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Old 12-31-2015, 10:52 PM
 
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I was trying to Google what winter coats people recommended for winters in the DMV area, and found a bunch of old posts from people who were moving to the area from Florida and were concerned about the cold winters.

My worry is the opposite: I grew up in Chicago and then moved to Michigan before moving to Nova, and my winter coats have been just a little too warm for many days. Even last winter, I frequently wished I had a slightly lighter or different coat for the weather. There are so many days the low might be in the 20s, but the high is still a little too warm. Plus, the metro and buses can get so stuffy and warm!

So- any suggestions for good winter coats for the DMV area? I currently have a real down feather jacket from Nike that was nothing too special.
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Old 12-31-2015, 11:12 PM
 
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If you are used to the cold, and it's not bothersome to you - just pick based on style and appeal.
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Old 01-01-2016, 01:54 AM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry, NC
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So- any suggestions for good winter coats for the DMV area? I currently have a real down feather jacket from Nike that was nothing too special.
I used a coat I bought at Hecht's (when it was still in business.) The coat has a polyester outer shell with a zip-out wool lining. It also has a removable hood. With the lining in place it was good for everything except below zero weather. In spring and fall rainy weather, I removed the wool liner, and it was fine. Without the liner, it was also good over a wool suit jacket in much of the winter when it is over 32 degrees.
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Old 01-01-2016, 05:06 AM
 
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Male or Female?

Do you spend a lot of time outdoors? Will you be walking a lot from, say, a Metro station to your office or will you be pretty much doing garage to garage?

I have about several types of coats.

1. Very heavy, down filled parka. I wear it once or twice a year if I am forced to shovel snow. Used to wear something like this more often when the kids were young and I'd go outside and play in the snow with them.

2. Lighter weight "fashionable" Michael Kors 3/4 length "puffer" coat. Very warm. I wear this one mostly on the weekends if I'm going to be out a strip mall or just spending more time outside walking and the temps are under 40 degrees.

3. Several styles of raincoats with zip out wool liner. I wear this through most of the winter. They get me comfortably from my car to my destination. Warm enough for short bouts outside when the temps are 30-40 degrees. Probably not warm enough for longer than 30 minutes though.

4. Wool/fleece zip up jackets (Eddie Bauer brand). These are good on 40-50 degree days and also used as a layer under another coat if necessary.

So you might need several coats, but I'd stick with something lighter weight. If you are a man and are concerned about a work coat. I'd hit one of the better department stores and get a wool, hip length dress coat. That will cover anything work and fun related.

Your heavier coat will be used in Jan/Feb for just being outside. If you are still looking for something casual, get one of those "packable" down jackets that Eddie Bauer/North Face/Columbia sell. Polyester lining, down fill, very thin.
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Old 01-01-2016, 05:24 AM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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My main one is this:


Cabela's Men's Dri-Fowl II™ Extreme™ 4-in-1 Parka with Thinsulate™ and 4MOST DRY-PLUS® : Cabela's


For less formal occasions I have a couple of these:


Cabela's Men's Highline 3-in-1 Parka with PrimaLoft® : Cabela's
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Old 01-01-2016, 06:54 AM
 
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Thanks for all the suggestions. I'm female, and have <10 minute walks to a bus stop or metro station for my commute. I love the idea of one of those packable coats or lighter jackets to then use as an under layer. I always wondered who could actually use one of those thin, packable coats... turns out, maybe me! Thanks all.
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Old 01-01-2016, 07:30 AM
 
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Thanks for all the suggestions. I'm female, and have <10 minute walks to a bus stop or metro station for my commute. I love the idea of one of those packable coats or lighter jackets to then use as an under layer. I always wondered who could actually use one of those thin, packable coats... turns out, maybe me! Thanks all.
That's exactly what I use all winter. The LL Bean 850 down series has costs of various lengths but I use this one spring through fall unless I'm out in active sleet or shoveling snow in the dark.
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Old 01-01-2016, 07:38 AM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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The problem with down is, well, because it's down and down tends to be bulky.


The newer synthetics like Thinsulate are just as good (actually better) than down with a lot less bulk. I'd also tell you to get a coat with GoreTEX (or a similar waterproofing).
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Old 01-01-2016, 08:17 AM
 
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Most winters (unlike this one so far) we have maybe 10-15 days total of bitter cold (in the single digits); the rest is somewhere around the freezing mark or higher. So your down coat may be handy on occasion--especially if you have to be outside for ny length of time (esp. standing still, like at a bus stop). That said, my go-to most of the winter is a 3/4-length raincoat (looks like a topcoat) with a zip-out insulated liner. Definitely enough for most days here, and when it's just raining but not cold, I remove the liner. A leather jacket is also good for much of the year outside of April-September.
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Old 01-01-2016, 11:18 AM
 
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The problem with down is, well, because it's down and down tends to be bulky.


The newer synthetics like Thinsulate are just as good (actually better) than down with a lot less bulk. I'd also tell you to get a coat with GoreTEX (or a similar waterproofing).
The newer packable down coats are not bulky at all--and warm!!!

I think they may be washable too.

My son has a Carhartt down jacket (not packable/thin) but very washable. For a man's warm jacket, that thing has been awesome.
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