In this article, we talk about some of the best products to stay warm in cold weather and snow, in addition we will give you some of our best tips to stay warm outside in winter.
Although our winters can be cool here (this is one of the reasons we love hiking so much in the winter), when we are at home in Canada we still love to go out and walk around in the snow, whether it’s stargazing in Jasper, Alberta or traveling in the winter. Being outside in the cold means we must do everything we can to minimize the cooling and discomfort, including wearing the right winter gear.
As Canadians, Charles and I know all about cold winter weather. Growing up, Charles lived near Winnipeg, Manitoba. Winnipeg is known as the coldest major city in Canada with a documented low that pushes close to 40. It’s so cold it’s the same in Celsius or Fahrenheit!
How cold can Winnipeg be? Well, while the thermometer may show lower than 30 rarely, with a chill it can easily hit even in the 40s. Check out this video of the new campaign on YouTube throwing boiling water in the air with a chill-41.
I grew up near Calgary, Alberta, right on the edge of the Rocky Mountains and the Canadian steppes, so we can safely say that we are both well acquainted with the blowing of snow and freezing temperatures.
Today we live in the interior of British Columbia, which has one of the warmest winter climates in Canada, but we can still drop to around 20 or 25 degrees Celsius for a few days here and there each winter, and we often go home for the Christmas holidays , So we’ll have to deal with their cooler temperatures as well.
Now just imagine the type of clothing and equipment you will need to stay warm in Canada’s winter, from the freezing temperatures you will see in the prairies and the far north, to the milder winter temperatures of Vancouver and the rest of British Columbia.
How to stay warm when it’s cold outside: Products we love
Here are some of our favorite products that will help keep you warm in the cold.
We just discovered heated jackets this year. Where have they been all our lives?
A heated jacket uses electricity from an electrical bank hidden in a pocket that runs along strips of carbon fiber spaced across the jacket, and heats the fibers. The fiber strips are flexible enough to allow normal movement.
Last month, we tried a heated jacket from attractive. Overall, we are really happy about the degree of heat it keeps us around 0 degrees Celsius (32 degrees Fahrenheit), but we will have to wait later in the winter to check out our heated coat in the colder months of January and February.
We tried the Heated jacket for men 5V with hood can be removed, Medium-sized black for men. It has a beautifully fitted design and is comfortable to wear. It has 3 heat levels that you integrate with a colorful LED button that looks cool on the coat to easily change temperatures while in motion.
Disposable hand warmers are turned on in the air
Disposable hand warmers are fantastic for getting into your gloves or pocket if you don’t walk around much. We keep a few of these in our car for emergencies, and keep some with our winter gear at all times.
These hand warmers were wonderful for keeping toes and toes sitting on an ice skating rink barely heated, while our kids took skating lessons.
Our top choice: Warm hand warmers
Rechargeable hand warmers
If you blinked in recent years you probably missed that rechargeable hand warmers became a huge hit in the northern climate.
Essentially, a rechargeable hand warmer is a battery bank that radiates heat into your hand or pocket. They can last up to 15 hours in ideal conditions, which is a relatively inexpensive alternative that seems more environmentally friendly than disposable hand warmers.
If you like the idea of battery-powered rechargeable hand warmers or a warm jacket, well, you’re in luck, because you can get heated tuxedos (or beanbags, for you in the US and other non-Canadians), socks, gloves and probably even Underwear is heated at this point.
Base layers and long bottoms
Gone are the days when the base layers meant only heavy bottoms and long ones, known for the flap at the bottom.
Today’s base layers can be made of fairly technical materials, or even high quality natural fibers like merino wool.
Wool is always a great choice as a warm base coat, as it dries easily and evaporates moisture from the body. Because wool is antimicrobial and also resists odors, so you can even wear it for several days.
When choosing a good base layer fabric outside of wool, it is important to make sure that it includes the following:
Breathability: The fabric should allow sweat to escape, keeping you cool and comfortable and not damp or wet.
easy – Easier to pack and carry and also helps keep you mobile whether you are walking, working or playing.
High migration – The fabric should keep moisture away from the skin, and ideally keeps you dry and comfortable during the day.
Quick drying – The faster the fabric dries, the faster you can wear it, and the easier it is to wash while moving.
Isothermal – Densely packed fibers can help maintain warmth and warmth without adding a lot of extra volume.
Tuck, earplugs and scarves
While the old age story that said we lose 80% of our heat through the head was thoroughly Has been refuted, It’s true that once we are all covered, our head becomes our biggest weakness. The best way to correct head heat loss in winter is to lift a tuk or dome, preferably something made of wool or warm, breathable fabric.
If you want to be really hot, grab a catcher hat. Every rustic Canadian I have ever met had at least one catcher hat.
If you hate to mess up your hair but have cold-sensitive ears, then a pair of solid earplugs are a great investment. Unisex, lightweight and easy to pack, they are perfect to take away or leave in your car.
While scarves are not as popular today as they once were, nothing beats the versatility of a hot scarf. From an impromptu headdress to a face shield to a neck and sun protection, the modest scarf can do anything and look good. For the winter, go for heavier material and you will have no complaints.
We have long been fans of SOREL boots for extremely cold weather (-15 Celsius and below). Charles received a pair of winter boots in an older style from SOREL more than 20 years ago. They held up perfectly, and he wears them whenever it is very cold outside or he needs a grip on frozen paths.
However, the only problem with the SOREL boots he has is that they are quite heavy so they are not great for everyday wear. goddess SOREL Men Glacier XT Very similar to those boots that Charles bought 20 years ago, and still uses.
SOREL has some new and great styles that are much lighter. I checked these SOREL Tofino II boots for women For a while; They get great reviews.
Our daughter loves her very much Kamik Momentum winter boots.
She has been wearing them for several years because they are a nice combination of warm and comfortable. She discovered that they are perfect for our climate here in the interior of BC.
She was still growing, so she had a pair of white momentum pimples for a few years, and this year turned dark gray as she grew out of them. They have many other colors, including burgundy, blue and red.
We keep a woolen blanket in our vehicle at all times. In summer, it is fantastic for impromptu picnics and sitting on the grass, and cool nights for camping and sitting around the fire. In winter, the wool blanket gives us an extra layer of warmth on our knees in hockey surfaces, and kids will often pull it out on cool days in the back seat of our car, which is wonderful to hold even in an emergency. .
Our woolen blanket has been with us for so long that we have completely forgotten where we collected it. However, you can pick up a perfectly good fleece blanket for less than $ 40. Fantastic wool because it resists odors, and helps to evaporate moisture from the body.
Our choice: Arcturus military wool blanket
The Arcturus military wool blanket is a nice size at 64 inches x 88 inches, and weighs only 4.5 pounds. It comes in olive green, navy, charcoal gray and lighter military gray.
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