Recommendations for winter unmentionables?

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Postby jstrubberg » Mon Nov 28, 2011 3:18 pm

I'll add something here that I've heard from more than one hunter....

If your hands are cold, put on a hat. If your hands are still cold, put on another hat!!

Your body will scavenge blood flow and therefore heat from every other part of your body in an effort to keep your head warm. You can put on all the layers you want, but if you don't insulate your roofline you're gonna be cold!
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Postby slowcowboy » Mon Nov 28, 2011 8:36 pm

hands cold stick them under the horn on your saddle next to the horse!!!

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Postby Moho » Tue Nov 29, 2011 2:33 am

Growing up riding across country on Harley's, one of the things bikers do for the lower half of the body is wear pantyhose. Pantyhose, Jeans and chaps will keep ya warm in about any temp. I've rode in 10 degree weather (-10 in biker temp with the wind, they say subtract 20 degrees) and stayed warm all day.

Next time it's cold and you see a big, bearded, burley biker next to ya at a light, remember this, lol

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Re: Recommendations for winter unmentionables?

Postby jstrubberg » Wed May 30, 2012 2:08 pm

Moho,

I've seen duck hunters (who endure some of the worst weather of any hunter outside the arctic circle) do the same thing with the pantyhose. Good tip. Silk and nylon both do a great job of lifting moisture off of yoru skin and prevent that moisture from chilling you as it cools.

FYI, we jsut returned from a cruise in Alaska. My wife says the Cuddle Duds did a great job of keeping her warm in the 25+ mph wind we had on the boat. She was comfortable in just the duds, jeans, a tshirt and an insulated shell.
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Re: Recommendations for winter unmentionables?

Postby slowcowboy » Wed May 30, 2012 7:36 pm

I used to ride at work back in the days of my life on the open range with
2 pairs of panty hose, and a pair of joggin pants and long jons all under a oversied pair of jeans with a pair of leather full length shot gun chaps.

when I got hurt in january of 03 with the biggest wreck of my life and got my hip knocked out.

it took casper a hour to cut the clothes off me just to find skin!!!!!!!!!

this all was for procetion sitting on a horse all day in snow and mostly it was for procetion in the winter time from wyoming wind.

snow and wind on the open range and sititng on a horse don't quiet mix.

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Re: Recommendations for winter unmentionables?

Postby JenH » Sat Jun 23, 2012 1:30 pm

Just a little tip too... When you are ready to retire at night make sure you change ALL your clothes (especially socks and undergarments). As you move around during the day (even in FREEZING temperatures) your body produces moisture. If you will change into completely DRY attire for sleeping you will stay warm and not get sick.. Learned this in Scouts and it really is crucial to not only your health but your comfort level at night..

Also.. my fav is Silk.. mine were handed down so I'm not sure the cost but even if you pick up a a piece a season it's worth the investment. I've had mine for 10 years.

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Re: Recommendations for winter unmentionables?

Postby gypsy97 » Sun Jul 08, 2012 8:59 pm

I have always sworn by Capilene, made by Patagonia. A set is expensive but they will last forever. I wore them when I backpacked on the Appalachian Trail through much cold weather. The thing I like is that when you put the shirt or pants on you feel instant warmth. But if the temps warm up a bit, you don't get overheated. Sometimes in the winter I sleep in them, and recently sent one of my sets along with my g-daughter who is spending 2 months in Europe, including Germany where it sometimes gets cold even in summer months.
I've bought them on sale at REI or go directly to Patagonia.com. This should be a good time of year to find them on sale. There are knock-offs available, but I swear by lightweight Capilene by Patagonia.
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Re: Recommendations for winter unmentionables?

Postby JuneBug » Mon Jul 30, 2012 10:52 am

17 winters in southwestern Colorado, and my two favorite weapons were long-john bottoms and the strongest ginger tea possible. For some reason, the bottoms have an amplifying factor--I could have a ton of layers on top, but if no long-john bottoms on under my jeans, I'd still be cold. In that dry cold, the heavier thermal cotton bottoms from WalMart worked fine, but these days I'd go for the polyester/spandex kind, with some kind of de-stink treatment.
If you really want to stay warm and you are out all day, nothing beats lined Carhart coveralls.

Now for the ginger tea: grate up a big piece (thumb sized or a bit smaller) of fresh juicy ginger root. Put in a cup and pour boiling water on top. Steep for five or 10 minutes or so. Strain out the ginger. Drink. Should feel like strong whiskey going down. Cough. Gasp. Ahhhh. :thumbsup:
For some reason this really helped with the cold. Some of you are probably thinking, "Why mess with ginger when you could go straight to strong whiskey?"
I don't drink so you'll have to sort that one out on your own. :)
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Re: Recommendations for winter unmentionables?

Postby Kody » Sun Oct 14, 2012 7:06 am

Wow! things are so different over there in the US. I lived there in Ohio for almost 7 years and yep, it was cold. My (US) wife thought I was nuts as I would get dressed in the winter wearing only a pair of jeans, short sox and gym boots, a fleecy cotton shirt and a jacket. "Well" I would drawl in my best Aussie accent, "the cold isn't too bad 'cos I can move around in these clothes and you can always snuggle me if I get as cold as you think I am". Over down here, we have just left winter and it's now Spring. The nights are cool to cold (48F) so it's not too bad.The winter here at the tropic of Capricorn can become totally unbearable with the temp. dropping to 40F. around 2:00 am. It dropped down to 38F one winter and that simply horrid! During the winter here, I wore a pair of jeans all day and a cotton short sleeved shirt plus a jumper. When I was younger (around 30'ish) I wore a pair of cotton shorts all year. Now that I'm 70, I am feeling the cold and wear jeans all day and a super warm jacket that I bought in the US. My "early warning radar" is not not working as it used too so I tend to bash my head a lot more than I ever did a few years ago. The impacts have been softened by wearing a warm thick knitted beanie. I can't wear anything made of wool, I am allergic to wool and have been since I was born which is why I wear cotton or some of the synthetics that are very soft. When the temp drops down to 55F I start the wood burner up and it heats the entire house to 80F minimum and it's so nice and cosy. At the moment, the temp here in the house is a cool 74F. It could be a lot worse.
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Postby coop74 » Sun Oct 14, 2012 2:16 pm

Juneaudave wrote:Ditch the old style cotton long johns and look for a synthetic (or silk) base layer. I don't buy the expensive stuff...the last couple years Marcia and I have been wearing an off the shelf Costco Brand called Paradox which is labled 92% polyester, 8% spandex..whatever that means!
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it means that what the textile companies tried to do for years finally caught on... Polyester has been around for a long time but folks prefered cotton. With a good bit of hype marketing folks are finally buying into polyester. The Spandex is there for stretch and return characteristics. Based on the numbers you posted it is probably in the base of the fabric so it actually never really touches your skin.

The Textile worlld has come a long long way...

PS coton is still a great fabric, Wool too... how can hundreds of thousands of sheep be wrong.

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Re: Recommendations for winter unmentionables?

Postby KCStudly » Sun Oct 14, 2012 9:04 pm

Alpaca socks, scarfs and gloves. My wife has very sensitive skin and can get a rash just from a tag rubbing her wrong. Wool? Forget it.

We went to an Alpaca farm open house recently, and apparently Alpaca fibers are hollow, have no lanolin like wool so are hypoallergenic, and are incredibly soft. She had been gifted a pair of Alpaca socks and wears them to bed exclusively. (She has genetically poor circulation and is therefore always cold at her extremities.) Swears by them.
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Re: Recommendations for winter unmentionables?

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Re: Recommendations for winter unmentionables?

Postby catinmoon » Thu Apr 25, 2013 3:32 pm

Smartwool undergarments are a bit pricey but for my $$ worth their weight in gold.
not itchy, lightweight, will keep you warm.
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Re: Recommendations for winter unmentionables?

Postby ladyliz » Mon Jul 14, 2014 10:21 pm

Our local Target carried fleece long johns last winter. They are sooo comfy! Silk + Fleece + overpants = toasty legs :lol:
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