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Old 01-19-2012, 10:14 AM   #1
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How to dress for the cold

I hear people from BC complaining about being cold when its like -10. In Alberta -30 the bars are still packed and notasinglefuck is given. I have worked in -50 with wind chill before and was nice and toasty warm.. Its all in how you dress.
The thing I find with people is they think being a heavy expensive jacket cuts it. It really doesnt. In fact you can get away with spending way less and being lighter. Its all about layers. The thing with layers is you can strip them away as it warms up.

So here is how to dress for the cold

base layer - polyester... walmart sells cheap polyester shirts... polyester will be tight against your body and wicks away moisture which is what is gonna end up making you cold...

second layer - something light.. polyester is good here or cotton.. it shouldnt be skin tight

third layer - cotton shirt

top layer - jacket... hopefully gore tex.. you want something that is gonna block wind and keep moisture out but can breath

For your lower mainland weather that should be good enough.

When you put stuff on remember that heat rises.. lower body on for each layer and then top overlaps so the heat from your lower body goes up to keep your core warm. With layers the key is to keep moisture off and trap as much heat close to your body to keep you warm.
You can also buy electronically heated clothing... I believe Marks sells a hoody style jacket that after being charged can heat your body for up to 8 hours. You can also buy boots and gloves that are heated but they are expensive.
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GEN III ECWCS: GEN III Clothing, ECWCS Trousers & Jacket

If you went with this system you are good down to -60 but will cost you a couple grand. The base layers are pretty cheap though
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I like wearing Stanfield's thermals, 50% cotton, 50% polyester as a base layer. Then a sweater, cotton blend is fine when its close to 0 degrees, but if its -15 or something a nice thick wool sweater is good. Then a waterproof + windproof jacket on top.
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i usually wear a tshirt, sweater, and a goretex jacket. keeps me warm down to about -5 which is not too great, but works for vancouver weather.
if i need extra warmth then its a thermal base layer or an insulated mid layer.
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-5 I'm wearing a hoody... lol
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im fine with just a tshirt and slacks oh and gloves for the walk from my car to wherever im going but i'll put a sweater on just to look like im not crazy

ill bring a nice warm jacket too but i cant really wear it though cuz ill sweat and feel like im being baked
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Or do what I do! Keep my jacket/ shoes in the laundry room where the heater/hot water tank is overnight. Garuntee you will be warm for a good 30+mins at least.
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If you need an electrically heated piece of clothing you are no longer considered a man...

T-shirt + sweat shirt + big jacket = me warm long time.

Even when i'm skiing I just rock a nice polyester style long sleeve and my nice Oakley shell.
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If you need an electrically heated piece of clothing you are no longer considered a man...

T-shirt + sweat shirt + big jacket = me warm long time.

Even when i'm skiing I just rock a nice polyester style long sleeve and my nice Oakley shell.
Its not about being a man. Its about being comfortable.
If you are working a job where you are gonna be in extreme conditions it is worth spending the money to make it as comfortable as possible.
A lot of welders on my site have heated boots and clothes since they are sorta stuck working in one position all day long. On top of that they are lying on scaffolding that is metal. When its -50 I am fine for the most part till I gotta grab anything metal. Its pretty much instant numb fingers.
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Or do what I do! Keep my jacket/ shoes in the laundry room where the heater/hot water tank is overnight. Garuntee you will be warm for a good 30+mins at least.
The problem with that is you get too warm and then you start to sweat. If you can keep the clothes warm its fine but if you start sweating and then the clothes get cold you will be way colder then if you just put on clothes that were "room temperature"
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If you need an electrically heated piece of clothing you are no longer considered a man...
LOL. That's how I felt when I got a 12V plug in coffee mug. Til I left my truck to do some work and 3 hours later my coffee was still hot as when it came out of the pot.

Electric clothing wouldn't stand up in the work I do and I'd get laughed out of the lunchroom, so I'll stick with what's been working.

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There's one of these threads in the fashion forum..

T-shirt + hoodie + bomber vest or leather jacket is good enough for me.

I'm not for or against the $700+ jackets. But I can see why they're so appealing. People in Vancouver buy the big expensive jackets for a balance between practicality and fashion. They just wear a t-shirt or dress shirt underneath and they're good to go.

If you're going out to dinner or something you don't wanna be wearing 4-5 layers in the restaurant.

You can't really compare the urban Vancouver to say, Fort Mac in Alberta.

Say what you will, but being in the city, people wanna find a balance between practicality and fashion.
Whereas in a place like northern Alberta, you could walk around in snowboard gear and not even get a second look.
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Nice penner Good shit, I'm always cold going hunting/snowmobiling, gotta try some polyester
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Just want to point out a few things i've noticed...

5 degrees in Vancouver feels the same as -5 in Toronto.
Vancouver cold is wet and goes through the clothes.. Whereas in Toronto the cold is dry and it doesn't even feel that cold.

Not sure what the cold is like in Alberta.
On another note, you can not tell the difference after it goes beyond -20. That is not to say your body will not be affected differently from -20 or -50. So just a heads up.
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The problem with that is you get too warm and then you start to sweat. If you can keep the clothes warm its fine but if you start sweating and then the clothes get cold you will be way colder then if you just put on clothes that were "room temperature"
It seems fine for last few days as I toake the bus/skytrain so it actuallys just right.
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I hate layering so I'm usually out the door with my T and Canada Goose if it's between 2 and minus whatever.
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i wore under armour cold gear shirt, shirt and 2 fleeces and was still freezing.

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Work outside, usually have a base layer, followed by fleece, cotton hoodie, and then a large insulated rain jacket. As for keeping feet warm? Wool socks and good boots.
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For me, nike/under armor long sleeve base layer, t-shirt/shirt, fleece, jacket, scarf/toque if needed on the top.

Nike/under armor long johns, jeans at the bottom. Boots and some nice cold weather socks from sports check and a pair of gloves.
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Went to the gym wearing shorts and a hoody with a tshirt underneath .. maybe I just don't get cold? Car's heater is broken and it was parked outside all day ... meh.

I always find wearing a warm sweater + a wind breaker = super warm no matter how cold it is (in vancouver anyways).

My uncle used to work in prince george, he'd tell me stories of how he'd break icicles off his beard in -40 degree weather
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Alberta cold and British Columbia cold are totally different,one is a dry air cold,the other is a humid moist air cold.The humid moist air cold gets down to your bones,even if it's only +2 degrees,it feels alot colder due to the humid moist weather we get here in B.C.
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