Apis Mellifera
Apis Mellifera Dork
8/31/23 7:49 p.m.

I am in the market for a new winter coat.  I have a North Face Hyvent now that's OK.  Not that warm and the waterproofing is failing.  I had a Spiewak before that and it was nice and warm, but they discontinued it.  I want: really warm, parka, earth tone color, removeable liner.  Suggestions.


I don't want to look like this, but I want to be that warm:

Mndsm MegaDork
8/31/23 7:52 p.m.

I always swore by whatever high end Columbia was out at the time when I needed one. Thinsulate, Omni tech, all that. Pretty sure both of my old ones are still in service after I moved south. 

Duke MegaDork
8/31/23 7:56 p.m.

I have an LL Bean heavy canvas field coat with a removable liner made of wool blanket for the body and Thinsulate quilting for the arms.

It's probably 35 years old and it's still one of the warmest coats I've ever owned.


759NRNG PowerDork
8/31/23 8:44 p.m.

What was the temp when you stepped out the door this morn???

Datsun310Guy MegaDork
8/31/23 10:15 p.m.

I always bought a black Carhardt coat, no hood and its waist length. 

Back in the day it was a leather coat but the Carhardt is more industrial feeling.  I found now is the time to buy at Farm & Fleet as they're not picked over.  

mtn MegaDork
8/31/23 10:21 p.m.

What is your budget and what is your location?

stuart in mn
stuart in mn MegaDork
8/31/23 11:31 p.m.
mtn said:

What is your budget and what is your location?

What I was going to ask.  If you're in Atlanta that's one set of requirements, if you're in Fairbanks that's another.

Aaron_King GRM+ Memberand UltimaDork
9/1/23 8:40 a.m.

I have one of these:  US Military Gen III ECWCS Layer 7 Parka Urban Grey.  It is by far the warmest coat I have ever had, no liner though.


02Pilot PowerDork
9/1/23 8:58 a.m.

LL Bean used to make great stuff, but their catalog has changed quite a bit lately, and the new options are much less truly outdoor gear. I have a wonderful coat from their Heritage line that's one of my go-tos for winter, but it's NLA. Sierra Trading Post also used to be a really good source, but since they were bought out the selection of high quality winter clothes has declined sharply; you may still find something there, but it's hit or miss.

If I were in the market, I would look at Cabela's to see what they have - I've gotten some excellent coats from them over the years. Carhartt may be a good option as well, but I don't know their stuff as well.

EDIT: Forgot about REI. They've got a pretty good selection; there's some trendy brands mixed in, but they also carry the more serious outdoor gear.

Apis Mellifera
Apis Mellifera Dork
9/1/23 9:08 a.m.

In reply to Aaron_King :

That's kind of what the Spiewak was.  It was government-issue, OD green.  I looked like a park ranger, but it was very warm and I like green.  The next cycle they let me go off-contract and I got the North Face because the advertising says it's worn by mountain climbers.  It was also popular and easy to find locally.  Popular doesn't necessarily mean good I have learned once more.



I am in the mid-atlantic area mostly, south of PA and north of NC, but I am originally from the Myrtle Beach area.  I never acclimated and get cold below 70F.  I'm not overly concerned about cost because I get about a decade of out them as my primary coat.  I'm OK paying for quality.  I don't want to pay for hype again.  Many thanks!

porschenut HalfDork
9/1/23 9:09 a.m.

We bought Atlantis foul weather jackets in the 80s for sailing.  A layer or 2 underneath is good for 0 F or 25 in a blizzard. Since we sized them for a life jacket underneath they still fit.

camopaint0707 Reader
9/1/23 9:17 a.m.

Columbia omni heat jackets, best I've ever had.  Still have mine for nearly 10 years.

trigun7469 UltraDork
9/1/23 9:37 a.m.

I live in the snow belt so I either had a SKi/Snowboard Burton or Columbia. I like the Burton jacket because it has zippers with a netting so you can unzip if you need to let some air in to cool down, I can wear it Fall through Spring.

Product image of Men's Burton Covert 2L Jacket

golfduke Dork
9/1/23 9:57 a.m.

A good Gore-tex uninsulated shell and a nice mid-layer fleece is the honest answer.  Not bulky, sheddable depending on changes, warm, and waterproof. 


I rock my Mountain hardware shell and an outlet store patagonia fleece for pretty much everything warmer than -10, and it's perfect.  Anything SUPER cold, and the marshmallow man Arcteryx comes out. 



mtn MegaDork
9/1/23 10:10 a.m.

For North Face and Patagonia, there is their "mall' line, which is good stuff, but it is mostly for yuppies and hipsters. The stuff that the mountain climbers are wearing? That is a $500 jacket, or more. My cousin-in-law paid over $800 for his jacket - don't know what kind it is, but he's climbing mountains and it is a matter of life or death for him. He thought he was cheaping out, he wanted one that was over $1000. 

But even for the lower line, their warranty is still pretty tremendous. I would go into a North Face store and tell them the water proofing is failing. I'd give it probably a 30%-50% chance that they tell you to pick one off the rack as a replacement, for free. 

LLBean is no longer what they once were. It isn't made in Maine anymore. 


If money is no object, get Canada Goose. Might have to take out a loan though.

stuart in mn
stuart in mn MegaDork
9/2/23 8:17 a.m.

I have a Marmot down jacket that's served me well for the last four or five winters in Minnesota.  I actually found it on the discount rack at a Marshall's store; I don't remember the exact cost but I think it was ~$50.00.


When it gets really cold, like -20F, I pull out my vintage military M1947 parka.  It's knee length with a hood and a thick pile liner, and weighs nearly 11 pounds. smiley  It's from between WWII and the Korean war, my dad bought it military surplus in the 1950s.

paddygarcia GRM+ Memberand HalfDork
9/2/23 9:14 a.m.

I've been wearing the same Carharrts jacket since before they were hipster.

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