No looking like the Marshmallow Man. That’s been my goal every winter since my injury. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, go to your closet and put on the biggest winter jacket you can find, then come back and read the rest of this blog (and you have to be in a wheelchair for this experiment to work).

Look in the mirror and what have you got? Chances are – one of your most unflattering looks (unless it’s a cool leather jacket or a pea coat, but those don’t count as winter jackets). Granted, staying warm is really what it’s all about when wearing a serious winter jacket. And when I say serious winter jacket I mean coats from Colombia, down-filled or a synthetic-filled, those kind of winter things.

But here’s the deal. There’s actually something much worse than looking silly in a winter jacket, and that’s not being able to move that well. If you’re a person with paralysis or some other kind of disability that limits your movement, this is not just a mild discomfort, it’s a dangerous matter. For example, driving my van is always more difficult when I’m wearing a jacket, but sometimes this is unavoidable when it’s 5° out. I’ve even driven without one (freezing my quad butt for hours afterwards). What