I am in a quandry. We are trying to decide what type of coat to take with us to England/France, and have gotten feedback from friends in Abingdon & Oxford. Besides being water repellent, they're saying make sure it's thick enough to keep us warm.
Here is the problem. I don't want to invest in new coats for all just for this trip, but at the same time, I want to make sure everyone is toasty.
My daughter has a Northface "down" jacket that is not very bulky but is supposed to keep you warm. She doesn't have the problem I do of being cold all the time. My problem is thyroid related (low).
Son has a coat that has a fleece lining (like two coats in one) that could be perfect for him. It's only 2 years old and hardly been used. If he gets too hot (like in Brittany) he could unzip the lining and either use the fleece/windbreaker shell or use the main coat which wouldn't be as bulky.
Hubby has one that's not too bulky but he says it keeps him warm enough.
I have a Banana Republic Down coat that hits below the hips, and worked quite well last year when we were in Branson and it was super cold. It's bulky though...I want to be warm but not look like overstuffed.
What to do? Any advice? I did get the silk thermies (don't keep me that warm), and also an Icebreaker top (love it), and also taking one LLBean wool blend thermal top because I can sleep in that. So I need a coat that will keep me warm, yet not be overly bulky to travel in.
Any advice? What do you winter travellers use?