My 5 year search for a warm coat ended last month.
I didn't post about it because I felt oddly ashamed of my purchase but it is won me over so much that I feel justified in buying it.
On the face of it, it looks very dull and it is North Face and is called a 'Himalaya' which makes it instantly a bit council.
But, I was won over by the description that it is the warmest coat they had ever made and a string of reviews from people saying "Do not buy this coat for normal use. It is too warm and virtually useless in an normal conditions as a result"
Anyway this is it:
Looks quite ordinary there but it is fcuking massive. Like wearing a quilt and it is perfectly insulated. A couple of times in Iceland in sub-zero temperatures with high winds I felt completely neutral where everyone else in some pretty heavy duty gear was freezing to death. It is absolutely ridiculous but I love it because I am now never cold, and contrary to the scare mongers it does not get too hot (for me at least).
Anyway, even I will probably relegate it to my wardrobe by mid-feb I am delighted that every year forever I can get it out again without ever crying about being cold.