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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. Find the perfect Christmas gift for explorers at Sub Zero Store

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    With Christmas less than 50 days away, Sub Zero Store have put together our top Christmas gift ideas for the 12 days of Christmas!

    Sub Zero’s fantastic range of thermal clothing means that outdoor enthusiasts will keep warm in any weather. Cycling, hiking, camping, whatever the pursuit, wherever in the world, Sub Zero’s adventure accessories are the perfect Christmas gift for explorers of all ages. And with free delivery when you spend £75, you don’t have to brave the elements yourself!

    Be inspired by our Christmas gift ideas below, or take a look at our website for stocking fillers and much more!

    Christmas gift for winter sports

    1. Factor 1 Plus Thermal Underwear Base Layer

    Warm base layers to wear under your clothes for maximum comfort during outdoor adventures!

    2. Factor 2 Mid Layer Thermal Underwear

    Warm mid layers to wear either over a base layer on a really cold day, or on their own on warmer days.

    3. Polar Thermal Fleece Body Warmers

    With a lambswool lining these fantastic unisex gilets are perfect for winter walks

    Christmas gift kids winter clothing4. Factor 3 Thermal Fleece Heavyweight Beanie Hat

    This fleece beanie hat offers unbeatable protection in extremely cold temperatures.

    5. Extremities Waterproof Sticky Power Liner Lightweight Thermal Gloves

    These waterproof gloves are perfect for snowy adventures such as skiing and snowboarding.

    6. Extremities Sticky Thinny Children’s Thermal Glove

    Snug, lightweight but still warm, these children’s gloves, wear underneath
    base and mid layers Christmas giftwaterproof gloves for sledging, skiing…and building snowmen!

    7. Extremities Long Wool Mountain Thermal Socks

    The classic Christmas gift… a pair of socks! One of the best thermal
    socks on the market, these are guaranteed to keep feet warm on the slopes.

    8. Primus Stainless Steel Vacuum Insulated Thermal Commuter Mug 400ml

    Guaranteed to keep your drinks warm with no spills, even when turned upside down! Available in black, white or red and great for commuters on-the-go or people who work outdoors.

    Christmas gift for cyclists9. Lifeventure Ultra Lightweight Titanium Mug 450ml

    Made from high quality titanium alloy, this generously sized mug is an essential
    piece of kit for anybody who needs to keep weight and bulk to a minimum. Use
    as a cup or as a saucepan, this mug is great for camping or trekking.

    10. Lifeventure Ultra Lightweight Titanium Forkspoon

    This spoon and fork combination (affectionately known as a ‘spork’) is perfect for camping or backpacking when space is tight!

    11. Littlelife Toddler Dinosaur Daysack With Safety Rein

    Christmas giftLittle ones will love keeping their toys safe in these brilliant dino themed day sacks… and the added safety features will be a hit with parents too!

    12. Lifesystems Ultralight Intensity 220 LED Pocket Torch

    7 times brighter than a normal torch, the high power unbreakable CREE LED bulb and long-life lithium batteries, make this is the ultimate pocket torch. With an added SOS function, this gadget offers extra protection when on the hills
    at night or in low-light visibility.

    These are just a few of our Christmas gift ideas, take a look around subzerostore.co.uk for even more inspiration!

    Merry Christmas from Sub Zero Store!

  3. Charity Walks Top Tips

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    Charity Walks may not be overly challenging, but you still need to prepare sensibly before setting off, especially if longer walks are not part of your normal routine.

    Regular walks of a few miles two or three times a week will head off problems if you’re new to walking longer distances for fun and fitness. Do take a few minutes before setting out to stretch muscles and get warmed off. Plus, build up your pace steadily rather than setting off like a rocket – remember the hare and the tortoise!

    Dress sensibly in layers to allow you to regulate how warm you feel as you step out. A key element is a good wicking baselayer to stop sweat evaporating on clammy skin and causing a chilly feeling. An easily adjustable mid layerfor warmth and a wind/waterproof outer layer should ensure you’ll stay comfortable. Don’t forget a hat as sunshine and rain can be expected in the same day in our climate!

    Stay hydrated by drinking water regularly – there are several options for carrying water from bottles to hydration packs.

    Walking briskly in warm weather and being well-hydrated means you should be sweating to help release core body heat. That’s good but can feel uncomfortable. A thin handkerchief soon becomes sopping wet but a small hand towel can be a welcome accessory.

    Suffolk Walking Festival 19th May – 10th June 2012

  4. Fort William Mountain Festival 2013

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    The full programme for the 2013 Fort William Mountain Festival has an impressive and diverse line up of inspirational speakers made up of top climbers, mountaineers and extreme sports men and women, together with adventure film screenings and mountain workshops. This year’s festival will be staged in and around the bustling Highland town of Fort William, in the heart of Lochaber, The Outdoor Capital of the UK, from Thursday 21 to Sunday 24 February 2013.

    This year’s programme celebrates mountain culture in all its forms and promotes the mountains as an attractive, accessible and above all enjoyable place to be. It caters for a wide spectrum of enthusiasts from armchair adventurers to climbers and mountaineers to mountain bikers and budding wildlife photographers.”

    There will also be plenty of opportunity for both novices and experts to hone their mountain skills through a series of workshops in avalanche awareness, winter walking and winter climbing with Abacus Mountaineering; there is a one-off Climbing Technique Master Class with local climber Dave MacLeod.  There will be mountain photography workshops with Nevispix and a two day outdoor emergency first aid course at the Snowgoose Mountain Centre. Indoor climbing and ice climbing skills workshops will also be on offer at Kinlochleven’s Ice Factor Indoor Climbing Centre. There is even a Gaelic language workshop aimed at climbers, mountaineers and hillwalkers at the West Highland College, UHI, entitled ‘Understanding our mountains through the Gaelic language’.

    With the way the 2013 winter has developed, visitors will need to ensure they’re dressed to cope with demanding weather conditions as well as having the right equipment and skills to make the most of this outstanding area. Base and mid  layer thermal underwear are the foundation of dressing comfortably for the winter hills, topped off with insulating layers – fleece, synthetic fill and down – under an outer shell that is, at least, windproof plus a hat and gloves. All winter hill walkers should carry extra clothing, food and a torch, of course, as well as an ice axe, crampons and navigation – plus know how tom use them!

    To find out more and to buy festival tickets go to – www.mountainfestival.co.uk/

     

     

     

  5. Clothing Layers For Keeping Warm When Winter Walking

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    In a few weeks’ time, the clocks go back, temperatures start to fall, days get shorter and walkers need to take even more care in the hills. Clear blue skies can change rapidly and windchill can sap energy and will. It’s not only those tackling airy mountain summits and ridges who need to be thinking hard about what to wear and what to pack in a rucksack as winter wraps around us but also walkers choosing less exposed routes. It’s always tempting to wrap up warmly and head off smartly but, if you’re not careful, it won’t be long before you’re hot, sweaty and uncomfortable.

    The key to comfort is layers of clothing – a baselayer to shift moisture away from your skin where it would chill as it cools; a mid layer for insulating warmth and an outer layer that will offer protection from wind, rain and snow. As a cold wind can whisk away body heat carrying an extra warm layer makes sense as does a cosy hat and gloves. Avoid overheating by sticking to a comfortable pace and letting heat escape by quick simple ventilation options such as opening zips and cuffs and whipping off your hat.

     

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