Are Parka Jackets Any Good? Here Are 3 Facts To Consider Before You Get One
If we consider the environment and it’s trends, two things are certain.
- Cost of living goes up every year
- Every winter is colder than the last
There is no debating the first point. Everyone knows that it’s true. It’s the second point that people have an issue with.
The first retort is “if the world is getting warmer, how can the winters be colder?”
Studies show that global warming has caused the polar vortex (a circular pattern of winds) to be disturbed.
As a result, colder winds from the arctic can flow towards Canada and the U.S.
Do you remember what happened in Texas recently? The usually hot and humid state saw snow. An occurrence that reports say hasn’t been seen in 100 years!
With this in mind, getting a good winter coat is paramount.
But should it be a Parka?
Here are three facts to consider before you head down to your local retailer.
1.Parkas are designed to keep you warm
If you don’t get a Parka for anything else, get it for the comfort it provides.
Parkas are well insulated coats that have a fur lined hood attached.
Back in the 1950s, parkas were used by the US army in the icy Korean Peninsula.
For a bit of perspective, a temperature reading like -4 degrees Fahrenheit (-20 degrees Celsius) isn’t unusual in these parts.
So the army needed a jacket that could keep them warm while on duty.
Maybe you could say that Parkas are battle-tested?
2. Parkas are quite fashionable
In 1960, the mods (British rebels that rode around on motorbikes called Vespas) made the Parka iconic.
You couldn’t go anywhere without seeing someone wearing one.
As the years went by, parkas would appear and disappear based on fashion trends, but in the 1990s it became a staple item.
It was very common to see someone in a Parka. It was arguably the jacket of choice!
3. Parkas have an unmatched water resistance
This is another selling point for the Parka. It’s well insulated design is not only for the cold, it’s for the wet, too.
If we think about the conditions soldiers had to be in, it only makes sense to have a dual purpose jacket.
The Parka keeps you warm and dry.
If it could only do one of these functions, it would not be as popular as it is today.
Now it’s your turn to choose. Consider the facts discussed and choose a jacket that is functional, affordable, and environmentally friendly.
Try to pay extra attention to the environmentally friendly bit. Winters are cold enough!