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Old 01-17-2009, 02:07 PM
 
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Default gear to wear in cold weather?

I work outside in the cold in the northeast of the US. Since its cold in alaska, i was wondering what you would recommend to wear in below freezing weather. the hardest part is dealing with cold fingers. I have to take my gloves off to wire stuff. that really slows down our work pace. any recommendations of gear? preferably nonpolyester or flameretardnent martial.

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Old 01-17-2009, 02:39 PM
 
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What part of Alaska?
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Old 01-17-2009, 03:03 PM
 
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i'm not in alaska. I was just wondering about cold weather gear.
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Old 01-17-2009, 03:05 PM
 
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i'm not in alaska. I was just wondering about cold weather gear.
I was asking what part of Alaska you have in mind. Different parts of the state are very different as far as weather goes.
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Old 01-17-2009, 03:27 PM
 
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Old 01-17-2009, 07:36 PM
 
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And Fairbanks (just to piggy back on Dangerous' thread) I was gonna ask similarly myself anyway. Especially Footwear. TIA!
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Old 01-17-2009, 07:59 PM
 
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Something warm.
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Old 01-17-2009, 08:30 PM
 
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thanks
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Old 01-17-2009, 09:26 PM
 
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I used to deliver stove oil and propane and gas. Year round I used Green Ape gloves, good stuff.
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Old 01-18-2009, 10:19 PM
 
Location: Interior alaska
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I work outside in the cold in the northeast of the US. Since its cold in Alaska, i was wondering what you would recommend to wear in below freezing weather. the hardest part is dealing with cold fingers. I have to take my gloves off to wire stuff. that really slows down our work pace. any recommendations of gear? preferably nonpolyester or flameretardnent martial.

thanks.
Well what are the temp ranges that you work in. Is it a dry cold or a damp one. You would be dressing for a different weather for where you might be at.

At -50, it is cold, but a very dry cold and you want to have multiple layers to keep you warm and boots that are designed for the extreme cold too, such as "bunny boots" for one example.

Light work gloves are best worn inside a heavy mitten, that way you can pull them off to do quick work and then put them back on again and held together with a line that connects the two mittens together that goes up around your neck. That way you have quick access to them when your fingers start to freeze....

You can also get disposable heating pads to put in the mittens to keep your hands warm and they make them for the boots as well. They last four to six hours depending on what they are made for.

Anyway, we go from freezing water cold in the winter to -60 which is almost a 100 degree swing, so you might want to be a bit more specific on what kind of cold you are dealing with.
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