A blast from the past

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  1. Moondog55

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    REI have just brought back the down parka that was my first real mountaineering garment. Real old school but at the time I thought it was great, part of me still does.
    What isn't in the lineup are the matching pants and the red and yellow windsuit but the selling price seems to be the same as it was way back then

    https://www.rei.com/product/137184/rei-co-op-high-country-down-parka-mens
     
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    Reminds me a lot of the old Eddie Bauer Kara Korum line of parkas and pants.
     
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    Same heritage I suppose.
    There was a full lineup of vests/jackets and parkas including a monster double layer parka with almost a kilo of down in it in the Extra Large size. I'm guessing that back then it was 550 FP down.
    I was working in a US base here in Australia at the time and an American mate ordered them for me; REI did free shipping to APO addresses back then so postage cost nothing.
    REI will no longer post to Oz or I might buy one for nostalgia reasons
     
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    Yep JDSRF not the "Other secret place that nobody talks about"
     
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    Some of those oldies are still goodies and worth their weight in Gold in some instances. Back in the late 60's early 70's Woods Bag & Canvas Company offered their Artic Mountain Parka with matching pants, commonly referred to as an "elephant's foot", as when zipped together you looked like an elephant's foot. Great concept, as they were used in making a sleeping bag when you were sleeping on a cliff or caught in a blizzard - of course, you'd have to be of that mental type to take part in ledge mountain climbing in wintery conditions.

    The parka has 20 ounces of goose down and all seams have an overlaying down packet covering the seams - the length in XL is 40 inches not counting the hood, so it will cover any "rear action".

    I only had a perceived need for the Parka and still have that puppy. Cost to me, as a small dealer at the time, was $95.00 but I think they sold in the $150/$175 range at the time and very well worth it if you had the "need".
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    Nice, a double layer parka, twice as nice.
     
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    Pine Gap was #1 on my list of preferred duty stations when I graduated from 'A' school. I was in a long distance relationship with an Ozian at the time.

    I ended up at Camp Pendleton and probably enjoyed flying to SoCal to visit far more than she would have traveling to the center of BFE. LOL
     
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    Long periods of boredom interrupted by spurts of nothing to do, except I am a cook and always busy, 6 days by 12 hour shifts. That's when I started running; it was either that or sit in the bar and drink.
     
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