DrGranola wrote:Have you used that jacket before? What temps did you use it in, if so? I have the same jacket and I find it extremely warm even in -0 temps. I think that the minimum temp would depend on the user. Do you tend to run cold, or hot?
Hi DrG, thanks for taking the time to reply. However I'm afraid, but for a single letter, it's created a little confusion. Please see my point above regarding quoting temperatures. Since you're in the US I presume you're talking "Fahrenheit"?
Yes I've used the jacket before, but not down to the -20C temperatures I think
* I may expect on this trek. Also, as mentioned above, while I have spent a fair amount of time in cold conditions, I think there's a world of difference between my experience with being outside, then ducking back to a nice warm locker room etc every few hours, and being out in it 24/7. I have absolutely zero experience with trekking in cold conditions, but I would think once "cold" it would be miserable and difficult to try to get warm again, especially once at camp. I'd rather error on the side of being "over-warm" rather than being cold. Sorry I don't know whether I'm a "hot" or "cold" person, but I'd again be leaning to feeling the cold. I do know from experience that it can be tricky; cooking while working hard, then freezing when stopped. Again, it's not a temperature area I have much personal experience with, normally I'd be in the -10 to 0C range, and the extra 10C makes a BIG difference in my experience. Below -20C it's really getting "cold" in my book!
My gut feeling is the jacket, when appropriately layered, "should" be warm enough. However that's easy for me to say from the cosy warmth of my study! I've already decided to invest in a Mountain Hardwear Wraith sleeping bag, even though even my existing bag is too warm for most of the time I need it. However it's not every day I get the opportunity to go to Nepal, and I would rather spend a few dollars to make sure I enjoy the experience as best I can, rather than trying to be a tight-wad and detracting from what I think will be quite an experience. Like the sleeping bag, I'm happy to buy a new jacket if it's really necessary, but there's obviously no point if what I have is perfectly acceptable. Hence why I'm throwing it out for the kind opinions of those with more experience than myself.
*I say "think" I may expect as I honestly don't know for sure exactly
what temperatures to plan for. I can only guess based on what I've read elsewhere that the temperatures in Nepal in November can drop to -20C or so.