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    Default Want a Jacket with a Hood

    Hello CPF'ers --


    I want to buy myself a nice new jacket
    for the cold outdoors.


    I want it to be made of " modern " materials,
    so it's warm withOUT being really HEAVY.

    Thinsulate ? Goretex ? other ?

    And something that can " Breathe " when I'm active.
    ( which, at my age (62) , doesn't happen very often )


    Would really be nice if it's a bit Water-Repellent, also.


    Certainly I've tried shopping online for this,
    but became Very Quickly OVERWHELMED ! ! !




    Any suggestions ? ? ?

    Please be specific.

    Dont' simply say: " Check out Eddie Bauer ".

    Cuz' that alone is SOOOO confusing !




    Has to have a built-in HOOD.

    Pockets

    Zipper front


    Would be really nice if it's not just Boring BLACK in color.


    Thank you for your assistance.




    UPDATE --
    Thank you, everyone, for your suggestions so far !

    Want to add that I'm located roughly between
    Chicago, Illinois and Indianapolis, Indiana.
    So we certainly get COLD in the winter !

    And my budget ?

    Whatever it takes, I will consider it !

    I really like Versatility.

    So it can be suitable for Fall and Spring,
    as well as Winter !
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    Default Re: Want a Jacket with a Hood

    Well you said modern and not heavy plus being able to breath so that rules out my only suggestions lol. Carhartt's or Schmidt work wear are the only two I know as those are really the only options around my parts unless ordering offline and I guess those are coats too and not jackets.
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    I understand the 'as you get older you get cold easier' scenario.

    I've been a road building inspector for 32 years and it seems each winter is colder. Not that they are, it just feels that way.

    My job involves active, inactive, inside/outside duties. So dressing for standing on a bridge over a frozen lake for at least 6 hours at a time, being in and out of the office at times as well during that same day.
    The bosses and engineers are inside in short sleeves with the heat cranked up. So when I have to be in there I have to acclimate from 25 to 75 all day long.

    I wear layers of hunting gear used by tree stand hunters who venture out at 4am and sit still for several hours.

    I'm no fan boy of Browning, but they sure make some warm jackets. Local hunting/fishing stores, Gander Mountain, Cabellas and Bass Pro Shops carry them.
    Note everything shown is hip length in that it covers down to your back pocket (unless you're the droopy drawers type)...

    My sure enough cold/windy jacket with zip off hood.


    ^^ gore tex hydro suede is tough like carhart, but silent.



    ^^ the gore tex lined wool for quick drying. Zip off hood
    Lots of pores so on windy days it's drafty.
    So under that goes...



    ^^ the mega-thin liner.
    Stuffing is similar to down in warmth but much thinner.

    Now for all out brutal, snowy, windy tundra conditions...


    ^^ the xeroexposure parka
    Attached hood, polar fleece lined with lots of velcro gap closing fasteners and a hood that closes like a windproof stocking cap.
    Kohls and other places sell these in dark colors.


    The one that started me on Browning gear was a gift by my dad


    ^^ no hood.
    But gee whiz is this ultra suede gore tex lined jacket warm on a calm day.

    Rain Forest makes some great stuff too. And with zip out down liners, they're ready for the elements.
    You can find Rain Forest at Cabellas now.
    Great looking office wear with hunter warmth.
    My favorites are the 'barn coat' jackets.


    Note the zip out liner.
    This one doesn't have a hood, but they do make this type with detachable ones.

    Now one year I looked into the Diluth Trading Co parka. Trouble was folks in Minnesota said it's TOO WARM lol...so I went with the Browning stuff.

    I looked hard at Carhart gear. It seems the ones that covered my belt had those gathered elastic sleeve ends that make wearing gloves a chore. And the ones that had open end sleeves (so I can tuck in my gloves) were the belt length gathered elastic band type. I bend over a lot so that's a chore to keep the draft out.

    I prefer loose waste with drawstrings and loose sleeve ends to slide over your gloves.

    And I don't have a photo, but a 40 gram thinsulate neck covering hard hat liner is by far the warmest head cover I've found. You put that on, wrap a cashmere scarf around it, throw on your hooded jacket...locks out all the drafts.

    And Cabellas has some dual zone gore tex gloves that are thick or thin inside the same glove. You slide your hand in one chamber or the other.

    And their down vest...holy mackeral...
    Check 'em out in late December forward in the clearance section for HUGE savings.
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    Pockets you say??? I got you 39 pockets & hood & water resistant right here:

    http://www.scottevest.com/v3_store/System_8.shtml

    scottvest.com
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    Lol, I just ordered two Scottevest hoodies as Christmas gifts...

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    As a relative simple but very stabile hooded jacket i could recommend Light Duck Jackets from Carhartt, way lighter than those jackets made from traditional duck fabric.

    If the hood does not necessarily have to be padded i could recommend an Evolution-TriClimate jacket from TheNorthFace. Not as rugged as the Carhartts but very breathable, with flexible thermal insulation system and though lighter materials not really flimsy. Very warm when "fully armed".

    Hope this might be helpful.

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    Default Re: Want a Jacket with a Hood

    Take a look at Wiggy's Antarctic parka. I have a different one - no hood - and it is really warm. Much warmer than thinsulate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scout24 View Post
    Lol, I just ordered two Scottevest hoodies as Christmas gifts...
    Lol, I have several. They are insane. Takes a few wears to figure all the pockets out. I predict you will love them. Its the ultimate stealth EDC clothing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Str8stroke View Post
    Pockets you say??? I got you 39 pockets & hood & water resistant right here ....
    Wow ... was not what I was expecting (!)

    Looks really nice, lol

    Expensive, of course, but I'm impressed.

    Are those carried in any common stores, or sold online only ?
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    I believe they are website only...

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    Website only from my knowledge. If you sign up for their email, they will send you a discount code. Usually 20% off or so. They send out amazing deals. Makes it hard not to order. lol I wear one of their vests almost all Fall/winter long. Even all day at work. Many folks who see it end up wanting one. Funny thing is, they send it with a stack of cards to hand out. First one I ordered, I threw them away. Then I started to keep them. They are great to hand out. Make sure you sign up one day, then wait till they send you a coupon, usually a day or so later. Then order. I should have mentioned that earlier.
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    Thanks !

    It's just always difficult to purchase clothing if you can't try it on for fit ....
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    Very True sir! I read through the comments and try to find someone with my body size. Then I take a overall survey of folks comments on sizing. I must say, I find there clothing fits me perfectly.

    Strange thing: My wife seems to have no problems buying clothes and shoes online? They seem to always fit fine for about 3 months. Then for some strange reason, they no longer do??
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    ^^ I have the same issue...
    But in my case it's typically an increase in girth...
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    I have been very happy with the arcteryx jackets I have purchased. They can get a bit pricy. What is your budget? I see your in the USA. Quite a few weather possibilities there. What climate are you using this in?

    Jacket wizard link

    The epsilon lt hoody looks like a good fit.



    I prefer the stretchy and weather resistant fabrics nowadays.

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    UPDATE --
    Thank you, everyone, for your suggestions so far !

    Want to add that I'm located roughly between
    Chicago, Illinois and Indianapolis, Indiana.
    So we certainly get COLD in the winter !

    And my budget ?

    Whatever it takes, I will consider it !

    I really like Versatility.

    So it can be suitable for Fall and Spring,
    as well as Winter !


    And I'm NOT a very active person !

    Most I'll be doing is WALKING.

    Sometimes slogging through snow,
    while carrying my camera, seeking great photos.

    And all the while thinking:
    " I must be CRAZY doing this, at my age ! "


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    Hi Burgess,

    Have you looked at Carhartt? A gun forum that I frequent highly recommends Carhartt's jacket.

    http://www.carhartt.com/

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    I recommend the layering technique. Your outer layer would be a Mountain Parka to keep out the wind and rain. Underneath, any combination of shirts, vests, jackets that you like. Very versatile, and can be as warm as any thick, cold-weather coat, when that level of warmth is needed. The parka itself, with little or no insulation, is a 3-season garment. Fleece is a light-weight and warm material, and good for layering under the shell.

    I have a Patagonia Mountain Parka, an older style that is no longer made. But Patagonia, and many others, still make and sell Mountain Parkas. Do a Google Image search for "Mountain Parka" to see the great variety available.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Burgess View Post
    Hello CPF'ers --


    I want to buy myself a nice new jacket
    for the cold outdoors.


    I want it to be made of " modern " materials,
    so it's warm withOUT being really HEAVY.

    Thinsulate ? Goretex ? other ?

    And something that can " Breathe " when I'm active.
    ( which, at my age (62) , doesn't happen very often )


    Would really be nice if it's a bit Water-Repellent, also.


    Certainly I've tried shopping online for this,
    but became Very Quickly OVERWHELMED ! ! !




    Any suggestions ? ? ?

    Please be specific.

    Dont' simply say: " Check out Eddie Bauer ".

    Cuz' that alone is SOOOO confusing !




    Has to have a built-in HOOD.

    Pockets

    Zipper front


    Would be really nice if it's not just Boring BLACK in color.


    Thank you for your assistance.




    UPDATE --
    Thank you, everyone, for your suggestions so far !

    Want to add that I'm located roughly between
    Chicago, Illinois and Indianapolis, Indiana.
    So we certainly get COLD in the winter !

    And my budget ?

    Whatever it takes, I will consider it !

    I really like Versatility.

    So it can be suitable for Fall and Spring,
    as well as Winter !


    I swear by Carhartt!!!!! Check out the style J130

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    Default Re: Want a Jacket with a Hood

    I agree on layering. Saying that I just bought my wife a The Northface 3-1 Jacket with the thermoball version of the midlayer.
    She is always cold and says that this is a really warm combination.
    She can wear the thermoball alone in not so cold/windy situations, or zip them together to beat the weather when it is really crappy.

    I would have gotten one too, but I find the arms on TNF shells are just a bit too short for me, so I mixed & matched. I went with TNF down Quince as the midlayer, with a Columbia lightly insulated rain shell. Can't zip together, but I get the same results.

    If you are really worried about weight, go down rather than synthetic fill.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Launch Mini View Post
    If you are really worried about weight, go down rather than synthetic fill.
    Me or the Jacket??

    Also: Typo: I think you mean WIFE. That throwed me off for a second.
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    Thank you to EVERYONE
    for your comments, suggestions, and recommendations !




    I have decided on the Carhartt J130 jacket.


    Bought one yesterday, from a local store.
    Very impressed with this, so far . . . .



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    And to Lightme71,
    your Very First Post here was very valuable to me !

    Thank you !

    Oh, and Welcome to CandlePowerForums !


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    Carhart have great run time.
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    Can't beat a Carhartt, they are a staple item here in my part of the South, nobody really wears anything but them.
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