To survive the Minnesota winter, you must first have a good coat. With stretches of days that dip below zero degrees, staying warm outdoors is critical. Hypothermia tends to ruin the season, and a good way to prevent it is by bundling up. In Minnesota, finding a winter coat is easy and even affordable with all of the shopping options throughout the state and second-hand stores ready to reuse older coats. However, finding something stylish may be a little more difficult. These retail venues can help you stay warm and look good this winter. Many even have the hats, gloves and scarves to match.
Continental Ski & Bike
1305 East First St.
Duluth, MN 55805
Ever wonder what brands of clothing professional snowboarders and skiers wear? You can find them at Continental Ski & Bike. Any winter gear that stands up to hours in the outdoors in cold temps is probably some of the warmest and most comfortable gear available. Being a winter gear store located in northern Minnesota, Continental Ski & Bike prides itself on knowing how to best stay warm in the winter. The staff and frequent guests of the store have personal experience with being outdoors for a prolonged period of time in below-freezing temps. Enjoy a great selection of gear that combines fashion with function at Continental Ski & Bike.
309 Cedar Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55454
Started by rock climbing enthusiasts in search of the perfect outdoor gear, Midwest Mountaineering has become a favorite locally owned business dedicated to outfitting the state with the best in equipment and clothing. Its coat selection provides a range of options for those who want comfort while rock climbing in the winter to those who just want to walk to their car without freezing to death. The best winter brands are available including The North Face, Arcteryx and Marmot. Add the huge selection of Smartwool socks and undergear to your shopping excursion to keep the cold far away from your bare bones.
365 Canal Park Dr.
Duluth, MN 55805
Duluth Pack is a Minnesotan company that has been in business over 125 years. Originally known as the best place to get a bag or backpack that will withstand anything you put in it or around it, this shop decided to add other outdoor items to its manufacturing list. The factory is located in northern Minnesota, close to its store and really close to a community of outdoor lovers. Quality manufactured coats at Duluth Pack are made from wool, flannel and many other durable materials. Stay warm in a snowstorm with a waterproof jacket or just enjoy looking and feeling great about your purchase throughout the year.
Duluth Trading Company
9801 Lyndale Ave. S
Bloomington, MN 55420
A purely Minnesotan company that was started by a group of outdoorsmen, Duluth Trading Company is a great place to find the best quality and warmest winter gear. Aside from having a great selection of warm undergarments and outdoor essentials, the coats sold at Duluth Trading are practical and comfortable as well. Find slip-on coats with hoods, without hoods, with liners or even long styles that keep your backside shielded from the cold as well. Duluth Trading offers a ton of different styles, all with warmth and vanity in mind. Visit locations throughout Minnesota and Northern Wisconsin and keep cabin fever at bay this winter.
Reeds Sporting Goods
522 Minnesota Ave. NW
Walker, MN 56484
A family-owned store that does a lot of online business, considering its location is far for many Minnesotans, Reeds Sporting Goods is a great place to get winter coats at a discount. Centered around the Midwestern love of fishing and hunting, Reeds provides the perfect gear for outdoor fun. Find the perfect coat in camouflage print for your next hunting trip or just go bright orange. Ice fishing coats are a popular item during the winter and Reeds carries them for all ages and genders. Men, women and children can also shop some of their favorite brands such as Under Armour, Patagonia and Columbia. Stop by and check the hunting and fishing reports for your area while you shop.
Andrea Wodele is a freelance writer who has lived in the Twin Cities for the last 10 years. Her hobbies include exercising, driving kids around, watching Minnesota sports, and reading self-help literature. Examiner.com.