My merino wool knee-length pea coat, while sufficient in the fall, was not keeping me warm when the really cold weather hit. I have had a goose down comforter for years, and always relished it when the nights got chilly, but it wasn't until recently that I hit upon the idea to get a coat filled with the same stuff. Am I glad I did! I ordered it from Zappos on a Monday morning and received at my work Tuesday morning. That night, it hit 20 degrees for the first time, and the coat kept me warm. It has been as cold as 6 degrees Fahrenheit, with winds of 30mph. I can't say that I'm toasty warm under those conditions, but I'm reasonably comfortable. I certainly don't feel utterly miserable at 6 degrees, as I did in my wool coat
at 30. Perhaps if I wore thermals under my clothes I would be perfectly comfortable. I am 5ft 7in and this coat comes midway down my calves. I'm a US size 16 and the XL coat just fits me. The material that the coat is made out of feels very thin, which does worry me, but maybe it's like parachute material; light and strong. Still, I am getting little down feathers coming out of the coat, not just from the seams. The snaps are very tight, and make a very loud sound when pulling them apart. The two-way zipper is very handy, especially since I'm always putting my phone in my pants
pocket and then putting my coat on. I usually hate long coats
, because when I sit down and try to move my arms, I am very constricted in my shoulders and upper arms. Not so with this coat, at all. I have full range of motion in my arms without tightness or constriction when I'm driving. I love this coat just for that. I have somewhat longer arms than normal. Most coats
(and long-sleeve shirts
) will come three inches or four inches from my wrist, especially when I raise my arms a bit, but this coat's
sleeves are long enough to cover my wrist even when I'm driving. They might be a little long for most women's comfort, but I honestly can't see how anyone would object to a down sleeve covering their knuckles when it's nearing zero. Overall, I'm quite happy with this coat, though I will keep it away from anything sharp. I'm considering getting the shorter jacket
version for fall and early spring, too.