Recommend an all weathers coat for a budget of around £120

Tribble

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I know, I know, it is probably impossible to find a coat that will cover all seasons, so perhaps I should ask for suggestions for something that will get me through from late September, early October when it starts to get a bit chilly ... all through the dark, damp, cold winter, and back into spring.

I don't know if they exist but maybe something that has a removable inner fleece lining that can be added back in for the coldest winter months.

Has to be waterproof, of course, and lightweight too as it will be used all day on several occasions so nothing that is going to get wet and heavy and lead to me getting cold.

Mission impossible or do such fantasy coats exist? ^_^
 
Take a look at Sprayway stuff - various prices, some with zip-in fleece jackets.
Last year I needed to buy a breathable waterproof in a hurry (discovered the old one leaked only days before a 4-day trip!), and Sprayway were the only make in Go Outdoors that had a map pocket big enough to take OS maps (many American brands have map pockets that are far too small).
The only down side was it is in girly pink! But it cost below £120.
If you shop in Go Outdoors, it is worth forking out £5 to buy their discount card, if you're buying something like a jacket, you save far more than that in the first transaction.
 

Andy_R

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Spinney

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It shouldn't be your coat that keeps you warm - that's there to keep you dry. The layers underneath are what keep you warm.
Although a decent weight coat can help. I've got a lined goretex I reserve for real winter walking, and prefer a lighter weight jacket in the summer (such as it is in this country!)
 
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Tribble

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It shouldn't be your coat that keeps you warm - that's there to keep you dry. The layers underneath are what keep you warm.
You mean like wearing a vest, t-shirt, shirt, jumper and then a coat on top. That sort of thing? So I could get a coat or jacket that I could wear all year round and then in winter just add clothes underneath to keep warmer. Is there a jacket you would recommend?
 

Spinney

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Try for wicking layers under your waterproof, and get a breathable waterproof, if you can. Best go to somewhere like Go Outdoors, Cotswold or similar and ask their advice.
 

Spokey Dokey

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I know, I know, it is probably impossible to find a coat that will cover all seasons, so perhaps I should ask for suggestions for something that will get me through from late September, early October when it starts to get a bit chilly ... all through the dark, damp, cold winter, and back into spring.

I don't know if they exist but maybe something that has a removable inner fleece lining that can be added back in for the coldest winter months.

Has to be waterproof, of course, and lightweight too as it will be used all day on several occasions so nothing that is going to get wet and heavy and lead to me getting cold.

Mission impossible or do such fantasy coats exist? ^_^
I go very lightweight with a coat even for 4 seasons. I agree with the already stated notion that a coat (outer layer) is really only needed to keep out the rain and wind and more critically the two in combination.

I use a high wicking base layer eg Helly Hansen Lifa and a variety of different weight fleeces depending on time of year and weather 'on the day' plus a simple lightweight shell.
 
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