How do you stay warm without down?
I have been a vegan for quite some time, but I have hated down for even longer. I hate down coats, I hate down comforters and pillows. It’s not just because of the sad images that come to mind when I think of where the feathers come from. I also just hate the sensation of being stabbed all over my body. Wearing a down coat makes me feel like I am being attacked all over by very small creatures with itty bitty spears. I also hate down because it’s a huge hassle to clean. I like to be able to throw my coats in the wash and not have to cart them to a dry cleaner.
There are a ton of options out there, you just have to look! I personally have a very nice insulated North Face coat that I have been wearing for about three years. It covers me from about head to mid thigh. I can wear it when the cold wind starts to blow in late fall and I have worn it in -30(ish) degree temperatures and felt warm and cozy in all the places that this coat covered me. From quick dashes to the store to waiting for a late bus for 30 minutes, to going sledding on the coldest day of the year, I have never regretted purchasing this coat. And my coat is not some sort of wondercoat, it is one of many different varieties of down-less winter coats. Most companies that make down coats make many fashionable alternatives. Your favorite vegan friendly coat is out there waiting for you. Some alternatives include a removable lining made of fleece or polyester. Coats made with Gore-Tex are particularly good at combating the cold as well. Columbia makes coats with a reflective inner lining to keep your body heat inside. Patagonia makes insulated layers that fold up into their own pockets that you can stash away to pump up your coats on the extra cold days.
Now that you know what’s out there, put your vegan shopping shoes on and go buy yourself something that will keep your body and heart warm! And if you see any geese outside on their way to warmer climates, tip your synthetic blend, non-wool hat to your fine feathered friends and say “You’re welcome”
Columbia – Men’s Glacier to Glade™ II Parka
Patagonia – Patagonia Women’s Nano Puff® Jacket
The North Face – Men’s Madplaid Triclimate® Jacket
The North Face – Women’s Pixey Triclimate® Jacket