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Posted: 1/3/2012 6:39:39 PM EDT
Its that time, I am a Mechanic and my shop is outside, In the morning it is going to be 9 degrees when I leave and not much warmer when I start work, I got my best thermals ready and I am hoping they will suffice,

So whats the best you have tried, and I dont want hundred dollar pairs either, just what I can order online or get at wally world or the like
thanks,
Link Posted: 1/3/2012 6:44:34 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/3/2012 6:48:55 PM EDT by wareagleA5]
The cold weather gear the Army issues is nice, but I prefer going with removable coveralls that are easy to take on and off. I like carhartt, but it's hard to find around here if you waited this long, fucking hunters
ETA Army stuff is called polartec but I'm not seeing the thermals online, it has a waffle pattern to it.
Link Posted: 1/3/2012 6:45:11 PM EDT
I bought some underarmor knock-offs from the Sportsmans Warehouse and they have been awesome. ColdPruf is the brand name, not the most expensive but they have worked great for hunting this year.
Link Posted: 1/3/2012 6:45:59 PM EDT
Two girls I was giving a ride to, on a scooter, in the cold.

It worked real good. Highly recommended.
Link Posted: 1/3/2012 6:46:22 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/3/2012 6:47:09 PM EDT by Hitman77]
This
I have several pairs of these top and bottoms. Love 'em
Link Posted: 1/3/2012 6:47:06 PM EDT
UnderArmour base layer.
Link Posted: 1/3/2012 6:47:17 PM EDT
Polypropylene, or any synthetic fleece.

Remember, cotton kills. Even cheap Walmart fleece is better than anything with cotton in it.
Link Posted: 1/3/2012 6:50:01 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Hitman77:
This
I have several pairs of these top and bottoms. Love 'em

That's the polartec, good stuff.

Link Posted: 1/3/2012 6:51:02 PM EDT
I have one of these. It is pretty expensive, but incredibly warm. I really didn't want to spend $80 on a long john shirt, but I bit the bullet and did it. That thing coupled with an underarmour long sleeve shirt and a condor base 2 shirt and a condor softshell on the outside kept me warm when it was -2F. I wear carhart insulated pants with this, but I was plenty warm.

It's expensive, but worth it.
Link Posted: 1/3/2012 6:51:03 PM EDT
I was going to suggest Helly Hanson but yea little pricey.
Link Posted: 1/3/2012 6:51:53 PM EDT
try here

get one of these

i bought a heated vest a couple years ago. you can set the temp. believe this...when your core is warm, your body will send heat to extremities. since the vest heats your heart, lungs, etc, your body heats the rest

i dont know what type of wrenching you do, but i use these with a pair of THIN glove liners under and i have surprisingly good dexterity.

good luck.I know what its like
Link Posted: 1/3/2012 6:53:38 PM EDT
Patagonia Cap1 and 2 base layer. I pick the weight based on the activity and go from there. They are awesome.
Link Posted: 1/3/2012 6:56:45 PM EDT
Not cheap either but Merino wool products like SmartWool have impressed the hell out of me. Last year in a winter class I wore a base layer of smartwool that was lighter than long johns and even though my legs and boots were soaking wet from the snow I never got cold unless I sat still for a while.
Temps were in the teens all weekend.

I have to say I really like the stuff and will be wearing it to the same class again this year along with a better outer layer to stay dry.



Z
Link Posted: 1/3/2012 6:58:24 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/3/2012 6:59:00 PM EDT by Skillshot]

Originally Posted By twistedmetal:
Its that time, I am a Mechanic and my shop is outside, In the morning it is going to be 9 degrees when I leave and not much warmer when I start work, I got my best thermals ready and I am hoping they will suffice,

So whats the best you have tried, and I dont want hundred dollar pairs either, just what I can order online or get at wally world or the like
thanks,

You want to first choose the correct material for what you are doing. For activity like working you do not want a material that retains moisture like cotton. You would want a type of synthetic construction. I just wear my long spandex cycling bottoms and they work great.
Link Posted: 1/3/2012 6:59:28 PM EDT
Made in the USA and not expensive. The merino wool socks are also on sale 3 for $12.50. http://www.goathleticapparel.com/
Link Posted: 1/3/2012 7:21:54 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Bubbles:
Made in the USA and not expensive. The merino wool socks are also on sale 3 for $12.50. http://www.goathleticapparel.com/


+1

This is a great product.
Link Posted: 1/3/2012 8:05:44 PM EDT
I think I will get a set of the Cabelas and try them, I have a pair of the coldpruf bottoms and like them pretty good, don't remember where I got them, I have been wearing the thick white ones that has the ice climber guy on them that walmart sells in the hunting sections, only problem is they are gray and now they are covered in oil spots and look bad
but thanks for all the ideas and I will start experimenting
Link Posted: 1/3/2012 8:07:54 PM EDT
Waffle like underwear under a few loose layers.
Link Posted: 1/3/2012 8:10:52 PM EDT
using some silk long johns, thin, but warm enough.
Outside work, Carhartt coveralls, arctic lined.
Link Posted: 1/3/2012 8:13:17 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Overlord66:
Patagonia Cap1 and 2 base layer. I pick the weight based on the activity and go from there. They are awesome.



This - I have worn this stuff for years and it just works, wet or dry.

Link Posted: 1/3/2012 8:14:57 PM EDT
Patagonia Capilene.

I work outside on the Continental Divide, at 12,000", at night. Capilene. If I don't have to exercise, then silk. But, for almost every time : Capilene.

-JC
Link Posted: 1/4/2012 12:17:52 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/4/2012 12:20:58 AM EDT by bushmaster1]
+1 army issued. even dipped into the 20s only the thins were needed. the heavys are crazy good at keeping in heat.

heres a set of heavys here
Link Posted: 1/4/2012 4:28:29 AM EDT

Originally Posted By sslocal:
Originally Posted By Overlord66:
Patagonia Cap1 and 2 base layer. I pick the weight based on the activity and go from there. They are awesome.



This - I have worn this stuff for years and it just works, wet or dry.


+1 not to mention the quality construction, mine last for years. You get what you pay for.
Link Posted: 1/4/2012 4:32:07 AM EDT
Silk

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Link Posted: 1/4/2012 5:55:41 AM EDT
The polypros I had in the Army were pretty damn good.
Link Posted: 1/4/2012 5:56:40 AM EDT
about 2 or 3 years ago I threw every pair I owned out.
Now all I wear all Carhartt or Cabela's flannel, or when its really cold fleece lined jeans.
I friggen love them, and no more of the back getting exposed, or bunching up, or that feeling constricted shit...
Link Posted: 1/4/2012 6:09:21 AM EDT
PAS-13s
Link Posted: 1/4/2012 6:09:33 AM EDT
If I am working in my unheated pole barn in the winter I will put on lots of layers.

1 - silk weight black poly pros, top and bottom, issued by Uncle Sam
2 - heavy weight brown poly pros, top and bottom, issued by Uncle Sam
3 - Work trousers and sweatshirt
4 - Insulated work bibs - Carhartt knockoffs
5 - Heavy weight insulated sweatshirt or insulated flannel

That usually does OK down to about 0 degrees if I am moving around some.

Lots of coffee or tea, and frequent breaks to warm the fingers up.
Link Posted: 1/4/2012 6:14:43 AM EDT
Merino wool or good old poly pros.
Link Posted: 1/4/2012 6:44:18 AM EDT
For really cold days I rock Underarmour Cold gear. It heats me up VERY well. Most other days I just wear a long sleeve tee and my arcteryx Atom LT
Link Posted: 1/4/2012 6:55:53 AM EDT
Take a couple days off.
Link Posted: 1/4/2012 7:01:10 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/4/2012 7:01:31 AM EDT by afroney]
Originally Posted By twistedmetal:
Its that time, I am a Mechanic and my shop is outside, In the morning it is going to be 9 degrees when I leave and not much warmer when I start work, I got my best thermals ready and I am hoping they will suffice,

So whats the best you have tried, and I dont want hundred dollar pairs either, just what I can order online or get at wally world or the like
thanks,


I think the OP wants cheap stuff. Some of the advice on here is great, but it will cost well over $100.

OP - Go to Wallyworld and look at their insulated Walls 1 pc coveralls. Should be between 50 and 90 bucks. Get a set of poly proplene long johns, wool socks, and a decent hat. Insulated knock-off mechanics gloves work well.

During my broke-ass college days in central Iowa winters, this setup served me well. I once used this setup and had to replace an alternator when it was -10F out. Spent 3 hours in the cold. It wasn't pleasant, but I didn't freeze.
Link Posted: 1/4/2012 7:09:54 AM EDT
Issue Polypros.

Link Posted: 1/4/2012 7:12:28 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Bubbles:
Made in the USA and not expensive. The merino wool socks are also on sale 3 for $12.50. http://www.goathleticapparel.com/


I have Underarmour and it is awesome. For the price, though, these look really good.

Link Posted: 1/4/2012 7:31:01 AM EDT
Ive got two full sets of army cold weather gear. They gave it to us to test in korea....in the spring after winter field ops. It looked warm though
Link Posted: 1/4/2012 5:24:15 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Overlord66:
Patagonia Cap1 and 2 base layer. I pick the weight based on the activity and go from there. They are awesome.


Yep, look no further - I did a lot of blue water sailing in those things, never got cold.
Link Posted: 1/4/2012 5:43:37 PM EDT
The best thermals I have worn is the Cabelas ECWS unionsuit. I just ordered me and the wife two sets of these Rocky Heavyweight Thermals . I have not wore them yet (just got them today) but they feel good and it is fleece.
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