Best Time to Invest in a Parka Jacket

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A parka or anorak is a type of coat with a hood, often lined with fur or faux fur. If you’re anything like me, you own quite a few versions of the parka, but none that are really perfect.  The first few brutally cold days this winter gave me the kick in the butt that I needed to finally make a list. Yes, a list of ALL the features I want and need in a parka.  I’ve compiled a list for you as well. Unfortunately, I paid top price at peak season. Don’t let this happen to you. The parka coat is a trend that never goes out of style and for those of you who live in cold climates, it is a necessity for battling the cold.  With Spring right around the corner, I highly recommend taking advantage of all the sales now. You will find that NOW is the best time to invest in a parka. Good quality parkas are not cheap.  Don’t make the mistake of waiting until next winter or you’ll end up paying top dollar!

Insulation Down vs. Synthetic

A down jacket will be more lightweight than a comparably warm synthetic version. It is soft and the breathability has an advantage over synthetic insulations when it comes to comfort.  Down is more expensive than synthetic insulations, particularly because of the durability it provides. Unlike down, synthetic insulation is water-resistant and will still provide some warmth if it gets wet. Most synthetics are also completely hypoallergenic.

Belt vs. No Belt

Depending on where the belt falls on your waist, it may or may not be flattering. If you have your heart set on a belted parka, try it on with a thick sweater to ensure it not only looks good, but also that it is comfortable.

Image of a detachable hood featured on a parka jacket

Detachable Insulated Hood

Hoods are great for additional warmth. They are also beneficial on days when it starts to rain or snow and you find yourself sans umbrella or hat. On the other hand, they cut down on the peripheral vision, which can be very annoying. Personally, I love the option of having a detachable hood. The fur options are also a nice bonus!

Zipper pocket feature on a parka jacket

Zippered Pockets

Zippered pockets are a must-have as far as I’m concerned. Just make sure they are deep pockets and can hold your cell phone. On days when you may want to play in the snow, there’s no need to worry about losing items. Just zip those pockets up!

2 Way Zipper and Side Snaps

Lower then knee length parka coats require either a center two-way zipper or side snaps for mobility and ventilation.

Fingerless cuff feature on a parka jacket

Fingerless Cuffs

Fingerless cuffs are a MUST! They block the air from seeping up your sleeve, while being able to keep your hands a little warmer.

We hope that this helps you find your perfect parka!

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