The Helly Hansen Warm Flow FZ Hoodie features a unique design that keeps skin dry by channeling moisture away from the body and into the next layer of the garment. This technology works by incorporating a broader internal weave into the base-layer fabric that draws moisture into a wool second layer. This helps the skin to stay dry no matter the activity level. The Warm Flow FZ Hoodie combines the company’s Lifa Stay Dry technology interior with a Merino wool exterior. The itch-free Merino wool provides hypoallergenic, natural warmth. (hellyhansen.com)
The state-of-the-art Advanced Waterproof Jacket from BlackHawk offers impermeable construction, carefully designed storm flaps and an articulated hood. The hood can also be easily removed and stored in a pocket when not in use. The outer shell is 100-percent polyester and waterproof. Full storm flaps resist outside moisture and the waist is adjustable for a comfortable fit. Cuff openings are gusseted and the side seams are zippered for ventilation. There are even hidden bicep pockets and a pop-out flap with hook-and-pile fasteners for attaching badges or shields. The Advanced Waterproof Jacket from BlackHawk provides the ultimate in utility and foul-weather resistance. (blackhawk.com; 800-379-1732)
5.11 Tactical’s Insulator Vest is designed to serve as a mid or outer layer, and it is optimized for retaining core heat. Composed of 62-percent nylon and 38-percent polyester, the Insulator Vest provides its wearer the ideal combination of warmth, comfort and weather resistance. Stretch side panels provide maximum breathability and a snug fit, while the 100gm PrimaLoft Silver provides an outstanding warmth-to-weight-ratio. (511tactical.com; 866-451-1726)
The Rapid Response Quarter Zip from 5.11 Tactical is a next-generation combat shirt designed to serve as an ideal under- or mid-layer garment. Built from a high-performance, quick-dry, two-way-stretch Spandex/polyester fabric, the Rapid Response Quarter Zip provides a snug garment that will not roll or bunch during use. The Rapid Response Quarter Zip wicks moisture and includes a zippered sleeve pocket on the left bicep. (511tactical.com; 866-451-1726)
This Ops Jak jacket from BlackHawk provides substantial warmth and protection from the elements in a lean, high-performance package. This windproof, water-repellant, soft-shell jacket is perfect as part of a layering system to provide additional warmth and protection. It features two hand pockets, one breast pocket and one large rear “tailbone” pocket that allows for ambidextrous access. Scuff-resistant panels on the elbows and forearms add durability and extend service life. A brushed tricot/brushed mesh collar and inner lining provide added comfort while sealed outer seams and a hidden locking drawstring waist adjustment in the hand pockets helps keep out wind and moisture. (blackhawk.com; 800-379-1732)
The ECW2 Winter Operations Gloves from BlackHawk are designed to offer mobility and warmth in seriously cold weather. ECW2 gloves offer a plush fleece/brushed tricot lining with 200-gram Silk Lite insulation and breathable, waterproof Hipora Beta liners. The Taslan nylon shell is waterproof, and textured palm reinforcements provide a secure grip and added durability during field work. Snug elastic cuffs and a gauntlet design maximize heat retention even in the most extreme environments. (blackhawk.com; 800-379-1732)
The Sierra Softshell jacket is an update of 5.11 Tactical’s popular Chameleon Softshell. Comprised of stretch polyester bonded to polyester microfleece, the Sierra Softshell jacket sports a Durable Water Resistant (DWR) finish as well as 5.11 Tactical’s RapiDraw pockets for quick access to a concealed weapon. The Sierra Softshell’s lined hand-warmer pockets keep fingers toasty while low-profile chest pockets securely carry a cell phone. The adjustable elastic “hem makes for a snug fit and premium YKK zippers ensure a long service life. Available in both men’s amd women’s sizes. (511tactical.com; 866-451-1726)
The Gatorskins Balaclava is comfortable enough to be worn underneath an outer hat or helmet while sealing the head against unwanted heat loss. The same technology that helps retain core body heat in the company’s shirts insulates the head and ears. Since we lose an inordinate amount of heat through our heads, the Gatorskins Balaclava locks in that heat where it can do the most good. Gatorskins Balaclavas can be worn rolled up on the head or pulled down over the face as needed. Gatorskins Balaclavas are 100 percent windproof, while offering little bulk and almost no weight.(gator-skins.com; 717-755-7105)
Arc’teryx’s Atom LT Hoody is designed to serve as the optimal mid-layer garment for cold weather. The Atom LT employs Coreloft synthetic insulation to trap warm air while remaining lightweight and compressible. Coreloft insulation is hydrophobic, meaning the material dries quickly when subjected to moisture. Fleece panels and a trim fit allow for excellent freedom of movement while the water-repellant Tinthan outer shell shrugs off rain and snow. The insulated ScubaHood fits under a helmet without obscuring peripheral vision. When it warms up, the entire jacket tucks into its own sleeve for compact stowage. (arcteryx.com; 866-458-2473)
Having the right clothing in a hostile environment can make the difference between accomplishing your mission and failure or, in extreme cases, life and death. Serious health issues that occur after prolonged exposure to extreme cold, such as frostbite and hypothermia, can be avoided by wearing the proper apparel to fight off frigid winter temperatures. Experts recommend wearing several layers of clothing, with the innermost layer being a fabric that wicks moisture from the skin. The outer layer should serve as a windbreaker. Modern technological advancements in materials science, weather-resistant treatments and basic ergonomic design have produced extreme cold weather clothing that eclipses anything available even a generation ago. These 9 pieces of cold weather clothing were designed and tested to keep you warm in the most unforgiving extreme winter weather. With the right threads, you and your family can not only survive but thrive in the face of harsh weather and unforgiving environments.
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by Michael O. Humphries / Jan 26, 2015