Ollie Olanipekun, 36, birdwatcher, London
Which coat are you carrying? The Puffer Jacket Kamppi from Napapijri (£395).
How heat is it? Very. This coat is for terribly chilly climate – once you wish to step out however really feel such as you’re nonetheless in your mattress. I barely contradict my very own love for birds by having a down coat in my current wardrobe, however that is really significantly better. It has “recycled down-free Thermo-Fibre™ insulation” – and it’s manner hotter than down. It’s barely heavier, but it surely’s nonetheless breathable. The 2-way zip additionally offers you the choice of carrying it extra like a cape in the event you get too heat.
Is it sensible? It’s excellent for birdwatching as a result of it’s fairly good camouflage. I used to be frightened it is likely to be too lengthy however the double drawstrings – on the waist and on the hip – permit for extra mobility. I’d wish to see a breast pocket, however that’s the one draw back, actually.
How trendy does it make you’re feeling? That is really a classy jacket. It’s positively a coat that might final you for ever, and it will maintain that “cover” feeling, so I’d say it’s price forking out on. The removable hood is an unimaginable function, though the branding on the again is somewhat bit pointless.
How a lot is it secondhand? We discovered a great classic Napapijri match on Depop for £74.99.
Andrew Mills, 30, space conservation ranger, Lancashire
Which coat are you carrying? The (04) Puffer from Maium (£270).
How heat is it? I felt good and cushty and it will actually maintain you heat on a chilly, crisp day. I actually like that it’s made out of recycled plastic bottles, too.
Is it sensible? I’m undecided this is able to be very sensible for me. I work on the sand dunes for Fylde council and, in winter, I are inclined to put on a rain mac over layers – in any other case your coat can snag on thorns. It has two pockets, that are fleece-lined, however they’re fairly small and it’s additionally a bit too lengthy to work in.
How trendy does it make you’re feeling? It’s not my private model. It has two facet zips, which flip the coat into extra of a poncho, which might be helpful for cyclists. I’d really feel a bit daft carrying it like that!
How a lot is it secondhand? We discovered a Champion technical poncho for £34.99 on eBay.
Laura Poole, 34, canine walker, Oxfordshire
Which coat are you carrying? The Lengthy Puffer Coat from Monki (£95).
How heat is it? Very heat, very cosy – and it will maintain the wind out, too.
Is it sensible? Size-wise, there’s a bit an excessive amount of materials occurring. I had it unzipped, in any other case it may need been difficult to maneuver round in. I get scorching on my hour-long canine walks and, in between, I’m driving a van to select up and drop off – so a shorter jacket is healthier for hopping out and in of a automobile.
How trendy does it make you’re feeling? It’s trendy – however with it being so padded, there’s not a lot form. I wouldn’t put on this “out out” – it will be extra for if I used to be standing round outdoors. I’ve spent a fortune on coats – quilted and down – and I believe this recycled polyester one is nice worth. It positively retains you heat and I like the color.
How a lot is it secondhand? There are eBay choices aplenty, from £6 to £20.
Galia Beech, 46, Scout chief, Buckinghamshire
Which coat are you carrying? The Cocoon Down Puffer Wrap Coat by Sweaty Betty (£345).
How heat is it? A bit too heat, to be sincere. It was like having a sleeping bag round me. You may sit down and nearly curl up inside.
Is it sensible? At Scout camp, we at all times have somebody on the nightwatch, the place a coat like this is able to be invaluable. You may most likely get it in a sleeping bag sack for travelling, too. It’s additionally sensible for watching children play soccer. The pockets are fleece-lined and fairly deep. The one factor is, it’s not waterproof – after I put on a shorter jacket, it’s simpler to place a water-resistant excessive. I additionally felt like the underside would possibly get muddy.
How trendy does it make you’re feeling? I assumed I regarded ridiculous – it drowned me. Anyone with longer legs would possibly look extra trendy. I do suppose £345 is so much, even for a down coat – I often purchase one from a mountaineering store and pay about £150 – however this did appear so much hotter and thicker, so I’m not shocked on the worth.
How a lot is it secondhand? An analogous model, with good technical credentials, is that this North Face Puffer Coat, at the moment at £49 on eBay.
Alan Beech, 44, director of images, Buckinghamshire
Which coat are you carrying? The Fake-Down Puffer Jacket from Scotch & Soda (£369.95).
How heat is it? It’s heat however light-weight and never too thick. I often put on a down model, however this coat [made from recycled plastic bottles] might be hotter – though that is likely to be because of the size.
Is it sensible? I’m usually engaged on location and it may get chilly, however I additionally want a coat that permits me to contort myself into the positions required of a cameraman. After I labored on the Winter Olympics the uniform was just like this and it was -45C! The one downfall could be if it was raining – I believe it will flip into a large sponge.
How trendy does it make you’re feeling? After I wore this to work, all of the wardrobe women perked up and mentioned: “Ooh, what’s that? You look very trendy!” – which nobody has ever mentioned about me. I often spend about £350 on an expedition jacket, which you’ll put on on the highest of a mountain at -30C. I wouldn’t do this on this. However then I wouldn’t buy groceries in an expedition jacket – you’d appear to be a pillock – whereas you would put on this to the pub.