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parka brands?

Postby maskirovka77 » Fri Jun 08, 2012 10:57 pm

What brand parkas did people wear on their cruises to Antarctica? How much did the ones that the cruise ship sold cost? I understand that we should get ones that are waterproof and windproof.

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Re: parka brands?

Postby tletter » Fri Jun 08, 2012 11:43 pm

maskirovka77 wrote:What brand parkas did people wear on their cruises to Antarctica?

The one that stood out was Canada Goose.
maskirovka77 wrote:How much did the ones that the cruise ship sold cost?

Best to ask G directly but passengers booked in a Category 5 suite receive a free Canada Goose jacket as do those on select departures.
maskirovka77 wrote:I understand that we should get ones that are waterproof and windproof.

Yes as there is a good chance of encountering spray on the ship and Zodiac, and rain. A neoprene jacket with layers underneath works well.
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Re: parka brands?

Postby ExplorerWannaBe » Mon Jun 18, 2012 5:54 pm

My parka wasn't a name brand but it was insulated Gore-tex with a zip-in fleece liner. I highly advise something like a skiing shell (parka and pants) that you can layer. Neoprene doesn't breathe so I advise against it -- far too likely to trap too much body heat which will cause you to perspire more and consequently get colder. Modern microfibers like Gore-tex will breathe while stopping the wind and the rain.

I don't think anyone on my trip had any complaints about the Canada Goose parkas. As tletter says, they are supplied gratis for those in the Category 5 cabins but people with lower grade cabins can buy them in the ship's store.
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Re: parka brands?

Postby tletter » Tue Jun 19, 2012 8:23 am

ExplorerWannaBe wrote:Neoprene doesn't breathe so I advise against it -- far too likely to trap too much body heat which will cause you to perspire more and consequently get colder.

This is not a backpacking trip nor indeed a particularly active one. In fact most people are fairly stationary in a marine environment for extended periods of time whether seated in a Zodiac or ashore observing the interactions of penguins, etc.

To each his own, but my experience on a 20 day trip was that a neoprene jacket with layers (if you're hot then remove a layer) was ideal in this marine environment. If you do go, look at what the Zodiac drivers and staff are wearing both in the boats and when ashore.
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Re: parka brands?

Postby ExplorerWannaBe » Wed Jun 20, 2012 1:28 am

I never said anything about backpacking but activity may depend on what time of year you go. I was on the first of season trip so we had quite a bit of slogging through snow starting with Foyn Harbour (first stop) and I found layers with fleece and an outer Goretex shell was most effective. My polypro thermals got dumped back into my suitcase after the first day ashore and my ski sweaters were never used.

Neoprene doesn't breathe at all. It's great stuff when you're diving but I would really NOT recommend it for normal winter use and that includes long inactive periods in the cold. Think about it this way -- what would you normally wear in 0 C/32 F weather? That is generally the environment you will be in. Ski wear works well because it breathes when you ARE active and usually gives you great freedom of movement but protects you against blowing winds and ambient cold.
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Re: parka brands?

Postby wattsed » Wed Jun 20, 2012 9:15 am

I agree with ExWB---neoprene would be too warm and would not allow for breathing...The parts of Antarctica at the time of year you will be going will be much warmer then you would really believe..several of the days I was there in late Feb was around 34F---Several days I actually took off the shell of my parka and only kept on the liner---some even took the parka off altogether...one Aussie male, most days stripped down to short pants and short sleeve shirt!! He did keep on his boots! The only problem he had was when we body slid down a long hill he took a bit of skin off his arm from the ice...(but his wife had warned him beforehand!)
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