On Operating in Winter…from JC Dodge

via Basic Strategies And Gear For Operating In Cold Weather

JC’s information and suggestions are solid.  I know this from spending a good amount of years stationed at Northern Tier installations as well as living in the North now.

Some of the items he recommends, such as the 1951 wool US military shirt are worth their weight in gold, so if you can find them in unissued or very good shape, jump on them.

There are a lot of good products out there now, with improved synthetic materials for effective insulation, but if you’re just now beginning to get your kit together, or you’re on a limited budget, you can’t go wrong with the US military surplus items.  They work.

Just remember, once you get your equipment/gear, you need to do more than pack it up.  You need to train with it.

That means getting ‘out there’ and testing it.  Over night.  In the cold.  And snow.  Just sayin’


2 thoughts on “On Operating in Winter…from JC Dodge

  1. anonymous

    Thank you for the link. In my locale, it does not get nearly as cold as it does up North. In our locale, when it gets down into the 40’s, they begin opening shelters (Yes – really!). But it can feel pretty frosty when high humidity – wind – and cold temperatures gang up together, especially for us older people. Currently, its in the high 50’s. Many snow-bird visitors from up North complain its too warm.

    Thanks again sir.

  2. gamegetterII

    I wear an old surplus wool shirt/and/ or an old Navy surplus wool coat and old wool hunting pants when out clearing snow and throwing salt and calcium chloride.
    There is no way any newer fabrics- other than pvc rain gear will stay dry out in snow for 6-12 hours at a time.
    Especially not once the dust from salt and calcium chloride get on the clothes.
    Wool is warm even when wet, which is why I wear it doing this job.
    I did wear pvc rain gear from 2:30 am until about 8:30 am today though since it was freezing rain, then sleet mixed with freezing rain, then snow mixed with sleet before turning to all snow.
    Only took 3 winters for the young guys to start listening to me about what to wear when they have to get out of the truck and shovel snow and throw salt.

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