Ne’er cast a clout till May be out is the old saying. I think some think that ‘May’ is the flower of the hawthorn rather than the month, but either way I don’t think may is out just yet. Last week though we had our first ‘spring’ or some would say a ‘fool’s spring’. I’ve encountered quite a few lovely days in February over the years where I’ve been walking in a T-shirt. But, today the weather has turned and I’ve heard talk of snow for next week. Anyone who has any experience of British winters will know that snow in March and even April is fairly common, so I’m bracing myself for some colder weather for a good while longer. So it’s a good job I’ve got a good coat to see me through. Rydale sent me a lovely warm coat to try out and to take me through the end of this winter and beyond.
As you can see it has a very generous faux fur trim to the hood and it feels very soft. Interestingly you can remove the trim if you wish and just have a lightly padded hood instead. The light padding on the hood is good for giving extra warmth, but it avoids being too bulky. You can adjust the fit of the hood too which is really useful if it is a bit gusty and you won’t have to be hanging onto your hood to keep it up. Additionally you can opt to remove the hood altogether. This is something I never do to be honest, but I know some people find that option useful.
Inside the coat plenty of attention has been given to making you feel warm and comfortable. There’s a super soft fleece lined collar and a quilted satin lining. To make sure there’s a good fit for all there’s an adjustable waist (see poppers in the picture above) and storm proof cuffs. It’s been designed to keep you warm and its made from a waterproof fabric with taped seams to keep you dry too. To fasten the coat there’s a two-way zipper and you can fasten the antique gold coloured poppers on top. The front large two lower pockets feature popper-secured flaps and there are also two hand-warmer chest pockets which have velcro fastenings. I was a bit unsure about the height of the hand-warmer pockets to start with, but they are at a comfy height to put your hands in. The front pockets fasten securely with poppers and are very roomy. You could easily pop in hat, gloves, tissues, lip salve and dog poo bags, or whatever you tend to fill your coat pockets with. I think they could look a bit bulky if you overstuff them, but sometimes its nice not to bother with a bag.
This is a great coat to see you through what the British winter has still to throw at us. I think it might come back hard as we haven’t had much cold weather yet. I’ll certainly be wearing this coat to take me through any snow and ice that we have yet to come.