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Very important question for Kellogg and Chicago students [#permalink] New post 02 Mar 2008, 05:12
How do you stay warm in the brutal chicago winter? I am planning ahead already, and looking for some winter jackets to invest in. The North Face Nuptse looks like a good buy based on internet reviews, but I'd like some recommendations from those folks living in the area.

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Re: Very important question for Kellogg and Chicago students [#permalink] New post 02 Mar 2008, 15:10
the secret to beating cold is........ layers, layers and layers...and not going out when there is a snow storm..

Ah.. and i forgot abt the long silk underwear.. believe me.. silk keeps u warm
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Re: Very important question for Kellogg and Chicago students [#permalink] New post 02 Mar 2008, 17:42
Not from Chicago but from the north east and ski a lot. The key is layers but beyond that if you are looking for a very warm coat go with down. Now you want something longer and that has a hood. The North Face makes good stuff but you are going to pay a premium for the name generally, and honestly down coats often look very similar. A good bet is LL Bean, good quality and an amazing return policy. Also the sierra trading post can be a great spot to find really good deals.

Look for something along the lines of this.
http://www.llbean.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/CategoryDisplay?page=goose-down-hooded-parka&categoryId=51588&storeId=1&catalogId=1&langId=-1&parentCategory=502788&cat4=502786&shop_method=pp&feat=502788-tn

You will want a nice tight knit hat with fleece lining, a scarf can be a nice addition when its nice and windy. Good gloves are important too, look for something with removable liners, that allows you to wash them and to allow you to vary layers there. Oh mittens are way warmer. Buy ski/winter hiking socks too.

Boots are key too, when its snowy you are going to want to get something waterproof and warm. A good bet are bean boots. There are a several versions, they are reasonably priced compared to most brands. You could get a pair of uggs that are the same thing for 250 or beans for 100.

http://www.llbean.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/CategoryDisplay?categoryId=35374&storeId=1&catalogId=1&langId=-1&feat=43359-ppxs&dds=y
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Re: Very important question for Kellogg and Chicago students [#permalink] New post 02 Mar 2008, 17:43
Oh lined jeans are good too for those extra cold days.
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Re: Very important question for Kellogg and Chicago students [#permalink] New post 03 Mar 2008, 03:32
riverripper wrote:
Oh lined jeans are good too for those extra cold days.


You could also just wear longjohns under your jeans so you don't have to buy a new pair. Also just accept that your jeans are going to be crusty and salty when it snows - keep one pair as 'snow jeans' and consider it a bonus if they aren't destroyed by spring time!

As for the original jacket posted, I know friends have been unhappy with that jacket because the outer lining isn't fully waterproof. As others have suggested, I would go for a performance fleece that can zip into a waterproof, goretex or other material shell.

basically, everyone will look ridiculous in the winter so just buy stuff to keep you warm and dry :)
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Re: Very important question for Kellogg and Chicago students [#permalink] New post 12 Mar 2008, 22:13
well, I found out last november that if you go to Peru, they are getting rid of their winter gear, so you can get some VERY NICE and warm Royal Alpaca jackets for pretty cheap. Well worth the flight there if you have never been to Peru. I brought back two of the warmest and thinnest sweaters (from the highest quality store in Peru) I've ever worn (even warmer and lighter than cashmere), for slightly cheaper than a decent cashmere sweater here in the States.

Just a thought... almost bought the jacket, but there's no way I'm going to wear it anywhere unless I go to Kellogg. :P
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Re: Very important question for Kellogg and Chicago students [#permalink] New post 13 Mar 2008, 07:01
longjohns under jeans is what the wierd sissy kids do. Be a man. Wear normal undewear.

All you really need is layers -- t-shirt, sweater and a good wind proof, water proof gortex lined jacket. See northface for instance. The easiest way is to find a ski jacket essentially. Thats for the brutal days. The semi-brutals I go with something a bit nicer, basically a loden.

I'm crazy and dont wear scarfs, hats, earmuffs and only wear gloves when it hits like -10 or so. You should probably buy that stuff too.
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Re: Very important question for Kellogg and Chicago students [#permalink] New post 13 Mar 2008, 10:35
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longjohns under jeans is what the wierd sissy kids do. Be a man. Wear normal undewear.

All you really need is layers -- t-shirt, sweater and a good wind proof, water proof gortex lined jacket. See northface for instance. The easiest way is to find a ski jacket essentially. Thats for the brutal days. The semi-brutals I go with something a bit nicer, basically a loden.

I'm crazy and dont wear scarfs, hats, earmuffs and only wear gloves when it hits like -10 or so. You should probably buy that stuff too.


This.


Remember, the temperature is just a number. Staying warm when it's cold out is primarily just a state of mind (I've lived in Chicago all my life). If you try and fight it, you're going to lose every time. Just accept how cold it is and move on.
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Re: Very important question for Kellogg and Chicago students [#permalink] New post 13 Mar 2008, 11:04
haha... or you can just refuse to live somewhere that cold and enjoy the 70 degree weather in the middle of winter :P
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Re: Very important question for Kellogg and Chicago students [#permalink] New post 16 Mar 2008, 01:48
If you want to follow B-school fashion trends, then go for the ubiquitous Patagonia, Columbia, North Face, REI, etc. gear. Get a high tech jacket + fleece combo. Bonus points for IPOD/Iphone specific pockets / zippers, branded fabrics and fair-trade certified production. Check this out for further guidance.
http://stuffwhitepeoplelike.wordpress.c ... e-clothes/
Note: While it refers to "white people" I'd say it's applicable to most B-school students regardless of race.

If not, you can just buy any other jacket (as long as it's warm and water and wind proof), gloves, scarves and pullovers.

Either way, you will definitely need a thick overcoat to wear on top of your suit when recruiting.

As far as trousers go, jeans can get cold unless wearing long underwear. If you want to avoid those, then try some corduroy pants.

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PS: not in Chicago, but in Boston, which is similarly cold, albeit less windy.
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Re: Very important question for Kellogg and Chicago students [#permalink] New post 16 Mar 2008, 06:31
Smartwool socks or similar. Gortex hiking boots.
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