With Autumn changing to Winter and the weather getting colder and wetter, it’s time to start looking at your outerwear, more specifically your winter coats. So, this year we have been looking at his and hers coats from Regatta – Britain’s biggest outdoor clothing brand.
For men, we tried a Parka jacket for men – the Salton Waterproof Insulated Parka Jacket in Black (RRP: £120 – Regatta are currently selling for £65.95, saving 45%).
For women, we tried the Brienna Waterproof Insulated Hooded Jacket in Camo Green (RRP: £90 – Regatta are currently selling for £53.95, saving 40%).
Salton Waterproof Insulated Parka Jacket in Black
Reviewed by David Savage
Living in Manchester it rains a lot and with winter approaching it is getting wetter and colder, so I needed a new winter coat. As I don’t like being bundled up in lots of clothing I wanted something that was going to keep me dry and warm and good quality.
Regatta are a well-known, quality brand that specialise in outdoor wear, so I chose a Parka coat from their wide range of coats and jackets. The coat I selected was the Salton Waterproof Insulated Parka Jacket in Black (it is also available in Quarry Blue, Camo Green, Burnt Tikka and Dark Camel).
The Salton Parka is available in sizes from S (37-38” chest) to XXXL (49-51” chest), I chose the medium size (39-40” chest).
I ordered mine in black and in medium (a size bigger than I thought I needed). I am glad that I ordered the next size up as the sizing guide on the website suggested that small would fit me, I think it would have been very tight. The medium size is just the right size, I can wear a thick jumper underneath and there is a small bit of room when zipped up so that I don’t feel constricted.
The Parka is made with soft-touch ISOTEX 5000 fabric, which makes it waterproof, breathable and windproof with an additional DWR (Durable Water Repellent) finish and sealed seams – perfect for the winter weather (especially in the North West). It has a faux-fur trimmed hood and while the jacket itself isn’t overly padded, it is extremely warm and cosy (it is very deceptive in the appearance of the thickness of the padding as I didn’t think it would be warm enough). It features a checked inner lining and ribbed cuffs on the sleeves. It has two outside pockets that are a generous size that can be held closed with poppers. It is zip fastened and then has a zip cover that can also be fastened with poppers.
The inner padding is lightly wadded with quick-drying Thermo-Guard insulation and features warming fleece panels around the core, so dries quickly and as I have already mentioned, is extremely warm and cosy.
The Parka can be washed on 40° using Regatta’s ISOTEX cleaner or pure soap (don’t use normal washing detergent). After washing it is also recommended that you reproof the jacket using Regatta Wash-in Reproofer or Regatta spray-on Reproofer.
Overall, I find the Regatta Salton Parka to be an excellent quality winter coat. It is a good fit (although I do recommend you go up from your normal size, especially if wearing a winter jumper). It is very comfortable and does an excellent job of keeping my dry and warm in the wind and the rain. At £65.95 it is an absolute bargain and will be getting lots of use this winter.
Brienna Waterproof Insulated Hooded Jacket in Camo Green
Reviewed by Louise Totton
I do like to have a good coat for winter, and I quite fancied a change from the coat I have had for the last few years. However, I am, apparently, one of the most awkward people on the planet when it comes to choosing clothes (or anything in general), so picking one I would be happy with was not going to be easy. Apart from the obvious requirement of keeping me warm and dry, I also wanted a coat that was a decent length – long enough to cover my hips and not leave a gap that would let the cold in, be versatile enough to be worn either with casual jeans or a smarter outfit, be warm without being puffy or bulky, and finally, not be black.
I chose the Regatta Brienna jacket as from reading the website, it seemed like it would fit the bill pretty well. I am normally a size 10, but ordered a 12 as I wanted enough room in the coat to be able to wear a jumper underneath for really cold winter days. The coat arrived in the post a few days later, and I have to say that my first impression was that I was surprised just how small it was when it was folded up. It isn’t thickly padded at all, so I was pleased I’d ordered a size bigger so I would be able to wear a jumper underneath it. The coat is a lovely khaki green colour (other colours are available) – I am not the biggest fan of black, as I like to have something just a little bit different. This really fitted the bill and I think the shade of green is great. It looks smart, but can be easily dressed down too.
The fit is a little on the smaller side, which is something I had heard about Regatta products before. I’m not sure that a size 10 would have fitted, but the 12 was perfect and is a flattering shape. As I said, the coat didn’t appear to be very padded in comparison to some of the winter coats I have had, but it is so well insulated, it is keeping me at least as warm as the previous coats I have had. The length is lovely too; I’m 5’9 and whilst it doesn’t quite cover my bum, it is more than long enough to cover my hips, which is exactly what I’d wanted.
The jacket is made from Regatta’s Hydrafort fabric (waterproof and windproof), which has a lovely soft touch feel and isn’t remotely plasticky, and it doesn’t rustle in the slightest when being worn. It has an additional Durable Water Repellent seal applied, as well as sealed seams, so it really is a coat that can be worn on a wet and windy day as well as a crisp and cold day. It also has a lovely soft faux fur lining around the top part of the coat which feels fantastically warm around my neck and really stops chilly winter winds from penetrating. I have worn the coat several times on some really cold days, and I have to say that I have not felt the need for a jumper underneath it at all. I normally just wear a standard long-sleeved t-shirt and I have been kept toasty warm in this coat.
The cuffs have a poppered strap which I really like as I can put my gloves on, pull the sleeves over the top then fasten the popper on the smaller setting and any gaps and draughts are eliminated. The coat has a single zip, with no flap over the top, but this does not mean that it lets the cold or water in – I have stayed warm and dry whenever I have worn it. There are two outside pockets that are generous – I can get my phone, bunch of keys and a pack of tissues in there easily. The pockets are angled, making them easy and comfortable to access, and have poppered flaps, preventing things from falling out. There is also a single internal pocket suitable for either a mobile phone or small purse.
The waterproof coating on the fabric works really well and rain is repelled away rather than soaking in. Because the coat isn’t overly thick, it doesn’t take long at all to dry. It is washing machine safe up to 40 degrees, which is handy as I have two young children so dirty hands and muddy walks are part of life.
I really love this coat. It ticks off everything on my requirements list and is fantastically well made too. The fabric feels lovely and the stitching and finish are perfect. Whilst the fit is not overly generous, I’m not sure you would actually need a jumper underneath it. I probably would suggest ordering a size up from usual in any event as I like to be able to move comfortably and not feel constricted.
At the moment, this coat is on offer at £53.95, which I think it an absolute bargain. Even at the full price of £90, I think it’s very good value. It keeps me as warm as other coats have that have cost more than double what this one did, and it looks great too.
Regatta offer a wide range of outdoor clothing for children and adults, from boots to coats to camping equipment, so take a look at www.regatta.com and get yourself ready for winter or even pick up a Christmas gift for a loved one.