decent priced outdoor gear for winter?

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Old 11-09-14, 11:32 AM
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decent priced outdoor gear for winter?

Hey guys, I don't have a big budget and my purpose is for home use when shoveling snow or doing work outside the house during the very cold winter days, I am seeking decent priced thermal undergarment like long john top and pants, any recommendations please?
 
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Old 11-09-14, 11:41 AM
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Not cheap...but will last for years...Carhartt. Dickies also pretty good, as well as Oshkosh.

You can buy house brand stuff at HD or Lowes and they aren't too bad.

The actual workers like Larry and czizzi (and a few others) will probably have better recommendations.
 
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Old 11-09-14, 12:02 PM
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I wouldn't be without a pair of insulated coveralls, I prefer them over thermal underwear.
 
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Old 11-09-14, 06:18 PM
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Union suits trump two piece thermal any day. In addition it is layering more than bulk that will keep you warm without looking like the Michelin man. Thinsulate is a good material, and newer combinations of materials are hitting the market as winter comes in.
 
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Thinsulate has great reviews but kinda hard to find even online but would this do?

Carhartt - Product - Men's Base Force® Cotton Super-Cold Weather Bottom
 
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For undergarments, I don't have any brand suggestions, but definitely agree with union suits over separate tops and bottoms. Much more comfortable. For outerwear, I like insulated bib overalls, because they are easily adjusted as the temperature changes. I start with a flannel shirt under them, then, depending on the day, can put a wool shirt, light jacket, or heavy coat over them. On cold windy days, I like a hooded sweatshirt with a coat over that. I don't actually use the hood very often, but like having it to keep the wind off my neck. For footwear, I like insulated socks, with regular or insulated boots, or, below about 10 degrees, I go with felt lined boots, so that I can pull the felts out to dry over night. On top, just stocking caps.
 
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Old 11-11-14, 09:35 AM
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I can't speak for the thermal underwear question, since I can't stand them... so I agree with Marksr... I much prefer insulated coveralls over any sort of thermal underwear. My favorite are Polar King bib coveralls. I can't picture that it gets much colder in NY than it does here.
 
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The coveralls won't work for my situation since I'll be constantly inside and outside but thanks for the referrals. I am leaning towards purchasing the Carhartt.
 
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Old 11-11-14, 07:22 PM
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I'll be constantly inside and outside
FWIW, that's why I buy the "bib" coveralls. They aren't hot like regular long sleeve coveralls would be, cuz they're bibs... like a pair of insulated overalls. I work construction and am in and out all the time. I generally will wear a hooded sweatshirt and the bibs. If it's really cold, I'll add a heavy coat. If I go inside to work for a while I might strip off the coat and the hooded sweatshirt and work in my t-shirt, but I almost always keep the bibs on unless I'm "done" outside.

I can't imagine being inside for very long while wearing long johns or a union suit. If I get hot in my bibs and don't want to take them off, I can just unzip the legs partway. If you get hot in long johns or a union suit... you can't exactly undress right in front of someone like you can when you're just taking off bib coveralls.

I sound like a bib overall salesman, don't I? LOL
 
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Old 11-12-14, 05:02 AM
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No worries, i appreciate the explanation and will give it some thought, thanks!
 
 

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