Cold Weather Gear

Editors Summary: Bruce L. Hogle presented a member mini presentation on Cold Weather Gear.  What follows are his presentation notes placed in a PDF and reposted below.

For my presentation today, I will move from foot to head.  While I will show one example each; but a Google search will turn up a number of options to consider.

My advice is to watch for: pre/post/holiday-season sales; post winter sales, and Cabela’s Bargain Cave.

Feet (010-049):  One of the three areas where heat lose occurs rapidly

  • Smartwool socks*, even in the summer has wicking and padding value; Men’s & Women’s sizes.
  • Sock liner*
  • Chemical toe &/or foot warmers (Hot Hands brand). Do NOT place directly next to your skin!!!
  • Heated insoles
  • Consider terrain & weather conditions. Strongly suggest trying on footwear in person while wearing heavy (e.g., SmartWool) socks
  • Sorel boots* with fleece liner <32 F
  • Hiking boots, un-insulated so you can wear year-round (Gortex liner or not = your choice); need to condition the leather regardless (Nikwax)
  • Walking/Running shoes w good arch support (New Balance/Nike/similar) or Rubber boots (about knee high) when needing to wade in water
  • Waders

Torso (050-099):

  • Layers* – you do not want to sweat in cold weather!
  • Fleece or flannel-lined or non-lined cargo pants (chilly days). Cotton jeans are cold!
  • Silk or wool “base layer”*; light, medium, heavy weights available; men’s & women’s.
  • Synthetic, wool or fleece “Long Johns/Janes”; tops & bottoms; available in different weights. A snug fit seems warmer to me.
  • Rain jacket & maybe even pants (buy at least one size larger, so fit comfortably over your clothes)
  • Note: rain pants make a great wind block in cold weather
  • Long-sleeved, quick-drying (e.g., nylon or blend) shirts* w/ roll-up collars & sun-block built-in for summer & wear other times with layers; e.g., Cabela’s Guidewear (lot’s of pockets)
  • Windproof jacket* w/ zip-out fleece liner (here too, buy at least one size larger)
  • Insulated coveralls (a lot of construction workers wear these)
  • Down suit* (ski suit) (here too, buy at least one size larger)

Head, Face & Neck (100-150):  Another one of the key area where the heat loss is a critical concern

  • Gaiter
  • Balaclava
  • Fleece or wool mock turtleneck dickey*
  • Windproof skullcap*
  • Aviator hat*

Hands (200-250):  The third part of the body where heat loss is an area of concern

  • Windstopper” gloves* – lighter weight; heavy weight
  • Glove liners (silk or fleece)
  • Chemical hand warmers (Hot Hands brand) (regular, and Body & Hand Super Warmer sizes)
  • Muff* (camo so no one can see it) with large hand warmer
  • Electric gloves (battery operated)
  • Mittens*

Suppliers:  I suggest shopping specialty stores; for example

Bruce added an asterisk “*” on items he utilizes

Editor’s Add on Comment:  B&H Photo Explora site released an article titled “Best Accessories for Cold-Weather Photography” which offers interesting information on items that would help protect equipment in a manner not necessarily recognized as important except for those that have worked in cold weather.  It is well worth the read.

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