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Old 10-03-2011, 02:58 PM   #1
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Women's warm winter coat suggestion?

I need a new winter coat and want something really warm, must be getting old, I'm really starting to hate Michigan winters! Any suggestions for a warm coat that isn't too bulky? Is down the warmest?

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Old 10-03-2011, 04:07 PM   #2

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I used to wear a wool peacoat during the winter, but I've found its feeling heavy so I was shopping for a new winter coat last year. I ended up choosing a parka from Lands End with down. It also had a removal hood which I liked and is lined. Its lightweight, wears well, washable, and was a good price at the time. Lands End periodically has excellent sales on their website, but if you'd like to check it out, Sears carries the brand and you can try them on there...

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Old 10-03-2011, 04:35 PM   #3
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Lands End down coats are comfy and super warm! They are a little poofy but have some with a shape. They are 30% off right now I think. Last year I got a great deal one at the end of the season too, so now I have two.
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Old 10-03-2011, 04:49 PM   #4
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Another vote for down filled. Also check your coat to make sure it has heat-saving features such as a really deep attached hood with a drawstring so that you can fit it closely to your head, adjustable closures on the sleeves so that you can avoid the wind down your sleeves effect, and a good closure around your neck.
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Old 10-03-2011, 06:11 PM   #5
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The North Face all the way! I find Land's End, Columbia, Roots and a few others just can't compete with The North Face coats in terms of warmness. The down in TNF coats is really good, whereas the others just don't cut it.

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Old 10-03-2011, 06:28 PM   #6
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Down is what you want.

I live in PA and walk about a mile each way to class in the winter. It's usually about 20 degrees or so. I wear long underwear under my jeans and this coat:


Baxter State Parka. It's warm, has lots of pockets, removable hood, flaps for keeping out the wind and all sorts of ties to help it keep air out, and for a down parka it's surprisingly flattering for the female shape.
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Old 10-03-2011, 07:58 PM   #7
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I'll also add a vote for Land's End. I bought one 2 years ago on clearance and it is the most comfortable, warm jacket I have ever owned. It would be well worth the full price as well.
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Old 10-03-2011, 07:59 PM   #8
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i got one last year from burlington coat factory it is really warm and not really that fluffy
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Old 10-03-2011, 08:36 PM   #9
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Thanks for all the help! Does LL Bean ever have discount codes or sales? I like that parka!
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Old 10-04-2011, 12:15 AM   #10
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I get emails from LL Bean with sales, usually a percent off a category, like camping gear 20% off, for example. Can't recall if they've ever done that with outerwear.

Another thing they've done the last two years is a deal in the weeks leading up to Christmas where you get a coupon good for a certain amount with a purchase of a certain amount (sorry, I can't remember the amounts). One year, all my son asked for were warm socks, so I got some really nice wool ones, just enough to get the coupon. Then I took that coupon and got more socks, again spending just enough above that to get another coupon. And so on, until he had a nice little pile of good quality wool socks under the Christmas tree.

Oh, and shipping is free all the time.
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I have a Columbia. It does not look warm, but it really is and it has lasted forever!
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Gosh I feel your pain. I worked in downtown Cleveland and took the bus and needed a warm coat. I went to Burlington Coat Factory and got a nice down coat for $60 a few years ago and I love it. My husband who also works downtown wears a down coat from Lands End and he loves his coat. It was a bit pricey but when you are in temps with wind chills in the negative, its worth it.

Down is warmer than polyfil which is the other product most coats are padded with. Also look at the label. You want to make sure to get one that lists "down" and not "feathers" on the label. Down is warmer than feathers. Also make sure it is water repellant.
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I have a St. John's Bay one that I absolutely love. It's very thin looking, but so warm! Has nylon on the outside, and fleece on the inside (don't think it's polar fleece, but could be, it's been yrs since I bought it).

Not sure what I'm ever going to do if it falls apart, because I have a couple other coats that I wear on occasion, that are very heavy/bulky, but nowhere near as warm (Pacific Trail and Columbia).

This little coat/jacket has kept me toasty even in the coldest temps (we get into negative actual temps here some years, live just inside the snowbelt in NE Ohio)
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Another Midwesterner over here by the lake in Indiana and another vote for down. Long enough to cover the bum otherwise that will just freeze as well. Can I just say though that even thinking about windchill and negative temperatures is making me sad. I am really not ready for that! I like Fall just fine I will have to dig my coats out of storage I guess.....

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I bought a Lands End long down coat...it's definitely not too bulky, has a removable furry hood, and is super warm!
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