Last Winter, I participated in a Coat Challenge where I did a blind review of four coats from four different companies. I looked at each coat with nit-picky detail and told the sponsor (not knowing which company was sponsoring the blind review) everything I loved about each of the coats, as well as the things I didn’t like about each of them. I felt like I had hit the jackpot (or the jacket pot…) and stayed incredibly warm – and stylish – all Winter.
Last month, I was offered a chance to review this season’s newest Lands End parka – the new Lands’ End Ciré Down Parka. I chose the Dark Wine color, though it also comes in black, classic navy, currant, alpine forest, and silver frost.
About the new Ciré Down Parka from Lands’ End:
- 600 fill power down adds warmth without weight
- Ciré finish creates a shiny appearance
- DriOff™ finish sheds rain, snow and other wet stuff
- Detachable hood with removable faux fur trim
- Hidden zip closure with snap storm flap
- Belt can be buckled or tied (or removed completely)
- Princess seams lend a more feminine shape
- Two-way zipper for venting, moving room
- Mid thigh length
- TEMPERATURE RATING – WARMEST: -30° to 0° Fahrenheit. Use this as a comfort range for the type of climate you’ll be wearing this Ciré Down Parka in with a typical winter wardrobe
- Comes in regular, petite, tall, and plus sizes.
My Lands’ End Ciré Down Parka Review:
Before I even put the new coat on, I could see that Lands’ End had implemented so many of the things I had praised on last year’s jackets – I swear it was like they had taken all of my suggestions and made a custom coat just for me.
What I love: I adore the knit sweater-style collar and wrist cuffs – two of the most important features in a coat for me. I can’t stand wearing a Winter coat only to have the cold air sneaking in through my sleeves.
The length of the coat is perfect for me. Although a shorter coat is nice for Fall chills, I really do prefer to keep my bottom covered and warm when I’m dealing with temperatures below freezing. This coat is rated to -30° Fahrenheit (which is really cold. Yikes!) but I still felt comfortable wearing it this week in temperatures in the 40s.
I am not a huge fan of faux fur around the hood, but in this case the faux fur is not a problem because I can easily unzip it for a more traditional hood. Actually, I usually just remove the hood altogether and wear one of my crocheted hats, since that’s more my style for day-to-day coat wearing.
The pockets in the new Ciré Down Parka are great (although I would be even happier if there were a breast pocket). There are two large pockets on each side of the lower front of the jacket – one pocket is deep and has a buttoned flap (perfect for stowing keys or a phone or even a full-sized wallet. These pockets are big! The second pocket is lined with an exquisitely comfortable and warm fleece, perfect for keeping my hands toasty in the cold.
What I didn’t love: I’m not a fan of belted jackets, but luckily, the belt is easily removable. I had a hard time zipping it up the first time (though my husband helped and got it zipped on first try). Like I mentioned above, I missed having breast pockets (see the black Lands’ End and the tan Nautica coats that I reviewed last year), but I was consoled by the presence of a hidden pocket in the inner lining. My last semi-complaint: my neck gets chilled every time I put the coat on because of the chain above the tag in the collar. Of course, this warms up almost right away, it IS helpful for hanging my coat on the coat rack, AND it’s easy to cut it out if needed, but I still think it’s an unnecessary annoyance. Really? The things that I don’t love are very minor and don’t stop me from loving this.
Win a Lands’ End Ciré Down Parka!
Enter the Rafflecopter form below for a chance to win a Lands’ End Ciré Down Parka ($159 value) – you chose the color and size. This giveaway is open to residents of the US and will end on November 14, 2012.
Disclosure: Lands’ End sent me a Lands End Parka to review and they are providing another coat to give away to a Better in Bulk reader. No other compensation was received, and all thoughts are my own. Note – if you’re wondering what I’ve done with so many coats, I’ve been able to share coats with my daughters and friends in need of Winter warmth.
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