I've gotten mixed reports but, as far as I can gather, somewhere between -40 and -60 will be the average temperature with windchill in the winter darkness of Pangnirtung (if anyone reading this knows any different, please let me know). I've been told to get on the Canada Goose bandwagon and hold on for dear life; is there anyone who disagrees? How far south do you have to be to sweat in your jacket? I want a warm jacket, not a steaming one. That being said, there are aspects of my job which will have me out on a snowmobile trekking around.
If I do take the Goose route, I'm still undecided between a few designs. First off comes the Expedition. Apparently it's the one that has been used at the McMurdo Station in Antarctica for years but is only now available in a woman's cut. One of its attractions is the built-in snow skirt; the others are all free-falling. Also, the hood has a bracing wire with the coyote ruff to make sure it keeps its shape. I could probably throw Gryphon in one of those front pockets and balance him out with Scarlett in the other... wouldn't that be a sight for sore eyes!
Next comes the Mystique. This one's kinda cool in that it was designed for Rebecca Romaijn Stamos when Xmen II was being shot. This one is the only one that is described as being knee-length but, from what I can tell from personal reports, all of these jackets are sized quite large. I don't know about jumping on a snowmobile with this one. Thoughts?
The Trillium is nice (I think). It's a good length, but I'm not sure of the insulation. Obviously it's warm, but it's probably not as warm as the Expedition. It has an adjustable drawstring hood and waist (the others don't), which is a nice feature...it actually shows off that you're a female and not a tree wrapped in a blow-up mattress! Unfortunately, the inside is only a 60/40 duck down/feather blend...not as warm as the Expedition and the Mystique.
The last choice, the Kensington, looks nice. Like the Trillium, it's only a 60/40 duck down/feather blend, but I think it looks like something I'd be more likely to use in the city steets of Ottawa (last Christmas, when the busses were on strike, we had to walk around in temperatures which, at times, went below -30 C with the windchill). Hmmm, I'm not sure.
Footwear is the one thing I'm pretty sure of...the hawk colored Joan of Arctic Sorel boots. The perfect mix of style and functionality m'thinks.
Anyway, if any cold survivors could give me some advice, that would be great. It's a lot of money to spend if I end up getting something that I'm not completely happy with.