When it comes to winter coats for men, women, girls and boys, the importance of a warm winter coat should be of paramount concern for parents, kids, men and women alike. The thing about winter coats is that most of them just plain suck. Sure you can go to Wal-Mart and buy a winter coat for $100 but don’t it expect it to be warm, don’t expect it to fit well, and don’t expect it to be stylish. But above style, it should fit well.
A well well-fitting jacket is a warm jacket. It all starts with the type of material you find inside the jacket. Many jackets come with some kind of synthetic insolation, I don’t even know what its called but its probably no good. You want to go natural go with goose down, you can’t go wrong and you’ll always be warm. You should also consider the inside of the jacket that actually touches your skin. It usually should contain a comfortable light polyester material so you feel too warm and doesn’t absorb moisture if you happen to sweat (chances are if your doing something rigorous, like shovelling the driveway, you’ll probably sweat).
At the same time you should also consider leaving enough room to layer up. Layering up involves adding layers of clothing underneath a winter coat to provide additional layers of warmth. Layering is a must-do for winter sports, but is also advisable for general winter day-to-day. Layering isn’t just about piling on more shirts. The first layer should be a polyester or synthetic material that will keep moisture off your body, like a sports shirt. The next layer should be a light cotton based material, or hybrid cotton polyester for warmth and moisture wicking. The should be all you need plus the warm coat over top. You should never have to much space on the inside of the jacket, this is where cold air can hide and chill you quite quickly. You always want the layers of clothing and the space between clothes and the jacket to be fairly snug.
The outer shell of the jacket should always be a water proof breathable material. Don’t bother with anything that says “water resistant” or “water repellant”, choose brand name water proof shells like Goretex. The next time you get wet snow or rained on, you’ll thank yourself for spending a bit more on the waterproof material, and you’ll thank me for writing this!