Since I live in the wet Pacific Northwest, my idea of winter outerwear is a waxed cotton or tin cloth jacket. I’ll add a supplemental wool vest or quilted jacket if temps drop below 40. For readers shopping from ice pack climes, I offer some expedition grade parkas from the past and present.
Engineered Garments Storm Parkas in cotton ripstop for men and women
Montilay Army Duck Parka (lined in herringbone tweed)
11 thoughts on “Archival Parkas”
Any links or specs for the Italy mountain park? I have and love the shelter cloth parka which has seen a lot use this winter.
Click on caption for Mountain Parka and you’ll see that it’s available in Japan. Let’s start a letter writing campaign to Filson requesting that it be made available in the US as part of the Black Label line (for men and women).
I agree, the Mountain Parka is hot. I’m writing my Congressman.
Seriously, that thing is great looking! I love it.
I grew up outside Chicago and spent a good chunk of my youth hiking, camping & fishing all around Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Michigan & Iowa, in all seasons. The #1 go-to piece of clothing for the long, bitter winters there was the classic N-3B parka. Warm enough pass out in a snowbank, they are readily available & affordable at your local army surplus depot, and a required trunk item for long winter drives:
Though nowadays, my parkas gotten so ratty I generally go to my double mackinaw first…
I’m amazed that filson dont sell these in USA, maybe they dont think they have the market for the price point.
They will sell you one if you email them.
Via Monteverdi, 20
47100 Forlì (FC) ITALY
Tel: +39 0543 473729
Fax: +39 0543 787168
Here in Toronto, when Temp get freezing you can still comfortably get away with a wool shirt, vest, and two chore coats. Wait… in Hindsight that’s a lot of layers! HA!
I love my old Eddie Bauer goose down, even though it makes me look like the stay puft marshmallow man. Also really into that 60’s version of their logo!
What I heard back from Filson Italy:
Thank you very much for your interest, but we cannot sell out of Italy.
Interesting lesli, cause they sell in switzerland, austria and germany..if you want me to find out more I can. I have a contact name there as well.
The filson parka is beautifully simplistic.
There are some amazing photos from American Alpine Clubs flickr page of the 1959 Denali West Rib first ascent:
Some good looking vintage expedition gear and outerwear.
More on the expedition here: