Gear Guy

Where I can find an ultra warm, but fashionable, city jacket?

I have been searching the web for, oh, about a decade now, trying to find an ultra warm coat that is windproof, waterproof, snowproof, and fit for fashionable forays into the urban jungle. Please, if you have any ideas, the women of the world would be most grateful. Ruth New York, New York


I am the Gear Guy, so of course I have a solution for you. It’s the Marmot Morning Frost Down Coat ($300; It’s a well-made coat that comes down to you about your knees, is nicely fitted with an internal elastic draw-cord waist so that you don’t look as if you’re walking around in a sleeping bag, has a windproof and water-repellent shell (I’m not sure “waterproof" is needed, as running water is not a real problem in below-zero temps), plus excellent-quality 650-fill down insulation. It comes in any color you want as long as it’s black. But that’s perfect, isn’t it? Black goes with anything. And I think a woman would look very caliente in this jacket.

Marmot Morning Frost Down Coat

Morning Frost Down Coat

The North Face also has taken a shot at this problem with its Women’s Greenland Jacket ($250; It’s a bit more outdoorsy-looking than the Marmot coat but is designed with city use in mind. It’s semi-fitted so you don’t have that Michelin Man look, yet it has an excellent waterproof-breathable HyVent shell and quality down fill. There’s also a hood with a fake-fur ruff. The waist belt can be taken off if you prefer.

Lastly, the L.L. Bean Ultrawarm Womens’ Coat ($169;, in the “long" version, sort of emulates the Marmot model, with a semi-fitted, calf-length, down-filled coat with a fake-fur collar and a water-repellent poplin shell. It’s a very reasonable price, and depending on the color is, I think, a fairly attractive piece.

Get the Marmot. Send a picture of you walking down Park Avenue in it. You’re welcome.

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Lead Photo: courtesy, Marmot