What Are You Wearing Today?

The last week or so has been brutal with temps of -35C+ with windchills in the -40s and we even cracked the -50s. Today was -20C with a windchill in the -30s. An improvement! I've been playing with layers and trying combinations I have not combined before.

I figured I could go parka-less today, be warm, and be well turned out. No jacket with a fur hood ruff. And I go business casual in brutal weather. Even my heaviest odd jacket and camel hair polo coat doesn't cut it for very long. Plus I've got sport coats in the closet at work if required.

Pretty light rig considering the conditions.

Shell is tweed with a waterproof-breathable interior membrane so no rustling like a garbage bag like synthetic jackets. Not insulative but windproof. Has pit zips for ventilation but overheating was not on the program today. Custom non-Cowich-themed Cowichin wool sweater. Merino turtleneck. Not seen are my merino base layer top and drawers.

Dachstein wool watch cap. It is 4-ply single layer and warmer than my 4-ply cashmere beanies. Elk skin gloves with wool and Primaloft insulation. Pretty much at their max limits in this weather. Cotton chinos, wool dress sock, bison belt, and shearling-lined chukkas with Dainite soles.

Years ago, I was taught by the Inuit to dress for the weather such that you are on the cusp of being chilled when moving at the speed you are moving at. This kept the wind out, kept me warm and set me apart from the throngs in black The North Face or CG parkas.

Horses for courses and YMMV.

PS, I can't arrange clothes on the floor as well as Dropbear Dropbear does.


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The last week or so has been brutal with temps of -35C+ with windchills in the -40s and we even cracked the -50s. Today was -20C with a windchill in the -30s. An improvement! I've been playing with layers and trying combinations I have not combined before.

I figured I could go parka-less today, be warm, and be well turned out. No jacket with a fur hood ruff. And I go business casual in brutal weather. Even my heaviest odd jacket and camel hair polo coat doesn't cut it for very long. Plus I've got sport coats in the closet at work if required.

Pretty light rig considering the conditions.

Shell is tweed with a waterproof-breathable interior membrane so no rustling like a garbage bag like synthetic jackets. Not insulative but windproof. Has pit zips for ventilation but overheating was not on the program today. Custom non-Cowich-themed Cowichin wool sweater. Merino turtleneck. Not seen are my merino base layer top and drawers.

Dachstein wool watch cap. It is 4-ply single layer and warmer than my 4-ply cashmere beanies. Elk skin gloves with wool and Primaloft insulation. Pretty much at their max limits in this weather. Cotton chinos, wool dress sock, bison belt, and shearling-lined chukkas with Dainite soles.

Years ago, I was taught by the Inuit to dress for the weather such that you are on the cusp of being chilled when moving at the speed you are moving at. This kept the wind out, kept me warm and set me apart from the throngs in black The North Face or CG parkas.

Horses for courses and YMMV.

PS, I can't arrange clothes on the floor as well as Dropbear Dropbear does.


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And I thought it'd been too cold here lately. -50? Good Lord
 
And I thought it'd been too cold here lately. -50? Good Lord
it's brutal. I went to the auto parts store on Saturday and there was a line up all the way out the door. that was the line for new batteries only. Haven't seen as many EVs on the road in this cold.

Of course, everything is relative. When I lived in the Arctic, -50C ambient temp was common with windchills into the -60s and 70s but it was colder here than most of the Arctic. It was -3 in Iqaluit the other day, which is on Baffin Island next to Greenland and 2500km northeast of here.

I haven't even worn my warmest parka through this shite.

It's been a screwy year. El Niño stated out normally and we had a brown Christmas and New Year's for the first time in the 18 years I've been here with temps in the minus single digits. It's a rude awakening from -3 one day to -40 and a blizzard the next day. El Niño, where did you go?
 
Last week. BBQ night about 22C.
Light Linen Hoodie - Uniqlo
Stripey T - Muji
Off white twill loose OG fatigues - Stan Ray
Pseudo suede high tops - Cariuma

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simply amazing Thruth Thruth , keep us updated on the cold and what outfits you wear. What is your heaviest odd jacket?

I dream of really cold winters like yours, but l might change my mind if l really had to live in that reality.
 
^^^thank goodness for no el nino. Was dreading a boiling hot summer, but we've been lucky.

Can't wait until the winter gets here. Will wear homburgs and overcoats every day. My new tweed sportscoat will be ready soon, only 1.5 years later.
 
The last week or so has been brutal with temps of -35C+ with windchills in the -40s and we even cracked the -50s. Today was -20C with a windchill in the -30s. An improvement! I've been playing with layers and trying combinations I have not combined before.

I figured I could go parka-less today, be warm, and be well turned out. No jacket with a fur hood ruff. And I go business casual in brutal weather. Even my heaviest odd jacket and camel hair polo coat doesn't cut it for very long. Plus I've got sport coats in the closet at work if required.

Pretty light rig considering the conditions.

Shell is tweed with a waterproof-breathable interior membrane so no rustling like a garbage bag like synthetic jackets. Not insulative but windproof. Has pit zips for ventilation but overheating was not on the program today. Custom non-Cowich-themed Cowichin wool sweater. Merino turtleneck. Not seen are my merino base layer top and drawers.

Dachstein wool watch cap. It is 4-ply single layer and warmer than my 4-ply cashmere beanies. Elk skin gloves with wool and Primaloft insulation. Pretty much at their max limits in this weather. Cotton chinos, wool dress sock, bison belt, and shearling-lined chukkas with Dainite soles.

Years ago, I was taught by the Inuit to dress for the weather such that you are on the cusp of being chilled when moving at the speed you are moving at. This kept the wind out, kept me warm and set me apart from the throngs in black The North Face or CG parkas.

Horses for courses and YMMV.

PS, I can't arrange clothes on the floor as well as Dropbear Dropbear does.


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Are you wearing some sort of thermal underwear or just cotton chinos in -50?

We hit 22F minimum yesterday. I’ve been wearing my peacoat, gloves and various sweaters as much as possible - soon it will be back into the 60s and 70s.
 
Are you wearing some sort of thermal underwear or just cotton chinos in -50?

We hit 22F minimum yesterday. I’ve been wearing my peacoat, gloves and various sweaters as much as possible - soon it will be back into the 60s and 70s.
I just wear 200 gsm weight merino base layer bottoms under the chinos

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simply amazing Thruth Thruth , keep us updated on the cold and what outfits you wear. What is your heaviest odd jacket?

I dream of really cold winters like yours, but l might change my mind if l really had to live in that reality.
a 16 ounce Porter & Harding Thornproof is the heaviest fabric jacket I have.
 
what, that's it?? I thought, being a BIG winter daddy you'd have 35 oz coating fabrics at least, and then layer underneath.
for a sport coat. My polo coat is 32 ounce camel hair.

A big winter daddy also knows the relative insulation value of wool, compared to synthetic and down insulation, which leaves woollens, including cashmere, in the dust.
 
OK. Warmer but still cold.

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Same merino base layers since they are default for the winter. Hard to see the Irish fisherman's sweater knit but it is as heavy as it gets for this type of jumper.

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Next comes a Dachstein wool zip cardigan. 3 pounds of 4-ply boiled wool. Zipper does a full funnel neck to protect the face when needed. The outer jacket is insulated with Primaloft and has a Pertex fabric outer for good wind proofing. Unlike most jackets using Primaloft, it used a double thickness 133gsm versus single 60 or 80gsm. The Patagonia DAS used 200 GSM as does Mountain Equipment's Citadel, but both are belay parkas while this is a winter midlayer on its own. But I figured I would layer it. Cashmere watch cap, goat skin gloves with Primaloft, merino socks, 5-pocket cords and shearling zip boots.

It worked well and was close to its max insulating ability. Any colder and I'd add a 850+ fill power (2 ounces/60g) ultralight down vest under the cardigan. Or swap out the jacket for a down one. Could also throw a shell over it.
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so true. it is warm and bulletproof fabric. I'd like to see the trousers.

I think I’ve posted these before. They are not great to see the details, but you get the joke of how great they can be from the surroundings.
This is Norway in North November/December and Isle of Skye, Scotland in December/January (different years).

Danny MacAngus cut them for me.


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I could tell you, but it would be wrong to do so. You can't just become a BIG snow boot daddy overnight; one must progress to that level over time. More importantly, one must have the mindset of a snow boot daddy. I feel that you don't have the snow boot daddy DNA needed, so you need to stay at lower levels. This is not such a bad thing, not everyone can be a big daddy...it is only for the few; not everyone can manage such a lofty title.


Would you have snow boots to recommend that are Big Daddy level?
The brown ones we’ve discussed before - Rossi & Caruso Durban’s.
 
Guys! I’ve got a new concept for a menswear forum. So hear me out. No one helps anyone. Nobody actually gives advice or answers any questions, instead we all just reply with ‘it would be wrong to do so because you are not a Big Daddy of [insert item here]’ in the most condescending voice we can.
 
Guys! I’ve got a new concept for a menswear forum. So hear me out. No one helps anyone. Nobody actually gives advice or answers any questions, instead we all just reply with ‘it would be wrong to do so because you are not a Big Daddy of [insert item here]’ in the most condescending voice we can.

I could give you my opinion on this idea, but you’re not worth it. Only Michael Alden would
 
I could give you my opinion on this idea, but you’re not worth it. Only Michael Alden would
Are you an Opinion Big Daddy? I didn’t think so. But don’t feel bad that you will never rise to the lofty status of an Opinion Daddy, the world also needs plebs sharing half-baked conjecture as well.
 
Guys! I’ve got a new concept for a menswear forum. So hear me out. No one helps anyone. Nobody actually gives advice or answers any questions, instead we all just reply with ‘it would be wrong to do so because you are not a Big Daddy of [insert item here]’ in the most condescending voice we can, while posting pictures of multiple acquisitions of ridiculously archaic and ever more anachronistic gear that would make you the laughing stock of anyone with half an ounce of stylistic acumen.
It’s absolutely tedious as shit isn’t it?
 
Would you have snow boots to recommend that are Big Daddy level?
The brown ones we’ve discussed before - Rossi & Caruso Durban’s.

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Shooey might approve of something like this:


However, these are merely goodyear-welted and thus only a first step, the next step up would be something in a similar style, but handwelted, ideally by someone in the Austro-Hungarian tradition.
 
PS: on Big Daddies:

A true Big Daddy shares general information freely, since only few will ever ascend to his level, and thus others will be scarce anyways. Furthermore, it is a Big Daddy's duty to spread the gospel of his preferred subjects, since people newly coming in and those moving at the lower rungs of the ladders of Daddy-ness are the ones that keep the subject alive - people buying bespoke shoes, thus keeping the craft alive, are rare, and many are funnelled in via high-end RTW, where they can perhaps get 93 % of what they want, but some are willing to spend thousands to get to 100 %. However, you have to get people to be interested in shoes first, before any of that can happen.
 
Shooey might approve of something like this:


However, these are merely goodyear-welted and thus only a first step, the next step up would be something in a similar style, but handwelted, ideally by someone in the Austro-Hungarian tradition.

I'm all for Big Daddy Shoos in as many situations as possible, of course. Big fan.

That being said, I also think there's a point of practicality, comfort and adoption of technology that makes sense in somewhat extreme conditions. So when hiking in Norway, walking through snow and on ice for a few hours each day, I chose Small Daddy North Face Chilkat boots, which is what I was recommended for the trip. Less than USD 200 spent.

Ugly? possibly. Not Big Daddy level? for sure. Practical/cost efficient/better than destroying 8k fugly Latanzi Big Daddy Shoos in shitty weather? 100%.

I'd contend that Big Daddy Shoos in certain situations are just a dumb way to burn money and get wet feet, but hey, maybe that's just Small Daddy mentality, and I'll never be ready for the big leagues!


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I'm all for Big Daddy Shoos in as many situations as possible, of course. Big fan.

That being said, I also think there's a point of practicality, comfort and adoption of technology that makes sense in somewhat extreme conditions. So when hiking in Norway, walking through snow and on ice for a few hours each day, I chose Small Daddy North Face Chilkat boots, which is what I was recommended for the trip. Less than USD 200 spent.

Ugly? possibly. Not Big Daddy level? for sure. Practical/cost efficient/better than destroying 8k fugly Latanzi Big Daddy Shoos in shitty weather? 100%.

I'd contend that Big Daddy Shoos in certain situations are just a dumb way to burn money and get wet feet, but hey, maybe that's just Small Daddy mentality, and I'll never be ready for the big leagues!


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as a big winter daddy, I support this POV!

The best winter boots, especially for being in the snow, are most often diametrically opposed to those hand-welted and GYW shoes that we favour. while I have shearling chukkas from Big Johnny Lobb and JM Weston, with all weather soles, I'm not regularly going to use them as a go to winter boot for anything other than sidewalks. for years my go to non-insulated go to work boot was a pair Sanders for Mark McNairy PTB boot with a Ridgeway sole. The were far cheaper than the other top tier makers and far more robust. but not winter boots.

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here is a winter boot that The Shooman The Shooman has already called fugly but he does not know from cold and snow. he doesn't like North America-style work boots. of course, sealskin, shearling and built-in convertible traction spikes are not common boot traits.

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not everyone's cup of tea. but based on the traditional Norwegian lobben boots

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I am not sure what he thinks about felt boots/filzstiefel/valenki.

these are one my primary winter snow boots. not elegant but well built, handcrafted, waxed suede vamp, wool shaft, shearling lining and ice-grip technology soles. traditional double-stitched.


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I guess one could by Reiter Moronibraters for the upscale version.

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Who am I kidding, my winter boot rotation must be full on ewww to some!

plastic with synthetic liners? ewww.

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felt pac


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mukluks

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I am so disappointed in myself paying less than JL and EG and having warm, dry feet in winter!
 
That being said, I also think there's a point of practicality, comfort and adoption of technology that makes sense in somewhat extreme conditions. So when hiking in Norway, walking through snow and on ice for a few hours each day, I chose Small Daddy North Face Chilkat boots, which is what I was recommended for the trip. Less than USD 200 spent.
That's absolutely true, there are situations where modern "performance gear" is simply better than the 'classic' version. As you say, hiking boots are one of the areas where modern boots regularly outperform other versions, simply because they are better insulated, lighter and cause less fatigue.

The boots I linked to are imo more of an après ski-deal, or perhaps for a post-lunch walk on a country lane in winter, and simply not ideal for extended hiking in the Norwegian winter.


I am not sure what he thinks about felt boots/filzstiefel/valenki.

these are one my primary winter snow boots. not elegant but well built, handcrafted, waxed suede vamp, wool shaft, shearling lining and ice-grip technology soles. traditional double-stitched.


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I personally like them, and as you say, they are excellent footwear in cold weather

I have a pair myself, and even though they certainly don't see as tough conditions as yours do on a Canadian farm(?), they are my preferred boots for outdoor work in winter.
 
decent day. -9C with -15 wind-chill and got up to -2.

merino wool skivvies
Pendleton wool
lambswool
wool & alpaca
alpaca
leather & wool


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Thruth Thruth what if l wore the following during - 50, would it keep me warm.

- woolen thermal underlay
- 3 ply cashmere skivvy
- Dachstein booled wool jumper
- filson double mackinaw (over the top of it all).

Doing it my way. Would it work?
 
Thruth Thruth what if l wore the following during - 50, would it keep me warm.

- woolen thermal underlay
- 3 ply cashmere skivvy
- Dachstein booled wool jumper
- filson double mackinaw (over the top of it all).

Doing it my way. Would it work?
explorers would have worn similar layers 100 years ago and most survived but froze their nuts off while surviving. even Hiilary wore down on Everest instead of the woollen layers because even then the superior insulating value of down was known.

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It would also be a very heavy and bulky ensemble. Layers work for warmth. Combining warm layers can outperform one jacket. Or not. The missing element in your ensemble is loft to hold more air to warm with your body heat.

Look at this chart for insulation value on clothing layers. see how many more times warmer clothing with lofted synthetic /down insulation is compared to flatter layers.

the high loft class are lightweight to midnight down and not parkas except for one. the Dachstein jumper is no warmer than the first few jackets in the high loft and not warmer than Montbell alpine light down.

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Australia day today, so my straw boater got an outing. People loved it, cheered them up. It is the `happy hat'. Opportunities are not that ample to wear it, so when one comes up you grab it with both hands.
 
Crappy hotel room selfie. Black shawl collar cardigan. I had planned to wear a black cashmere v-neck, grey tie and PoW trousers but usps slowed delivery of the sweater, so I reverted to a casual Quantum steal.
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