HOW TO CHOOSE A WINTER JACKET
Text by: Quartz Co. Editorial Team
Choosing a winter jacket is a purchase that has more to do with investing than it does with spending. You will keep a quality winter jacket for 10 years. It can therefore be of particular interest to choose one in a classic style that will stay in fashion for decades to come. This is even more important when buying a Quartz Co. jacket as all of the brand’s coats have a lifetime warranty. This means the purchase of a winter jacket is a durable purchase and it’s worth taking the time to think about what you want in one. Because, among all of the coats available online and in-stores, there is surely the one with which you will spend multiple winters. To guide you in your decision, here are our tips to help you choose a winter jacket.
LONG JACKET OR SHORT JACKET?
The first thing to do is to choose a jacket style. Do you prefer a puffy jacket or a more streamlined look? Then, you’ll have to determine your ideal jacket length. A winter jacket with a hem that hits right under your hips is ideal in most climates, but if you live in a region where winters are particularly rough or if you’re simply someone who gets easily cold, you can go for a longer winter jacket. Quartz Co.’s newest collection offers a variety of different jacket styles for both men and women to choose from.
LOOK AT MATERIALS
OUTER FABRIC FOR A WATER REPELLENT JACKET
Make sure you read a jacket’s label to understand its composition, for both the outer fabric and the insulating material. Look for fabric that’s breathable and that will wick any sweat you release but won’t let in the cold. Then, look at the water-repellent and breathability scores. Both should be of at least 10 000 to ensure your comfort all winter long. Finally, choose a fabric that’s durable and that won’t rip when you move, such as polyester or nylon.
A WARM AND LIGHT COAT
There exists a wide variety of insulating materials but to face great colds, Canadian white duck down remains the golden standard, for its incredible insulating power and lightness. Duck down can be of varying quality depending on manufacturer. To recognize quality down, you must consider its fill power. Every Quartz Co. down jacket has a minimal 650 fill-power and can go up to 750 on the expedition style.
- Fill power indicates down’s capacity to expand. The higher the number, the warmer and lighter the down.
- Fill weight indicates the quality of the down used in the jacket.
Down needs to stay dry to conserve heat, hence the importance of ensuring your jackets outer fabric is water-repellent.
WHERE WAS THE JACKET MADE?
While you’re reading the label, check where the jacket was made. A jacket made in Canada like all Quartz Co. jackets is a sign of high quality. All of the down used in Quartz Co. jackets is also of Canadian origin, and comes from Canadian white ducks.
CHECK THE LITTLE DETAILS ON THE JACKET
Take the time to check the following details:
- Zippers should slide well and offer two-way opening from the bottom to top. You can adjust the comfort level of the jacket you’re wearing. Using the top puller to zip it up closed or use the bottom puller if you want more breathing room down under.
- The jacket should be adjustable to protect your wrists and neck from the cold.
- Think of the number of pockets you need, as well as the pockets’ location, size and orientation, but most importantly if they are fleece-lined. Most of Quartz Co.'s jackets have fleece-lined pockets allowing extra warmth and comfortability.
- Check if the hood is detachable or not - this is very practical if you wear your jacket through multiple seasons and not just for particular cold days or winter storms.
A COMFORTABLE JACKET
After having found a jacket in the style and color you want, it’s important to try it on to confirm your decision. Trying on a jacket lets you check its cut and fit, and lets you evaluate its warmth and lightness. Quartz Co. jackets are actually renowned for their lightness and their ease of movement. Make sure it’s large enough for you to wear it over your winter clothes, especially in the sleeves. Walk around in it a bit to see if it’s comfortable and try putting your hands in the pockets. All of this will help you make sure you are indeed holding the winter jacket of your dreams.