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Winter Clothing

TheNemesisTheNemesis Posts: 21Registered User New Member
edited November 2012 in College Life
Hello people!

I am from Singapore . A tropical country where there is sunshine all year long. The only chilly part would be the occasional downpour.

Am going to study in Purdue University for the Spring 2013 intake and it would be winter when I am there right?

Hence, any advice about winter clothing? Like what I do need? Throughout my life, I had never been to any country with a climate of below 15 degree Celsius. I don't want to be chilled to the bone and get sick.

A simple recommendation of to-buy-list will be great! There are so many kinds of jackets out there. A freshie like me should just get the 3-in-1 one?

Thanks!
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  • SingDanceRunLifeSingDanceRunLife Posts: 1,787Registered User Senior Member
    Are you a guy or a girl?

    Either way, you'll need a warm coat (wool is quite warm, and there are many fashionable wool coats, but something like a ski jacket or down coat would be warmer), warm boots that are also waterproof (you can buy boots that aren't waterproof and waterproof them yourself with spray that is readily available at shoe stores), gloves, hats, scarves and sweaters/hoodies.
  • GolfFatherGolfFather Posts: 1,519Registered User Senior Member
    Go to Lands' End or LL Bean web sites.

    All you need is right there.
    And they rate outerwear for different temperature ranges.

    Lands' End | Swimwear, Outerwear, Casual Clothing and more

    L.L.Bean--Shipped for Free, Guaranteed to Last
  • SinkOrSwim123SinkOrSwim123 Posts: 235Registered User Junior Member
    Make sure to get a beanie to keep your head warm, and gloves. Also, boots for the snow, or even if it's not snowing they'll keep your feet warm
  • TheNemesisTheNemesis Posts: 21Registered User New Member
    Thanks alot peeps!

    Can roughly improve my to-buy-list?

    1. Windbreaker (waterproof)
    2. Beanie/Sweater (with hoodie)
    3. Jacket/Coat (wool?)
    4. Gloves
    5. Boots (waterproof)
    6. Long John
  • MagnetronMagnetron Posts: 1,066Registered User Senior Member
    Isn't Purdue in corn country? Get a Carhartt jacket and a Massey Ferguson baseball hat. A gray hoodie to wear under it if it gets really cold. Tell everyone you have 15,000 acres planted in soybeans and sorghum back in Singapore.

    Sorry, just having some fun. One of my son's best friends is a freshman at Purdue this year. I live near Seattle and my family spends a lot of time in the mountains up in the snow. Cold weather gear is pretty important to us. What you will find out is that, in small doses, the cold is not so bad and you will not normally have to wear all of the above. Most kids (at least around me) will be in sneakers and hoodies or a fleece jacket for anything above about 20 F. It was 45 F (7 C) this morning and my youngest went to school, about a mile ride on his bike, in shorts and a short sleeve t-shirt.

    As for the list, winter wear has come a long way so there are lots of great choices. Just remember that everything you wear to class will have to stay on your body or be stuffed under your seat; avoid anything too bulky.

    1. A waterproof softshell
    2. Any beanie/hat that covers your ears will work, just not the really cheap acrylic ones
    3. I don't like the 3-in-1 systems. Better is a warm inner jacket with a waterproof shell, at least 20,000 waterproof
    4. My kids, for most things, wear gloves designed for cold-weather mountain biking. The are designed to give some dexterity. I wear a pair of deerskin gloves with wool liners. Ski gloves are bulky.
    5. Waterproof lightweight hiking boots with a good tread for ice and snow (get some mid-weight ski socks for really cold). I have Merrells. You can also look for something more stylish like Redwings, but make sure they have grippy tread.
    6. All the polypro long johns are about the same - they also get stinky. Merino wool is better, is naturally anti-bacterial, but can get pricey.

    For jackets, look for ski brands that fit and move with you, and you can get bargains on last year's colors: Descente, Salomon, Marmot, Spyder, Obermeyer. evo.com has a good search function.
  • TheNemesisTheNemesis Posts: 21Registered User New Member
    OMG this is utterly helpful and informative! Thanks a lot man!

    I think I will just buy according to what you said since you are experienced with cold weather and you have a son as reference! Mind if I have your personal contact? Please do PM me an email or any other method of contact. Pretty please with icing on top.

    Here comes the other problem, where can I get them? I had never been to West Lafayette before.

    Is it okay if I shop there? I only had one set of long john and hood-ed uniqlo fleece jacket with me. Can it last me till I shop all the necessary winter clothing at a place recommended by you?

    Thanks Magnetron! Seriously, thanks a gazillion!



    "Isn't Purdue in corn country? Get a Carhartt jacket and a Massey Ferguson baseball hat. A gray hoodie to wear under it if it gets really cold. Tell everyone you have 15,000 acres planted in soybeans and sorghum back in Singapore.

    Sorry, just having some fun. One of my son's best friends is a freshman at Purdue this year. I live near Seattle and my family spends a lot of time in the mountains up in the snow. Cold weather gear is pretty important to us. What you will find out is that, in small doses, the cold is not so bad and you will not normally have to wear all of the above. Most kids (at least around me) will be in sneakers and hoodies or a fleece jacket for anything above about 20 F. It was 45 F (7 C) this morning and my youngest went to school, about a mile ride on his bike, in shorts and a short sleeve t-shirt.

    As for the list, winter wear has come a long way so there are lots of great choices. Just remember that everything you wear to class will have to stay on your body or be stuffed under your seat; avoid anything too bulky.

    1. A waterproof softshell
    2. Any beanie/hat that covers your ears will work, just not the really cheap acrylic ones
    3. I don't like the 3-in-1 systems. Better is a warm inner jacket with a waterproof shell, at least 20,000 waterproof
    4. My kids, for most things, wear gloves designed for cold-weather mountain biking. The are designed to give some dexterity. I wear a pair of deerskin gloves with wool liners. Ski gloves are bulky.
    5. Waterproof lightweight hiking boots with a good tread for ice and snow (get some mid-weight ski socks for really cold). I have Merrells. You can also look for something more stylish like Redwings, but make sure they have grippy tread.
    6. All the polypro long johns are about the same - they also get stinky. Merino wool is better, is naturally anti-bacterial, but can get pricey.

    For jackets, look for ski brands that fit and move with you, and you can get bargains on last year's colors: Descente, Salomon, Marmot, Spyder, Obermeyer. evo.com has a good search function."
  • clamzoclamzo Posts: 5Registered User New Member
    Hey TheNemeis,

    I dont know why you would leave a place that has sunshine all year round to come freeze with the rest of us! Just kidding I hope you have a great time at Purdue! Here is a list of "essentials" for cold colleges Broverstock.us | 5 Winter Essentials for New England Colleges. The site offers a lot of cheap clothing deals. Stay warm!
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