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Old 03-17-2017, 12:21 PM
 
Location: SW Florida
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I live in Florida now but I lived on Long Island for years. Actually had a down coat that made me look like a lavender marshmallow.
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Old 03-17-2017, 12:38 PM
 
Location: Eastern Oregon
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I am also in Western Washington - in Snohomish County, which is colder and snowier than where the OP lives!

I have seen the marshmellow jackets. They look dumb, imho. For both men and women. Yes, down has long been a mainstay of outdoor gear. But you can be warm and dry without looking stupid.

Sometimes I think REI tries too hard to be fashionable. Aren't they in the business of providing rugged outdoor gear? Why do they provide the trendy crap? I have been buying jackets at Cabelas in recent years. They are not terribly "cool" looking, but they are warm and comfortable. Also doable financially. The only thing - they aren't always waterproof breathable. Although that isn't always necessary...and there are sprays that can provide a bit of waterproofness.
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Old 03-17-2017, 12:51 PM
 
Location: Grosse Ile Michigan
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I mostly wear a full length leather duster or an oversize carhartt coat that I can layer and layer underneath. However when it is super cold, those puffy "I am wearing a sleeping bag" coats are the only thing that really keep you warm. I have several of them and wear them when I have to.

What I dislike are the new style tightly cross-quilted semi puffy jackets so popular with the metro set these days. They are just too effeminate for my tastes. In fact the first time I saw someone wearing one, I thought they had picked up a woman's coat by mistake. Then I found out it is the new high fashion rage in winter wear.

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Old 03-17-2017, 01:13 PM
 
Location: Eastern Oregon
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Exactly!^^ I think you have posted pictures of the marshmallow jackets.

They also seem too fitted - how would you layer under them? How could you easily move for outdoor activities wearing one of those?
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Old 03-17-2017, 01:29 PM
 
Location: in my mind
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I love my down parkas! I have them in several colors - all from Land's End. Mine are the longer style - hip length and just above knee-length, like this one: Land's End Down Parka. They are very warm and light-weight. That is why I prefer them over regular coats made out of wool and other materials. Those other fabrics feel very heavy to me after wearing down parkas for so many years.

If I am dressing up, though, I will wear a wool coat. But for everyday, casual wear, its down parkas and vests for me.

I think this style of coat could be unflattering on large/overweight people, because it does add bulk.
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Old 03-17-2017, 01:33 PM
 
Location: Grosse Ile Michigan
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I love my down parkas! I have them in several colors - all from Land's End. Mine are the longer style - hip length and just above knee-length, like this one: Land's End Down Parka. They are very warm and light-weight. That is why I prefer them over regular coats made out of wool and other materials. Those other fabrics feel very heavy to me after wearing down parkas for so many years.

If I am dressing up, though, I will wear a wool coat. But for everyday, casual wear, its down parkas and vests for me.

I think this style of coat could be unflattering on large/overweight people, because it does add bulk.
Well I would say this "Women's Petite Lightweight Down Coat" you linked to is definitely something for non-metro men to stay away from. This ties right in to the subject matter nicely.
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Old 03-17-2017, 02:09 PM
 
Location: Eastern Oregon
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I love my down parkas! I have them in several colors - all from Land's End. Mine are the longer style - hip length and just above knee-length, like this one: Land's End Down Parka. They are very warm and light-weight. That is why I prefer them over regular coats made out of wool and other materials. Those other fabrics feel very heavy to me after wearing down parkas for so many years.

If I am dressing up, though, I will wear a wool coat. But for everyday, casual wear, its down parkas and vests for me.

I think this style of coat could be unflattering on large/overweight people, because it does add bulk.
I wouldn't consider that a parka, though. A coat, yes.

The OP did talk about trends to keep away from for non metro *men*. Right now we're talking about women - and I am one! But I think we're still talking about durable and non trendy jackets...that Lands End coat seems more trendy than durable and practical.
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Old 03-17-2017, 02:52 PM
 
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I love mine's and wear them when it's cold outside


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cC5aGJtFsWY
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Old 03-18-2017, 04:20 PM
 
Location: Kirkland, WA (Metro Seattle)
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I mostly wear a full length leather duster or an oversize carhartt coat that I can layer and layer underneath. However when it is super cold, those puffy "I am wearing a sleeping bag" coats are the only thing that really keep you warm. I have several of them and wear them when I have to.

What I dislike are the new style tightly cross-quilted semi puffy jackets so popular with the metro set these days. They are just too effeminate for my tastes. In fact the first time I saw someone wearing one, I thought they had picked up a woman's coat by mistake. Then I found out it is the new high fashion rage in winter wear.

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My point exactly. "Cross quilted, semi-puffy" works as a description. To me, ridiculous with a (very) finite shot clock before everyone figures out they are completely horrifying on a man. To others, avant garde I suppose.

Good to read all the opinions thus far, pro and con. Maybe they're a better look for hipsters, though I do see thinner-build older men wearing them around Western WA, too. Not for me.
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Old 03-18-2017, 04:37 PM
 
Location: Pacific Northwest
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I love the North Face Summit Series L6 fitted jackets for when it's super cold outside.
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