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  • Coats for barn work

    My down coat is so old that the fabric is falling to pieces. It's a men's coat, manufactured by Walls and is at least 15 years old. I'm sure it was inexpensive for a down garment when it was first bought.

    I need a replacement DOWN, heavy duty work coat for winter barn work. Need something in a neutral color that is washable. Would prefer something cheap but durable; if I could replace the one I have now (Knit cuffs, stand up collar) with its identical twin, I would.

    Any suggestions?
    "I'm a lumberjack, and I'm okay."
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  • #2
    I LOVE Carheart coats...or the cheaper bear i believe is the brand...they last a looonngggg time... my little sisters are wearing the one i used to wear every single.day working in when i was 9....im 19 now and it still has many years left into it!!
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    • #3
      Second the Carhart coats. Comfortable, and last a long time!


      • #4
        LL Bean. Lots in their "sale" section now. I've had this one for many years (at least 10) and it looks perfect, absent a few feathers here and there. http://www.llbean.com/llb/shop/61489?feat=507481-GN3

        They also have a parka length for a little more. and a host of other down coats of different styles.

        I love carhartt bibs but the overall ensemble is just too heavy for me.


        • Original Poster

          I want DOWN. I keep my house very cold and often wear the jacket to keep warmer. Nothing is as light as down. I have a set of insulated work bibs with matching coat, and they are very, very heavy. Too heavy to wear constantly. The Bean coat doesn't come in working colors--I would prefer Khaki, brown, or tan or dark grey.

          My current jacket has both cargo pockets and welt pockets, all of which I use from time to time to put nails, screws, and other small things that I'm using while working.

          Cabela has a cheap down jacket that might work, and Walls is still in business and have a down jacket that is twice the cost of the Cabela one.
          "I'm a lumberjack, and I'm okay."
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          • #6
            You wear your barn chores coat in your house?
            Why must you chastise my brilliant idea with facts and logic? **picks up toys (and wine) and goes home**


            • #7
              I got the Dover down jacket last year and love it. Super warm and cozy, and really cheap. Not the hardiest outerlayer though - I did snag it once and it ripped, but for the value I will buy another one since it lasted two years.

              I also just got my first down jacket from Goode Rider and am in LOVE with it too - just depends how much you want to spend.


              • #8
                Originally posted by saultgirl View Post
                You wear your barn chores coat in your house?
                That is how I read it too.

                I would personally have a different set up for in the house than I wear for my barn chores.

                I love my Carhart. Nothing beats it for being tough and warm.


                • #9
                  She just wants recommendations for a down filled barn coat with tons of pockets. She can wear it in the shower if she wants to, different strokes for different folks.


                  • #10
                    This time of year Kohl's has winter stuff on deep clearance- I picked up a down jacket there with two slash zipper pockets- now the exterior is just that typical nylon fabric, but it's lightweight and very warm. And it was very cheap. I prefer it to my Carhartt, which I find to be extremely bulky and the arms are too long.


                    • #11
                      I would not go with LLBean if you are actually going to wear it outside and use it hard. Their buttons fall off! I love Bean, but not for actual outdoor hardworking clothes.

                      Patagonia makes a 'down sweater' which looks to me like a mini-poofy jacket - it zips up the front but isn't huge. But with that brand name, it's going to be pricy. I have a Patagonia fleece that is 20 years old and still looks great, so they do wear well.

                      As for serious outdoor cold weather barn wear, I'm another Carhartt fan. But you live in MS so your needs are going to be different than mine.

                      For indoor warmth wool sweaters are good, as are down vests but I can't wear my winter barn clothes in the house - too stinky! And too warm.

                      You are right, though, for the weight, you can't beat down for warmth. The reason I go with Carhartt is that it is warm (thinsulate) and indestructable and waterproof enough that if it rains or snows I am still warm and dry.


                      • #12
                        I have a sierra design down coat that I have been wearing to do barn chores for years. I don't have any idea how much it was, but It has been a great coat.


                        • #13
                          I HATE Carhartt coats! They're way too stiff/heavy for my taste. Maybe they make some that are waterproof, but the classic line that everyone wears is not waterproof. I have a pair of Carhartt overalls that I wear when cold, and I love that they keep me warm but I feel so burdened by them. If a horse gets loose and needs catching, good luck getting to them anytime soon in those things

                          I swear I produce no body heat. I can wear a sweatshirt in 70-75 degree temperatures! I fully understand the desire for a warm and comfortable coat that can be worn all day for all activities.

                          My barn (and dog walk/hiking) coat for the last 8 years is similar to this one:
                          They change their product line every year, and the exact one I have they don't make anymore. Mine is almost identical but has 2 more exterior pockets than displayed coat.
                          Why I LOVE this coat, and would recommend a similar one:
                          - 600 grams down fill - super, super warm and holds body heat well. So if I get warm riding and then spend have to spend 30 minutes holding a horse while their foot soaks, I don't get chilled.
                          - best hood I have ever had in a coat. Fits my head with ponytail and is fully insulated. Also easily removed if you want.
                          - high collar
                          - 100% waterproof. I have literally been in the pooring rain for extended periods of time and stayed completely dry... meanwhile all the other folks in Carhartts were soaking wet and without a warm coat to change into.
                          - Lots of pockets. My dirty gloves can be isolated from my cellphone, and my keys can be in another zipped pocket. Treats in another, etc.
                          - Fabric is really durable. In all the years wearing it I've only got 1 snag on 1 arm, and the small tear in the fabric hasn't and won't spread. I could easily repair the tear with some glue, but it's so small I haven't bothered with it. And the tear wasn't even from barn wear. It was while hiking the dogs sans trail. I had to shove myself through a thicket of sharp thorns and came out on the other end with just the one tiny tear.
                          - Fabric and cut is very comfortable. Not binding on my arms or shoulders for barn work or riding. Length is great for being in the saddle as well, doesn't constantly catch on my saddle like my riding specific "Mountain Horse" coat did. (also, Mountain horse was advertised as waterproof and was NOT!)
                          - the only downside to a waterproof high-tech coat is you aren't supposed to wash them in normal detergent (just like your waterproof horse blankets). The detergent strips the waterproofing that is applied to the fabric.

                          With my lack of body heat my winter barn coat is hands down the 1 item of clothing that gets the most hours of wear per year. I am wearing it ALL day for months and months. For this reason I could never buy a Carhartt or similar coat, and I was very willing to spend more money on the coat in the first place. I couldn't be happier with my North Face down ski coat for the barn. Literally everything you could ask for in a coat, and the most comfortable coat I have ever owned!


                          • #14
                            I know nothing about this coat, but TOTD does have a down coat today:


                            For future reference, it is this coat for $100.


                            • #15
                              Originally posted by fordtraktor View Post
                              LL Bean. Lots in their "sale" section now. I've had this one for many years (at least 10) and it looks perfect, absent a few feathers here and there. http://www.llbean.com/llb/shop/61489?feat=507481-GN3

                              They also have a parka length for a little more. and a host of other down coats of different styles.
                              Second this. Both my husband and I have the "StormChaser" by LL Bean, going on 4 years. Love them.
                              JB-Infinity Farm


                              • #16
                                2 Words


                                My barn coat is at least 15yo - came from the Spiegel catalog if that helps date it.
                                Shell is microfiber and insulation is Thinsulate so it is featherweight and uber warm.
                                Unless temps dip well below zero I don't need another layer, just a t-neck underneath. For truly frigid weather I add a polarfleece pullover and that can be too warm inside the barn.
                                It has worn like iron, just some minor rips easily sewn up - mostly near the pockets that I snag on things from stuffing too full (hat, gloves, "stuff") AND it is machine-washable w/o the problem of down clumping.
                                The only part that is nearing the end is the leather-faced collar - the leather has about had it.
                                When that goes I'll have a friend re-face it with something like polarfleece.
                                *friend of bar.ka*RIP all my lovely boys, gone too soon:
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                                Hey Vern! 1982-2009, Cash's Bay Threat 1994-2009
                                Sam(Jaybee Altair) 1994-2015


                                • #17
                                  I LOVE this jacket:


                                  It's not Down but it's lightweight and warm enough for me no matter how cold it gets. Collar stays up when zipped up, zipper doesn't jab me in the chin or neck, and the cuffs are knit. Comes in a variety of colors, more than what is listed on that particular page, that is the sale page. It has zippered pockets and you don't look like michelin-man in it. And it's not crinkly material - I hate that.
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                                  • #18
                                    !!!Re-shelling the down!!

                                    I had one like that, years ago. I bought one of those men's cheap, light weight, polyester, cotton-flannel lined jackets favored by older male coach types. Put that over the down jacket and got at least two to three more years out of it. I think the family burned it.
                                    Some riders change their horse, they change their saddle, they change their teacher; they never change themselves.

                                    Remember the horse does all the work, we just sit there and look pretty.


                                    • #19
                                      http://www.horseloverz.com/HORZE-Sno...pr-600794.html Only 65.00, they run large! I have a small and am 125 lbs and I have lots of room, it's loose!
                                      Maria Hayes-Frosty Oak Stables
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                                      & FrostyOak Hampton 2008 Pure Cleveland Bay Colt


                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by Simkie View Post
                                        I know nothing about this coat, but TOTD does have a down coat today:


                                        For future reference, it is this coat for $100.
                                        Oh man, I really, REALLY wish I even remotely needed a new coat/jacket!!
                                        The CoTH CYA - please consult w/your veterinarian under any and all circumstances. - ET