I feel ready for the coming winter as far as protective and warm gear goes. I have the stuff even if I may not have the mental strength for Swedish winter survival. This weekend I found this jacket. I like it because>
-it is colorful (everything is so dark here during the winter that I need something bright to cheer me up with).
-it is longer and covers more.
-it is very warm even if it still is light weight.
-you can zip it all the way up and the hood is great for when the blizzard is blowing hard winds in all directions.
I also found shoes. Needed a new good pair of warm winter shoes. I have a great pair of boots but I wanted something that had more of a low cut. I think these will be perfect to alternate with the boots. I had a pair of winter hiking shoes but they were just not very comfortable as well as being very heavy.
Here you got to gear up well in advance. You can't wait until it really is winter or all the winter stuff will be sold out in the stores. Winter stuff you buy now during early fall and and summer stuff you buy during early spring. You always have to be ahead of the season but I guess that is the way it is in most places.