I am a coat whore thanks to my boyfriend. No questions asked I love Patagonia, Marmott and Arteryx. I hate North Face and Columbia. They don’t hold up very well and I don’t think that they are warm or well made. I’ve got several NF outerwear items that sit in my closet. I’ve spent a ton of money on outerwear and I’m lucky that he has the same little addiction so it’s kind of an unspoken thing we are both ok with. <br /><br />
I live in Iowa, we get a lot of snow and ice in the winter. I hate being cold. And my BF owns a snow and ice control company which means that I am out in it more than others because if it snows, it has to be controlled. I’ve spent many hours in a plow truck, pushing a snow blower or shoveling snow off of other people’s properties. We had the snowiest winter on record last year.
This is the shell coat that I have. What most people would think is a winter coat. I like it, it was very expensive and it’s great for skiing and playing outside in the snow with my son. It’s bulky and I don’t like that for everday wear.
I pair them with these snow pants. They are very warm, they are cut to fit a woman which is great and they are very durable. Again, stupid expensive.
I have this longer Patagonia parka for when I’m going to be out running around or in and out of a bunch of places. It’s very very warm. I usually wear fleece lined leggings under it with a long sleeve t shirt if we are going to be shopping or something because it is that awesome. It’s puffier than I like my coats to be but when I need to stay warm when I’m outside it’s wonderful.
This is my everyday coat when it’s windy outside. Very warm, lightweight and has a hood to keep my ears warm. I got this last year for my birthday and I wasn’t crazy about the fuzzy outside at first I can not believe that I can wear this with a dress shirt underneath outside for 45 min when the windchill is -25 and not be cold. (I’m good at locking myself out of both my house and my car occasionally) It’s slim and comfortable.
I have the prior version of this one for my non windy days everyday jacket. Again, very warm, down and the most important part of anything I wear is that it is not bulky. I hate driving in my coat when I feel like I can’t move around comfortably.
I also have work outer wear which is the Carhart coat and bibs. I don’t love them, they are ugly but warm and I won’t be mad if I get salt and dirt all over an 80 dollar coat VS a 500 dollar one.
I also wear fleece lined tights and leggings a lot. I have Patagonia hats and gloves. I wear Uggs more than I should. Layers layers layers. Cuddle duds are good. Under Armor coldgear is great for layering and is fairly inexpensive. I have way too many UA hoodies. I also have several Marmot down vests that I layer with long sleeve t shirts and scarves when it’s not too cold out.
I have sorel ugly duck boots for when I’m working and I actually just bought these…whoops…from Zappos because I think they are both cute and functional.
Sorry, long post. But if you have questions feel free to ask!