I’ve owned a number of puffy-coats and find that most leave me chilled or make me look like the abominable snowman. And while Outdoor Research’s Placid down jacket drew me in with its feminine, attractive design, I was skeptical as to whether it could look good and still keep me warm for more than a trip to the grocery store. I was happy to discover that while feeding livestock and riding a horse in the snowy cold, its waterproof, wind-resistant outer material kept the moisture out, while the 700-fill powder down insulation kept the heat in. With its internal and external storm flaps, and a ribbed hem, cuffs, and collar, I know the snow and cold will stay out all winter long. $275; outdoorresearch.com.