Now is a great time to consider a new mens winter coat especially if you were unhappy with the performance of your current winter coat. With winter over it's easy to get a new  winter coat on sale, or even clearance. The mens winter coat has come a long way in both style and function in recent years, but the tried and true styles and materials, whether down filled, wool or leather are still on top. Here's some things to consider when you're in the market for a new winter coat.

What exactly is a Mens Winter Coat?

I know this may seem silly, but the first thing you need to understand is the difference between a jacket and a coat. A jacket rests at the hips and is almost useless when it comes to keeping you warm, as the cold wind can go right up your waste line, it does however give more freedom of movement, a consideration if you'll be active. A winter coat goes all the way down to about the knees. Also, it is difficult or impossible to wear a thick sweater under a jacket.

What style of Mens Winter Coat is the best?

You need to consider the style. A huge bulky parka may keep you nice and toasty, but it'll be a bit inappropriate for the office or a night out on the town. Use the parka for shoveling snow or daily activities, a dressier mens winter coat is better for business or pleasure situations. Consider a Pea coat, or officers top coat style of a mens winter coat.

What material should a great Mens Winter Coat be made of?

The material is important of course. Wool and cashmere are certainly the best at keeping you warm. Cashmere is expensive and not very durable though. A wool mens winter coat, preferably with a layer of insulation such as thinsulate is the best, not only that, but wool has the wonderful property of being able to keep you warm even if it gets wet. A leather mens winter coat looks great but it doesn't breathe very well at all which could result in unwanted sweating, also they are sometimes difficult to 'seal' if they have buttons, so keep that in mind.

Any tips for trying on a Mens Winter Coat?

When you go out shopping for a new coat wear a sport coat or thick sweater, since on the coldest days or at work that's what you'll be wearing under your coat. When trying on a mens winter coat, move around and check for any binding, remember you have to be able to move around in it, whether shoveling the snow or even just tying your shoe. A good coat should be comfortable to wear.  The key here is to make sure it's a bit loose since you'll almost always have more layers under it.

Remember, when all is said and done, you have to look good, feel good and stay warm! There are many styles and materials available out there to choose from, so stay open minded and consider your options. Also, I should say that there's nothing wrong with owning several winter coats, one for each situation that you might encounter.  Here's some more information that'll help you choose a great, warm winter coat.