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Postby S. Heisley » Thu Oct 15, 2009 10:26 am

CD is right about the wool. If your bottom half is getting wet in the cold or really cool weather, wool retains body heat even when it is wet. :thumbsup: Most other materials loose heat when wet.
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Postby hotrod » Sun Oct 18, 2009 1:06 am

I have a pair of wool bibs that I wear frequently in the winter. On the ice drilling holes for fishing I have a good set of good stearns raingear bibs to shed the water, works good for me..
also have a good set of wool/blend underwear... Soo many people think wool shrinks when it gets wet, millions of sheep will argue that one...
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Postby eamarquardt » Sun Oct 18, 2009 1:13 am

Here I wear shorts, a pullover shirt (for medical reasons I don't like things touching my throat so I need loose clothing), and leather sports shoes or sandles. If the weather precludes these, I'm outta there!

Spoiled, yes. Clothing costs: minimal.

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Postby Darren » Sun Oct 18, 2009 10:05 am

Gus has the answer. I have been looking at this completely wrong and the optimal solution is not get cold. :lol: Thanks everyone for the advice and information. I'm planning on getting out this winter and this will help. :thumbsup:
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Right or wrong!!!!

Postby eamarquardt » Sun Oct 18, 2009 11:00 am

Victor Star wrote:Gus has the answer. I have been looking at this completely wrong and the optimal solution is not get cold. :lol: Thanks everyone for the advice and information. I'm planning on getting out this winter and this will help. :thumbsup:


Figured out how to do quotes!!!! My family agrees that I have all the answers. They, however, say my answers are all wrong.

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Postby Arne » Sun Oct 18, 2009 2:30 pm

I only cold weather camp on the way to warmer weather (CT to FL, etc.). Layering is the only way I can handle it.
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Re: Right or wrong!!!!

Postby Mauleskinner » Sun Oct 18, 2009 7:33 pm

eamarquardt wrote:My family agrees that I have all the answers. They, however, say my answers are all wrong.

Cheers,

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My answers aren't "wrong", they're just weird enough to work. Like the time I had my cousin's wife ironing a birthday cake! 8) Worked great, she just hates when I remind her... :lol:
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Postby dwgriff1 » Mon Oct 19, 2009 9:24 am

My mom always said: "If your feet are cold, put on your hat."

Later I studied mountain climbing and they said the same thing.

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Postby Darren » Mon Oct 19, 2009 12:17 pm

Good advice Dave. Especially with my new hair cut. It's pretty much all gone.
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Postby eveningprimrose » Tue Dec 15, 2009 7:48 am

Thanks for the info. Great reading!
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Postby SomewhereInND » Sat Dec 19, 2009 7:53 pm

Poly shirts like under armor even work great in the summer, when the sun is blasing, and hot, and you want to keep the sun off you.

I have worn a long sleve underarmor when it was 90+, and was very comfortable.
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Postby Laredo » Sat Dec 19, 2009 8:49 pm

Old Air Force Security Police Trick:

Pantyhose.

Compared to polypro (which, btw, they inspired) they're cheap.

There's a slightly heavier version called "tights" available in most big box stores, under several brand names. They pack a lot smaller than even the old standby longjohns, altho the newer poly-blend longjohns are quite nice.

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If you're wearing both, put the thermals *over* the hose, not the other way around. I nearly killed myself walking out of a back branch of Palo Duro Canyon by doing it the other way 'round at Scout Camp over Presidents' Day Weekend a few years ago...
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Postby Billy K » Sat Dec 19, 2009 8:57 pm

I spend a lot of time outside -all year-

The old farmers I worked for as a teen use to drive me nuts by drinking scalding hot coffee in July heat!!!

I learned from them that long sleeve, cotton shirts and sweat are the ticket when it's hot.

They also taught me that a hat is the first thing for cold.

Then I started hunting from trees as I got older and sitting still for hours; made me ask more questions...and am still learning...

1) boots 1/2 to 1 size bigger than normal, a liner sock and a midweight
wool sock work for feet.

2) Fingerless gloves are more than fashion(rag wool is good)

3) Natural fibers are the ultimate for warmth...the Mountainmen used
them (wool,fur,leather)

4) stopping the wind is, at least, half the battle

5) hydration (not libation) is important

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Postby Miriam C. » Sat Dec 19, 2009 10:39 pm

Staying home with a hot toddy works too. 8) got to agree with the polypro, cotton flannel, Wool, polar fleece, then a down vest/coat. I rarely need a coat over these. btw my wool sweaters are all turtle neck and I don't wear cotton if I am going to get wet.
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Postby Laredo » Sat Dec 19, 2009 11:05 pm

I have, and adore, a hoodie with a kangaroo pocket made of polyfleece (the anti-pilling kind) for cold weather. I also have a poly/acrylic poncho and some sweaters (yay for Red Heart yarn).
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