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Jan 22, 2020
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best coat to get?

So around the middle or end of next month, I wanted to get myself a very good winter coat, something good down to -30C with the wind chill. I had an eye for the big parka type of coats as I did own a outdoor survival canada coat which I wore for 4 years. I wanted to get a new one now. I had a bunch of questions that I hope someone could answer.

Is canada goose good? Is there something better? Is charcoal or black better for hiding smudges, hair, dirt? What are some other brands to consider that have very good build quality? My budget would be around $1500, or the price of an expedition parka canada goose. is it possible to save myself any money by purchasing this coat from somewhere else? Where should one buy this coat? I was probably just going to get it on whatever website stocks it that offers free returns, in case I have a problem.

I'm 6'1 and weigh about 180lb Medium build, 32W. Is a medium good, or should I get a small?
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I took a look at those links. As far as fashion goes I like flat surfaces of the north face coat however I’m not sure that one is good for the temperatures I want, -25C and below. I already have a north face coat, the Gotham 3. But it isn’t a parka and is more for weather down to -15C and I need something that’s warmer. I’ve had my eyes on the Canada goose expedition parka as I’ve said but I’m open to other brands as long as they look good and don’t have that “puffy” styling to them I don’t like.
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I bought a Canada Goose Expedition when working in Edmonton, but now back in Ontario - have hardly worn it. I bought this Yupik for very cold days and keep it unzipped for less severe weather and it serves me well as I love pockets

https://www.altitude-sports.com/product ... -fjr-80665

The Yupik ran narrow for me, smaller than the CG
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Nobis works well for me. Very warm, I have a Cartel and a Shelby. Sometimes too warm when I'm inside. The armpit vents are great.
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The Bay on Queen/Bay has a lot of winter jackets.
They usually go on sale around Sept. The next big sale is usually around Feb/March (that's when Spring starts). Might as well wait and get it next year Smiling Face With Open Mouth

Tommy Hilfiger and Ralph Lauren Polo makes decent winter jackets. I wanted to get the Ralph Lauren Polo jacket (super warm) but i remember it was out of my budget at that time (cost nearly $600-700)
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relyt2003 wrote: I took a look at those links. As far as fashion goes I like flat surfaces of the north face coat however I’m not sure that one is good for the temperatures I want, -25C and below. I already have a north face coat, the Gotham 3. But it isn’t a parka and is more for weather down to -15C and I need something that’s warmer. I’ve had my eyes on the Canada goose expedition parka as I’ve said but I’m open to other brands as long as they look good and don’t have that “puffy” styling to them I don’t like.
I also like flat services on the exterior and the puffy stuff can be on the inside which is something I liked about my CG expeditions. But for the last 3 years I haven't even took it out of the storage bag and left my other pristine one in a box because its just too warm for the weather we have. While being warm I feel the breathability of CG is very good, I don't get over sweaty in the mall and can walk around comfortably.

Usually I wear my Arcteryx Fissile from about 4 years ago and was surprised for something so light and thin its quite warm yet practical with the pit zips if it gets too hot. The hood and collar area would need a neck gaitor or scarf for maximum comfort. The thing I hate about it is the clammy wet feeling around the wrists and arm cuffs when indoors after like 10mins.

If you want a CG expedition should go for it, but my suggestion would be to aim for a Arcteryx Macai or maybe Thorsen for longer length.
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thericyip wrote: Nobis works well for me. Very warm, I have a Cartel and a Shelby. Sometimes too warm when I'm inside. The armpit vents are great.
+ 1 for Nobis.

I've worn the same Nobis Yatesy since 2010 and its still going strong. Paint off the buttons have worn off though lmao but i dont really care about that as long as its warm
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Canada, eh?
Canada Goose is an excellent brand. You won't go wrong with that. You could also get something cheaper and wear layers, maybe something from The North Face.
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A coat that is actually good for -30C is going to be too hot the rest of the time - IF YOU LIVE IN AN URBAN CENTRE. It only works if you are going to be outdoors for most of the day.

Consider buying a lighter coat that is more versatile, and add layers. Example - https://www.thebay.com/product/polo-ral ... color=NAVY

Canada Goose is greatly overpriced IMHO.

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Garest wrote: + 1 for Nobis.

I've worn the same Nobis Yatesy since 2010 and its still going strong. Paint off the buttons have worn off though lmao but i dont really care about that as long as its warm
+2 I have my Nobis Barry five years and going strong.

I have never been cold in this jacket (albeit I live in Toronto). I've worn it in -20 and a t-shirt underneath. The downside its very bulky. I remember going to the movies with it and it would need it's own seat.
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If you want something that isn't puffy you can try LL Bean for one of their wool coats. I have one and its more than good enough for Toronto commuting.

That plus a flight jacket for days around the freezing point is a good system.
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Jan 22, 2020
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thanks for all the feedback guys. I will try out some of these other coats maybe next year. I did say that I wanted a coat for the most cold days aka -30C or so and I know I'll only be wearing the coat at most half a dozen times a year since it rarely gets that cold. which is fine!

in any case I picked up a canada goose expedition parka. can't wait! if anyone's interested I could share the unboxing experience ^^
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Anyone have any suggestions for a coat that's good in the -5 to 0 degree range?

I have a North Face Gotham II, but I find that it's too hot particularly when I'm inside (ie. at the grocery store). I am not a layering type of person and often wear either a tshirt or a thin sweater on top of my tshirt. I also don't want anything expensive like CG or anything. I'm a jeans and tshirt type of person if I'm not in work clothes. I would make this my everyday jacket when I'm out to pickup dinner/groceries and save the Gotham for the really cold days or when I need to wait for the train to go to the office (whenever that happens).

Here are a few that I was looking at, but it's really hard to tell how something feels when online:

https://www.sportchek.ca/categories/men ... =333077282
https://www.sportchek.ca/categories/wel ... =332889743

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