Searching for the perfect winter coat? If you’re after a hard-working parka that also feels like wearing a cuddle in jacket form then I’d recommend Fjallraven’s Greenland Winter Parka, £295 – it’s warm, waterproof and a bit of a stunner.
Out in the elements: First of all, let’s make this clear: Fjallraven’s Greenland parka is a Proper Winter Coat. It has a thick teddy-pile lining, a tough waterproof outer. It’s not for wearing on the tube, or to the shops – trust me, you’ll be an instant sweaty mess. It is, however, for freezing sub-zero mornings, for walks in the snow, for bitter winter conditions when you feel like your toes might turn blue. I wore my parka in flurries of snow in Switzerland and in torrential driving rain in Snowdonia and it kept me reliably warm and dry. It’s as good as a plasticky waterproof coat in wet weather, expect miles warmer and lovelier to wear. The soft pile lining makes it insanely comfortable on, too, to the point where I kind of want to use it as a blanket when I’m back indoors. And, like all Fjallraven kit, it’s very good-looking – I love the burnt red-purple colour of mine (it also comes in classic Fjallraven green) and the adorable fox logo on the shoulder.
If you’re thinking this parka is a bit (a lot!) pricier than your usual winter coat, you’d be right. If you just need something to run around London in during the winter months, you’d be fine with something lighter and cheaper. If, however, you’ve got the cash to invest in a warm, beautifully made winter coat you’ll love for years to come, I really would recommend the Greenland winter parka. I love it and I’ve yet to find something from Fjallraven that doesn’t stand the test of time – my 21 rucksack has been carted round the world for years and is still in great condition.
Verdict: This a winter coat that means business. Wear it in snow and rain and it’ll do you proud, whilst still look really, really good. I’m a fan.
Oh, and if you want a coat that’ll work for milder spring and autumn day too, try the Greenland Parka, a similar coat with no pile lining for £260.