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Winter Parka/Jackets

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by playdohh22, Oct 16, 2010.

  1. Bounder

    Bounder Senior member

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    I have this United Bamboo parka that I wear over suits: http://www.gargyle.com/united-bamboo...ium=googlebase
    Don't take this the wrong way, but for $850, this is a bad joke. If you want a parka, this is way more expensive than Canada Goose. You could also buy a proper, very warm overcoat for less than this.
    - the heavy Canada Goose parkas are really warm! As in, start sweating profusely while trying one on indoors
    Well, they are definitely warm, but they aren't that warm. CG makes several different models. Some are only wearable in Antarctica but they even have some models that are designed for rainy environments. The iconic models are pretty warm but, as I said, you can wear a Chilliwack up to about 40F. The great thing about a Canada Goose parka in places where it is really cold, like upstate New York, is that you can just put it on and go. You typically don't have to worry about layering, etc. A CG parka is usually all you need even if you are just wearing a shudder t-shirt. I find this extremely useful. It's -10 outside but the shopping mall or class room or wherever you are going isn't. Put on your parka and flip up the hood, if necessary. No hat, no scarf, no nothing. I usually keep gloves in one of the many pockets but very often you can get away without even that. When you get where you are going, just hang it up and you are wearing clothes suitable for a 74F office. It saves a huge amount of time and hassle.
     
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    Well, they are definitely warm, but they aren't that warm.

    I found the heavy parkas this warm, when worn indoors for more than 5 minutes. I'm sure they have lighter parkas that are less heavily insulated though.
     
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    Don't take this the wrong way, but for $850, this is a bad joke.

    If you want a parka, this is way more expensive than Canada Goose. You could also buy a proper, very warm overcoat for less than this.

    When you get where you are going, just hang it up and you are wearing clothes suitable for a 74F office. It saves a huge amount of time and hassle.


    That was last year's price. I paid $950. The extra money is worth not wearing the same parka as every other douche in the city.

    I have a nice topcoat already.
     
  5. Beckwith

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    Napijiri makes some really nice, warm parkas and jackets. I have a few of them in different weights. Bought from STP a year ago, they are readily sold at discounts online.
     
  6. Mr. Lee

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    I have the Patagonia down sweater you showed--without the hood, hoods bug me--and it is pretty good down to about 20 degrees with a t-neck. I have it in a bright yellow-lime color, very light weight, quite nice. I have a down jacket from J. Powell--all that stuff is pretty expensive. In the moderate range, I think Patagonia has classier stuff than LL Bean or Lands End, period. If you have a G-Note to spend, go Moncler.
     
  7. Bounder

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    That was last year's price. I paid $950. The extra money is worth not wearing the same parka as every other douche in the city.
    http://www.gear-up.com/cart_showproduct.php?pid=11302 [​IMG] Red would be a bit much but the black ones are fine for city wear. And hardly any other douche in the city will have one, I guarantee it! This particular one is just a shell but it is still pretty warm. The insulated version of this is so warm that it is really too much anywhere in the northern hemisphere, including the north pole. Plus, unlike the United Bamboo parka, this is serious gear so you can use it on your next business trip to Ulan Bator.
     
  8. patrickBOOTH

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    I don't know. I see a lot of Eurotrash wearing those and Moncler parkas. It looks like a NASCAR jacket.
     
  9. danjwills

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    It's freezing here at the moment!!
     
  10. Bounder

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    I don't know. I see a lot of Eurotrash wearing those and Moncler parkas. It looks like a NASCAR jacket.
    Eurotrash might be a bit harsh but I have to admit, Canada Goose is very popular in some parts of Europe, especially Scandinavia where they take freezing to death seriously. But I'm sure some Eurotrash do were them. Even a blind squirrel finds the occasional nut. As for it looking like a NASCAR jacket, you got a problem with that, boy?[​IMG] Seriously though, Canada Goose parkas are iconic in the same way that safari jackets are iconic. You might not like the look of a safari jacket, of course, but that's a different issue. If you want something less technical, Canada Goose makes a number of more subdued parkas, e.g. without the reflective tape. The parka I linked to, as are several Canada Goose parkas, was designed for people doing research on the ice in Antarctica so it has a number of features that might not see a lot of use in Manhattan. Reading this, I realize I sound like an employee shill for Canada Goose. I'm not, but I guess I do have a soft spot for them. They make all their parkas in Canada and their parkas are the best parkas in the world. I like that. Like everybody else, I complain about poor quality stuff made in China. So when I find someone making something in Canada that is both of superb quality and reasonably priced, I feel obligated to support them.
     
  11. reyreynaldo

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    i don't know what's your budget, but if you got money to spend go check up white mountaineering, at union los angeles or haven shop canada, if you willing to get a little trouble just look it up at yahoo auction japan they got tons of whitemntaineering stuff. hope that helps
     
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    So I went back to the city this weekend and paid the Patagonia store a visit and ended up settling with the parka. Total came up to about $500 with tax. I wore it for the first time today in about 25 degree weather, but it's not as warm as I expected. Though with some layering I think it will get me through the harsh winters. In addition to the warm factor, I think it will perform very well in wet weather as well. The price is a little steep, but I couldn't ask for more for that price.

    P.S.
    All I need now is for someone to buy my Burberry duffle, so that I can recuperate! Wish I could have worn it for the winter, but it would not get close to getting me pass the winter. Check the signature. [​IMG]
     

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