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I am going to a winter / snow festival in the northern part of Japan. There is some walking involved, but I will also spend a lot of time stationary taking pictures of snow sculptures and watching performances.
I have seen temperature drop as low as -20C (-4F) last year. It snowed almost every day, and at time, it got very windy. Though I feel warmer than most (I can stay stationary in a short sleeve T-Shirt at 10C or even a few degrees lower when there is no wind). But dealing with a wind chill of -20C, is quite a different story.
I'll definitely take my smartwool base layer and Patagonia R1. The problem is what to do in terms of insulation. Right now I own a Patagonia Nanopuff and a Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer. They are both lightweight insulation and I am not convinced that they are sufficient by themselves. Would stacking them be an option?
An alternative I thought of is getting something warmer jacket, like the MontBell Mirage Parka. However, being down, I am worried about how well it would perform under heavy snow. I do have a breathable shell so I need not get the jacket wet, but it is nevertheless quite humid over there. Would it be better to go synthetic instead?