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Old 10-26-2007, 08:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Ok I am in desperate need of a new jacket this season, espcecially since i'm goin to alaska in december. I've already bought myself some smarty cargo pants which i know im gonna love, and im leanin towards the smarty line for a jacket too. My only problem is i can't decide between the smart complete or smarty soldier. I tried the soldier on in my local shop and liked it alot, but i think in the end i'll be warmer in the complete considering its 20,000/15,000 for waterproof/breathability. What do you guys think? Also, know anywhere that might have these on sale? I know peter glenns has the complete on sale dirt cheap but they only have it in orange, dunno if id like that or not... Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
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Old 10-30-2007, 02:15 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Where in Alaska are you going? In the Fairbanks area, its about -30 degrees Fahrenheit in December, but in Anchorage, its 10 degrees above 0. You might not need something as extreme as you think (unless you have been to the same area of Alaska at the same time of year and know what to expect) I just have a Columbia jacket for most of my outdoor ventures, but then again, when it gets -50 in January, I have a much heavier coat that I layer over a bunch of stuff :-P
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Old 10-30-2007, 09:10 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Where in Alaska are you going? In the Fairbanks area, its about -30 degrees Fahrenheit in December, but in Anchorage, its 10 degrees above 0. You might not need something as extreme as you think (unless you have been to the same area of Alaska at the same time of year and know what to expect) I just have a Columbia jacket for most of my outdoor ventures, but then again, when it gets -50 in January, I have a much heavier coat that I layer over a bunch of stuff :-P
I'm goin to fairbanks and was expecting below zero temps
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Old 10-30-2007, 12:00 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Well, if it's like it was last winter, December should be pretty mild. The year before last, from Christmas to February, it was -40 to -50. But last year it was only -20 to -30.
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Old 10-30-2007, 02:20 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Well, if it's like it was last winter, December should be pretty mild. The year before last, from Christmas to February, it was -40 to -50. But last year it was only -20 to -30.
So would you suggest something 15,000/15,000 or above and good base layers for a jacket? I'm assuming you are from AK, so what keeps you warm and dry?
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Old 10-30-2007, 02:45 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I have no idea what those numbers mean. But in my experience, when it's that cold, it's better to dress in thin layers than 1 thick one. I wear a long sleaved tee, tshirt, a hoodie, then my Columbia (has a zip out fleece vest)
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Old 11-02-2007, 05:15 PM   #7 (permalink)
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[QUOTE=ak907girlie]I have no idea what those numbers mean.

That is the waterproofing of the jacket. The higher the number them more waterproof the jacket.
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Old 11-03-2007, 12:16 AM   #8 (permalink)
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the first number is the waterproofing or how water repellent it is like mike said and the second number is the breathability of the jacket
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Old 11-10-2007, 02:22 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Hmm. I see all of your posts have been like that. How friendly.
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