Your best value winter gear

Discussion in 'Clothing & Footwear' started by CEves, Feb 4, 2017.

  1. Taz38

    Taz38 Thru Hiker

    Just sold my buffalo...I get too hot in it, I prefer my paramo jackets. When its cold I over layer with a thin insulated jacket or gilet, and paramo cascada trousers. Buffalo mitts or OR goretex mitts with liner gloves seem to work but not perfectly.
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  2. kamov

    kamov Trail Blazer

    This! Being a cold sleeper I either fill it with hot water to warm up the footbox or keep it empty in case I need to fill it with other warm liquids :D
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  3. OwenM

    OwenM Section Hiker

    For camping up in the frozen north I've a couple of insulated "Isotherm" bottles, their plastic with polystyrene insulation. 1.5lts each, and quite light (450g each) if a bit bulky. I've no idea if they're still made but they work really well. If I fill them up with boiling water it takes about 20 hours before it starts to freeze at -20C.
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  4. slovhike

    slovhike Thru Hiker

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  5. rorymax

    rorymax Section Hiker

    Lightweight but bulky, on a freezing night this (in addition to other gear) makes me forget about what cold is, offsets the lack of a hood on a top-quilt, would not be without it now.

    I've not yet covered my nose with the internal nose cover thingy, I'm guessing that the fabric would wet out\freeze and become uncomfortable with expelled air breaths. It can be cinched up so as to have pretty much only my eyelids exposed, not had to do that when inside a shelter though.

    EDIT: Bought a couple of these from different sellers, both smelled of sewing machine oil, gave them a couple of washes before using, sorted.

    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/Win...32232504421.html?spm=2114.13010608.0.0.BwljYl

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  6. Jim_Parkin

    Jim_Parkin Trail Blazer

    Agree with most of this. Especially the comment about gaiters. As well as the points you mention, they stop drafts and the windchill around my ankles, which can otherwise be surprisingly annoying.
  7. Bopdude

    Bopdude Section Hiker

    Having just returned from an Arctic trip ( Northern Sweden ) I have to rate the British Army Gortex with liners, my hands got to warm at times, Aldi thermals were good under Swedish Army wool trousers as well.
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  8. Scotty Von Porkchop

    Scotty Von Porkchop Ultralighter

    You mean the ECW over mitts? they're the dogs..
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  9. Bopdude

    Bopdude Section Hiker

    The Gortex outer with the dpm mitten inners, toasty.
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  10. slovhike

    slovhike Thru Hiker

    @rorymax "smell of sewing machine oil"...so that's where it comes from... It kept me away from buying cheap fleece items made in China..does it ever wash out?
  11. rorymax

    rorymax Section Hiker

    First run through in the washing machine and I could still detect the oily smell, after a second wash the odour and hopefully any residues had gone.
  12. Mole

    Mole Thru Hiker

    Best cash value gear?

    Thinsulate lined Fleece gloves from rack in a Spar shop/garage.

    £1.99 though the same as these:
    http://m.ebay.co.uk/itm/Mens-Polar-...%3A37ad1bf215a0a5eb32df1c1cfff826f8%7Ciid%3A6

    Slightly bulky for backpacking, but when things are frosty n windy they outperform powerstretch or any other flavour of fleece glove I've tried. As warm as the 'ski gloves' I have, and less bulky. Ok in damp conditions.
  13. Slowcoach

    Slowcoach Summit Camper

    An Extremiities goretex windstopper took hat which must be 20 + years old now and thinsulate gloves
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  14. Toot

    Toot Summit Camper

    Windstopper/Windbloc... Yep. Old technology now - "no good" of course... modern material beats it hands down... you should get softshell, mate... Yeah, right.

    Windstopper/Windbloc puts me in mind of another ancient technology that "doesn't work". Ultrafleece. It "doesn't work" to the extent that I've still got some specially made Ultrafleece half-zip fleeces and trousers from 1997 (possibly older), still such a widely effective protective layer there's NO chance I'd give them up even now. Twenty years of effectiveness - that's value for money.
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  15. Slowcoach

    Slowcoach Summit Camper

    We must not assume the "new" is necessarily better.... i also have a very cheap pull on fleece which is nearly as old as my extremities hat. Kkrakatau is the only name on it, it cost me about £ 10 .. i have used it for walking and cyciling, by todays standards its probably too heavy but boy does it keep the cold and wind at bay. I have gone back to it during this current cold spell here on the east coast.
  16. Jim_Parkin

    Jim_Parkin Trail Blazer


    Yes I have an ultrafleece jacket, and still use it sometimes.
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  17. gixer

    gixer Thru Hiker

    Ultrafleece pullover here, must be 25 years old, still one of the best pieces of outdoor clothing i've bought.
  18. HillBelly

    HillBelly Section Hiker

    I bought a Meraklon neckwarmer tube from Sub Zero Store, which was lightweight, and has been useful pulled up over my nose and ears in blizzards. Up til then I'd never been a fan but its always in my pack as a goto item when the weather turns nippy. Compact and also not too much like a scarf round my neck. Really happy with my Simond winter trousers and Quechua softshell hoody. All of which cost very little, but has given me a winter wardrobe I am comfortable with, especially when it can be hard to get the comfort level right when carrying a trek pack.
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  19. Noltae

    Noltae Summit Camper

    Primark today had synthetic insulated ultralight gilets for £10 - honestly they looked pretty great all things considered - Half decent loft and packed down small - They only had small sizes left in store - Definitely worth a look if your passing - hopefully they will do hoodies in the same materials -
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  20. rorymax

    rorymax Section Hiker

    I rarely ever go to stores for shopping (need to get out and about much more :D), I think there is a Primark relatively close by, might check it out.

    I really should spend more time discovering all those retail outlet thingys that are actually all around me, too easy to be a keyboard shopper, I'm probably missing out on many things.

    My wife comes home with (sometimes) exceptional bargains (the rest she just conceals).
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  21. Slowcoach

    Slowcoach Summit Camper

    Just clock up the miles browsing for stuff you don't need but want
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  22. rorymax

    rorymax Section Hiker

    It's kinda odd, but I did spend a quite a lot of time looking at things I thought I needed, bought some, made mistakes, and learned :meh:.

    I am really very happy with what I have now, no ultralight weights to impress anyone, but they are reasonably acceptable by some standards.

    Think it was Shug (the hammock guy I) who said "carry your own weight", he did not inspire me per-se, but that is where I find myself at right now, and I am very content with where I am, I feel rather fortunate in that to be honest.

    Sure, if anyone want's to send me their super ultralight kit to try out I will be very appreciative (might even return it if you pay the postage :p).

    Learned a heck of a lot on here and I acknowledge that, very happy to say thanks to all of you for helping me find my weight.
    Last edited: Feb 17, 2017
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  23. Slowcoach

    Slowcoach Summit Camper

    At my age it's far too late to start investing in ultra light gear. I buy as light as I want to afford.
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  24. Diddi

    Diddi Thru Hiker

    Peter storm £5 micro fleece..... never without it as it can make a big difference on a cold day/night...
    Last edited: Feb 18, 2017
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    Gadget Thru Hiker

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