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I am hoping someone in this forum can help me find the kind of warm winter parka a need. I am so overwhelmed by the choices I can't even chose which category to start with!
I'm a cold blooded reptile... always cold. I find gloves useless since my hands generate no heat (at any time of year) to warm the glove up, to warm my glove up... I even wear them in the summer. This has nothing to do with winter coats, except to suggest I need a bit more help to warm up and stay warm :-))
I currently use my old military green Parka, labeled "Parka Extreme Cold" with polyester fill. (?) It's great use in and out of the car only. Otherwise, I layer under my outback coat and depend on some old, but warm Damart insulated Undies for warmth. I'm defeated here at an temps below 25F. I think I've been cold my entire life with no warm solutions... and I'm sick of it!
I seek a coat for temps below freezing with wind chills added giving me a max low (so far) at -40F to a high of 25F. The wind is just brutal.
I care for and ride horses out in this weather, so i need something that breathes, breaks the wind, and repels the snow melting on my shoulders... or getting dumped down my collar for, trees. :-) I hood to use would be great too!
Layers are not so bad when I'm not in the saddle, but once I'm on my horse I seldom get back off for 1-4 hours. Shedding layers is just not possible. So as I warm up, I need to vent and unzip. not remove clothing.
I've thrown out of given away every non-insulated water proof jackets. no matter how much the material proclaimed to be breathable or vented, I'd have my arms completely wet and my back and shoulders soaked in no time at all. It was like it was raining inside my jacket! I still have no raincoat because of this, but the winter coats at least show more promise for venting and breath-ability.
So I see that most of the warm coats are nothing more than liners for a shell. I really want my coat to be all in one since I have other coats to wear in warmer weather! So how do I get a warm coat that includes a windproof and water resistant shell? It has to suffer being jabbed with branches and rubbed on trees as I gallop in the woods. I don't see a category to look in for this... the 3-in one coats could work, but the liners seem very poorly insulated, plus I'd never be using the coat's various pieces separate.
I do see the sense that a synthetic insulation like Primaloft or lamilite is better to pull the moisture away and keep me warm. I look at all these coats and eliminate the down choices, there are still many coats left. Worse, few have primaloft as an option. Instead I see things like Marmloft, thermaloft, polyester, and other brand names. I wish to avoid thinsulate. It's warm fo the summer, but not this.
So there are these choices of insulation that may often may not be any good or the same insulation with various names. I see no way to compare these to each other or down in he coat ads. 800g of down is warmer than 650. But 130g of pirmaloft compared to the down or to 200g of marmaloft.... I don't get it! Is thee a chart of all these absurd insulation choices compared to an amount of down? i.e. 33g down = x primaloft = x thermoloft
Then there are choices of the out shells of coats. Good heavens!
If anyone has advice on categories, materials, or specific coats, please let me know. I'd like to stay below 250 dollars if possible.
Thanks so much!