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Keeping the legs warm

DBReedDBReed Registered User regular
edited December 2008 in Help / Advice Forum
All of the winters that I've lived through have been in South Texas, so they've never been particularly cold. A sweater, jacket and jeans would be called for on the coldest days.

Now I'm living in Pittsburgh, and holy balls is it colder than I ever realized. In January, I'll be moving to Norway for six months, so it's going to be even colder.

For cold weather clothing, I've got a great jacket that keeps my torso nice and warm. My problem is keeping my legs warm. I've got a pair of jeans, and some long underwear, but I still get pretty cold. Not to mention that when I go in warm building, the long underwear can get way too hot.

Should I be wearing a pair of snow pants or something? If I do, is it customary to wear those outside of normal pants and then just take the snow pants off once inside?

Any suggestions, observations, etc.? Feel free to make this about other winter wear items aside from pants.

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    zilozilo Registered User regular
    edited December 2008
    You'll get used to it- it's really not even that cold in Pittsburgh right now ;) A decent pair of longjohns is all you should need. You may want to look into buying a good set of winter footwear. Sneakers or Steve Maddens or whatever don't really cut it when it gets below freezing.

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    Golden LegGolden Leg Registered User regular
    edited December 2008
    Thermal pants are great, and waterproof shoes are nice as well.

    EDIT: And yeah, you'll get acclimated. I moved from Missouri to Minnesota, and within a few weeks 30 degrees became t-shirt weather.

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    oldsakoldsak Registered User regular
    edited December 2008
    Well, this is supposedly the hottest new fashion trend for guys when it comes to keeping legs warm.

    But oh, the horror.
    unusual_pantyhose_for_men_02.jpg

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    DirtyDirtyVagrantDirtyDirtyVagrant Registered User regular
    edited December 2008
    Aaaahahahahaha.

    Edit: But seriously, get better shoes. I wear tennis shoes (I guess) and my toes are always numb.

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    ReitenReiten Registered User regular
    edited December 2008
    Warm shoes are a must. Get some running tights or put a pair of those over long underwear (long underwear keeps you warm, but doesn't keep out the cold wind, which the tights do nicely).

    By tights, I mean something like this:
    http://tinyurl.com/6jwtna

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    DragonPupDragonPup Registered User regular
    edited December 2008
    Grab a nice warm hat that covers the ears. No seriously, most of your body heat is lost through your head.

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    RUNN1NGMANRUNN1NGMAN Registered User regular
    edited December 2008
    oldsak wrote: »
    Well, this is supposedly the hottest new fashion trend for guys when it comes to keeping legs warm.

    But oh, the horror.
    unusual_pantyhose_for_men_02.jpg

    No no no a hundred times no! Even women hate pantyhose, why would men decide to wear them?

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    PeenPeen Registered User regular
    edited December 2008
    Old Navy makes some pretty nice flannel-lined khakis:

    http://www.oldnavy.com/browse/product.do?cid=15320&pid=613893&scid=613893002

    They're way warmer then normal pants, but they're not as bad as wearing long-johns when you get inside.

    That's of course assuming that you're a dude, which I did.

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    Casually HardcoreCasually Hardcore Once an Asshole. Trying to be better. Registered User regular
    edited December 2008
    I dont know how it's like there, but the main reason why it gets balls cold in Colorado is due to the windchill. So windproofing yourself goes a very long way in keeping you warm.

    Also think layers. A couple of thin insulating layers will keep you warmer and more comfortable then 1 huge layer. Dont underestimate the power of wool.

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    VisionOfClarityVisionOfClarity Registered User regular
    edited December 2008
    Go to Cabela's website and look up Carhartt.

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    CauldCauld Registered User regular
    edited December 2008
    when it gets really cold out, I bust out my fleece lined pants. Both jeans and casual versions. I don't do long underwear. Never have, probably never will.

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    E.CoyoteE.Coyote Registered User regular
    edited December 2008
    Have you tried corduroy pants?

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    EggyToastEggyToast Jersey CityRegistered User regular
    edited December 2008
    Yeah, native Minnesotan here who moved further south. It's the shoes. Get warm socks and some thicker shoes. If your feet are nice & toasty, you'll likely not even notice your legs.

    Conversely, if you're feeling particularly warm once indoors thanks to this combination, if you're sitting at a desk, kick your shoes off. You'll feel better right away.

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    GrimmGrimm Registered User regular
    edited December 2008
    RUNN1NGMAN wrote: »
    oldsak wrote: »
    Well, this is supposedly the hottest new fashion trend for guys when it comes to keeping legs warm.

    But oh, the horror.
    unusual_pantyhose_for_men_02.jpg

    No no no a hundred times no! Even women hate pantyhose, why would men decide to wear them?


    Hey i've met a few male boilermakers that have told me they have at least tried pantyhose and it keeps you very warm. Go ahead and laugh but when you have to work outside in the winter (sometimes even at night with no sun) for 10 - 12 hours a day, you'll do just about anything to stay warm. I wear under armor myself and wont leave home without it on a winter work day.

    I also grew up in Pittsburgh for the past 22 years. As someone said before its really not even that cold right now. You will get used to it in time.

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    ArrathArrath Registered User regular
    edited December 2008
    Go to Cabela's website and look up Carhartt.

    You look like a redneck/construction worker (in fact I wear Carhartt on the jobsite) but goddamn are you warm and cozy.

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    The Black HunterThe Black Hunter The key is a minimum of compromise, and a simple, unimpeachable reason to existRegistered User regular
    edited December 2008
    If you are wearing long pants then longsocks are an option

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    Hobbit0815Hobbit0815 Registered User regular
    edited December 2008
    oldsak wrote: »
    Well, this is supposedly the hottest new fashion trend for guys when it comes to keeping legs warm.

    But oh, the horror.
    unusual_pantyhose_for_men_02.jpg

    Some of those actually look nice: http://www.e-mancipate.net/pantyhoseformen/pantyhose_for_men_green.html

    http://www.e-mancipate.net/pantyhoseformen/pantyhose_for_men_orange.html

    .. But then there's these: http://www.e-mancipate.net/pantyhoseformen/pantyhose_for_men_collecti.html

    http://www.e-mancipate.net/pantyhoseformen/pantyhose_for_men_grey.html

    I don't know what women wouldn't be creeped out to take off a man's pants to find those.

    Anyway, longjohns are the way I would go, under pants.

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    illigillig Registered User regular
    edited December 2008
    Another vote for Carhartt

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    GameHatGameHat Registered User regular
    edited December 2008
    oldsak wrote: »
    Well, this is supposedly the hottest new fashion trend for guys when it comes to keeping legs warm.

    But oh, the horror.
    unusual_pantyhose_for_men_02.jpg

    Gah. GAH!

    I grew up in Wisconsin. Yeah, it gets kind of cold there. I was in the Boy Scouts too. I've camped - outside - in January.

    There is no fucking reason for any man, anywhere, to wear pantyhose.

    Thermal underwear if you're going to be outside for an extended period of time. If you just need to walk outside from transportation to a job, just man up, Nancy. You do get used to the cold. 30 degrees always seems intolerably cold when it first occurs in October - by March, 30 degrees seems balmy.

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    ImDrawingABlankImDrawingABlank Registered User regular
    edited December 2008
    I have a few seats of fleece pants that I usually wear under jeans and it seems to do well enough. Adds enough of a little wind barrier to keep me warm. At work I wear Carhartt pants with the fleece underneath and i'm never cold, and even in warm restaurants at lunch not too hot. I don't even notice it anymore, super comfortable. I believe it's possible to get jeans prelined with fleece as well

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    DaxonDaxon Registered User regular
    edited December 2008
    The only time you should be getting unhappy being outside in the cold for extended periods of time is when the temperature drops to like -15/-20 (CELSIUS). Cause that is fucking cold.

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    Rhan9Rhan9 Registered User regular
    edited December 2008
    -15/-20 (C) is still tolerable(depending on your clothing and how long you're outside, as well as the wind). When it goes to -30... Yeah, no thanks.

    Really, when it's cold, the wind has a massive effect. A windy day with -15(Celsius) and 20m/s wind feels like -30.

    It's important to keep your feet warm. Good shoes make you feel much warmer. Your legs should be fine with jeans and something else underneath.

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    Fizban140Fizban140 Registered User, __BANNED USERS regular
    edited December 2008
    I am from Minnesota and I use to go winter camping so I know enough about keeping warm to not die. Just buy some polypropylene longjohns and you will be sweating. Also if your feet are cold some wool socks should be more than enough, and maybe some wicking socks, synthetic and nylon kind of stuff, to keep the sweat off your feet just incase and for comfort.

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    matthias00matthias00 Registered User regular
    edited December 2008
    Yeah, basically if you want the bottom half of your body to constantly be ridiculously warm, you're gonna want the following:

    Some boots designed for cold weather
    A pair of big wool socks
    Long johns/underarmor
    Carhartt Pants
    A nice knitted hat for good measure

    If you are still cold in the legs after that, then you are ridiculous

    Usually when you get cold "legs", it's actually your feet that are cold. For me at least, I can wear running shorts in 20 degree weather if I'm wearing some well insulated boots with wool socks. The only time I've had my legs get cold was when I was on a mountain when it was 5 degrees outside. Probably because I couldn't feel any of my toes at all.

    So, yeah, footwear is really the key.

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    Fizban140Fizban140 Registered User, __BANNED USERS regular
    edited December 2008
    One thing you should know, the warmer you keep the rest of your body the easier it is for your body to keep the other parts warm. So keep your head and core warm and you should have no problem keeping your legs warm.

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    SporkedSporked Registered User regular
    edited December 2008
    It's been said, but it bears repeating: Keep your feets warm. Jordan's aren't gonna cut it. Big wool socks, insulated waterproof boots (yes boots, hiking or otherwise, but I'm a fan of hiking boots for super comfort reasons) and some long johns under your pants will get you through all but the coldest conditions. But keeping your feet warm will help considerably.

    I mean, think of it this way. A lot of blood flows through your legs, through your feet and back up your legs. So if your feet are cold, it's gonna cool off the rest of your lower body.

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