The winter season 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 in weather proof and waterproof coats 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. The Bloctech range is completely windproof and rain repellent.
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. Selfridges and Asos stock a healthy selection of Rains jackets ranging in a variety of gorgeous colours.
The Berghaus GORE-TEX Waterproof jacket. Currently half price at Blacks this jacket is perfect for winter weather and the beautiful blue colour is pleasing on the eye.
For something a little more chic, check out the water resistant, wind proof Nula Micro padded jacket.
Equivalent styles can be found at RAB and Columbia.
These Women’s raincoats are 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 updated Chelsea style ankle wellington boots are SO cute too.
Stay extra cosy under your waterproofs by layering up with one of these gilets. From Patagonia to North Face to Timberland there are plenty of cool and functional brands out there offering additional layers for your winter wardrobe.