Lands' End Outerwear Expert Reveals The Top Five Tips for Choosing The Perfect Winter Coat

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To save the time, cost and hassle of making a poor decision, be sure to know what to look for to get the best coat that fits your needs.

Winter coats are an important investment for millions of Americans who brave blustery winds and icy temperatures. To save the time, cost and hassle of making a poor decision, be sure to know what to look for to get the best coat that fits your needs. Lands' End outerwear expert Scott Whittingham reveals his top five tips for choosing high-quality outerwear:

1. Look for temperature ratings - Consider your climate and how you will use the coat. Outerwear that is rated to perform well in certain temperature ranges will help you determine which coat best fits your needs. A coat that is temperature rated from -10° to 15° F can be worn to and from work while still being warm enough for shoveling snow.

2. Look for performance features - With all the options available, it is important to choose a coat that integrates fabric technology to enhance its performance. Features to look for include laminates that make a coat's shell waterproof and breathable, water-repellent finishes that let moisture bead up and roll off and barriers on inner shells that block icy wind. For fleece, Nano-Tex® Resists Static is a permanent nanotechnology that helps resist static shock, static cling and particles like lint, pet hair and dust.

3. Minimize bulkiness - Choose coats with insulation that is lightweight while still offering exceptional warmth. Down, when quilted, offers exceptional warmth without extra bulk. Fleece is excellent for sealing out wind and keeping warmth in. Synthetic insulations are also a good choice as many mimic the warmth of down while offering added benefits such as being hypoallergenic or nonabsorbent to provide warmth during the wettest weather. The Lands' End 3-in-1 SnowSystem™ Jacket features their exclusive PolarThin™ insulation.

4. Consider the details - Some details such as hoods are easily visible, but many important extras are not. Look for concealed cuffs, adjustable drawcord hems and combination zip-and-snap fronts with inner storm shields to help to seal out chilly drafts. For longer-length coats, a two-way zipper adds ease of mobility, while armpit zips prevent overheating in coats designed specifically for winter sports.

5. Add warmth with accessories - As with coats, consider the climate and how you will use the accessories. For winter sports, look for durable nylon shells, reinforced palms and fingertips, as well as fleece with stretch for ease of movement. Fabrics like cable-knit cotton, wool or cashmere offer an ideal combination of style and warmth for every day or special occasions.

About Lands' End
Lands' End® is one of the world's largest retailers of clothing for the family. In addition, Lands' End offers an innovative collection of fine quality goods for the home. Lands' End merchandise can be purchased online at http://www.landsend.com, by calling 1-800-800-5800, and by visiting the Lands' End Shop at Sears. Lands' End is a proud member of Sears Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: SHLD). And, all high-quality Lands' End merchandise is Guaranteed. Period.®

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