If you know one thing about me it's that I am ALWAYS cold. Never fails. I sip on hot water at my desk at work to keep me warm and there is an oversized blanket scarf that has taken up as a permanent resident on the back of my chair. So needless to say, in winter, I struggle with the elements. There are two things you really need in order to get through a Canadian winter-- a warm coat and waterproof boots! Finding a warm coat to combat the harsh temperatures that's also stylish is never an easy task. I find that most coats made for warmth, durability and comfort make you look and feel like an oversized marshmallow. And no one wants that!
Enter Parajumpers-- the ultimate solution to the whole winter coat debacle. I've recently got into the Long Bear Down Coat and can attest to feeling stylish in it's sleek, clean cut and classic military design, but also to it's warmth. Yay! Finally, a winter coat that you want to wear and wear again! Italian designer Massimo Rossetti found inspiration in Anchorage, Alaska (so you know it's a meant for the cold!) where he met a member of a U.S. military squadron trained for extreme rescues, who were just so nicknamed the "Parajumpers". These men are trained to rescue and save lives in all severities. That is where the inspiration for adding in the zips, hooks and hardware came from.
I'm wearing the Long Bear style, which is a down-filled nylon coat with a detachable hood and removable fur lining and trim. The coats even undergo a special treatment to protect them from dirt and rain. I love that it feels so luxurious but is seriously built to last. It's rated at a level 3 on the temperature scale (meaning super warm for below zero temperatures), and I put it to the test this past weekend! We woke up Saturday morning to a winter wonderland! The ground was covered, the trees were snow capped and the temperatures were just plain cold. I was seriously impressed that a coat that looks so lean could withstand such strong wind! And when paired with my favourite waterproof Cougar boots, the elements did not stand a chance.
Are you guys one to forgo the style for warmth in a winter coat? What are you essentials for surviving a Canadian winter?
If you're looking for a coat that is built to last, made with classic Italian flair and style and will keep you warm in the utmost frigid temperatures you need to get into a Parajumper! The coats are available at select retailers such as Nordstrom, Sporting Life and Harry Rosen.
What I'm Wearing
PARAJUMPERS Long Bear in Black c/o, Celine sunglasses, Joe Fresh tights (similar), Cougar COPE boots, c/o,Wilfred sweater (similar)
*This post was sponsored by Parajumpers, however, I am dead serious about my opinion on the style and warmth factors of this coat. A true Canadian necessity! Thank you Parajumpers! I was also given the Cougar boots to review and am happy to say they truly are a waterproof wonder! Thank you Cougar boots!