I am a floridian. Born and raised, never seen snow and now we are moving to Denver. And its cold there. I was wondering what you wear for the winter seasons as most coats and jackets have wool. My husband seems to think that none of the sheep are killed so it's kind of like locks-of-love for them. But I don't think that they would volunteer to be shaved.
So just curious if there are any 'snow people' out there and what you where!!!!
True, the sheep are not killed during the process, however they are treated extremely badly. Sheep in modern wool farms are bread to have wool that is thicker than what is natural and subsequently need to be sheared. The shearers, however, are told to do it as quickly as possible to save money so they sheep come out with lots of cuts on their skin. Merino wool is the worst. These sheep are raised in Australia and are bred to have the finest of wool. Along with this came skin folds for whatever reason. This is a problem because the folds get dirty and flies lay eggs in them because it is moist. So, they cut off the skin folds (that's right, cut it off!) and leave open wounds covered with plastic. Please avoid wool at all costs.
I currently wear a faux shearling coat that is very warm, you can find them on the internet. Alternative outfitters has some cute coats as well. Even rescued sheep need to be sheared now, but Farm Sanctuary and other sanctuaries tell shearers to do it slowly and carefully. Needless to say they get weird looks because the others who raise them tell them the exact opposite.
I'm a Denver gal myself, so maybe I can help. First of all, its not REALLY that cold here! Believe it or not, the weather is much milder than poor Danielle gets in Wisconsin! It will be rough coming from Florida, but its really not the frozen arctic either.
I usually don't wear a coat at all. Most days a heavy sweater or fleece jacket is good. I finally broke down and bought this one for early morning dog-walking and visiting my parents WAY up in the mountains:
Hey starflower (cute name!) That is so great and helpful. I am glad to hear that its not that cold but for me down here in florida the 3 days of winter are pretty brutal so I guess I am just being a bit scared. But that coat looks great! As long as it keeps me somewhat warm its fantastic, plus I love the all the colors to choose from!!! Thanks so much!!!!
I lived in boulder, CO for 2 years and I would say you should buy a ski/snowboard jacket or at least something waterproof. The weather is seriously all over the place. It's not super cold all winter like the midwest but it snows frequently and people love snow sports. I had a northface jacket with a polartech fleece inner liner. Faux wool is nice for a night out with no snow, but I think the first thing to get is a warm water/wind proof parka. Stay away from down and wool. They're not even that great from snow, just dry cold.
Claire is right - the weather definitely is all over the place here. One day its snowing, and the next day the sun is out again! You will get used to it eventually, and we do get LOT'S of sun. Unlike the Midwest or other areas, we don't often get those long, cold, gray, miserable stretches. We'll have a big snow and its all melted within a day or two most of the time. The reason I like that parka above is that it does keep the wet and wind out. That's one thing I forgot - the wind here can be pretty fierce. A hat or at least ear-warmer type thing is a must because of that (plus you lose a lot of heat through your head so its good to keep it covered!).