Best Winter Coats for 2018
December 20, 2018
Not to be cliché, but winter is coming, and the air outside the luxury apartments in NYC is going to be getting a whole lot colder. If you’re a longtime resident, you already know what New York winters are all about. If you’re new, though, AM New York has the breakdown on what makes this such a trying time for Manhattanites of all stripes:
“Snow, ice, grosser-than-usual subways, tourists: These are just a few of our least favorite things, and they all join forces to make the season a horrible nightmare.”
While there’s not much you can do about the snow, or abundance of tourists, or even the hellish subway experience, there is one thing you can do to get ready for the winter months: outfit yourself with brand-new coat to take on the cold. Today, we’ve assembled a few options to get you started on your search.
The Importance of the Winter Coat and Finding the Right Option
It’s not too difficult to figure out why you’d need a good winter coat (to stay warm, obviously). There’s something that isn’t so obvious, however, and that’s picking the best coat to suit your needs. You don’t want to break the bank, but at the same time, you don’t want to go so cheap that you get a coat that looks atrocious, fits poorly, and does a terrible job keeping you safe from the elements (the last thing you want to have to do is put on thirteen separate layers just to keep from freezing).
The solution, of course, is to look for quality, then balance that against other factors that are important to you, like style, pricing, etc. On the subject of quality, you’ll want to avoid cheap fabrics. Read those labels carefully, find the materials that will keep you warmest, and for an added bonus, go with something that will also withstand wet winter conditions as well. New York slush is now joke, and if you don’t have any defense against it, you may as well be walking the streets with nothing.
When it comes to styles, you have plenty of options, from long coats that drape to your knees, to waist-length cuts and everything in between. You might prefer the rugged, “outdoorsy” look, or you might want something that looks more chic and urban. Regardless of those personal tastes, however, don’t sacrifice warmth and practicality for fashion. It’s more important to stay protected than look like a model!
While we’re talking about practicality, you should make sure your coat fits you well, and leaves enough room for you to wear extra clothing underneath. If you’re wearing a suit everyday, you’ll need something larger to accommodate. If you’re just wearing shirts and jeans, though, you might be able to get away with a coat that fits more tightly. Also, pockets are a big deal during the winter. You want to be able to store as much as you can in your coat, so be sure whatever you buy has at least an inside pocket and a couple of secure outer ones as well.
For the Ladies
If you’re a fan of the knee-length look, you’ll do well with coats like the Marmot Montreaux. It’s a more budget-friendly option, one you can typically find for just a couple hundred dollars, and despite its lower price point, it still helps you conserve plenty of heat in a form-fitting profile packed with lots of thick down and a removable faux fur collar. The hood provides added protection for the wind and elements, and the outer fabric is water resistant, so you’ll have some defense when those wet winter days rear their ugly heads.
If wearing a coat all the way down to your knees isn’t your thing, however, you might instead try a mid-length option like the Canada Goose Camp. Packed with 750-fill Hutterite white duck down, it does an excellent job sealing in heat, shields against the wind, can pack into a portable pillow, and looks plenty stylish to boot. The only drawback here is that it isn’t waterproof, so when the freezing rain hits you might have to run for cover. Stay away from the wet conditions, though, and this coat will definitely have your back.
For the Gentlemen
For the casual city man, the North Face Gotham III will provide plenty of protection at a budget price of a few hundred dollars. It’s got the trifecta of winter coat characteristics, in that it’s super-warm (with 550-fill down), it’s waterproof (you’ll laugh in the face of the New York rain), and even windproof (no sudden chills for you). Beyond that, though, you’ll note that it’s breathable (so even if the temperatures are a bit milder, you can wear it), and there are more than enough exterior pockets for all your essentials. Just don’t take it into the backwoods, as this isn’t quite designed for the rugged countryside.
Another great option, if you aren’t worried about plunking down near a thousand dollars, is the Canada Goose Langford Parka. This is an performance-style coat that’s a bit sleeker and longer, has a durable exterior shell, and packs in serious warmth along with those good looks. The manufacturer claims you can stay comfy in temperatures as low as -15 degrees (F), which makes it Canada Goose’s second warmest overall. It’ll stand up to the toughest of urban conditions and even those treks that take you outside the city bounds. Again, though, you’ll be dropping a pretty penny on this option, so make sure you budget ahead of time!
Don’t Worry, It’s Still Comfy Inside the Luxury Apartments in NYC
It might be cold outside, but inside Manhattan’s most coveted apartments, like The Cole, it’s plenty warm, and there are more than enough creature comforts to make you want to hibernate inside for the winter. Make this premiere location your new city home; check out what The Cole has to offer and drop us a line today to learn more about our living units and availability.