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post #1 of 32 Old 12-02-2013, 11:33 AM Thread Starter
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How do you stay warm??

I admit, I stay cold most of the time but it's super hard for me to stay warm while riding in the winter. My feet are the hardest part to keep warm. I've tried a million things, from spraying antiperspirant on my feet to wrapping them in seran wrap before putting socks on, every kind of sock and sock combination...nothing has really worked. Any suggestions? Yesterday I went to the barn in a tshirt, poor fleece turtleneck over top and a light coat. I put my riding hat on to do ground work (!) because it keeps my head warm. My friend was in a long sleeve tshirt, no coat, no hat, no gloves (forgot to say, I also wore mid weight gloves). I was comfortable, not hot at all. I hate cold weather!!

What do you recommend to keep me warm? Oh, I use those hot hand thingies a lot. I found if I put one in one of those tourist ID pouches (that ppl wear around their necks) it helps keep me warm. Unfortunately the foot ones don't, I guess because they can't get air in my boots? They lose their warmth and add a lot of bulk :(

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post #2 of 32 Old 12-02-2013, 11:57 AM
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I'm with you - I get cold easily - heck I sleep in a winter fleece top :)

For my feet, I wear one pair of trouser socks and then I put a pair of gold toe ankle socks over them for JC Penny. It makes it hard to zip up my boots cause they are so bulky but they keep my feet toasty warm.
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post #3 of 32 Old 12-02-2013, 12:06 PM
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Leather boots with plenty of room for your toes. 2 pairs of socks, ALWAYS cotton, or wool, or silk or blend of these. (When the labels say 85% cotton or wool or silk and 15% synthetic, they are referring to the elastic, so don't worry.)
ALWAYS and I MEAN ALWAYS, change ALL of your clothes at the barn in a NON-HEATED, out of the wind room, so that you will not have sweated anywhere before you ride.
Wear no more than 3 layers and buy bigger than your size pants and upper wear so that you can warm a layer of air. If it's too tight your breathable clothes will make close contact with the cold air and chill you. I like down filled sleeveless vests that zip up and snap, too. Feathers are the ULTIMATE heater.
Silk is worth the money. It is very warm, very thin and very lightweight, so buy a pair of silk long underwear. Silk is also remarkably durable, so it's worth $it. Many places sell 100% silk, but in case you cannot find them, here is one:
Search Results on 'long underwear' | WinterSilks
http://wintersilks.blair.com/catalog...&keyword=socks
Silk Wool Glovelette | WinterSilks
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post #4 of 32 Old 12-02-2013, 05:24 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the suggestions, I have silk long johns, glove liners, socks...I still get cold! I've always joked with friends that I don't ride when the temp is below my age and as the years have passed, it has held true. Back when I was 20' I rode in -10 degree wind chills, then in my 40s, the mid 30s were my limit...now that I'm 55, I really hate going out if it's below 50! It seems nothing I do makes it any more tolerable, let's face it. I am a whimp ;)
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I will be 56 in 18 days and I HAVE to be able to keep warm or else my horses don't get fed in the winter. You can do it!! Just try different combinations of warm clothes. =D

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Thanks for the suggestions! Maybe I should fill my boots with feathers?!?! I have silk long johns, socks and glove liners. I can't say that I stay warm with them, but I'm sure they help. I am just going to go ahead and say it, I am a whimp! I so hate cold weather and to me, it's cold when it's under 45. I know, I know, that's not really cold, but I freeze once it gets that cold. I rode today, it was 50. I had on a Columbia turtleneck with fleece lining, a polar fleece sweatshirt over top and a scarf, gloves and jacket (zipped). I came home, took a hot shower, put on flannel pjs and I'm still cold. The house is 70. Maybe I need to have my thyroid checked.....
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When I'm fully "decked out" for the cold I have on a compression long sleeve shirt (it's important that it's a material that wicks away moisture- not cotton- so I don't feel clammy; I have a few Under Armour knock-offs from Target that work great), fleece 1/4 zip pullover, down vest, coat, silk glove liners, leather riding gloves, Smartwool socks, Kerrits slender rider, winter tights (they're kind of fleecy feeling on the inside), toe warmers <-- very important, half chaps, and paddock boots. When I'm not riding I have a hat that covers my ears, and for under my helmet I have a headband that covers my ears (designed for cycling, so it fits well under a helmet and I can still hear)
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Several have mentioned toes warmers....what are you taking about?
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Your inability to get warm does sound a bit extreme! I think I would consider getting things checked out too, just in case. I know cold temps aren't for everyone, that's for sure! I live in wool up here, as our winters are long and very cold, but I love it, spending as much time in the great outdoors as possible.... as far as your feet being the coldest, as you say, I recommend wool socks, or alpaca socks!!! The alpaca socks are awesome! I never thought anything could beat wool until now. There are a few alpaca farms within 40 mi that make their own, and I plan on investing in more over time. Good luck in your endeavor to stay warm :)
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Several have mentioned toes warmers....what are you taking about?
http://www.amazon.com/Grabber-Warmers-Activated-Warmer-Pair/dp/B000LIOQ9W/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1386028860&sr=8-1&keywords=toe+warmers
They make the same thing in a different shape (and without adhesive) for hands, too, but you have to hold them, so not terribly useful to me when I'm at the barn.
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