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Cold Weather Gear Recomendations

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The Admiral and I went out for a motor cruise last week... sunny day, no wind and 48 F. Towards the end of our 4 hour outing, we were both getting cold (sun was going down fast as was the temperature). We both had on long john's and sweaters and med weight jackets. The Admiral is not fond of going out winter sailing due to the cold. I have to agree with her, add 10-15k of wind on to 40F temps and it's going to be cold!

I'm after cold weather sailing gear recomendations that WON'T break the bank. My sailing brethren from the PNW... Thanks.

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Re: Cold Weather Gear Recomendations

Layers is the key and proper head gear is a must. Stay away from cotton and other materials that absorb water.

You don't need to spend a fortune, get some good smart wool socks, something light and waterproof as your outermost layer (Goretex is good), The middle layer/s are less important and can be removed as you get too warm.
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Re: Cold Weather Gear Recomendations

Well with 10 to 15 knots think apparent wind it won't be nearly so bad! Newer syntheics are best that I have found. The other thing with fleece you really do get what you pay for. I am not sure why but I have one Columbia (not a real expensive one, but not cheap either) is much warmer than a thicker one from the Gap(really cheap, like $14 on sale). I have been happy with Mountain Hardware that if you have a Gander Mountain is often on clearance towards the end of the season. I normally pick up a few things about now for the rest of the winter and next.

I really think getting stuff off season is the best way to get good cold weather gear cheap. It starts going down around now but by easter it is really cheap. It does not really go out of style (at least for me) so I don't care if it was last years. Ski shops are good too, thought much of it is not really very warm because when you ski you are more active that your are when sailing. Sierra trading post has great prices on warm stuff as well. Ski shops often reduce there stuff very low towards the end of the season becuase they often market to a more style concerned market than sailing, heck most sailors are wareing the exact same shoes they did in the 1940's or something.

Also foul weather gear makes a good top layer becuase it really stops the wind better than most things. Even just throwing a Grundens jacket over a warm coat can really help cut the wind.
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Re: Cold Weather Gear Recomendations

those stores you were mentioning around the end of winter go in and look for clearance sections if your looking for price. if your looking for warmth your going to have to sacrifice a few bucks.
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Re: Cold Weather Gear Recomendations

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The Admiral and I went out for a motor cruise last week... sunny day, no wind and 48 F. Towards the end of our 4 hour outing, we were both getting cold (sun was going down fast as was the temperature). We both had on long john's and sweaters and med weight jackets. The Admiral is not fond of going out winter sailing due to the cold. I have to agree with her, add 10-15k of wind on to 40F temps and it's going to be cold!
Ski pants are often waterproof and well insulated and work great. That is what I have non-sailing friends bring when we go sailing in the winter.

If you don't already have ski pants of some flavor and can't find a used pair at Goodwill or Second Ascent then these pants from Fisheries are very nice and what I use:
Gage Burning Daylight Pant

When it is cold (high in the lower 40s or colder) I'll wear heavy (300g/m^2) wool long johns underneath. When it is a bit warmer I'll wear lighter wool long johns.

Up above I just wear layers with a Goretex or eVent shell on top. My sailing "go bag" has an extra layer of wool long johns top and bottom and multiple pairs of gloves.

I keep multiple pairs of these gloves:
Insulated PVC Vinyl Glove - Gloves | Fisheries Supply

and these gloves:
Memphis CN9690M Ninja Ice Nylon Gloves, Medium - Amazon.com Memphis CN9690M Ninja Ice Nylon Gloves, Medium - Amazon.com



On the boat and in the sailing bag. The second pair are a bit warmer and have better dexterity, but will eventually wet through if it is raining. The former are dry in all conditions.

I keep older "worn out" soft shells, fleece and rain jackets on the boat in a variety of sizes as loaner gear.

A hat and warm boots are other keys. If you keep your hands, feet, and head warm then your torso will also stay warm.

My boat also has cabin heat (Webasto forced hot air) and I'll turn that on when it is really cold so that someone can hang out below and warm up if necessary.

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Re: Cold Weather Gear Recomendations

Just went to local dive shop. They now make jacket and bibs in coated fleece lined neoprene. Company is " stormr" $200 for the jacket. Today is 40s with freezing rain. Warm as toast and dry with just a shirt under. Will wear instead of musto .Bride bought jacket and bibs.

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Re: Cold Weather Gear Recomendations

Sierra is a great place to find deals. You have to look off season.
The hardest thing I've always had trouble w/ is keeping my feet warm. That is until I discovered Dubarry. Worth every penny.
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Re: Cold Weather Gear Recomendations

A few of my winter ideas here:

Sail Delmarva: Winter Sailing

* Wind pants+ fleece are much warmer than long johns. I'm a believer in covering the legs nearly as well as the torso.

* Balacava, often worn under another hat.

* Separate gloves for handling wet lines (Freezer gloves are good for this, or gardening gloves). Then put on dry ones.

* Keep ski goggles on board, just in case. Much warmer than sunglasses.

* Fleece socks.

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When I used to race frostbite, I wore UnderArmour long johns, top and bottom, a couple of shirts and a Musto Windstopper jacket. I wore sock liners under waterproof socks and Ronstan neoprene racing boots. I wore glove liners under my regular racing gloves. And of course, an auto inflating PFD. Seemed to do the trick. I also put moisturizing lotion on my entire body before putting on the clothes. I don't remember what my logic was, but I remember that it helped.
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Re: Cold Weather Gear Recomendations

For me the hardest part is keeping hands and feet warm. I eventually found a good pair or Columbia waterproof gloves at a reasonable price, but boots were something else. After a lot of internet searching I finally bit the bullet and mortgaged the house and purchased a pair of Dubarry's which have performed as promised keeping my toes tingly. My sailing is out of Victoria and i will certainly be sailing in January
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