Post # 1
Hello bees. I am moving to a very cold city in a few weeks and need to invest in a serious winter coat. I do not do well in the cold so I want something that is not messing around. I am leaning toward Canada Goose, although they are so $$$$$. Would appreciate recommendations for seriously warm coats that are not $900! (although I may end up biting the bullet and spending that much anyway…just want to know if there are other options that offer the same warmth).
Post # 2
Anything that is down and long should be plenty warm enough. Check out North Face, Marmot, Patagonia, Columbia. Canada Goose is insane and bought mostly for it’s brand name imo.
Post # 3
North Face or Canada Goose – the great thing about CG is that they last forever!!
Post # 4
Are you going to be spending a lot of time outdoors (think New York or Boston) walking to/from work? If not, I’d say a regular down jacket should be fine. TJ Maxx will have some good ones in the fall and are pretty reasonably priced.
I’m from New England originally and most stores will put out winter jackets in the early/late fall. I’d look then so you can try them on to see if you like how they fit. Also, it doesn’t get too cold, at least in New England, until October so you have plenty of time.
Post # 5
echo above poster on those brands… where are you moving to so we have an idea of just HOW cold
Canada Goose is so unnecessary.
I have a Calvin Klein Down Filled coat that serves me just fine and cost me $100 on sale (seriously) and I live in Canada, so I know from cold.
You should invest in a winter coat and a nice thick wool coat (for when you want to be fashionable)
Post # 6
Moncler & North Face are the 2 I have in NYC weather.
Post # 7
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I have a North Face Summit Series jacket and it is so warm! It is 800 fill goose down. REI will often have a 20% off one item promo which is when I purchased mine. It saved me $100 on a $500 jacket.
Post # 8
I love winter coats from Eddie Bauer.
Post # 9
North Face jackets got me through winters growing up in Chicago just fine, and of course it works for NYC winters too since those are much less intense than Chicago winters. I’m in the camp of CG/Moncler/other luxury brands not being worth the $$$.
Post # 10
Depends on what you mean by “very cold”. If we’re talking Edmonton & -50…trust me Canada Goose is DEFINITELY worth the money.
If we’re talking New England/Southern Canadian City…meh, you can definitely get by perfectly well with basically any 550+ down fill.
If you’re going to drop the money, you’re probably best off investing in a 3-in-1 that has a down liner plus waterproof outer that are separate pieces. This is especially true in cities that can be wet and cold simultaneously (E.g. Boston).
If you’re going to be looking at sustained -15F temperatures in the winter, definitely invest in a knee-length down coat. The length makes a huge difference in keeping you warm and means that you can sit down on a bench without freezing your bum off.
Patagonia and North Face are probably my two favorite winter coat companies and they tend to have sleeker styles that are more wearable to work without completely breaking the bank. I think Arc’Teryx has come a long way in their city-styled winter gear but you’re probably going to be looking at prices pretty comparable to CG and other luxury brands since Arc’Teryx is THE outdoor outfitting company at the moment.
Post # 11
I live in Boston, and my LL Bean lambswool coat has been amazing for the last five years, which have included some serious blizzards. I bought it a bit large so that I can layer sweaters, scarves, etc. under it, and I haven’t regretted it for a second.
Post # 12
I live in Canada and we can get temps of -40 and worse at times in the winter. I have a North Face coat and love it! It was still expensive, but not as expensive as a Canada Goose. They do have sales sometimes or you can try the outlet malls and see if you can find a deal there.
Post # 13
Thank you everyone! It’s a midwestern city close to Canada, so it gets cold as a witch’s tit in the winter. I’ve lived in New England before and could get by on any old down coat purchased at Macy’s or whatever, but I don’t think that’s gonna cut it in the sub zero temps that plague this new city. It sounds like North Face is a good more affordable option to CG – will look into that.
Post # 14
I find primaloft to be very warm. Also if a coat is windproof that really helps to keep you warm.