While I'm not planning on pulling someone's broken bones back into position, I wonder what to do in case of a serious cut? As we'd likely be able to get help within an hour or a few, I'm not looking for a permanent repair, just enough to temporarily stop a serious bleed. Is it realistic to do for a layman in the field? What to bring?
and just when you thought you had made a decision, someone else comes up with another argument for the contrary. Never imagined that buying a jacket would be so complicated. While some say that you should learn from the mistakes of others since you don't live long enough to do them yourself, it would at the very least be a costly story.
While all the other arguments in favour of the smock are still valid, it might actually be that the sleeping bag compatibility wins it for the jacket. Unless someone tells me I'm going to drop dead if I use a jacket rather than a smock I might just have made up my mind (again).
BTW, Lemming, I hope you made a full recovery from your accident!
James, thanks for sharing your experience. If it reaches -45'C we're talking some serious winter!! I think that my adventures (for some time to come) mostly will take place in temperatures somewhat more forgiving than the Lappland winter, so for now I'll make a mental note of your gear setup. Might come in handy as I gain some experience and extend my trips, though!
Matt C, James, you've got some good points on the smock vs. jacket choice. I figured it would beeasier to get into a jacket than a smock, but if I can ski for a few hours, I can probably raise my arms over the head to get into the smock. In the end it seems more a matter of preference than anything else (and special offers, of course).
Martin, will keep your tips about the sale in mind and stay tuned to the spring sale.