It is an investment piece, but if you do invest, the Woolwich Arctic Parka will keep you warm for many winters to come.
Back in 1972, someone needed a particularly warm winter coat. Specifically, I am talking about the Alaskan pipeline workers, who needed something to keep them warm in temperatures that dropped below 40 degrees. They didn’t just need a warm coat, they needed a coat to stop them freezing. That coat was the Woolwich Arctic Parka.
It has been consistently popular ever since, not just for people working in ridiculously cold weather, but for anyone who wants to keep warm when the temperatures drop. Whether that’s to go on a night out, the school run or the walk to work.
It still has a hint of the 1970s about it, but it’s also quite a timeless look too. Which is why this is a coat you can buy, wear in the winter, stick in the loft or storage, then get it out again the winter after. So a big investment first time out, but a coat that pays for itself over the years.
The latest versions are out now, available in classic colours of dark green and navy blue, as well as later additions, such as the black, the lighter blue and a bolder yellow finish.
All are faithful to the original design, with a design to keep out the rain, wind and snow, which is helped by a Teflon coating and duck down insulation. There’s also a detachable trim on the hood, a throat strap, zip closure with storm flap, two chest flap pockets, two buttoned flap pockets and a drawstring on both the hood and hem.
As I said, a pricey option from £685, but a coat that will keep you warm for years.