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anoraks

Posted: Wed Oct 07, 2009 05:46
by alongwaltz
I'd like a red windbreaker-style one. I don't have a spring or fall jacket. Something for brisk windy or rainy days would be aces.

Any suggestions?

I've never seen any in stores. Amazon has one that could be alright but I'm always hesitant to get clothes from amazon or ebay because I don't know what the quality will be like.

Re: anoraks

Posted: Wed Oct 07, 2009 09:39
by humblebee
Oooh, it's a can of worms, this, though - how you define an anorak and all that... y'see that Anorak girl at the top of the page there, well, that's actually a duffel coat, y'know... etc etc...

Re: anoraks

Posted: Wed Oct 07, 2009 13:51
by Final Loan
WIKIPEDIA KNOWS ALL:
An anorak or parka is a type of heavy jacket with a hood, often lined with fur or fake fur, so as to protect the face from a combination of freezing temperatures and wind.

This kind of garment, originally made from caribou or seal was invented by the Caribou Inuit, Inuit (Eskimo) of the Arctic region, who needed clothing that would protect them from wind chill and wet while hunting and kayaking. The word anorak comes from the Kalaallisut word anoraq, while the word parka is of Aleut origin. Certain types of Inuit anoraks have to be regularly coated with fish oil to keep their water resistance.

The words anorak and parka are now often used interchangeably, but when first introduced, they described somewhat different garments, and the distinction is still maintained by some. Strictly speaking, an anorak is a waterproof jacket with a hood and drawstrings at the waist and cuffs, and a parka is a knee-length cold-weather jacket or coat; typically stuffed with down or very warm synthetic fiber, and with a fur-lined hood. Originally an anorak specifically implied a pull-over jacket without a zipper, button or frogged opening, but this distinction is now largely lost, and many garments with a full-length front opening are now described as anoraks.
I love my parka but it's not coming out till it gets much colder.

Re: anoraks

Posted: Wed Oct 07, 2009 17:40
by alongwaltz
Strictly speaking, an anorak is a waterproof jacket with a hood and drawstrings at the waist and cuffs
That's more or less what I was thinking. A hooded windbreaker, in other words.

If it's got fur and thickness to it, I consider that a parka.

Re: anoraks

Posted: Wed Oct 07, 2009 17:43
by humblebee
Well, I might be setting myself up for a big fall here, but I don't think an anorak has to have a hood.

Re: anoraks

Posted: Wed Oct 07, 2009 18:42
by Final Loan
Don't talk rot, Pete! If it doesn't have a hood, how can you hang it off the back of your head and run around like it's a Superman cape?

Re: anoraks

Posted: Thu May 21, 2015 21:43
by E.A.R
To revive a new old topic...

I am currently writing a piece of research on indie pop fashion in the 1980s (with a focus on anoraks and children's items of clothing); if you would like to contribute memories/information, please send me a pm!

Thank you & all the best,

E.A.R
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