Greetings! I am a parent of a class of 2014 wildcat (guy) from the South where our winters are relatively mild. We are trying to order a coat appropriate for the windy, icy winters at Northwestern. Needless to say, any coat we find locally will not be warm enough, sooo - any recommendations on what to buy, what not to buy, etc. in terms of being comfortable walking to and from class from the NU vets out there? Thanks in advance for your help!
Best value would be an Army Surplus parka. My best friend is from N. Carolina and goes out in just stacked sweaters and a northface fleece pretty regularly- I like thermal underwear and a full winter jacket. Just pick something up here in the fall at the Northface store in town, is the easiest way. You won't need a winter coat till at least November.
The key to staying warm is layering. One other tip: A layer that stops the wind on the outside is the most important. I'm a fan of leather.
Hi Arbiter - thanks! The reason I am trying to look around a little now is for him to try and find something on sale during the summer rather than paying full price in Nov/Dec - North Face gear is pretty pricey but I know that brand is good for the Lake Michigan area cold. Thanks for the advice about the layering, too - do the guys like the jackets there with hoods or is wearing a hat preferred more at NU?
Varies from person to person. Generally, I find a hood to be insufficient. My jacket has no hood, so I use a hat. Scarves and earmuffs are key- hats are less important. Also, generally a hoody under a jacket will provide a sufficient hood.
You can also kill two birds with one stone if you get a coat that has an insulated hood -- either with fake fur or fleece. Even better if it is really easy to adjust with drawstrings or something to scrunch over your face. Really the most important thing headwise is keeping ears, lips, nose out of the wind.
Also do your kid a favor and get one that looks halfway decent. My parents got me one for christmas (I'm a californian), and while it certainly has done the job for 3 years, I wear it a lot and it isn't that attractive.
Just an update - got the most amazing North face coat on line, the TriClimate - really 2 jackets in one that are zipped together or can be work separately - great hood and outer layer is wind/rain/snow proof! Normally $276. and found online after some shopping for $130. Now a great scarf (got a hat, too for under the hood), gloves and long undergear and he's ready for the windy city's winter! Also found a great pair of NF lightweight snow boots! Thanks to each of you for your help.
Nah, I'm from MN and yeah your legs get kinda chilly if you're just wearing jeans but when it's really really cold out and you know you're gonna be outside for a while (football games, skating, etc.) you wear like three layers of pants anyway. For example, I sometimes wear leggings under jeans under yoga pants. Haha seriously...
I just wear one pair of pants most of the winter and it's okay. For exceptionally cold days (like the 10 coldest days of the winter or whatever) I'll wear a pair of athletic pants under jeans or cargo pants. This is in Omaha, though.
Something covering head and especially ears is also nice but not a total requirement here. However, I'm predicting that it will be a requirement in Evanston because of the higher wind levels.