It may just be the fact that Iâ€™m getting older, but I find that my approach to outerwear/gear has adapted quite a bit in the last year. I used to very much subscribe to the school of "style above all else" and was more than willing to sacrifice quality to look â€˜coolâ€™. As Iâ€™m growing out of that mindset, itâ€™s quickly becoming apparent that I was a straight up fool.
My first instinct looking at this coat was â€œit looks like something my dad would wearâ€, meaning ill-fitted and unfashionable. But when I put it on and realized that my beef with insulating layers was more to do with the model who was wearing them (my 60 year old father) rather than the jackets themselves. I was pleased to find this coat was slim fitted and not too bulky. The two panel grey and charcoal go great together and I found more of my friends complimenting this coat than most of my others.
This jacket is quite thin for an insulating layer but was actually surprisingly warm for itâ€™s size. This was about the coldest winter Iâ€™ve ever experienced with -15 to -20 degree celcius weather pretty much every day in February. In past years, I would have just layered hoodie after cotton hoodie and still frozen to death. This year I used this insulating layer and a t-shirt underneath either my Holden shell, or my Virtika coat and almost never felt cold. The exterior layer is 82% Polyamide and 18% Polyester, so itâ€™s not the most windproof coat in the world, but then again, itâ€™s not designed as a stand alone jacket for the deep winter. I found I was fine with this jacket down to -5 celcius on windless days, and around 0 celcius on windy days.
This coat is 100% polyester insulated. It is breathable to an extent, not quite as breathable as something like down. If youâ€™re frequently changing environments (ie. getting onto the subway) then youâ€™ll need to unzip to make sure you donâ€™t overheat. That being said, on the hill Iâ€™d rather be too hot and open my zippers than be too cold and out of luck so I donâ€™t see that as too much of an issue.
Overall Iâ€™m a big fan of this coat. Itâ€™s my first foray into the insulating layer style of jackets and itâ€™s definitely making me wish Iâ€™d gotten over my â€œstyle above allâ€ attitude sooner, and frankly, it still looks pretty damn good!