One of the differences between down coats and other sorts of coats is the fact that down isn't an outer characteristic of the garment. Instead, it's a reference towards the soft, light feathery substance that fills the inside of the coat. This frees the down coat industry to design its products in many different ways. Down is, however, not inexpensive, due to its nature as a substance derived from birds rather than produced artificially.

Any down coat that isn't completely waterproof will be heavily vulnerable to damp conditions. Don't be surprised if your coat becomes completely cold and uncomfortable if it gets wet - down was never designed by nature to prevent dampness, and can't insulate properly when wet! The easiest way to avoid this problem is to, of course, just not wear the coat if it's likely to get wet.

There's nothing about down that necessarily defines it as strictly for coats meant for cold weather. But the price one must pay for it, along with its particular anti-cold protection, strongly encourages manufacturers to specialize their down coats into cold weather designs. If that suits you, then you'll find within that niche a plentiful selection of designs to choose from. You'll soon quickly discover that no matter how large a down coat is, it's also a lot less heavy than comparably-sized coats with other kinds of filler.

Down isn't a gender-specific material. It can come in coats and other forms of outerwear for both genders without bias. In fact, since it has little bearing on the outer design at all, you may find it easier to find just the right down coat over another design. **Overcoats for men** with down are just as common as ones for women.

Just as down isn't specific to a particular gender, it also lacks a predilection for upper-class fashion or unassuming working-class designs. Both very fancy and very unadorned coats are available with down. The only real limitation is no more than what you'd find in any other part of the clothing market - the fact that designer styles will always cost two to three times more, on average, than more generic lines.

There is an official and unbiased rating to measure how good a particular mass of down is at providing insulation. This is known as fill power. Either by asking the manufacturer or other seller directly, or by paying attention to the provided product details, you can usually find this out. Remember that a high number for this rating is good, and the low end to begin with an expectation of is at least four hundred.

You might think that a larger coat will be more effective at warming you with its extra fabric, but you'd be wrong. Even with down-based coats, it's very important that there not be too much extra fabric. If there is, outside air can too easily access the interior of the garment and render the temperature protection provided useless. Always make sure your coat fits just right, neither too big nor too little.

Eighty-five to ninety dollars is a good starting price for a full down coat. You may notice this is pricier than many other kinds of cold weather coats, but that's the price you pay for down's various advantages. If you still want a down product but can't afford a full coat, you may want to consider vests and similar trimmed down designs. And, naturally, there are as always the high-end fashions at a hundred plus dollars available if you value the looks as well as the functionality in your **long down coats**.