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North Face Arctic Parka - will I regret buying?

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NuclearStandoff Wed 06-Mar-13 20:54:54

Should not be spending any money at moment, as I am unemployed.

But having shivered all winter, decided that I really need a warm and practical coat for walking dog and watching ds play sport.

It was reduced hugely in the sale, and I know I probably won't wear it until next winter now - but I hope it could last 10 years... and it even comes with a 2 year guarantee.

Please tell me I haven't made an expensive mistake?

JoannaGlumley Wed 06-Mar-13 20:57:38

I have one and I find it really toasty and warm. It is a bit bulky and takes up masses of room in the wardrobe but definitely worth it, good buy!!!

bonzo77 Wed 06-Mar-13 21:07:05

It's fab. Warm and waterproof. And machine washable. It's a bit of an odd shape, sort of too bulky in the chest (above the boobs), but it doesn't put me off. Wish I'd got it in the first place instead of cheaper ones the two previous years.

Incapinka Wed 06-Mar-13 21:09:15

I want one! Where did you find it in the sale?! No you won't regret it grin

Shattereddreams Wed 06-Mar-13 21:13:06

Love love love mine. I commute by train to London and walk everywhere.

Never been cold, not once in my artic parka! It's really efficient when you zip it up and put the hood on. It should last years.
I paid £200 for mine 2 years ago so that should help you with the bargain or not issue.

thenightsky Wed 06-Mar-13 21:21:11

I thought they were down-filled and not washable bonzo?

Speedos Wed 06-Mar-13 21:40:19

I think I have worn mine everyday since buying it last autumn, never been cold!

NuclearStandoff Wed 06-Mar-13 22:08:45

Thanks for the feedback everyone.

Bought it in the North Face shop - reduced from £320 to £190. Went in just to try it on and was going to then buy online, but when I saw it was on sale was same price as online so bought it there and then.

snoworneahva Wed 06-Mar-13 22:27:52

They are down filled and they are washable - drying is a slight challenge - needs a few tennis balls in a tumble dryer or a bit of bashing works too. In general because the exterior is waterproof I just wipe mine clean. Btw I love it so much that dh bought a men's and I got similar ones for the kids so we are all toasty.

MrsMills Thu 07-Mar-13 06:58:25

I love mine! Worn it every (v long) winter for the past 3 years. Has passed every test here so far and living in Sweden certainly tests it rigorously. This might make me look dim, but I've only just noticed that you can unzip from the bottom, making it easier to sit down!

This is not a purchase you will regret, promise! And you can wash in the machine too.

rubytutu Thu 07-Mar-13 16:51:41

I paid £165 at a north face outlet, was the previous seaons colour dark green. I have not regretted it at all and is the first winter ever that I have never once been cold. bulky and mumsy but very very cosy.

MrsKoala Thu 07-Mar-13 17:28:13

ooooh i have been coveting one for ages. I think i may treat myself - i can see them online for £189. The thing is, i really want the vintage white. Please talk me out of it and tell me the fig/brown/blue is better!

Also, does anyone know, is a large a 14?

motherofallmuddles Thu 07-Mar-13 17:33:21

does anyone have link ?I have coverted this for ages but can only see them at full price on the north face site

motherofallmuddles Thu 07-Mar-13 17:34:03

coveted even!

MrsKoala Thu 07-Mar-13 17:34:23


Ginebra Thu 07-Mar-13 17:34:59

I bought one four years ago and it has made me hate winter less. buy it i say.

MrsKoala Thu 07-Mar-13 17:35:31

Erm no it's not, that's a car i'm looking at on auto trader blush

try here

motherofallmuddles Thu 07-Mar-13 17:37:07

nice car - good colour , matches the dark navy blue parka very well!

Shattereddreams Thu 07-Mar-13 17:37:14

I am a 12 and wear a medium. If you don't have a huge bust, you may want a M.
Depends what you wear under it I suppose.

Ginebra Thu 07-Mar-13 19:10:10

yeh lol at the car link. i thought my eyes were deceiving me.

i am size 10/12 but with no boobs. wear a small. there was no size 10, 12 etc. it was just small medium large i think

Ginebra Thu 07-Mar-13 19:10:54

buy the car too wink

MrsKoala Thu 07-Mar-13 20:53:16

Just to keep you updated, as i know you are all desperate to know, i have bought the i think i will buy the coat in chocolate - but i so want the white, although rationally i know it's totally impractical. sad

MrsKoala Thu 07-Mar-13 20:55:23

i don't have a huge bust, but i am broad shouldered and planning on being pregnant on and off for the next 4 years, so i think a large is best. Thanks.

Speedos Thu 07-Mar-13 21:52:03

Do they have the grey on sale, I have the grey and it's fab colour!

Speedos Thu 07-Mar-13 21:53:29

Mrs Koala, it is quite fitted around waist, not sure it would stretch to pregnant tummy....

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