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cold weather gear revisited/updates?
Stew Milne, Photographer
Providence | RI | USA | Posted: 9:08 AM on 01.28.13
->> I've been using a layer system to combat the cold weather here in New England, but was looking for any updates or new products or technology out there. I've been doing fine with a base layer of thermals, then a second layer of pants and fleece, with a final layer of 2-layer Columbia jacket. As this keeps me warm during those 10º playoff games in January, I noticed the NFL film guys wearing very little at the AFC Championship game last week. It looked like a couple of layers of Under Armour cold gear.

I'd like to go with less bulky layers. Who's been wearing what in cold weather? How good is the UA gear?

-stew
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Anthony Soufflé, Photographer
Chicago | IL | USA | Posted: 12:12 PM on 01.28.13
->> A trainer at one of the schools I used to cover had one of these. She said two batteries easily got her though an entire game. May be an option to consider if you're looking to keep warm and cut down on bulk:

http://www.homedepot.com/buy/milwaukee-large-m12-lithium-ion-cordless-red-h...

I should note I've never used one. For cold days here in Chicago I tend to wear a Patagonia R1 pullover, an insulated down sweater and then a shell over top with thermals under my pants and thick socks. Gets me though the day.
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Chris Peterson, Photographer, Photo Editor
Columbia Falls | MT | USA | Posted: 3:04 PM on 01.28.13
->> Ibex merino wool is some really warm stuff. Especially if you're moving.

http://shop.ibex.com/

But get out your wallet.
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Thomas Campbell, Photographer
Houston | TX | USA | Posted: 3:21 PM on 01.28.13
->> I just got back from shooting 215 miles north of the arctic circle in Norway.

This is what kept me warm.

Rule number 1: NO COTTON. Make sure all your under layers wick moisture.

Baffin Snow boots. They were so warm that I only ever wore sock liners. With lesser boots, you want to wear multiple layers of socks. Moisture wicking sock liners, then a pair or two of wool socks.

My base layer on top and bottom was Under Armor Baselayer 3.0. These were very comfortable. They seem to run small and are fitted, so I got a size up in these. I am 5'10 and 185 and wore an XL in both. The top was a little tight around my elbows.

On top, I had a polar fleece. Very thick, very warm. Then a down jacket over that. I used an 850 fill down pull over. This down jacket had a down hood as well. Since it pulled over, the lack of a zipper helps keep the warm in. Over both those, I had a wind-proof, water-proof shell with a hood.

On bottom, I had insulated snowboard pants that were waterproof. Just the baselayer and insulated pants with the boots kept me warm enough.

For my hands, I have moisture wicking glove liners and then heavy insulated gloves. Hard to work the camera in the heavy gloves, but the Q menu on the 5D mark III helped a lot. Much easier to use that to set everything than the regular old controls with the gloves.

I had a pull over runner's mask to cover my face, then a North Face beanie hat over that. When it was really windy, I wore ski goggles (mainly shooting landscapes, so I could use live view on the tripod.)
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Mark Loundy, Photo Editor, Photographer
San Jose | CA | USA | Posted: 8:51 PM on 01.28.13
->> Another helpful hint: Wear a waterproof sock liner to keep the sweat from your feet from soaking your boots and ruining their insulating power. I used to use gallon-sized Baggies, but they don't make them anymore. A zipperlock bag with the zipper removed will also do the trick. You put them on first, with your sock(s) going over the liner. They feel a little weird, but they keep your feet a lot warmer.

--Mark
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Christopher Post, Photographer, Assistant
Lehigh Valley | PA | USA | Posted: 10:24 PM on 02.01.13
->> After 18 months in Antarctica.. silk long underwear was my savior layered with non- cotton products. Check out campmor for some good deals
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