STOP­PING WIN­TER— COLD

GO FAR­THER, STAY WARMER, AND GET MORE DONE WITH THESE COLD-WEATHER SO­LU­TIONS.

American Survival Guide - - GEAR GUIDE - BY FRANK PHILLIPS

For­tu­nately, win­ter’s freez­ing grip doesn’t cover the en­tire coun­try; but where it does, you need to be pre­pared for the worst. There are plenty of prod­ucts that will keep you warm and comfy dur­ing these dreary months, but rel­a­tively few will pro­vide the pro­tec­tion and pro­mote the mo­bil­ity and load ef­fi­ciency that you’ll find in this col­lec­tion. While it’s al­most al­ways bet­ter to hun­ker down in­side a warm and se­cure shel­ter, these prod­ucts can help keep you alive if you don’t have that op­tion or need to stay on the move.

When it gets cold, be sure to take par­tic­u­lar care to pro­tect your ex­trem­i­ties, as well as your ears and nose, be­cause these are the first parts of your body to suf­fer the most from low tem­per­a­tures and the ef­fects of wind­chill. And re­mem­ber that you’re bet­ter served by us­ing lay­ers of cloth­ing in­stead of wear­ing a single heavy coat or pants. Lay­er­ing al­lows you to ad­just your level of pro­tec­tion as tem­per­a­tures and ex­er­tion lev­els change. Us­ing lay­ers that can be worn in var­i­ous com­bi­na­tions can pre­vent over­heat­ing and sweat­ing, which can be­come se­ri­ous threats to your sur­vival in the win­ter.

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