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Canada Goose or not?

kdm1582kdm1582 39 replies3 threads Junior Member
Worth the money or overpriced? What other warm college coats should be considered for Vermont? Where should we shop for the best prices?
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  • momofsenior1momofsenior1 8737 replies82 threads Senior Member
    They are very, very warm but it's definitely not necessary to spend that kind of money.

    My D had a long Lands End winter jacket that was a fraction of the cost that she loves and is super warm.

    If you want to spend a bit more but not CG level - Patagonia makes a great jacket that is 1/2 the price.
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  • mountainsoulmountainsoul 131 replies1 threads Junior Member
    Also curious whether Canada Goose is worth the money. My D is used to cold weather—she's a native Coloradan after all—but her Patagonia and wool peacoat haven't kept her all that warm in Philadelphia. Still searching for that perfect parka that is wind/rain resistant but also very warm.
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  • cinnamon1212cinnamon1212 756 replies8 threads Member
    I have a farm and work outside every day in the north east; I swear by Mountain Horse. It isn't trendy, but their parkas are *waterproof* as well as incredibly toasty. They are meant for horse people/riders.

    I love Patagonia and have a down coat but it is not very warm.
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  • happy1happy1 23338 replies2310 threads Senior Member
    My D got a long Calvin Klein down jacket at Lord and Taylor last year -- between sales/coupons it was incredibly inexpensive (around $100) and she says it is super warm. I don't think you need to go for Canada Goose unless you like the logo or find a big sale.
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  • momzilla2Dmomzilla2D 735 replies17 threads Member
    Got my D’s some lightweight Canada Goose packable jackets for Christmas last year. #1 - the seams around the hand (it has a thumb hole) are coming apart, so quality could be better. #2 - D20 is embarrassed to wear hers because her friend group is anti-Canada Goose due to their use of fur, though D’s jacket does not have the fur.

    We like Northface. I especially like the 3-in-1 parkas, that have a lighter weight inner shell with a waterproof outer shell. Each piece can be worn together or separately. I’ve had one for 4 or 5 years now, and starting to think it’s about time for a new one!

    https://www.thenorthface.com/shop/womens-thermoball-eco-snow-triclimate-jacket-nf0a3lzs
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  • kdm1582kdm1582 39 replies3 threads Junior Member
    @momzilla2D, can I ask where your DD goes to school. Mine is going to Middlebury and I'm concerned about the potential fury over CG. My wife has owned one for years and has gotten a few comments walking around Philadelphia. Conversely, I hear CG is practically a uniform at certain schools.
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  • TiggerDadTiggerDad 2066 replies73 threads Senior Member
    kdm1582 wrote: »
    Conversely, I hear CG is practically a uniform at certain schools.

    That's what my son said to me about his school. Apparently, CG is also widely seen as a "status symbol" by many students there.

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  • momzilla2Dmomzilla2D 735 replies17 threads Member
    @kdm1582 We’re in Massachusetts. D20 is still in HS.
    D19 is at Ohio State and don’t think she’s run into the fur issue there.
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  • makemesmartmakemesmart 1753 replies14 threads Senior Member
    CG keeps you warm, it also is very stylish. I do wish none of its products use animal furs nor have so large a logo.
    Also agree Patagonia makes very nice winter coats that are way less “controversial” than CG. 😂
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  • momzilla2Dmomzilla2D 735 replies17 threads Member
    @kdm1582 I will say that even at D20’s small private HS, there are groups for which CG is a status symbol. Just happens that D20’s friend group is anti-CG.
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  • helpingmom40helpingmom40 199 replies6 threads Junior Member
    We love Lands End or LL Bean. I just ordered D20 a down coat from Lands End for next year. It was originally $250 but I paid under $90 with the sale and coupon. They have one called the Expedition Parka that looks like CG but is on sale for $150 right now.
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  • AboutTheSameAboutTheSame 3162 replies47 threads Senior Member
    D went to Dartmouth with a cheap down [& also a fleece] from the North Face seconds/factory store.
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  • privatebankerprivatebanker 5840 replies86 threads Senior Member
    @bbfan1927 maybe you want to weigh in 😊
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  • gardenstategalgardenstategal 6291 replies10 threads Senior Member
    North Face, LL Bean, Stio... all really warm and durable. The New Englander in me favors the highly functional over fancy. Must be some Puritan thing....
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  • JBStillFlyingJBStillFlying 7262 replies24 threads Senior Member
    My son, who lives and attends school in the Midwest, swears by Costco. No need for fancy stuff. He has a couple of durable fall jackets that look positively blue collar, and then a Costco winter parka for when it's really cold.
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  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus 80177 replies720 threads Senior Member
    TiggerDad wrote: »
    kdm1582 wrote: »
    Conversely, I hear CG is practically a uniform at certain schools.

    That's what my son said to me about his school. Apparently, CG is also widely seen as a "status symbol" by many students there.

    If you look at the price of their items, you can see why the brand suggests something about the owner's (family's) finances.
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  • HKimPOSSIBLEHKimPOSSIBLE 449 replies28 threads Member
    edited January 2
    No Canada Goose required, but if you can afford it, I guess it'll let you flash it.

    As someone who actively goes downtown to the loop for research, while you can see a Canada Goose often, most people are NOT wearing a Canada Goose (however that may be because there are fewer College Students).

    A Northface or Nordstrom parka will be plenty warm. And plus, you don't want to be going off too far from UChicago's Hyde Park grounds because that flashy emblem might become a target (anecdote from my mentor whose friend was mugged right outside campus).

    I personally wear a Vince Camuto parka my aunt bought for me for around $120 (still expensive, but SUPER warm).

    Remember, Chicago is windy - get the long parkas because the wind will creep up if the parka is too short and cuts at your waist.
    edited January 2
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