I’ve decided that this winter, I am definitely buying a new coat. I’ve been putting this off because while some items that I might buy in the meantime are ones where I can get discount or off-brand stuff that I’d replace before the hike, a good coat is something that is going to last me long enough to be what I actually take on the trail.
There’s no point really in buying a cheap coat that will fall apart or not do what I want and just have to spend more in a few years on a nice coat.
So I’m trying to decide what I’m going to get. I’ve had my eye on this LL Bean coat for a while:
I probably should have bought it last spring when I happened to be in the store the weak they were phasing to spring stuff, and it was half off. But alas, I waffled too much and I might catch a sale or a coupon but unless I want to wait for spring again then I’ll have to pay the $189 price tag for it.
In the end, the thing I have to remember about coats is that I wear my coats out. Right now I have a few jackets, one heavier coat that I wear most of the winter (which I don’t completely love, the cut is lovely and it looks wonderful but I’d rather have higher quality material) and then when I need serious layering I have this thicker purple coat that was a gift for a trip to London in 2004. Almost ten years I’ve been wearing this same coat (though in the last five years it’s only been a few times a year I pull it out). My black coat I’ve had five years.
So no matter how you slice it, I’ve managed to really get my money’s worth out of every coat I’ve owned and I doubt this would be very different. Especially considering this would be an even higher quality coat designed for even more punishment.
For the trail, and life in general, I’m going to need something that is designed to layer, which is why this is the one I’m leaning towards. It’s also waterproof, and thankfully is insulated with polyester instead of down (which I’m allergic to). There’s also a hood, which I need, none of my coats have hoods so I either have to wear a hoodie underneath or a hat.
Overall, I’ve really liked this coat for a while so I think it’s what I’m going to go with unless I find some reviews that suggest something better. But then the question becomes, blue, red, or black?
Edited to add: I also just found this jacket which is a bit cheaper and seems to also be quite nice. It doesn’t
come in red, but the black/blue combo is particularly nice and would look professional as well as great on the trail. I guess I’m just going to have to go to the store and try them all on and see what I think. That’s the great thing about living where I do, I can go try them on and buy in store instead of having to order and hope.