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The cold weather has arrived and you're looking for a parka that you can wear on all your outings We'll help you decide. As they say in Scandinavian countries: "there's no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing" (or equipment depending on the translation).
There are a number of elements that indicate how warm a parka or winter coat will be, including its thickness, cut and whether or not it has a hood. All Quechua's snow hiking parkas have a minimum comfort temperature of -10°C.
We use a variety of tests to ensure the products we offer will keep you warm. These tests, carried out in laboratory and field conditions, help us determine how warm our jackets are and provide a comfort temperature.
The material used for making your jacket is also important when assessing the level of insulation provided. The longevity and efficiency of the insulating material will depend particularly on use and weather conditions.
We test all our jackets thoroughly to ensure that the products we offer provide as much warmth as possible. We conduct tests in the mountains and laboratory using a cold room and thermal camera.
A parka is characterised by its longer length. You must have noticed that: a mid-thigh or even calf-length coat will keep you much warmer than a jacket that leaves your legs uncovered. If you're visiting a cold region, or if the weather is cold and windy, we recommend wearing a parka which will help keep out the cold air and keep you as warm as possible.
A warm parka generally features a high collar, a hood and cuffs which prevent cold air from entering. The thickness of the insulating material (synthetic or down) is also a good indicator of how much protection the jacket provides against the cold.
The jacket's anti-blizzard hood and its ability to keep out wind and snow further enhance its design and insulating properties. The aim is, of course, to create and maintain a layer of heat between your body and the parka. And finally there's also the length of the jacket. A straight parka which comes down to the hips, below the buttocks, will keep most of your body warm which means you'll feel warmer overall!
We've focussed on these specific features to develop our warmest range of parkas: the Ultra-warm range. Because we wanted to offer high-performance jackets for all tastes we have developed a wide colour range so you've bound to find the perfect colour for you!
Now you know all there is to know about the warmest parkas to wear in town, on snowy mountains and sporty excursions. To complete your outfit, think about gloves, hats and warm socks! You're ready for the outdoors - and even the extreme cold.