So I finally decided I should invest in a good coat for winter. But I also wanted it to look good. Frankly, I am tired of huge, puffy coats that make my look like a weeble. I did some research and finally decided on a North Face coat, which I purchased from Sporting Life online. Supposedly water and windproof, but also pretty streamlined, I loved the way it looked.
When the small, light box arrived, I was dismayed. I unpacked the tightly folded up jacket and thought I had made a huge mistake: There was no way such a thin coat could be warm enough for winter! But I decided to give it a try anyways. Well knock me down and pick me up again! It's far warmer than I ever imagined such a light, thin coat could be! I love it. I still suspect an extra layer might be needed on really cold days, but the fact that it's so wind and waterproof makes a huge difference.
The bad news is, lately I've been having bad reactions to all my winter hats. I am allergic to wool and sometimes I am okay with it near my skin for short periods of time, but right now I get itchy after only a few seconds. Good excuse to buy a new hat I suppose.
I think the next thing I need to do is go to MEC and get some super duper mittens for super duper cold days when I am on my bike. Then I'll be all set!