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Q: Can anyone help with advice on the best jacket to buy for winter?

I came to northern China with a reasonably good jacket, cost over $200 in Australia but let's face it, how cold does an Aussie winter get? It's not often the temperature gets below 0 degrees in most places so the jacket is okay for that. When I arrived here it was -24 and winter temperatures range from -19 to -38!! I saw some jackets in Newmart on sale for prices like 5600RMB??!! Wow, must have been gold lined. So if some of you who have lived in cold, cold places could tell me what to look for it would be appreciated. While we're at it, what about trousers that keep you warm enough not to have to wear long underwear? Any such thing?

8 years 6 weeks ago in  Health & Safety - Daqing

 
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The best is a duck feather jacket... they not cheap but sure the best i even have trousers also... even on a bike its great

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I dont think anything can keep you warm in North China unless you have the obligatory long johns on underneath. The best jackets are goose down and also I find cloths made for snow skiing do the job as well. I try to buy them in Australia from ski shops towards the end of winter when they get marked down to at least half price and have picked up some Oakley ones for less than $100. I can usually keep my body warm enough, its may hands and especially my face that bugs me. I hate the masks and the constant running nose from the cold. Never thought I could experiece cold like it.

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Saskatchewan seal skin clothing is very warm. Laughing out loud Laughing out loud I'm Canadian.
I'm not crazy for down filled clothing, just because the down settles and I don't mind a heavier winter coat. That type of clothing gets riped if I wear it. The best winter coats I've had were ''thinsuate'' lined (dow corning). they were light weigh, comfortable and warm. The really thin winter coats are never warm. Even a heavy wool coat is warm. You need something to keep the wind out. Dress in layers is the best way to keep warm. T-shirt, shirt, sweater. It depends where you feel cold. Cold does not bother me for short periods of time, except my face and hands, longer then my feet., So tooke, scarf, thick gloves and boots, triple pairs of shorts.Don't wear the lacey ones, they're not very warm. I wear a T-shirt and leather jacket all year and I never do it up. When it gets really cold, I wear a car.

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if you buy the leggings and under t shirt top will keep you warm and layer up more clothes will make you warmer with a not so good jacket, in january when it was cold i just kept chucking on t shirts had about 5 on once-still cold lol, if you can afford it you could get a battery operated heated vest seen them on ebay and get it delivered to you in china or walk around with hot water bottles strapped to chest. Spray deep heat over you lol.

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Leather Jackets, it keeps you warmth in cold climates. Leather is kind of clothing that helps you keep the heat inside. Try Mens hooded leather bomber jacket they have wool inside which helps you to keep warm. And for trousers the best option would be Jeans.

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You need layers, (OK I know I now live in S. China) but I have been in some very cold places), all those mentioned are good ideas but layers is the trick, and the layers should get progressively thicker as they get nearer to the outside air. You want to trap air in between each layer  and your body then heats that air up.

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I like Liaoning Police Department winter leather uniform. I am not sure, if it is made of real leather or not. I asked few Chinese friends, if they can get me police jacket and leather trousers, but so far no luck! lol

 

A bit off topic now: have you ever seen Liaoning Police regulating traffic on mayor crossings?

Here, they are all girls. Police girl, ha! Skinny, none below 180 cm, and all look like they came from the Fashion show. 

Do they have more traffic accidents in Liaoning, because everybody is watching beautiful police woman in the middle of the crossing, or Chinese drivers obey policewoman more acting as traffic light?  

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  Duck down. No, wait, that's when someone throws a brick at you. Double down, that's it. Hold up, was this question about jackets or blackjack, i'm confused?

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well, I do not work for them, but I can tell you what everyone in my age group (30's) wore and/or wanted when I used to live in Alaska.

 

Patagonia.

 

http://www.patagonia.com/international

 

damn good gear,,, and like all damn good things, ya gotta pay for it....

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You can also get a multi purpose jacket which not only look stylish but also help you to wear it as an winter jacket. I have a nice mens jackets, it is stylish and can be worn on any occasion.

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for 1300 points you can get the eChinacities sports jacket! how many years can you wait?

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I have survived a winter in Changchun.  If you want any colder than that, you have to go to Harbin.  I must admit have a bit of a fetish ab out jackets and have at least one for every season.  Only winter jackets will cut it in winter, the others are just not warm enough.  Like some suggested above, the thick duck down ones are best and also not expensive.  You can get a pretty good one for around RMB600.  I took my winter jacket out earlier this week when the temperature hit 0 degrees, but put it back again, it is not cold enough!  But yes, you also need layers below that and long wool underpants are obligatory.  Also remember that a person loses 70% of his body temperature through his head, so invest in a warm beanie, even though it looks stupid.

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If you don't want to freeze your bottom off, get yourself a nice duck feather jacked. You can try to buy something on taobao what will be really cheap. I would go to Columbia and choose a warm life-vest for that frozen hell. 

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