What do you recommend for a winter coat when you are on duty? I would like to buy a 5.11 jacket but I only want to spend around $50.00. Is there any other brands that are cheaper?

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Im only going to say this.....you get what you pay for. How warm you want to stay ??? How dry you want to stay ???  I have a 3 in 1 coat that I absolutly love, its waterproof, windbreaker, and very warm....BUT, it did cost around $180.00. It gets down to 30-40 below up here in northern Wi without the windchill. If 50 bucks is your limit, your probably going to be cold.

I have to agree with Bull, you get what you pay for.  To even find a decent 5.11 jacket for $50 will be difficult anyway.  My Department issues the 5.11 three in one hi viz parka, its spendy, but in Minnesota we need it.

The 5.11 Tactical High-Vis Responder Parka is a 3- in-1 system jacket consisting of a waterproof/windproof, breathable outer shell and zip-out fleece liner. It is ANSI certified for high visibility and the material/seam construction is in accordance with ASTM F 1671 standards for resistance to blood-borne pathogens.


Last year our dept. rescue squad bought all EMTs and EMRs a coat with some high vis reflective bands they cost about $150 a piece but they are warm and pretty darn sweet. I'm not sure what brand they are but they are made specifically for First Responders of all kinds.

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