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I'm finding myself spending more and more time outside, and as I get older, I just can't seem to take the cold. My feet are always FREEZING, and my hands. I can't find gloves that keep me warm that aren't too bulky. I mean, I still need to be able to use my hands, you know? And I need a pair of boots that will keep my feet warm and dry...and that are tall enough to not let snow in over the tops of them. I also need a good waterproof winter coat and overalls, but I don't like the heaviness of the Carhartt that everyone around here seems to wear. And socks, good warm socks and long underwear. I'd really like to know specific brands and styles, as most of my shopping will probably be done online. I can't afford to spend a fortune, but I really need new winter gear. I'm not too concerned about style since it will be worn on the farm. Any suggestions? Thanks for taking the time.

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I wear something like this:

 

http://www.sierratradingpost.com/p/,2837J_Baffin-Punisher-Winter-Pac-Boots-Leather-BOA-Lacing-For-Men.html

 

Baffin makes the warmest boots I've ever had. Actually too warm if I'm not staying outside.

 

and this:

 

http://www.llbean.com/llb/shop/61708?feat=504728-GN2

 

And when it gets really cold, this:

 

http://www.llbean.com/llb/shop/56530?feat=593-GN1

 

 

Of course, they're all much cheaper in the spring (and we have a LLBean outlet near us)!

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I wear something like this:

 

http://www.sierratradingpost.com/p/,2837J_Baffin-Punisher-Winter-Pac-Boots-Leather-BOA-Lacing-For-Men.html

 

Baffin makes the warmest boots I've ever had. Actually too warm if I'm not staying outside.

 

and this:

 

http://www.llbean.com/llb/shop/61708?feat=504728-GN2

 

And when it gets really cold, this:

 

http://www.llbean.com/llb/shop/56530?feat=593-GN1

 

 

Of course, they're all much cheaper in the spring (and we have a LLBean outlet near us)!

 

Hey, the price on those boots isn't too bad! Are they comfy, as well as warm?

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Yes, they're comfy. They're the guys version, so they run a little wider and I like mine big, so I have room for lots of socks! Mine have laces up them and the boots flop around when I'm too lazy to tie them. Mine also have a drawstring around the top to prevent snow from coming in. A few of the Baffin boots on Sierra Trading Post today do, but not all of them.

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When we were in AK, we bought used bunny boots. They are what the military wears. They aren't cheap, but we stood outside for the better part of the day on a frozen lake to watch the start of the Iditarod Dog Sled Race. It was well below freezing. I would alos recommend smartwool or polypropolyne (sp?)for long underwear. I also had a rabbit fur aviator hat that is great. Merino wool for socks. I also wore a thin pair of polyprop. glove liners under a pair of leather gloves. I also have a nice fleece lined wool hoodie that I have only seen in AK.

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Some key ideas:

 

Wool

Down

Waterproof

Windproof

 

Plan to shop at a decent camping store like REI or order online from a camping supply company.

 

For your hands--a combination of small, thin, stretchy gloves with waterproof mittens over them will be warmest. Mittens are far, far warmer than gloves.

 

Make sure your coat is windproof and waterproof, that it reaches down over your backside, and has a hood. It should also be zippered rather than buttons.

 

For quick excursions, wear a light pair of waterproof pants over your clothes. If you're going to be out for an extended time, you might consider a good pair of quilted ski pants. You'd be amazed, though, at how much warmth thin waterproof pants can bring.

 

Silk long underwear is wonderfully light, and waaaaaaaay warmer than cotton. Wear it as part of your every day clothing.

 

Socks that are wool blend are much warmer. If you're going to be outside for an extended period, layer on two pair. Another option are neoprene ski socks--these are by far the warmest.

 

For boots, definitely go to a camping store. Pretty looking boots from the local department store just will never be that warm.

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What do I wear? As much as freaking possible and still be able to move.

 

Wait. I avoid going out in the winter, so I'm not 'outdoorsy' just live where its really, really, freeze-your-snot-in-your-nose-and-eyelashes-too-cold. 'As much as possible' still works for my answer, and thats how we dress the kids too. Its all about the layers here.

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Any smartwool socks, particularly smartwool hiking socks

 

Yes! Doesn't snow much where I live so I cannot help with boots, but I can chime in on the merits of Smartwool. They are pricey little devils, but they are durable.

 

Sometimes you can find Smartwool products at Sierra Trading on discount. I have Smartwool socks in all weights and tend to wear them practically year round.

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Somewhere, and I think it was a sporting goods store, I found the greatest rain boots. Well, that is what they looked like to me. They had flannel inside, and they were knee height. I love them. Of course, I am all for the turtleneck and flannels from the guys section of the store. I can swear by a Carthart coat (from the feed store, LOL). These coats are very very very warm and cozy. What sold me was that I could wash it! I run outside with it for everything from playing in mud to playing in snow. :) I guess that makes me all wash and wear. LOL

 

Seriously, check this out ... http://www.carhartt.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/HomeView?storeId=10051&catalogId=10101 These are the warmest and best wearing clothes ever.

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Somewhere, and I think it was a sporting goods store, I found the greatest rain boots. Well, that is what they looked like to me. They had flannel inside, and they were knee height. I love them. Of course, I am all for the turtleneck and flannels from the guys section of the store. I can swear by a Carthart coat (from the feed store, LOL). These coats are very very very warm and cozy. What sold me was that I could wash it! I run outside with it for everything from playing in mud to playing in snow. :) I guess that makes me all wash and wear. LOL

 

Seriously, check this out ... http://www.carhartt.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/HomeView?storeId=10051&catalogId=10101 These are the warmest and best wearing clothes ever.

 

 

Yes, but Carhartt is so HEAVY. Or maybe I'm just a wimp.

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OK, so I've got some great tips here. Now, does anyone know of a discount type place I can buy this stuff online? Is Sierra Trading Post the best/cheapest? I hate buying boots online, but the rest of it would probably be okay.

 

I've never heard of an REI but I googled it and the nearest one is, like, 6 hours away. (Seriously, all I have is a WalMart, hence the request for websites.)

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