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post #1 of 23 Old 06-12-2011, 08:19 PM Thread Starter
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Snow clothes :D

So I just got back from Germany on Friday night, absolutely loved it, fell in love with the place and so of course me being me I'm planning ahead

I want to go back, no doubt in my mind and if I went back I would probably do it in winter over there, so summer here.

I was just wondering what everyone wore when it is snowing and bloody freezing. As I have never seen snow I want to stock up on winter stuff slowly so I want have to buy heaps when I deciede to go.

Been looking on ebay :P and is thermal clothing the way to go?

Also what do you wear when you just go out?
Or don't you go out?

Hmm what I mean is, is there a difference in what you wear say going sking to just playing in the snow or ice skating?

Pics would be nice :P
And also some links of cheap online stores which will deliever to Australia would be nice.
I probably wont get any big thick jumpers or jackets as I'm sure my family over there could lend me those.

I hope this all made sense, still sort of recovering, body clock is all out of wack.
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post #2 of 23 Old 06-13-2011, 05:07 PM
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Germany shouldn't be that cold. Even I understand you since it's absolutely colder than Australia.

I here in North Europe wear just pantyhose + some extra layers of long underwear with my normal clothing + a quilted jacket. If it gets many degrees under zero, then also woolly hat. But if you really want to stay warm, also insulated trousers are one of choices if you are able to get one. Still, if you wear some more layers you can always take some off/add one if you feel so.

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Että koskaan en ole yksin, varjo seuraa onneain.
Vaikka myrsky hetkeksi tyyntyykin, varjo seuraa onneain.
Ja pian taas uusin hönkäyksin, varjo seuraa onneain.
Hei tuu mun luo, pieneksi hetkeksi. Puhutaan, varjoni, valkoiseksi enkeliksi."

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post #3 of 23 Old 06-14-2011, 04:03 AM
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Not sure how cold it gets in Germany, but I deal with snow 5 months out of the year. Invest in a good down jacket that you can fit a sweatshirt or hoodie under in really cold weather. A down jacket over a t-shirt keeps me warm in 30 degree F temperatures. Any lower, and I just pile on the layers underneath. Also invest with a good pair of snowboots with good traction. Stock up on some gloves, hats, and scarves.

I don't know if you mean literally going outside when you say "go out" or if you mean going out somewhere that requires dressing up. If you mean the latter, I would go with a good peacoat, but it definitely won't be as warm as the down jacket.

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post #4 of 23 Old 06-15-2011, 07:57 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks

I think I ment going out and dress up, hmm on second thought just going outside.

Would you wear the layers and the down jacket outside, say if you went for a walk... if you go for walks.

I'm not to sure how cold it gets there either, some of my relatives said it went down to -20 degrees celcius last winter.

But it will deffinately be colder then here. I don't think we go into negatives here or if we do its only like -4 at most. I think.
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Not too much advice on looking nice & going out in the cold, I have a long wool dress coat & usually if I have to dress up when it's cold I will wear dress pants & sweaters & put panty hose under the pants for extra warmth....my real cold gear is for riding through the winter and going to the barn to do chores in feet of snow.

That being said, I love Under Armor! I used to ride in Carhartt insulated coveralls in the winter, but they are a bit bulky when climbing on green colts. The under armor I can wear under my jeans & a hoodie & stay warm in negative temps.

As far as skiing stuff, I got some great deals on snowmobile coats & some really cute winter boots on Cabela's website last summer. They have a bargain cave section with good markdowns.

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post #6 of 23 Old 06-15-2011, 08:23 AM Thread Starter
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thanks, this is all really helpful :)

If all goes to plan, and my shifts keep up at work I will hopefully be back in Germany Dec/Nov time.

I like the idea of panty hoes on under. May need to get a few of them :)
Just recently bought a how to learn german disc as well, so hopefully I will be able to at least understand them better
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Would you wear the layers and the down jacket outside, say if you went for a walk... if you go for walks.
I would do. When taking a walk in those degrees (-20), I normally put on a pantyhose, I or 2 long underwear pants and then jeans or whatever I decide to wear as the most outer layer. Then some long jacket, a sweater or a hoodie and some lighter shirts under that. If I go somewhere and need to take the jacket off, then I just ensure that my under layers won't show in neckline or other places like that or take some layers under the most outer layer off. And don't forget a hat and a scarf if it's -20! Even I guess that in Germany there won't be long periods with these degrees.

There are also thermo-underwears which are meant to keep you more warm than just normal underwear. I've found that if it's only few degrees under zero (lets say something between 0 and -10), just a pantyhose + one layer of long underwear + the most outer layer do the trick.

The same would go with more dressy outfit except a skirt sure isn't something that you wear if you need to stay outside for longer time in these degrees. Just be sure that your under layers won't show anywhere.

"On hyviä vuosia, kauniita muistoja, mutta kuitenkaan, en saata unohtaa,
Että koskaan en ole yksin, varjo seuraa onneain.
Vaikka myrsky hetkeksi tyyntyykin, varjo seuraa onneain.
Ja pian taas uusin hönkäyksin, varjo seuraa onneain.
Hei tuu mun luo, pieneksi hetkeksi. Puhutaan, varjoni, valkoiseksi enkeliksi."

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We had several weeks of -12F (-24C) last year. I was fine in long underwear (top & bottom), jeans, a fleece shirt, wool socks, a down jacket and gloves.

Moving around is the best thing, when I was cleaning stalls, I was trading out the down jacket for a light one because I was so hot.
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I think I ment going out and dress up, hmm on second thought just going outside.

Would you wear the layers and the down jacket outside, say if you went for a walk... if you go for walks.

I'm not to sure how cold it gets there either, some of my relatives said it went down to -20 degrees celcius last winter.

But it will deffinately be colder then here. I don't think we go into negatives here or if we do its only like -4 at most. I think.
I always wear the down jacket outside. I have one of those nice poofy ones so I don't know if it'd be possible to wear something outside of it .

I do actually go for walks voluntarily (I have a beautiful campus with hiking trails) and involuntarily (walking to class, most of which are about a mile away). I come from warm weather where the most I ever need to wear is a long-sleeved shirt and a thick jacket, so if my winter clothes keeps me warm, you should be just fine.

The cold isn't so bad as much as the wind. At the coldest, you should be fine in a long-sleeved shirt, jacket, down jacket, scarf, hat, mittens, and pants with another layer underneath. My legs got cold easily despite having a layer on underneath my jeans, so on really cold days I would wear leggings under sweatpants.
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Where I live it is not deeply cold, but the damp makes it feel very cold.
What is important to me is having warm feet!! If you get some nice wool socks (love Smartwool. Don't make me itchy) they can be worn in any shoe.

I also love a nice pair of silk longjoins. Under any other pant they add tremendous warmth, little bulk and you could use them back home as Pajamas.

A hot is necessary. I also like a down vest. It adds warm, but is easy on, easy off.

For pants, if you are going to ski you will need something waterresistant. I wear my silk longjoins, a polarfleece type pant and then an outer shell made of Goretex (a waterproof fabric that "breathes" so you don't build up moisture underneath from sweating)
This works really well, as I don't put on the out shell until we reach the ski slopes, just wear the polarfleece pants and silkies.

As for a sweater, might I suggest that as a souvenir you treat yourself to purchasiing one in Germany? I know that everything in Germany is frighteningly expensive, but if you got a nice traditional German sweater, what a nice souvenit that would be?

I love R.E.I (Recreational Equipment Inc.) for my outdoor clothing needs. The selecitonif overwhelming, tho.

Could you get some of this clothing at a second hand clothing store? Seeing as how you will use it so little, why not spend as little as possible?

I think Germany in winter will be very appealing to you. Christmas? In Bavaria? Sounds nice to me.

(makes me think of that Queen Latifa movie Final Holiday? Last Holiday?not filmed in Germany, tho)
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