Rather than having a shell and an insulated layer, a jacket for hiking, and a different one for the cold nights on the town, it's much better (especially for your wallet) to find a jacket that can handle all the elements, while still staying stylish.
The North Face's Triclimate series has more than 15 women's coats, but the Seraphi performs especially well in freezing temps because of its down—rather than fleece—zip-in layer. This inner liner has 100 grams of Heatseeker insulation, which makes it warm enough for winter hikes and playing outside in freezing, Wisconsin temperatures. Or, if you'd simply like to stay warm during the day, opt to sport only the inner, down layer—some of the color options for the inside are patterned, and all have a high-enough, super soft collar to block out the wind. The fit is flattering enough to wear with jeans just as if it were a zip-up sweater.
If you’re heading out for a winter hike or snowshoe trek, it’s easy to zip- and clip-in the down layer, and just like that, you’re ready to go with the waterproof, breathable, and seam-sealed shell. If your hike gets heated, you can use the pit-zips or quickly zip out the inner layer. Another convenient feature: since the first layer is down, it compresses fairly well without adding a lot of weight to a daypack. The shell also has a removable hood, a hem cinch-cord, and the best part is the collar and pockets are fleece-lined. There’s also a media pocket, though it’s inside the shell so a phone or iPod might get too cold depending on the temperatures. Although you could use this jacket for snowboarding or skiing, other jackets in the series specifically have powder skirts for on the mountain.
Although some might argue you need a different coat for every occasion, the North Face Seraphi jacket has you covered for more than half the year, without compromising style for technology. Separately, it's a rain coat or a down jacket, but together, it's a convenient option for any avid hiker.
Hits: There’s no need to change when transitioning from outdoor activities to low-key social outings.
Misses: The Seraphi could use more pockets and thumbholes to keep wrists warm. A longer cut might make it better, too.