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Old 2 November 2017, 13:44
Stretch Stretch is offline
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Is this the norm? I'm in the market for new ones. I'm tired of going through 8 pairs a year. I don't expect them to last forever but I shouldn't see my heel inside of 3 months.
No. I bought some of two lightest cushioning versions for summer. The ones I wore out were biking socks. Definitely user error. My standard is "cushion".

The lighter socks have been relegated to dress socks, as they are black.
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Old 6 November 2017, 19:00
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Cold Weather Gear

Thank you very much for all of the replies. I am also wondering about electric heated vests. Are they worthwhile or are they just a gimmick? Do most of them use proprietary battery packs or do they use common batteries?
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Old 14 November 2017, 10:04
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The Eddie Bauer Men's Superior Down Parka is amazing. They have regular sales that will bring the price down to around $200.00. I replaced the synthetic ruff with wolverine/beaver. The shell is a two ply membrane material similar to Gore-tex. It's rated to -40 with light activity and is comfortable to 30 degrees with no activity. it uses 650 fill down.
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Old 14 November 2017, 10:10
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I would stay away from electric as it's expensive, doesn't last long and the batteries take a long time to charge. A good parka is the way to go in my opinion.
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Old 14 November 2017, 12:20
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Darn Tough socks
Smart Wool Base layer
Drake water fowl mid layer fleece pants with foot strap
Gortex shell pants (pick a brand with sealed seams)

Smart wool base on top
lots of personal choices for mid layer based on activity I have everything from RedHead to Barbour it all works the same.

Goetex outer for most days. Sealed seams are key, pit zips and storm straps waist and wrists.


Poly pro liners and Sealskinz gloves or Goose mits depending on activity

Im a Lowa boot guy (Lowaboots.com) Snow, trekking ,tactical whatever.

I have an old Marker expedition Parka I was issued in Salt Lake in 02 which is still my go to on truly hard core days.
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