Thanks again for all of the suggestions. I am working on more research and will post any findings here.
When my life was nothing but skiing and travel to skiing and alpine climbing to do some skiing (you get the picture and granted it rarely got below that temperature you just mentioned), we always wore--and I still wear--a common non-hooded cotton sweatshirt just as you mentioned Glad to hear I'm not crazy in my cold-weather generic cotton attire choice.was -25 every day of the trip. Two, this nice guy giving me advice was wearing a Dallas Cowboys cotton sweatshirt as his primary layer. Go figure.
I would try the Sorel Glacier.
Not too big and bulky, so you can still drive with it, even manage a clutch. They are rated for 100 Below (Celsius) but still have a rugged enough outer boot that you can work with them and not tear them. 13mm Felt inner boot plus an additional 13mm underneath so you have over an inch of felt between you and the ice.
Good fit is also important.
The best boots in the world will still feel cold if they are just a little bit too snug. Make sure when you try them on you are wearing the same socks (I am assuming a double-layer of socks, a thin inner polypropylene or merino to wick moisture and a thicker wool outer sock for warmth and comfort) that you will wear on the trip.
And if you are going for a layered clothing system (say 3-4 layers on the bottom and 6-7 layers up top) then having the right fit for each layer is also important. Snug enough that you dont have wrinkles and bunching, but not too tight, otherwise it will be tiring, and you will not get the full insulating effect of the layers.
I had completely forgotten about this till you mentioned it. On my last dogsled trip, I ate 3 times as much as I normally do and still came home weighing 5 kilos less than when I started.One more (obvious?) "secret" to keeping warm is calories. You need to eat an insane amount if you're going to be outside in the arctic for very long. Your body will burn it to keep you warm.
John Beargrease neck of the woods. I spent many of nights in hills between Tofte and Hovland. I 2nd the Wiggy's boots and add the Extreme Arctic Mittens.Hey Kev! I'm about 3 hours due north of ya! :coffeedrink: I forgot all about the MukLuks! Those things are toasty!!
Yeah, driveability is relative, I was comparing them to the Bunny Boots.I bought the Sorel Glacier III in the mid '90's and I would have to disagree with the driveability with a clutch (at least in a GMC Sonoma). Of course, I had made a slight misjudgement in sizing at the time. I normally wear a size 12, but I thought I would be smart by shopping for a size 13 (as per the boot fit theory above). All they had were size 14, so I thought for 120 bucks I would live with a bigger boot. Bad idea. I couldn't drive in them, they wouldn't fit in my snowshoe bindings and I could barely even walk in them! Turns out I probably should have just stuck with my normal size 12. Pac boots fit loose to begin with and are designed with thick socks in mind. In the end, I think I gave them to my buddy, who is 6'7".