The Biggest Bit – Picking and Packing my Outer Layers (Coats)


Outer layers or coats as they are commonly called by those who don’t list “outdoor specialist” as one of their leisure activities are my last really big conundrum. I wanted to take to … one a nice wool coat and then something a bit more active orientated but warm … they both have to be warm.

Soo …. What did I settle on. Well I went all out here and got two really good quality coats I will be able to keep and re-wear for years to come. So to start with I went with a tan duffle coat. Something warm, a little bit longer and a nice hood in case of snow or rain. I ended up going with the Burberry camel duffle coat … I have been eyeing this off for ages and there is just something about this coat that I really wanted. I’m not even going to try and convince you that this wasn’t extreme extravagance but to be honest … I brought this at the end of winter last year and it was on sale … a little bit.

So along with my duffle coat I wanted something warm, I wanted it black so I can wear it for years to come and it needed to be suited to the colder -20 degree C climates we would be visiting. For me the big thing was, I didn’t want to have to put on layers of clothing, taking them off then putting them back on every time I walk inside and back outside. This coat had a lot to live up to and I spent weeks researching coats online trying to find just the right one. Soo what did I settle on you ask – well I ended up with a Canada Goose Coat. This brand has a pretty controversial reputation as more of a status symbol and is deemed overpriced however you can’t go past the overwhelming majority of positive reviews. Made of Goose down it’s the world’s best natural insulator, providing approx. three times the warmth per ounce as synthetic insulators. So it’s warm without added bulk, and although not particularly glamorous the Montebello is a a slim fitted hip length jacket with deep hood, it has practical elements like fleece lined external pockets, lots of internal pockets and rib knit internal cuffs for added warmth. The truth of the matter is it’s just so damn practical and so warm I couldn’t find anything that would even compare so I bit the bullet and forked out $1,200 for a jacket that had better last me at least 10 years of holidays!


Ben on the other hand went for a Helly Hansen Juniper II Jacket.  It’s a hybrid jacket which does just as well on the streets as on the slopes. Its insulated with light weight, quick drying PrimaLoft and comes with a waterproof outer layer. Lots of pockets and even integrated Recco rescue technology should you accidentally find yourself involved in an avalanche. We actually got a great deal on this jacket as we found it down at the outlet store in Melbourne with 40% off its retain price which brought it down to about $600.

helly-hansen-juniper-ii-jacket

So that’s our jackets done and while I did dither about my own jacket I am ultimately glad I purchased everything before I flew out so now instead of trying to find something while I’m over there, I can fully enjoy the cities we are visiting without getting cold.

My next blog post is just a little bit exciting, I will be sharing how I used different tricks and advice to get my husband and I return first class / business class flights to Europe for the same cost as my parents paid for economy travel. That’s right, approx. $50,000 worth of travel for $6,000!

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