Help me choose a stylish but also long and very warm coat for standing around rugby pitches?

(111 Posts)
casacastille Sat 12-Oct-13 17:09:48

Can anyone recommend one? After today, I have realised that it has to cover my bottom (not yet defrosted) but beyond that I can't decide what sort.

I quite like this Zara one

and this one claims to be waterproof

Which do you like best? I'd like a furry hoodsmile

dexter73 Sat 12-Oct-13 18:12:40

Go for waterproof (speaking from experience of cold, wet, windswept rugby pitches!!).

alwaysneedaholiday Sat 12-Oct-13 18:22:32

I don't think you can beat a north face long coat, complete with furry hood. £££ though.

mrgarybarlow Sat 12-Oct-13 18:30:10

I have this Zara one and its so warm. Not worn it in the rain yet so don't know if its waterproof but I love it.

mrgarybarlow Sat 12-Oct-13 18:30:55

Sorry this one

mrgarybarlow Sat 12-Oct-13 18:31:33


mrgarybarlow Sat 12-Oct-13 18:32:50

Give up on the photo. It's Zara navy puffa jacket.

Mollydoggerson Sat 12-Oct-13 18:36:27

I can see the photos, it's lovely.

casacastille Sat 12-Oct-13 20:52:36

Like that. I saw a cream puffer in Zara but that one looks longer. Has it got a hood in that collar?

PervCat Sat 12-Oct-13 20:55:00

iam a veteran

you need a North face

you need gloves, you need tights under jeans, you need thermal BOOTS

I finally succumbed to the aigle Cuckmere. It is DELICIOUS. I love it. Covers bum, big hood, belt at waist, warm as toast. It's worth every penny.

I had a Zara down one before and the zip was always crap plus it moulted feathers all the time. It did convince me that a proper one was worth the money.

casacastille Sat 12-Oct-13 21:07:16

What? Not even a teeny bit of style?

I'd sort of hoped to find a multi tasker for pitchside warmth / depths-of-winter city chic.

Not possible?

ProphetOfDoom Sat 12-Oct-13 21:13:38

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

PervCat Sat 12-Oct-13 21:16:21

it is possibly but dont go to zara - their coats are shit

casacastille Sat 12-Oct-13 21:16:45

Oh can't be doing with dodgy zips. That Aigle coat is lovely. But 300 quidshock

North Face just as £££sad

PervCat Sat 12-Oct-13 21:16:57

we are all telling you - cool it up with a hat and scarf and not shivering

ShoeWhore Sat 12-Oct-13 21:17:08

That Zara one is much more stylish in the flesh than it looks in the photo. It's belted for a start. I've just bought it in
dark khaki

I don't think the zara one you linked to looks warm enough sorry (although I could be wrong)

ShoeWhore Sat 12-Oct-13 21:17:56

Yes there is a hood in the collar but it's not amazing.

Trifle Sat 12-Oct-13 21:18:31

It's got to be fur, I'll be on the sidelines in my mink coat.

PervCat Sat 12-Oct-13 21:19:58

i tried to do it with a lands end one

one rugby festival in chippenham on mothers day when i WEPT with cold. and i said FUCK IT and came home and ordered the north face one

OhOneOhTwoOhThree Sat 12-Oct-13 21:20:11

Lands End is your (unstylish) friend smile

(Fellow rugby Mum)

casacastille Sat 12-Oct-13 21:20:47

I have perfect boots at least. Not that I wore them today (error)

So I need to save a bit more cash then.

OhOneOhTwoOhThree Sat 12-Oct-13 21:20:48

x-post with Perv grin

casacastille Sat 12-Oct-13 21:21:43

grin @ fur

I know. But I spent 90 on a Zara one and it was shitola.

Aigle is strokable. Has a furry hood. Is awesome. I like the north face ones too but since I am not on the sidelines just yet, I went for slightly less utility and a bit more style.

Also heattech thermals are great. Oh and smartwool socks are brill too. Keep my feet warm while sitting beside my twins' cots while they refuse to sleep for hours on end in the middle of the night ina draughts victorian terrace. Should be A-okay for sports watching.

suebfg Sat 12-Oct-13 21:22:42

Check out the Aigle Cuckmere but note that the hood trim is real fur. It is a fab coat though

Top tip. If you can wear it for more than 5 mins indoors, it's not warm enough. I step inside and start sloughing off the layers immediately before I DIE of heat exhaustion.

Littlefiendsusan Sat 12-Oct-13 21:29:47

Primark do surprisingly warm parkas with furry hoods.
Much warmer than any down filled coat I've had,only downside is it's not waterproof.
So only slightly helpful there grin grin

casacastille Sat 12-Oct-13 21:33:29

OK def not Zara then. I'm always cold anyway, can't have a crap coat.

I want the Cuckmere now. Might have to sell a child.

PervCat Sat 12-Oct-13 21:36:34

oh i quite liked the lands end one tbh

casacastille Sat 12-Oct-13 21:39:16

which one?

PervCat Sat 12-Oct-13 21:39:52

was called shimmer down or some such
wasnt shimmery at all.

size way down

PervCat Sat 12-Oct-13 21:40:59
casacastille Sat 12-Oct-13 21:46:18

Quite like that and way cheaper. Is it properly warm?

Also size down not possible as they start at a 10 (I'm an 8) - would it be stupidly huge?

PervCat Sat 12-Oct-13 21:47:56

im a 12 14 and bought too big, hence wasnt as fitted and warmed as I needed

PervCat Sat 12-Oct-13 21:48:14

they do petite too

NewNameforNewTerm Sat 12-Oct-13 21:52:45

I second Landsend. Not stylish, but really does the job without too much £££. Add thermals (I am blush to say I wear thermal longjohns and a long-sleeved roll-necked thermal vest), multiple light layers, two pairs of socks, thick soled boots, scarf, hat and two pairs of gloves. Hand warmers are useful on really bad days.
Then, if you are like me, you can waddle along as toasty as can be! Goodness I must look a sight, but I'm warm so I don't care!

dexter73 Sat 12-Oct-13 22:30:09

As well as having all the clothes I have these. They have saved my toes from dropping off several times.
I nearly did a little dance of joy today when my dd told me her rugby match tomorrow had been cancelled seeing as it is going to piss down all day!

casacastille Sat 12-Oct-13 22:30:13

Length might be wrong with petite as I'm not (5'6"), just scrawny


casacastille Sat 12-Oct-13 22:31:36

lol @ volcanic insoles!

I have sheepskin ones - fab

dexter73 Sat 12-Oct-13 22:33:57

I love them. I have sheepskin ones too but they are just for normal cold days. How do they make rugby pitches so cold?

TheFallenMadonna Sat 12-Oct-13 22:34:29

Didrikson parka. Merrell fleece lined boots.

Ruprekt Sat 12-Oct-13 22:36:38

Mandm direct have some fab coats. i got a hellyhanson coat a few years ago which is still going strong.

Cost about £30. smilesmilesmile

LeFreakCestChic Sat 12-Oct-13 22:55:10

Watching with interest as have decided that this winter I will not freeze my ass off in a fashion coat but buy a proper warm Parka. I feel the cold v easily and loathe being cold. am in bed wearing a sweatshirt, t shirt, thermal vest, thermal socks and joggers + hot water bottle. unsurprisingly just as well I'm single.
Merrell/ Didrikson/ north face? What's the toastiest? And are fleece lined, rubber gripped old gimmer boots next...?
Sorry to hijack OP.

pixiegumboot Sat 12-Oct-13 22:56:35

merrell haven. mine on eBay.
didriksons anything!

kiwik Sat 12-Oct-13 23:06:20

I have a Canada Goose parka. Seriously the warmest coat ever. DH plays, and I spent many a frozen weekend watching him from the sidelines until I invested in this.
He shall be doing all sporting fixtures for our DCs.

casacastille Sat 12-Oct-13 23:17:55

Hijack away, LeFreak. I feel the cold massively and am ridiculously excited at the prospect of a super cosy coat.

kiwik - shock at £500+ I hope they come with integrated boiler and hot chocolate tap!

RonaldMcDonald Sat 12-Oct-13 23:29:08

this...every year

48th Sat 12-Oct-13 23:34:08

Ha dexter those insoles are genius, I am buying some tomorrow!

Eastpoint Sun 13-Oct-13 01:04:18

Benetton have a long down/feather coat with a hood for £189. I saw it in black or navy today. The quilting is chevron rather than just horizontal. You can always waterproof a coat if it isn't waterproof when you buy it if it can be washed. NikWax is your friend, cheaper on Amazon but you can get it at Blacks etc

mysteryfairy Sun 13-Oct-13 07:15:50

barbour arctic down parka is another alternative around the £300 mark.

ProphetOfDoom Sun 13-Oct-13 08:08:24

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

paperlantern Sun 13-Oct-13 09:13:51

my marks and sparks down filled one is super toastie and whilst not fashionable looks super smart with a nice hat and scarf.

and at avout 80 quid last year it was a steal

paperlantern Sun 13-Oct-13 09:17:53

very similar to this

LimeLeaafLizard Sun 13-Oct-13 09:20:11

check out target dry?

OrchidLass Sun 13-Oct-13 09:21:50

Didriksons all the way.

sedgieloo Sun 13-Oct-13 09:34:34

After reading the parka threads from last year I went for a didrikson Taylor which I got just this week. I'm more than pleased and would recommend to anyone. I think the quality is lovely and pretty stylish considering its so practical. I got it for £150.

If you want a down coat though, do check it is waterproof also.

I've worked out I've got another 15 years of standing on the sidelines at Chippenham, Midsomer Norton and Lansdown so have made the decision to invest too [sobs at the age gap in DSs]

I was thinking of the Jack Wolfskin Iceguard. Is the Northface worth double the cost?

Oh wise, warm MNtters with rugby playing DC please advise me and don't judge me on this coat

And boots. I need boots that are warm and waterproof for the sidelines, that I won't be embarrassed tramping around the city when it snows.

Sorry to hijack op. I feel so pleased that I'm not alone in my quest. I will think of you all this morning as I freeze my ass off.

horcruxmanzini Sun 13-Oct-13 10:15:01

Another Didriksons fan. I spent most of last autumn cross because it wasn't arctic enough for me to properly appreciate the mighty Swedish-fisherman-strength insulation capabilities of my Lindsay parka.

saythatagain Sun 13-Oct-13 10:19:15

Another shouting:get thee to Didrikson.
££££'s but absolutely worth it.

Artandco Sun 13-Oct-13 10:23:21

Get sorrel boots also

hettie Sun 13-Oct-13 10:26:46

Sorry to join the chorus....but didriksons.... Oh and Sorrel boots.

Branleuse Sun 13-Oct-13 10:27:37

go to a charity shop and buy a sheepskin. also buy thermal walking boots

I wish I had done this years ago.

Fashion and style is for the other 3 seasons.

There is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing

casacastille Sun 13-Oct-13 11:41:57

Didriksons... they look very warm but not many long ones. I had a numb derriere yesterday, I really need good rear coverage.

Which models have you all got?

There definitely is such a thing as bad weather if it means I have to spend £££ on a serious coat!wink

sedgieloo Sun 13-Oct-13 12:04:12

OP - Mines the Taylor. I'm 5'9 and longer in the leg. It's mid thigh at front. Bit longer at back. As soon as it gets cold I think the best priced ones will sell out and Sweden will not have more stock as stores order 6 months in advance. It's sad that I know this but ... 150 is a lot of money (esp for a parka) for me so a considered purchase and I did my homework. As it was my order had to wait for second delivery as my size had gone (apparently orders are being filled just now but usually becomes hit and miss as season continues, probably depends on your size and colour choice)

casacastille Sun 13-Oct-13 14:51:21

I like that. Where did you get it? Online?

I've just got so wet and cold I've got home and ordered the taylor Didrikson via amazon before the kettle has boiled!

I went for the olive green one in a nod to all things camouflage. There seem to be purple and and blue too.

So about those Sorrel boots. Which ones have people got? Are they the only recommendation? And really can I wear them in the city when I have to walk to work in the snow?

Thank you OP and everyone else for the thread and information.

PervCat Sun 13-Oct-13 15:24:36

oh the barbour one is naff]

very nouveau

20% off Landsend at the moment. The Stadium Squall will keep you warm and there is a long length puffer style one too.

CMOTDibbler Sun 13-Oct-13 15:31:26

I've got a Lands End knee length down coat with a furry collar, and it is incredibly warm - I wear it in Finland while walking to the office in -15 and am too hot even though I'll only have a thin top on underneath as the office is vv warm. It also keeps me cosy while standing watching ds riding in the snow.

Best boots for warm feet imo are Merrell Prevoz

PervCat Sun 13-Oct-13 15:32:34

i didnt find my lands end one that warm

nor my north face

i am a cold fish wink

casacastille Sun 13-Oct-13 15:52:26

Can't do Lands End - nothing in an 8

It's going to have to be a Didrikson and to hell with city chic.

So what do you wear, Perv? Breadcrumb batter?wink

PervCat Sun 13-Oct-13 15:54:02


Sparklegeek Sun 13-Oct-13 15:55:25

I am in my 10th year of Sunday morning football spectating. Have sorted out the coat now (Lands' End down knee-length belted one) but I have yet to fathom out hands & feet. It's the standing still for 2 hours...skiing is a tropical holiday in comparison sad

PervCat Sun 13-Oct-13 16:03:28

ten years. that makes me think. I am the same I think. with still more years to come.
And dont think cricket is always warm

SanityClause Sun 13-Oct-13 16:08:18

I am only doing my 5th year of rugby spectating, but was told by veterans that down is the answer.

It is particularly your feet that get cold, I find. I have tried neoprene lined wellies, and timberland boots, but neither will keep my feet warm for the whole session, particularly for a festival. Just have to keep going back to the clubhouse for another round of tea and coffee, I suppose.

sedgieloo Sun 13-Oct-13 16:12:06

Casa - my didrikson was from laws of Kirkcudbright a small independent. Great old fashioned friendly cs. Recommended on another thread. Ordered 3pm midweek and arrived 9am next morning. I got the xs I am a comfortable 10 or M in zara and tall. It is fitted on me, wouldn't want it smaller. It is v long in the arms hth

I'm seven years in and my youngest DS doesn't start for another 3 seasons. There must be a feet solution shock

I use a hand warmer in my gloves.

casacastille Sun 13-Oct-13 16:44:28

You lot should be hard as nails by now.

This is my 3rd year (just one DS) but my first of outdoor winter matches. I have never got cold watching ballet

Thanks for the supplier name sedgieloo, good price.

Twinklestein Sun 13-Oct-13 17:05:59

I have to agree that there is nothing like a proper outdoor jacket for warmth, & I really not into functional clothing.

I bought one last year & I wish I'd bought one before. I was a bit concerned about looking like a geographer, but someone asked me if it was Maxmara!

To be honest, that Zara jacket looks very similar to the Aigle Cuckmere, which came in khaki in past seasons, but it won't be anything like as warm.

I have a Land End down coat. It has seen me through about 6 winters so far (but really need a new one now). Wish I had worn it this morning- I was nearly drowned by the touch line today.

Just noting ideas about furry insoles and boots- it is my first festival next week!

Platinumpennies Sun 13-Oct-13 17:27:15

Am ten touch line years in. Throw money at it. North Face parka and layers. It is ALWAYS colder than you think it's going to be shock !

SDhopeful Sun 13-Oct-13 17:38:23

been there, dunnit! grin. Bought a superlight one yesterday in primarni fits in a little bag to keep for days when you aren't sure. When winter really kicks in, full blown ski wear required.. (and flask of hot choc)

NewNameforNewTerm Sun 13-Oct-13 17:50:51

I've been to TKMax today and there were quite a few padded coats like this. I didn't see any full length coats though and that is what I prefer for touchline and dog walking.

NewNameforNewTerm Sun 13-Oct-13 17:52:40

Ski-wear, that's an idea. I had some "winter walkers" trousers from Hawkshead a few years ago that were so warm. They were wind resistant and lined with fleece. I "outgrew" them unfortunately.

AngieM2 Sun 13-Oct-13 18:54:00

(Rugby mum here). I wear a michael Kors down coat (cost £100 from TK Maxx) but I've had it 2 years and washed and re-proofed it and its lost its edge a bit. The dads at rugby swear by 'Rab'...costs a flippin fortune and nor sure if they do full length (which i think is essential) so thats what I'd like.

MrsKoala Sun 13-Oct-13 19:17:19

i second the northface arctic parka - was up whistler and blaxkcomb mountain in the snow at -6 yesterday and was toastie. I had a vest, topped with a long sleeve tight t-shirt, a sweater and the parka on.

As for feet, i have also tried on the northface knee high, furry boots and they were very warm. these or these are very good.

nogoodusernamesleft Sun 13-Oct-13 19:22:01

Footie mum here, 10 years in. Have been through many coats over the years but am currently selling my Michael Kors one on ebay, having invested in a Monsoon Ellie puffa, which I've been lusting after for years, can't wait for it to arrive!

chartreuse Sun 13-Oct-13 19:28:28

Lands End coats are perfect for this kind of job. Glamorous - no. Warm - definitely.

HAPPY20 gets you 20% off today and tomorrow

AnnoyingOrange Sun 13-Oct-13 19:28:29

I can recommend ski wear too.

Salopettes, snow boots and ski gloves make a huge difference in conjunction with a warm coat

ProphetOfDoom Sun 13-Oct-13 19:30:28

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

jonicomelately Sun 13-Oct-13 19:43:01

I do Northface and layers. Wellingtons are too cold even with socks. I do walking books or even Docs. The most essential item for me is a really warm hat. That makes all the difference ime.

jonicomelately Sun 13-Oct-13 19:45:02

Boots not books!

MrsKoala Sun 13-Oct-13 19:59:01

I'm not sure Schmaltzing blush . I just checked the label and it says 75% goose down cluster ?? You'd have to check the website for more info i'm afraid. It is very warm and lovely tho. I got the chocolate brown colour. I wanted the white but i thought it wasn't practical sad

I got it at about £250 in the sale last March and thought it would be for this winter. But then we had a cold snap and snow in April so i got a couple of months wear out of it last winter too.

I'm tall and it still keeps me warm to my knees - which most parkas don't and end just under the arse on me.

I can see it lasting a good 5 years or more, so imo worth the money.

MrsKoala Sun 13-Oct-13 20:06:49

it's also nice and fitted with a waist elastication bit at the back. So being tall and a broad shouldered it's one of the few parkas which doesn't make me look like a yeti in a sleeping bag.

TheBeanAndTheBee Sun 13-Oct-13 22:03:27

For those of you with the aigle cuckmere - is it waterproof?

ProphetOfDoom Sun 13-Oct-13 22:08:14

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

MrsKoala Sun 13-Oct-13 22:09:57

oh and i've just seen there is a feather escaping, so i think it is smile

suebfg Mon 14-Oct-13 07:02:41

The Aigle cuckmere is described was waterproof and having worn it numerous times in the rain, it has never let any rain in.

It is very warm - definitely a winter coat - I love mine.

TheMilkyBarsAreOnMe Mon 14-Oct-13 10:20:22

This Marmot coat is beautifully warm and I really reaally hate being cold!

Thank you to all those who suggested Didriksons. My new coat arrived today, it has already encountered the horror of playground duty in the rain!

So, it is a bit red but very snugly. I feel I need a sign- no ewoks were harmed in the making of this coat! I ordered from Laws, it was delivered yesterday, but taken to the sorting office.

horcruxmanzini Wed 16-Oct-13 17:05:39

Love Laws. I got my Didriksons parka from there, and the service was brilliant.

I got my Didrikson yesterday too. And the gales this morning meant it got it's first outing this morning too.

I was warm and dry despite a 40 minute tramp across the city to work.

I felt vair Hans Solo. 'twas lucky I didn't pass any livestock - I may not have resisted the urge to grab my lightsaber and pop in a passerby.

Glad I got waterproof now.

Shame it was hot and sunny on the walk home. I was a little sweaty after the walk home.shock

cardamomginger Wed 16-Oct-13 19:52:55

Thanks for starting this thread. I have a Didriksons rain coat, which is fab for keeping out the rain but does nowt in terms of cold. I WILL NOT BE COLD AGAIN THIS WINTER!!!!

Lots of useful suggestions. Would LOVE a Canada Goose, may go for a Cuckmere, but will probably find a suitable Didrikson.

horcruxmanzini Wed 16-Oct-13 20:34:26

Speaking of which, has anyone washed their Didrikson yet? Mine is getting a bit doggy, but I'm reluctant to put it in the washing machine in case I ruin it...

cardamomginger Wed 16-Oct-13 20:40:36

I washed my Didrikson rain coat (so no filling). I used Tech Wash and it was fine.

The purple bottle is the wash-in re-proofing stuff.

MissFoodie Wed 16-Oct-13 20:48:57

queen/tea which one did you get???

I went Lyndsey. Olive green.

It didn't come with a lightsaber but I have borrowed DS4s so it's ok.

Lands end here too. Only ones that keep me warm. Squall parka for wet weather and a down one for cold cold.
Ive brought a next padded coat which says its shower proof this year as wanted something slightly nicer but im not sure it will be too warm at £50 and polyester filled.

Good hat scarf and gloves are essential. Layers are good. I wear at least two vests under my clothing. I never wear jeans or trousers so black thermal leggings instead of tights. Two pairs of socks one normal pair and then a pair of thermal or those fleecy bed type socks and then wellies.

bsc Wed 16-Oct-13 23:05:48

Dearie me... I've just ordered some of those heated insoles dexter!

I always have cold feet! Just worried about them fitting inside my boots now, as I'm only a size 4 hmm

I bought the Taylor. I'm almost keen for it to rain now!

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