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  1. Thermal Clothing For Extreme Cold

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    Two arctic explorers in full Sub Zero thermal clothing for extreme cold weather

     

    Wearing the right layer of thermal clothing for extreme cold situations can be the difference between life and death if you get in trouble. Wear too much insulation and you will overheat, increasing your perspiration, that will rapidly cool your body when your intensity levels drop. Alternatively you may not be wearing enough thermal layers to start with. This can also lead to rapid heat loss unless remedied, forcing your body to shut down to protect its vital organs. As you can see, wearing the correct layers of thermal clothing for extreme cold environments should be taken very seriously.

    BASE LAYER

    Base layers are the first line of defence against the cold. Worn directly next to the skin, they need to be soft to prevent rubbing sores from carrying equipment, offer thermal resistance to trap heat, and be effective at transporting perspiration away from the body. They are one of the most important layers of thermal clothing for extreme cold environments.

    Our Sub Zero Factor 1 Plus base layers are made form super soft polyamide yarn that has lots of in-built stretch. This allows the base layer to fit the body snugly like a second skin. A water loving chemical is also impregnated in to the yarn during the dyeing process that actively transports moisture way from the skin to the outer layers. This keeps you dry and also speeds up the drying process when washed.

    MID LAYER

    Mid layers are very similar to base layers in that they should be worn close fitting, but they contain more fibres to trap warm air – insulation. They are effectively the work horse in your range of thermal clothing for extreme cold.

    Our Sub Zero Factor 2 thermal mid layers are heavily brushed on the inside fabric face to produce an inner fleece layer that insulates your body from excess heat loss. Their very strong flat seam construction helps prevent any pressure points occurring when carrying kit.

    OUTER LAYER

    Once you have your base layer and insulation mid layer sorted then your choice of outer layer is often determined by the elements.

    If you are working hard and still feel a little cool then putting on a lightweight down jacket will help to add extra insulation without adding much extra weight as a burden.

    If you are comfortably warm then you may not even need an outer layer at that point in time but you should keep a close eye on the weather and anticipate changes in conditions. Likewise, if you have to stop or your activity levels decrease then you will need to add further layers to compensate for the reduction in heat generation.

    One mistake that even the professionals sometimes get wrong is underestimating the power of wind chill on your bodies temperature. It may look lovely and sunny outside but any wind can rapidly cool the body. Carrying a lightweight windproof that can quickly be thrown over your under layers should mitigate a lot of the wind chill effects.

    For further information on wind chill visit the Met Office

    HATS & GLOVES

    It is a myth that you loose most of your body heat through your head, at most it is around 10%. Even though the percentage is a lot lower than most people think, it is a good way to fine tune your bodies temperature. If you start to get a bit warm, remove your fleece hat or balaclava. If you are still warm after a few more minutes of doing this then you know you need to remove a larger layer of clothing.

    This also works the other way around. Add a hat if you start to feel cool. If this dosen’t warm you up then you know that a larger item of clothing needs to be worn or that you need to start looking for shelter.

    The other reason for covering your head and hands is to help protect your extremities from wind burn and frost bite.

    THERMAL CLOTHING FOR EXTREME COLD

    Keeping warm and dry in extreme cold weather needn’t be too much of a problem if you listen to what your body is telling you , are aware of your surroundings, and are wearing the correct kit.

    Luckily Sub Zero have over 40 years experience manufacturing thermal clothing for extreme cold conditions, with many polar explorers and mountaineers placing their trust in our products.

  2. How to Choose Your Perfect Base Layer

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    How to Choose your Perfect Base Layer
    Keeping Warm

    Staying warm is incredibly important. Whether you are skiing in the Alps, enjoying the outdoors or just getting through the winter months, staying warm is essential.The key to warmth starts with a good base layer. But with all the different types available, it’s hard to understand what is right for you. That’s why we’ve put together this guide to choosing your perfect base layer.

    What are base layers?

    Base layers are the foundation layer of clothing, designed to provide temperature regulation. They should move moisture away from your skin, keeping you dry as you sweat and cool down while you rest. It’s important to understand that base layers are not insulation. They help regulate your temperature, but the clothes you layer on top will keep you warm.

    Choosing the right base layer

    When choosing the right base layer for you, there are many different factors to consider.

    Material
    Firstly, base layers can be made from different materials. The typical materials you can choose from are:

    • Cotton: Cotton is affordable, but is a bad base layer material. It can add a bit of warmth, but only if it’s heavy and thick. Cotton will also soak up any sweat or moisture, making it cold, clammy and uncomfortable to wear.
    • Silk: Feeling great on your skin, silk is great for layering under your clothes. Silk also works great when you need to squeeze into pieces of form-fitting clothing, such as shoes or a helmet. Unfortunately, silk is not great at regulating temperatures. In warm conditions, silk can be too hot or uncomfortable to wear.
    • Synthetic: There is a big range of synthetic materials used in base layers. In general, synthetic materials are breathable, dry incredibly fast and can add warmth. Most synthetics are not resistant to bacteria and can build odours.
    • Merino wool: This type of wool is very soft, great at regulating your temperature and resists odour. Coming from the New Zealand Merino sheep, this wool is a pricey option for some.

    Size
    Your base layer needs to be comfortable, but tight-fitting. Having a tight-fitting base layer traps air next to the skin, helping insulate and regulate your body temperature. It’s also a great idea for the shirts to be long enough to tuck into your trousers. This will avoid any cold spells while bending over, and help retain the trapped layer of air. Generally, most base layers are made to be tight-fitting. So, stick to your normal clothes size when ordering your base layer.

    Style
    Base layers can come in different styles, with short- and long-sleeve variations. The perfect style depends on your activity, climate and personal preferences. Generally, if you are exposed to colder conditions, long-sleeved based layers will be right for you. On the other hand, more active or warmer conditions will prefer shorter sleeves.

    Conclusion


    Choosing your perfect base layer depends ultimately on your unique needs, activity and weather conditions. Need more information on choosing your base layer? Our experts can help you choose your perfect option based on your unique requirements.

    Ready to choose your perfect base layer? Browse our selection today:

    https://www.subzerostore.co.uk/outdoor-clothing/baselayer-thermal-underwear/base-layers

     

  3. Bargain Thermal Underwear By Sub Zero This Winter

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    Bargain sub standard thermals by Sub Zero are an inexpensive way to keep warm this winter

    Take advantage of Sub Zero sub-standard bargain thermal underwear this winter for a real warming treat.

    Unlike the vast majority of outdoor thermal brands, here at Sub Zero we manufacture our own products in our own UK factory (Leicestershire). On very rare occasions during the production process, some garments have faults. If it is a manufacturing fault then these are normally rectified  before being re-examined and packed. If the fault cannot be mended then the garment is completed and then placed in to stock as a sub-standard – there will be no missing arms, huge holes or differences in sizing, they will work just as well as their perfect siblings.  In some circumstances the garment may be finished perfect but a fabric fault such as a pull, small stain or a slub found during the final examine process means we cannot sell them as perfect.

    To recoup some of our production and fabric costs, we sell these sub standard garments at a bargain price, usually around 60-75% off the recommended retail price. We are constantly updating the sub standard stock levels on sub zero store but the styles and colours available will be dependent on what we are manufacturing at that moment in time. If you cannot find what you are looking for then please keep checking on a regular basis as these sub-standards are popular and rarely stay in stock for a long period of time.

    Currently the most popular ranges in our sub-standard garments are the Factor 1 Plus thermal base layers and the Factor 2 thermal mid-layers. These are ideal for cold morning commutes or for walking the dog at night when the temperatures start to drop. If you are more adventurous then a combination of the two are ideal for winter mountaineering and cold weather expeditions.

  4. New Base Layer Zip Turtle Design By Sub Zero

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    Sub Zero Factor 1 Plus Long Sleeve Zip Turtle Thermal Base Layer Aqua

     

    Sub Zero Factor 1 Plus Long Sleeve Zip Turtle Thermal Base Layer is a new addition to the award winning range.

    New developments in seamless knitting technology have enable Sub Zero to add a lightweight 18cm (7″) long zip to a garment based on the ever popular Factor 1 Plus Long Sleeve top design.  This new base layer top features an innovative seamless body construction that incorporates stretch rib zones for enhanced support and waffle zones for increased thermal efficiency. During the dyeing process, a hydrophilic treatment is pressure injected in to the yarn, increasing the wicking rate of the fabric, allowing much greater control of perspiration. The stand-up double thickness turtle will protect your neck during outer activities – an area of the body that is often left exposed when wearing other base layers. The zip used in the turtle is lightweight to prevent ‘zip ripple’ when done up, and the fabric chin guard will protect your face from zip puller rub. If you do get too hot when wearing the base layer then lowering the zip will give extra aeration (t also helps the wearer to get the garment over the head) . Integrated thumb holes in the cuff of the sleeves protect your hands on cooler days and allows you to wear snug outer jackets without your sleeves riding up.

    These new Sub Zero thermal zip turtle base layers are ideal for outdoor activities in the autumn and winter where extra protection of the neck is required, such as when winter walking, cycling, hiking and climbing. For greater insulation in the depths of winter, why not try this Zip Turtle base layer with the Sub Zero Factor 2 mid layer range. Used in combination, this layering system will keep you snug, dry and ready for your winter adventure.

    The new Factor 1 Plus Zip Turtle range currently comes in two colours, black and aqua blue, and in sizes XSmall -XXLarge.

     

  5. Sub Zero Merino Wool Leggings TGO Review

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    Chris Townsend finds a pair of long john base layers that are comfortable and fit well 

    Over the years long johns have not been my favourite garments, mostly because I’d not found a pair that were really comfortable, which is to say just about unoticeable. Pairs I tried were either too tight, too saggy, too itchy, too restrictive or too sweaty. Thicker trousers seemed the answer for cold weather rather than long johns. What I didn’t realise was that it was the designs and fabrics that were the problem not the type of garment.

    This changed last winter when I was making The Cairngorms In Winter film with Terry Abraham. The trousers I was provided with for the film were not really adequate for winter conditions so most of the time I wore long johns under them. After trying and being irritated by a couple of pairs I came across Sub Zero’s Bloo Johns in a drawer and tried them. What a revelation!

    They proved near enough perfect, being warm but not too hot, very comfortable, breathable, non-restrictive and still quite fragrant after 48 hours constant wear.

    What makes these long johns different from others? I think there are a number of factors. Firstly there are no seams at all as they are made, in the UK, by a clever process called ‘Whole Body’ knitting. As seams can rub and catch as well as usually being less stretchy than the rest of the garment, which in a body hugging one can lead to discomfort, not having them is good for comfort.

    Secondly the Bloo Johns have extra stretchy rib knit zones around the waist and on the inside of the thighs. These stick closely to the body and move with you so there’s no feeling of a clinging garment resisting your movement. Then the garment as a whole is made from a very fine merino wool with 6% Lycra added for the waistband.

    Merino wool is comfortable over a wide temperature range so overheating is less likely than in synthetic long johns and when it’s this thin merino wool dries quickly when damp. It’s the merino wool that stops them smelling too.

    Having discovered how good they are I’ve been using the Bloo Johns a fair bit this winter, finding them ideal under a number of different pairs of trousers that on their own aren’t quite up to winter conditions.

    To see the full review click here

  6. Polar Fleece Jackets and Body Warmers 25% Off

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    Sub Zero Polar Thermal Fleece Jackets and Body Warmers are manufactured from super warm 361g/m2 Polar Polyester fleece. These technical jackets and vests have a velour anti-pill finish on the outside and a deep pile lambswool structure on the reverse for added loft.

    These high performance fleece jackets and gilets are ideal for wearing in the winter months either on their own or as part of a layering system.

  7. Congratulations To The August Sub Zero Store Competition Winners

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    Thank you to everyone who entered our Sub Zero Merino Baselayer competition for August

    Congratulations go out to Miss J Clunes – Market Harborough,  Mrs D Greene – Macclesfield, Mr A Drew – Bridlington, Mr P Jenkins – Oswestry, Mrs W Grovesnor – Margate. All the winners have been contacted and their Sub Zero Merino Baselayer have been dispatched.

    Septembers  competition is the opportunity to win one of ten Lifesystems Mountain First Aid Kits

  8. Congratulations To June/July Sub Zero Store Competition Winners

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    Thank you to everyone who entered our Sub Zero Cool T Short Sleeve Top competition for June/July

    Congratulations go out to Mr H Drew – Scunthorpe, Mrs P Darlinson – Boston, Mrs R Batley – Croydon, Mrs L Smith – Falmouth, and Mr D Lowry – Milford Haven . All the winners have been contacted and their Sub Zero Cool T’Shirts have been dispatched.

    Augusts  competition is the opportunity to win one of five sets of Sub Zero Merino Baselayers

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