Winter Coats – What offers best value for money?
Winter Coats are one of the major non-kit purchases many clubs make. Are you sure you are getting the best value for money? Here are some tips to help you get the garments you want at the best price you can.
1. Decide at the outset what the main purpose is for the garment.
* Is the main aim to keep the wearer dry?
* Is the main aim to keep the wearer warm?
* Is the main aim to keep the wearer warm AND dry?
2. What type of coat will do the best job for you?
* A simple and cost-conscious Rain jacket will offer protection and keep people dry, but it is not normally designed for warmth. Unless the weather is warm, you will need either a sweatshirt or similar underneath.
* A fleece, softshell or Hybrid sweat (Joma Berna) are great for warmth but are not the best in wet weather.
* A bench coat will normally do the work of both of the above. They are available in a full range of sizes. Current styles include a Bomber Jkt (with elastic at the waist) or a more conventional coat, just above the knee, and with no elastic rib.
* A managers coat. This is the traditional long coat for those standing on the touchline. They are calf length and offer great protection but they are normally relatively expensive, and normally are only offered in Adult sizes.
* A Subsuit. Although “old fashioned”, they do a great job of keeping the wearer both warm and dry- but they can be difficult to remove quickly and the zips can be easily broken.
GOLDEN RULE FOR ALL JACKET PURCHASES- IF YOU CONSIDER BUYING COATS IN CLUB COLOURS, PLEASE CONSIDER THE GAME OFFICIALS AND THEIR INTERPRETATION OF THE LAWS CONCERNING SIDELINE COATS.
IT MAY BE BETTER TO BUY BLACK OR NAVY OR COATS WITH COLOUR HIGHLIGHTS TO ENSURE YOU ARE NOT ASKED TO REMOVE THEM FROM THE SIDE OF THE PITCH.