It’s a well-known fact that women feel the cold more than men…or so they say! So, with the countdown to Christmas firmly underway, and winter starting to tighten its icy grip on the nation, here’s our guide to the finest in cold weather clothing for the female half of the population. Ladies, start dropping those hints now…. There can be nothing nicer than slipping into a down-filled jacket when the temperatures start to plummet. At Gear-Zone we have a terrific range of cosy-but-practical, technical-yet-feminine jackets packed with real down insulation to provide essential warmth for the winter months. Here’s our selection of the very best: Merrell Women’s Isadore Jacket, packed with 600 fill premium goose down in a water-resistant shell. Jack Wolfskin Women’s Helium Down Jacket, with a 90% duck down filling – perfect for cold temperatures on the hill or the High Street. The North Face Women’s Nuptse 2, with 700 fill goose down in a zip-in compatible outer shell; the Insulated Juneau, which is as elegant as it is practical with plump, 550 fill European premium quality down in a longer-length cut; and the Metropolis Parka, a quilted technical coat with 600 fill down insulation. Feminine Version of a Benchmark Down Jacket Rab Women’s Neutrino Endurance, a feminine version of the benchmark down jacket for modern mountaineering and winter hill walking. Montane Women’s Anti-Freeze Jacket, with 700+ power down fill in a lightweight, 100% windproof outer for exceptional comfort, warmth and performance. Synthetic alternatives include the Montane Women’s Flux Jacket, the Jack Wolfskin Iceguard Coat, and Merrell’s Women’s Ellenwood Insulated and Haven II. For snow lovers looking for purpose-made outerwear, choose from the very best around for winter warmth on the ski slopes, including the Spyder Women’s Posh Faux Fur Jacket, The North Face Women’s Baker Jacket, Eider ’s Women’s Aspen II and Jackson Hole, and – for the more budget- conscious – the Etirel Women’s Bree, Debra and Delaine Jackets and the Firefly Bella Allover and Dare 2b Bounce Back and Altair. Don’t forget those all-important baselayers to add to the comfort – and warmth – factor…check out the ladies' Smartwool Mid 250 Zip T, Montane’s Bionic Zip Neck, and Icebreaker ’s Chakra Zip and Oasis Crewe.