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Am I deluded to think I can be warm dry and stylish?
I need a coat, it rains a lot where I live, so my dh suggested I look online at a company with initials NF as he has a coat from there which he is happy with. From what I have seen however, I fear I will end up looking like the love child of The Pillsbury dough boy crossed with a duvet. Please tell me someone that all is not lost?
This thread returns every year. One year, a couple of companies did make an effort to market good winter coats. I presume there wasn't any money in it because last year...same thread reappeared and nothing has changed in the shops. I would like to call North Face, Berghaus, etc complete bastards. Stop assuming women are 5 foot two and skinny. Stop assuming Britain is warmish and hardly ever rains and nobody really cares if their coat is horrid and too short or makes them look enormous because the proportions only fit haggis-shaped people. You companies are the only ones with the right materials and the expertise to put them together, please start making proper clothes with all that knowledge!
We have several in from Sprayway this year (at my work), most of which I think are nicer than the usual TNF and Berghaus offerings. A little less ££ too, as they don't carry quite the same fashion brand power as TNF.
However, TNF do have a softer face fabric on some this year which is much nicer than they've had previously (see the P8 and Insulated Resolve) and I love my Triclimate that I got in the sales this spring.
A lot of TNF coats are boxy in cut. Try Mountain Hardwear or Merrell for a bit more shape.
I have two Rohan coats, and love them both. I needed them to be comfortable and waterproof, and not make me feel like a Michelin man. They are so comfortable that I don't even realise I'm wearing them. They were v expensive (around £130-£180), but have been worn so much that it was more than justified.
I want a warm, properly waterproof coat that doesn't look like I'm about to scale a mountain or walk the dog. I have a trench that is properly waterproof wind proof and seam sealed that just looks like a normal trench coat so I live in hope, but haven't found anything that is also warm enough.
Hi everyone. Thanks for posting. I too have been looking for months to find waterproof, warm raincoat with a hood for pushing buggies on the school run.
In the end, I just ordered HELLY HANSEN WOMENS BELFAST JACKET - comes with or without insulation for those who don't want to be too warm. Lenght is mid thigh. It tapers in round the waist for a good shape and looks sporty and not too mumsy. I got navy blue which has white and red zip and red lining which you see round the neck and when the hood is down. Just arrived and I'm really pleased. I'm usually a size 8/10 5"4 and the size small fits perfectly. (saw black version which has dark berry coloured zips/details but that looked a bit drab).... There will be room underneath for a jumper if I want but not too baggy with just long sleeves underneath.
Dont know why anyone hasnt mentioned this one before. For london school run, this looks much more suitable than some of the others mentioned as not so bulky/hot/expensive. waterproof to 5000mm which I understand is fine for london rainy day but havent tried out yet.
Price is around £152 (I've seen it in John Lewis and Debenhams) but I managed to get on sale for £54 at 24Studio (never used this website before - a bit strange as they make u apply for credit with them but have read the fine print and you can pay full balance as soon as you receive item/invoice. I presume this means there wont be any credit charges but cant confirm yet. TAKE NOTE I certainly wouldnt continue with a credit agreement outstanding as the fees/charges would really hurt.)