Warm jacket suggestions
December 22, 2012 10:18 AM   Subscribe

Good warm jacket suggestions

I am in the market for a warm jacket (womens) for a very cold weather (-15F). This is for daily wear. Currently looking at Landsend but frankly have my doubts about it. Hopefully not too bulky (not a big fan of Down) Any and all suggestions would be welcome. Any links to sale items would be great too, thank you

Listing the details below--

-Warm jacket for -15F weather
-no down material
-not too bulky
-with a hood (really would prefer that)
-waterproof as I live in a city with a lot of rain
posted by pakora1 to Shopping (14 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I have this Eddie Bauer coat, and it is a really good coat. The button in lining is far warmer than I expected (it was 20f with wind and I wasn't cold). I got it to use as an autumn raincoat, and have yet to switch to my down winter coat.

It comes in all sizes, isn't very bulky, and has a zip off hood. My only complaints with the coat is that I wish that the inner pocket had a zip, and that the hood is too big (I plan on having an adjustment strap added to make it better).
posted by bibliogrrl at 10:33 AM on December 22, 2012

Check out Alpha Industries' parkas.
posted by Foci for Analysis at 10:59 AM on December 22, 2012

Ops, Womans Parkas.
posted by Foci for Analysis at 11:07 AM on December 22, 2012

If you're looking at Lands End, how about LL Bean? 1, 2, 3. #3 is especially versatile.
posted by dersins at 11:18 AM on December 22, 2012 [2 favorites]

I have this one, which is link #1 in dersins' comment above. I was coming in to suggest it because it's not bulky at all, it has a fairly lean profile, the hood is great, it's lined with a nice quality pile, and it's incredibly warm. I also wear it in the rain. I am not entirely sure that it's waterproof, you could call LL Bean. But it's been raining a lot around here lately and I wear my Winter Warmer Coat instead of my raincoat. It's very well-made and the colors are nice (I ordered several colors but eventually settled on black because I am boring like that).
posted by lakersfan1222 at 12:09 PM on December 22, 2012

Oops, I actually have the jacket, which is in link #2 of dersins' comment.....
posted by lakersfan1222 at 12:11 PM on December 22, 2012

What's your budget? Canada Goose is phenomenal, but not cheap.
posted by jeather at 12:11 PM on December 22, 2012

Are you sure you're not in the market for 2 different coats? I can't see any coat that's going to keep you nice and warm at -15 also being comfortable when its warm enough to rain.
posted by juliapangolin at 12:25 PM on December 22, 2012 [1 favorite]

It is not a jacket per se, but I love my Lands' End Insulated Squall Parka. The bonus points for me are-
  • Machine washable
  • Detachable hood
  • Front pockets help me stay warm because I'm holding my hands closer to my body
  • Lower pockets are deep enough for stashing gloves, subway pass, keys, etc.
  • Waterproof shell

    I'm 5'3" and bought this in regular size Small because I like having long sleeves, and can also wear an additional sweater underneath.

    The only con I can think of, is that it can feel rather bulky. In my case, I also bought the Regular Squall Parka (non-insulated) in one size smaller. It's much less bulky, but I only wear it on warmer days.

    I don't own the Hooded Squall Jacket, but if it's anything like the parka, I think it's worth a try!

    If you don't mind a limited color selection, Lands' End has previous versions of the Squall collection on sale.

  • posted by invisible ink at 2:43 PM on December 22, 2012

    I have the L.L. Bean winter warmer coat that is # 1 in dersins post. Just as lakers1222 says, it is incredibly warm and not at all bulky. The length is good - just above the knee and covers the bum. The hood is great and the colors are nice (mine is raspberry.) I work outside and bought and returned several coats from Lands' End and Eddie Bauer before finding this one. Keeps me dry in the rain and warm all day.
    posted by Sal and Richard at 5:10 PM on December 22, 2012

    Both L.L Bean and LandsEnd allow you to sort by warmest outerwear. I'd go for the warmest non-down parka at either retailer; call and chat with them about it; they use different temperature ratings. -15F is really cold, and I recommend long underwear, a fleece shell, and good gloves, hat & scarf, along with well-insulated footwear. I have a wool shawl that I use as a scarf in winter, and have even used it as a shawl over a jacket when I'm cold; it helps, and it's nice to have at work on draft-y days.
    posted by theora55 at 5:26 PM on December 22, 2012 [1 favorite]

    Canada Goose are phenomenal jackets. I also like HH Helly Hansen they have outlets.
    posted by ibakecake at 9:38 PM on December 23, 2012

    Thank you everyone.
    posted by pakora1 at 6:13 PM on January 7, 2013

    Quick update

    I found Wild Things Belay jacket which is super super warm! Really is something to consider if you live in cold climates.
    posted by pakora1 at 3:33 PM on February 5, 2013

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