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Old 15th Nov 2012, 19:41   #21 (permalink)
 
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I live in a pretty cold part of the world and have always had good luck with LL Bean products. They ship to the UK as well. Here's a sample of what you might be looking for: TinyURL.com - shorten that long URL into a tiny URL

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Old 15th Nov 2012, 19:57   #22 (permalink)
 
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My personal solution are down jackets/coats. Fleece and the rest of Barbour type of traditional English attire is not warm enough. Depends how much you are prepared to spend. Canada Goose jackets are very warm and quite trendy
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Old 15th Nov 2012, 19:58   #23 (permalink)
 
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There are plenty of decent branded waterproof padded jackets for under 150 which should do the trick - Karrimor, Berghaus, Rab, North Face etc. Go for something breathable - Gore Tex is generally pricey however you can pick up an outer only for less than 100. You could then buy a cheap base layer and fleece of which there are plenty.

I picked up a very good breathable Sprayway jacket from our local department store in their sale for 30. If you're looking for a bargain the best time to buy is of course at the end of the season i.e. the Spring.

Echo previous posters comments about layering, hats and gloves. Don't forget about your feet - when out and about for an extended period of time I usually wear a pair of lightweight summer walking boots with a couple of pair of socks, a decent inner pair with a thick walking sock. You could also try a pair of trail/approach shoes.
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Old 15th Nov 2012, 20:04   #24 (permalink)
 
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Forgot to mention - check out the Go Outdoors chain of shops. Not sure where our local one is (I've been to the ones in Oxford and Swindon - the latter is a shortish walk from the train station if ever you have cause to stop there). They've a good range of some of the better brands, however I'd personally avoid their own-brand North Face rip-off (I think it was called something like North Ridge).
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Old 15th Nov 2012, 20:20   #25 (permalink)

 
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Ancient Observer, since you ask

Living in Norway for 20+ years has taught me something already stated on this thread; namely that good footwear (warm & waterproof), decent gloves and a windproof & warm hat are crucial.

Are you looking for a coat to go out and about among folk in a town, or are you looking to stay warm while dog walking and/or performing other outdoor activities during the cold part of the year?

If the latter, consider one of these:


For outdoor doings, I live in one like this from the beginning of November and for the next 5 months at least. Costs just under 100 quid, is hard wearing, water and wind repellent and roomy enough to wear many layers under it when it gets really cold.
Despite copping a lot of ridicule and ribbing from family and friends for looking like a road worker/farmer/kindergarten teacher, I love this very comfy and functional garment.
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Old 15th Nov 2012, 20:36   #26 (permalink)
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That's what I was suggesting, but I don't seem to be able to find any in the UK.
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Old 15th Nov 2012, 20:55   #27 (permalink)
 
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Counter-productive to talk to climbers and the like - they are looking for things like taped-seams which are necessary bivouacking on a ledge, but not for staying on the streets.
Very few if any places in UK where you would need to Bivvy when climbing but climbers / walkers often have long walks into get to the start and they like to be comfortable.


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The only small weak point in the above is the tips of the gloves as I have not yet found a glove where the insulation is wrapped around the finger-tip: manufacturing methods dictate that the fingers are in two or four pieces which come together at the tip which has to be devoid of insulant. That really is however the last percent.
I found using a very thin Glove as inner layer, slightly heavier over them then followed by mittens keeps the fingers nice and toasty
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Old 15th Nov 2012, 20:57   #28 (permalink)
 
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@500N

Thanks for the tip.It's not a problem for me, I just mentioned it in the general endeavour to try and ensure that Ancient Observer need never lose an unnecessary calorie

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Old 15th Nov 2012, 20:59   #29 (permalink)
 
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thermal underwear (like this Brynje

long-sleeved ones should also be available) - the fishnet really works. And the main thing is to have several layers, not one big jumper.
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Old 15th Nov 2012, 21:10   #30 (permalink)
 
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You can't go wrong with LL Bean, they have something for every budget and they ship world wide. Here's a few more products that might suit your needs.

Patagonia Outerwear.

Chlorophyll Outerwear.

Kanuk.

Kanuk makes something for every budget, and they'll ship anywhere. I've had a Saguenay for the past 12 years, a bit pricey, but it's what I call a good urban parka (anorak I think it's called in the UK). With a sweater or a fleece underneath, it's good down to -30.

If money's no object, this is what they wear in the Arctic and Antarctic when they go outside.
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Old 15th Nov 2012, 21:21   #31 (permalink)
 
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If Ridgeline is available in the UK, they have some cheap but
good fleece wear which is great for wearing under gear / coats.

And warm as well.


It is available in the UK

Ridgeline Clothing

They have a pack of fleece similar to this Hunters Pack
but can't seem to find it in the UK.

HUNTERS PACKS | Rifle Sports

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Old 15th Nov 2012, 21:25   #32 (permalink)

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Wore one of these under my combat jacket in the Army, it's another layer, keeping warm is about layers not single items. Cheap as well

FALKLANDS / NI ERA 1968 PATTERN COMBAT SMOCK LINER MINT CONDITION SIZE 2 on eBay!
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Old 15th Nov 2012, 21:35   #33 (permalink)
 
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They are actually quite warm, used to wear one as well.
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Old 15th Nov 2012, 21:38   #34 (permalink)
 
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I don't make a habit of exposing myself (ooer missus) to the elements, preferring to stay in my car, but I have noticed that Premier Man seem to offer a decent wide range.
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Old 15th Nov 2012, 21:59   #35 (permalink)
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This stuff is the best. Cannot beat real goose down for keeping warm and dry. Pricey, for top of the line stuff, but well worth it. Don't know if you can find it where you are.

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Old 15th Nov 2012, 22:14   #36 (permalink)
 
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It's threads like these that make me grateful that I live in the tropics - where a temperature below +15 is considered freezing and brings out the jumpers and parkas.
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Old 15th Nov 2012, 22:15   #37 (permalink)

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I bought a jacket from Cabelas a couple of years ago, extremely warm but very heavy. If wet I think it might pull the coathooks off the wall.
My original post was aimed at staying warm indoors.
The sock shop is advertising hotsocks or something. I agree with earlier posters, if the extremities are warm that's half the problem solved. Have you considered a willy-warmer?

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Old 15th Nov 2012, 22:17   #38 (permalink)
 
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Can't help thinking that there's not one single solution, depends on the the person and their health), the ambient conditions, the duration, and the "back up" plan
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Old 15th Nov 2012, 22:23   #39 (permalink)
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The low-cost all-in-one Scandinavian 'skisuits/warmdress' (like Juud's) are filled with microfibre, although expensive ones filled with down are also available.

They are so warm that you really don't need any additional layers - normal indoor clothing is usually adequate. Moonboots, double-skin gloves and a warm fur or sheepskin hat complete the outfit.

They are easy to get into (and out of) as they have zips to allow ski-boots to be worn.
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Old 15th Nov 2012, 22:25   #40 (permalink)
 
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" I agree with earlier posters, if the extremities are warm that's half the problem solved. Have you considered a willy-warmer? "


It's got to be long enough to get to the extremities before
you need one of those
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