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How to Dress to keep WARM and COMFORTABLE in the Winter

Are you going Snowmobiling, Snowshoeing, or Ice Fishing?

Consider the following before you head outside:

1. Dress in layers.
Remember to think about Inner (next to the body), middle and outer layers of clothing.

  • Inner layers
    A thin layer of non-absorbent material next to your skin will wick water away from your skin avoiding chilling your body. Best wicking materials includes acrylic, lycra, polypropylene, and polar fleece which are all types of polyester fibres. Synthetics are called poly ethylene terephthalate, or simply PET. A good source of this polymer comes from recycling soft drink bottles. This material is hydrophobic; it doesn’t like water.
  • Middle layers
    An excellent example of PET for middle layers is Fleece which is a soft, lightweight, warm and comfortable fabric. It is hydrophobic (plastic hollow fibres), holding less than 1% of its weight in water, it retains much of its insulating powers even when wet, and it is highly breathable. These qualities make it useful for making clothing intended to be used during strenuous physical activity; perspiration is able to readily pass through the fabric. For your middle layers a loose fit is best
  • Outer Layers
    The final Outer layer should be windproof, waterproof, and breathable: Good examples of this are Gortex (other similar trademark breathable fabrics) and Thinsulate. This could be a ski jacket, parka, down jacket or a wool pea coat.

Joe Sports and Surplus carries clothing to fit all you your layer needs. We offer Misty Mountain inner and middle layers. We have quite a range of outer wear including Snowsuits, parkas, Camouflage coats for hunting, pea coats, and breathable rainsuits among others.

2. A Hat for your head is a must:
Remember - heat rises, and you don't want to lose it Keep it contained and you will be warmer. Joe’s offers, Faux Fur, wool, thinsulate, hats along with a variety balaclava

3. Cover your hands:
Make sure you don a pair of mittens or gloves. Fingers and hands are very vulnerable to the cold due to the fact that they are at our extremities. We offer snowmobile mitts and gloves with removable breathable liners. A light pair of gloves inside mitts is good layering technique.

4. For your feet:
Warm winter socks are important in keeping warm dry feet.Wool and non-itch Merino wool (Darn Tough), is best, although good synthetic "fleece" socks are often quite good. You can layer socks starting with a polypropylene sock liner and then adding wool or synthetic fleece. Be careful that your feet are comfortable and the circulation isn't shut down. Make sure you don a pair of insulated boots; ice fishing and snowmobile boots are a must. Failing that, rubber boots that have felt liners should keep you warm. At Joe’s we stock Baffin Boots designed for warmth and are 100% waterproof.

5. Chemical Solutions:
Hand, feet, and toe warmers can be very useful especially if you are prone to the cold. These chemically activate warmers are placed inside mitts or boots and provide warmth for 6 to 7 hours. At Joe’s we have Grabber warmers. They are air activated, manufactured with natural ingredients and are environmentally friendly.

So now you are ready. Stop in at Joe’s. Get your gear and start your winter adventure.