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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. Base Layers and Mid Layers for All Weather Adventures

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    As hot days and light nights give way to autumn, the cooler temperatures offer perfect conditions for sports, challenges and outdoor adventures.

    This seasonal change needn’t put a stop to the things you love. Getting active in the autumn and winter is energising, inspiring and essential for a healthy mind and body.

    Base layers that warm you up while keeping you fresh are an essential part of your winter wardrobe. The right thermal clothing helps keep you active all year round. Combine thermal base layers with mid layers for total protection against the elements.

    Sub Zero Store offer high performance base layers suitable for the autumn and winter months, whether it’s the daily commute, weekend sports or family fun. Sub Zero base layers are also perfect for wearing underneath motorcycle clothing.

    Our wide range of thermal clothing and underwear for adults and children suits all activities and any budget.

    Base Layers for Kids

    Children's Base Layer

    Children’s Base Layer

     

    Kids’ thermal underwear comes in long or short sleeved tops with a soft fleece lining.

    The base layers have a soft cotton feel but all the benefits of a synthetic fabric, these garments offer comfortable flexibility for action packed adventures.

    From toddlers to teenagers, the weather won’t stop them having fun!

     

     

     

     

    Base Layers for Adults

    Adult Base Layer

    Factor 1 Adult Base Layer

    For active adults, Sub Zero recommend the Factor 1 base layer thermal and the Factor 1+ seamless thermal underwear range.

    Thermal long sleeved and short sleeved vests and leggings are 100% Polyamide, this soft fabric creates a warm, dry microclimate next to your skin, but at the same time removes perspiration.

    Our seamless option is knitted in a single body section for maximum comfort. With no seams to chafe they are the optimum base layer for active sports such as running, cycling, skiing and more.

    Starter Adult Base Layer

    Starter Adult Base Layer

     

     

     

    Sub Zero offer the Factor 1 Starter Base Thermal Underwear for more leisurely pursuits such as dog walking, gardening and every day activities.

    This base layer range offers excellent value for money and is great for those who are new to cold weather outdoor activities. Short sleeved and long sleeved vests and leggings have a soft, fleece inner face for extra warmth.

     

     

     

    Mid Layer Clothing

    Turtle Neck Mid Layer

    Turtle Neck Mid Layer

    For very cold temperatures you may need to combine base and mid layers. Layering clothes traps air against your skin for maximum comfort and prolonged warmth. A well-fitting combination will keep you warm and move with your body giving you complete flexibility for any activity in cold climates.

    Sub Zero’s extensive mid layer range of clothing includes long sleeved and short sleeved tops, leggings and an all in one.

     

    Finish your base layer combinations off with our stylish outer layer range, which includes fleeces, waterproof jackets, down jackets, hats, gloves and thermal socks and get ready for a truly memorable autumn!

     

  3. 2010 Magnetic North Pole Unsupported British Expedition to wear Sub Zero

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    The Mag Pole 2010 team are planning to ski and walk to the 1996 Position of the Magnetic North Pole covering a distance of 360 nautical miles. The team will travel from Resolute Bay in the high Canadian Arctic across the sea ice to the Magnetic North Pole. The expedition is unsupported which means that the team will be pulling all their food and equipment in other words there will be no resupplies or checkpoints. The route will take the team through the high Canadian Arctic on the sea ice where they will experience temperatures as low as -35°C and will be travelling through the home of the polar bear. This is one of the harshest yet one of the most beautiful environments in the world.

    Sub Zero have supplied sets of Factor 2 Long Sleeve and Factor 2 Bloo John heavyweight thermal underwear for the expedition. Sub Zero would like to wish the team the best of luck for the challenge.

    For further information on the expedition please click here

    Thermal underwear mid layer used by the magnetic pole expedition

    Thermal underwear mid layer used by the magnetic pole expedition

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