By STEPHEN REGENOLD
The mercury dredged to minus-26 degrees last week here in Minnesota. But I was not worried. A shipment had arrived from Canada Goose, the Toronto-based outerwear maker that still deals in beaver-fur trim, hoods with coyote fur, and buckets of its eponymous goose-down insulation.
The company, which has serviced polar expeditions and Mount Everest climbs for decades, touts its catalog as containing the “best extreme cold weather outerwear in the world.”
My test coat, the Snow Mantra Parka, is bar none the warmest winter coat I have ever pulled on. It has a large tunnel hood with a coyote-fur ruff, a billowed body stuffed two inches thick with pounds of goose down, and a fleece-lined throat latch to seal the neck and chin from chill.
Canada Goose Snow Mantra Parka
The jacket, a model purportedly favored by researchers at the South Pole, has been around for years. It has an expeditionary look that Will Steger could model with no issue, including knit insignia patches, reflective striping, a D-ring clip, and a plastic ID window on the chest pocket so people know who you are under all that fluff.
The company (www.canada-goose.com) touts the Snow Mantra as holding its own to temperatures as low as minus-70 degrees Fahrenheit.
But this warmth does not come cheap. The Snow Mantra, made to last for years in extreme climates, costs an astounding $885.
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