Warmest Jacket for Winter

I am skinny and need to wear a lot during winter. The MacPac jacket https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/635269 is good, but I still have to wear woolly jumpers. Are there warmer jackets?

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  • +3 votes

    Have you considered getting Uniqlo's Heat-tech extra warm base layers? I wear these and a ski jacket on top and I'm good for outdoor snow conditions. I'm sure they would work great for keeping you toasty.

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      Also can recommend the +J hybrid down jackets. Super warm and now on sale.

  • +1 vote

    Kathmandu definitely! People wear it with tank top and shorts in winter (Melbourne).

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      This. I lived in Canada for 6 years (up north, -40 winters) and in winter I'd just chuck on my canada goose jacket and my beanie with earflaps and go to work. No thermal underwear (because once you're inside again it's too warm), no overdoing layers, just that solid jacket, a good pair of boots and I'd be good to go. If my chest, ears and feet are warm then I'm warm.

      Oddly the only other piece of clothing I lived by was a lined Hollister fleece jacket. I can't wear it in Australia because it's too warm for any situation, it had some kind of wool interior, then a lined jacket and a faux fur hood that was awesome in a snowstorm. It was basically 3 layers of clothing in itself. One big problem I found with Australian snow jackets is they're very thin inner and outer layers with a thin layer of padding in between. You want a coat that's multiple proper layers.

      Now I'm back in Australia I wear shirts unless it's below 10C. I wear a light coat if it's raining or below that.

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    Layering is the key here. Wear some good quality thermals underneath.

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    Try US/Canadian suppliers. Even their cheap polyester down jackets have about twice the fill of what is available here.
    I bought a cheap parka online from Old Navy or Lands End or similar a few years ago that I overheat in if I am doing anymore than a stroll, and that is here in the Blue Mountains.

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    Have you tried Macpac Ember HyperDRY jacket? The filling is 700 loft HyperDRY™ RDS goose down. My dad is skinny and usually wears 4-5 layers underneath his duck down jacket. With this goose down jacket, he only needs another 1-2 layers to feel comfortable.

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    Layering is key. Most HQ outdoor clothing brands (Patagonia, Arc'teryx, North Face etc.) are designed to be layered with other clothes, so you can shed or layer up as the temperature increases or drops. You will pigeon-hole yourself by trying to buy the warmest, thickest jacket.

    Decent thermals or Uniqlo Heat-tech are the best start for base layers, these will make some of the biggest difference. If you live in a cold house or geography, just wear thermals during winter.

    You can buy shell jackets (waterproof / resistant) with a down inside layer, however, these will only be truly effective if you are warm underneath e.g. through keeping your core warm with thermals / base layers.

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    I've got one of these.

    Even in winter, I sweat in it if I move around and it's almost too warm for me.

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    How about those heated jackets that the tradies wear. I've never tried them myself, imagine it's like wearing an electric blanket. Might be worth looking at.

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      It is.

      I have the vest version, because I wanted to be fancy, (and not be tied to just one big ugly jacket). Even on the low setting, it puts out a nice amount of heat.

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    the macpac jacket keeps me plenty warm

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    My go to combo is Arcteryx Atom LT + Alpha SV, otherwise I use my Arcteryx Therme Parka. Never had to use thermals in Melbourne.

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    Thank you all.

  • +1 vote

    I am skinny

    eat more