By Shelly Bristow
The Merrell Haven Duffle Coat is a stylish looking coat that merges the distinguished look of a city coat with the reliable warmth of a winter parka.
I’ve had this coat for a while but it’s not until now that I’ve been able to really put it to good use, it’s warm so I’d class the Haven Duffle Coat as a cold Autumn/Winter coat.
Starting at the top with the hood, I was pleasantly surprised at how well it stayed up, despite the winter winds. Once up and the top snap fastened the hood stays firmly in place. When the hood is down there is a ribbed collar for comfort and warmth. The coat is quilted with 150g of MSELECT WARM insulation. This insulation continues into the sleeves with a ribbed cuff.
The coat has a hidden zip behind a front flap. This is the only thing with the coat which I am slightly disappointed with, it just seems slightly too far down for my arms to reach and zip up comfortably. Although in the same breath I love the ¾ length so probably wouldn’t want to change it. There are two snap fasteners, one at the top and one near the bottom which helps keep the flap closed, and then 4 toggles to secure and look stylish.
There are two large front flap pockets with snap closures and hand warmers in the sides. It also has a bonus interior hidden zip-secured chest pocket, which I actually hadn’t even noticed until recently!
The back has a fake belt detail with the length of drop measured at 33.5”.
The coat has a durable water resistant finish which repels water and resists staining.
• Woolly Twill Waterproof
• 100% Polyester
• 1,000 mm / 1,000 g/m2 / 24hr Waterproof Breathable
• Durable Water Resistant(DWR) finish repels water and resists
• 150 g
While wearing this coat over the past few months in all kinds of weather and terrain I have been very pleased with its ability to keep me warm. It’s not a coat that you can put layers of jumpers under, as there just isn’t the space, but I haven’t felt the need to. It has been so well insulated even my cold bones have been warm. Returning home from walking the dog for an hour in a down pour left me dry, although the coat did take a while to dry out. The length of the coat doesn’t hinder hill walking, as the zip doesn’t go down the whole length of the coat, plus it can be unzipped from the bottom if extra movement is needed. While picking blackberries the coat is durable enough not to snag or get pulls from the thorns and brambles.
Personally I love this coat, it is stylish while durable, warm, water resistant and good value for money. The RRP is £200 but I have seen it online for £110. A perfect gift for Her!
Ratings are out of 5, 1 being bad and 5 being the best
Fit for Purpose – 5/5
Versatility – 4/5
Durability – 4/5
Value for money – 3.5/5
Overall – 4/5