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Do any of you have a down coat?

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CruCru Mon 30-Nov-15 14:57:32

I've been eyeing this one but it's meant to be good for down to -34C which makes me think it will just be too hot. I live in London, it occasionally goes below 0C here but not that often to be honest.

TimeToMuskUp Mon 30-Nov-15 16:04:53

I have a padded navy down coat and the only times I wear it are when I walk the dog each morning during winter (with a thin t-shirt underneath) and when I watch the DCs play football and rugby at the weekend (it's freezing standing about watching them behave like bellends in the rain). For tootling about it's just far too warm. Do you spend enough time outdoors to make it worth it?

WhoKnowsWhereTheTimeG0es Mon 30-Nov-15 16:11:57

I got rid of mine as it was too hot for walking in, even just tootling along on the school run.

CMOTDibbler Mon 30-Nov-15 16:21:04

Unless you do a lot of standing around watching football/ horse riding etc its going to be too warm. I have 4 LE down coats (one elderly, one lightweight, one mid thigh and a gilet) and the mid thigh one really only gets worn in this country for fireworks etc - I've been toasty in it at -16 with just a thin top on underneath. The lightweight jacket otoh is my go to casual winter coat

WhoTheFuckIsSimon Mon 30-Nov-15 16:22:29

I have berghaus down jackets and I don't get too hot in them.

MrsMarigold Mon 30-Nov-15 16:25:37

I have been using one someone left at our house in London and I find it roasting.

HappyGirlNow Mon 30-Nov-15 16:26:33

I do but I wouldn't buy down again because I believe the process is, in most instances, cruel... I wasn't aware of that when I bought my down coats.

museumum Mon 30-Nov-15 16:29:12

I have one. I could never wear it in London except to watch rugby or other similar standing outside not moving much activity.
Even up here I can't briskly walk in it.

shoofly Mon 30-Nov-15 16:40:30

I live just outside Belfast - I have an earlier version of this which is brand new (long boring story) I've been wearing it the last few weeks and it's kept me warm, dry and toasty. We're on the coast though and it's been really cold.

midnightmoomoo Mon 30-Nov-15 16:51:19

I have a long Lands End one, and I love it, it's my playground duty coat!

The only thing is that in torrential rain the water can seep through the seams so it's more a cold coat than a rain coat.

BestestBrownies Mon 30-Nov-15 16:55:00

Save yourself a few hundred quid and buy one from Uniqlo OP. They are brilliant and come in loads of colours/styles to suit, wash and wear really well

CruCru Mon 30-Nov-15 16:56:10

Ah, you've all convinced me - if I ever go somewhere with temperatures of -10C, I'll buy one. Until then, I'll make do with my current stable of coats.

Tate15 Mon 30-Nov-15 18:19:47

Thank you HappyGirlNow for mentioning the cruelty involved.

TreeSparrow Mon 30-Nov-15 18:26:08

You need to select a company that have a policy on "live plucked down". Jack Wolfskin, I believe, are good for this now.

Same goes for any angora products. They live pluck rabbits (screaming in pain) which is absolutely horrific. sad

hollyisalovelyname Mon 30-Nov-15 19:23:00

Uniqlo light down coats are simply brilliant.
Can't recommend them highly enough.
Primark do them also - but only for those with slim figure and no boobs.

SparklyTinselTits Mon 30-Nov-15 19:31:22

I have a fantastic Rab one! I love it! It's navy blue with a hot pink lining, apparently protects from cold and wind down to -32c.
Expensive, but well worth it IMOsmile

HappyGirlNow Mon 30-Nov-15 20:21:19

Yup also would never buy angora..

CruCru Mon 30-Nov-15 22:55:40

How horrid. I don't have any angora.

Do any of you know what Landsend's policy on live plucked down is?

TreeSparrow Tue 01-Dec-15 01:26:18

Lands End don't use angora anymore but I can't find a statement on where they source their down from. They seem to have been petitioned about it a couple of years ago. Maybe tweet them or email them to find out?

Higge Tue 01-Dec-15 07:07:09

I feel the cold and in the winter I live in my duvet coat - I love them, wasn't aware of the live plucking issue before I bought, will consider it for the next coat. I think if you are popping in and out of the tube, you might get too hot but for days standing around a playground, sports field, food market etc they are invaluable.

Roygrace Tue 01-Dec-15 07:08:56

North face artic parka.

Best buy ever. 5 years in, worth ever penny

Dowser Tue 01-Dec-15 08:05:35

I've got a down jacket. I'm sick of finding feathers on what I wear underneath, often a black fleece.

I've been wearing my £15 primark one ( non feathered). Course it's no good if it rains.

Dowser Tue 01-Dec-15 08:08:35

Do the uniqlonot shed feathers? I wear a lot of black in winter.

carrie74 Tue 01-Dec-15 11:22:57

I've got an Aigle Cuckmere bought a few years ago, and it's REALLY warm. I don't think I'd need to wear it in London unless I was standing outside for a period of time.

TigerTeatime Tue 01-Dec-15 12:06:23

I have the Lands End commuter down coat. Good for standing 10 minutes in the freezing playground everyday at school pick up time waiting for the children to come out!

Also good for standing around at the park while the children are playing. Too warm for in the supermarket and if you are walking much.

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