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Old 02-16-2007, 11:45 PM
Location: Helena, MT
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I wouldn't worry too much about the tire chains. I've never owned a pair and just have a front wheel drive car. But, the sleeping bag in the vehicle is a super good idea..and so is the water. I've always done the sleeping bag thing and have had multiple occasions to use it when I broke down. If you can get the tire chains, great, but if you're not going over mountain passes, just avoid traveling on really snowy days. Tire chains are probably a good idea; I've just never figured them out. I guess my need for them hasn't been too great or I would have caved in and learned how by now.
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Old 11-09-2009, 09:53 AM
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Can anyone suggest winter clothing for a trip to MT in the winter. I am staying at a resort in West Yellowstone and I plan on snow mobiling as well as horse back riding and seeing what is open in Yellowstone other than that we will travel through some other areas such as the Grand Tetons and then go through Wyoming.
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Old 11-09-2009, 10:11 AM
Location: San Antonio, TX
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Thumbs up Coats

Anything NorthFace, Patagonia or Columbia would be a solid bet. I would go with a longer coat (down to knees at least) to cover the tops of your legs while horseback riding. If you dont get a long coat, definitely get snow/waterproof/insulated pants. Coats are great, but if your legs are wet and cold, forget about it.

If you can get down-filled, that will be warmest, but you definitely want gore-tex coated or something that is waterproof. Once snow falls on your coat, it will melt. If you have a wet, warm coat, its not warm any more!

Something along these lines- Patagonia Down With It Parka - Women's at REI.com
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Old 11-09-2009, 12:49 PM
Location: In The Outland
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Thumbs up Yes silk and layering.

Originally Posted by gold west View Post
I've been here four years, and I always wear a coat. But layers are the way to go. I always have on silk pant liners and silk undershirt, a turtleneck, another shirt if it's very cold, and flannel lined jeans. Silk is the best and warmest underneath. That way, just about any coat will do. Everyone is right about it not seeming as cold here. I'm cold-natured and I can stand it easily. The weather is one of the draws here along with the view.
Best post on this thread yet. ^
I discovered the virtues of silk back in the day when I owned shares in two ski resorts. While skiing I just wore silk undies and a down powder suit.
Silk undies top to bottom, pants with a light sweater and a waterproof but breathable shell or lined jacket is all I ever needed. Oh silk socks and good gloves with removable liners are good too.
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Old 11-09-2009, 03:46 PM
Location: West Yellowstone, MT
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A less expensive alternative may be Duluth Trading Post. They are mail order or internet only so have much less overhead. You can buy items similar to the brand names for 1/3 the cost.

Bob Wards is the best bet locally. They also have the best prices on the internet too.
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Old 11-09-2009, 06:41 PM
Location: Montana
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My favorite coat is the one I have in my truck all year round!

Seriously though, I like to wear layers during the winter, but I work outside a lot and sometimes actually get too hot when we are out in the backcountry. A favorite of mine is my flight jacket. Lightweight, easy to move in, good in the wind, and very warm when I'm up 200' on a radio tower where the weather is usually more brutal than it is on the ground.. Some coveralls and warm boots are good as long as the boots can breathe.
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