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    Default Arctic and extreme cold weather gear

    I have a new project we are working on that includes some extreme weather travel. We have done a fair bit of research, but I do not consider myself an expert on cold weather clothing. For those of you who live and operate in extreme cold, I would love some feedback.

    Note: Base layers are addressed in our personal bag. These are only the cold weather modifiers to the kit.

    Cold Weather Bag: Redoxx Safari Beanos PR5.5

    Arctic Parka: Down, extreme condition, -50C rated | Canada Goose Heli-Arctic, 66 North Thorsmork

    Base layer- legs (light): Light base layer for active | Mtn. Hardwear Integral, ArcTeryx EON SLW

    Base layer- legs (med.): Insulating, warm | 66 North Vik Tights, Mtn. Hardwear Power Stretch

    Technical Arctic Pants: Waterproof, windproof, full zipper | 66 North Glymur W/ eVent ArcTeryx Kappa

    Technical Balaclava: Face and lung protection | still researching brand

    Arctic Sock: Medium weight, tall, wool | SmartWool PHD Nordic

    Arctic Boots: -60C rated minimum | Baffin Control Max or Endurance

    Down Bootie: 650+ down filled booties | Various brands

    Arctic Gloves: Extreme cold weather glove, add liner | Mtn. Hardware Typhon, ArcTeryx Gothic liner

    What I am hoping for a few suggestions on are the gloves, as the challenge is the balance between dexterity and warmth. Operating gear, cameras, etc.
    The balaclava is also a tough one. I used an OR balaclava on my last trip to the arctic, yet still frost-nipped my lungs
    I am increasing the performance of the footwear considerably, as the North Face boots I used on the last trip were garbage.

    We will be in temps as low as -60F

    Thanks in advance for any thoughts and help.
    Last edited by Scott Brady; 12-05-2011 at 03:38 PM.
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    With OJ's love of the classic equipment - I think you should go "native"



    In siberia most workers still wear natural furs and woven natural fiber wear, we at least they did last time I was there - just before the soviet block broke down....mind you their probably all wearing TNF by now 8-)

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    I have not yet found gloves that work well down to -30 (C) let alone colder so I use either Canadian Armed Forces arctic mitts (the white ones with the wool liner and the fleece patch on the back) in combination with wool liner gloves or some two fingered "gloves" I found at Canadian Tire intended for use by snowmobilers (also with wool liner gloves). It would seem that to be warm enough, gloves end up too bulky to have any real dexterity. I simply pull off my mitts and let them hang by their retainer cords (paracord through the sleeves just like when I was a 2 year old) when I need real dexterity to operate a camera or the like.
    I still use Canadian Armed Forces style Sorel boots that I special ordered from the local hiking store. As long as i can dry the liners out every night they work well.
    For the Parka, you really can't go wrong with the Canada Goose line, they seem to have a suitable Parka for every outdoor job or adventure requirement.
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    What's "extreme cold" entail, you say -60 but what about wind conditions? Expected duration in the environment? What tasks do you expect to complete?


    I spent 3 years on an icebreaker and my experience is that when you put all your gear on and get outside, all you can do is walk around. It's all too bulky and cumbersome to effectively do anything.

    There is a Seattle company called Feathered Friends, I would go there for your down. They can make anything your heart desires. As far as shells go, E-Vent is nice, ArcTeryx is certainly nice enough. Make sure you size it so that your shell doesnít compress your down layer. Base layer, I go wool. It wicks well, doesnít get clammy, holds off odor for a while. When I'm out in the cold for days I never take my base layer off so that comes in handy. Boots, make sure they have removable liners. Throw them in the bottom of your sleeping bag so they donít freeze. Gloves are hard, mittens are much warmer but donít have dexterity. Gloves with sleeves for charcoal warmers are nice, having some additional heat for extended periods is nice, lets you use a thinner glove for a short period of time. The most important item you missed or didnít include was goggles. I have had my eyes start to freeze before and that is something you donít want. Get the best you can with anti-fog coating. They will eventually fog no matter what, but at least you can try to hold it off.

    I'll look around see if I can't find the National Science Foundation Antarctica Program clothing list, thatís all tried and true.
    This thread is about how snobby and elitist ExPo has become, not about EE's forum. Please stay on topic while bashing this forum on this forum.

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    Default Down Booties

    What would be your use for down booties? In my experience (mostly winter ski tours) down booties are useless. Perspiring feet donít play well with down.

    Cliff

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frostymug View Post
    What would be your use for down booties? In my experience (mostly winter ski tours) down booties are useless. Perspiring feet don’t play well with down.

    Cliff
    Down booties are for in the sleeping bag, in the tent, in a cabin, etc. More like slippers.
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    For boots, I like my Rockys for extreme cold, as long as I'm moving around some. (do not have removable liners)

    If I'm more stationary, then I like my Ice Kings with removable wool liners.

    With any footwear, it's imperative to dry them out overnight when possible. With boots that do not have a removable liner, you can stuff old newspaper inside, or small bags of dessicant. Hang them up high (upside down above the barrel stove or fireplace works great for me) if you don't have a boot dryer.


    Gloves with dexterity? Hard to find for temps below -20* F

    I usually wear a pair of thin gloves inside my choppers, and remove my choppers as needed. Having them corded as mentioned assures not loosing or misplacing them.

    I use choppers made from moose hide, and extra heavy wool inserts. The inserts can be had in varying quality, the heavier the better.

    Here's a pic for those who may not know what choppers are:




    Having a spare set of boot liners and inner mitts for the choppers is good, it allows time for the other sets to dry.

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    Default Extreme weather pants

    Hi All

    I live up here in Minnesota and bike all year long. I can absolutely recommend the Rail Riders lined pants (http://tinyurl.com/7f83wtz). They have a nice assortment of pockets and they stretch enough to comfortably ride a bike or do anything else you need to do.

    I provide medical support in the winter by bike for various nordic and running events and have worn these comfortably to -10 without a base layer.

    Hands and feet -- that is another issue.

    For feet -- this is what many of us who spend a lot of time outdoors up here wear (http://www.mukluks.com/). I have had frostbite so my feet are more susceptible to cold and these are about the only thing I can wear in very cold weather. In fact, over about 10, they are too warm.

    Hope this helps.

    Kevin
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    Quote Originally Posted by kmacafee View Post
    Hi All

    I live up here in Minnesota ....
    Kevin
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    Hey Kev! I'm about 3 hours due north of ya! I forgot all about the MukLuks! Those things are toasty!!

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    I camped out (in a metal trailer) on the North Slope and Beaufort Sea (300 miles north of the Arctic Circle) for 6 months one winter some time ago. 40-60 below pretty much every day. The only warm boots that worked were the air-bladder Army surplus rubber type, we used to call them "bunny boots" because they were white and made your feet look huge. But they would keep your feet warm enough no matter what the temperature. Any Army surplus store in Anchorage has them (or used to).

    Hands are a different story. Your fingers are natural little radiators, so you need mittens not gloves for warmth. I needed to use my hands so I tried multiple layers of silk and wool liners under sheepskin gloves, but I still froze the outside fingers on both hands at various times. If I were going back, I would use heavily-insulated mittens for the outer layer and adapt as much equipment as possible to mittens (larger straps for ski/trek poles, etc.).
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