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[Oct. 11th, 2009|05:16 pm]
I've been looking online for a real winter coat...one that is made for people who live in really cold places like Canada or Chicago or Norway. Some place really cold.

Even though I do not live in those places, I really wanted a coat that was made for a really cold winter. My goal was to find a warm, 3/4 length coat, kind of ignoring the fashion aspect.

There are a couple reasons why I wanted a coat designed for places colder than where I live. First, I sometimes work outside and would like to stay warm if I have to be outdoors in the winter for several hours at a time. Second, I hate being cold. I am not one of the people who can simply put on another layer and suddenly be warm...I get cold and it seeps into my bones and I cannot get warm again...and I hate that feeling.

So anyway, I narrowed it down to 5 coats which were all pretty similar in price and looked pretty similar too. All are down-filled coats and REI.com carries all of them. 2 from The North Face, 1 Patagonia, 1 Mountain Hardwear and 1 Isis. Based on the online ads and reviews, I was leaning towards one from Mountain Hardwear and one of The North Face ones.

This afternoon Steve and I made it to our local REI store to compare them; however, they only carried 2 of the 5...the other The North Face one and the Mountain Hardwear one. I chose the Mountain Hardwear coat.

Things I like about this coat:
almost knee length
interior zipper pocket
interior fleece lining
interior drawcord waist
zipper exterior pockets
rib-knit wrist cuffs hidden in the sleeve
zip removeable fur on hood & zip removeable hood too.
really lightweight

I have never owned a down-filled coat and I hope it's as warm as it is supposed to be...650-fill goose down. Which seems to indicate it's really stuffed with warmth. At least that's what I hope that means. Anyone who lives in a cold place care to teach me about down-fill?

Of course the weather fluctuates a lot here and today is 57. It's supposed to be 75 on Wednesday but I know I'll be wearing this coat soon and I'm strangely excited about that.

[User Picture]From: aurora_phoenix
2009-10-12 12:38 pm (UTC)
I have a coat that looks just like that! It isn't as nice, but I have a tendency not to take care of my stuff :/
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[User Picture]From: christy_p
2009-10-12 06:09 pm (UTC)
does it keep you really warm?
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From: vansocmom
2011-12-17 08:01 pm (UTC)

Down parkas

Hi Christy, I came across your posting when I was searching for images of the parka you bought ... I have had a few different down-filled garments over the years and for the weight, I find you cannot beat the amount of insulating warmth you get from well-made down outerwear (vests, jackets, coats). I live in Vancouver and typically don't *need* a down-filled parka —except when I am standing around watching my son play soccer all winter!— but purchased one similar to yours when I was going to Ottawa for business in November and February. There it goes down to -21°C on a typical winter day (and I was born and raised in Winnipeg, where it goes to -40°C on some days). It helps if you wear good insulation, such as merino wool baselayers and another fleece sweater under the down outerwear, to trap in your body heat. The other "trick" to staying warm in frigid temperatures is to have good insulating footwear, gloves, and headwear, and to move around to keep your circulation going. Down is not great for damp weather though, so you are better off going for wool or the technical synthetics over everything if you are in the cold rain. Hope you enjoy your new purchase for many years to come!
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