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Bush pilots love Canada Goose jackets?

#1 Post by Lotro » Wed Mar 06, 2013 9:09 pm

From TheGridTO:
“I worked there with the intention of leaving after that,” he says. “Honestly, the first month sucked. I didn’t like it. My dad said I had to wear a suit and show up at 8:30 in the morning.” Reiss’s first task was to solicit sales from various northern airlines in need of jackets for bush pilots. That’s when his 180-degree turnaround on brands—or, more specifically, his father’s brand—happened.

Reiss got up to speed on the competition, and sussed out the industry landscape. “I learned the stories about the people who lived in the north, and the bush pilots, the people who said, ‘You make the greatest jackets, I couldn’t live here without them.’ We get all kinds of letters, and reading them convinced me there’s something real here that means something to people. I’m a storyteller, and I like meaning, and it was there. I used to think my dad’s jackets were like widgets, just things. But they weren’t.”
Any bush pilots care to confirm?

Full Story here - it's not a bad read:
http://www.thegridto.com/life/fashion/g ... the-flock/
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#2 Post by Janszoon » Wed Mar 06, 2013 10:45 pm

Great jackets, those Canada Goose. Have the "Resolute" parka and wear it in the arctic religiously. I could go outside in -45C with just a t-shirt underneath and be warm enough in it. Like wearing a fitted sleeping bag. It's also tough, durable and well-thought-out. If I had to "put it down" in the winter, I wouldn't want any other parka.
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#3 Post by DanWEC » Thu Mar 07, 2013 1:49 am

Janszoon wrote:Great jackets, those Canada Goose. Have the "Resolute" parka and wear it in the arctic religiously. I could go outside in -45C with just a t-shirt underneath and be warm enough in it. Like wearing a fitted sleeping bag. It's also tough, durable and well-thought-out. If I had to "put it down" in the winter, I wouldn't want any other parka.

Sounds like something out of the J. Peterman catalogue! :lol:
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#4 Post by Changes in Latitudes » Thu Mar 07, 2013 6:03 am

The gales blow hard in Pond Inlet, -40 before the wind has its say, metric and imperialists have no say, as the diesel generators struggle to keep up. Engine tents hug your sleeping monster like a finely matched corset over something with much warmer, pleasing curves. Around you, cold barren darkness, but a symbol of your Independence, the elements do not phase you.

There's a movement in this country. You know who they are. They take classes in cognitive-test preparation and managing cockpit resources that your forefathers could tackle with the simple raise of a brow. They can break down the properties in Jet-A but shy away from a 25kt crosswind. They wouldn't get you, and you're glad they don't.

You're an endangered species and you wouldn't have it any other way. Enjoy.

Long known as the ‘industrial’ parka of the north, the Resolute Parka is worn at both poles -- by explorers on trans-Antarctic expeditions as well as workers at high-Arctic observatories. With features like double-reinforced elbows and a longer thigh length, this parka will get you through some of the most extreme and challenging environments in the world.

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And yes, I love that frikken' parka.
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#5 Post by Mr. North » Thu Mar 07, 2013 9:24 am

+1

My friends back home ask me all the time how I tolerate working in the arctic, being so cold. I tell them I'm often warmer up there then any given day back in the city. Up North, when I go out I know it's effing cold so I suit up in my carhartt bib pants and Canada Goose parka. Back home, it may well be -30 but for some reason everyone insists on running around in spring jackets? I'm guilty of it too but I don't complain about the cold as much now. It's funny how it took some time living in the North to realize just how under dressed most people are down South in winter (especially women). You may be in a city but what if you get stuck somewhere? A guy died just outside of Winnipeg last month after his car got stuck on the highway during a snowstorm. They found him 50m from his car, frozen stiff, apparently trying to walk out?!! Poor guy would probably still be here if he had dressed appropriately.
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#6 Post by cffdt » Mon Mar 11, 2013 7:01 pm

I have the expedition parka myself. I agree with the above; 90% of people do not dress properly. During my first week of winter at my first ramp job, I dressed properly; my parka, good gloves, good and proper hat, also used my goose down snow pants. Some of my work mates laughed at me for dressing "silly." But when that first -40C night hit, I was fine and they were shivering. But don't worry, they looked "cool" still haha. Some of them the next day went out and spent the cash on similar stuff to mine. That all being said, assuming you buy the real thing and not a fake; Canada Goose's winter gear is worth every penny in my books. Expensive, but very very good stuff.
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#7 Post by SheriffPatGarrett » Thu Mar 14, 2013 10:30 am

You know, between Cape Dyer and Sondre-Strom Fjord, there is the Gulf Stream, making
Greenland's climate actually fairly mild.

So one day, Greenlandair show up with their S-61, land in front of the terminal in Dyer main(Cape Dyer),
the ferry crew, wearing green bomber jackets, start walking to the terminal.

At minus 40 and a stiff wind, they almost did not survive the 300 feet walk!
We had to loan them real parkas so they could go back to the helicopter!

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The memorable thing at Dyer main was one day, they filled our tanks with seawater instead of Jet-A.
(Somebody turn on the wrong valve at the wrong place, then water pressure busted the philters)
Crew flamed out in the middle of Take Off...was the devil to purge off all that seawater in these temperatures!

The other big thing there was the runway is at the bottom of a hill, so you do your approach
real close to the ground...and there was this propeller blade sticking out as you went right by...

A C-46 had crashed on approach...then it got crushed down and buried except for that one blade!
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#8 Post by esp803 » Fri Mar 15, 2013 8:22 am

As I stated in the "trendy" thread, I've got a bomber Canada Goose, because the Caravan is a pain to climb into with the full length parkas. combined with down snow pants it's pretty cozy, no complaints yet.

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#9 Post by dahspeers » Mon Mar 18, 2013 8:50 am

I have a bomber. Forget which one. Some days it's a bit short, but a pair of lined Carhartt overalls fixes that real quick. I like the flexibility the bomber gives.
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#10 Post by The5chord » Sun Aug 23, 2015 8:21 pm

I would like a Canada goose jacket but they are so damn expensive. I am not saying you don't get what you pay for. The USA or Canada made woolrich arctic parka costs about as much but you can get one that was manufactured in China for cheaper.

Anyone find something cheaper than Canada goose that works for -40?
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#11 Post by DanWEC » Sun Aug 23, 2015 8:23 pm

I might have gotten a dud. Bought from Sporting Life, but I'm covered with feathers every time I wear it. CG's customer service says it's normal??!
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#12 Post by esp803 » Sun Aug 23, 2015 11:01 pm

The5chord wrote:Anyone find something cheaper than Canada goose that works for -40?
If you're on a budget, head over to a military surplus store and grab one of the large green winter parkas, it will keep you toasty warm at -40. I also loved the wire frame on the hood, it allows you to shape it how you want.

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#13 Post by PointyEngine » Mon Aug 24, 2015 10:39 am

The5chord wrote:hina for cheaper.

Anyone find something cheaper than Canada goose that works for -40?
I've used a North Face McMurdo Parka at -40 for days on end with only a T-Shirt underneath, certainly does the trick. Doesn't have the same yuppie appeal mind you...
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#14 Post by Rowdy » Mon Aug 24, 2015 12:16 pm

My North Face Mcmurdo served me well too! Any proper down winter parka (spend the coin!) is a worthy investment.. I'd have picked up a Canada Goose, but they were few nd far between here in the tropics they call vangcouver
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#15 Post by bigEh » Wed Aug 26, 2015 8:32 pm

esp803 wrote:
The5chord wrote:Anyone find something cheaper than Canada goose that works for -40?
If you're on a budget, head over to a military surplus store and grab one of the large green winter parkas, it will keep you toasty warm at -40. I also loved the wire frame on the hood, it allows you to shape it how you want.

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I bought one of these for $60 on ebay. Worked like a charm in the territories. Might not get you any style points but at -40C who cares.
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#16 Post by snoopy » Wed Aug 26, 2015 11:21 pm

I still have my big ugly green military surplus parka - from place called Rosie's Auction in Saskatoon 20 years ago - $60? Can't remember for sure has but it sure has served me well. It's so ugly that it's guaranteed not to get stolen, and I never have to wonder if I'm in compliance with the latest fashion. An oldtimer once told me the buttons of CF parkas used to be made of edible material for survival situations. Mine are plastic. I like the big brass zipper - now that is something of quality you don't see much anymore.

Layers are the key - and a windbreak. I survived several winters flying skis at -40 and below wearing only bib-style stretchy ski pants from MEC with itchy scratchy woolies and a hand-made, double knit Dale of Norway sweater - only kept the parka in the back of the aircraft for emergencies and the occasional long walk with the dog on windy days. The problem with the big CG parkas is you can't layer properly for the continuous transitions between loading freight, flying and walking about in the odd snow storm. Even at -40 it's common to find yourself down to minimal layers breaking a sweat when you're slugging freight around.

If you're ever in YZF Weaver & Devore is a great place to buy winter boots and some great sheepskin products from Eglis Sheep Farm in Ontario. Alternatively if you're between Kenora and Dryden - closer to Dryden - you can stop into Eglis in person. Great sheepskin gauntlets and hats.

If I was going to the vicinity of the North or South Pole, then I would definitely invest in a proper CG parka for the purpose. That said there are so many counterfeit knockoffs you better be sure before you spend your money, and bet your life on the branding.
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#17 Post by DanWEC » Wed Aug 26, 2015 11:43 pm

I don't understand why I don't have a Canada Goose jacket, I have 3900 hours of BE20 time. Can someone give me a jacket?





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#18 Post by trey kule » Thu Aug 27, 2015 1:13 am

I don't understand why I don't have a Canada Goose jacket, I have 3900 hours of BE20 time. Can someone give me a jacket?

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#19 Post by NunavutPA-12 » Sun Aug 30, 2015 1:44 pm

The airplane shudders in the minus 40 wind chill. The air is so cold the howling of the huskies freezes in mid-air. It will be noisy come springtime!

Standing in the arctic blast, you fondly remember your cozy time in Flin Flon. Your nose is about to become a popsicle, but the rest of you is as warm as toast, thanks to your Canada Goose parka.

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Yes, they are warm, but overpriced and heavy. There are better deals out there, though most are useless without some decent fur around the hood.
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#20 Post by Mr. North » Sun Aug 30, 2015 3:00 pm

There may be more affordable options out there but what other parka comes with a lifetime guarantee? After six years of use I sent mine back to repair the frayed cuffs. Not only did they replace those, they also replaced my fur ruff and sewed on a new Canada Goose patch. On it's return it was like getting a brand new parka, ready for another six years of work and hopefully more.

My model - The Heli-Arctic - is perfect for pilots. A real shame to discover that it has been discontinued.
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#21 Post by Changes in Latitudes » Sun Aug 30, 2015 3:38 pm

NunavutPA-12 wrote:The airplane shudders in the minus 40 wind chill. The air is so cold the howling of the huskies freezes in mid-air. It will be noisy come springtime!

Standing in the arctic blast, you fondly remember your cozy time in Flin Flon. Your nose is about to become a popsicle, but the rest of you is as warm as toast, thanks to your Canada Goose parka.

Sizes small, medium, large, XL

J. Peterman


Yes, they are warm, but overpriced and heavy. There are better deals out there, though most are useless without some decent fur around the hood.
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#22 Post by midlife flyer » Wed Sep 02, 2015 6:18 pm

+1 for the Resolute. Kept me warm that's for sure.
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#23 Post by Prodriver » Fri Sep 04, 2015 10:05 pm

It's sad tht they don't make the jacket in a Tall size!
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#24 Post by oldtimer » Sat Sep 05, 2015 9:14 pm

I don't fly in the bush anymore and have a real good old parka that keeps me warm but my hands get cold.
I watched the new season of Ice Road Truckers and I notice Alex was wearing a nice pair of what looked like traditional native deerskin gloves with really nice beadwork. Has anyone ever worn something similar and are they warm?
As a kid growing up in central Saskatchewan I used to see lots of deerskin gloves hand made by native women and I really like the looks and the beadwork on them.
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#25 Post by pelmet » Sun Sep 06, 2015 4:44 am

Used the Resolute parka. Important things are lots of big pockets inside and outside the jacket that can be easily opened with mitts on. As well, a long tab on the zipper so you don't have to take the mitts off to operate it.

It still requires more layers underneath to stay warm.
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