ashish wrote:Thanks Exciteable Boy - that helps... But will a synthetic jacket be warm enough? May be I should have clarified what I mean by down parka - I mean mid weight to expedition weight.
I don't think you need an expedition weight parka, I use a Patagonia Micropuff year round in the PNW. I would suggest a light fleece layer (R1, R2, Monkey Man, PowerStretch, etc) to add under the parka in case it gets really cold. My expedition weight parka (Wild Things Belay Parka) gets used only on expeditions and remote, mid winter ascents of Mt Rainier. Its overkill for everything else in the PNW.