||[Oct. 11th, 2009|05:16 pm]
I've been looking online for a real winter coat...one that is made for people who live in really cold places like Canada or Chicago or Norway. Some place really cold. |
Even though I do not live in those places, I really wanted a coat that was made for a really cold winter. My goal was to find a warm, 3/4 length coat, kind of ignoring the fashion aspect.
There are a couple reasons why I wanted a coat designed for places colder than where I live. First, I sometimes work outside and would like to stay warm if I have to be outdoors in the winter for several hours at a time. Second, I hate being cold. I am not one of the people who can simply put on another layer and suddenly be warm...I get cold and it seeps into my bones and I cannot get warm again...and I hate that feeling.
So anyway, I narrowed it down to 5 coats which were all pretty similar in price and looked pretty similar too. All are down-filled coats and REI.com carries all of them. 2 from The North Face, 1 Patagonia, 1 Mountain Hardwear and 1 Isis. Based on the online ads and reviews, I was leaning towards one from Mountain Hardwear and one of The North Face ones.
This afternoon Steve and I made it to our local REI store to compare them; however, they only carried 2 of the 5...the other The North Face one and the Mountain Hardwear one. I chose the Mountain Hardwear coat.
Things I like about this coat:
almost knee length
interior zipper pocket
interior fleece lining
interior drawcord waist
zipper exterior pockets
rib-knit wrist cuffs hidden in the sleeve
zip removeable fur on hood & zip removeable hood too.
I have never owned a down-filled coat and I hope it's as warm as it is supposed to be...650-fill goose down. Which seems to indicate it's really stuffed with warmth. At least that's what I hope that means. Anyone who lives in a cold place care to teach me about down-fill?
Of course the weather fluctuates a lot here and today is 57. It's supposed to be 75 on Wednesday but I know I'll be wearing this coat soon and I'm strangely excited about that.