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Rugged winter coat recommendations

mr bunbury

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Nov 8, 2006
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Hey, I asked a similar question over in the men's clothing forum and thought I'd try it here too. I'm looking for a tough, _casual_ winter jacket. My ideal jacket is fabric- or leather-based (not a technical jacket), but also tough enough to stand some rain and snow. I'm 6'2", about 200 lbs, and I wear a 44-46" jacket depending on the cut. Because I'm a pretty big guy I tend to look silly in jackets (like M65s) that hit at the waist. I'm thinking of:

- The Engineered Garments Monty duffel in black, which I tried on at Drinkwater's and which is pretty cool;

- A peacoat from Sterlingwear or J. Press (J. Press has a nice one for $230);

- A Filson double mackinaw coat, weekender coat, or the 'holiday' plaid cape coat;

- A Barbour waxed Beaufort with a lining (I have a down vest from another jacket that happens to fit in under the Barbour).

Today, for instance, it's a cold, cloudy day in Boston with a chance of showers, and I would love to take _one_ coat with me and not worry about it if it gets a little wet. I'm worried that the EG duffel, even though it seems tough, is too nice a coat to treat this way. This coat would what I take when I travel in the winter months or what I wear on the weekend around Boston. I already own a high-quality wool winter coat from Emile Lafaurie and I don't want to end up duplicating it, but with toggles. On the other hand, although it's more expensive it has more style (IMO) than the others. Ideally I'm going to wear this with my new standards, esp. with the overdyed black pair I own that's now fading into a very dark indigo.

Any ideas out there? Or opinions on these coats?

LA Guy

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Mar 8, 2002
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The Monty will take lots of abuse and keep looking good. Melton and boiled wool are really good for this. Naturally water resistant, doesn't pill easily, if at all. If it gets wet, just shake it out, and you are good to go. There is a reason old winter workwear was often made of boiled wool - it's great for inclement weather. I personally think that the Monty has a lot of style compared to the other jackets shown. Sterlingwear peacoats are nothing to laugh at either, but they *will* pill more easily than the Monty.

mr bunbury

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Nov 8, 2006
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Yeah, I am pretty convinced by the Monty; the J. Press peacoat is also melton wool, so that's also attractive. Depending on whether or not any other ideas pop up I may be heading over to Drinkwater's tomorrow (or this afternoon).....
Mar 20, 2006
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hey mrjosh

from personal experience, monty trumps beaufort w/ lining hands down; you will find the monty will accomodate layers better than the barbour w/ a down vest.


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Sep 1, 2006
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I really like the fourth one down....nice color, too.


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May 22, 2004
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I really like the EG duffel. I can't believe that in the back of my mind I wish I lived in a colder climate just so I could wear it.

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