For the men...
As many of you know we photograph year round, sometimes in the most adverse conditions. As winter approaches I thought I'd do a blog post about the cold weather gear we use that allows us to stay out in the elements for hours at a time. Over the years we've tried many variations of cold weather gear. As many of you have experienced, they all fail at some point to keep you warm and toasty without overheating. Advancements in technology have given us even more comfort options to choose from.
The last couple of winters we've researched gear that would allow us the ultimate in comfort, both for staying warm and also regulating excess heat at the same time. There are a number to high tech fabrics and insulation options nowadays and it is hard to compare apples to apples. Many times we don't realize the performance shortfalls until it's too late and your out in the elements when you realize your choice has failed you. Good, high performance gear doesn't come cheap, but staying warm as we get older is PRICELESS! Be sure to research your gear before you buy!
We will cover the gear we use from head to toe and everything in-between for you to do your own research and hope you find gear that works for you.
For you ladies out there... we will do another blog on Heidi's gear as well... STAY TUNED!
Keeping your head warm is crucial to maintaining your core body temperature. (hoover over image for more info)
Using a head liner (balaclava) keeps all the cold, drafty air from reaching your neck area. It also allows for a quick cover up of your nose and face on those brutally cold, windy days. A warm, wind resistant hat finishes off this area.
|Ice Armor Fleece Hat Ice Armor Fleece HatWarm and comfortable, water resistant, windproof, anti-pilling polar fleece.||Carhartt's Force Fleece Head Liner Carhartt Force Head LinerDesigned for use in cold weather with a 92% polyester/8% spandex blend with a fleeced interior for warmth. Offering full facial protection, the mask pulls down below the chin when not needed and includes a moisture-wicking, anti-microbial inner finish. Flat-seam construction enhances comfort and its protection extends below the neck line.|
As we start to layer the body it is important to remember that layering is key to regulating proper temperatures. There are a number of manufacturer's now making base layers in a variety of weights. We just choose the polar weight as it allows us to possibly use less mid layers which in turns lightens the amount of clothing we have to deal with. To me this is the MOST important layer next to the outer shell. The rest are easily adjustable throughout the day.
Cabela's Mens's E.C.W.C.S. Polar Weight 1/4-Zip Pullover with Polartec Power Dry
Cabela's Men's E.C.W.C.S. Polar Weight Bottoms with Polartec® Power Dry
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|Cabelas E.C.W.C.S. Polar Weight Polartec Base Layer - TopMen's E.C.W.C.S. Polartec Power Dry Polar Weight 1/4-Zip Pullover ups the ante in the base-layer game with a high-efficiency grid system that provides 20% more warmth||Cabelas E.C.W.C.S. Polar Weight Polartec Base Layer - BottomsMen's E.C.W.C.S. Polartec Power Dry Polar Weight 1/4-Zip Pullover ups the ante in the base-layer game with a high-efficiency grid system that provides 20% more warmth|
As we reach the mid layer, this is where you can easily add or subtract layers to help regulate temperatures to the weather conditions. It is important to remember that layering is key to regulating proper temperatures. You want each layer to wick moisture and transfer excess heat out at the same time. The high tech fabrics of today do an excellent job of helping with this.
UnderArmour 1/4 Zip ColdGear Infrared Mid Layer (hoover over image for more info)
UA ¼ Zip ColdGear InfraredColdGear® Infrared technology uses a soft, thermo-conductive inner coating to absorb & retain your own body heat. Armour® Fleece has a brushed inner layer & a quick-drying, smooth outer layer. Soft inner layer traps heat to keep you warm & comfortable. Moisture Transport System wicks sweat away from the body.
UnderArmour ColdGear Infrared Dobson Softshell Hoodie (hoover over image for more info)
UnderArmour ColdGear Infrared Dobson Softshell HoodieTreated with UA Storm durable water-repellent finish. Waterproof, windproof laminate resists the elements. Undetectable ColdGear Infrared advanced ceramic coating. MagZip Magnetically connects the front-center zipper.
Depending on the footwear you have you may need to consider a good heavy pair of socks, as well as a sock liner depending on conditions.
Carhartt Men's Arctic Wool Socks (hoover over image for more info)
Carhartt Men's Arctic Wool Heavy SocksSweat Wicking, Anti Odor, Heavyweight Wool Sock
BEST boots we've ever owned! PERIOD!
Baffin Selkirk Boots (hoover over image for more info)
Baffin SelkirkTemperature Rating: -70C/-94F Liner: Removable, multi-layer inner boot system featuring a waffle-comb foot-bed Base: Arctic Rubber Shell, EVA Midsole, Polar Rubber Outsole, Locking snow collar with extendable gaiter, Buckle top with Velcro ankle-strap fastening setup, Waterproof seam-sealed nylon upper.
Heat 3 Gloves - The "Ultimate Glove" for cold weather photography! (hoover over image for more info)
Heat 3 GlovesThe next generation HEAT 3. Thumb and index finger right and left with silver fabric for perfect use of your i-phone and all touch screens. Palm side now full goat leather for more warmth and better grip. Additional 4 oz Primaloft on the cuff for even more warmth.
Last winter I tried a pair of Klim's Keweenaw Bibs as they were one of the only companies to make bibs for TALL people. Little did I know I had really stumbled onto one of the most advanced pieces of clothing I've ever experienced. Amazing flexibility and mobility, Gore-Tex shell for water proof, wind proof and ultimate breathability. All that along with excellent insulation and build quality. This year I have added the matching parka to complete my setup.
Well that pretty much concludes the gear we use. I may add more technical aspects and additional gear as things change or we add to our cold weather gear. YOU NO LONGER NEED TO BE AFRAID OF THE COLD! Now get out there and capture some images!