I need a winter coat, which option should I go for?

(38 Posts)
MissStrawberry Mon 09-Sep-13 13:54:48

DH has suggested I get a North Face jacket as he has one and says they are great for keeping you warm and dry. I feel a bit eek at spending so much but also know I have about 6 coats and none of them keep me warm and dry and look that great. One is fab but isn't warm or waterproof for example.

Seems to me it is a choice between something maybe trendier and cheaper but may not last and is it even possible to get a coat that fits all the criteria, or a NF coat that costs loads, does the job but is a bit boring looking.

Marcheline Mon 09-Sep-13 14:25:24

Hmm, I know what you mean. I'm looking for the same thing.

I've just ordered this but I'm slightly unsure about whiter it will keep me toasty warm and dry. My reasoning is, I can return for free is I decide it's awful IRL.

North face coats are AMAZING but I don't know if o can justify one at the moment.

MissStrawberry Mon 09-Sep-13 14:56:18

DH got his in the sale for £120 instead of £200.

It doesn't say that coat is waterproof. I never both with umbrellas. So many times I have been hit with one at the school gates - never got an apology - and I Just think they shouldn't be used in a place that is full of people. I know no one wants to get wet but I want to get poked with an umbrella spike even less!

Hazelbrowneyes Mon 09-Sep-13 15:03:39

I have this and I love it Warmest coat ever Worth every penny IMO.

SundaySimmons Mon 09-Sep-13 15:04:19

I love your coat marcheline.

That covers the padded, keeping warm criteria but also looks nice.

MissStrawberry Mon 09-Sep-13 15:10:19

<faints at £320 for a coat>

I dread to think what I have spent on coats over the years. I once spent £79 on a coat, took it back as it was faulty and even though I wasn't keen I bought another identical coat! Hanging in my cupboard, worn twice.

OneLittleToddleTerror Mon 09-Sep-13 15:24:04

Your DH is right. North Face is very warm and will keep you very dry. I got a North Face and a Merrell in the last couple of years (after DD is born). I just need a practical jacket that I can stand out in the rain in winter without getting soaked. I think you'll need at least one of these if you doing anything outdoors. They last for years, given they aren't fashionable to start with grin.

OneLittleToddleTerror Mon 09-Sep-13 15:26:42

Marcheline I don't think that Phase Eight one is waterproof. It'd say so if it is.

Hazelbrowneyes Mon 09-Sep-13 15:32:30

MissS my years of purchasing unsuitable coats are what forced me to go for the North Face grin

orangeandemons Mon 09-Sep-13 15:38:12

Lands end stuff is waterproof and dry. Bit boring perhaps, but does the job at 1/2 the price. They have down filled ones.

flamingtoaster Mon 09-Sep-13 15:51:26

I agree with Hazelbrowneyes I got an Arctic Parka last winter and it is the most wonderful warm coat I've ever had. I got it in a sale fortunately.

LadyMud Mon 09-Sep-13 15:56:41

As orangesandemons says, the Landsend Squall range is good, and not silly expensive (although I got mine half-price in a sale). DH uses one every day for work as well.

goodasgold Mon 09-Sep-13 16:06:37

I bought last year's version of this coat it's really really warm, and it looks normal. I live in Switzerland which can be extremely cold.

amessagetoyouYoni Mon 09-Sep-13 16:17:37

I got a didrikson parka teo years ago. Think it was about 160 quid? Worth every penny. Warm and lovely and cosy.

MissStrawberry Mon 09-Sep-13 19:37:16

I think spending the same as DH did is doable. He would spend anything to get what I wanted but I am much more sensible.

Can anyone recommend a shop where I can try some on? I am not spending this much and buying without trying.

Rooners Mon 09-Sep-13 19:42:14

If you're a 14, Field and Trek has the Merrell Haven in a creamy white colour for £56.

GreatNorthRoad Mon 09-Sep-13 19:49:41

I have this Berghaus one

I spent years buying cheaper versions of it and completely different things too in a quest to be warm, whilst not being able to bring myself to spend the money. Last winter it literally changed my life! I spend hours outside, a lot of it standing/sitting still and last winter I was warm and the cost is so light and soft you barely know you're wearing it. It's not very stylish, but by jove it does it's job!

I would say definitely spend the money to get a good one.

Beaverfeaver Mon 09-Sep-13 19:57:02

I have north face jacket but it got outdoor sports only.

It's very good at what it does, but it is technical rather than stylish.

I will be getting one of the fat face winter parkas or something like the one Cotswold outdoors one linked above

NotAsTired Mon 09-Sep-13 20:16:28

I love technical jackets and coats but I always feel a bit swamped in them because I am so short.

Interesting that Lands End do a petite range. Are they really very VERY warm? I spend a lot of my time outside in the playground and last winter I had to wear two coats to keep warm. sad

holidaybug Mon 09-Sep-13 20:25:28

I have the Aigle cuckmere - great coat and I got it for about £200 on John Lewis last year.

jumperooo Mon 09-Sep-13 21:51:45

Bought a Merrell Haven II coat (in Cinder) last year. Amazing during a long, shit and cold winter / spring pushing a newborn around! Best coat I've had. Got mine from The Nature Shop.co.uk. DP has a North Face but doesn't rate it, he's looking at Jack Wolfskin or Merrell for this winter.

MacaYoniandCheese Mon 09-Sep-13 21:59:13

I have this. It's the warmest, coziest and most expensive item of clothing I own but I'll never have to buy another coat again so I'll be saving money in the long run <frugal!>. I have dressy coats too but this is the one I reach for most. I want to be buried in it.

GreatNorthRoad Mon 09-Sep-13 22:01:19

Blow me, Maca, that make my lovely Berghaus best and by far the most expensive coat I've ever owned look a proper bargain grin

LadyMud Mon 09-Sep-13 22:06:12

NotAsTired, the longer Squall coats are very warm, lined with fleece in the upper area, and quilting lower down. The knitted inner cuffs keep out draughts, as does the fleece-lined collar. In fact I rarely fasten mine!

MacaYoniandCheese Mon 09-Sep-13 22:25:05

GNR I should add that I live in Canada so if you don't have a seriously warm winter coat, you could actually perish, Little Match Girl-style, while waiting for your children at the school gate AND I didn't pay that much for it here. Besides, some people spend that much on a special handbag...a coat is a far more practical purchase wink.

Zoe789 Mon 09-Sep-13 22:26:49

Wow that canadian coat might be warm enough!

GreatNorthRoad Mon 09-Sep-13 22:27:12

Oh no, I wasn't criticising Maca, just allowing myself to justify my own purchase! I'm glad you're enjoying your coat. I have others far more stylish than my warm one, but very rarely wear them now.

Pumpkintopf Mon 09-Sep-13 22:56:17

Lovely warm looking coats but ever since I learned of the cruelty involved in producing down coats I would struggle with my conscience to buy one. I think some brands are trying to go cruelty free, and M&S are apparently confident with their supply chain...


I ummed and ahhed over the Berghaus Holburn parka from about October to April last year. They now do it in a grey, which I prefer, so I think I'm going to just do it now before it gets cold.

Love the North Face parka too but that's another £150!

Rooners Tue 10-Sep-13 09:10:42

Thankyou for that link, Pumpkin - I had no idea and am so glad I know now. sad

I feel awful for having bought a down coat now. (not from M&S)

I hope that this gets a lot more publicity and shops start advertising that their coats are cruelty free.

Zoe789 Tue 10-Sep-13 11:18:43

I would love a coat designed for a Canadian winter. Can the Canadian posters please link to websites for warm coats. I would see it as a decade long purchase. I bought a long north face coat 7 years ago and it changed the way I faced the winter!! I used to be that muppet shivering in a belted tweed swishy number from topshop. then I discovered warm coats and wouldn't go back. Still though, only about two per cent of coats made are actually warm enough, so I would love love to see some links to Canadian coats!

Pumpkintopf Tue 10-Sep-13 12:02:18

Rooners you are welcome. Looks like the canadian coats might be a good cruelty free option if they use canadian down which is a complete by product of the meat industry...



Rooners Tue 10-Sep-13 12:54:23

I wish I could afford one!

Not sure if my coat is down in fact. It's a Didriksons one. So probably.

MacaYoniandCheese Tue 10-Sep-13 17:17:14

Here is some info about Canada Goose's Down and Fur policy.

Pumpkintopf Tue 10-Sep-13 19:22:14

Thanks for the info maca. Based on that link I'd definitely go for Canadian down if I was in the market for a down coat. Tbh I'd never realised there was a cruelty issue with down til my niece who is vegan and very animal rights focused, posted on facebook about it. Good to know that there are some alternatives out there smile

Zoe789 Tue 10-Sep-13 19:58:25

I love their Kensington parka, it comes in loads of colours and looks warm and (dare I say it) kind of fashionable. It doesn't say how much it is though. You can't buy it off the website

WholeLottaRosie Tue 10-Sep-13 21:33:11

I have a few different North Face (for outdoor hobbies) and yes they are practical but I do think Merrell have the edge when it comes to looks.
TKMaxx sometimes have them in, I saw one today for £60 instead of £200+.
Gaynors of Ambleside is usually good for North Face/ Berghaus/ Merrell bargains.

MissStrawberry Tue 10-Sep-13 21:36:52

Was all set for coat shopping this week but now DS2 isn't allowed back to school for 48 hours so home we are staying.

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