We moved to Cornwall, England, from Florida in August of 2007. My son, an avid North Face fan, purchased this coat in blue for my daughter, who at the time was seven. She is now ten, and still wearing that coat. We lived in Cornwall for two years, and that coat got a LOT of use, we even have pictures of her wearing it one year in May, and then we moved to Nashville, Tennessee, where she wore it through a winter. We are now living near Seattle, and her blue Greenland is still her only coat. Oh, she has others, she just never wears them. He bought her a medium, and this same coat will get her through the winter, but we will have to graduate to a large next year.
We have washed that coat more times than I can count, and it still looks great. We lived on a farm, and she lived the life of a Cornish farm girl, so that coat got dirty with mud on a regular basis. To date, there are no mud stains, nothing that would give away the fact that we are on our fourth winter with this coat. The fact that the fur trim comes off has been a huge plus, because that way we could wash it if needed, and then set it out to dry so that we maintained the fluffiness of the fur.
I would highly recommend this coat to anyone who is serious about staying dry and warm in the winter,