Please recommend me a good Winter Jacket !!!

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by igmolinav, Nov 1, 2006.

  1. igmolinav macrumors 65816

    Aug 15, 2005

    I am spending a year in Berlin, Germany. Most of the people whom I have spoken to, told me that last year the temperature during the Winter was as low as minus 20 degrees Celsius or minus 4 degrees Fahrenheit.

    I have been looking around quite a bit in many clothing and jacket shops, but I also thought it would be helpful to receive some help from you. None of the sellers I visited guaranteed that their jackets could protect me to a certain temperature. The only manufacturer that did and who specifies up to what temperature their jackets can protect to, is Eddie Bauer. Unfortunately,here in Berlin, Eddie bauer will only have a jacket model that protects up to zero degrees celsius.

    To my good fortune, I have a brother and sister living at the moment in the U.S. and they could send me a jacket. One of them is in New York City and the other one in Philadelphia. However, if you know a place or website in Germany or Europe that you think I should check out, please let me know.

    I´ll be very, very grateful for your help. The winter is just starting and it really feels COOOLD !!!

    All the best, and a happy Winter !!!


    P.S. What could one use to keep one´s lower-body warm in Winter when the temperature can be as low as minus 20 ???
  2. iJaz macrumors 6502a


    Dec 16, 2004
    I live in Sweden and it can be -20 degrees or less here occaisionally. It's not that bad, just dress properly.

    It is better to have a decent jacket and to put more layers under when you need to than to have one super warm jacket that you only can use when it is extremely cold.

    Buy som nice layer 1 and layer 2 clothes from for example Craft
  3. Tymmz macrumors 65816


    Jan 6, 2005
    I'm looking for a new jacket myself. I will definitely check out the Burton collection. Burton.

    EDIT: check out Peek & Cloppenburg at the Ku'damm or Globetrotter.

    Bur there are loads of shops in Berlin. Have a look around.

    Have fun in Berlin. I will be in Berlin for New Year partying. I'm really looking forward to that.
  4. livingfortoday macrumors 68030

    Nov 17, 2004
    The Msp
    Personally, I find that the jacket you wear doesn't really matter, what's more important in the cold is wearing lots of layers of clothing to help trap heat. What I look for in a jacket is the ability to stop the wind, which is what will really chill you, while wearing lots of layers underneath will keep you warm.

    That said, I've been using a Columbia jacket here in Chicago. I think the coldest it got last year was -10 with wind chill (that's in Fahrenheit).
  5. Tymmz macrumors 65816


    Jan 6, 2005
    I second Columbia. Very good.
  6. NeoMac macrumors regular


    Feb 10, 2006
    I like Navy Peacoats. They are classic and keep you warm and look good.
  7. crdean1 macrumors 6502a


    Feb 14, 2005
  8. tvguru macrumors 6502

    Apr 29, 2005
    Kenora, ON Canada
  9. Ish macrumors 68020


    Nov 30, 2004
    Hot pants! :D
  10. danidoll521 macrumors regular

    Oct 30, 2006
    Columbia or North Face are both excellent jackets. They would both serve you well.
  11. aaronlow5000 macrumors newbie

    Jan 30, 2006
  12. MacNut macrumors Core


    Jan 4, 2002
    Ill third that.
  13. true777 macrumors 6502a


    Dec 30, 2000
    California, Austria, Arkansas
    Well, obviously people in Europe are well protected against the weather, even if their stores don't have the habit of specifying a certain temperature on the jacket.

    Buy local in Berlin -- I've found that, for example, winter jackets for kids made in Europe tend to be much warmer than kids' winter jackets in the US, so there's no point in having something shipped from the US. Europeans are experts on cold, miserable weather, so they'll sell you jackets that will keep you warm!

    You can't go wrong with a down-filled jacket, or a fully lined, thick wool coat. I personally love black, slim-cut wool coats on men. Make sure it's thick. Basically when you try it on at the store you should start feeling very warm immediately -- that's how you know it's good.

    A thick, polyester-filled nylon jacket will do the job just as well, and it's cheaper than down (plus no animal cruelty concerns due to down sometimes gathered from live animals). Depends on whether you'll need it to be elegant (go for wool coat), or just something casual to keep you warm (go for down or polyester).

    In any case, make sure it's thick, and woolen garments should be fully lined.
  14. true777 macrumors 6502a


    Dec 30, 2000
    California, Austria, Arkansas
    Btw -- for lower body, you want to wear long johns, and either thick jeans (casual), or woolen slacks (business) on top. Also, don't forget very warm, fleece-lined boots, and thick socks.
  15. Counterfit macrumors G3


    Aug 20, 2003
    sitting on your shoulder
    Fourthed. I generally only wear the shell to mine unless it's REALLY cold. I mean, below 0°F.
  16. adk macrumors 68000


    Nov 11, 2005
    Stuck in the middle with you
    You will by far get the best value if you have one of your siblings get you a columbia jacket. They are extremely affordable and very warm! Also, don't forget that a good hat is just as important as a good coat!
  17. Phishin' it macrumors member

    Oct 2, 2006
    where the waves are.....feral brah
    I work at a snowboard shop and I recommend Bonfire, Burton and Section. Also WESC is more fashion oriented, and is my personal pick.
  18. Tymmz macrumors 65816


    Jan 6, 2005
    The WESC stuff looks really nice. But unfortunately there is no store around.
  19. diehldun macrumors 6502a

    Nov 15, 2003

    Though there's basically perpetual sunshine here in San Diego, I do have an EXCELLENT Barbour winter jacket I use when we go to NY in the fall/winter.

    I believe Barbour is well-known in the UK, but not so much in the USA. I will admit their products are somewhat expensive, but they are truly built to last and are by far, the best jackets and winter paraphernalia my family has used. Whatever you pick, getting a good winter jacket is a good investment!

    (Columbia has some pretty good stuff too)
  20. jknight8907 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 14, 2004
    Hudson Valley NY
    Carhartt. Can't beat it for pretty cold weather. Go for the ones that go below the belt line and have a snap-on hood.
  21. The Mad Kiwi macrumors 6502

    Mar 15, 2006
    In Hell
    Who cares about being warm, looking stylish is what really counts.

    I'd suggest a nice woolen mid length coat. Double breasted.

    Remember you're living in a modern city with wonderful restaurants and a great nightlife, you're not going on a expedition to Eastern Siberia. Technical clothes are for the outdoors.
  22. adroit macrumors 6502


    Sep 28, 2005
    Victoria, BC
    I find that a nice coat is much warmer than jackets. Plus it is a lot more fashionable too. Also, you can get longer coat that would keep your lower body warm as well. I personally don't like long johns and would rather go without it even in -45c.
  23. Felldownthewell macrumors 65816


    Feb 10, 2006
    Here in portland we only occasionally get below 25F, but with windchill we often are down to 30F (-1 or so C). I prefer leather jackets...I have a red motorcycle jacket I got in italy (not a real padded one, it just looks like it), and a reall padded BMW black leather jacket that was given to me by my uncle when he stopped riding (I don't ride motorcycles...yet :D ). I just use layers- lately it has been around 45F, so I've been wearing t-shirt, sweatshirt, and the jacket, and I've been just fine.

    However you are talking about way colder temperatures, so I would recomend a down jacket, but whatever you get, remember layers! When I ski, it is usually 10F-25F, and I wear a DC jacket and pants along with lots of layers, but I don't wear the DC off the mountain as I don't like that style.

    All I can stress is layers, sorry I couldn't give you a more specific jacket recomendation!

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