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Outerwear Jacket Reviews (CG, CMFR, MK, Nobis, etc)

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I always wonder why Soia and Kyo was never on the list. I understand they are made in China, but they are extreamly warm, look nice, can be bought for very cheap on sale, lots of real fur and have amazing quality. I have owned mine for 3 winters and have not been disappointed and is still in perfect condition even after numerous times skiing. Bought for $250 all in on sale from $600.
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Thecheapindian wrote:
Feb 14th, 2017 4:10 pm
I always wonder why Soia and Kyo was never on the list. I understand they are made in China, but they are extreamly warm, look nice, can be bought for very cheap on sale, lots of real fur and have amazing quality. I have owned mine for 3 winters and have not been disappointed and is still in perfect condition even after numerous times skiing. Bought for $250 all in on sale from $600.
Apparently, I learned recently that Soia and Kyo is a sister brand to Mackage?

Anyway, the last sample sale in Richmond Hill had a whole bunch load of Soia and Kyo jackets for women. They were like 40-60% off retail. A friend picked up a long winter jacket for $300, the MSRP was something along the lines of high $500s.

I believe another one is coming up in March at the same location.
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JKKim2983 wrote:
Feb 17th, 2017 4:18 pm
Apparently, I learned recently that Soia and Kyo is a sister brand to Mackage?

Anyway, the last sample sale in Richmond Hill had a whole bunch load of Soia and Kyo jackets for women. They were like 40-60% off retail. A friend picked up a long winter jacket for $300, the MSRP was something along the lines of high $500s.

I believe another one is coming up in March at the same location.
Theres a lot of them at HR2 as well. M. Knuckles too
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Monday-Fri (9am-5pm): 2 Queen St East or Eaton Centre (or nearby places)
Monday-Thurs (after 5:30pm): Sheppard & Yonge
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Feb 13, 2014
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I've read a bunch of reviews of the CMFR Gormley Parka and they all seem to say that it fits at least a size larger than it is.

I'm looking at an XL and the size chart says 44-46. I wear a 48 in a suit jacket, so I don't know whether to risk the XL or continue looking for an XXL. I'm hesitant to buy it because it is a final sale.

Any thoughts on how large the Gormley really fits?

Thanks.
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JKKim2983 wrote:
Feb 17th, 2017 4:18 pm
Apparently, I learned recently that Soia and Kyo is a sister brand to Mackage?

Anyway, the last sample sale in Richmond Hill had a whole bunch load of Soia and Kyo jackets for women. They were like 40-60% off retail. A friend picked up a long winter jacket for $300, the MSRP was something along the lines of high $500s.

I believe another one is coming up in March at the same location.
Following up to my old post, the upcoming sale is this weekend, March 9-12 at:

SHERATON HOTEL
9005 LESLIE ST, RICHMOND HILL, ON, L4B 1B2
416.477.2737

Brands includes:

CANADA GOOSE
MACKAGE
PARAJUMPERS
SOIA & KYO
ZANEROBE
DIESEL
ELIZABETH + JAMES
FRED PERRY
G-STAR
HAPPY SOCKS

HOUSE OF HARLOW
HUDSON JEANS
J BRAND
JAMES PERSE
JOIE
LACOSTE
MARC JACOBS
WISE AND PROPER
NAKED ZEBRA
NUDIE

PSYCHO BUNNY
RAG+BONE
ROCK REVIVAL
SUPER DRY
THEORY
TOM SHOES
TRUE RELIGION
UGG
WILDFOX
WINTER KATE

BEVERLY
CIOLO
BOY LONDON
JOE'S
JUST ME
LUSH
MODERN VINTAGE
PAIGE DENIM
WISE AND PROPER
US POLO
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The_Professor wrote:
Feb 7th, 2017 3:45 pm
I'm not sure if this is the right place to ask this so forgive me, but the wife and I are each in need of new winter coats. We've never owned proper winter coats that kept us very warm and want to buy the right ones that will hopefully last us a little while. Budget is about $250+HST each, give or take $50. We've tried on several different coats (The North Face, Eddie Bauer, etc.) and all of them are super warm, but we find the parka style coats to be a bit too bulky feeling. The puffer down style jackets (not sure if that's the right term) are super light yet seem to be quite warm.....can they be used as main winter coats? What's the downside to these coats over a proper parka? All of the coats we've been looking at have a down fill rating of 550-650 at a minimum.
All else equal , the only advantage a higher fill power jacket has over one with a lower fill power is weight (it will be lighter). The insulating properties of a down jacket come from the amount of air they trap, so more down (and therefore, thicker jackets) will equal more warmth. Assuming the "super light" jackets you're referring to are down sweaters such as this one (example), they won't be as warm as a proper parka, regardless of the fill power.
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Thoughts on OSC Cross? Saw a coat that I like but there isn't much info on them and not sure if the price is justified. I do like the lifetime warranty.
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This thread has gotten really quiet this year. Used to be popping before. Have these jackets just gotten too expensive?
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JayLove06 wrote:
Dec 10th, 2017 7:25 am
This thread has gotten really quiet this year. Used to be popping before. Have these jackets just gotten too expensive?
Also it's been so many years, most people already have one. And these jackets last 10+ years so it's not like people switch em often unless they're rich but this is RFD so people aren't about spending a lot of money.
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Dec 5, 2017
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Hi there,

Can you please give me your review about Quartz coat? As I'm wondering to buy it or Kanuk. I have same height and weight as you lol. I will experience the first winter in Quebec. My husband told me that it might be -40 degree a few times during winter :(((

Thanks in advance!
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Hi Trinh261,

Quartz Co is Canadian (St-Hyacinthe, QC) manufacture of outerwear. Formally know as Quartz Nature, the company was bought a couple of years ago and the re-design and re-branding of the product to Quartz Co has been moving forward nicely. Expect more urban designs and cleaner looks from the company going forward. The quality of the product is up there with most Canadian manufactures if not better. You can read more about them on their website quartz-co.ca.

Quality features:

Machine Washable
Made in Canada
Ethically sourced materials
100% Canadian White duck down - protected with Ultra Fresh antimicrobial agent
650/750 Fill Power
Up to -30 TEI​​
100% Polyester shell treated with DWR (Durable Water Repellent)
Wind proof, Water resistant and Breathable
Coyote or Racoon Fur - many designs with detachable hood and some with detachable fur - Blue fox Fur for some ladies designs
Fleece lined pockets
YKK two zippers
Store Cuffs and Storm Flaps

They offer various different fits, you may want to read over their spec sheet on the website.

I have 3 Quartz Co Parkas and have never been let down, they are durable and the best value on the Parkas Market in my opinion, I find the CG coats heavy to wear, my Quartz Parka is much lighter due to the outer fabric choice offered by Quartz. I stopped wearing my CG about 6 years ago as everyone on the street seemed to mimic one another. Nobis in my opinion if over priced. Moncler is great if you want to spend the money. I don't have any information to offer you on Kanuk unfortunately. But best bang for the buck is Quartz Co. Expect big things from them in the future, they are getting picked up by some impressive stores overseas - Journal Standard in Japan and Boon the Shop in Seoul. South Korea and seem to be on a similar path aswell here in Canada.

I am a retail consultant/journalist thus my job is to follow emerging brands.

Hope this helps.
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Dec 11, 2017
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For less than $300, you can get a Company of Adventurers (The Bay house brand) parka.

Fill is 80/20 down/feather.
Shell is 65/35 polyester/cotton.
Trim is Canadian coyote fur.
Designed by Moose Knuckles.

I bought mine end of winter season 2017. Not sure if The Bay still have contract with MK to co-produce this season as house brands can sometimes change partners from year to year. I saw some posts on this forum from 2013 where members commented that CoA is of poor quality. Well, this CoA/MK parka is surely much improved.
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JayLove06 wrote:
Nov 12th, 2017 11:33 am
Thoughts on OSC Cross? Saw a coat that I like but there isn't much info on them and not sure if the price is justified. I do like the lifetime warranty.
OSC cross is the lighter version of OSC. 650 goose/duck down blend, rated -25C, coyote fur collar. Thinner lining. Basically the dumb down version of OSC at -40C temp rating. Think of it like CG TEI 5 vs TEI 4 jacket. The best place to buy it as usual is the 2 asian outlet stores at Pac Mall (Down City , 2nd floor) and Oriental Centre on sheppard ave. I believe you can get them for 30-50% off, no tax. Basically peeps who cant afford the OSC flagship models will go one level lower to Cross. OSC makes Canadian Spirit, another line. I believe that is for less cold temps, more a late fall/early winter line. More modern styles, younger gens.

OSC Cross
http://www.osccross.com/
tech specs http://www.osccross.com/specsandstandards/
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aznnorth wrote:
Dec 16th, 2017 6:36 pm
OSC cross is the lighter version of OSC. 650 goose/duck down blend, rated -25C, coyote fur collar. Thinner lining. Basically the dumb down version of OSC at -40C temp rating. Think of it like CG TEI 5 vs TEI 4 jacket. The best place to buy it as usual is the 2 asian outlet stores at Pac Mall (Down City , 2nd floor) and Oriental Centre on sheppard ave. I believe you can get them for 30-50% off, no tax. Basically peeps who cant afford the OSC flagship models will go one level lower to Cross. OSC makes Canadian Spirit, another line. I believe that is for less cold temps, more a late fall/early winter line. More modern styles, younger gens.

OSC Cross
http://www.osccross.com/
tech specs http://www.osccross.com/specsandstandards/
Thanks for the info. I think OSC is just overkill. I saw their coats up close. Well made, very bulky and very warm. Good for old people, but not Toronto mild temps.
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dredd2099 wrote:
Jan 12th, 2017 12:39 am
Adding some love for lower end priced jacket to the mix, The Alpinetek Parka (Mens)

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Stats: 600 fill power
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Inside Collar is felt-lined
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Waist drawstring works to keep wind out of main body then lower to that are two additional bottom drawstrings to further decrease wind sneaking up inside
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Button detail throughout the jacket
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Ribbed storm cuffs with thumbhole (feels really thick and very good quality), reflective 3M scotchlite piping and option to tighten up the wrist sleeve about half an inch
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two (2) zipper fastening by CMZ, big enough to be able to adjust with medium sized gloves on although attaching something on it for better grip might be a good idea
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Detachable hood with adjustable length with velcro up top, drawstrings on either end to close it up around your face
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Detachable fake fur. according to alpinetek, shaking it vigorously should fluff it up which it did when I tried it
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Front view of hood with fake fur detached
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Left media pocket with a 6 inch phone for size reference (Sony C5 Ultra)
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Right pocket with a LG G-Pad II (8" tablet) with a case on for size reference
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Front pockets with reflective 3M Scotchlite piping again, update edit: front hand warmer pockets are felt lined on the back of the hand side but nothing on the palm facing side
ty mr silentthunder for making me look again
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Media routing from left side media pocket, works as advertised
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Left breast pocket with kobo aura (5" ebook reader) peeking out, the pocket swallows it actually but for size reference I just stuck it out, good place for your phone too
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And last but not the least, a quick water repellency test



other points to consider

- For the sale price that sears put it out for, I think it's a very good bang for buck down jacket
- used it in -10c weather and it kept me warm with only a long sleeve shirt
- fits a little on the big side, quality finish is good
- no pit zips so if you get too hot you'll just have to resort to unzipping a bit from either the top or bottom or alternatively, just loosening the waist drawstring
- updated (courtesy of mr silentthunder): felt lined 'hand-warmer' pockets on the back of the hand only and nothing on the palm side
- the reflective piping is a very nice touch, as a driver, at night, pedestrians wearing dark clothing are hard to spot sometimes, makes it safer for both our sakes to see and be seen
- brand whores might scoff at it Face With Stuck-out Tongue And Tightly-closed Eyes but for those that just wants a fairly good quality down jacket that works and not break the bank, this is it
Been wearing it two seasons and it's heavy like nothing I wore before, chest pocket designed to carry aspirin for the shoulder pain Winking Face

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