Hello: I'm looking for suggestions on a travel coat for a trip to Sicily in mid-March with a 2-day stopover in Amsterdam on the way back. Thanks.
Here is what I am talking to Puglia and London in March:
The dark green is 40% off, bringing it down to just over $60. The other colors are at the sale price of $104.
I like this because it is lined ( warmer than a single layer raincoat), waterproof and wind proof, and very comfortable, plus knee-length to keep my hips and upper legs dry. It can be layered over my puffy jacket if it is really cold; otherwise I will just wear it over my regular clothing. I will wear it onto the plane ( taking it off during the flight) and during transit, so I don’t have to make room for it in my 21” roller bag.
You were lucky---they are out of stock on this coat in my size. I like the color. I did have this coat at home in grey and had to return it because it runs narrow (tight in the sleeves), even though my EB down coat in the same size is a perfect fit. Thanks for your response.
I actually bought mine (in burgundy) 3 years ago, to take on the 2020 Puglia trip that didn’t happen.
They do have all sizes available in the other colors, without the extra 40% off. But if you already know the cut doesn’t for you that won’t help.
This is a situation where layers work best.
You are unlikely to need warmth in Sicily, but rain might be an issue. A thin waterproof outer layer and a fleece or sweater to wear underneath in Amsterdam would do the trick.
This coat has worked well for me:
Linda, I have the same issue with the Girl on the Go Trench - sleeves are tight if you want to layer. Otherwise I love it. Got it in teal several years ago on clearance plus an additional percent off. Seems like it was $50-60.
I have an Ex Officio raincoat. Actually bought a man’s coat as I’ve always despised the “ fashion “ designed woman's waist cinch. Coat goes to my knees.
I purchased it because it has more interior pockets: For keys, cell phone, coins, kleenex, debit or credit card (or for me my Oyster card,) wallet, and reading glasses and gloves. I have never carried a purse so all those pockets are great.
I’m all about pockets.
I do have a small Baggalini backpack to carry a bottle of water. Can adjust it to be worn crossbody in front if needed. Have never felt the need. Well worn, well traveled.
EDIT: Failed to mention its lightweight and breathes.
I layer. For the cold a capellini base layer then Land’s End fleece and over that my Amazon Puffer vest. Love its pockets as well. Can easily fit my iPad mini ( where I store books ) into one of the pockets.
I would look into a ski coat that has a zip off liner, wear the whole deal in Amserdam and just the exterior in Sicily. Colombia or Spider makes nice ones. J
Lola, that Eddie Bauer raincoat looks like a great deal. If I needed a waterproof coat that would be ideal. I did buy an Eddie Bauer rain coat a year and a half ago that has an insert for extra warmth. That said my favorite waterproof, lined raincoat is IIse Jacobsen. I bought it 4 years ago and it still looks new. I was fortunate to get it on sale, but it was still “an investment.” It’s A-line and 3/4 length. It’s perfect for temperatures in the 40’s. Still room to layer as needed. I pulled it out this week! Linda, enjoy Sicily & Amsterdam! https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=&ved=2ahUKEwj93Jetz8D8AhUIL0QIHcZuDsMQFnoECA4QAQ&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ilsejacobsen.com%2Fcollections%2Frain-jackets&usg=AOvVaw1XiPi1hZUs6RJ4VSJoOGid
Claudia, What a great idea. Going to look into this next time a go shopping.
Janis, that is a beautifully made rain coat! I like the lines. And the blue would go well with my Ilsa Jacobsen slip-on sneakers. But I cannot justify getting another raincoat until my Eddie Bauer one wears out.
I see the full-length version of the same sleek style is 30% off now, bringing it down to €189.
Love my veteran-of-numerous-winter-trips Columbia 3/4 length coat. "Omniheat" lining, moderately puffy, hood, those inner cuffs with thumb-holes, fleece-lined pockets, lightweight, makes me feel like I'm wearing my favorite blankie :) Hope they're still making a version.
I have also gone on trips in shoulder season with the significant weather variations that you are facing, and I love my LL Bean Women's H2OFF Raincoat, PrimaLoft-Lined. It's 3/4 length for more coverage and has a zip out lining. The shoulders and upper arms are generously cut to easily allow for layering a fleece underneath. I got the LL Bean WindPro fleece for that. With the 2 pieces layered I am quite warm and dry, but can zip out the coat lining for warmer temps. Loved the coat so much that I also got the shorter (low hip length) jacket for summer travel. Have fun!
I have an Eddie Bauer Weatheredge rain coat similar to the one previously mentioned, but not as fitted. I got it in an outlet store a few years back and have worn in Great Britain and northern Europe during shoulder season with great success. I love the zipped pockets, especially the interior one. When it is possible to get cooler weather on my trips I take a hip length fleece vest for layering, knit glove & hat. I love the coat and will mourn it when it has come to the end of its useful lifetime.