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Thanks. I saw Schneider’s post. Honestly, I find sourcing such used coats on eBay difficult. It is hard to know how warm and insulated they are. It is not only the cloth that meets the world that matter, but the whole construction. I posted recently about a Loro Piana cashmere cloth coat I bought, and that is indeed warmer than many current coats. But it is not really one for minus ten or twenty celcius.
Overcoats don't compete with high-quality down. There's a reason why Edmund Hillary scaled Everest in a down parka and not an overcoat.
Yes, and for the same reason I own a down jacket. But I should be able to go out in the winter morning, dressed in a thickish suit/jacket suitable to heated indoor work, and have on only a warm coat on the outside?
When I lived in Russia, I was fine in layers. A thick wool baselayer, then a thick oxford shirt, and then a sweater, and then even a fairly lightweight piece of outerwear, such as a waxed cotton coat. But if you wanted something heavier and warmer, there are plenty of places that sell heavy overcoats. O'Connell's has a bunch. I imagine things such as polo coats at Ralph Lauren and Brooks Brothers are still made from a heavy cloth.