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Old 02-05-2011, 05:53 PM
Location: Rocky Mount, NC
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30F (-1C) - a pair of jeans, polo shirt, and my hoodie

20F (-7C) - ^

10F (-12C) - a pair of jeans, a fleece, and my hoodie

0F (-18C) - a pair of jeans, an undershirt and fleece, and a thick coat

-20F (-29C) - a pair of sweat pants with jeans over, an undershirt and fleece, and a thick coat

-40F (-40C) - ^

I'm very tolerant of the cold
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Old 02-05-2011, 06:13 PM
Location: Duluth, Minnesota, USA
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Originally Posted by papafox View Post
What exactly would you/do you wear given the following temperatures. Lets assume dry conditions and no windchill too. It would also be helpful to know where you live since a Floridian will dress more heavily than a Minnesotian at the same temps.

So how exactly do you dress (how many layers and what type of clothes) for...

30F (-1C)
It was exactly this temperature last night (warm for here), and I was out in my pajamas, tennis shoes, and a light sweater-coat. Barely got cold.

The first 30F day, however, would be very cold for me.

20F (-7C)
A winter jacket in sunny weather. No layering. However, if it was windy, I'd be cold.

10F (-12C)
A winter jacket over a sweatshirt over a shirt. Hat. I generally don't go outside for long periods of time during this type of weather.

0F (-18C)
If I have to be out for any extended period of time (rare), I'll usually wear two pairs of pants and a winter jacket over my sweater jacket over my sweater over my T-shirt.

-20F (-29C)

-40F (also -40C!)
I don't go outside during those temperatures. -40F/C is almost unheard of in Duluth.
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Old 02-05-2011, 08:29 PM
Location: Colorado
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How long will I be outside? My answer would be different if I'm out for a few minutes vs. a long time. Plus, it makes a HUGE difference if it is sunny vs. cloudy here.

I live in Colorado Springs, CO

30F (-1C)- less than 10 minutes: sweatshirt, shirt, jeans, maybe gloves; more than 10 minutes, I'll have a jacket on too.

20F (-7C)- winter jacket, gloves, t-shirt on underneath

10F (-12C)- add hat and scarf, if I'm out for a very long time, I might wear two pairs of gloves

0F (-18C)- add thermal underwear

-20F (-29C)- yeah, I won't be doing much going out at this temp.

-40F (also -40C!) read above
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Old 02-07-2011, 01:40 AM
Location: Deltana, AK
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So how exactly do you dress (how many layers and what type of clothes) for...

30F (-1C)
<10 minutes: tennis shoes, t-shirt, jeans.
>10 minutes: work/hiking boots, long underwear bottoms under pants, sweater

20F (-7C)
<10: boots, jeans, sweater
>10: boots, long johns, 2 sweaters, wool hat, liner gloves

10F (-12C)
Meh, same as above.

0F (-18C)
<10: boots, jeans, sweater
>10: Add insulated boots and maybe a down jacket instead of a sweater if I'm standing still

-20F (-29C)
<10: boots, long johns, 2 sweaters, wool hat, liner gloves
>10: Heavy winter boots, fleece under the pants, definetely the down jacket, heavy mittens over liner gloves (clipped to cuffs so I can easily take them off for dexterity), ski mask under the wool hat.

-40F (also -40C!)
<10: Same as above.
>10: Military surplus "bunny boots," full insulated suit over everything else, add a second wool hat, hand warmers taped inside the mittens. No metal eyeglasses below -20; they'll burn your face. Generally speaking, get it done and get back inside as quick as possible.

At temperatures from -30 to -60 or so, it's really only the traditional native clothing (and the seasoned arctic temperment) that'll allow you to be outside for more than an hour or two. Things get serious very fast if anything goes wrong, and you must have a great deal of experience to travel at these temperatures.

Where I live in interior Alaska spends several months below zero (F), a month or two below -20, and usually bottoms out with 1-2 weeks below -40 (all time record lows in most locations range from -60 to -80). It's often windy, but that raises the temperature so the windchill is about the same as what the calm-air temperature would be. A common cutoff for most folks is -20, both for work and recreation, though of course there are some who have to go out no matter what the temperature, and must prepare accordingly. But yeah, hard to have any fun below -20. The reaction that most people have to the cold is mostly psychological, and partly metabolism. A sudden drop from afternoon temps in the 60s to a morning at 20 in September will have us all bundled up just like anywhere else. Then again, when it suddenly goes from -30 to 20 above and sunny in March, you'll see a ridiculous amount of shorts and flip flops... It's all tough to imagine when it's 85 with 20 hours of sunlight in July
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Old 02-14-2011, 01:45 AM
Location: Fort Worthless, Texastan
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30F (-1C): Undershirt, regular shirt, hoodie, and jacket with gloves and scarf, along with two socks on each foot.

20F (-7C): Add another sock for each foot.

10F (-12C): Add another sock for each foot, and a second hoodie.

0F (-18C): Add another pair of gloves.

-20F (-29C): Add another jacket, two more socks on each foot, and another scarf.

-40F (also -40C!): I ain't leaving my apartment for nothing. Period.
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Old 02-14-2011, 02:13 AM
Location: London, UK
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30°F/-1°C : shirt, regular jacket, jeans, a pair of socks and leather shoes

20°F/-7°C : add one t-shirt below the shirt

10°F/-12°C : add gloves

0°F/-18°C : never experienced it !
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Old 09-02-2013, 10:17 PM
Location: White House, TN
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30F / -1C - T-shirt and long pants. A windless, sunny 30 is quite comfortable. 30 is child's play for cold weather.

20F / -7C - I'll don a hoodie.

10F / -12C - Same as 20F, but with a long sleeve shirt under the hoodie.

0F / -18C - Add a toboggan.

-20F / -29C - Add a second hoodie.

-40F / -40C - Add a third hoodie.

I refuse to wear heavy winter coats. Freezing is not cold. Close to zero, now that's pretty chilly. Below zero is serious cold.
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Old 09-02-2013, 10:52 PM
Location: Long Island/NYC
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30F / -1C - hat, heavy coat, t-shirt, jeans, sneakers/boots

20F / -7C - hat, heavy coat, t-shirt, jeans, sneakers/boots

10F / -12C - same as the first two (although I'd be super uncomfortable)

0F / -18C - everything I own

-20F / -29C - a climate controlled bubble

-40F / -40C - fire

Luckily I've only experienced the first two, but I find both uncomfortable.
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Old 09-02-2013, 11:46 PM
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I've experienced all of these.

30F / -1C - jeans and a thick heavy hoodie

20F / -7C - jeans and leather jacket and toque/gloves

10F / -12C - hoodie under leather jacket and toque/gloves

0F / -18C - pijamas under jeans and winter parka and toque/gloves

-20F / -29C - pijamas under jeans and heavy hoodie under winter parka and toque and scarf/gloves

-40F / -40C - same as above but with heavier everything (gloves etc)
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Old 09-03-2013, 12:01 AM
Location: Norwich, UK
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30F (-1C) 2-3 layers plus winter coat, maybe 2 pairs of socks, gloves, hat, scarf.

20F (-7C) As above, boots instead of shoes, ski gloves, salopettes.

10F (-12C) Air conditioned pressure suit, internal air supply. This is as cold as it can possibly get.

0F (-18C) As above.

-20F (-29C) As above.

-40F (also -40C!)
As above.
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