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How to keep the wife warm?

post #1 of 20
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Take your mind out of the gutter. She needs a new jacket. She doesn't have much body fat so she gets cold in temps below 30 degrees easily and she already layers like a mofo. Seems like most everything we've seen (and we've been everywhere) is all about fashion. She's a cutie, but she wants something practical (with utility)... and warm.

What's the secret to wamth? I have no clue. I'm good without fancy stuff and a nice insulated jacket.

The only thing she's tried on that she's liked is a North Face Triclimate jacket (the banshee model). HyVent shell and some removable liner. No GorTex to be found. The more expensive stuff seems to involve GorTex. Other than waterproofing does GorTex add anything to the overall warmth of a jacket?
Anyone think that North Face jacket, with an additional fleece layer, would be warm enough or should I be looking for something else? If so, what?

Thanks!
post #2 of 20
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Take your mind out of the gutter.
I'm insulted, & I'm sure numerous other members are, that you would think I'd digress into erotic thoughts without first seeing a picture of your wife.
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post #4 of 20
Good base layer thermals are as important as a good jacket for staying warm. Look for expedition weight micro fleece, like Hot Chilis.
post #5 of 20
Does she wear a helmet? Helmet keeps lotta heat in. Knit hats aren't very warm unless they have a Goretex liner.

The hy-vent shell should offer the same warmth as goretex which is very warm.
post #6 of 20
http://www.cloudveil.com/womens/c-ba...y/top/F5-3206/
this looks pretty warm (or a variant of this jacket)
post #7 of 20
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Originally Posted by Rio
I'm insulted, & I'm sure numerous other members are, that you would think I'd digress into erotic thoughts without first seeing a picture of your wife.
I was about to say "If you don't know by now..."

Cheers,

Barrettscv
post #8 of 20
Not fashionably svelte, but when it's really really cold i add down
post #9 of 20
down puffy with an insulated hood ...

Gtex just helps keep you dry, not a big deal at -20 or colder.
post #10 of 20
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Originally Posted by mntlion
down puffy with an insulated hood ...

Gtex just helps keep you dry, not a big deal at -20 or colder.
Down puffy under an oversized goretex shell. The goretex blocks the wind like nothing else, a big deal for keeping warm.
post #11 of 20
Goretex outer...

nice warm middle layer...

Icebreaker thermals - the thick ones if she really gets cold
post #12 of 20
post #13 of 20
layer 1: midweight or heavyweight capiline or equivalent
layer 2: powerstretch (many manufacturers- Mt Hardwear, REI, Marmot, Lowa Alpine; Patagonia calls theirs stretch R1, I believe. Make sure it has a high zip collar). Fits snugly, very warm, very comfortable.
layer 3: heavy weight fleece (300 weight if it is really cold, 200 weight in more moderate temperatures). An alternative is down or (if you live in the PNW or someplace damp) primaloft.
layer 4: shell of your choice- goretex, hyvent, other membranes will be more wind-tight than a soft shell, and perhaps a bit warmer as a result.

I still think that layering is the answer, but maybe the layers need to be optimized. It is ultimately more versatile, especially if you ski in the spring.

mittens instead of gloves, a helmet (a lot of body heat is lost through the head).

If that is not enough, get one of these: http://www.mgear.com/pages/product/p...el2_id/0/N/785
post #14 of 20

My Wife loving her Spyder @ Alta.

post #15 of 20
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Originally Posted by dp
layer 1: midweight or heavyweight capiline or equivalent

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wool is warmer though
post #16 of 20
Thermoflex liners. Warm feet are always a good place to start .
post #17 of 20
I'm not teeny tiny either but I stay very warm in my old Spyder pants and jacket. When it's in single digits, I add some long johns under my pants, and a sleeveless t under my t-neck. Hand-warmers in my mittens, a warm hat, and a gaiter keep me toasty most every run.
post #18 of 20
Oh I forgot

most important - no matter what the layers are made of (synthetic or wool) absolutely NO COTTON

cotton forms a chill layer - because your sweat just sits in it & gets cold!!!!
post #19 of 20
For maximum warmth start with expedition weight long underwear that fits close to the body and something warm for your head. Then make sure your keep the wind out and stay dry. Everything else is just how many layers you can fit under your shell/jacket.
post #20 of 20
From several years of skiing in freezing but beautiful Sugarlaof, I have an extremely warm insulated Karbon jacket. Very practical and toasty. I also wear mittens with down. And don't forget insulated ski pants for those cold lift seats. (I have good and cheap shell and insulated women's pants from llbean.)
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