Just did a little /out/ today and damn I was cold. About the only thing that was warm on me was my feet since I have a dcent pair of boots and wool socks. Rest of me? Ice cold. My face in particular was frozen. I got gloves but they are so bulky if I wanted to do anything even taking out my water bottle i'd have to take em off and it would take a long time for them to warm back up.
It was like 20F out today, that's with the sun up, I couldn't imagine doing this at night.
Good gear. Really no way around it... and you get what you pay for.
Keep the wind/water out, and you'll stay a lot warmer. Dress in layers, and bring extra gear in case something does get wet (socks/gloves especially).
Balaclava for your face.
>more ways of starting fire
This... your firesteel won't cut it in the winter when shit's wet. I like road flares, they'll get things done. >Pic extremely related.
>outer layer that blocks the wind and something to insulate underneath
20°F is rather warm.
If you were cold, you weren't insulated enough.
Good base layers. Merino wool long Johns are awesome.
Make sure you have a wind proof outer layer.
Look into glove liners. Basically really tight for fitting gloves that you can wear heavier gloves over. That when when you need precision, you can take off the we bulky glove, and have good dexterity without your hands freezing.
>wear heavier gloves over
swap the heavy gloves for trigger finger mittens. the best purchase i've ever made. they're milsurp but awesome
You don't need those giant snow gloves. Get some thin but very insulting ones, and then wear some regular ones over that.
20F is cold but it isn't stupid cold, if you're cold you just aren't wearing enough or the right clothing. People go /out/ in -20F and do fine so its all in the equipment. You're a warm blooded mammal remember.
I'm out all the time in winter, I'm a fur trapper.
You don't need expensive gear.
I recommend neoprene fishing waders for winter, even when not fishing.
The most important thing is a wind proof outer layer.
That's barely even chilly. You should start with a good hat.
I find these flip top mittens with liner gloves under them are pretty good down to a lot colder than that and you don't need to take them off to handle things. Whatever gloves you wear you should wear liner gloves under them.
>long john silvers
In most of the world they are just called long johns. Unless you mean the silver treated ones that you don't have to wash.
14F? That's nothing. I once went ice fishing naked when it was 30 below. Forgot to bring anything with me to make a hole in the ice so I laid on my stomach and let my erect dick thaw a hole through.
20? Cmon dude. That is not cold. It may be uncomfortable but you get used to it. Here in norway it is -4 Fahrenheit right now. (I even converted it for you. -20 celsius for the euros )
>windbreaker hiking/snow pants
>elmer fudd hat
>wool and/or synthetic socks x 3
>packpack full of beers and multi vitamins
>last will & testament sealed in a ziploc™
Dude wearing shorts in that weather is just stupid.
I get it, you think you look tough, but come one man. We get it, you can stand some cold, you look like a tool.wear proper clothing. If you're really going /out/ in 14 degree temps, shorts are not the proper gear.
Wearing shorts while /out/ in 14 degree temps, is the same as seeing some soccer mom hiking in flip flops and jeans, with a north face tank top, thinking she's "really sporty".
Basic layering man. Wool or synthetics for base layers. Decent insulting layer such as fleece. Wind/water proof layer on top.
There is a lot of good info on how to layer and what materials work best. If you dress right , you'll be comfortable all day.
I was out today in mid 20s while XC skiing and was hot as balls. Had to strip down to my think omni wool top. Pants are Marmot Scree with omni wool long johns. Gloves are cabelas brand liners.
Condition yourself to cold weather. Do like us nordics and cut a hole in the ice and swim a little. We have minus 35c in Finland at the moment and it doesent feel cold at all.
Not sure what you were doing, but you need to keep your core warm. Start with a fleece vest and ski hat. Wind is the enemy, so cover everything with nylon. If you're going to be active (not stop and go stuff like hunting or birdwatching), wear a fast drying, moisture wicking, synthetic base layer. Put on a down vest when you stop, and pull the hood up. Sit on something that insulates you from conduction.