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Old 11-04-2011, 04:04 PM
 
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Default Winter weather clothing advice (work outdoors)

What kind of clothing do I need to wear for the winter (working outdoors in the oil fields)? I know everyone says layer up but how many layers are we talking about here? What works best? People with experience please let me know.
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Old 11-05-2011, 12:55 AM
 
Location: Spots Wyoming
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Long johns and blue jeans. Then, a pair of insulated bibs of some sort. I prefer Carharts. Then, I wear a long sleeve t-shirt, with denem shirt over top. From there I will wear a sweater of some sort with a hoodie over top. Depending on temp, I'll wear a second hoodie. Then a blue jean (long) jacket. If it's real extreme, I'll wear a couple hoodies and a carhart parka.

You might seek advice from a company because some furnish flame retardent clothes for you to winter in.

I would also advise that you order clothes on-line as the stores in Williston are really short on clothes.

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Old 11-05-2011, 08:15 AM
 
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what about boots?? do they have steel toe insulated boots and what brands are best or worst
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Old 11-05-2011, 08:17 AM
 
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Baffin steel toes are the best for winter. I have a pair and they are awesome. Lots of guys have red wings for the summer and baffins for the winter. Dresser sells them in Williston but you'd be able to find them online as well.
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Old 11-05-2011, 08:55 AM
 
Location: Minot, ND
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After working outside for numerous years, my best solution I found is almost the same as ElkHunter above. With gloves, I have the thin gloves and a heavy set to wear over them in case I need to take the gloves off, my hands are still protected. Shoes are very important, buy large enough to give the feet room and for extra thick socks or double socks.
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Old 11-05-2011, 09:14 AM
 
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What kind of clothing do I need to wear for the winter (working outdoors in the oil fields)? I know everyone says layer up but how many layers are we talking about here? What works best? People with experience please let me know.
For a state of the art solution called the Extreme Cold Weather Clothing System, here is what professional mountaineers wear:

Protective Combat Uniform - Cold Weather Clothing

And how our US army is clothed in extreme cold weather conditions:

Generation III Extended Cold Weather Clothing System - Cold Weather Clothing

The above link even has a chart showing you how to layer based on various temperature ranges.

There is system very similar to the above except everything is flame retardant.

My guess is once you are hired the companies would give great advice on how to dress since they obviously have a stake in you keeping warm while working. On the other hand the youtube video I saw about the guy who worked for Precision wasn't encouraging on that front as he says the reason he left is (despite making good money) because he was freezing in the cold. Maybe it was just his constitution as that seems like something that can be easily remedied.

For my money the best piece of clothing that no one seems to have mentioned is the baclava, the head/facial covering that allows you to breathe in extremely cold air without hurting your lungs. Everything else I learned while spending a winter in Russia.

Oh, and here is the wiki on the ECWCS: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Extende...lothing_System
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Old 11-05-2011, 01:01 PM
 
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Google these boots. They look awesome. And they're supossed to be very warm.

Dunlop Purofort Thermo+ safety Boots , color Orange.

(The orange are made for industrial jobs , the green ones for farm jobs )
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Old 11-05-2011, 05:18 PM
 
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Walmart there, at least as of yesterday had a bunch of Carhart ?knockoff? jackets and bibs as well as FR jeans... don't know how good they are since few were bought last week.. still have two big racks of each... for what it's worth...
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Old 11-06-2011, 09:09 PM
 
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For a state of the art solution called the Extreme Cold Weather Clothing System, here is what professional mountaineers wear:

Protective Combat Uniform - Cold Weather Clothing

And how our US army is clothed in extreme cold weather conditions:

Generation III Extended Cold Weather Clothing System - Cold Weather Clothing

The above link even has a chart showing you how to layer based on various temperature ranges.

There is system very similar to the above except everything is flame retardant.

My guess is once you are hired the companies would give great advice on how to dress since they obviously have a stake in you keeping warm while working. On the other hand the youtube video I saw about the guy who worked for Precision wasn't encouraging on that front as he says the reason he left is (despite making good money) because he was freezing in the cold. Maybe it was just his constitution as that seems like something that can be easily remedied.

For my money the best piece of clothing that no one seems to have mentioned is the baclava, the head/facial covering that allows you to breathe in extremely cold air without hurting your lungs. Everything else I learned while spending a winter in Russia.

Oh, and here is the wiki on the ECWCS: Extended Cold Weather Clothing System - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Post a reply to this thread when you get to town. I'd love to watch your reaction when your $2,000 mountaineering suit gets splattered with oil slop and ruined immediately after you report to work.
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Old 11-06-2011, 09:22 PM
 
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Post a reply to this thread when you get to town. I'd love to watch your reaction when your $2,000 mountaineering suit gets splattered with oil slop and ruined immediately after you report to work.
Actually it is the under layers that interest me. Figure the companies will point/provide whatever you need as far as the exterior stuff that is a functional equivalent. But since you have taken an interest I will let you know how it goes.

Besides getting splattered with oil is a lot better than being splattered with blood. Oh, wait, you only mentioned the mountaineering suit.
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