Don't buy from "Cabelas'" or "Bass Pro". (unless you want to freeze and get laughed at.)
That hunter with his "real tree" cammo isn't worth his salt, and looks like a d-bag when it's -20F.
I just checked the ambient temp outside and it's 2F. It'll probably drop down to negative degrees overnight. It stays like this with a high pressure
system overhead. At times, it can drop down to -20F+ for weeks.
How can YOU
Clothing seems to be the biggest obstacle, and a layering system is what has been tested, tried and true.
First Rule: COTTON KILLS.
Eliminate any long cotton underwear from your inventory. It is useless when wet, and wil aid in hypothermia.
Polly-wool/synthetic stretch base layer: Some brands like "Patagonia" make awesome base layers. REI/EMS make some nice stretch stuff for a good price
too. Any synthetic base layer that "wicks" moisture from you is your foundation.
Wool is great!
Those old pendleton sweaters from your folks are amazing! Realistically, I am taking about a "polar fleece" insulating layer.
Many companies claim to have the best "polar fleece" -- but most are all manufactured in the same place. Save yourself the money and get a "Columbia"
brand one. It'll last many seasons, and won't break your bank.
I will admit that I own a down 500-fill North Face vest. "Eddie Bauer" does make an equivalent product in terms of quality. On occasions, I will take
the vest with me. It does add an additional "insulating" property to my core.
GoreTex or equivalent as your outer "shell". It keeps the wind off you, and the snow/rain as well. Personally, I think brands are really hijacked for
"name" purposes. I have a 20+ year old "Gore Tex" North Face shell that I wear daily. It's actually better than the $400 Arc'Tyerx Theta AR I own,
"Put a damned hat on!" -- We, as humans loose at least half of our body heat through the tops of our heads. A good knit hat isn't that expensive,
maybe $15. If your outer shell has a hood -- put that up too!
When it comes to your feet and hands -- the same rules still apply. I am sure someone reading this knows the value of Sorel boots. Sorrel's have a
removable wool liner -- and a waterproof exterior.
You don't have to break the bank to be warm. Simple, and solid purchases with a "layering" system in mind can keep you nice and toasty!
8-12-2012 by MystikMushroom because: (no reason given)