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gloves.. I use a fingerless windstopper polartech climbing glove over a medium weight mountain hardware glove liner. If needed, I add heat pack between the two gloves. Heat packs really make a difference. If necessary one on the top and one on the palm. Works pretty good but at sub zero F temperatures, need to put hands in pocket periodically.

I've used this a little having picked it up from a wolf photographer. Cabelas have battery heated gloves using gerbing's technology $$$. Not as good dexterity but they do work for more severe cold.



Nov 30, 2016 at 04:00 PM
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Glacier Gloves (neoprene) https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0029YE60A/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Neoprene socks: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009ATEGWU/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o08_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1



Nov 30, 2016 at 04:14 PM
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p.2 #3 · p.2 #3 · My favorite Winter Jacket for shooting


There is a difference between walking to your car in the winter and camping in the winter. As a landscape photographer who spends several days at a time camping in with the I tend to think having decent gear makes a difference. Staying warm and dry makes being outside much more tolerable.

Camping at Grand Canyon in January, or spending wimnter days in Minnesota call for warmth. Other places not not need as much and being outside for 30 minutes is differ than 12 hours.

But even when I went to Maui I took a light weight down jacket as I camped on Haleakala and wore it all night on the 10,000' summit where the temps were about freezing. At sunrise when the tourists showed up, they were all wrapped in hotel blankets, I was warmer in down. 😀

I have the 650 fill Mountain Hardwear Hooded Sub Zero jacket for colder winter. It's the cheaper more pedestrian version of what Kent has. Big and warm but not made for Everest like his is. It was also $175 on sale. Has met my needs well. I can easily layer under it. Usually, I can wear it over all my other gear like a Patagonia ultra light down jacket and Gore-Tex shell.

I use the Mountain Hardwear Compressor pants. Synthetic fill. Nice. Again, I have not needed the down pants. Pair that with a pair of Marmot Gore-Tex rain pants for warm legs.

Add in some good base layers and maybe a fleece layer and I am ready for most cold weather situations.



Nov 30, 2016 at 04:28 PM
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Many outdoor gear companies have gotten corporate parents now.

North Face is part of Vanity Faire (Wrangler jeans and Jansport)
Mountain Hardwear is part of Columbia
Marmot is owned by Jarden (Coleman and Sunbeam)
OR by silicon valley climbing billionaire after founder died.
Patagonia still by founder Yvon Choinard

Dana Gleason sold his Dana Designs pack company to K2 (now part of Jarden) and now runs Mystery Ranch packs.

Others track the same. It's an interesting industry.


mysh wrote:
I agree all the higher end tech clothing companies are good quality and you really can't go wrong with most of it. I have owned a ton of it over the years and I do feel arc'teryx is slightly above the rest. Unfortunately so is their price. Like you said fit is a big part and I have always liked how arc'teryx fit is more athletic without getting too tight and it looks good enough to wear on the streets. I do think most the companies are now going in that direction which I am happy about.

Northface owns mountain hardwear
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Nov 30, 2016 at 04:37 PM
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I think I forgot about Columbia. They actually have some innovative stuff at medium prices. I have a pair (top & bottom) of their OmniHeat base layer. These have reflective mylar dots on the inside that reflect back body heat, while also having good breathability. It works!

http://www.columbia.com/mens-heavyweight-ii-stretch-baselayer-long-sleeve-half-zip-shirt-1638531.html?cgid=men&dwvar_1638531_variationColor=010#prefn1=apparelFit&prefn2=technologyInitiative&srule=HighestRated&prefv1=fit_performance&prefv2=Warm&start=0


Kent in SD



Dec 01, 2016 at 12:08 AM
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Do you get silver dots all over everything under it? I would think it leaves marks and peels off.

I had the Ridgerest pad with the same mylar idea and it left silver marks on everything it touched. I gave it away and got one without it.



Two23 wrote:
I think I forgot about Columbia. They actually have some innovative stuff at medium prices. I have a pair (top & bottom) of their OmniHeat base layer. These have reflective mylar dots on the inside that reflect back body heat, while also having good breathability. It works!

http://www.columbia.com/mens-heavyweight-ii-stretch-baselayer-long-sleeve-half-zip-shirt-1638531.html?cgid=men&dwvar_1638531_variationColor=010#prefn1=apparelFit&prefn2=technologyInitiative&srule=HighestRated&prefv1=fit_performance&prefv2=Warm&start=0

Kent in SD




Dec 01, 2016 at 12:57 PM
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WestTexas Sky wrote:
Do you get silver dots all over everything under it? I would think it leaves marks and peels off.

I had the Ridgerest pad with the same mylar idea and it left silver marks on everything it touched. I gave it away and got one without it.



Have had them for two or three years now and have not had any problem.


Kent in SD




Dec 02, 2016 at 01:55 AM
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Flying to a winter shooting destination, say, for example Iceland or Alaska, I guess goose down insulation would be my first choice.

We did some winter backpacking about a million years ago. The weight of my pack was well over 50 lbs, bloated largely by the weight of the winter sleeping bag and extra clothes.

I never could sleep properly with a vapor barrier. So, down bags were out since they take forever to dry.



Dec 02, 2016 at 03:18 PM
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This jacket is the last one I would buy for photo use. I need two large pockets on any coat I use so I have a place to put filters or gloves or lens cleaning cloth or cable release or teleconverter or whatever else I am using at the time so I don't have to take off my backpack and open it up all the time.

https://www.thenorthface.com/shop/mens-mcmurdo-parka-ii-cql4

In the UK they have hunting jackets that have large pockets for shotgun shells and they lend themselves quite well to field.photography. I bought one of the Craghoppers jackets from Amazon UK and shipping was very fast. Great jacket with more durable fabric than one finds with the US made jackets from Northface, Columbia, etc.

https://www.amazon.com/Craghoppers-Mens-Jacket-X-Large-Khaki/dp/B00D9LA14M/ref=sr_1_2?s=sporting-goods&ie=UTF8&qid=1480988968&sr=1-2&keywords=Craghoppers+Men%27s+Kiwi+3-in-1+Jacket




Dec 06, 2016 at 01:50 AM
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+1 for the Mountain HRdware Absolute Zereo. I got mine on sale for $400.


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In lower temperatures, I always use these liner gloves: http://amzn.to/2ht3HzC They are inexpensive but very good. They do not add any bulk and have no thick seems. Super comfortable to operate camera. I have several pairs, in a car and each bag, just to make sure I never shoot bare handed

For shorter shoots, when liner gloves are not enough, I bring my trusty mittens: http://amzn.to/2gPrpSw couple minutes in them and I'm ready to shoot again. Each season, I'm surprised how much heat hands can generate in them But lately, I've seen some people using hand warmer muffs (I think this how these are called): http://amzn.to/2hjAqEc May try it out this Winter.

When I know that I will be shooting several hours in cold temperatures, I pack my Zippo hand warmer: http://amzn.to/2gpVjeU great little thing keeps my hands warm and happy between shoots. It is safe to keep inside a pocket or a mitten, can be reused and keeps warmth much better than those "onetime use" disposable handwarmers.

Another item that I always use, is a merino wool Buff: http://amzn.to/2gpTFKz it protects my neck from wind without bulk of a regular scarf. When it is windy I often use it a balaclava under my beanie to add additional wind protection to my ears and head. There are many designs to choose from: http://buffusa.com and if you are not familiar with its uses, you should watch this video: https://youtu.be/ewVEK-AElDY

Speaking of head gear, it took me a while to find good aviator style hat but finally, I found one at: http://www.overland.com/product/trapper-hats I got this one: http://www.overland.com/products/vintage-leather-aviator-hat-with-rabbit-fur-trim-73227.aspx and it is extremely warm and that fur really helps with the wind



Dec 11, 2016 at 11:25 PM
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p.2 #12 · p.2 #12 · My favorite Winter Jacket for shooting


Cold weather finally hit my area, so let's revive this thread for this upcoming season

My newest find are USB hand warmers!

Not only they keep your hands warm but also, some of them, provide an additional charge for your phone or any other device that can be charged over the USB - like GoPro, mirrorless cameras etc. Also, some of them, have a LED flashlight built in. Finally you can say goodbye to the disposable hand warmers

I'm currently testing this one: http://amzn.to/2ys1CJ3 and so far it has been great. It gets warm in less than a minute and can be easily charged in my car during my drive to the destination. Pretty neat device For smaller hands/for my wife we got one of these: http://amzn.to/2i2gB5Z

What did work best for you last Winter? Any changes to your gear?



Nov 11, 2017 at 01:07 AM
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https://www.backcountry.com/outdoor-research-whitefish-down-jacket-mens

Buying this jacket probably guaranteed the next several winters will be nice and warm. I figure the 700 down will be good for the polar vortexes too. At least I hope so.



Nov 11, 2017 at 07:34 AM
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great info! tag for reference.. :')


Nov 11, 2017 at 11:14 AM
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I want any jacket I use for photography to have large front pockets for stuff and separate side access pockets for my hands.

I bought a Nau waterproof insulated jacket a few years ago and it is my favorite for cold weather use.

https://www.nau.com/mens/jackets/oslo-down-jacket






Nov 12, 2017 at 10:15 PM
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Has anyone tried the Zippo flame hand warmers?
https://www.amazon.com/Zippo-Hand-Warmer-12-Hour-Chrome/dp/B013HLGTL2/ref=sr_1_9?s=sporting-goods&ie=UTF8&qid=1510540925&sr=1-9&keywords=hand+warmers

Mark



Nov 13, 2017 at 02:43 AM
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msalvetti wrote:
Has anyone tried the Zippo flame hand warmers?
https://www.amazon.com/Zippo-Hand-Warmer-12-Hour-Chrome/dp/B013HLGTL2/ref=sr_1_9?s=sporting-goods&ie=UTF8&qid=1510540925&sr=1-9&keywords=hand+warmers

Mark


I did use them for couple of Winters. They are good but not as convenient as USB hand warmers I mentioned above. Even though Zippo will run longer (on a full refill) you donít have control on how warm it gets. Also, it can be tricky to light it up outside, especially in windy conditions.
After discovering these USB hand warmers, Iím not going to even bother with Zippo anymore



Nov 13, 2017 at 03:20 AM
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I am still following the same plan of layers and a mixture of pieces. I do own several jackets I have purchased over the years. I mix and match for the weather in a location.

Shoulder season in the Great Basin
Base layer T neck
Marmot Neotherm pullover
Marmot Quasar down hoody
North Face Gore-Tex jacket
I also take an OR Incandescent down Hoody to add on top while shooting Milky Way in the mountain. Cold but dry. 20 at night 55 in the daytime.

Scotland in November
Swap out the down jackets for a Mountain Hardwear Monkey man fleece and a Mountain Hardwear Compressor primaloft jacket. The fleece is not wind proof at all but layers well under a shell. Temps range from 32-48, it's damp, rains every day and is very windy.

February at Grand Canyon
Base layer T neck
Wool t shirt
Marmot Neotherm pullover
Marmot Quasar down hoody
North Face Gore-Tex jacket
Mountain Hardwear Sub Zero down jacket. 20 at night 35 in the day. Snow on the ground and it snows on you.

Favorite new gear is the Marmot Neotherm pullover. Thin and athletic fit with long arms with thumb loops. It's the first too like this that actually fits me. Most are too big in the body or too short in the arms. It's a better version of the famous Patagonia R1. Actually more like the R.5. Liked it so much I bought four of them.

I also found a jacket on a sale rack. North Face Makalu primaloft jacket with hard shell outer layer. Not a three in one. Just one jacket. Really like it. This will be my Iceland or Scotland jacket. The built in hardshell outer layer really blocks the wind and makes the jacket warmer. Primaloft means no fear from water.

Ready for winter!!



Nov 13, 2017 at 04:11 PM
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kosin wrote:
I did use them for couple of Winters. They are good but not as convenient as USB hand warmers I mentioned above. Even though Zippo will run longer (on a full refill) you donít have control on how warm it gets. Also, it can be tricky to light it up outside, especially in windy conditions.
After discovering these USB hand warmers, Iím not going to even bother with Zippo anymore


Great, thank you. I didn't realize you can't really even turn the Zippo's off. My situation isn't as extreme as what most of you guys are talking about, except I use disposable heat packs shooting hockey much of the winter. I may try the USB units this year.

Mark



Nov 13, 2017 at 04:53 PM
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msalvetti wrote:
Great, thank you. I didn't realize you can't really even turn the Zippo's off. My situation isn't as extreme as what most of you guys are talking about, except I use disposable heat packs shooting hockey much of the winter. I may try the USB units this year.

Mark



You can "turn the Zippo off" but if you need to use it again within hours, it can be a pain to light it up. Why? It requires you to hold a lighter close to it for about 30-45 seconds to get it going. As you can imagine it might be not easy to do so in windy conditions In the process your hands will get even colder. The best is to basically leave it on for the whole day. I used to love it but USB hand warmers won me over this Winter. You can easily try them out. USB hand warmers arenít like Zippos or disposable ones that you will see sign of use right away. Also, Amazon is pretty good with returns, so if you donít like it, you can always send it back within 30 days





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