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Samza
03-08-2012, 07:50
Hiya,

I am a teacher happily returning to my job in Russia in September. Part of my life there is frequent walks to the groccery store (15 minutes each way at least in winter,) standing outside on a playground for around an hour with the kids everyday and mild cold induced asthma. If I move else where in Russia one day it will likely be further east. Overall I prefer cold climates but hate being cold.

I am looking to invest in an awesome winter parka, yes I want to look and feel good (and red is my colour) but I want to buy a product that I know is top notch and will last a long time and hopefully a trip somewhere awesomely cold like Greenland.

I really want this damn parka but it is sooooo expensive. I have the positive reasons like those stated above, and I want to support the Aboriginal workers who apparenly have a part in the creation of this parka (being half Native myself this is very important)

But still....I don't know what to think....duck down is the very best? What do you think?

http://www.altrec.com/canada-goose/womens-trillium-parka

Cheers,

S

Ps. Not from Canada so the stories I have read about this being a fad there do not phase me, if I buy this I am keeping it a long time.

martpark
03-08-2012, 09:40
I've seen quite a few people here in Moscow with that brand, so they must have been to Canada. If you really want an extreme cold weather jacket look at what Arctic scientists are wearing and buy the model below. They often have North Face jackets, btw.

EDIT: This link might be useful for you. http://boards.bootsnall.com/extreme-cold-weather-parkas-t36411.html

Example: Columbia's Mountain Gear http://www.mountainhardwear.com/womens-insulated-jackets/womens-jackets-insulated,default,sc.html?prefn1=productSubcategory&prefv1=Insulated

aka Tom
03-08-2012, 09:41
... as warm as toast.

too hot for toronto though.

Moving to cheboksary this fall.
Have survived 3 toronto winters without a winter coat. spring/fall coat + sweater.

Not looking forward to next winter.
M'lady says only a three minute walk/run/slip/slide/fall/break to grocery store. Neither one of us has to go out during foul weather.

Was wondering about our canada geese. That's what they get for crossing into u.s airspace.

Go ahead. Treat yourself.

Enjoy!
Tom

P.S.: want me to bring you some Maple Syrup ?

Benedikt
03-08-2012, 09:56
https://www.google.ru/search?q=russian+puchovik&hl=ru&newwindow=1&rlz=1C1MACD_enRU484RU484&prmd=imvns&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=vGQbUK6VGcWKhQfVhYH4AQ&ved=0CF4QsAQ&biw=795&bih=466.

a real Puchovik.
and to match a pair of -quilted pants-. it is still to early, they are not on sale yet.
i have both now the fifth year, my wife wants to throw them out every year.. but nothing better to walk the dog at 6 in the morning and it is cold. maybe it is not even so much the minus degrees, but we live near a lot of water, the wind is blowing and it goes right through your clothes.
the pants are that warm, nothing -arctic/ thermo- is needed underneath. only shorts. if you ARE in Kazan, go somewhere to a local market and buy there.
or if you want something that will realy keep you warm, unfortunately they are not fashionable at all but plain utility. A RUSSIAN FUFEIKA. Dig in my posts, there is also a picture there. We use them in the kitchen where our freezers have -35C. And don't forget, never mind the anorak might have a hood, you need a real -chapka ushanka.- But be aware of the cheap ones. They are glued together and you can't get the -flaps- down.

penka
03-08-2012, 10:09
Check out this site,
http://www.canadagooseparka.co.uk/

Pricing is very humane.

BabyFirefly
03-08-2012, 14:32
I'm from the Caribbean, so, my coat experience just began when I moved here, but, a good quality coat was the best buy I made here. I think I paid the same price as that or a bit higher, but my coat is still gorgeous, and I wasn't cold ever, even wearing a sleeveless dress under it. If you spend a lot of time outside I think it's better to go for quality.

DavidB
03-08-2012, 15:08
It seems to be a good idea. Men's suits start at around that price, and it isn't unusual to spend $2000+ for a good one. If you're going to wear it a lot, you might as well get the best, otherwise you'll just be buying another one in a year or two.

Samza
03-08-2012, 21:33
Check out this site,
http://www.canadagooseparka.co.uk/

Pricing is very humane.

Thank you for finding this, unfortunately I think it is counterfit according to the list:(



http://www.canada-goose.com/counterfeiting/

penka
03-08-2012, 21:36
Thank you for finding this, unfortunately I think it is counterfit according to the list:(



http://www.canada-goose.com/counterfeiting/

Oh, ok. Sorry, didnt know that. Too bad:-((

Samza
03-08-2012, 21:38
... as warm as toast.

too hot for toronto though.

Moving to cheboksary this fall.
Have survived 3 toronto winters without a winter coat. spring/fall coat + sweater.

Not looking forward to next winter.
M'lady says only a three minute walk/run/slip/slide/fall/break to grocery store. Neither one of us has to go out during foul weather.

Was wondering about our canada geese. That's what they get for crossing into u.s airspace.

Go ahead. Treat yourself.

Enjoy!
Tom

P.S.: want me to bring you some Maple Syrup ?

Winter in Toronto is no fun nor in far north Montana where I am from but still no match for the joys of Russian winter! :) You will definately need a coat of some kind and I advise a "real" hat and thick gloves (the gloves I bought in the USA did nothing!)

Sure I'd love some syrup and bring some for yourself as I haven't seen it here...though I live in a smaller city.

Samza
03-08-2012, 21:40
https://www.google.ru/search?q=russian+puchovik&hl=ru&newwindow=1&rlz=1C1MACD_enRU484RU484&prmd=imvns&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=vGQbUK6VGcWKhQfVhYH4AQ&ved=0CF4QsAQ&biw=795&bih=466.

a real Puchovik.
and to match a pair of -quilted pants-. it is still to early, they are not on sale yet.
i have both now the fifth year, my wife wants to throw them out every year.. but nothing better to walk the dog at 6 in the morning and it is cold. maybe it is not even so much the minus degrees, but we live near a lot of water, the wind is blowing and it goes right through your clothes.
the pants are that warm, nothing -arctic/ thermo- is needed underneath. only shorts. if you ARE in Kazan, go somewhere to a local market and buy there.
or if you want something that will realy keep you warm, unfortunately they are not fashionable at all but plain utility. A RUSSIAN FUFEIKA. Dig in my posts, there is also a picture there. We use them in the kitchen where our freezers have -35C. And don't forget, never mind the anorak might have a hood, you need a real -chapka ushanka.- But be aware of the cheap ones. They are glued together and you can't get the -flaps- down.

I'll be on the lookout for these pants come winter and if I can get them locally that would be great :)

yakspeare
03-08-2012, 21:42
or just live in Krasnodar where there is 1 month of winter at most and sometimes just 2 weeks of snow...

yulia kashutina
04-08-2012, 01:18
i just wonder if one of Patagonia jackets will work for you?

robertmf
04-08-2012, 01:22
As free advice I'll say you want to buy synthetic over goose down. Sure, down was good in its day, but once that down gets wet, its done.

robertmf
04-08-2012, 01:25
i just wonder if one of Patagonia jackets will work for you?

Yeah. Gore-Tex shell w/ synthetic fill.

Patagonia jackets (http://www.patagonia.com/us/shop/shells-jackets-synthetic-insulation?k=5e-6z-aY)

Also the expat.ru [Search] button is useful since Winter clothing, etc. questions come up often :doh: like once a year ;)

FatAndy
05-08-2012, 13:38
or just live in Krasnodar where there is 1 month of winter at most and sometimes just 2 weeks of snow...
Usually it's so, but guys from Rostov n/D told me there was -30 for a few days several years ago, and Krasnodar had similar. ;)

FatAndy
05-08-2012, 13:50
But still....I don't know what to think....duck down is the very best? What do you think?

http://www.altrec.com/canada-goose/womens-trillium-parka

The very best is eider down, but that duck one is not bad too, and looks good.

http://www.eider-down.ru/izdeliya-iz-gagachiego-puha/kurtki/ (prices impress ;))

yakspeare
05-08-2012, 23:04
Usually it's so, but guys from Rostov n/D told me there was -30 for a few days several years ago, and Krasnodar had similar. ;)

-35 it was here. Still I miss Volgograd where you get real snow lol. but for a few cold days i don't recomment $2000 jackets-just get a taxi.

Samza
30-08-2012, 22:19
..so I bought the damn coat guys, it looks good and I won't freeze this winter! :)

aka Tom
02-09-2012, 01:37
how about a photo?