Since youre interested in a versatile survival coat for NYC, perhaps I can interest you in this little gem from the Museum of Modern Art. Final Home JacketKosuke Tsumura, 1995Made of nylon, this clever coat is designed to serve as a nomadic home in the event of a disaster. The ample pockets may be filled with newspapers for warmth, or used for storing personal belongings, food, maps, and other survival gear. Hand-wash with cold water or dry clean. One size fits all. $215http://momastore.org/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10001&storeId=10001&produ ctId=32228
This has got to be one of the silliest products for urban yuppies Ive ever seen. You bet I would spend $215 for a nylon shell with giant pockets that you can stuff newspapers into, and which is so incredibly rugged that it needs to be hand washed. I particularly like the way they backlit it in the photo so that the "survival" supplies in the pockets can be seen: 1-banana, 1-CD and 1-bottle of soda
All in all, Id prefer one of Campmore's cagoules for $36 & I think blue makes an appropriate color statement for the circumstances in which it is designed to be used.
PS - Sorry to derail your thread, but I just got this ad today and it was just too funny to pass up. Hope you get some serious answers.