With the cold weather now upon us, it's time (in every sense of the word) to tackle the BIG topic of coats! In winter, it is difficult, if not impossible, to leave home without a warm, insulating coat that is adapted to the winter climate. It is therefore essential to have a good quality coat to face the cold and avoid buying a new one every year. Questions then arise about the type of coat to choose: overcoat, pea coat, duffle coat, trench coat, down jacket or parka. Another question is the one of the material to choose. Don't panic, let's go over the different types of coats to know and give you some advice to choose your winter companion:

Advice to choose coat man

Contents :
1. What are the different materials of a coat?
2. How to target your search according to your needs ?
3. What are the different types of coats ?

1. What are the different materials of a coat ?
In order for our coat to be warm, apart from choosing it long enough, with a collar covering at least the back of the neck, the most important thing is to be uncompromising about the material it is made of. Wool, cashmere, down, feathers, leather or synthetic materials, we are going to examine these different components:

A. Wool
When we think of the classic coat, a material comes almost immediately to mind: wool. This is not the first time that we address this subject since we had already praised its properties in our topic Tips: "How to choose a wool sweater". As a reminder is never too much, let's talk again about the many advantages of this material. This natural fiber, which comes mainly from sheep, allows the garment to breathe and retain body heat while evacuating perspiration. Considered as an intelligent fiber, it is a material that will adapt to the seasons. Moreover, it has many advantages: it has a good insulation, it does not itch when in contact with the skin, it does not retain moisture and odors, it is light and finally, it keeps its shape without wrinkling. Like all natural fibers, it is however important to take care of its maintenance (read: Guide to clothing maintenance)!

Should I avoid wool/synthetic blends?

As far as possible, we avoid synthetic materials such as acrylic, polyamide or polyester. Even if these materials do not have the same thermoregulatory properties as natural fibers (cashmere, wool), used in small percentages, they will play an important role in the durability and strength of the piece. So, if our coat is not made of 100% wool, know that there is no death of man! We advise to turn to a coat made of at least 70% wool. Below that? Pass your way!

Advice wool coat man

B. Cashmere
More luxurious, but also warmer, we often talk about cashmere wool. Of course, this natural fiber is known for its softness, its lightness, but also for its rarity (which explains its often high price). This material is particularly appreciated for its hygroscopic qualities (which absorbs moisture from the air) and its insulating properties. Compared to traditional wool, cashmere will adapt to the humidity of the air, which explains in part why this fiber will keep us even warmer than wool. In addition to providing softness, this fiber is able to keep us warm down to -30°C (no less)!

What about the wool/cashmere mix?

You should know that a coat made of 100% cashmere will certainly keep you warm, but it will be expensive, even very expensive. If you can afford it, a wool/cashmere blend coat will be accessible from 500€. The association is particularly interesting on the thermal level, but you have to take into account that the piece will be more fragile than another mixture of fibers.

Cashmere coat tips for men

C. Down and feathers
Generally, down or feathers (from geese or ducks) are found in the padding of some premium down jackets or in winter parkas. For the little explanation, the down is located under the belly and under the wings of the goose or duck. Being soft, light, and even puffy, it is the most valuable part of the feathers. Contrary to what one might think, feathers are rarely used for stuffing our down jackets. And for good reason, it is the least noble part of the feathers, it is considered to be rigid and not very elastic (less comfortable and insulating). We then prefer the feathers, located on the down, which are not used for the stuffing of our down jackets.
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