In 2004, I purchased a Columbia brand ladies winter jacket- the incherchangable type. I have to say I am impressed. This is the 6th winter season wearing this coat and I have perfectly warm and the jacket still looks nearly new after many washes. As a career I walk dogs, so this means I spend alot of time outside - in lots of different weather. When the wind and snow come along, I have no worries. I can count on my trusty Columbia jacket. Its a little bit longer than most jackets (to cover your buns!) and has elastic cords in quite a few places to snug it up. I have found I don't get too hot and that the wind (vurtually) does not go through it. It has a hood and many pockets placed in the most convenient places, inside & out. Its also interchangale - meaning it's like two jackets in one. It is very simple to zip apart and put back together. Another awesome point is - it is machine washable! Although it did not come cheap, it ran me about $150.00 (Kohls Department store + used a coupon) My coat has to be one of my best investments I have made. I am very happy with it and would always reccomend this brand to anyone in need of a toasty winter jacket.