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    What is the best coat for Montreal winters?

    There's this military surplus store in Vermont that sells the N-3B Parka, used by the US Air Force in arctic extremes:

    http://www.vtarmynavy.com/sage-n-3b-snorkel-parka.htm

    It's an awesome jacket, but it's dry clean only, which sucks.

    Anyone have any recommendations for a winter coat that can withstand Montreal winters? Post links if you have them.

    Here's my requirements:
    (a) Must have hood for rain/snow
    (b) Machine washable
    (c) Rated for extreme warmth in sub-zero temps
    (d) Larger sizes available
    (e) < $100
    (f) No leather
    (g) Prefer polyfill insulation over down (don't want to be shedding feathers!)

    Thanks for any suggestions.
    Last edited by bond_james_bond; 11-22-2006 at 02:20 AM.

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    Talking Best Coat

    Cote des Nieges.(OK old Ralph Lockwood joke)

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    You wanna look cool dont you?????
    Buy a bubble jacket, I have one and I laugh at winter, I dont feel a thing in it.
    I can walk around for hours in -20 C weather.

    http://www.pratomenswear.com/Merchan..._10750_HDR.jpg

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    Canada goose parkas - used in the south and north pole and on the movie sets...keeps me warm when it's -40 in MTL

    http://www.canada-goose.com/products...id=55&langid=1

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    Winter jacket

    I would say also Kanuk. But on your budget, it'll be kinda hard to get one. You can go directly to the manufacture and buy one with little defect (often not apparent) and save alot. Their is not many Kanuk that can be machine washable.

    The only one I know that is machine washable is a jacket I bought and is from Norway. A bit expensive though but great. I would say it beats my Kanuk.

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    That jacket N-3B parka looks good. It is not enough when you have to stay outside for extended periods.
    Walking to a near parked car is not the same as waiting for 30 minutes for a bus or walking for an hour when it is windy and -10 or -15 C. Even 0 C is cold when when it is windy.

    Always layer, tuck t-shirt and shirt into pants, long chlorofiber underwear top & bottoms when it is very cold, wool or polar sweater hanging low over pants, a polar scarf, good wool socks and warm boots, cover year head and ears a tuque is good, a hood restricts peripheral vision but its warm.

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    Depends on who you are and what you do.

    If you are a guy that has to stand at a bus stop and wait for your rides, the the Air orce coat will be your best choice.
    If you have a car and only expect to run in and out of the warm car then a lighter coat is a better choice.


    Good lord, Bond. Were there severe cut backs at MI-7 ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by J. Peterman
    If you are a guy that has to stand at a bus stop and wait for your rides, the the Air orce coat will be your best choice.
    If you have a car and only expect to run in and out of the warm car then a lighter coat is a better choice.


    Good lord, Bond. Were there severe cut backs at MI-7 ?
    I'm surprised you did not recommend the J. Peterman Siberian Coat, as featured in one of the unseen episodes of Seinfeld.

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    No doubt, Kanuk is by far the best adapted winter coat for Quebec winters. Not far behind are Chlorophylle's available at Andre Lalonde Sports (www.andrelalondesports.com)

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    Mmmm... you won't be cold... but you'll look old and dull...
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    Temperature rated to -20F!
    Is that good enough for Quebec winters?

    The one I wear most of the time is made by Misty Mountain. It is heavy (weight), but I really like it. Lots of pockets, water repellant, wind resistant...
    I don't need Viagra, I need Chicas Guapas!

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    Thanks everyone for the suggestions. Keep 'em coming.

    I'm looking for a cheap, but good coat because winter coats take a lot of abuse. So in the worst case, it can be easily replaced.

    Also, you don't have this problem in Canada, but in the States, there have been incidents where people were mugged for their valuable winter coats. The North Face or Columbia Sportswear jackets can be worth $300 or more. The thugs have figured out that it's pretty easy to steal someone's winter coat and pawn it for quick cash. Amazing the schemes they come up with!

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    it's way out of your price range but descente makes an awsome coat. pick one, they are all top of the line. I got one as a gift from a good friend worth 1200$. These are the coats the atheletes and coaches wear during the winter olympics so you know they're made for long stretches outdoors in extreme temperatures. I think they are japanese engineered and made.

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    Under 100$..!!!

    Stay where you are... nothing looks cool AND keep you warm for that price...

    If you need cool looking and Warmth, expect to pay 400$ to 800$

    No Kanuk (new I mean) go for under 412$ + Tax.. and that is for one that is only good to -15...

    The good Kanuks are extremely good, you will not fear coldness with it.. but you have to pay a good amount for them.. they will last years, most are machine washable and garanteed (life garantees on stitches, 1 year against any defect).. can't go wrong with that... I think they look good and makes you look "mature" rather than "punk like"..

    Enjoy

    www.kanuk.ca

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