Baby, it’s cold outside. More like: Baby, it’s absolutely freezing and will be until mid-April. So, today I thought it would be fitting to talk about one of my winter coats (yes, I have more than one winter coat because I live in Laramie, where we have 10 months of winter). It’s pretty, darn pricey—but, is it worth it?
Now, it’s not really a secret that I love Patagonia. I mean, I have their hiking shoes, and pullovers, and hiking pants, and wading shorts, and linen pants (despite my brother claiming they are the worst pants ever invented), and sweaters, and it’s ridiculous—but, I love it. Of course, it is called PataGUCCI for a reason. There are some seriously high prices on their gear.
This post is going to focus on my Women’s Down Sweater Hoody, specifically.
Price: This was my second Patagonia purchase once I left for school. Which means I had to buy it on my own. Yeah, I can’t tell you what I ate for dinner last week, but I remember that insignificant detail. And I actually found it on eBay (new—with tags) for $215. But, it’s listed on the Patagonia site as $279. Prices will fluctuate depending on if you buy it in a certain store or need to pay shipping. Generally you can expect to pay well over $200, though.
Function: This coat works perfectly fine to keep me cozy and warm, during mild winter days. Typically, I use this for those sub-zero mornings, as I head to work and my car just can’t possibly get warm enough (yes, a sub-zero morning is mild for Laramie, if there’s not biting wind or snow up to my knees). And it absolutely makes those mornings bearable. I mean, between this coat and a massive mug of hot coffee I’m ready to take on the day. Maybe not “take it on,” but at least participate in the day with a happy heart.
However, on days where there is any prediction of heavy winds or any sort of precipitation, I choose to wear a different coat. According to the description of this product on the website: this coat is wind and water proof. However, according to my damp clothing and frozen limbs: this is completely false.
Style: In general, it’s nearly impossible to find and worth-while, winter coat that doesn’t make whoever is wearing it look like a Yeti. But, this coat does its best. True, I don’t exactly look run-way ready when I wear this. But, I don’t look like that kid from A Christmas Story either. And I call that a successfully styled winter look!
Despite being one of those wear-what-you-eat individuals, I decided to purchase this coat in white. I don’t believe Scandal was around yet, but I’m sure I was channeling my future, inner Olivia Pope. Except Olivia never spills on herself (no matter how much red wine she has), and I spill on myself at least every other day. So, white really isn’t a staple in my wardrobe.
Additionally, this coat zip up over your mouth to help keep your neck and face a bit warmer. Which I do appreciate. Of course, I also love bronzer… so every time I unzip the coat there’s a nice brownish hue all over the collar. Nothing says you’re a classy and put-together lady like bronzer stains all around your neck.
But, I have to say: this coat washes up absolutely beautifully! I have probably washed this coast once a week, for the entire winter season, every year since I bought it. Which I know is ridiculously hard on a coat like this. Still, it always comes out looking white as ever, and there hasn’t been any noticeable wear and tear.
Repurchase: Simply, no.
Now, I’m not unhappy that I have this coat. In fact, I wear it on a semi-regular basis. But, I really think that if I’m going to invest upwards of a couple hundred dollars into a coat, I want it to be absolutely wind and water impenetrable! Especially, given the amount of wind we get in Wyoming– about 174 times each winter season I express that I could easily handle the cold and snow if it weren’t for that (insert a fitting adjective of your choosing here) wind.
This post was absolutely, unnecessarily difficult for me to write. I love, love, love Patagonia. So many of their pieces I have had for years, and I’m weirdly attached to them. It almost feels like I’m betraying some unwritten bond with Patagonia by saying I wouldn’t purchase this one coat again.
Have I mentioned that I’m annoyingly over-sensitive about absurd things? Uh, yeah. I know this is a multi-million/billion/trillion dollar company (I’m not actually sure on the amount of money—but we can safely agree that it’s a lot), and my one non-repurchase is a miniscule drop in the bucket.
But, I just had to be honest with you. I like you guys more than Patagonia, which is a seriously big deal.
Personally, I would opt for a different Patagonia coat or even one from Arc’teryx, North Face, or any other of your favorite outdoor brands. Be sure you stay warm and dry all winter long!
Any suggestions for winter coats you swear will keep me from complaining about the Wyoming cold? Well, maybe just keep me from freezing my buns off—stopping all complaints is a pretty massive job for one coat.
Thanks for reading,