Winter is coming and it is coming soon. If you live in a climate where it gets cold you are going to want a good winter jacket. However, it is not always easy to find one that suits your style, budget and also happens to be warm. The materials in jackets have different thermal and waterproofing properties. Here are some of the pros and cons of the most common jacket materials.
There are several name brands of materials for warm, waterproof outer materials. The absolute best, most reliable is Gor-tex. It is a trademarked brand name, so check the label. The brand of the material does matter. It is expensive, but if you are going to be in the cold, ice and snow and want to stay warm and dry, you can’t get better.
Leather jackets can be very fashionable. They are also quite durable and if well cared for, they will last for many years. In fact, the older the jacket gets, the better it can look. Though not waterproof, you can be out in the rain for quite a long time before the water will soak through. They also repel wind quite well.
Down means something stuffed with feathers, from actual birds, usually geese. What makes it warm is the loft, or the ability to trap air between the feathers, which insulate you from the cold. These jackets usually look puffy, but compress down to a very small space when flattened. They are good to pack in luggage for trips, as they are not very bulky. One disadvantage is that some people are allergic to down.
Wool is most commonly made from sheep hair. Jackets made from wool usually feel very dense and heavy. One type of wool jacket that is quite stylish is the Navy peacoat. In the military, they keep soldiers warm on the deck of a ship, in all sorts of weather. A common type of wool jacket is a letterman’s jacket. You might have had one for your high school sports, but you can also buy them with your favorite team logos. You can get NFL versions at Kmart or the NFL shop.
Fleece is usually made from cotton. It is incredibly soft and comfortable and is available in sweatshirts and jackets. It can be very warm, but is not wind or water resistant whatsoever. Only wear this on days when you sure it won’t rain. Another advantage of this type is that they make good layers, under other jackets.