I need to buy him one of his own before he gets soaked to the skin!

Give ds back the original coat and get yourself a Merril Wakefield coat. I adore it, best purchase ever.

CuttedUpPear Sun 23-Sep-12 21:25:48

Hmmm they look nice but I don't want a long coat, I have an active job. Over the bum and no more grin

Ruprekt Sun 23-Sep-12 21:32:48

Try M and M Direct

I got a coat there a couple of years ago. Helly Hanson and it still looks good and is warm and waterproof.

captainpig Sun 23-Sep-12 21:37:13

I think the poster you mention was drowninginlaundry, she posted on several coat threads. Do a search on her name. (I also bought a Didriksons coat last year - it is fab).

Is this the thread you mean?

Or maybe this one?

Good luck in your hunt for a warm and waterproof coat. It really shouldn't be so difficult, should it?

I bought a Didrikson's one last year, but can't remember the name of the style now.

neuroticmumof3 Sun 23-Sep-12 22:07:27

I like the Merril Wakefield, but how warm is it? I'm after something suitable for dog walking and don't want to boil as I work up a sweat trying to keep up with my very active dog.

I got the one without the thermal lining because I wanted to wear it year round....will add a fleece or something when it gets really cold.

CuttedUpPear Sun 23-Sep-12 22:40:16

I bought the Didrikson's boys age 15 coat last year and it fits me (5'6", size 10) just fine. It was £35 on ebay so a bargain. But still don't have any more money than that to spend this year.

CuttedUpPear Sun 23-Sep-12 22:41:37

Thanks for the link to the thread Charlie, it was a really interesting one and I'm sure will help a few people this year now that the wimpy summer has given way to autumn proper and we are all freezing cold too.

neuroticmumof3 Sun 23-Sep-12 22:50:29

I've decided I'm in love with the Merrell Wakefield now and that my life won't be complete until I find one. Unfortunately nowhere seems to have a medium size in either the purple or the ink colour sad. If anyone has one they don't want please pm me so I can buy it.

neurotic I hope you find one. I wore it today in the torrential rain and was lovely and dry....this is such a great investment and I will wear it every day now.

actiongirl1978 Tue 25-Sep-12 07:44:09

Hi Cutted - I know the thread you mean - it formed the basis of my coat search this year!!!

I spent weeks researching and in the end bought the Didriksons 'Rebecca' from Complete Outdoors. I love it so much I could sleep in it. It is warm, completely waterproof (it had its first rain outing yesterday!) and looks like a parka tbh.

It looks great with my grey skinny jeans and brown block heel ankle boots and frankly I feel cool in it... unlike a 'camping/hiking' coat which is what I used to have!

Oh and I had two compliments on the school run. I live abroad and so it proves that it passes International style scrutiny!

CuttedUpPear Tue 25-Sep-12 07:56:14

Well done actiongirl! Passing the true test indeed!

AgathaFusty Tue 25-Sep-12 09:36:37

That's a lovely coat actiongirl.

Has anyone tried this - I like the look of it, but not sure if it will be warm enough. Good price though.

OttersPocket Tue 25-Sep-12 09:42:09

I too would love the Merrell Wakefield in a medium but alas I don't think it's going to be. Sniff.

Has anyone got the Merrell Haven? If so, would you recommend it?

(I got very wet and cold this morning - I need a warm coat in my life!)

no actiongirl but im after a parka and keep looking at it, they have it in go outdoors and so i intend tryingit on next we pass. there are a few on m and m direct that look reasonable i agree but they only seem to hav s and xs in stock grrr. The hood on my berghaus wet cot is now peeling away so im kind of desperate now.

Otters I have the Merrell Haven - three years old and worn half the year here in freezing cold Scotland, it keeps me warm and very dry. It has been one of my best ever purchases, not very stylish but that is irrelevant when it comes to how good it has been at protecting me from wind, rain and cold.

OttersPocket Tue 25-Sep-12 10:03:13

Hi Taps,

Thanks for the review - I too am in bloody freezing Scotland! My mind has turned to getting a warm, waterproof coat - I feel like I have finally grown up wink

Sounds like a good investment to me.

carrie74 Tue 25-Sep-12 10:03:34

According to Schoolgate style today, the Wakefield has been rebranded this season, and she gives links to cheapest finds.

I bought the Wakefield on recommendation from here in the Spring (expecting not to need it until well into autumn - instead it got LOADS of wear over the "summer", and again now. Looks great. I've got the non-insulated one, as I have a waterproof puffer coat for when it gets properly cold.

OttersPocket Tue 25-Sep-12 10:29:52

Thanks Carrie, that's interesting.

But now to go with the rebranded Ellenwood or the Haven....decisions, decisions...

dingdong3 Tue 25-Sep-12 11:50:25

Thanks for the mention carrie...yes it's now called the Ellenwood so it's harder to find the older Wakefield now. I've a link on the blog to an Ellenwood for £139 which is pretty good. You do see the uninsulated Wakefield about for £70-80 sometimes...and sometimes it's difficult to tell which version is being sold so you may need to phone to check with the supplier.
Definitely the best every buy I made last winter. I now want a black one! Don't tell DH smile

Roundandroundthemulberrybush Tue 25-Sep-12 12:02:44

Does the Merrell really look ok? Or is it ok for a waterproof coat ok? I am desperate for something warm and properly waterproof but I absolutely the coats and always feel a real frump in the usual black parka / puff a. The last thing I want is a very expensive frumpy coat even if it is waterproof. Today I am wearing ultra skinny grey jeggings, a dark long sleeved top with a slightly cropped back jumper and studded back ankle boots with messy bum, ray ban aviators on my head when driving, lots of chunky jewellery and an oversized mans watch. This is my standard uniform. Will the Merrell work with such a look?

dingdong3 Tue 25-Sep-12 12:33:55

It's the best you're going to get in the waterproof coat department.....you sound more edgy than I am style-wise so maybe it won't fit your wardrobe? Check out the blog today - I wore mine with a navy jersey top, navy skinnies, grey patent ankle/shoe boots, cross body vintage bag. It's not edgy style but on days like this, I chose dryness over all else - HATE being wet and cold smile
The black would probably be a better colour choice for you?

just read the blog! I love the coat but don't have that to splurge on. My Gap parka is still going but its not warm, any suggestions that are less expensive? Or is there such a thing that I can wash said parka in to make it waterproof hmm

Damn that Didriksons 'Rebecca' is lovelllyy! The Regatta parkas seem pretty reasonable though?

MorrisZapp Tue 25-Sep-12 12:46:10

The Lands End Squall linked to on the thread looks pretty good - and £120. Comes in two lengths.

actiongirl1978 Tue 25-Sep-12 12:48:05

Agatha.. I like it!

MorrisZapp Tue 25-Sep-12 12:48:54

Oh blimey. The Didrikson's one looks amazing too.

actiongirl1978 Tue 25-Sep-12 12:49:04

regnamechange - it really is amazing, v expensive but honestly I have been soaked and cold this morning and it has warmed me up and kept me dry - and looks pretty cool too.

MorrisZapp Tue 25-Sep-12 12:55:07

Ok. I need a Didriksons.

And they're out of stock, everywhere.

sad..

kiwidreamer Tue 25-Sep-12 12:57:33

Is the Rebecca coat about mid thigh length or is it a bum coverer?

dingdong3 Tue 25-Sep-12 12:57:56

I got my Merrell as a Christmas present - it arrived on Christmas Eve last year! Defo not the sort of money I have to spend on a normal month. If you're not as fussed on the look but more on the dryness and warmth. You can get a Merrell Haven (duffle style buttons) on this link for £79 or on this link in a not very practical colour (but washable) for £69 - bigger sizes only.

dingdong3 Tue 25-Sep-12 12:58:27

sorry, make that £65 on the second link smile

naturalbaby Tue 25-Sep-12 13:02:36

I'm still trying to decide between the Merrell coat and the Didrikson one but am really tall and have broad shoulders - is anyone else who can recommend one/either coat?

dingdong3 Tue 25-Sep-12 13:06:36

You may need to size up in the Merrell if you're broad in the shoulders. Are you near a Cotswold store? I went in there to try on the Merrells before I bought. Can't comment on the Didrikson Rebecca - sorry but it does look a good bit shorter than the Wakefield/Ellenwood

MorrisZapp Tue 25-Sep-12 13:08:48
MorrisZapp Tue 25-Sep-12 13:10:39

Wakefield for £119 on that link ^

I don't understand though, the sizes are 10, 12 etc but I thought it was small, medium etc? I'm a 14 so I don't know what size to get as I've heard they're small made.

MorrisZapp Tue 25-Sep-12 13:11:33

dingdong, what does the Wakefield feel like? From the pics the outer fabric looks a bit stiff and rough?

OttersPocket Tue 25-Sep-12 13:15:36

I looked and looked at the Ellenwood but I still prefer the Wakefield. So after much googling I found a company with some of the black Wakefields in stock Here

I've just ordered it and I'm quite excited really grin Although it would've been nice to have gotten it when it was half the price...

MorrisZapp Tue 25-Sep-12 13:16:17

I've read the blog now - fab! Aren't you a cute mama smile

JamInMyWellies Tue 25-Sep-12 13:17:49

I have a didriksons and love it!!! I also have just purchased one for DS.

There is a great website called Viking kids which sells them.

dingdong3 Tue 25-Sep-12 13:18:34

Morris, that's the un-insulated version for info...the insulated one is £139. So tempted to get a black un-insulated one as I wear the other so much and it's nice to have another colour. Maybe for this Christmas tho the hubby will be hmm
Size wise, they are probably fairly true to size but if have a nork-worthy chest (unlike me) you will need to size up IMO. I don't have much up top - am a 10 on top, 12 bottom half. The 10 fits neatly. If I was a heavy jumper wearer, I would have to size up. But I've never needed to wear more than a few light layers under it. It's very cosy.

JamInMyWellies Tue 25-Sep-12 13:18:58

Sorry also meant to say the Didrikson coats are v generous in size.

dingdong3 Tue 25-Sep-12 13:21:39

Aw..thanks Morris...I do my best tho I certainly am not a fashion expert or stylist or anything...what started out as a bit of fun has grown arms and legs unexpectedly. Not sure where to go with it but for now it legitimises my constant browsing and shopping habits white the kids are at school!

kiwidreamer Tue 25-Sep-12 13:32:01

There looks to be a new Didrikson coming soon, per order for 1/10 Naomi it looks like it has some sort of waist definition, comes in Graphite, can't find the Rebecca in stock anywhere I think the dark green / khaki would suit my colouring - darn it!

JamInMyWellies Tue 25-Sep-12 13:38:07

Erm that is not a coat on that link. gringrin

dingdong3 Tue 25-Sep-12 13:38:10

Here is the link to that Naomi It is gorgeous! Getting more like the Merrell...i think Didrikson should get me to review and compare it on the blog!! wink

sheeplikessleep Tue 25-Sep-12 13:40:41

I'm after a warm winter coat too.
Is anyone on the short side and has any recommendations? Typically coats hang on me / too long in arm and too long length wise for me. I've got a North Face coat, which is warm with the fleece with it. I've gone for Petite ranges (Next) in past, but would really like a warm more technical coat.
Thanks

kiwidreamer Tue 25-Sep-12 13:45:24

snort grin

Dont you love the penis pants tho!!! That was a link copy from weeks ago. V weird!

I like Rebecca but I think something longer would be better, this is my wet weather coat after all, found it for £180 but can't justify that. Naomi is a contender, same price as insulated Merrell Wakefield but charcoal option.

Decisions Decisions!

dingdong3 Tue 25-Sep-12 13:51:40

Morris sorry for not answering your question about the feel of it. It's a bit rough in texture but it is quite lightweight material and not inflexible or rubbery like some waterproofs. V hard to describe...it's nothing like the material in my DH or DC's coats - more materially...than plasticy.. I give up on the explanations now ;)

dingdong3 Tue 25-Sep-12 13:52:57

OMG - I never clicked that there were penises all over those trousers...from a distance, they looked quite nice smile

kiwidreamer Tue 25-Sep-12 13:56:25

Does anyone know if Didrikson come up on the slightly larger size across all of their women's coats? I'm a curvy 14 but working on reducing said curves slowly but surely ;) I don't tend to wear thick jumpers so won't need masses of room, have reasonable noorkage but not excessive... Think I'm a bit smitten with Naomi smile

kiwidreamer Tue 25-Sep-12 14:06:03

Viking Kids is more ££ but they have the eggplant colour which is also v v nice

kiwidreamer Tue 25-Sep-12 14:07:06

Viking kids say Didrikson are on generous side sizing wise if anyone else was curious smile

actiongirl1978 Tue 25-Sep-12 14:15:41

Kiwi - The rebecca is roomy, esp across the shoulders and in the sleeves... BUT i have the waist done on the tightest button and there isn't much wriggle room.. I am a 10/12/5ft6. You could have less waist definition and it would fit a larger size (there is a tab on each waist side with three poppers to adjust according to comfort).

The sleeves are really long with a lovely wrist warmer built in underneath.

It comes to mid thigh on me and dips at the back so longer on the bottom.

Complete outdoors had one in stock the other week when I checked?

actiongirl1978 Tue 25-Sep-12 14:18:31

Oh I should have said, I ordered a 38.

PestoSandalissimos Tue 25-Sep-12 14:21:15

sheeplikessleep

I'm short too, and I got the

Stadium Squall coat in Petite from Lands End.

T'is marvellous smile

Jojay Tue 25-Sep-12 15:35:20

Anyone looking for alonger length waterproof with a bit of shape, I'd really recommend this, the Craghoppers Nariko.

I've just bought it from Go Outdoors for £85. I got the brown one but now I wish I'd seen the purple! It's a generous fit, padded so warm and cosy but not too bulky, and it kept the rain out all day yesterday! I'm really pleased with it smile

sheeplikessleep Tue 25-Sep-12 16:43:55

Ooh thanks pesto

OttersPocket Tue 25-Sep-12 17:21:25

Oh I'm loving the Didriksons Naomi - does anyone know if it would match-up or exceed the Merrell's warmth? I need to be warm!

Mollydoggerson Tue 25-Sep-12 18:38:33

marking space on thread.

AgathaFusty Tue 25-Sep-12 18:41:27

It's a longer length one I'm looking for Jojay, but I think a bit thicker than the one you linked to. Would prefer a parker style if poss. It needs to be seriously warm though!

BrennieGirl Tue 25-Sep-12 19:49:46

Any of you ladies who have bought the Lands End Squall Coat, how do you find the fit. They come in 16-18 and 20-22. I'm a well endowed 18, so not sure what size to go for. I hate when clothes are sized like that.

Penis pants?!!!!!grin where?
I have the black I insulated Wakefield by Merrell on Schhol Gatestyle recommendation.......I queued/gossiped with friend by the fish and chip van for 10 mins this eve in pouring NE rain (terrible mother couldn't be bothered to cook for kids........^blows rasbberry and does rude jesture at Daily Mail^!)and was lovely and dry underneath. Best investment ever......and looks chic. Shame the new version doesn't have the pleating detail on sleeve and big popper details.

Oops grin

year2mum Tue 25-Sep-12 20:07:04

I have had the Merrell Wakefield for a couple of years now -it is waterproof, fitted, comfy and looks good but just not warm enough for the North East in the winter so purchased a North Face Parka last year - it is sooo warm and cosy though pricey. Would recommend both coats - but love the look of the Naomi also!!!

Oooh, this is exactly the thread I needed!

I hate being cold almost as much as I hate wearing 'traditional' raincoats.

So, Merrell Wakefield, Didrikson's Naomi and North Face Parka are all recommended? Which is the most fashionable?

Any thoughts on the Barbour Parka?

MacyGracy Tue 25-Sep-12 21:57:13

On the great advice of you lovely ladies I have just bought the Didrikson Rebecca in black from Amazon for £121, is that a bargain?

Mewsical Tue 25-Sep-12 22:12:23

Brennie-My sis (16-usually 18) has bought 2 LE coats and sent the (recommended by me) 16-18s back for the larger size, oops. They are generous IME but if you are large up top they might be snug.

Mewsical Tue 25-Sep-12 22:13:27

I am freezing in my Wakefield!!!! It is not insulated though.

I just discovered the Merrell Haven. Thoughts?

kiwidreamer Tue 25-Sep-12 22:22:59

From why I've heard I think it's warm and shower proof but I don't think it's proper super waterproof - I could be wrong tho!

I just realised I didn't discover it at all; I read about it earlier on this thread blush

JamInMyWellies Tue 25-Sep-12 22:38:57

I can safely say the Didrikson is vvv waterproof. Kept me toasty and dry during a wet wk in Scotland. And during the late spring floods I was the driest thing for miles around.

CuttedUpPear Tue 25-Sep-12 22:52:45

I bought the Didrikson's boys age 15 coat for DS but kept it for me and it has kept me dry all summer. Sad to be able to say that!

BrennieGirl Wed 26-Sep-12 00:26:53

Thanks Mewsical.

issimma Wed 26-Sep-12 09:28:09

Has anyone found the Insulated Merrell Wakefield at a bargainous price?

accessorieshelp Wed 26-Sep-12 11:09:50

can I join - one year on and I'm STILL looking for 'the' coat. Fed up because got another soaking this morning!

really really want the didrikson Taylor in navy but can't get it in the UK taylor. Would consider the Rebecca in Navy but can't find that either.

What do you think of the Craghoppers Ikoku Herringbone?
ikoku good price, only thing puts me off is the fur, I have a thing about cheap looking fur hmm

Kopparbergkate Wed 26-Sep-12 12:01:08

Really like the Merrell wakefield and the Merrell with the duffle buttons BUT I'm up-duffed. So what I actually need is coat that's waterproof and warm like a Merrell wakefield BUT will accommodate bump.

I have drawn a complete blank so far; none of the maternity coats Ive found are actually waterproof :-(

Koppar would any of these work? Presumably you will be able to sell whatever you buy on ebay afterwards and get some of the money back. Not sure if they are waterproof (I wore a huge waterproof with a big fleece when I was pg)

Kopparbergkate Wed 26-Sep-12 12:30:13

thanks both - does anyone know if any of the Yummy Mummy coats or the Jo Jo coat are waterproof (or even shower proof) though? All the descriptions of the ones I like say they are warm, which is great, but don't mention whether they will keep me dry :-(

ouryve Wed 26-Sep-12 12:37:44

The berghaus jacket I got for a MN product test is both warm and waterproof. And still looks as good as new 2 winters on.

MTBMummy Wed 26-Sep-12 12:53:27

I found a great one at Decathalon last year - part of their Quechua range, lovely waterproof, nice and warm too - was quite cheap too

Check out their website to see what their current stock is like

MousyMouse Wed 26-Sep-12 13:18:13

if you look at outdoor places in the hiking section (decathlon for example) there are plenty warm and waterproof coats.

MousyMouse Wed 26-Sep-12 13:19:43

oops mtb just came on to say the same thing wink

twinky Wed 26-Sep-12 13:21:08

I got the Merrell Wakefield on the advice of mumsnetters 2 years ago. It's the insulated one and is fab for walking the kids to school here in freezing Scotland. It's genuinely waterproof and very warm. Good quality and still in perfect nick today. I am trying to justify the cost of some Merrell boots now. I got my coat on Amazon for about £65 - I think they sell off the previous years style cheap so keep your eyes peeled.

For people asking about the Haven, I have it and love it. But it is uber warm. Definitely a winter coat.

I ended up getting the uninsulated Wakefield too this July hmm which is fantastically waterproof etc.

[Mumsnet Sheep]

Oooh, I like the look of the Ikoku that Accessories linked to. Anyone got one? Or seen one in real life?

Arithmeticulous Wed 26-Sep-12 13:35:14

I got the Craghoppers Haddenbury following the last thread. £60 here - it's not hard core warm (but keeps the warm in once you've warmed up IYSWIM), but is waterproof and with a fold away hood.

LarkinSky Wed 26-Sep-12 13:52:32

I bought the North Face Arctic Parka last year, based on recommendations on the 2011 version of this thread. I'd wanted that coat for several years and hadn't bought it because it costs £££.

So last winter I finally got it (cheaper, in the US, at $200 instead of £360), and I've never looked back. I love it, it's literally the best piece of clothing I've ever bought. Flattering (I bought it in black), high-performance, warm, waterproof, enduring. I know someone who has been wearing the same coat for a decade. I expect great things from it!

NB, I live in a cold snowy country so had particular need...

uk.thenorthface.com/tnf-uk-en/women-s-arctic-parka.html

Fab41 Wed 26-Sep-12 14:04:34

Another vote for Merrell Haven here. I found the unpractical but washable cream colour in TK Maxx for £59.99 so that overruled the colour. It is so cosy and warm, I feel prepared for this crap weather now.

herhonesty Wed 26-Sep-12 14:22:14

Kopparbergkate i am in similar position and have seen these two which i plan on ordering to have a good look

this one

or

or this one

junkcollector Wed 26-Sep-12 14:30:55

Another Merrell Haven fan here. Warm, waterproof and quite smart. In fact this thread has reminded me to dig it out of the cupboard.

sliceofcake Wed 26-Sep-12 14:35:04

Another vote for the Craghoppers Haddenbury, I find mine really warm and totally dry, plus it is longer length too, so with boots on only a bit of leg gets wet on the school run/ dog walk etc.

wheresmespecs Wed 26-Sep-12 15:16:29

Didriksons do the BEST kids warm/ waterproof/windproof coats and ski suit things I have come across. I get them from the Viking kids website, and have got something at reduced price each time.

For grown ups - Rohan coats are great, and I have a good Berghaus one. I am a bit of an anorak anorak, it turns out. Unless I grow several feet upwards or outwards now, I need not buy another coat ever (unless it is in a great colour, obvs).

Tweet2tweet Wed 26-Sep-12 16:04:53

Craghoppers Haddenbury JAcket is great- wore all last winter and is waterproof. Am wearing today and is felxible for Autumn too:

On offer at:

http://www.outdoorclearance.co.uk/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=147934&utm_source=googlebase&utm_medium=base&utm_campaign=export_feed#googlebase

accessorieshelp Wed 26-Sep-12 16:22:15

I mentioned the Craghoppers Akiko earlier, and the cheaper £89 one

amazon

is slightly different to the one currently on Craghoppers website. The amazon one is missing the word 'herringbone' and the shape looks slightly different.

herringbone

do you think the amazon one is likely to be fake? Or just an old version of the current one?

accessorieshelp Wed 26-Sep-12 16:23:20

I meant Ikoku not Akiko

I've had a Squall Parka from Lands End for around five years now in navy. I wear it a lot in the winter as we have four dogs and wore it on Sunday to watch DH running in a 10K race in torrential rain and howling gale. I was snug, dry and toasty warm inside my coat. The coat still looks like new in spite of being regularly washed, thrown in the boot of the car, used as a cushion by dogs etc. It is not particularly stylish but since I'm not either that isn't a problem - however it is beautifully functional and in terms of cost per wear has been excellent value. I wear a lot of LE fleece/jackets etc. and find their quality on these sorts of garments is generally excellent.

CakeMeIAmYours Wed 26-Sep-12 16:36:12

I've just ordered this one

I too am a dog walker and need something light and rainproof, warm and rainproof and sometimes just warm. This one seems to be as close to a portable duvet as I can find fit the bill nicely.

It is expensive, but still cheaper than buying 3 separate coats.

Alibabaandthe40nappies Wed 26-Sep-12 16:49:41

I have just bought the Barbour parka - it is arriving tomorrow so I hope I love it as much as I think I will!

I've already got a Berghaus showerproof jacket, and a Craghopper waterproof jacket and have got loads of wear from them, but they are not very warm for standing in the school playground!

CakeMeIAmYours Wed 26-Sep-12 16:57:03

Oooh, which one did you get alibaba?

This was a close runner up for me

issimma Wed 26-Sep-12 17:05:21

I love the Aigle Cuckmere Maybe in the Sales...
Jealous of the Barbour ali - do link to which one!

Alibabaandthe40nappies Wed 26-Sep-12 17:08:20

Parka

I got it in green.

I love it, so so hoping that it is nice on!

oooo i live that aiglee it looks snug as a bug, nt for me at that prce mind sad

anchovies Wed 26-Sep-12 17:11:25

Ive got a www.vikingkids.co.uk/didriksons/AW11-Desiree-ladies-parka.htm didriksons desiree and an insultated merrell wakefield. Have also tried lots of other didriksons coats.

My favourite is definitely the desiree, it is completely waterproof and extremely warm. It looks like a parka and the material is really matt so doesn't look at all like a waterproof. I am an apple shaped size 16 and the shape is flattering on me.

TeddyBare Wed 26-Sep-12 17:22:35

Is it really true that the UK is wetter and colder than everywhere else?
I think I might be in love with the Didriksons Stella Parka it looks so warm and cozy. Unfortunately the only places which seem to sell it online are in German and it will work out something like £300 with shipping. Anyone seen it for sale in the UK for cheaper than that?

accessorieshelp Wed 26-Sep-12 17:25:22

loving the aigle too but not waterproof

Noseynoonoo Wed 26-Sep-12 17:35:52

I bought a black Merrell Isadore last year to cope with the school drop-off/collection. I cannot praise it enough. I worried that it would look like a sleeping bag. In reality, because it has an internal drawstring waist it fits really nicely and I had a lot of positive comments about it. I rarely, if ever, felt cold when I was outside last winter.

I think it comes in 5 or so colours and I did shop around to get a good price.

www.merrell.com/UK/en-GB/Product.mvc.aspx/23320W/51786/Womens/Isadore

Noseynoonoo Wed 26-Sep-12 17:36:40

And it's quite long too!

I love my merrell haven but watch the sizing, I am very skinny but a bit large of nork and the small one is very tight snug around the boobage area.

Alibabaandthe40nappies Wed 26-Sep-12 17:46:52

Kitten I find Merrell sizing quite small across the board. I adore their shoes, and have boots for winter plus walking trainers and walking sandals. I take a half or full size bigger in Merrell than I do in anything else.

issimma Wed 26-Sep-12 18:05:30

The aigle isn't waterproof? Oh well, too £££ anyway grin.
Love the Barbour ali and am going to start saving! What's the sizing like - are the sleeves long enough for tall people and will the hood stay up?!

maxybrown Wed 26-Sep-12 18:44:27

I am longing for this barbour sigh

MarysBeard Wed 26-Sep-12 18:46:19

The Merrell is lovely. I must admit when it rains I just bung on a thin anorak, or if it's v cold as well, a sailing type jacket with a fleece zipped in.

I have a short duvet coat (goose down) for cold dry days. It's toasty.

minipie Wed 26-Sep-12 19:13:57

So glad I found this thread!

Please can anyone advise me? I need a warm waterproof coat for pram pushing (expecting DC1 in December).

The main thing is I need it to be warm as I feel the cold v easily. Showerproof rather than fully waterproof is ok (no dog, live in London).

I am short (5'3) and petite. Size 8, hourglassy (small waist and crap legs), tiny shoulders, medium boobs.

I'm trying to decide between:

Merrell Wakefield
Didriksons Naomi
North Face Arctic Parka (but a lot more ££ than the others)
this one from Decathlon (v cheap)

Any views on how these fit a small person? Any views on the cheaper Decathlon option (how warm is it?) How warm are the Wakefield and Naomi...?

fridgepants Wed 26-Sep-12 19:45:58

The Wakefield looks nice, but the colours are so plain. I only like bright-coloured coats as not only do they cheer up my outfit, but I'm less likely to take them off and leave them somewhere. 'Neutrals', with the exception of navy, don't suit me - brown and black are horrid on me and pale colours get grubby.

I've ordered a parka from Lands End though I'm not sure if the reddish colour will be too orange tbh.

nellyjelly Wed 26-Sep-12 19:56:30

Is the Ellenwood insulated?

Where can you buy the Didriksons stuff.

AWimbaWay Wed 26-Sep-12 19:58:22

This welligogs wax coat is a gorgeous flattering fit, I was so close to buying it after trying it on but it doesn't have a hood, I need a hood. It actually looks far nicer in rl than in the photos too. I'm still not sold on anything I've seen and I must have looked at over 1000 online today!

LivingInAGoldBubble Wed 26-Sep-12 19:58:37

I am not remotely stylish but the best coat I have to keep warm and dry is a ski/outdoor jacket. Worth a look maybe?

Lozislovely Wed 26-Sep-12 19:59:42

Nelly - I ordered the ellenwood y'day and from what I can tell it only comes in an insulated version.

I wanted a coat that would look smart enough for work and casual enough for weekends so I hope I've made the right decision!!!!

AWimbaWay Wed 26-Sep-12 20:02:22

fridgepants ilse jacobsen does some brightly coloured ones.

MorrisZapp Wed 26-Sep-12 20:45:47

Anchovies, tell us more about the desiree? Is it fully lined/ padded?

Are the pockets deep and warm?

Is the hood soft on the inside?

Also, how long is it on you?

Thanks!

nellyjelly Wed 26-Sep-12 20:50:08

Loz thanks. By insulated do you mean would be thick enough for freezing days? Also how is the sizing?

Flisspaps Wed 26-Sep-12 20:52:28

None of these are what I'm after sad

I want something that looks like a trench coat or a mac, but is waterproof (and preferably warm). I don't want a sports/walking/hiking coat.

BrianButterfield Wed 26-Sep-12 20:56:14

My Haven arrived today and I can vouch for it being on the small side, size-wise, but uber, uber warm. I wore it out because I had to wear it, and ended up in Tesco, sweating half to death. But it was hardly cold at all here! It does say on the label that it's waterproof so I'm actually looking forward to putting it to the test, and it's the perfect length for 5'4" me. I also think it looks great, really fitted and smart and not like a padded jacket at all.

Lozislovely Wed 26-Sep-12 21:01:33

Nelly - not sure tbh as it hasn't arrived yet but from reviews of the Wakefield it 'should' be über warm!! It should arrive tomorrow so I'll let you know

Ordered the large as I'm a 12/14 and hoping it has enough room for a jumper underneath without making me look like an Oompa Loompa !!!!

busyboysmum Wed 26-Sep-12 21:06:45

I saw one of the mums at school wearing this trench coat in white and looking mighty smart in it.

issimma Wed 26-Sep-12 21:06:56

fliss aigle do a trench like that! Will link tomorrow

busyboysmum Wed 26-Sep-12 21:08:14

Also quite like this trench coat

earlyriser Wed 26-Sep-12 21:29:25

Just a word of caution, i got my Merrell Wakefield (uninsulated) about 18 months ago, and it now leaks at the shoulders. Gutted as it really was a stylish waterproof.

StrawberryMonkey Wed 26-Sep-12 21:30:09

The "Janelle" coats here http://www.seasaltcornwall.co.uk/women/clothing/jackets_outerwear
Are fab. Guaranteed waterproof (they really work) and breathable and very comfortable too. They have popper tabs to cinch in the waist a bit. The cut is flattering and they are knee length. With wellies you stay dry. No need for waterproof trousers!

AWimbaWay Wed 26-Sep-12 21:32:18
newbrunette Wed 26-Sep-12 21:53:21

I bought Merrell Quinley last year and it's super warm and so far waterproof. I like it as it's quite fitted at the waist (you can adjust with internal drawstring) and also because it's not as shiny and "puffy" as some insluated coats. And it's got detachable fur round the hood.

HolyAutumnGoldBatman Wed 26-Sep-12 22:21:59

brian where did you get your Haven from, I'm looking round for a good deal. What colour did you get? I'm thinking of getting the grey/charcoal.

Inspired by this thread, I've just ordered a charcoal Haven from here HolyAutumn

I can also reliably inform those of you that were looking for a Merrell Ellenwood (the rebranded Wakefield) you that Sports-Direct / Trek and Field have just taken delivery of shed loads of them (or, at least, the shop near me has)

Oh, just realised it's called 'granite' not charcoal on that site.

<prays its the colour I want>

LadyMetroland Wed 26-Sep-12 22:54:27

I've got a Jack Wolfskin coat. Very warm and very waterproof. They do a huge range. Defo worth looking at their website (cost £££ but reckon its worth it if you're planning to wear for several years)

I bought mine because its a priority for me to have a MASSIVE hood. Average hoods just get blown off your head, and fringe gets wet while pushing pushchair.

FarrowAndBollock Wed 26-Sep-12 23:16:59

It was definitely drowninginlaundry. I have name changed since then, but she was really helpful

cabbageandbeans Wed 26-Sep-12 23:41:21

Is this what everyone is talking about? www.merrell.com/UK/en/Women-Clothing-Jackets-Coats

I am just joining this discussion for the first time and have never heard of the Merrell coat before! I can't understand why everyone is saying it has changed it's name when the company website (if I am on the right company website!) shows it as a wakefield still. Totally confused..........

Thank you so much for this thread!
I've now set my heart on a Didriksons Rebecca Parka, but can't find one in stock ANYWHERE! Can anyone please point me in the right direction, or is it a lost cause? (I'm after a 38 or 40, pref in the Dark Green) <hopeful>
I'm not keen on the Celeste or Lindsey versions as they're rather shiny. sad

cabbageandbeans Thu 27-Sep-12 00:07:24

Love this Anchovies www.vikingkids.co.uk/didriksons/AW11-Desiree-ladies-parka.htm but when I go direct to the didriksons website I can find it???!!! Of course I am very thankful for you link.

Also love the sea salt recommendation lovely long coat to the knees - my cup of tea........how I detest wet 'rained on' thighs (despite having worn wellies and a waterproof!) www.seasaltcornwall.co.uk/women/clothing/jackets_outerwear/janelle_coat_cormorant.htm

Still a bit mystified by the Merrell and what it's actual name is! but I like the one I see called Wakefield.

TellMeLater Thu 27-Sep-12 06:13:29

I have the North Face Arctic Parka - it's fantastic, very warm on cold days but oddly also very comfortable on not so cold days. Totally waterproof too. Downside is the price, given it's not high fashion I'm hoping to get 10 years wear from it though.

TinyPenguin Thu 27-Sep-12 07:24:10

any kind of ski jacket should do the job!

AgathaFusty Thu 27-Sep-12 08:46:42

That depends Tiny on whether people have a certain 'look' in mind (like a parka). Ski jackets are also not very long, so the taller people among us might want something longer than a ski jacket.

C4ro Thu 27-Sep-12 09:46:58

Oh snap! I got a Died. Rebecca last year and can confirm they are toasty warm and waterproof. It got down to -17 degrees here in Austria and it was no problem whatsoever.

I have a ridiculously long armspan for my height (I'm 170cm tall, 182 cm armspan) and I don't get cold wrists with the nice cuffs. They do size up a bit big but I think it depends on what you expect to wear underneath.

PoisonMountain Thu 27-Sep-12 10:03:15

Arcteryx. If you have a house to mortgage...

wishiwasonholiday Thu 27-Sep-12 10:10:39

Wish I didn't open this thread, just fell in love with the didriksons Veronica in shadow and ended up ordering.

Alibabaandthe40nappies Thu 27-Sep-12 10:12:07

My Barbour arrived this morning - it is soooo toasty and warm and flattering.

It is definitely only a bum coverer though - so if you are tall and looking for something long enough to properly cover your bottom then it isn't the coat for you.

V. pleased grin

minipie Thu 27-Sep-12 10:57:50

Wimba I love the fit of that welligogs coat! very vivienne westwood. such a shame it has no hood.

cakeoholic Thu 27-Sep-12 11:29:37

accessorieshelp the didrikson Taylor is available to preorder here though only in black, dark green and purple. Says they take delivery of stock on 1st October which is Monday, not too long. Maybe other stores will get it around then too and you can get the navy.

If money is no object then outnoth will ship to uk but total cost is EUR380.80

ihearthuckabees Thu 27-Sep-12 11:41:02

The Merrell Wakefield is only £79.95 here, although it will depend on whether if you live near one of the stores. www.gooutdoors.co.uk/merrell-wakefield-womens-waterproof-jacket-p102789

bionicmummy Thu 27-Sep-12 12:03:59

I'm trying hard to find a warm waterproof coat when I'm totally skint. Finding a good one under £40 is near impossible. Ebay is not helping sad

messagetoyourudy Thu 27-Sep-12 12:42:39

Arrrgghh I wish I had never seen this thread! I really would like the Merrell Wakefield in charcoal, but not so keen on the new Ellenwood as the detailing isn't the same (it looks a bit plain)

Anyway can't seem to find one anywhere? I guess because they are now old stock?

I have now wasted nearly 2 hours, still all to no avail!

Piemistress Thu 27-Sep-12 12:58:21

Wish I hadnt dipped on this thread! What seems to be the difference between the Didrikson Rebecca, Taylor and Veronica? Wish there was a shop nearby to try them on!

spiderlight Thu 27-Sep-12 13:18:54

Alibaba Does the Barbour Redesdale have a shaped/adjsutable waist like the photo suggests? I was seriously lusting after one but then a poster on here called hers 'boxy and shapeless' last week and was sending it back, so I wasn't sure how realistic the photo was. Also, is it shiny? Thanks!

spiderlight Thu 27-Sep-12 13:22:04

*adjustable

Lozislovely Thu 27-Sep-12 13:38:23

Well my ellenwood has arrived today. No where near as bulky as I thought it would be, good length, smart enough for work and great for casual. Lovely and warm, quite flattering too thanks to the toggles so the waist can be cinched in.

Not as detailed as last years Wakefield but I'm happy with it and expect to get loads of wear out of it. Wish I'd found one years ago!

Alibabaandthe40nappies Thu 27-Sep-12 13:49:31

spider - yes, it has an internal drawstring at the waist. It is shiny, but not full anorak shiny - does that make sense?!

Kopparbergkate Thu 27-Sep-12 14:07:47

Thanks again those who linked to the yummy mummy and Jo Jo Maman maternity coats. I emailed and asked both how waterproof the coats were.. the upshot is they're not... the Mamalicious ones are "generally shower proof" but not waterproof. And the Jo Jo one is not showerproof. Where are the coats for preggos who want to go out in the rain sad

I really like the Merrell ooats - do you reckon if I sized up I could get a bump inside or is the shape totally wrong?

DorisIsWaiting Thu 27-Sep-12 14:12:46

Ha Ha HA just clicked your link kiwidreamer

I really like the naomi

BrianButterfield Thu 27-Sep-12 14:14:47

No way could you get a bump in a Haven, I'm afraid. It's really fitted.

Whoever asked where I got mine, it was from outdoors mania, £99, cause I need a small size and I wanted a black one.

spiderlight Thu 27-Sep-12 14:21:03

Thanks Alibabaa! Damn - now I really want it again. I'd talked myself out of it on the grounds that it cost more than our last car, but it's an investment really, isn't it...?

kiwidreamer Thu 27-Sep-12 14:23:02

I still really like the Naomi too, I was keen on the Merrell Wakefield but after a few days of looking I'm definitely more smitten with the Naomi. My Lands End tweed coat was a total bust so that's going back, fingers x'd for the Naomi smile

cakeoholic Thu 27-Sep-12 14:23:44

messagetoyourudy and anyone wanting a merrell wakefield before 3pm click here never heard of the site but maybe someone else has? Says the colour is charcoal heather? Not sure if that's what colour you were looking for messagetoyourudy?

cakeoholic Thu 27-Sep-12 14:29:41

outdoormania have a few merrell wakefields too; black in 8, 16 and 18, tuscan heather in 8 and 16, ink heather in a 16 and charcoal in a 16 for £119 (£122.95 inc delivery)

nellyjelly Thu 27-Sep-12 14:38:01

Ooooh just got a bargain. Been following thread and while I love the Ellenwood and Wakefield they are a bit expensive for me and actually want a waterproof downcoat tbh. Found a Lands End one doe £160 which was going to order but popped inyo TK Maxx before and got a Merrell Darbie which is last seasons but exactly what I want. Sold for £195 last yr and got for £60 today. V pleased.

They had some lovely Fit Flop leater ankle boots too but couldn't justify it!

AWimbaWay Thu 27-Sep-12 14:39:50

Kopparbergkate, when I was pregnant I wore a cape similar to this Not very glamorous but very practical, easy to throw on on top of layers then packed away into a bag.

mirai Thu 27-Sep-12 14:45:36

What size haven would you recommend for a 10 on top but large hipped 12 down below?

mirai Thu 27-Sep-12 14:59:46

And same sizing question for the ellenwood too please? smile

Kopparbergkate Thu 27-Sep-12 15:00:27

Oh God, no offence but I REALLY don't want to wear a cape. My norks have gone up to a 34kk (same as last pregnancy). Last time I wore big mans shirts and things that just hung off my bust and I felt fat, frumpy and spherical.
One of the things I promised myself was that this time I would buy fewer clothes but actually proper maternity clothes that defined a difference between bust and tummy. I know it's vain and I've contradicted myself anyway by suggesting sizing up on the Merrell, but I'd like to look and feel pregnant this time, even when out and about, rather than like a butterball sad

Alibabaandthe40nappies Thu 27-Sep-12 15:37:36

Koppar I found that a man's waterproof jacket was the only thing by the end!

I had a nice mac from Crave which did pretty well on the waterproof front but it had no hood which was a PITA when pushing the buggy as I couldn't manage buggy and brolly!

ShabbyChit Thu 27-Sep-12 15:43:26

I recently bought this coat from H&M which is very warm and snuggly and waterproof!
Have been wearing it the last couple of weeks when walking dog - oncegot caught in torrential downpour and stayed nice and snug inside! (dog however was a different story) grin

CakeMeIAmYours Thu 27-Sep-12 15:55:45

alibaba Fab to hear that you are pleased! Mine has been dispatched so am eagerly awaiting the postman tomorrow smile

accessorieshelp Thu 27-Sep-12 17:21:51

ok, I am now trying to decide between these 3:-

Insulated Wakefield in Heather

Craghoppers Ikoku in Khaki

Didrikson Taylor in Black

What to do, I really can't decide

monopod Thu 27-Sep-12 17:38:18

Just to add another one to the mix, I'm coveting the Marmot Chelsea at the moment (but can't justify £220)! At 5' and usually a size 4-6 (currently nearly 36 weeks pregnant though!) virtually all of the other brands named on this thread are too big for me even in the smallest size sad

howiwonder Thu 27-Sep-12 19:52:37

Oh I had an hour to myself this afternoon and it became completely swallowed up by this thread!! I quite like the look of this do you reckon it is properly warm though? Im on a budget because I have promised myself some new winter boots you see and cant justify spending lots on both!

messagetoyourudy Thu 27-Sep-12 20:01:45

cakeoholic thanks very much for your link, that is just the colour I like, unfortunatley the factor website is not accepting orders at this time! It's site has technical difficulties sad

So back to the drawing board - pah.

I'm hankering after what I can't have.........

dancingqueen78 Thu 27-Sep-12 20:03:30

I got Didriksons Celeste last year and it really is both warm and waterproof. I was a bit doubtful at first as the padding seems light, but it was warm enough even when it snowed, and I was still wearing it through much of the spring when it was pouring buckets here (minus the fur edging which I took off). I bought it from www.vikingkids.co.uk as I'd got children's coats from there before and was really impressed with them. DS has worn his for 3 winters and needs a new one - I do like the look of the "Jarvis" parka, anyone tried this yet?

dancingqueen78 Thu 27-Sep-12 20:15:19

messagetoyourudy Try this - www.vikingkids.co.uk/didriksons/AW12-Lindsey-ladies-parka.htm - it's this year's version of last year's Celeste (which I got after reading reviews on here and it's been brilliant). They also have some other ones this year which look good - I like the look of both the Veronica and the Naomi... DH would kill me if I bought another coat though!

AgathaFusty Thu 27-Sep-12 21:04:22

Is the Lindsey a bit less shiny than the Celeste?

AgathaFusty Thu 27-Sep-12 21:05:05

I really like the idea of the Celest, but it takes me right back to being fifteen again - blue parka with orange lining.

Agatha I emailed VikingKids about that and they said the Lindsey isn't actually shiny when you see it in person, def not shiny like the Celeste. HTH! smile

AWimbaWay Thu 27-Sep-12 21:53:56

I like the look of this oddmolly parka, do you think it'd be waterproof enough? They don't say waterproof which makes me think not. I like this one too

I'm really not sure about any of the properly waterproof coats I've seen, they all look a bit stiff. I'm going to have to compromise somewhere.

AgathaFusty Thu 27-Sep-12 22:08:14

Tiddly thanks that helps a lot. The lindsey it will be then............... I think.....

sandy1969 Thu 27-Sep-12 22:24:16

I have the Merrell Haven, it is a great coat, warm and waterproof perfect for school run. But I find Merrell sizes dont suit me too well and the coat is quite large on me so less stylish than it would otherwise have been. I am usually a 12 but ended up with a large as the medium was a little too tight with jumper etc. Still I am warm and very happy in it. I am 5 foot 8.5 and the Wakefield was too short for me sadly. It looked daft with a high waist.

Cocochops Thu 27-Sep-12 22:24:33

I too have been sucked in by this thread! I think I want a Didrikson pretty sure I am going to get the green Lindsey. Dh is despairing of my inability to make a decision I have been looking all evening and still haven't ordered!

I can't decide what size to order though it says the coat is reasonably true but you may want to go on the small side. Anyone have one? Did you size down?

I'm left wondering if it is impossible to locate quality coats for under £200 anymore. It's depressing.

amazonianwoman Thu 27-Sep-12 22:52:45

I have the Merrell Wakefield and I love it! I also have the insulated Wakefield and I love that too but I don't need a warm coat (the uninsulated is warm enough for me).

Would anyone like my insulated one?! grin

It's black, size 16 or XL. I only wore it around 15-20 times last winter.

serin Thu 27-Sep-12 22:55:28

Landsend black squall jacket.

Waterproof, over the bum, fitted style, big hood.

Perfect for dog walking

Bought on the advice of a MN last year.

pixiepoopoo Thu 27-Sep-12 23:15:14

Merrell Wakefield for long days and Merrell Haven for shorter. Can't be beaten.
Try Sportsdirect web-site for unbeatable bargains

cakeoholic Fri 28-Sep-12 00:07:52

messagetoyourudy the site I posted earlier was an auction one which ended at 3pm, sorry

I've ordered the Didriksons Rebecca, fingers crossed it turns out to be worth the price tag!

largerleon Fri 28-Sep-12 00:55:26

I've just ordered a Lands End Stadium Squall Parka in Tall as they're reduced from £120 to £60 and I couldn't resist it. About 3 or 4 people on here have recommended them, although I think they're only water resistant rather than waterproof... As I'm buggy-free 3 days out of 5 on the school run I can try out my recently purchased but not yet used Fulton Birdcage umbrella in Pink!!
but umbrellas are probably on a whole new thread...
Oh god it won't go with the new Rich Red parka... :-|

LandUnderWave Fri 28-Sep-12 05:59:41

I bought the merrell Wakefield last year on mn advice and it is brill, very waterproof.only issue is it really isn't that warm, and living in Scotland that's not ideal! Have just ordered www.seasaltcornwall.co.uk/women/clothing/jackets_outerwear/janelle_coat_cormorant.htm after reading this thread, vv excited about it

Gigaflops Fri 28-Sep-12 07:43:34

Amazonianwoman - have pm'd you... grin

CuttedUpPear Fri 28-Sep-12 08:22:10

Gosh! Imagine my surprise when the MN newsletter dropped into my inbox and this thread was featured!
Fame at last! [proud]

(Makes a change from my usual moaning AIBU threads....)

xxxresixxx Fri 28-Sep-12 08:28:23

I too am completely depressed by the fact a decent coat seems to cost over a hundred quid. I love the craghoppers ikoku.. However I am going to brave a trip to tk maxx this afternoon to see if I can bag a bargain...

Housewifefromheaven Fri 28-Sep-12 08:53:34

I received Barbour parkathe serdar so if anyone wants a review by a 5'4 size 12 housewife let me know! I also tried the Windsor parka and the storm down parka

Housewifefromheaven Fri 28-Sep-12 08:54:08

The serdar? Yesterday!

accessorieshelp Fri 28-Sep-12 09:58:43

xxxresi it looks slightly different and doesn't have the word 'herringbone' but the ikoku is available from sports direct for £89.99. Still not cheap but under £100. I really like it too but after reading another thread (the original one) am going to splash out & get a didrikson to make sure I'm protected from the rain & hopefully it will last a lifetime ikoku

hettie Fri 28-Sep-12 10:14:21

for those looking sub ££££ how about the icepeak jenna. They are a snowboard/ski company so their gear should be technically up to the job......

Alibabaandthe40nappies Fri 28-Sep-12 10:18:18

I noticed that Tesco are doing a longish parka for £35 - no idea how warm though.

AgathaFusty Fri 28-Sep-12 10:24:11

Alibaba I've seen it in store. It doesn't look that thick/warm, and at best I would say it would be showerproof, not waterproof. Assuming it is the same one that you have seen grin

Alibabaandthe40nappies Fri 28-Sep-12 10:40:28

Agatha I've only seen adverts/posters for it - not actually in the flesh! Just wondered if it might be a cheaper option.

Are Blacks outdoor shops still going? I had a nice, really warm parka from them about 5 years ago which was only £30-40. It didn't look outdoorsy/sporty or anything and I would still be wearing it except that I have lost weight and it is now too big.

pmTea Fri 28-Sep-12 10:47:18

www.natureshop.co.uk/Product/3023/womens-outer-layer/Merrell/Haven

Merrell Havens reduced on this site ladies, down to about £87 or so smile

BeehavingBaby Fri 28-Sep-12 10:57:44

I have the craghoppers haddenbury from last year for my outdoor job and travel in the dark and found it completely waterproof and very very warm. Available cheaply for this winter but not hugely stylish I will admit! The Nariko has a little more shape but no idea if it is as warm. I've actually been really impressed with this parka from Oasis. It let in water on the shoulders after 30mins in truely driving rain but I have Nikwaxed it now so will see how it goes. It is a neat flattering fit but the sizing is teeny.

dancingqueen78 Fri 28-Sep-12 11:33:20

Cocochops, assuming that the Lindsey is as similar to the Celeste as it looks then you definitely want to go a size down. I'm a size 12-14 and ordered the 12 and ended up swapping it for a 10! Luckily they still had one in stock and they didn't charge me for the exchange.

xxxresixxx Fri 28-Sep-12 12:07:28

Thank you so much accessories! Have just bought the ikoku from your link. I'm a12 on the bottom and a14 on top bunny I checked the size guide and the chest on a14 seemed ambitious with winter clothes so I went for the 16. Hope it was the right decision!

Cocochops Fri 28-Sep-12 12:13:21

Thanks dancing queen. Dithering over I have bought and sized down. Mumsnet is an expensive past time!

accessorieshelp Fri 28-Sep-12 12:13:37

ooh let me know what it's like, fit, finish & waterproofness/warmth (still not 100% decided!)

mirai Fri 28-Sep-12 12:24:15

Think GLOBAL people!!

Have just bought the Merrell Ellenwood insulated in Ink, sizes Medium and Small available, cost $160 down to $144 using discount code NATURESYHA, free worldwide delivery... So that's £88 job done!

If you use their .co.uk website it's £133!! smile

mirai Fri 28-Sep-12 12:26:19

They also have the Haven for £63 and Haven II for £77 (equivalent)

xxxresixxx Fri 28-Sep-12 12:45:49

Least I can do accessories! Hope my biscuit biscuit fit in.....

upinthehills Fri 28-Sep-12 13:16:42

miria just check - you may well have to pay customs on delivery for your coat

mirai Fri 28-Sep-12 13:20:26

Not for £88, I should be fine. The coats are actually dispatched from the Uk via royal mail so most people on this thread should be fine smile

mirai Fri 28-Sep-12 13:33:12

I hope that made sense, I had DH wittering on in my ear! Basically, it's a UK company so they despatch from the UK, so there won't be any customs charges for the vast majority of people on the thread smile

bureni Fri 28-Sep-12 14:14:18

I wear good quality motorcycle coats which are designed to be very warm and 100% waterproof, normally 10 times the quality of fancy brand names but half the price.

CaroleService Fri 28-Sep-12 14:19:11

They wouldn't let me pay in dollars, as soon as I put in delivery country.

DairyNips Fri 28-Sep-12 16:44:01

Wow, do people really spend hundreds of pounds on coats? I can't afford any of these sad Does anyone have any budget options that are waterproof and warm? My last winter coat came from Asda, not that warm and not waterproof hmm

PigWhisperer Fri 28-Sep-12 16:53:03

pmTea - Thank you! I managed to get a Haven today. Fingers crossed it will fit! smile

BrianButterfield Fri 28-Sep-12 17:09:42

I have had cheap coats for my entire adult life - my Haven is my first ever £100 (well, £99!) coat and it is so worth it! Hopefully it will last for years as it seems very well made. I have HAD IT with being cold and wet.

accessorieshelp Fri 28-Sep-12 17:10:10

no DairyNips, the last coat I bought was £30 last winter and it was meant to be waterproof but each time I wear it I get soaked. I am (thinking of) buying one for £170 which is so much more than I have ever spent on anything a coat but DH says I should because I walk quite a lot each day & am hoping this one will last a few years, although it does make me feel sick the thought of spending that much money on a coat.

what's your budget dairynips?

BrianButterfield Fri 28-Sep-12 17:12:13

But there are some budget choices out there, I'm sure. There are very often 'outdoor' shops at outlets - brands like Trepass and Regatta are very affordable at outlets. You just need to buy a proper outdoors coat instead of a 'fashion' one.

This sort of thing, for example.

BrianButterfield Fri 28-Sep-12 17:13:28
BrianButterfield Fri 28-Sep-12 17:15:22
BrianButterfield Fri 28-Sep-12 17:16:02

Basically it's the longer length coats that are £££. If you don't mind a shorter one you should be able to get one for under £30.

Alibabaandthe40nappies Fri 28-Sep-12 17:18:50

Dairy the last coats I have bought were around the £30-40 mark from either a supermarket or the Craghoppers website when they've had a sale on, or as I said above an outdoors shop.

This is my first expensive coat.

BrianButterfield Fri 28-Sep-12 17:21:01
xxxresixxx Fri 28-Sep-12 17:27:47

I always bought coats from a supermarket but I'm sick of them falling apart the end of the winter. I'M paying a bit more this time in the hope it will last years (and will actually keep me warm!)

minipie Fri 28-Sep-12 17:30:46

Dairy Decathlon has some decent looking options at lower budgets. Probably a bit more risky on the warm/waterproof fronts though.

fridgepants Fri 28-Sep-12 18:11:36

I just got a Modern Down Coat from Lands End, in the 'velvet orange' colour that's actually more vermillion. Sad that I have to get on a train now where it will be too warm to wear it...

I bought it with a 25% off code, btw. It was still expensive but I don't have anything waterproof!

owl13 Fri 28-Sep-12 21:29:23

I want a Boden rainyday mac, but don't like ths season's colours/ designs. No luck on ebay so far. Any ideas where I could get hold of one from previous seasons?

Has anyone ordered the didrikson Naomi. If so what is it like?

Thanks

nellyjelly Fri 28-Sep-12 22:11:35

Ebay for Boden stuff.

DairyNips Fri 28-Sep-12 22:56:13

Sorry I disappeared, got caught up with kids/tea/shopping.

Thank you for all the suggestions. I quite like this coat but can't tell if its waterproof, can anyone check for me?smile

I've got a HiGear coat. It's a waterproof outer and has a zip in fleece. It has a hood too with toggles so you can pull it in really tight when its chucking it down.
I bought it from Go Outdoors and it cost £24.99

DairyNips Sat 29-Sep-12 09:03:03

Ooh allotment will check out their sitesmile

Does anyone know if the coat I linked to is waterproof?

Showtime Sat 29-Sep-12 13:11:16

I've always just chosen a Goretex-type anorak/parka , with a hood, and sprayed with waterproofer after each machine wash. Presently got Nikwax, but usually 3Ms and about £5 and can really recommend spraying shoes and boots if not rubberised etc. to stay dry.

DairyNips Sat 29-Sep-12 13:21:49

Can you spray waterproof spray on any coat? Could I do it with the one in the link?smile

Dairy, I don't thnk it is waterproof, normally they say if it is as a selling feature. Even if you put waterproofing spray on it, it would make the fabric water resistant but the rain would leak through the seams as they aren't sealed. Sorry.

DairyNips Sat 29-Sep-12 17:05:27

Hmm. That's not really what I'm looking for then.. Back to the drawing board!

Babyrabbits Sat 29-Sep-12 17:29:39

I got a Merrell haven tk max £59.

Its stupidly warm :-)

dontlaugh Sat 29-Sep-12 17:32:28

I know this is ££ but Ilse Jacobsen, this one. I love mine. Waterproof and fleece lined but slim fitting.

LaTrucha Sat 29-Sep-12 19:38:19

North Face Lauren is also good. I've got it in brown. Very light and warm. I think it looks nice too. The hood is not brilliant.

Housewifefromheaven Sat 29-Sep-12 21:01:10

If anyone is interested I am selling my two Barbour jackets because they no longer fit since I stopped smoking!

One is a Kate Liberty lined wax olive and the other is a Cavalry Polarquilt black. Size 10. They are both immaculate.

Can I even ask this on here?! blush

wishiwasonholiday Sun 30-Sep-12 12:02:29

Received my didriksons Veronica yesterday and its lovely and warm, longer than I thought but still nice.

accessorieshelp Sun 30-Sep-12 13:15:06

what's the sizing like wish?

Showtime Sun 30-Sep-12 13:37:36

Don't know about waterproofing different coat fabrics, not all the exact same so I'd check the aerosol. Have not noticed any leaking through seams, just that suede footwear stayed dry too.

BonnyDay Sun 30-Sep-12 13:38:04

i met someone today in a crew clothing jacket - looked nice

BonnyDay Sun 30-Sep-12 13:39:19

this one here - didnt look at all nautical in rl
www.crewclothing.co.uk/gbr-spray-jacket-w53-1632-navy/

wishiwasonholiday Sun 30-Sep-12 14:12:01

I'm an 18-20 and need more room for big chest and the 18 fits me fine, they said they were generous when I ordered it, wore it to tesco and was boiling!

TheDoctrineOfSnatch Sun 30-Sep-12 14:21:58

How is the Ellenwood sizing coming up, I am a 14, if I order a 14 will it be OK do you think?

Phaedra11 Sun 30-Sep-12 14:45:42

Thanks to Pesto for recommending the Lands End Stadium Squall coat in petite, for those of us whose arms are too short for the Merrells. Mine arrived yesterday and once I'd got the knack of the double zip, I loved it!

Lozislovely Sun 30-Sep-12 15:02:00

Thedoc - I ordered the large (meant to be 14 equivalent) and its a really good fit, room for a jumper underneath but still flattering. It has toggles on the inside of the waist so can be adjusted if needs by.

TheDoctrineOfSnatch Sun 30-Sep-12 15:03:34

ah, super, thanks!

notsosqueakyclean Sun 30-Sep-12 17:23:35

I was on the hunt for a warm and waterproof coat (i'm a dog walker). It had to be good quality and stylish so I can wear it to the pub as well and not look as if I'm about to hike up a mountain. I followed a thread from another Mumsnetter to www.vikingkids.co.uk. and Didrikson's Lyndsey Parka - perfect! Also Emma who owns the company was extremely helpful and gave lots of good advice. It would appear that this coat is cheaper here than elsewhere online too!

accessorieshelp Sun 30-Sep-12 18:23:54

squeaky how shiny is it? and did you feel that the sizing was generous?

I've read this thread with interest,because completely co- incidentally I ordered a Janelle coat from Seasalt this afternoon.I saw them on Friday in a local store but they hadnt got my size in stock.They look fantastic and I tried on a size 10 ( 2 sizes too small ,but gave me a good idea of whether I liked it or not!) .
I can't wait for it to arrive because it's done nothing but rain here for days and I'm sick of getting wet.
I have a Boden rain mac from a couple of seasons ago which does keep me very dry,but it's not lined and it's like wearing cold rubber.I went off it when I was told I looked like a Ninja turtle in it ( it's a shiny green pattern)
If anyone's interested in it pm me and I'll gift it to you ! Although I've not bigged it up really have I? grin

notsosqueakyclean Sun 30-Sep-12 22:55:06

Funny, I asked Emma that very same question! It's really not shiny at all - the photo makes it look shiny. I got the dark green which is a lovely dark olive green- the photo makes it look quite a bit lighter. I'm normally a size 10 and ordered a 10 but when it arrived I felt it was too generous and I wanted a more fitted look so ordered an 8 (Eur36). Looks much better and I can still get a jumper underneath. Went for a long walk in it today and got rather too hot! Mind you it's not very cold yet here in Sussex, will definitely be glad of it when the colder weather sets in!

accessorieshelp Mon 01-Oct-12 09:34:05

thanks squeaky. Am tempted to go for it then. Am normally a size 10 but sometimes 8 on top so I'd definitely go for the 8, & I am going to go for dark green, I just don't know whether to go for that or the Taylor here , which I really like the look of and it's more waterproof (an '8' as opposed to a '5'), BUT the fur on the hood doesn't detach.

aaagh what shall I do?

xxxresixxx Mon 01-Oct-12 11:12:18

Accessories- my ikoku craghoppers coat arrived today and it's fab! Size 16 is the prefect to fit boobs and winter jumper in. It's cosy!

Alibabaandthe40nappies Mon 01-Oct-12 11:49:04

I've just been to Go Outdoors and got a Regatta Clancy for £35.
It is wet, but too warm for the Barbour parka, and my lightweight craghoppers jacket is too short so I get a wet bum.

Hopefully that is me done now on coats for some time!

Apologies if this has already been covered but I'm looking for a waterproof coat that comes to my knees, so the whole top half of my
leg stays dry. I'm not sure when people
mention bum covering if that's just onto the thigh. I'm 5'8 and 10/12. Any thoughts? Thanks for suggestions in advance.

accessorieshelp Mon 01-Oct-12 14:00:05

resi have you tried it out in the rain yet?

dancingqueen78 Mon 01-Oct-12 14:40:34

Accessories, if you like the look of the Lindsey better then I'd say go for that one - my Celeste from last year was only Dry2 but it kept me dry all winter and still is, and I machine washed it several times (lots of muddy walks with a dog that jumps up). I asked VikingKids about it last year, and apparently anything above 1.5 is properly waterproof.

xxxresixxx Mon 01-Oct-12 15:38:34

No not yet. Had an added annoyance difficulty as the company sent me the coat twice and I think may have charged me twice too (although need to check tonight)

notsosqueakyclean Mon 01-Oct-12 16:35:06

accessorieshelp; I am so pleased with my Lyndsey - have taken the fur off as it looked a bit too wintry for now. Wore it in the rain today; dry as a bone and the hood is great - very generous so hair doesn't go frizzy! I'm not so keen on the big pockets on the Taylor, although that's my own personal taste. Let me know what you end up doing and if you're pleased!!

AgathaFusty Mon 01-Oct-12 16:41:42

notsosqueaky - do you think the Lyndsey will be seriously warm when it's really cold? I really can't be so cold again at footie matches this year grin

notsosqueakyclean Mon 01-Oct-12 17:12:38

You'd still probably have to wear a thick jumper underneath I reckon when it's REALLY cold. Trouble is I'll be wearing mine for walking (long and hard!) so I may have opposite problem - at the moment I'm too warm in it when I do a fast walk! End up sweating_ it's got a lovely fleece lining over the top of the shoulders inside and the hood's fleece lined too.

AgathaFusty Mon 01-Oct-12 17:19:05

Thanks for that. I am the queen of indecision!

dancingqueen78 Mon 01-Oct-12 17:39:37

AgathaFusty, I thought I'd get cold in my Celeste last year too but the fleece lining that Squeaky mentioned really did keep me warm - I generally just wore a thin jumper underneath. Admittedly it wasn't a particularly cold winter last year but we did get some snow - and I'm out with the dog every day, plus on a muddy rugby field on Sunday mornings! Wouldn't be without mine. Love the look of the new Lindsey though, sigh...

accessorieshelp Mon 01-Oct-12 18:43:38

one more question for the people who have a lindsey (or celeste) - how tall are you and where does it reach (at the front - I know it's longer at the back)
thank you

AgathaFusty Mon 01-Oct-12 19:32:16

I'm neeaarly decided on the lindsey, but I just don't want to be disappointed if it isn't as warm as it could be. Not a problem for dog walks so much, just the sitting for 90 mins in the cold.

I just keep getting slightly swayed by this. It's only £50 on ebay so a complete bargain, seems long and waterproof, but will it be as warm?????????

notsosqueakyclean Mon 01-Oct-12 21:26:21

What?! 50 quid on ebay - don't tell me that! that is a bragain!! In answer to accessories, I'm 5'6" and it comes to mid thigh at front.

notsosqueakyclean Mon 01-Oct-12 21:29:33

OH PHEW! (grin), just realised Agatha meant another coat - I tried that one on too - it's rather nice, seems pretty good quality but not quite as 'classy' as the Lyndsey - a really good compromise tho' at a third of the price!

De-lurking to share my website find.

A Swedish website Zoovillage stocks a limited range of Didriksons coats and ships to the UK via UPS for free (minimum order £30). I just ordered a red Taylor for £176, which, while not exactly a bargain, is a little better than the eye-watering €366 from outnorth.

All thanks to this thread I have very high hopes for the Taylor and a very empty wallet.

OttersPocket Tue 02-Oct-12 09:18:09

My Ellenfield arrived this morning and it's going back to the shop as it's massive! I ordered the medium in the insulated version which apparently should correspond to a size twelve but I look ridiculous in it. I am a size 12 on bottom and top half in most shops and I do have a bust so I'm a bit confused! Sigh - the quest for a coat continues....

accessorieshelp Tue 02-Oct-12 11:07:49

just ordered a lindsey. am also thinking of ordering a taylor to see which one I prefer. will report back

pmTea Tue 02-Oct-12 11:27:48

you're welcome Pig smile
they're too voluminous on my 5ft frame or I'd have one too by now envy

minipie Tue 02-Oct-12 12:35:35

Can anyone short ish (I am 5'3) tell me where the Wakefield and the Haven come down to on their thighs?

I think I want something more towards knee length rather than just covering bum. All the models are tall so it's hard to tell where they would hit on me.

kiwidreamer Tue 02-Oct-12 12:48:01

That zoovillage site linked to above gives excellent photos of the Lindsay and the Taylor, lots of different angles and gives a really good feel for the coats / colours etc wish they had the Naomi on there but I think Ive been swayed by the Lindsay following my purchase of a 'smart' coat I really just need a nice parka, the Naomi was going to do both jobs but Ma n Pa came through with an early birthday present whoop!

PebblePots Tue 02-Oct-12 15:53:09

Didrikson owners! - what is the Didrikson Naomi material like, it looks rustly, not soft to the touch?

Thanks

kiwidreamer Tue 02-Oct-12 16:14:16

The Naomi was on pre order til the 1st Oct so I'm not sure anyone will actually have one just yet, maybe try emailing VikingKids customer service email addy - they are really helpful smile

Kitsilano Tue 02-Oct-12 17:31:09

What about Elvine? shop.elvine.se/system/search/product.asp?id=1052&b=36&c=120&page=1&rnum=1

(I tried to order a Merrell wakefield was then told it was out of stock)

My2Monkeys Tue 02-Oct-12 18:19:57

Pebblepots, I have a Naomi - got it from VikingKids about 10 days ago Kiwidreamer so not on pre-order - and I LOVE it! it's longer at the front than my friend's Celeste so keeps my legs nice and dry - I'm 5'5" and it finishes just above my knees. It isn't downy soft as such but not scratchy either, similar feel to the Celeste I think. I love that you can take the hood off - don't like a hood pushing against my hair and messing it up when I'm going out (as long as it isn't pouring down of course). It has a nice high collar inside the hood which can be folded down for a more "dressy" look. It's also got a great belt which adjusts the waist and looks really flattering.

anchovies Tue 02-Oct-12 19:11:53

For those who asked about the didriksons desiree on viking kids...

I am 5'6 and it is mid thigh so keeps my legs warm and dry. It looks a bit of a strange shape on the viking kids photo but in real life it looks "normal" on! It has an adjustable waist so you can pull it in a bit to give you some shape.

The pockets are very deep and warm and the sleeves are long so toasty hands. The coat itself is extremely warm, not really cold enough for it yet unless I wear a tshirt under it! The hood has a soft touch inside and is very adjustable so you can make it fit perfectly - I never appreciated this until I had a hood that I can just put up, stays up in the wind, keeps me properly dry and I can see under!

Here is a link to it on the didriksons website

PebblePots Tue 02-Oct-12 19:14:30

Thanks my2monkeys, does it rustle when you move around? Like when the arms rub on the body of the coat? I don't know what the celeste feels like either confused

Thanks!

My2Monkeys Tue 02-Oct-12 19:30:29

No, it doesn't rustle smile Feels rather like cotton on the outside (think it's all polyester though) and has a soft, shiny lining inside. Nice and cosy!

pongysticks Tue 02-Oct-12 19:34:21

does anyone own the Aigle Cuckmere? - www.magrigg.co.uk/aigle-cuckmere-ladies-coat-night.html seriously thinking about buying that one and hopping it will last forever at that price?

PebblePots Tue 02-Oct-12 19:36:14

I've just ordered the didrikson Naomi in eggplant! Woo-woo! (having big-spend adrenaline rush!)

My2Monkeys Tue 02-Oct-12 19:37:19

Anchovies, funny you should post that just as I was reading - I asked VikingKids about the Desiree when I got my Naomi as I really liked the look of it (and the reduced price!) but unfortunately it was sold out in the shadow colour in my size (12 - I'm normally at least a 14 but my friends' Celeste in a 12 fits me perfectly). Apparently it's from last year's collection. I like the look of the maroon colour but wanted something more neutral that I'll be happy to wear for years (I went for the charcoal grey Naomi in the end).

My2Monkeys Tue 02-Oct-12 19:39:04

Yay PebblePots, let us know what it's like! I wish I'd had the nerve to go for the eggplant, it looks gorgeous - but I'm happy with my grey one too.

PebblePots Tue 02-Oct-12 19:48:11

Thanks for the info my2monkeys, & i will feedback!

PebblePots Tue 02-Oct-12 19:57:11

Pongysticks - I have a different aigle & have been very pleased with it, lovely quality coat. The zip is now sometimes a bit of a pain to get started for some reason - this is my only complaint but it probably wouldn't put me off buying another.

BieneMaja Tue 02-Oct-12 20:28:52

I just ordered a Haven in 12 (M). Fingers crossed its not too big, i'm a ten on top and a 12 on bum but I didn't want it TIGHT-tight. Just fitted.

Wish me luck!

pongysticks Tue 02-Oct-12 20:55:26

pebblepots Thanks DH is buying it for me for early christmas gift as I'm chilly, I have a north face ski jacket, and some wool winter business coats but not s snuggly warm dog walking school run coat that covers my bum. - it looks lovely!

My Haven arrived yesterday. I wore it totally unnecessarily for work today. So snuggly!!

nellyjelly Tue 02-Oct-12 20:58:51

Probably a good cheap waterproof from Tresspass or Regetta with a fleece underneath would do the job. Climbers and walkers always layer to keep warm

PebblePots Wed 03-Oct-12 03:39:33

Yes it looks seriously snuggly, lovely

wishiwasonholiday Wed 03-Oct-12 07:04:54

Tested my didriksons Veronica out yesterday in the torrential downpour at school run time, it was lovely and warm and kept me very dry, my legs were drenched but at least my top half was warm and dry!

cerealqueen Wed 03-Oct-12 10:28:36

Just came across this on Ebay:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/LADIES-PADDED-FLEECE-LINED-LONG-BREATHABLE-WATERPROOF-JACKET-10-20-RRP-75-RCPT-/230674516314?pt=UK_Women_s_Coats_Jackets&var=&hash=item35b545c95a#ht_2519wt_842

Might be just the ticket for somebody?

accessorieshelp Wed 03-Oct-12 10:53:24

waiting for my didriksons lindsey to arrive but am worried it's going to be too short. I really want/need something that's down to my knees so that my thighs don't get wet

Bunsouttheoven Wed 03-Oct-12 18:29:13

My Naomi in aubergine arrived today (ordered sat). I ordered a 12 (38) & I think it's too big., I am normally a 12. Bit disappointed actually, I think it looks a bit more fitted in the picture. Not sure whether to return it (at my cost!) & get a 10 or get a refund & begin the search again.
Has anyone seen the red? What sort of red is it? Would have ordered graphite but the hood lining would look bleurgh with my colouring. Is the shadow more grey or beige/stone?

wishiwasonholiday Wed 03-Oct-12 18:30:51

Not sure if its the sand but my Veronica in shadow is green.

Bunsouttheoven Wed 03-Oct-12 20:07:31

Ok thanks wish, it's hard to tell from the online photos.

PebblePots Wed 03-Oct-12 20:16:38

buns - do you not like the eggplant colour? I've just ordered that colour too!

If you got a size down, that would be more fitted wouldn't it? Or since you are slim, you could try the merrell ellenwood, as I gather they are not cut as generously as the didriksons.

Piemistress Thu 04-Oct-12 09:06:16

I am swithering over which didriksons jacket to order, is it just me or do they all look similarish which makes the decision even harder! I would like a nice shop nearby to stock some so I can try some in! Awaiting to see how long the Lindsay jacket is on accessorise

MorrisZapp Thu 04-Oct-12 09:19:48

Am meeting DP in town tomorrow so that he can chuck in his tuppence worth on the coat dilemma.

I've narrowed it down to three:

Merrell Ellenwood. It's the most flattering by far, but the material is a bit stiff and unwelcoming.

Jack Wolfskin Icestorm (?). Warm, cosy, soft, flattering. But not waterproof.

North Face Arctic parka. Ludicrously warm, fur on hood is detachable, would last many years. But not as flattering (especially from the back).

All three easy to find in Edinburgh, at Cotswold Outdoor and the North Face shop. I think DP is gonna say get the North Face. It's 320 quid in the shop, holy moley. But can get it for 270 online.

Will report back!

accessorieshelp Thu 04-Oct-12 10:21:49

piemistress jacket didn't arrive yesterday sad so waiting today. Need to go food shopping but don't want to miss the special delivery gah
yes they are all very similar and so annoying that there's nowhere to try them on <thinks of opening a school run coat shop>

Curtsey Thu 04-Oct-12 10:29:32

I've ordered the Didrikson's Cathyln from Viking Kids, waiting for it to arrive. Terrifed by the cost but determined to be warm and dry this year for once. My last version of a 'decent' coat was a 10-year-old parka from AWear, hmm. I'm a size 8 normally so have ordered the 6 in the hope that it'll fit. I will update once I've tried it on!

accessorieshelp Thu 04-Oct-12 10:32:54

curtsey will be interested to know what it's like as I was dithering between that and the lindsey - cathlyn's more waterproof but lindsey looks longer (although both say 3/4 length on didriksons website).

Curtsey Thu 04-Oct-12 10:42:24

I'll let you know! I'm a shortarse so hopefully it'll feel that bit longer on me.

accessorieshelp Thu 04-Oct-12 10:46:06

I'm a shortarse too - has its benefits sometimes!

My2Monkeys Thu 04-Oct-12 12:03:39

Buns, it sounds as if it's just too big? The general advice seems to be to size down and so if you're normally a 12 you should probably go for the 10. Have you tried adjusting the poppers on the belt? I find that mine is quite nicely fitted, but I did size down.

NumptyMum Thu 04-Oct-12 12:15:33

For anyone looking for a waterproof but NOT long or v warm coat, I like the look of the Siri Gore-tex from Sprayway...

Piemistress Thu 04-Oct-12 12:37:19

I am also a shortarse at 5'1". There are better photosvofvthe jackets on their online catalogue, still swithering about the Lindsey, shame I can't find a place that does free returns. Quite a few stockists of kids didriksons stuff near me but no ladies jackets!

Cocochops Thu 04-Oct-12 13:01:28

I'm back with my Didrikson Lindsey review. Its been sat in the post office since Saturday and I have only been able to pick it up today but worth the wait - I love it!
I got the dark green it definitely does not look as green as on the viking kids website more like a brown grey colour this website shows a better colour here

- Very warm
- Brilliant enormous hood not like most coats that cover about half the head
I am definitely going to remove the fur until winter sets in though looks a bit
eskimo like on this lovely autumn day!
- Front length - mid thigh ( I am 5ft 4)
- Back length - about 6 inches past bum
- My only complaint is the arns are a bit long for me but I am short so I just kind
of roll them back and it looks fine
-Lovely fabric not shiny at all
-Lovely day here so haven't been able to test out the waterproofness but from
what I have read should be fine

Oh and definitely size down

Hope that's useful!

Piemistress Thu 04-Oct-12 13:07:10

Oooo thanks! Am swithering about sizes, normally an 8 but since recent arrival of DD am deffo nearer a 12 around the bust and tum. Not sure what size to get!

accessorieshelp Thu 04-Oct-12 13:12:44

hmm cocochops that's interesting, mine has just been delivered and I am really disappointed!

good points:
-very warm
- not too chunky considering warmth
- reaches my knees at the back (am 5ft 3) - only mid thigh at front though

bad points:
- not bad as such but I would describe the colour as dark brown, not at all green
- got a size 8 (am normally 10) & its still generous
- arms look too roomy
- looks like a mountain jacket, not as urban as I'd have hoped
- I think there is a slight sheen to the fabric
- fur squashed but that's probably from packaging & could be fluffed up
- I know its main aim is to be functional but it just doesn't DO anything for me

So, am going to have to send it back and go back to the drawing board. How frustrating (& I'll have to pay for postage too)

Piemistress Thu 04-Oct-12 13:21:13

Paying for return postage is what I hate as probably about £10 for the jacket? I did a google image search of the jacket but didn't reveal much. Dilemma! The merrel jackets just don't fit my shape at all.

kiwidreamer Thu 04-Oct-12 13:48:23

zoovillage.com have very good photos of the Lindsey, I'm a bit disappointed to hear that its not a proper green (I ordered mine last night) I really didnt want a khaki colour, you will absolutely need to size down maybe even 2 sizes, I'm a 14/16 and was recommended by VikingKids to order a 12, I'm not convinced but will wait and see when it arrives. The generous sizing seems to be throughout the Didrikson range. VK estimated it would be £5/6 to return the item and you dont pay postage on a replacement item.

Cocochops Thu 04-Oct-12 13:56:44

Thats a shame accesories its annoying not to be able to try on. Maybe the 6 would be better ( I got the 6 am normally an 8) but I guess you don't want to have to pay the postage on the off chance. Hope you find something

accessorieshelp Thu 04-Oct-12 13:57:29

kiwi I wouldn't call it khaki either, I'd almost call it chocolate brown. I would probably say go 2 sizes down which is really annoying because on VK website they say fairly true to size but size down if you want a more fitted look. I sized down but it's STILL too big

PebblePots Thu 04-Oct-12 14:05:23

My didrikson Naomi arrived today (viking kids are very quick).

The eggplant colour is pretty much a blue with purple lining, very nice colour. It's fairly huge - I'm a curvy-bummed 16 & ordered a 16. I have the waist poppers done up on the tightest one & can wear a chunky long cardie underneath. I'm 5'11 and the front is a few inches above my knee, the back a bit longer. The arms are also long!
Would have liked to try a size down but
I'm going to keep mine as think a smaller size may be tight on my hips, I think it will new fab in the really cold weather.

busyboysmum Thu 04-Oct-12 18:19:44

Any North Face Arctic Parka owners about? Does the fur detach from the hood? Hubby has the mens version which does (we got it for £70 in the outlet shop at Cheshire Oaks last year, wish they'd had a ladies in as well)

I've seen it here on ebay but will there be any tax to pay with it coming from America does anyone know?

Also is it definitely fully waterproof? thanks for any advice if anyone on here has one.

MorrisZapp Thu 04-Oct-12 19:18:19

Arctic parka definitely does have detachable fur.

I tried it on but am undecided! It's very, very warm and padded. Too warm, I think, for me.

I saw it online for £270 delivered by the way.

Stateofplay Thu 04-Oct-12 19:31:50

I have a North Face Arctic Parka, bought it a year ago, after wanting it for many years. Yes, the hood is detachable, and yes, it is absolutely waterproof, as well as snow, blizzard, wind and storm proof. I've even skied in it once or twice (in very bad conditions when my waist-length ski jacket wouldn't cut it).

I love it, the best item of clothing I've bought in my life, by a mile. I think it will last for many years as well, every inch of it is so well-made, from zips to pockets.

I bought it in the US as it was cheaper in $ than £s. I bought it while on holiday, and didn't pay any tax on it coming back in, but not sure about the eBay one.

Alibabaandthe40nappies Thu 04-Oct-12 20:02:28

I have given my Barbour a couple of test runs this week. It is very warm and snugly, and I have had 3 compliments on it already grin

nellyjelly Thu 04-Oct-12 20:58:40

North face arctic parka on sale for £169 at john Gaynor sports online.

kiwidreamer Fri 05-Oct-12 13:27:22

My Lindsey has arrived today so I thought I'd add my feedback smile Its a very very dark green, like accessories said almost a greeny brown, but I like it, would have been better more green than brown but its fine. I am a 14/16 crossover size, D cup, Principals coat I bought last week was a 16. I got the Lindsey in a 12 and its a good fit, I only wear thin layers - chunky knits make me look like the mitchelin man but if you did wear thicker layers you would definitely need to go to a 14 but the coat is so warm I cannot imagine needing thicker layers underneath (just wear thermals if its that cold lol) . The sleeves are perfect length, the hood is massive, length is mid thigh at the front and almost to knees at the back. My only gripe so far is that the pockets are not where I naturally put my hands, they are a lot higher up, just below waist level, I dont know how much difference a larger size would make there, plus the pockets have flaps and buttons which I can imagine being a PITA when wearing gloves... but then when wearing gloves I wont really need to use the pockets.

I'd give it a solid 8 out of 10 smile

Bunsouttheoven Fri 05-Oct-12 14:11:57

Ok so my verdict on the Didriksons in aubergine is.
- size - I am a size 12 ish, boobs more like a 14. Ordered a 38 which some sites state as a 10 but the site I used sent it to fit a 12. I still found it too big so would size down again unless planning on wearing loads of thick knits under.
- v v warm
- hood not massive but did cover head ok
- sleeves v long
- aubergine colour purple/navy with a purple lining
- length on me 5'6 just above the knee

All in all I am sending it back, would order the graphite to try but I'm not sure the lining colour would suit me & can't keep doing the £10 to pay to return it thing so cutting my losses. May have to do actual shopping in person to find the right coat. Just tricky finding somewhere that stocks a good range.

Back to the drawing board. For me I have to love it to justify spending such a lot of money. I've got to want to wear it or it will just be a waste & stay in the cupboard. I might be destined to be soggy & a bit chilly on the school run& dog walks for a bit longer.

NumptyMum Fri 05-Oct-12 14:19:27

I've got my Sprayway Siri today - really pleased with it, it's almost the holy grail of jackets for me. Because it's NOT insulated, it's easy to take off and cart around on the days it turns out hotter than you expect. For winter I'll put warm layers underneath and as it's fully waterproof/windproof (gore-tex) it should do a good job through most if not all of the winter. It looks GREAT: the styling is really nice (belted middle, 2 way zip, buttons at top to give more weatherproofing around neck). The only reason it's NOT totally the holy grail of jackets for me is that the hood looks a bit rubbish when up, but I blame that on my very long neck (no hooded jacket has ever looked good on me with the hood up...). For the price at Gaynors (£119, delivery £ which is next day), it's great. I've had Sprayway jackets before, they've been a good make so I trust that this will last about 10 years like the last Gore-tex jacket I had from them smile.

accessorieshelp Fri 05-Oct-12 14:47:23

agree with kiwi about the lindsey that the pockets are in an annoying unusual place. I don't know whether to bother with trying another didriksons or just try the merrell wakefield / something else

notsosqueakyclean Fri 05-Oct-12 17:42:49

I really should stop reading this thread! I really do like my Lyndsey - love the colour and the big hood is fantastic at keeping rain off my face. I know what kiwi means about the pockets though - they are rather high up! DH thinks I should have bought a waterproof shell, that I'll get too hot on my dog walks - I have to say I am getting rather too hot in it at the moment, just hope it comes into its own in the colder weather. Just been out for a quick walk in the rain and my head got SO hot (hood is fleece lined) and I've taken the fur off in the meantime while it's still quite warm outside.

I get a bit obsessed with these purchases - I've already had 3-4 coats from TK Maxx which I took back for one reason or another.

Last year I tried to get hold of a really nice Parka a friend of mine had bought - a Helly Hansen in a teal blue colour. I could only find it in burgundy / black, ordered them but sent them back as I didn't like them as much as the blue - they were a bit shiny too! I probably could have bought a coat with the money I've spent on postage!! sad. My other worry about theparka is that it will date - it's a bit trendy now, but will it look naff next year?!

kiwidreamer Fri 05-Oct-12 17:53:04

I must admit I'm thinking that I'll need an 'in between' coat now too, but I'll just have to make do for the next few weeks till it gets proper cold and then at the other end of the season I might get an uninsulated Merrell Wakefield to keep the rain off but not give so much warmth.

I'm hoping I get used to those funny pockets... I cant cope with any more coat decisions so I'm keeping the Lindsey!

accessorieshelp Fri 05-Oct-12 17:59:35

know what you mean kiwi I'm getting bored of this whole search (and STILL no coat!).

My Naomi should be here tomorrow so ill report back.

I'm fed up of buying coats the are ok in one way but never perfect. My lands end down coat is really warm and waterproof but too warm for now and too
casual looking to wear to work but then a wool coat I have is freezing

MacyGracy Fri 05-Oct-12 22:10:20

For those that have a North Face Arctic, how is the sizing? I am 10-12, would medium be right for me? Thanks.

minipie Fri 05-Oct-12 22:18:54

Found another contender today : Jack Wolfskin I tried on their 5th Avenue coat and it was very cosy and non shiny.

starkadder Fri 05-Oct-12 22:58:05

Oh, numpty - that Sprayway one looks really good. Can I ask though - I've been reading this thread and everyone is talking about sizing up/down - are sizes on there fairly norma? I'm tallish (about 5'8'') and about a size 12. Also, is the hood big enough to stay on? (I also have a bit of a long neck...)
Thanks smilesmilesmile

accessorieshelp Fri 05-Oct-12 23:08:44

minipie I like the jack wolfskin one but it doesn't look very long ??

TheDoctrineOfSnatch Fri 05-Oct-12 23:51:17

Ooh the Siri looks nice!

minipie Sat 06-Oct-12 12:08:38

It was near knee length on me accessories but I'm only 5'3

My Naomi arrived today. I ordered the aubergguine which in rl is a lovely purple with royal purple lining.

I'm normally a petite ten so ordered the eight but its far too big. The sleeves are long and the upper body seems too baggy. The sleeve width and under the arms is also quite baggy. On me it looks like a sack. The material is ski wear fabric so it crinkles as opposed to rattles iykwim. On the plus side the hood fits really well, the sleeve cuffs are warm too and when I took the coat off I realised how warm I had been. It's quite a heavy coat. The length is perfect. I'm 5.4 and it came to my knees at the front and past my knees at the back. I've even tried on a cardi and fleece under it but still it's too big. I soo wanted to love it. It seems more padded and less fitted looking than the photos. I'm going to order a 6 and see what thats like.

Fimbo Sat 06-Oct-12 15:51:26

I have the Merrell Haven which I bought from ShopontheBeach, think they were the company that ended up giving an mner a pair of boots for free for the recommendation on mn. I also have The North Face Arctic Parka but it is a bugger to try and get the feathers to fluff up again when you wash it.

largerleon Sat 06-Oct-12 21:38:55

So glad I came back to this thread!!
My Lands End Stadium Squall Coat in a M (allegedly UK 14/16) was slightly but too-much-to-ignore tight around the hips/bum so I've returned it. sad

However, inspired more by this thread, I emailed Viking Kids to ask if they were getting any more Naomi's in a 14 or Melissa (that looks lush in the amaranth) and got a very detailed and helpful reply from Amanda who suggested I try a 12 as I'm a 14-16.
And the answer was no, unless they import more which will inevitably cost more.

So... I've ordered one of those ££££ but I hope if it's the right coat it will last and last. My current coat is a LE non bum-coverer but I have had it for at least 10 years so figured that is minimal cost overall (well that's what I'm telling him!! grin
Will let you know if sizing down 2 sizes is the key to Didriksons...
Oh and I'm 5'9 too, so don't know how long it will be on me either.

MacyGracy Sun 07-Oct-12 17:03:20

Just ordered North Face arctic in grey from Gaynors, keen price I reckon as new season colour, £239! smile

Fourtops Sun 07-Oct-12 19:41:29

Hi all, I'm also on the search for a somewhat stylish waterproof coat. Was going to go with one of the Didriksons but I'm only 5'1 and from what others are saying I think they will be too long. Especially like the Naomi but want coat to be above my knee. For whoever bought the Sprayway Siri, how long is that. It looks shorter than I'd like on the model but she is probably much taller than me. For those who bought the Wakefield/ellenwood how long is it and what is the sizing like? Thanks for the help.

hiloe Sun 07-Oct-12 19:42:39

I am now the proud owner of a Didrikson Naomi in white (yikes). Bought in Peebles this afternoon. Prices wise it was the same as everywhere else online.

I am a 12/14 but with broad shoulders and got the size 38 (not too sure what this relates to as the coats are all sized European). The size 40 was way too big particularly on the shoulders - it drowned me. I am an apple and wore a light jumper and I would say that the 38 give me a snug fit though would not want to get any fatter.

This place is the closest stockist to Edinburgh - took me about 35 mins get there. Great stock of Naomi's - all sizes in Eggplant, White and Graphite. They also sold lots of North Face including the Metropolis down coat and the new Merrell Ellenwood and the down Isadorra. The place was a treasure trove of gorgeous winter coats and gilets and fleeces all in one place! Website doesn't give you any indication of this - I had emailed ahead so knew that the Naomi there waiting for me.

TellMeLater Sun 07-Oct-12 20:06:10

Gaynors is brilliant - I got my arctic parka from their last year at a great price with next day delivery and then ordered dh's McMurdo parka last week with equally great price and service - I have no connection with them, I'm just a very satisfied, warm customer.

cheesebaby Sun 07-Oct-12 23:54:06

I've been lurking on this thread since - well - last year & the original fantastic coats thread...

I'm now the proud owner of a Didriksons Cathlyn, and feel duty-bound to report on the fit for all those still undecided about what to spring for grin

My experience basically echoes everyone else's - I'm a large 12 (but losing weight) with broad shoulders. Because I have needed a 14 in some shops of late I originally ordered a 12, but had the same experience as hiloe and found it just swamped me. I exchanged (or will have when I send the 12 back!) for a 10 which is just perfect. Still quite r

cheesebaby Mon 08-Oct-12 00:00:26

Oops, posted too soon...

Still quite roomy on the arms, a good fit round the bust & my rather podgy middle, and wouldn't want to be any smaller on the shoulder.

The quality is amazing - there are without doubt more stylish coats out there, but not many that tick warm, waterproof, and a bit funky boxes simultaneously. I think it'll do just what I wanted, and be pretty versatile. It's a shame the pictures on most websites don't give a very true impression of what the coat actually looks like on - but if you google images it's usually possible to find some pictures of them in real live human beings.

So another vote to definately size down (and hopefully save someone else the return postage costs - grrrrr)!

cheesebaby Mon 08-Oct-12 00:12:15

Oh, and Fourtops I can't speak for any other of the didriksons coats as I've only tried the Cathlyn, but for what it's worth it isn't overly long - I'm 5'6", and it comes to sort of upper mid thigh at the front and a few inches above the knee at the back (that's another thing you can't see on the stock photos - it has a dipped parka style hemline at the back so would def keep bum and thighs dry on a wet bench!!). It's a fair bit shorter than the NF arctic parka, which I bought on the back of last years thread but hardly wore as the winter was so mild hmm

Curtsey Mon 08-Oct-12 10:57:01

Came on here to report back about the Didrikson's Cathlyn but cheesebaby has beaten me to it!
I pretty much agree with everything you say, cheese - I'm very happy with mine. Like you say, there are probably more stylish coats out there but this one is really very good quality, a nice colour, and looks decent on. I like the dipped parka style hemline - the coat definitely looks very nice from the back.

I'm a size 8 normally and ordered the 6. It's just right on me, I think - I've pulled the strings in fully to cinch it as much as I can, and am happy. Hood's lovely and snug and won't blow back - even on the Atlantic seaboard where I am, I reckon!

Was going to send it straight back if I wasn't fully happy, but you know what - I am.

Curtsey Mon 08-Oct-12 10:58:32

Fourtops, I'm 5'2 and the Cathlyn isn't too long at all - well above the knee.

CaffeineDeficit Mon 08-Oct-12 11:15:06

A quick question for anyone who's bought the Seasalt Janelle, or seen it in person... Would you say the Cormorant is a warm grey or more of a cool, blue-toned grey? Also, how does it come up in terms of sleeve length? I'm 5ft9 and seem to have ridiculously long arms!

Thanks!

Bunsouttheoven Mon 08-Oct-12 15:59:02

Right I've ordered a merrell haven in black. Not strictly speaking waterproof but another thread said it is pretty good. I'll update with a review when it arrives.

accessorieshelp Mon 08-Oct-12 16:11:00

was in town today and tried on the Haven II (tried one on last year & the hood didn't sit properly), anyway I really liked it but thought it would be cheaper to buy online. However, the cheap ones are the Haven (as opposed to Haven II) - does anyone know the difference? IS there a difference?

also worried about waterproofness. Inside label said 2000m (or was it 3000m confused

member Mon 08-Oct-12 16:16:31

For those who balk at spending such a lot on a coat ( I am slowly losing weight & can't justify huge sums for a coat that may only fit me for one winter), I have just purchased one of these

FairyPenguin Mon 08-Oct-12 19:57:51

I have just bought the Trespass Alissa 3-in-1 jacket in Black. Currently on offer, originally £150, now £70. Lovely and warm and I can wear the inner shell or outer jacket on their own for spring and autumn.

I was looking at the Lands End 3-in-1 Down Commuter Coat and this is extremely similar yet less than half the price. I found a discount code for 25% off but it had just expired.

V pleased. grin

kiwidreamer Mon 08-Oct-12 20:35:17

My Lindsey has had its first wet outing on the school run today and the verdict is blimmen awesome, love the giant hood it was brilliant for pushing the buggy and wrangling a 4yr old with his lethal 'umbrolly' smile

pongysticks Tue 09-Oct-12 19:55:49

Oh glad this thread is still going - I'm on the hunt - does anyone own one of these - Barbour jackets - www.barbourbymail.co.uk/Womens-Barbour-Peninsula-Down-Quilted-Jacket.html

mumat39 Wed 10-Oct-12 09:55:19

Hello. I've been following this thread and ordered myself a Didrikson Naomi yesterday which I'm excited about. I bought it to replace a big down jacket that I've had for about 8 years which I still love but isn't waterproof. I also have a boden rainy day mac which is great in terms of waterproof-ness but I just don't like it anymore. I think it's because it makes me feel like a bin man as it's lack and a bit frumpy. sad

Anyway, I've woken up this morning to very sunny day. I had a bet with myself that as soon as I order it the weather will improve and today is beautiful. confused

So I'm wondering if I actually made a mistake and need something a bit more in-betweeny. So for the bits between autumn and winter and also winter and spring.

Any advice appreciated. Many Thanks in advance. smile

mumat39 Wed 10-Oct-12 09:56:20

Black, not lack. Flipping predictive text!!! blush

RachelHRD Wed 10-Oct-12 10:28:07

Not sure if this has been linked to yet but the Lands End Stadium Squall is in the Debenhams sale at the mo in regular and petite sizes here

My2Monkeys Wed 10-Oct-12 10:31:32

Mumat39, if you can afford it at all I think you need both kinds... Personally I'd keep the Naomi, it will keep you warm and dry through the winter which an inbetweeny one won't. Keep using your Boden one for now if it's too warm for a padded coat and save up for another thinner rain coat in the spring. Did you get your Naomi from VikingKids? They've also got some nice-looking macs that are a lot less pricey, like this one.

mumat39 Wed 10-Oct-12 10:40:30

Thanks My2Monkeys.
That's good advice, and I'll have a look at the other macs too. I do need one of those too but was wondering if I could get one jacket for all occasions. I actually got the Naomi from outdoorworlddirect as it was cheaper than the Vikingkids one.
Thanks for your help. smile

My2Monkeys Wed 10-Oct-12 11:34:07

For the posters who were worried about the colour of the lining of the Naomi in graphite, I was a bit concerned too as warm colours don't work with my skin tone (make my face look bright red angry) but in real life it's more beige than yellow. Also, the coat has a big collar which is graphite inside and the hood (which is removable) sits under this, more between the shoulder blades, so the lining is nowhere near my face IYSWIM. I also like the fact that the hood doesn't push up against my hair which they do on a lot of other coats I've tried.

My2Monkeys Wed 10-Oct-12 11:38:41

Sorry Mumat39, didn't see your previous message before posting mine - had typed mine up and then got caught up in work (how annoying)!

I'd love a jacket for all occasions too but I get too cold in winter if I don't have a padded one. A lot of people seem to manage with something lighter and just layering underneath, maybe this would work better for you. Have you tried the Thelma (too lazy to check if owd have it as I have VK bookmarked)? Looks very similar to the Naomi, just lighter.

Phaedra11 Wed 10-Oct-12 12:02:30

For those interested in the Stadium Squall Coat, please bear in mind that the one linked above is last year's and water resistant rather than waterproof.

I have this one which is waterproof and the petite was a great fit for me. I'm 5ft 3 and size 8/10. More expensive than the one above though and I wasn't keen on the colour choice. I went for the purple which looked better in RL as blue and black are awful with my colouring. I would have preferred red, green, or brown though.

The double zip took me a while to get used to, as well but apart from that I'm very happy with mine.

MacyGracy Wed 10-Oct-12 20:10:25

Received my north face arctic in graphite today, I love it, it fits like it was made for me! Sod's law it will be dry and mild this winter!

NumptyMum Wed 10-Oct-12 21:58:59

Hello! Sorry to the people who were asking me questions about the Siri, my DH blocked me from Mumsnet (think it was accidental hmm... but then I have been procrastinating about a job application).

I'd reckon sizing is normal, ie I'm generally a 10-12 and the 12 was roomy enough for wearing something bulky and warm under. The length is great, a couple of inches/5cm below my bum. There's no warmth to speak of to this jacket, but if you've got warm jumpers/fleeces, and a good scarf, you can add in the warmth and on a hotter day it's easy to stow under the pram. Of course since I bought the jacket the weather here has been permanently sunny so I had to do just that today...

I've just gone back to Gaynors to buy another one as my DH kindly pointed out that it's worth buying more than one of a really good jacket in case they stop making it. No further prompting required! However in the Khaki most sizes have now sold out.

NumptyMum Wed 10-Oct-12 22:18:30

Oh - and re the hood, yes it fits, just doesn't look that good.

But do you know what, I still like the look of the Didriksons - perhaps one of these will have the holy grail of hoods, one that will look OK when up! I'll just have to wait a year or so to justify it.

Tikkabillajive Wed 10-Oct-12 22:55:41

I love this thread! I am so pleased to find that there are other people who obsess as much as I do about finding the perfect coat!

Thank you for pointing me in the direction of the Didriksons coats, I am now seriously thinking of ordering a Taylor in red - has anyone else got this one? Is the red a bit OTT and mountain expedition-ish and should I stick to the dark green? Would love to hear any reviews!

Tikkabillajive Wed 10-Oct-12 22:57:24

Oh, one other question about the Didriksons Taylor, is the fur detatchable from the hood? I can't see this info anywhere - although I can for the Lindsey.

mumat39 Wed 10-Oct-12 23:05:57

Hi My2Monkeys. Thanks for the link to the Thelma.
I had a message from DPD saying that my Naomi arrives tomorrow, which is super quick as I thought the free delivery option was 3-5 working days so fingers crossed it's perfect.
Thanks again for your help. I really feel the cold too. smile

Bunsouttheoven Wed 10-Oct-12 23:14:25

My merrell haven came today. I ordered a medium as I am about a 12. I like it & think it looks pretty smart & feels warm. Prob slightly shorter than I'd ideally like (just above mid thigh on me 5ft 6)
The hood does not look great up & feels a bit small on the neck. I think the only hood that I have had that did look good up was massive & it blew down when it was windy.
Any road up all in all I like it & am keeping it. Not sure how waterproof it will be according to the label it is 3000mm/24hrs. So that's as clear as mud. hmm

My Taylor in red arrived yesterday and I love it! I am on phone, so apologies in advance for any creative predictive blunders.

First of all, to answer Tikka: I could not find any info wrt the fur around the hood online either, but I am pleased to say it does come off. The colour is lovely - not mountain rescue at all, just a flattering neutral red (not too warm or cold in tone, iyswim). The material is very matte, feels like cotton to touch and it does not rustle. For all intents and purposes, it looks like a fashion parka as opposed to a high-performance waterproof gear.

To echo all the other fortunate Didriksons owners, the sizing is ridiculously generous. Zoovillage has measurements that are meant to correspond to their sizes (inc. arm length) so I measured myself before ordering and went for their smallest size (xxs or 34). It is meant to be a UK 6, but I am almost always a small 10 and 5'10" and the coat fits like a glove, although it is quite fitted, which is what I wanted. I am wearing it to work today and wearing a blouse and a suit jacket underneath an it does not feel restrictive. It is particularly roomy around the shoulder and upper arm area, which is great for freedom of movement. I tried it on at home with jumpers and fleeces underneath and it still fits.

The padding is not to bulky and not too hot - I am very toasty, but did not get sweaty during a brisk walk to the train. Bearing in mind it is around 10'C outside and drizzly, I was very impressed with how breathable it is, especially considering all the layers I am wearing.

My only complaint is the hood. I am large of head and long of neck and the fit is snug. The chin guard is very high, like in all high end weatherproof gear (DH just got himself a Berghaus Tera Peak or some such thing and his reaches up all the way to the ridge of his nose!). The hood fits fine when I do not zip the chin guard all the way up, but when I do the opening for my face is very small and it feels uncomfortably tight around my chin. It may be the way it is designed (notice how in all he publicity none of the models are shown with the hood up and the zip closed all the way up?), or it may be because I ordered such a small size. I suppose I could send it back to see if I would have the same issue with an 8, but I don't want to pay for pp back to Sweden and it fits great everywhere else. Plus, with the zip slightly open, the hood is perfectly functional and it stays up.

Was very pleased with zoovillage as well. Despite the silly name, they shipped the coat very quickly with UPS and I had fun following its journey through Europe. Yes, I am sad.

Just to finish off this essay, I am very jealous of all of you complaining of sunny weather and limited opportunities to wear your coats. Here in sunny Manchester, I will probably struggle to air any of my other coats this winter.

Tikkabillajive Thu 11-Oct-12 11:41:44

thanks youngblowfish - I think you have nearly sold me on the Taylor! Although I am still slightly torn between it and the Rebecca in green.

Such a grim day here (in Somerset) and it has really brought home the desperate need for an excellent coat (at least that's what I'll tell DH grin)

annieapple7 Thu 11-Oct-12 14:43:12

After lurking through 16 pages I have (after failing to locate my top choice, the Merrell Wakefield) ordered the Didriksons Naomi as I want something long. Have ordered the 10 (38) even though I am a 14, after reading about massive sizes. Now panicking a bit thinking I should have got a 12. Cheaper in Outdoor World Direct 149 but did not have my size so 164 in Viking Kids. shock Agony to pay so much but looking at the stair rods of rain outside it will need to be up to the job. Will report back.
Now I need recommendations for knee high (NOT mid calf high!) waterproof, warm, comfy and stylish boots to walk in....

NumptyMum Thu 11-Oct-12 15:34:53

Just been out in the rain!! and stood around in the playground (why do P1 always take so long to come out?). The Sprayway Siri performed brilliantly - hood down, because I was wearing a cute little Vans visor beanie plus a great snood scarf from ASDA which kept my neck and head warm and dry. I still prefer this combo as the other advantage of wearing a hat and not a hood is that when your children are running around you it's not the inside of your hood you're looking at, if you see what I mean. Anyway, 30 mins of persistant rain and I was warm and dry at the end of it grin! I guess if I were out for longer I might have resorted to my other hat, but would probably only go for the hood if it were bucketing down.

NumptyMum Thu 11-Oct-12 15:43:49

Oh - and had to laugh at the teenagers who'd been sent to pick up younger sisters/brothers (our high school finished yesterday), hardly a coat between them! The fact that there are several threads on here about warm waterproof jackets now makes me think that we are all VERY grown up (ie possibly even advanced years, at least to a teenager...).

Lukethe3 Thu 11-Oct-12 16:32:23

annieapple I've also decided on the Naiomi. Would you mind reporting back on the fit when you get yours. I'm a traditional size 12 and I was going to size down to a 10 but would be so happy to have to order an 8!
I've been trying to decide between Ellenwood and Naiomi. What made you choose Naiomi?

mumat39 Thu 11-Oct-12 16:55:12

Hello everyone.
I ordered a 12 (38) in the Naomi and it arrived today. It's the perfect length but the 12 is just too snug on me, I'm normally a 14 and occassionally a 16 in some shops. So I called outdoor world direct and I have bought the 14 (40) which will arrive tomorrow and will return one or both.
I tried the Naomi on with a v-neck jumper and like I say it was very snug. I'm a bit worried that I'm actually a lot bigger than I think I am, as I followed the advice and sized down. I could do it up but I could feel it if that makes sense, so fingers crossed that the 14 isn't huge as otherwise I'll have to start my search again.

I'm so disappointed my naomi didn't fit. I sized down but it was still too big and too long in the arms. I've just returned it. I half tempted to go for a size 6 but then worry if the sleeves are long on the 8 they'll be long on the 6 too and at £10postage to return I don't want to risk it.

I'm tempted to try the haven ellenwood instead. I can't work out how waterproof it is though.

Fabrics : 2-Layer Merrell Opti-Shell™ waterproof, breathable fabric keeps you dry and comfortable
Merrell Opti-Warm™ lightweight, low-bulk, synthetic insulation keeps you warm - 100g Merrell Opti-Warm™
100% polyester
10,000 mm/ 10,000 g/m2/24hr breathability( does this mean 10000 waterproof ness or breath ability)
DWR finish
Fully seam-sealed for compete waterproof protection
Interior zip secure media pocket carries MP3 player
Fabric-covered, zip-secure handwarmer pockets
Removable, adjustable and contoured hood protects in style
Snap-adjustable cuff
Interior adjustable drawcord waist
36” Center back length (size medium)

Does anyone know if the insulated ellenwood comes in purple. I can find the non insulated version but not sure if that would be warm enough.
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My2Monkeys Thu 11-Oct-12 18:41:26

Mumat39, I don't think you're bigger than you actually are, it looks like OWD aren't using the usual conversion charts from European sizes. I'm pretty sure that a 38 is actually a 10, a 40 a 12 etc. I guess it makes sense to size the coats like OWD do since they come up big, but I remember someone at VK telling me at one point that they have to stick with normal conventions because they don't just sell in the UK and it would hugely confuse things if they "made up" their own sizing IYSWIM.

My2Monkeys Thu 11-Oct-12 18:50:56

LOL, just reread my last post and that should have said "I don't think you're actually bigger than you think you are"!

nextphase Thu 11-Oct-12 19:33:19

Hi Ladies,

I was still a lurker when this thread was about last year, and have read this one from the start. I ordered the ellenwood on tuesday, and it arrived this evening. Amazed how thin it is. Have I bought an uninsulated one?
I'm a 14, and have the L. Its about right. I'm 5'7, and the sleeves are slightly on the long side, but nothing problematic. Slightly disappointed that they aren't adjustable. They look as if they should be, and are poppered, but no other fixings to shrink the cuff. Will test it out in the park at the weekend (but not next week, I'll be working in Southern Spain grin ) If its the uninsulated version, its pretty warm on testing in the house.

ImLostWithoutAHope - I ordered this fig heather, and am pleasantly surprised at the colour. Its brighter than the picture suggests. I'd call it royal purple.

mumat39 Thu 11-Oct-12 20:41:35

Hi again My2Monkeys.

Thanks for that. That makes me feel much better. Clothing sizes confuse me no end so it's good to know maybe it's not me.

It's also interesting as the ODW people on the phone, said that they had only very recently started to stock the Didrikson coats, so I'll definitely speak to them about the sizing confusion. Fingers crossed they agree to not charge me for the return as I kinda now feel that it wasn't me getting it wrong. But on the other hand they were really helpful on the phone and seemed keen that I'm happy with whatever I end up with, even if that means returning both sizes. They also sent the 14 today by next day delivery without charging me and the original one I ordered arrived well within their 3-5 days so I can't complain as they seem like an honest company.

Thanks for your help by the way. I feel slightly less lardy now smile <goes off to find some chocolate>

TiddlyZomZomZombie Thu 11-Oct-12 21:48:48

I've been AWOL from this thread for ages, but just popped back to say; my Didriksons Rebecca arrived and I love it! Best coat I've ever worn, it's fab fab fab!

I managed to get mine from Complete Outdoors as they have a few left from last year (14 & 16 still in stock).
I really prefer the Rebecca to the new versions this year, everything about it is nicer IMO, from the fabric to the pockets.

I'm a happy Tiddly! smile

Thanks next. That's the colour I'm looking for as the only other ones I can see are the black and grey. From what Icahn tell the purple is the non insulated version as the descriptions don't mention anything about opti warm thingy. I found the insulated purple in the states but not uk. How warm would you say it was? Does it have cuffs in the sleeves( I always feel cold if my wrists aren't sealed in! )

neolara Thu 11-Oct-12 23:18:03

Just want to thank you all for your dedication to reporting back details. After much dithering, a didrikson taylor is winging it's way over from Sweeden. Very exciting! Thrilled to hear youngblowfish's positive feedback but slightly anxious I may be completely swamped.

nextphase Fri 12-Oct-12 08:31:56

lost
No, open cuffs. Thats my bug bear with it.
There is definitely some padding in it, and merrell only has an insulated version on their www, making me think there is only insulated ellenwoods about? Its not clear tho. Its pretty snuggly - but not had a propper test yet tho. Only arrived last night.

Does anyone know for a fact about insulated v uninsulated? Do they both exist?

nextphase Fri 12-Oct-12 08:38:01

DOH. How silly am i. I've read the label. Its got opti-warm in it!!!!!

BieneMaja Fri 12-Oct-12 10:22:19

neolara Can I ask where you have ordered your Didriksons Taylor from? I really want one and 38 is sold out at the only place I can find it in the UK! I'm worried about the sizing too. I "could" possibly fit a 36, but its risky...
Thanks!

Tikkabillajive Fri 12-Oct-12 10:58:01

I have finally made up my mind and ordered the Didriksons Rebecca from The Complete Outdoors - exciting!

Bienemaja I think other people on here have ordered the Taylor from this Swedish website which ships to the UK.

Thanks to all of you for reporting back on your purchases, it's been v helpful to hear about the sizing etc. I will let you know how I get on with mine!

saythatagain Fri 12-Oct-12 12:41:30

So....I'm totally sold on a Didrikson, but could really do with knowing about the length; I'm 5'11", size 14. I don't want to spend that kind of money and have sleeves halfway up my arm. Apologies if this question has already asked. Thanks.

TiddlyZomZomZombie Fri 12-Oct-12 13:04:10

Didriksons have long sleeves, my Rebecca has extra soft cuffs inside as well and they come down to my knuckle.

Do any of these coats have longish arms for taller people? I'd really appreciate a shortcut if so - every year I try on loads and they all float somewhere above my wrist...

Oh shit should have read to the end of the thread! blush

saythatagain Fri 12-Oct-12 13:22:33

Don't worry Josie - I'm waiting with baited breath for the one!
All this searching is making my head spin.

cheesebaby Fri 12-Oct-12 13:36:56

If it helps, here are some measurements Viking Kids did for me - they are for the Cathlyn sizes 10 and 12...

Width of sleeve at elbow seam: 22 cm (12), 19 cm (10)
Sleeve length: 55 cm (12), 52.5 cm (10)
Shoulder width: 46.5 cm (12), 45 cm (10)
Chest width: 55 cm (12), 50 cm (12)
Waist: 56 cm (12), 52 cm (10)
Hips: 59 cm (12), 55 cm (10)

neolara Fri 12-Oct-12 13:38:22

Bienemaja - I bought it from ZooVillage, the site Tikkabillajive linked to.

saythatagain Fri 12-Oct-12 13:48:22

cheesebaby This will sound rather dumb but when you say sleeve length 52/53cm; is that the length from under the arm or the shoulder? Ta

WhatWouldCaitlinDo Fri 12-Oct-12 18:51:51

I bought the Didrikson Taylor from Outdoor World Direct and it totally ROCKS. Waterproof, warm, just above the knee. Love it.

cheesebaby Fri 12-Oct-12 19:49:44

Hmmm, well I don't know how they did their mnts, but I just measured the arm on my size 10(38) as 56cm from the armpit to end, and 65cm from shoulder seam to end...

BieneMaja Fri 12-Oct-12 19:56:10

Right so I spent a while on the phone to the nice folks at Outdoor World getting the poor boy to measure all sorts of parts of the 36 and the 38. In the end I plumped for the 38, but there wasn't a lot in it. The waist is adjustable so I am hoping I can just pull it in if its too big.

I am usually a 10 on top, a 12 below. Time will tell!

I went for Black - the cost was £179.99 inclusive delivery, which I think is cheaper than Zoovillage? Its being delivered on Monday. Yay!

Going by past experience, this now means that we will have a mini heat wave and dry spell hmm

Here is the clicky link again for the Zoovillage website, it goes straight to all their Didriksons stock. It is a Swedish company that ships to the UK for free with UPS.

Longtalljosie and saythatagain, my Didriksons Taylor has very long sleeves. I am 5'10" and the sleeves cover my wrist entirely even when I lift my arms up. Similar to Tiddly's Rebecca, my Taylor has inside soft cuffs as well which come up to the middle of my palm. According to the info given on the zoovillage website, the length of the arms increases with the size of the coat.

This is a little measurement chart for the Taylor I copied form here (all measurements in cm):

Size Arm Chest
XXS/34: 58 96
XS/36: 59 100
S/38: 60 104
M/40: 61 108
L/42: 61 112
XL/44: 61 114
xxl/46: 62 124

Apparently, you can actually enter your measurements on the website and see what size would fit you, but I don't know how reliable that would be since I have not tried it. All I know is that their sizing is not very straightforward confused.

Please be wary of my confirmation bias, but I am even more in love with my Taylor now. I did a spot of shopping in London after work and was wonderfully warm and dry despite a complete deluge. Most amazingly of all, I did not have to take it off on the tube! That has never happened to me before in any of my winter coats (unless it was snowing of course). The Northern Line was oppressively hot, but I did not break a sweat. Even my skiing gear cannot compare to that, but I guess it was also much cheaper than any of the Didriksons. Anyway, my commute finished late at night in pouring rain, which was so heavy that my shopping bag had a puddle of water in the bottom by the time I got home. I remained completely dry and toasty and the hood which I was complaining about earlier was actually amazing in keeping the water off my hair and face without restricting my vision.

I'll stop rambling now, here's to staying properly dry and warm this winter wine

saythatagain Mon 15-Oct-12 11:09:04

Thanks for the info; I'm still swayed by the Naomi but am assuming that the measurements will be virtually similar? Now I just have to casually mention it to dh!

Wethoughtitwasanotherday Mon 15-Oct-12 11:33:02

I have just bought the Berghaus insultated richmond reduced to £99. It is very light and quite smart, at a push I could wear it to work and still ook rreasonably turned out. It comes up a little small, I am a standard 10 and it just fits so I would go a size up. Am yet to be out in the rain but it promises to be completely waterproof.

annieapple7 Mon 15-Oct-12 12:42:00

My Didrikson Naomi arrived today. Looks fabulous - you can tell it is really well made. I ordered the 38 (10) although I am a 14 as they are apparently very generous. Well it fits me on the top half bit it tight around my hips (although I do have a big bum I have not had this problem with a coat before).
Will the next size up be too big on top - sleeves are already generous. Also there is no belt - just two button poppers on the sides to cinch it in a bit. Lovely length though - a couple of inches above knee and slightly longer at back. Drat.

BieneMaja Mon 15-Oct-12 13:00:50

As far as I can tell the didriksons are very roomy on top but quite slim but round the bum. I suppose it is all going to depend on your shape.

My Taylor arrived and i went for a 38, it's very roomy on top (I'm a 10 top) but I couldn't have gone any smaller on the bum (where I am usually a 12...)

The arms are super long, but because of the style of cuff they can be turned up. The hood is mental though! With the coat done up I have about a 2 inch circle to peer out of! Most of which is obscured by fur wink

Curtsey Mon 15-Oct-12 14:03:37

Is cheese still on this thread? How do you find the zipper on your Didriksons Cathlyn? Mine's really stiff and hard to do up sad Only complaint I have with the coat so far.

accessorieshelp Mon 15-Oct-12 16:59:02

ok so i have a few questions on the Didriksons Taylor:-

1) a size 8 Lindsey was too big on me (am normally a 10-12), should I go for a 6 in the Taylor? Am worried that my bum (which is proportionally bigger) will be a bit big for it. Anyone tried a Lindsey AND a Taylor? Don't want to order from Sweden & have to send it all the way back.. No UK companies seem to do it in a size 6 as far as I can see..

2) Do I go for a 'dark green' which in the Lindsey was more of a brown, or black?

3) most importantly - DOES THE FUR DEFINITELY COME OFF the hood? I spoke to Outdoorworld Direct & they said it doesn't, but I saw up the thread the other day (don't remember whose post sorry) someone saying it DOES. They got it from Sweden. So does it or not? Are there 2 different versions? On Didriksons website it doesn't mention detachable fur...

thanks. Am determined to sort this coat business once and for all it's been going on waaaay too long.

ooh, also saw this - anyone seen it/have it/tried it on? Thoughts please kedzie

BieneMaja Mon 15-Oct-12 19:30:02

accessories

I just got my Taylor from Outdoorworlddirect and I was really happy with the service. They seem to have a lot in stock.

I have the 38 (which they are saying is a 12 but really 38 is a 10) and like I said up the thread, the top is roomy, but not massive and the bottom is about right. The waist pulls in at the back and its fairly fitted. I am usually a 10 at most on top and it doesn't swamp me (its a coat after all!). I am a good 12 below and its about right.

The fur definitely comes off, I took mine off today to see if I liked it without.

I got the black and the material is lovely - very cottony. I think it would be lovely in the dark green - i just wanted something I could get away with at work and I have a green parka already.

BieneMaja Mon 15-Oct-12 19:31:41

Also, i think you'll find that the reason that no UK companies have the 6 is that they have kind of "resized" them. They are calling the 36 a UK10 which it definitely isn't normally.

I would stick with looking at the euro sizes and go for a 36...

accessorieshelp Mon 15-Oct-12 19:52:36

thanks Biene, am pleased the fur comes off - did it look ok without?

The Lindsey (8) felt too roomy on the top half and I have a feeling the Taylor will be the same then. It just looked wrong

Would like to try it in a 6 and 8.. also outdoorworlddirect only have an 8 in the black now. Maaan I want to try a 6 and an 8 and a green and a black!

year2mum Mon 15-Oct-12 20:14:41

annieapple7 - where did you order your naomi from - think I need one!
Do you know if any stores actually stock them in order to try them on before buying?

BieneMaja Mon 15-Oct-12 20:19:31

accessories its worth ringing them as they had a rummage and found me the size and colour I wanted, despite it being out of stock on the site...

I would ideally like to try the 36 as well, but I'm loathed to pay £10 return fee if it isn't right!

accessorieshelp Mon 15-Oct-12 20:24:05

thanks will give them a call tomorrow. Do you like it in black?

I know what you mean about return fee, I've already forked out £10 to return a Lindsey

annieapple7 Mon 15-Oct-12 23:06:36

Hi year2mum. I ordered mine from vikingkids. I would love to know if they stock them anywhere to try on (I am in South Wales) because I can't be paying all this return postage to try them on!

largerleon Mon 15-Oct-12 23:30:30

Saythatagain

I got a Naomi from VikingKids - I'm a 14/16 and got a 38 which fits a treat, I'm 5'10" with long arms too, the sleeves are a lovely length, the soft inside wrist thing comes down over my wrists grin so chuffed.
If you're worried about the sizing just ring VikingKids and they will measure any part of it for you, Amanda measured underarm to underarm on the Naomi as I wasn't sure if I'd need a 38 or a 40.

Curtsey
There's a knack to the zips.. Amanda at VikingKids (again) rang me back when I left her a message about mine - "it does take a little while but I do find pressing the long part down and holding the two pieces up and together does the trick!"
You have to make sure you get the top one straight then kind of hold the 2 pullers together while you put the other bit in.
If that doesn't make sense I would highly recommend just giving VikingKids a quick call, leave a message if you get no answer, and someone will ring you back.
I really cannot praise VikingKids highly enough for their impressive customer service, I felt truly valued and not abandoned at point of sale. Fabulous grin and I'm not connected to them in any way.

BieneMaja Tue 16-Oct-12 10:31:18

I crumbled and ordered the 36 Taylor too. For that money, I don't want to always be wondering if its too big etc etc blush

I do like the black. It's very smart. I love the green too though but it's not what I want right now

cheesebaby Tue 16-Oct-12 10:53:12

The zip on mine seems fine - its not stiff at all, although a couple of times it's taken a couple of goes to get it going - all in the lining-up I think!!

cheesebaby Tue 16-Oct-12 10:57:46

By the way having worn it out a few times I'm properly smitten grin

Warm (but not sweaty in the car), superbly nice to wear, and I even got complimented on it yesterday by someone who, in the 10+ years I've known her (colleague) has never before mentioned anything about my clothing grin

Have yet to try out in rain, but won't have to wait long, looking at the forecast hmm

cheaspicks Tue 16-Oct-12 11:10:14

Just got a Didriksons Naomi in the post and wanted to add my tuppence about the sizing.

I ordered a size 36 from a German website. I'm a UK 10 (8-12, depending on shop) and live in Germany. I have plenty of clothes where the label says UK 10, D 36, EUR 38, etc., so I wonder if the Swedish size 36 is the same as the German confused.

My Naomi is slightly on the big side - but someone mentioned earlier that Swedes would want to wear more thick layers underneath - I don't feel it's unreasonable to call it a size 10.

I ordered it in red, now I just need to decide if I want to return it and exchange it for a black one...

Curtsey Tue 16-Oct-12 11:21:18

Hi Cheese, yep I think it's like you say, in the line-up...I get fumbly fingers when rushing. Just need more practice.

Oooh yes I love mine too. No compliments yet but I work from home and DD is a baby so no school gate outings for me yet! I tried it out in the rain and it is of course perfect.

mirai Tue 16-Oct-12 11:53:06

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RachelHRD Tue 16-Oct-12 12:55:11

I have just bought this wax hooded parka from M&S. Looks lovely on, is hopefully practical in wet weather with the wax finish. It is quite lightweight which is what I was looking for as I tend to overheat easily so prefer something light that I can layer under if cold.

Had also ordered this from Gap but I think the M&S one will be more practical for the school run as it's more waterproof.

soontobegran Tue 16-Oct-12 22:05:39

After much research I've bought the North Face Parkway which is both warm and waterproof. I'm a size 14 and got the Large which fits really well. It was expensive but I walk a lot and am fed up of getting wet and cold.
Probably have a dry, mild winter now though!

CuttedUpPear Tue 16-Oct-12 23:16:09

This is definitely the best thread I ever started. smile

It is a fantastic thread indeed...

Now then, I need to stop shilly-shallying around and make a decision <flexes knuckles>

Is there anyone around who has the Didriksons Cathlyn who's able to answer a question? I see it's waxed... does it smell like a Barbour? I really can't stand the smell of Barbours and it's the only thing putting me off...

If it does, I'm going for the Naomi...

accessorieshelp Wed 17-Oct-12 12:03:03

bienemaja let me know how you get on! They managed to find me a size 34 (there is NO WAY I'm a 34 in 'normal' clothes) & hoping it will be delivered tomorrow. Went for the green because that's all they had left so my decision was made for me. Hope it fits & that I don't need a 36 because there are none left - if you send yours back biene put a note on it saying 'accessories has bagsied this!!' grin

He said the didriksons were flying off the wall and I was chuckling to myself thinking, yes, it's all the MNers!

cheesebaby Wed 17-Oct-12 12:10:53

Longtalljosie my Cathlyn definitely has some smell about it... But I've never smelt a Barbour so couldn't tell you if it's the same smell (so completely unhelpful post, sorry!).

Is there any way you could find out what is used to wax the two and compare?

Pineapplelady Wed 17-Oct-12 12:26:23

Delurking to share a tip that may not help right now but could be useful in future... I got my Naomi from VikingKids in September, for £148 instead of £165! I'm on their mailing list and they were offering 10% off everything for a couple of days, just when the new collections arrived. They don't do loads of promotions but they've done this a couple of times since I joined the list after buying a coat for DD last year. She even got a free fleece last Christmas!