Awesome Tips For Staying Warm, Dry and Happy This Winter…

Today we present another article in our non-fiction writing contest –Jane W

Some forecasts for this winter say it will be a very cold and wet winter. When it is 80 degrees out it is hard to think about winter clothes. However, winter is coming and now is a good time to prep for it. I have seen weather temperatures at -10 degrees for a week while at the same time the electricity was out due to an ice storm. The wood stove kept us warm inside, but animals had to be fed, snow shoveled, and wood brought in for the stove. A person can get very cold in a short amount of time in those conditions if not dressed properly .

When it comes to clothing, what could make such a difference in how comfortable you are in brutal conditions, you might ask? The answer is technology. When we think of technology we usually think of computers, I phones, e readers and Big Brother. But technology has affected the clothing industry as well. Your choice of clothing in combination with techniques in wearing it could make the difference between being comfortable and freezing to death in cold conditions.

I have had the “misfortune” of needing to shop second hand stores and yard sales and rely on hand me downs for clothing for some of my families clothing needs as far back as the 1970’s. The development of styles of clothing, fibers and fabrics, and availability of cold weather clothing has changed tremendously. I still prefer to shop second hand instead of spending potentially hundreds of dollars for quality winter clothing at retail stores.

You not only avoid the higher prices by shopping “thrifty”, you also know that what you buy won’t shrink (almost all used clothes have been washed and dried in a dryer), and will withstand the wear and tear of being worn. I am sure many of us have bought new items only to find that upon being washed that they shrink or fade with one washing, thus wasting money.

Some people are worried about germs on clothing from second hand sources but clothes can be sanitized by adding two tablespoons of bleach to a washer load of clothes no matter the type of fabric. I usually add the bleach to a quart of water before adding it to the washer load so I can be sure the bleach will not damage the clothes when poured in the washer.

I have learned to look for certain types of materials and processes to help me select the best articles of clothing for my needs. For example, wool, silk, down and polyester and other synthetics are best for cold weather. Cottons, cotton blends, and linen are best for warm weather.

Cotton breathes, it hold moisture and will not keep you warm if it gets wet. Wool and synthetic fibers, on the other hand, will hold warmth even when wet. Down is useless when wet, if kept dry it is a good insulation for cold weather. Fabrics made with fibers processed with trademarked processes such as Gortex, Polartec, Thinsulate and Dri-fit as well as others may provide waterproofing, and possibly windproofing.

These processes are usually printed on the outside of the article of clothing rather than on a tag at the neck or on the inside seam where washing instructions are frequently placed. A lot of manufacturers have gone from actual tags in the garment to printing information directly on the inside on the garment itself at the neck. This has been a good thing in my opinion since I have purchased clothing with tags that scratch so badly that I have had to remove them so I could wear the item comfortably.

There are techniques in wearing clothes to stay warm as well as not get overheated and increase risk of hypothermia. Clothing should include a base layer of long underwear; bottoms and top. Personal preference dictates whether the long underwear top is sleeveless, short or long sleeved. A long sleeve shirt and sweater, or fleece make the second layer and third layer.

Pants, snow pants and/or coveralls and heavy coat are necessary if staying out of doors for very long. Obviously since you are wearing these over several layers one size larger than you usually wear may be needed. Clothing should be large and roomy enough for unrestricted movement. Warmth is increased by air trapped between layers which body heat provides, so tight clothing is not the most desirable.

I have worn as many as five layers of clothing, including two pair of socks, gloves with liners, face mask, scarf, and two hat when the wind chill factor was -30 and I was pretty comfortable. Some clothes are waterproof but most are not. Waterproofing can be added to almost any fabric by spraying with a commercial waterproofing spray but the effectiveness is not as good as a commercially produced waterproof products.

A buff (a synthetic tube of fabric worn around the neck) or scarf, hat, gloves, and gaitors (these cover the top of the shoe and bottom of the pant leg and keep pant legs and shoes from getting wet when working in snow and wet bushes) and boots or shoes complete the outfit. Shoes or boots that are insulated and waterproof are best since getting your feet wet can be disastrous.

I have never had frostbite, but came close a few times without realizing it. Warming toes and fingers that have come close to freezing is painful to say the least. I usually buy shoes and boots new, although I have found new ones at thrift store for $10- $20 as compared to the near $200 price for new ones.

The process of staying comfortable in all of these clothes includes not only putting on all of these items before going outside but also removing some of them as the day warms up and as you heat up if you are exercising or working . Sweating is to be avoided and removing your hat, scarf or buff is the first thing you should remove if you begin to overheat.

If your clothes become wet from sweat you significantly increase your risk of hypothermia. Hypothermia can be a problem in temperatures well above freezing, so avoiding get wet and chilled is very important. If removing your hat, buff or scarf is not sufficient to cool you off, you can remove your coat or coveralls next. I have literally had all of these items on for a few hours and as the temperature rose from 0 to 40 removed all except underwear and first layer of clothing, shoe, socks and gloves.

There are many stores and products out there these days selling clothing at extremely high prices and when shopping thrift stores etc. it is helpful to have some general guidelines that will help you get the best value for you money. Some stores such as Goodwill and Salvation Army are separating their merchandise accord to how high the retail price was and how new it is and calling them their “boutique” section. Expensive retail clothing is not necessarily what you are after when it comes to durable, serviceable, warm clothing for a very cold weather situations.

Sporting goods stores are good places to “window shop” to see what specialty products and brands they are selling and help you know what to look for in thrift stores. The prices in sporting goods stores, such as Cabela’s, Dick’s, REI, Bass Pro Shop etc., are for quality merchandise that will probably last a lifetime and bargains can be had at the end of seasons in their” bargain cave” and on their clearance racks.

Shopping for these kinds of items in thrift stores is best in areas where there are a lot of winter outdoor activities. Common winter sports such as hunting, 4 wheeling, biking, hiking, and fishing require specialized clothing. The availability of these specialized clothes in thrift stores increases in areas where lots of people are doing these things, so theses areas are good for shopping for your needs.

I recently spent $15 for a coat at a local thrift store . If I had not been aware of Goretex ( wind and waterproof ) I would have passed this coat over. It was only after I bought the coat and was wearing it when someone more knowledgeable than myself ) noticed it and complimented me. I was curious enough to Google the name brand of the coat and found out it was originally a $400 coat. This coat and a regular shirt are a warm as a couple of other layers without the bulk which I like when moving hay, loading wood in the rain and digging fence post holes.

I am handling the extreme conditions of winter in style and comfort at great savings. My bug out outfit is ready and waiting if the need arises. Since you might be forced to live in the clothes you have on for an unlimited amount of time selection of these articles of clothes is very important.

If you haven’t shopped for your family’s cold weather bug out outfits, consider doing so at your local second hand shops. Shopping at charity thrift store that help “our down and out” neighbors and pets, can be of great benefit to them as well as yourself. I hope you find this information helpful and you have good luck meeting your clothing needs at a savings.

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  1. mom of three says:

    Great article, I have found the Columbia brand coats, at the thrift stores I bought my daughter a nice jacket also for $15.00 dollar’s, and I was able to give it to my great niece to wear too. Teenagers, are the worst to get coats for my daughter love’s sweatshirts which can be fine in mild weather, but as we start to get down into the 30’s and 40’s she needs a bit more warmth then sweatshirts. My son at 11, really does not care as long as it keeps him warm and dry. We are back at it today for jackets our Goodwill, has $1.79 green tags today maybe I’ll luck out and we’ll find something she will wear:)

    • LOL, “down into the 30’s & 40’s…” here that is balmy!!! Try 20 degrees, 10, 0….

      • mom of three says:

        I know in most places that is warm but we are just starting to cool, down in a few more week’s we will be in the 20’s. I’m okay with the 30’and 40’s, we are hoping for a real winter, this year to kill off bug’s, I had a darn flea jump on my shoe, coming from the grass still they just won’t go away.

      • Ok, as the name says…. “northern” …. our winters usually include some 30’s and 40’s too, but with the Minus sign in front!! It doesn’t need to feel cold if you are dressed for that temperature. Feeding cows at -35 isn’t fun, but doesn’t have to be a torture test either, especially dressed in the correct cold weather gear!!

  2. I have two winter jackets and I get to wear them two or three times a year. (One is wool pea coat and the other is a three layer ski jacket.) I like buying clothes out of season from Eddie Bauer. The prices are reasonable when purchased out of season and their stuff lasts forever. I bought some t-shirts for my dh and that’s all he wears now.

  3. Even thrift shops often have items marked down as “out of season” bargains. So, the original bargain is now twice the bargain! I have bought Woolrich and LL Bean shirts like this, brands I love and can’t afford at full retail. My favorite insulated parka was purchased off-season in a Salvation Army store for $10 (not that long ago). A pair of nearly-new LE-style leather boots for $10.

    I avoid consignment shops, unless they’re on clearance. Prices much too high for me.

    Who doesn’t love yard sales? But for clothing, it’s all in the numbers as to whether you’ll find clothing for you. In other words, it may take a lot of yard sales. But, you were going to them anyway, right?!

    shopgoodwilldotcom has a lot of stuff, too. Although, the article is correct. The “better” stuff ends up in their boutique sections, but. often online.

    For good used clothing I also like ebay. Shop carefully. Etsy sells vintage, but not just ‘used’, and prices tend to the high side. And remember: there is no such thing as ‘free’ shipping.

    If buying clothing or shoes online:

    Check measurements before buying. A size X is not always a size X. Depends on who made it and when. Even from the same manufacturer, they are not always cut the same or sewn together the same. Measure your body. Ask for measurements from seller. Make sure it will fit.

    Also, VINTAGE clothing and shoes. Back when (70’s and earlier) people were smaller. Clothing and shoes were smaller. Thus, a modern size 8 is larger than a vintage size 8, for example. Measure your foot. Position your foot (bare) flat on a large piece of heavy paper, draw the outline of your foot, being careful about the footprint. Measure the length of your foot from this, as well as measure across the wide part of the front of your foot (instep?). Measure the heel width. Make sure any used shoe you buy online will be a proper fit. Just as you would measure your bust, waist, hips, and inseam before buying clothing online. And if a shoe is badly worn to one side or other other at the heel, don’t buy it. It won’t ever feel good on your feet, and may actually develop foot problems for you.

    • BlueJeanedLady says:

      Thanks for sharing all this, pat r. Great information! I think we could be good shopping buddies as we tend to think alike on most of your points mentioned concerning the bargains available for the searching. 🙂 I’m guessing we also agree that two primary keys to successful clothing bargain shopping are ‘patience’ and ‘persistence’; Turnover in these types of shops is completely unpredictable and seldom advertised outside of the individual stores, so it helps to visit your favorites on a routine basis to find the best bang for your buck. Many have “gently used” sheets, blankets, towels, etc., in addition to clothing & outerwear.

      Speaking of not advertising, many churches have thrift shops associated with their ministry as well and one doesn’t have to be a member to shop at (most) of these places. The trick is in finding these shops. Many churches don’t have very detailed web sites, either, so it might take a few phone calls to area church offices to ask if they have or if they sponsor such shops.

      Also, did you know that many consignment shops (yes I agree, often times they are pricier than the general thrift / 2nd hand stores) also have “after season” reduced price sales, and that often the discounts are deep? Problem is, most (at least those I’m aware of in my area) don’t advertise outside of the store, either. Might be worth your while to check in with some near your area and inquire about their clearance sale schedules.

      If you (&/or) others like the brand names LLBean &/or EddieBauer, don’t forget to look for the LandsEnd label as well. Yes, they can be expensive when paying full retail price but I’ve found LandsEnd products to be made of good quality fabrics, always well made, and IMHO, very durable and long lasting. I’ve had several of their basic tees, turtlenecks and casual “chinos” (read “khakis”) for years and few look worse for the wear.

      The only clothing / outerwear I do not shop for in 2nd hand, thrifts shops, consignment shops are underwear / hosiery / socks (I have a weird ‘phobia’ about wearing those items as “used”, gently or not) and shoes.

      Wearing used shoes is not a ‘phobia’ for me at all, it’s just that I can never find ones that fit properly with my uncommonly narrow feet. Like you mentioned, shoes that don’t fit well can cause plenty of problems that aren’t worth the money saved. Of course I keep my eyes open for my shoe size in these shops – – – but I’ve never found a pair that fits well and finally learned to stop pretending that maybe, just maybe, this pair will be different! 🙂

      Thanks again, pat r, for taking the time to spell out your knowledge in this area. Excellent advice. Keep taking care & continued, happy bargain hunting adventures! 🙂

  4. Well we officially entered the Winter season this week. Got multiple inches (3-5) in town and a friend who lives on a nearby mountain got 7-8. That was Tuesday and it has broken freezing only by a couple of degrees since then. For us, South facing house, it is good that the sun has been out and the solar heating has kept the snow off the sidewalk after the first shoveling (no driveway).

    • I am green with envy. Down south we’ve had temps in the 80’s. Impatient to fire up new woodstove, dadgum! Maybe this weekend. Lows in the 30’s. Finally.

  5. Since we do have a lot of winter around here, and a lot of tourists that show up in the Spring and Fall, our Thrift Shops move a lot of winter clothing most of the year. That’s where I go, usually weekly, looking for things for us and my 2 growing grandsons (6’3″ & 5’9″). Especially gloves and hats for the boys, as they seem to “misplace” them a lot (because they are 15 & 13?).

  6. Contributor- timely, well written & informative article- TYVM!

    I worked outside for ma bell 25+ yrs in chgo area, so I’m no stranger to mother nature’s winter humor….. whilst not as demanding as points north, it can be a challenge to say the least. I love my Carhartt bibs (polar of course) & never lv home w/o them.
    Layering is necessary when transitioning from activity to relaxation, say in a b out situation. Hiking generates body heat (sweat), so if I can peel off layer(s) I shouldn’t chill when R&R time arrives. When ice fishing, I live by this motto: I can always remove too much but can’t put on what I left @ home.
    Something needs to be said about fluid replenishment also, avoid cold liquids if possible, or imbibe only when necessary.
    A cold liquid can reduce body core temperature, possibly leading to dangerous results. Alcohol likewise ought be avoided if it may do harm- can lead to dehydration. It may also require ‘disbursement’….. especially for indoor plumbing peeps. Extra ‘droppings’ may aid unfriendly trackers, too.

  7. oops, hit send too quickly…. to me the worst weather was 25-40F temps w/wind & rain. Once wet it’s dang near impossible to get warm again w/o change of clothes.
    The wind (in cold to frigid conditions) is nature’s knife. Blocking wind is paramount in those conditions.
    Sorry, getting wordy again, but good goggles or tinted safety glasses very helpful for extended outside time. The eyes get tired, the wind blows ‘nastys’ (snow, sleet, rain, crud) btwn eyelids & eyeballs, & in extreme conditions sunburnt eyeballs can be very painful/debillitating.

  8. Anonamo Also says:

    Another good laundry treatment for de-germing and cleaning, that will not do any color damage is vinegar. if put in the rinse it will also soften and reduce static, remove any soap residue.

    • BlueJeanedLady says:

      Hello, Anonamo Also! I use this suggestion of yours, regularly (thanks for mentioning such for everyone’s benefit) and agree with your statement 100%. Just for those that are unfamiliar with this practice I’m adding the fact that it should be white vinegar, not cider or any infused type of vinegar, just for clarity’s sake.

      Using white vinegar in the laundry can help to eliminate most odors, chemical scents, etc., in the fabric of the item too, thus aiding in the reduction of allergens for most that are sensitive to such.

      An extra advantage of using vinegar in the rinse cycle is that using such also helps prevent / hinder fading on fabrics (like cotton) that tend to fade quickly w/ routine laundering.

      That vinegar is sure is some great stuff, isn’t it? 🙂 Thanks again, Anonamo Also, for the heads-up! You & yours keep taking care.

  9. Retail stores mark all winter clothing down in early to mid January for seasonal clearance sales. Markdowns of 30-50% are common. That’s the best time to shop for winter clothes.

  10. great article, jane, and also the comments, all contain very helpful info. once you latch on to some good winter gear, no matter where you get it, it should last and last….unless your size changes.

    one thing i want to add are good wool socks are so important for warm feet. but…..i happen to be allergic to wool (it itches like crazy)….i wear it but cannot have it against my skin, which of course includes my feet.

    the solution for me was socks made of merino wool. for some reason the itch factor is not there! they are expensive by sock standards, but oh so worth it!

    • Those cheap “hand warmers” are also made as “foot warmers”, but, really not necessary. They all work if you put them in your socks.

      • i’ve used those keeping them in my pockets to warm my hands. but dunno about tucking them in boots/socks when i am outside tromping around.
        a fold or thick seam in my sock will annoy me to the point of having to adjust it……the “lumps” would make me crazy 😉

        • zz

          • Mountain Trekker says:

            I wear RimRock Hiker waterproof uninsulated boots all winter, except when ice fishing and my feet rarely get cold, and I usually wear Merino wool hiking socks. Those things are great, but they don’t seem to wear very well, don’t know it may be the brand. Trekker Out.

            • i seem to have good luck with the SmartWool PhD style. worn with boots my feet stay toasty!
              they are not bulky and have stretch to them. of course i don’t wear them every day (live in flip flops basically if the temp allows) but i have some that are 4 years old and still holding up. these are my go to socks for skiing and winter wear.
              another brand i like is Balega Merino Hidden Comfort. they have the foot hugging stretch in them too. these are great shortie running socks which i wear with my converse low tops. wonderful year round, but then i am in Cali.

          • you’re welcome, wasp! they are great! i used to have to wear a thin non-cotton sock under the wool ones, but as i mentioned, any folding or wrinkling bugged me, and it always happened with the double layer.

            • zZ:

              Although not alergic to wool, I wear nylon dress socks (preferably the over-the-calf ones) under the wool ones since the time I was in the service (woman’s nylons work too, but get a lot of laughs from the guys). The nylon helped prevent blisters and the wool kept me warm.

              • and that is a great option!
                but the outer layer socks would seem to slide down into my boot eventually, and i would always have to stop and adjust.
                my mom laughs at this….she said i was like this when i was little and we lived at Lake Tahoe 🙂

              • high top socks, high top boots & steel shanks in boots- standing on telephone pole steps or ladders or gaffs, I appreciated all the support they gave…..1st time skiing (freshman in HS, I broke my leg….both fibia & tibia snapped, right above the ski boot…. valuable lessons…..playing football, baseball & basketball on Chgo’s blacktop streets, I sprained my left ankle @ least 25 times…..not once since switching to hi tops….

    • BlueJeanedLady says:

      Hello there, zZ. I’m like you and wasp – allergic to wool. Like you, I can wear it but just not next to my skin. For me, it’s more than the itching factor as anywhere the wool comes into contact with my skin, if worn for any length of time, I break out in a nasty skin rash, too! Ugh!

      I can, however, and do wear light weight cotton socks under the wool socks and this works well for me. Same thing with other wool clothing, like a warm wool sweater for example; If I wear a long sleeve cotton (undershirt, tee shirt or regular button down type shirt) between the wool sweater and my skin, I’m a happy camper and good to go! 🙂

      I’ve never tried the Merino wool socks (thanks for the info, I’ll have to check into them) but cotton socks might be a less expensive option for you if you are interested in experimenting! Good luck and take care.

      • yup, wool is so wonderfully warm, but not next to my skin! i do wear wool sweaters, usually with a turtleneck long sleeve shirt underneath.
        the problem with cotton socks is they tend to hold moisture next to your skin, while the merino does not.
        merino sheep, where ever you are, thank you for your non-itchy wool!

    • I have been lucky to find good Marino socks at flea markets. Even hard to fine ladies. Usually I pay between $7-$9 for a pack of 3 pair. I saw same socks ar Pro Bass at $15. Per pair.

      • good find at a great price!
        yes, they are expensive, but so worth it.
        they wear for a long time too, at least i have had good luck with the two brands i mentioned.
        only problem is if you lose one! i have 4 winter pair, and 2 summer shorties, and come wash day, boy do i keep track of those babies!

  11. Been shopping off season for years as there was frequently not enough month left out of the money. Great article! Another way to save is churches sometimes have year end or seasons end sales for congregation participants or general public. I go on the last day and frequently items left are discounted as they don’t want to keep those items for next time!

    Blankets and quilts are my thing. When sleeping outside I will not be cold if I can help it.

  12. Crazy Joe in South Jersey says:

    Hi Everyone !

    My P/U truck is also my BOB . With winter approaching – Behind the seat I now have a pair of older hiking boots , flannel jacket , a sweatshirt and a flannel shirt . I keep a flannel blanket on the seat all year round . Summer months I do not feel the sun on vinyl . Winter I do not feel cold vinyl . The blanket is portable if need be . Lastest prep ( 2 weeks ago ) was a Woolrich 50 / 50 wool & cotton shirt from Ebay – 7.50 including S & H . I have noticed in the past 3 years USED flannel shirts getting more and more expensive on Ebay , along with other items that used to be alot cheaper .

  13. question for wolfpack…. let’s say I’m out doors….. it’s -30F. Let’s say I have a good bag, accurately rated to same temperature…..Do I sleep in skivvies ( & be ok w/r to cold) or do I bundle up (this may cause sweating)….I’m in a good tent, so wind & moisture not factors….. any definitive or good thoughts here?

    • sleep with another creature, if human also in skivvies. put toe or hand warmers in bottom of bag.
      is bag up off ground?
      have read that putting fire on the ground to warm it before sleeping on it is good but don’t know provenance of info.

      we have canadian kamik and sorel boots
      our sorels are good to 84 below zero. they are great but heavy, so not for long distance slogging. they are called glacier boots.
      there is nothing like my leather coat for putting a stop to the wind. it is lined with zip out fluff and is a man’s coat. the sleeves are too long but that is good as the hands can hide in them when the wind is rough.

      • Wasp, ty & thumbsup….your comment rminds me of jeremiah johnson making old will geer laugh cause jerry put too many coals in pit b4 covering w/noncombustibles. I have a flight jacket w/shearling lining, too dang heavy 4 BO scenario, but a warmer coat is hard to find. Leather a good BO choice w/maybe a light but cold weather jacket layered below. Moisture a problem w/leather, unless well treated.

    • Mountain Trekker says:

      The key word here is “A Good Bag” but don’t ask me what that would be. I have a military extreme cold weather bag and have slept on the ground under a lean-to made from a tarp at -3 not quite -30, but to answer your question. There are many variables that can come into play, that comes from hands on experience, I believe that just in your skivves is what I have found to be the best, but be sure to have a stocking cap or something on your head because that is where you will lose much of your body heat. During hunting season I camp very often in my redneck camper which is an enclosed horse trailer with little or no heat and I soon found out after a very cold night that with even a good bag, that what you have under you can make all the difference in the world. My first trip in my trailer I slept on a cot which allowed the cold to also be under me and at 20 degrees it was much colder than when I was under a tarp on the groud at -3 because I had good ground cover under me, another tarp and a foam mattress on the ground which made all the difference in the world. Trekker Out

      • Mtn Trkr- tyvm 4 info…..kinda what I thought….I have a couple milit extreme weather bags…..slept in bak of Ranger 1 night- facing Pikes Peak, -20F. Obviously I survived. Great bag, albeit somewhat confining. Bought 1 w/broken zipper off ebay, $3, $7 shipping-$25 new zipper. I’m thinkin too bulky 4 bugout, on bicycle it would work. Requires rugged & waterproof cover during transportation. I didn’t mention ground pad, sorry- VITAL! TY 4 sharing.

  14. Happy Camper says:

    My Stafford sleeps in my bed, he is like a heater.
    Not so good in Summer though.
    It also gives me peace of mind that ive got a very active security device ready to spring at anytime.
    The downside, is the farts.

    • the term “three dog night” refers to a night so cold you need 3 dogs sleeping with you to keep you warm.

      your post reminded me of this, lol! i hear you on the warmth factor and the security factor, and unfortunately, the fart factor….to0 funny!

      so what my kids do, is slip the blue heeler some broccoli if we have it for dinner (the other two dogs won’t eat it). its an old trick of theirs, bless their little hearts!

      heeler gets locked out of the bedroom on broccoli nights.

  15. I am always up for a bargain and have no problems with thrift stores,just no luck really in the clothing end shooping(perhaps multiple bad timing or folks holding on to stuff).I last week spent 200 on a pair of Redwing boots,that was after a coupon!That said,boots very important to me and work and excepting soles guaranteed for life including laces..I also have a pair of mint Denners inherited from me grandpa,only use occasionally to keep em in shape,my hunting/it has gone to hell boot.I could from what I have seen get about 400 on ebay but those boots are mine for life!

    I would really appreciate info. on a warm glove that has dexterity/as reasonable as possible feeling for tools/trigger ect.,have never found the right glove yet and perhaps doesn’t exist for really cold temps.

    • great question James, thumbs up, hope this helps….. working outside not fun in winter, but manageable…..we used to use cotton glove liners- 2 per hand…. they are somewhat stronger than gauze, but not as strong as regular cotton gloves…. Am I joking? Not…. they block wind quite well & allow dexterity, great dexterity for menial tasks w/thin wiring, terminals etc…..they were very warm when doubled up & it was ez to carry an extra set (lightweight), they were poor when wet, but dried quickly on dash w/defroster blowing, they tore easily, but a lot of prs were the answer…..lastly, being cotton they absorbed the oils from your hands, & if you do dishes &/or related chores a lot, your hands skin will crack in winter, right around the cuticles…. if something better comes down the pike, I’ll switch, but they worked well for years for me….

      • Thanks Bobbo,will give it a try as am a bit desperate for a good combination.One idea while typing this I thought of,my friend has a company that sells gloves including 6 mm nitril,great for working on cars/firearms ect. as they will not tear and faily chemical resistant.I have a large paw but perhaps the cotton with a disposable nitrile sleeve on outside might keep hands a bit dryer in wet weather while providing warmth,will test this theory and see if it works,will post results as here in N.E. the colder weather approaches.

  16. James- ty 4 reply…. the glove liners appear porous (almost looked like gauze), I was skeptical @ first, when I used them I was really surprised & pleased. Kept my hands warm, blocked wind, kept dexterity(necessary on a phone pole in winter)- they tear easily, many pairs necy. A nitrile line may be a boon. Good thinking.

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