By Jessica Dostie
We Canadians are experts when it comes to cold weather, so it’s not surprising that our winter coats are popular choices all over the world. Looking for a really warm but, above all, practical winter coat? These 5 design tricks will make all the difference.
Removable insulated hood
A hood is good, but a removable hood is even better—you can make the most of your investment by wearing the coat from fall to spring.
What could be more practical than carrying your coat like a backpack when you’re shopping or on a long commute?
This lets you undo just the bottom of your coat for more comfort when you’re seated—a feature that’s especially useful in the car.
Extended sleeve with a thumb-hole
This is a must-have for ski jackets that have been adapted for urban wearing—the thumb-hole keeps sleeves from riding up and helps to conserve heat and limit drafts.
Light but warm
Lined with goose down or high-tech synthetic insulation, winter coats can be very light and still offer an excellent level of warmth. Avoid coats with too high a percentage of feathers in the insulation; feathers add weight. Also, look for “RDS” (Responsible Down Standard) on the label, an indication that the down used comes from ethical sources that care about the well-being of animals.
On the picture: This coat, with its special fabric that allows moisture to escape but keeps heat in, protects against temperatures as low as -30°C. (Recycled Phoenix coat, Audvik – a Canadian brand –, $750)