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daniel5890 01-13-2009 04:14 PM

Need some advice on keeping warm
 
Hey,
I'll be going boarding at Winter Park next week where the summit temps seem to be around 10 degrees (F). Do you think I'll be warm enough with a UA coldgear base (top and bottom), a fleece midlayer on the top, snowpants, a burton jacket thats insulated with 60g of Thermacore, a UA hood, and a beanie? I have never been in temps this cold and its been ages since I've been in snow period so I 'm not sure. I'm a pretty average 5'9" build and dont have a huge cold tolerance so keep that in mind. Thanks

RVM 01-13-2009 04:19 PM

If you don't have a huge tolerance for cold it's gonna depend on how active you stay. If you ride hard all day I think you'll be fine. If you have any concerns just pack an extra layer or two and stick them in a small pack to carry with you.

The only thing I would really suggest would be something to cover your ears. I like wearing a helmet myself (helps with goggle fit and they just feel good to me) and most of them have earflaps. Oh, and you'll want to wear some kind of thermals on your legs too.

daniel5890 01-13-2009 04:23 PM

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Originally Posted by RVM (Post 110040)
If you don't have a huge tolerance for cold it's gonna depend on how active you stay. If you ride hard all day I think you'll be fine. If you have any concerns just pack an extra layer or two and stick them in a small pack to carry with you.

The only thing I would really suggest would be something to cover your ears. I like wearing a helmet myself (helps with goggle fit and they just feel good to me) and most of them have earflaps. Oh, and you'll want to wear some kind of thermals on your legs too.

Ok thanks. So you think some poly thermals over the UA base layer on my legs would be good? For my ears, I plan to at least have a beanie covering them put probably a hood too .

RVM 01-13-2009 04:32 PM

I have some cheapie snowboard pants a friend gave me (I don't have a lot of cash) with practically no insulation whatsoever. I wear some a UA (made of spandex mostly I think) base layer with some light thermals over it and am usually fine down to 20F with just moderate riding. I'm not good enough yet to just shred all day. :cheeky4:

But yeah, if you don't like the cold you should have at least one layer in your pants in 10F weather.

In my experience a hood is useless on the mountain. I don't bother. It limits my vision, gets in my way and the wind just catches it and pulls it off anyway. Get earmuffs, or a helmet with earflaps, or something to go over your ears. If there is even a slight breeze you're going to really wish you had it (and there will be just from you moving downhill on your board). No matter how hard you ride your ears will freeze in that weather without adequate protection.

Since you don't like the cold, bring layers for your upper and lower body, just in case. You can always take a layer out, but if you get really cold and need more layers and don't have them you could be in for a horrible day.

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Originally Posted by daniel5890 (Post 110047)
Ok thanks. So you think some poly thermals over the UA base layer on my legs would be good? For my ears, I plan to at least have a beanie covering them put probably a hood too .


RVM 01-13-2009 04:33 PM

Oh, and whatever you do, don't wear cotton.

daniel5890 01-13-2009 04:36 PM

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Originally Posted by RVM (Post 110054)
In my experience a hood is useless on the mountain...the wind just catches it and pulls it off anyway.

Wow really? Even if they are the tight ninja mask style?

RVM 01-13-2009 04:41 PM

I never tried those, but they sound better than a plain ole hood to me. Do they limit your vision?

I mean hell, if you like it, and it is comfortable and keeps your head warm (which is where you lose the majority of your body heat), I say rock it. Shit in 10F you may need a full face mask anyway if you don't like the cold or have some gnarly facial hair for insulation. :laugh:

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Originally Posted by daniel5890 (Post 110056)
Wow really? Even if they are the tight ninja mask style?


daniel5890 01-13-2009 04:44 PM

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Originally Posted by RVM (Post 110058)
I never tried those, but they sound better than a plain ole hood to me. Do they limit your vision?

I mean hell, if you like it, and it is comfortable and keeps your head warm (which is where you lose the majority of your body heat), I say rock it. Shit in 10F you may need a full face mask anyway if you don't like the cold or have some gnarly facial hair for insulation. :laugh:

haha no i usually keep my face pretty clean cut. No ive never tried one before but I can't imagine it limiting vision being so tight around the eyes. I mean, I'd imagine goggles limit vision than that..

RVM 01-13-2009 04:46 PM

I have seen them. I say go for it. For me, my ears don't really suffer from low temperatures, only from wind chill. Just taking the wind off my ears is all I usually need to do.



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Originally Posted by daniel5890 (Post 110059)
haha no i usually keep my face pretty clean cut. No ive never tried one before but I can't imagine it limiting vision being so tight around the eyes. I mean, I'd imagine goggles limit vision than that..


arsenic0 01-13-2009 05:15 PM

Hoods always bothered me too, not sure what the UA Hood is, but i just wear a Seirus full balaclava and it works great. Have a regular beanie i throw on top if its really cold.


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