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post #31 of 36
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Originally Posted by LiveJazz View Post
 

I resisted the vest thing for the longest time, but I finally broke down and got a (cheap) Eddie Bauer down vest...and I love it. Nice and warm in the center, but maintains range of motion in the arms. It's the perfect amount of warmth for days when base + light fleece + jacket isn't enough, but I don't want to go full Michelin man. Which, in my case, is most days. 

 

I don't get vests. If it's cold enough that you want to insulate your core more, wouldn't you also want to keep your arms, which retain even less heat, warm?

post #32 of 36

Vests are brilliant, especially if layering for touring.  And you don't loose much body heat through your arms.  My go to vest is an Icebreaker merino worn over a polypro base layer with a shell over the top. If colder enough for more I will add a Primaloft Jacket under the shell. Any colder than that and out comes the 800 loft down jacket.


Edited by Taxman - 1/7/15 at 2:50pm
post #33 of 36

Vests are fantastic layering pieces. I run fairly cold so I typically wear a thin wool base layer follower by a slightly thicker, looser one, then either a fleece or primaloft jacket under a shell. If I think it's going to be a particularly cold day, I tend to bring along a down vest (purchased from Uniqlo for $30ish) since it weighs and packs down to almost nothing.

post #34 of 36
On real cold days I sometimes wear a vest, it keeps the core warm. I think you need to be able to adapt to the weather with different clothing.
One of the biggest ways to stay warm is to stop the wind, so a breathable wind stoping fabric is number one in my book, and after trying other fabrics i find Gore-text works best.
post #35 of 36
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Originally Posted by Metaphor_ View Post
 

 

I don't get vests. If it's cold enough that you want to insulate your core more, wouldn't you also want to keep your arms, which retain even less heat, warm?

 

That's exactly why I never bought one before, but I've found that when the core is truly warm, the limbs and extremities follow. I run a little warm in the first place, so that probably helps. It can be an odd sensation...you feel coolness on your arms, but your arms aren't cold.

post #36 of 36

Best thing I ever bought for skiing was a Sierra Designs Vapor Hoody. There is NO insulation to this thing. It weighs a few ounces. That, with a single paradox or bodyglove synthetic base under it is good down to about 25 degrees. Seriously. Why? NO wind gets through it at all. Has welded/bonded seams instead of stitched. When it was 7 degrees last week at Sugar Bowl, I put that under my old Patagonia shell which was easy because it is so light. There are other shells like the SD, but this thing is great.  I never ever wear cotton, because I sweat no matter how cold it is.  Wool and fleece are great, but I rarely need anything other than a base and my shell, and good gloves, in north tahoe. 

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