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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 11-03-2008, 10:23 AM Thread Starter
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Question for all yall cold weather folks..

Do any of yall like to wear down vests? Or vests in general? I have been looking to get one, and just wanted some insight into what company is the best, if down is the way to go, or if fleece would be just the same. I have a St. John's Bay down vest right now, and I love it; but it's gettin a little worn out..

I found this North Face that I like..
http://www.thenorthface.com/webapp/w...riationId=04H#

Or maybe something like this..since it won't get below 30 degrees where I am
http://www.thenorthface.com/webapp/w...riationId=001#

But I almost hesitate to buy/wear stuff from North Face just because of the amount of people that wear the Denali jackets now..
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Re: Question for all yall cold weather folks..

Look at gander mtn or cabelas or bass pro... They have alot of very warm and very well constucted vests/coats that will probably serve a much better purpose...

Hunting clothing is made to keep someone warm who isnt out running a marathon so if you want to stay warm when your not running around... you may be much more satisfied.. good luck
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Re: Question for all yall cold weather folks..

I'm not really a vest type of person, but when it comes to my serious outdoors outer wear (and a lot of my general outdoor wear) I generally buy Columbia or North Face. I can go with down, but I really only go with it when I am thinking I face serious cold. I have a down sleeping bag that I use maybe every couple of years when I am camping later in the fall or early spring when you still get frosts at night, anything above freezing (well about 40F) and I go with my regular 3 season sleeping bag. Sort of the same thing with jackets, though I don't own a down jacket anymore. I use my gap peacoat jack most of the winter until it gets bitterly cold (under 20f out or if I am going to be outdoors for awhile) then I go with my North Face ski jacket (with both layers!).
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Re: Question for all yall cold weather folks..

Guess it kind of depends on where you're located. Up here in Central/Western NY if you go outside most days in the winter with a vest on you're going to get really cold really fast. Colombia, North Face and L.L. Bean are probably the best cold weather companies there are. I always go with a down or fleece lined ski/snowboard coat or other type of windproof coat since wind chills up here can get down to -50 on a fairly regular basis and the nylon outer layer keeps the wind out while the down/fleece keeps the heat from my body in. I always dress for warmth in the winter too, I'd rather be warm than be freezing.

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Re: Question for all yall cold weather folks..

Wool Nautica 3/4 length overcoat here. Gotta cover the arms


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Re: Question for all yall cold weather folks..

I wear a windbreaker vest for biking, but otherwise it's full jackets.


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Re: Question for all yall cold weather folks..

If it's not going to get lower than 30 degrees, then why worry about cold weather gear at all????
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Re: Question for all yall cold weather folks..

[quote author=mazda3nut link=topic=127391.msg2718485#msg2718485 date=1225736625]
If it's not going to get lower than 30 degrees, then why worry about cold weather gear at all????
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Maybe because I don't find blue an attractive hue to my skin.

I love winter and late fall because I can bundle up. I love me some winter clothes. I don't like early spring though, by then I am sick and tired of the cold and can't wait until it is warm again.
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Re: Question for all yall cold weather folks..

Ok, today the temp was 0*C or 32*F. I went to class wearing a tshirt, a hoody and a pair of gloves. I was sweating. :P

Course I might just be crazy, I do work as a hockey ref all winter, and it can hit -20*C inside the older arenas.

Honestly, buy a windbreaker and wear a sweater underneath, windbreaker stops rain/wind and sweater keeps you warm. Vests do nothing in rain and your hands still get cold because the blood is running down your arms and losing heat all the way. If you want cold weather gear, a vest is not a good idea unless you put in underneath a wind/water proof shell.

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Re: Question for all yall cold weather folks..

Well, I live in the south; so it's cold but more of a humid cold than a wet cold. And shorts and a hoodie in 30 degrees is nuckin futs!
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