- I am allergic to feather. I wore my every day, bar one or two when the sun was warm, during a 6 week period of dog walking in Herefordshire from January 20th this year. The icy winds would have stopped me going out with any other winter anorak- style coat I have ever had. Worth every penny for that alone. The hood was also very protective.
- The over-heating factor. If the sun came out or I was walking energetically, it was uncomfortably hot very rapidly. The rapid extreme of warmth meant that wearing it alone over a thin layer was essential in winter sun. When the clouds covered the sun, more layers were needed very rapidly. In our uk climate of 'all seasons in an hour', that is very exhausting.
I have not used it since March since in the south it was just too hot to wear except on the odd cloudy, cold day. And very wintry looking in the brown colour when we could suddenly switch from cloud to sun, making it feel as though Spring was here.
It has left a gap in my southern outer walking wear that I had hoped to fill with my new coat. My redundant old coat was good all year with and without layers under. Perhaps the new insulation technology has 'techned out', creating a new burden of needing two types of outer coat instead of one.
The colours were drab.
A bit shapeless.
The inner drawstring only pulled in the lining and left the outer coat sagging.
Published on: 21 May 2015