Traveling is a huge passion of mine, and I hop on planes and trains (and automobiles) to explore new places every chance I get. After many years of lugging over-stuffed suitcases on bikes and boats and over miles of rocky paths, I have finally learned the value of packing only what I can carry in a carry-on (with extra room for the various souvenir purchases I will inevitably pick up along the way).
One of the best travel purchases I have ever made is Lands’ End Lightweight Down Jacket. It weighs next to nothing and packs down really small, so it’s great for throwing in my suitcase as a backup in case the temperature dips, or for layering under lighter coats so I can still wear them in the late fall and early spring. However, last year on a trip to Jordan, the jacket just didn’t quite cut it in the cold desert nighttime, and I spent most of the trip wishing I had a warmer jacket that was still easy to pack and carry without too much bulk. I had been eyeing the Lands’ End Lightweight Down Packable Parka for months as a possible contender because of its longer length and hood—plus, I knew it would still pack down small while offering more warmth, with a temperature rating of -15º to +10º Fahrenheit. It’s also water and wind resistant! So when I was offered the chance to review a tall jacket, I jumped at it and immediately picked the Lightweight Down Tall Packable Parka in an always-stylish black.
I thought I would keep the parka in the closet and use it for upcoming travel, but the weather had other plans. I had the package with this jacket in my bag on the way to meet a friend for dinner a few weeks ago. Over the course of a several-hour meal, the temperature dropped by about 20 degrees. Having a half hour walk home ahead of me, I decided to give the parka a go. It was immediately soft and cozy and so I continued to wear it every day that week. It has now become my go-to fall coat. The black color and elegant seaming means that it’s sleek enough to wear with work clothes, but also great to throw on on my way to barre class, or over a weekend sweater and jeans.
I have already taken it on my first trip and it has proven to be warm enough to withstand cold fall rain and wind, while small enough to throw into a large purse: a win-win. It’s not quite warm enough for New York winters, but is great for fall and spring layering. I highly recommend it for all you intrepid tall ladies out there looking for a stylish and versatile lightweight fall/spring coat.