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Sunday, August 9, 2020

A Reader Question for the Community: Winter Coat?


A Reader Question:
I’m planning a move from the Mid-Atlantic to Camden, Maine. I’m looking to invest in a winter coat, and would appreciate your sound advice. 

27 comments:

  1. If the primary or sole objective is warmth, I'd consult places like REI and include a hood. Any more specific advice would need more input such as gender and intended use (dressy, casual, mixed). For just keeping warm I have always favored layers. A sweater under a fairly inexpensive down jacket under a hooded rain shell worn with gloves or mittens and a watch cap is actually pretty toasty even in subzero temperatures. .

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  2. Check out Gloverall duffle coats. They come with hoods, are well made in England and last forever. They are also quite warm!

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    1. The Gloverall is indeed warm and well made. Plus, I belief it aligns well with the SWNE aesthetic! Good call!

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    2. Good suggestion. Layering, of course, is the way to go. Down vest, sweater etc under a coat that falls below the knee is also key to warmth. This, if you’re walking about town and not talking about cold weather athletic activity.

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    3. Gloverall's duffle coats are designed for layering, i.e. they come up a bit on the large side. It's worth checking the actual chest size before buying.

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  3. The Bean Warden is truly a wonderful choice!

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  4. I live in Idaho and, most of the time, I do fine with just the Patagonia Down Sweater or the old Land's End Squall. Layer up if needed. I am completely over big, buky, hooded, coats. When it's going to be wet snow, I top the Patagonia with a rain shell. Whether this is WASP enough, well, it works for this old Yankee just fine.

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    1. Spot on advice.

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    2. I second that - layers, its the New England way!

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  5. Last year I purchased Lands' End's "Women's Winter Maxi Long Down Coat with Hood." I couldn't be happier. It's long enough to keep my legs warm, it is light weight so I am not exhausted by the end of the day from wearing it, it's shapely and nicely styled and never seems overwhelming but best of all it's toasty warm in our bitter New England weather.

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  6. Earlier today someone on SWNE posted about searching for a Pea Coat. Can't endorse Ebay enough for bargains. No need to buy retail when there are terrific values at second hand or Ebay. Save yourself a bundle and buy second hand. Prost!

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  7. If you are moving to a region where the winter weather is cold and damp, I would recommend a Filson Double Mackinaw, or a heavyweight Barbour Northumberland. One can always wear layers under either of them as the weather gets colder.

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    1. Filson is always a smart choice!

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    2. Yes, I've always been very happy with my coat. Warm and wears like iron.

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  8. Layering appropriate fabrics is more important than your coat. You could wear the warmest coat in the world over a heavy wool jumper but if the layer next to your skin is a cotton shirt you'll be clammy and cold.

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  9. LL Bean. May not be “fashion forward”, but classic and made for Maine weather!

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  10. Ralph Lauren make a nice range of down coats with hoods. Chic and warm.

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  11. If you're looking for something with a bit of panache, try the field coats at Cordings.

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  12. Come from a long line of Mainers, but moved to Minnesota when I was in junior high. For New England weather I strongly endorse the layering suggestions of others. The Minnesota cold is unlike anything I experienced in Maine, and I have to rely on an LLBean Baxter parka. I can snowblow in -20 weather with a combined -40 with windchill with just a thin layer underneath and stay comfortable. But it would be far too hot for any prolonged activity in temps that are above zero.

    Perhaps your adjustment from a warmer region would make this less of a concern. But do keep it mind that it may be possible to get a coat that is TOO warm, depending on what you do in it.

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  13. Look in Outerwear at oconnellsclothing.com located in Buffalo - lots of choices.

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  14. My dad's Michelin Man ski coat from the '80s-made in U.S.

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  15. I am jealous since I am in Maryland in 90 degree temperatures right now. Maine sounds just perfect!

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    1. Could be worse. It was 103 in ATX but will get hotter over the next few days.

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  16. It gets real cold here in Minnesota and I’ve found warmth in my Filson Down Cruiser Parka

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  17. I'd do the Patagonia 3 in 1 Parka. Waterproof shell with a down coat. Each piece can be worn stand alone and it checks all the boxes for Camden winter weather: bitter cold, very cold, cold.

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  18. As a Mainer, all the suggestions are great, especially about layering. I walk the dogs daily and can get away with my trusty Barbour Beadnell Polarquilt jacket on most days, especially when worn with a cashmere or heavy silk Hermes scarf. For bad weather days my ancient Barbour Bedale jacket with quilted liner comes in handy. What really makes the difference is a great hat and warm gloves!

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