Help me buy a winter coat before boxing week ends!
December 29, 2005 6:52 PM   Subscribe

Help me buy a winter coat before boxing week ends!

Are winter coats supposed to be rated for how many degrees below zero they are good for? Because maybe 2 coats may look like they would be equally warm, but only one of them may be the real thing...
- Im not crazy about getting feathers stuck to me, so I would consider that alternative to down that i cant remember the name of. also looking for
- drawstrings and velcros to keep openings shut
- removable hood
- removable liner
- windproof outer layer
- preferably plain black with no obnoxious logos, outdoor sport style

anything im missing here? seen any sweet coats / deals around? (im in ontario canada)
posted by GleepGlop to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion (6 answers total)
Not all black, but I absolutely love my Tuckermans jacket from LL Bean. Best winter coat I have had.
posted by terrapin at 7:07 PM on December 29, 2005

in Toronto, check out Mountain Equipment Coop for their selection of outdoor-sport-style warm coats. There's also online shopping at and their return policy is excellent.

L L Bean is of course excellent as well
posted by seawallrunner at 7:21 PM on December 29, 2005 for deals, for good stuff, if you'd rather less sporty. dunno how friendly they all are to canucks.
posted by kcm at 7:52 PM on December 29, 2005

I like the Misty Mountain coat I got from The Bay. Waterproof, windproof, inner liner zips out, hood unsnaps, drawstring, etc. Mine is black with a bit of white around the edges. Available in men's and women's, including plus sizes. I got it for $84.99 as a Bay Powerbuy. I think you can also get it at Mark's Work Warehouse.
posted by acoutu at 9:42 PM on December 29, 2005

The stuff that isn't down is some sort of fiberfill. Thinsulate is one of several brands. There are variations in quality/price. I have an LLBean parka that isn't very bulky, but the fiberfill is so good that it's very warm. I didn't wear it today, and I can't remember the variety. If you call LLBean, they'll spend as much time with you as you need.

A goretex shell will keep you dry, while allowing moisture out. I'm a fan of the combination jackets with a zipout fleece liner, although I don't currently have one.

Disclaimer: I live in Maine, have worked for LLBean and shop at their outlet frequently.
posted by theora55 at 6:30 AM on December 30, 2005

The Kanuk post-Xmas sale is still on for two days, and they do rate their coats for temperature.

Not cheap, but their coats are locally made and virtually indestructible.
posted by zadcat at 9:23 AM on December 30, 2005

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