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Old 08-26-2012, 08:25 AM
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What is the best type of (long) coat for really cold weather? I'm looking for something that you can wear for longer periods of time outdoors in cold weather (below freezing).

I'm thinking about a Russian Fur coat. What are your ideas?
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Like my old Swedish milsurp wool coat. Got it Xtra large so it fits like a huge blanket and I can layer underneath it. It's ALL wool which is good.
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Check out the jackets from Filsons ... here is an example that you can also get in charcoal color:

http://www.filson.com/products/wool-...taProduct=1011

I have a variety of Filsons stuff and appreciate the quality and strength.
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I've got a Filson Tin Packer and the quality is second to none. I've never had it out in below zero but it's extra warm around zero degrees,say 10 to 20 degrees. American made too.
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I would recommend in order, a military wool greatcoat, a capote made from a wool blanket or an M-65 field jacket with liner. Another option is a fully lined rain coat. But regardless you must have a hood because you loose 1/2 of you body heat through your head & neck.
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Yeah I've worn the M65 for quite some time. Good piece of garment.
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At 12 lbs 10 ozs this shearling lined wool coat will keep you plenty warm even on the Russian front.

http://www.sportsmansguide.com/net/c....aspx?a=504805
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What is the best type of (long) coat for really cold weather? I'm looking for something that you can wear for longer periods of time outdoors in cold weather (below freezing).

I'm thinking about a Russian Fur coat. What are your ideas?
Yeah, a Russian Sable, long fur is the best,weighs next to nothing, but it'll set you back at least $98,000 from a good furrier.

Long-haired Beaver is also very good, but it weighs a ton.

I have a Canadian Long-Haired Coyote...looks exactly like Will Geer's coat in "Jeremiah Johnson". Very , very warm, light-weight, and is basically a "mobile shelter"...gives new meaning to "puttin' on the dog".

With furs, look for one made with female pelts. More hairs per square inch, lighter and softer...but always more expensive...and you ain't gonna find real quality in a Thrift Shop.
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Depends on what your needs of the jacket are. I use to own a Russian jacket while I lived there. Was great when standing around, or doing limited activity outside. But when it came to hiking or trekking I left that thing at home as I would sweat to much.

For winter here in Midwest I do layer system. Thermals, a fleece or wool zip up sweater, a puffy down vest, and final layer is a heavy duty rain jacket shell. Add this to some snow trousers, snow boots, a wool beanie, wool neck gaiter, fleece balaclava, snow goggles, a layer system of gloves including fleece and a heavy duty snow mitten, and eventually some gaitors and you got a hell of a damn nice winter system that has kept me warm far into the negatives.

Granted I am still testing and working on the above system to attemt to lighten the weight and get more out of it. Also there are times I'll wear an addition heavy duty nylon pair of trousers under the snow trousers and over the thermal bottoms. Oh and lets not forget heavy wool socks for those feet now shall we.

Anyway hopes this helps with an outlook on a winter system for staying warm. If you are simply wanting just a single jacket for winter, you could go with the wool P-coats or wool long coats that are common in parts of Europe around the 1930s+.

But there's no such thing as one uber perfect jacket. Or any item for that matter. Figure out what the uses for you will be, what features you want (lots of pockets, buttons, or zip up). Then do research and search. Good luck.
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At 12 lbs 10 ozs this shearling lined wool coat will keep you plenty warm even on the Russian front.

http://www.sportsmansguide.com/net/c....aspx?a=504805
Nice prices! Not so good insignia, but it looks toasty and affordable: $70

http://www.sportsmansguide.com/net/cb/cb.aspx?a=935714

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The much over-looked advantage of fur vs. other "coverings" is, what does a dog/animal do when it gets wet? It "shakes" off the wetness. if you are out and about in the cold, and an unexpected and sudden downpour strikes, when it stops, take the fur off and shake out the water. Any other covering, with the exception of an old "slicker", is gonna take forever to dry...miserable quotient is major.

Synthetics ARE NOT the same...not even close.
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Hi. I love my Royal Navy wool duffel coat. Keeps me warm and dry through anything!
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Nice site! Used wool sweaters for $20.

http://www.sportsmansguide.com/net/c....aspx?a=604859



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Nice site! Used wool sweaters for $20.

http://www.sportsmansguide.com/net/c....aspx?a=604859



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British commando sweater. I have one of these that was gifted to me by an SAS friend. They're good sweaters, but no different then what I had in the Army.
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Fur is the only way to go.
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Warmest coat I have is a genuine sheepskin coat. With it's collar stood up and a sheepskin hat with ear flaps I can be out in subzero weather for hours with no problems. However it gets hot real quick if the temps are more moderate or you're real active.
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I grew up on a farm in north central Iowa. My layering for working out doors, hunting, or running my trapline at sub zero was a set of long John's, wool sweaters and pants, and a pair of insulated coveralls. We bought the coveralls at Big Bear or Tractor Supply.

On top of that you can add an oversized parka as needed. Particularly when it was windy and 20 below. I owned a Frostline Polarguard parka that I would layer on top.

I love the military surplus shearling coat, except that it is made from unsheared sheep skin. Actuall warmer than shearling, but also much heavier.
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I froze my butt off for years, till my agency finally got us the Royal Robbins 5-11 5in1 jackets. They're a bit expensive, but when the temps drop to below -20 here, they're toasty!!!
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A couple of options:

Wool great coat: http://www.quartermastershop.com/Civ...greatcoat.html (they have several versions, including military style)

Buffalo coat: http://www.eaglerockfur.com/coats/pa...orning-352.htm

And some boots to go with either: http://www.caboots.zoovy.com/product...TS-CUSTOM.html with the sheepskin lining: http://www.caboots.zoovy.com/product...OL-LINING.html

Just my thoughts on the subject.
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