Reviewed by Louise Totton
It’s fair to say that the weather has been absolutely horrific of late; up here in Yorkshire, we’ve spent the last two weeks being battered by heavy rain and seriously strong winds but life still goes on and we still need to go out. That’s where having a really good, warm and waterproof winter coat can make life so much more pleasant – it’s bad enough coming in from the school run wet through, but it’s a million times worse if the rain has got through your coat and you’re soaked to the skin and cold.
I’ve been on the lookout for a decent winter coat for a while, but haven’t quite found the one I wanted; I think I’m a funny shape as I have a relatively small waist compared to my hips, so like a coat that’s roomy in the hips but tapers in to the waist so I don’t just look like a blob! I also like a coat to be a decent length and be thigh-length as well as warm yet not too thick as I don’t like overly padded or bulky coats. It’s a bit of a tall order, especially when you consider that I’m not a massive fan of black either, but I found what seemed to be the perfect coat on Regatta’s website,
The Roanstar III Waterproof Insulated Parka Jacket is available in either black or burgundy, and I fell in love with the burgundy version. Available in sizes 8-20, it is made from a waterproof, breathable and insulated fabric which I hoped would keep me warm and dry but without making me overheat. My jacket arrived securely wrapped a couple of days later and I couldn’t wait to get it unpackaged and tried on!
The burgundy colour of the coat is absolutely gorgeous and is a little more unusual than the standard black / grey / navy coats that seem to be everywhere. I was delighted to find that it wasn’t a heavy coat at all and neither did it feel bulky or puffy. I normally wear a size 14 in clothes and tend to go a size up for coats as I like to be able to move about freely and sometimes wear a jumper under my coat too, so like to make sure I have plenty of room. The size 16 Regatta coat fitted perfectly – it’s not too big without the jumper but equally there’s still plenty of room in it for when I’m wearing one.
The coat feels fabulous on, and in spite of the fact that it’s not overly thick, it has kept me toasty warm on some freezing cold mornings de-icing the car. It has fur-lined cuffs which are brilliant for keeping your wrists warm and stopping the chills getting in. The coat is also lined with the same fur at the front on either side of where it zips up which just keeps it that little bit more insulated. The coat has internal waist draw cords which help to keep you warmer as well as giving a more flattering fit as they can be adjusted to suit different body shapes.
The waterproofing is fantastic and has kept me totally dry, even when we were outside assessing some of the damage to the house from the high winds and rain. Even in the stormy weather, I stayed completely dry and warm which I thought was very impressive. The hood is also great – it’s big enough to stay up and cover your head even if you have your hair up or are wearing a bobbly hat and the fur lining makes it so warm and cosy.
I loved this coat – it does everything that I need a main winter coat to do and it is so very comfortable and warm to wear. It looks great on too, and I have had several complements from friends and work colleagues about it too, which is always nice to hear. Regatta have a great range of winter coats on their website for women, men and kids and there are some great sale prices too at the moment – I’m going to buy a couple in larger sizes ready for the kids for next winter as the prices seem too good to miss!
RRP: £100 (sale price £39.95 at time of writing, saving 60%)
For more information or to buy, visit www.regatta.com.