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North Face Long Down parka - worth £300?

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Momentumista Tue 22-Nov-16 12:45:23

I am going to New York in January and have no really warm coat, so am thinking about getting this. As I'll be outside walking around a lot I'm going to need something very toasty. However, am baulking at the price.

Any feedback on whether it's a worthwhile investment?

Also any other suggestions for stylish, warm down filled 'duvet' type coats welcome. I'd like something knee length.

80sWaistcoat Tue 22-Nov-16 12:51:16

I like the NOrth Face Triclimate Suzzane - it's got a down removable lining but is very waterproof and very warm and the hood stays up. And it looks good (I think....).

TheNaze73 Tue 22-Nov-16 12:52:24

Worth every penny

SesameSparkle Tue 22-Nov-16 13:16:02

I've seen the north face arctic parka on sale for £200 in Costco if it helps. It looks very toasty, but only comes to hip length.

cardoon Tue 22-Nov-16 13:18:35

Brilliant for dry cold..... not so good in the rain

Quiero Tue 22-Nov-16 13:20:46

What size are you? I'm just about to put mine on eBay grin

They really are super warm but I think you could probably get something similar without the NorthFace price tag

ShesGottaTicket2Ride Tue 22-Nov-16 13:27:00

I love my Lands End Squall Stadium ... about £150. Down with waterproof outer - order a size smaller than you think you will need. Length - below knee.

Momentumista Tue 22-Nov-16 13:57:07

Querio..really...?! I would need size 12-14.

OnlyTheDepthVaries Tue 22-Nov-16 15:27:07

I'm with TheNaze73. Mine is brilliant and well worth the expense.
However, my friend bought hers much cheaper in America - so could you wait until you get there?

Leatherboundanddown Tue 22-Nov-16 15:33:39

I have one and it really is like being wrapped in a duvet. It is so thick though and makes me look twice the size!

It isn't waterproof which is a shame

KatharinaRosalie Tue 22-Nov-16 16:33:38

You're going to NY - they sell North Face in local outlets or TJ Maxx and similar shops for a fraction of this price.

Quiero Tue 22-Nov-16 17:28:27

Yes really but it's a 16 sad - They're quite big anyway and I'm a 12 now and it's far too big for me hence why I'm selling it. Katharina makes a good point - you'll get one much cheaper over there.

LizzieMacQueen Tue 22-Nov-16 17:37:35

Have a look at DIDRIKSONS, their coats are well made in my opinion. You might be able to get something in a Black Friday deal, I know my mailbox has been pinging Black Friday deals all week.

carabos Tue 22-Nov-16 17:48:08

Anyone got the Arcteryx Patera? I need a warm, properly waterproof coat that comes at least knee length or below. It's £500 so it needs to be tip-top!

FrancisCrawford Tue 22-Nov-16 17:51:35

I'm wearing mine today. Well, a north face knee length down coat with hood

I love it. This is its third winter so I've got my money's worth.

And it is absolutely fine in downpours. Plus the hood is designed so that once it's zipped up it can't blow down

MyDogIsNicerThanYourDog Tue 22-Nov-16 20:45:46

Quiero - very interested in your eBay coat. Could you pm me details - can pay by PayPal. Thanks

MyDogIsNicerThanYourDog Tue 22-Nov-16 20:58:57

Oops - have pm'ed you Quiero

oldlaundbooth Tue 22-Nov-16 21:45:11

I've got a North Face and they are fine in winter. We live just up the road from NYC, in Quebec grin

But they will be cheaper over here for sure.

oldlaundbooth Tue 22-Nov-16 21:46:08

Don't forget good boots as well, you need a thick, insulated sole.

WhatIfWhatIf Tue 22-Nov-16 23:24:53

Yep, mine's on its fourth winter and still looks as it did when I bought it. So toasty warm too. I think it was a great buy.

dudsville Wed 23-Nov-16 01:47:33

Mines also on its 4th winter. The hood, as pp said, does not blow off and this fascinates me as it's the only coat I've ever owned to manage that. It's warm. Machine washable (mines a lighter colour so gets washed a few times each winter. It's 100% fabulous.

Momentumista Wed 23-Nov-16 12:23:50

Thanks all.

I have bought a 'large' on ebay - is that going to be too large for me? If so I may well be selling that on...

I am 12 -14 with big bust and podgy stomach. I had a North Face gilet once and that was medium and a little too snug over the bust, hence why I went for large.

dudsville Wed 23-Nov-16 18:47:17

I have a large and am a 12 up top and a 14 around my hips.

FurryLittleTwerp Wed 23-Nov-16 18:53:05

I have the North Face Triclimate Suzanne size Medium which fits well. I'm a size 10 - the small was too tight if I put a jumper on underneath. So cozy smile

bingohandjob Wed 23-Nov-16 19:51:54

Worth every penny. I bought my knee length Metropolis TNF parka in New York in January after freezing there in my stupid wool fashion coat. Exchange rate is rubbish BUT might be worth waiting and getting it there... do be aware it's not waterproof though. If you want waterproof, get the Arctic Parka. ...They did some great deals (and on the spot discounts for cash in independent stores). Get a decent windproof hat with ear flaps or get ear muffs...the wind HOWLS in New York. Get warm, comfy boots - you'll walk miles.

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