Well, It’s that time of year again when you have to start thinking about pulling the winter gear that has been stored away out from the closets. This is the time to take an inventory of what you have and what you will need to get or upgrade.
We all have invested in many years of equipment for a variety of outdoor activities and many require certain equipment for those sports or activities in the winter time.
The one thing we all know is, we want to stay warm & dry all the time. At least I do! I have spent many years as a pro equestrian rider, down hill skier along with being a pro photographer and a host of other outdoor activities that includes of course birdwatching. I have learned the meaning of staying warm, dry and comfortable.
Start with layering you clothing equipment. Many advisors suggest to have your under garments like long underwear snug against you. Perhaps for some. I tend to have them a little looser due to comfort. I don’t like cloths that are skin-tight. When you layer your clothes it becomes thicker and therefore you can’t move around comfortably.
You can always run around and try to get the best deal going. I am all in favor for that if in fact what you buy keeps you warm, dry and comfortable all the time not just some of the time. I would rather have to unzip or open up a layer to cool off than to be cold at anytime, anywhere on my body! If you don’t stay warm & dry all over, then something is not working the way it should be in the system that you have and wear.
Layering is the key but done properly so as to keep warm and dry. So to that end here is a list of suggestions and gear of what I wear out in the cold.
Some of it I mix and match of what and how long of a day I am spending outdoors. Including just how cold it is out and what type of adventure I am going on. Several garments are also for after I get back and change into comfortable cloths. I also take in to consideration these days how hot I am when everyone else is freezing cold at this stage of my life!
My suggestions below will keep you warm and dry but at a price when all is said and done. You won’t have to buy again unless your still young and growing. That is worth it to me for all the times I spent money on gear that just didn’t work at all. Buy once and be done with it! These suggestions are geared to outdoor activities who are out in the elements all day or standing around for long periods of time waiting for something to happen.
Turtleneck ~ I tend to put this on before next to my skin in really cold weather., then the Hot Chillys Yoked Zip-T on top.
Micon Pants ~ Insulated to keep warm http://www.arcteryx.com/Product.aspx?EN/Mens/Pants-Shorts/Micon-Pant
Windpants ~ Marmot Precip Pants http://www.backcountrygear.com/catalog/appareldetail.cfm/MA3041
Covert Cardigan ~ Arc’teryx http://www.arcteryx.com/Product.aspx?EN/Mens/Sweaters-Hoodies/Covert-Cardigan#Mid_Weight
Mountain Hardwear ~ MicroChill Pants http://www.mountainhardwear.com/MicroChill™-Pant/OM2658,default,pd.html
** Puffy Down Series ~ Arc’teryx Cerium SV Hoody | SV: Severe Weather. warmest Cerium hoody. Streamlined, lightweight down jacket filled with 850 grey goose down. This jacket is intended as a warm mid layer or standalone piece in cold, dry condtions. http://www.arcteryx.com/product.aspx?language=EN&gender=Mens&category=Mid_Layer_and_Fleece&model=Cerium-SV-Hoody
Gore-Tex Lined Jacket ~ Arc’teryx Fision SV
Gore-Tex Shell Jacket ~ Arc’teryx Sidewinder
Muck Boots ~ Edgewater Hi, Artic Sport Hi
Super Feet Insoles ~ I have the green ones in all my boots. Look at the Grey merino too.
Lowepro Hiking Boots ~ Renegade GTX Mid
Baffin Artic Boots ~ Icefield
Gloves ~ North Face TNF Apex Glove, Level Gore-Tex Ski Gloves
Hats ~ Turtle Fur Beanies