Canada Goose: Thermal Experience Index

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Canada Goose. Canada Goose: Thermal Experience Index

Have you ever found yourself sitting in front of a computer screen scratching your head over a product you are contemplating buying? Everything looks great, but no matter how many times you re-read the description and look at the picture you simply can’t grasp the warmth of the model.  Is that jacket filled with luscious insulation, or devoid of serious warmth?  Insulated jackets can be made for Dubai winters or Canadian winters- ordering the former when you wanted to latter is no laughing matter.  Why couldn’t someone make some sort of scale that demonstrated the warmth of jackets?

Canada Goose has answered your prayers.

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Canada Goose does not want this scenario occurring when you finally decide to purchase one of their jackets.  That is why they have created an easy to understand system to help you choose the Canada Goose product you need.  Their Thermal Experience Index (TEI) will help you figure out what models you should be pondering.

Let’s have a look at it:

As you can see it is a simple 1 through 5 index of warmth.  1 being a model that is lightly insulated and 5 being jackets for Arctic explorers.

1. Lightweight (5° to -5°)

This collection is the starting point of Canada Goose warmth. Canada Goose now produces models for people who may not need crazy-as-heck warmth.  These jackets are good for someone who lives in a temperate climate where it gets chilly, but not cold.

Men’s Options

Women’s Options

2. Versatile (0° to -15°)

This is the collection for almost any condition.  Insulated for a little bit of everything, the Versatile warmth level will be good in colder temperatures, but not ridiculous if you decide to wear it around 0° Celsius.  This is a great option to put under a shell for a day skating on the Rideau canal (and by that I mean eating Beavertails) or just on its own shopping on Young St.  If you ever want to go winter camping but will be hiking ten kilometers in to your camp at -15° Celsius, then throw this on and start hiking, you will be warm, but not overheat.

Men’s Options

Women’s Options

3. Fundamental (-10° to -20°)

It’s getting hot in here.  Now we are looking at jackets that are (probably) too warm for those days hovering near freezing point.  These models mean can be taken into a slightly harsher climate.  The fabrics are getting heavier and the down quantity is increasing.  All this translates to a warmer, tougher jacket.

Men’s options


Women’s options

 4. Enduring (-15° to -25°)

We are no longer joking around.  If you are always cold, then, by all means, look at these jackets.  They will get your blood boiling.  If you are frequently outside and standing around- think waiting for the bus- these are models for you.

Men’s options

Women’s options

5. Extreme (-30° to …)

This is just ridiculous.  Ridiculously warm that is.  Made for hell on Earth.  Enjoy the coldest days of winter with utter disdain.

Men’s options

Women’s options

Just remember that these are suggestions.  No one knows your own body better than you.  If you are always on the chilly side then perhaps you should bump up to a higher heat level, and if the opposite is true then bump down one.  Hopefully this will help you choose the most appropriate model of Canada Goose for your usage. If you’re still unsure which jacket will be best for you, read our choosing the right winter jacket guide so you end up with your ideal coat this winter.

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