Winter is upon us and gone are the days of balmy summer evenings spent in the park walking the dog in shorts and t-shirts. It’s time to wrap up warm and bear the unforgiving weather that looms in the months ahead of us. In my search for the perfect dog walking coat (newsflash: there isn’t just one) I came across plenty of different styles ranging from wind proof to 100% guaranteed waterproof. No matter where you live or how long you spend outdoors this guide should have the perfect winter coat to cater to everyone.
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The North Face
Somehow North Face remain firmly in the practical hikers gear category but also score points on the fashion field too. They’re not cheap but if you’re worried about not looking on-trend when wearing outdoor gear around suburban parks and town (my first dilemma when it comes to choosing this winter’s coat) then North Face solves all your problems.
Their jackets have smart thermal layers to keep you super cosy whilst still being ultra light coats. The light down cocoon parkas are also shower proof but not fully waterproof. However they are very reasonably priced compared to any other shower proof jackets on the market. They also score a 10 for chic colours.
They also do ridiculously good value socks (4 pairs for £9.90) which are perfect for walks. They are not too chunky, keep your feet a comfortable temperature and roll up high enough for no exposed ankles on chilly days! I buy both men and women’s range.
A timeless classic. Barbour quality will never disappoint and their price point sits around the same as outdoor gear. Whilst not being 100% guaranteed waterproof compared to the likes of RAB or Columbia, it’s safe to say you won’t be water sodden by the time you return home from a rainy dog walk in your Barbour jacket. The jackets wear well so if the £200 price tag isn’t in budget then a second hand purchase will still be in great condition. Make sure you buy the “waxed” style. Barbour do different finishes on their coats. Asos and John Lewis are brilliant places to purchase as they often run 20% off promos on them.
This stylish Danish brand full proofing the wintery weather with these very reasonably priced 100% waterproof rain coats. Asos stock a healthy selection of Rains jackets ranging in a variety of gorgeous colours.
This rain jacket for hiking made by Swiss brand Mammut is simple, lightweight, soft and stretchable. . It’s also enviornmetnally friendly made from 100% recycled polyester. Currently priced at £89 this is far cheaper than the mainstream waterproof jacket brands you see in UK hiking and outdoors shops.
Fully waterproof and made with recycled materials, Finisterre’s parka is as chic as it is practical. With a fleece lined hood for when the weather really bites, this is a super luxurious coat. The price tag definitely means this coat is a big investment but it’s an all round winner that will be worn year on year.
UK based brand Seasalt have released a line of gorgeous fully waterproof jackets. Fleece lined for comfort, knee length for warmth and wind and waterproof but still breathable.
This Women’s black raincoat is chic yet practical. The wellington boot manufacturer have tried their hand at coats and they’ve absolutely pulled it off. Rain, do your worst here this coat is 100% waterproof.
Their contemporary design and Nordic background make Arket one of the leading fashion brands to put out good quality outerwear suitable for wintery conditions. Favourites include their water repellent anorak, the Long Down Puffer Coat and the Puffer Down Jacket.
Superdry’s Harpa Waterproof Jacket comes in a variety of candy colours. At under £100 price mark (just). This jacket is good value, sports a trendy label and is available in fun colours.
Check out all of Superdry’s waterproof jackets here
Fat Face “Taylor” waterproof jacket is a steal at £88, comes in a variety of gorgeous colours from plum to dusky rose and is 100% waterproof. Plenty of sealed pockets and taped seams to prevent water leaking in.