Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Another test of my winter foam clothing!

I recently went goose hunting.  It was early March in Northern Wyoming.  We had to sit in a blind all day.  That's me on the right, you can see my blue foam hat making me look like a smurf.
We were in the blind for about 7 hours total.  The temps ranged from around 20 to 45.  The winds got up to 45 mph, but we were largely sheltered from the wind.  But with the wind chill it was about 9 when we got it.
Now I am a person who is always cold.  If I get up in the night to use the bathroom, I'm shivering by the time I get there.  If I sit at home & it's 69 in the house, I need a blanket.  So I'm a good test subject!  During the coldest part, I got slightly less than perfectly warm.  (generating no warmth just sitting there!).  But I never got "cold".  Which to me was amazing!  And during the warmer parts of the day I was quite toasty.  On the walk out to the blind I was too hot!  I know if I'd been wearing my normal winter gear, I would have sat there shivering for 7 hours (or given up & gone back to the car!).  So this was really wonderful for me!  The only part of me that got cold was my toes, & I only had my good winter boots on, without my foam in them.  If you're moving around, you don't want to wear a windproof shell over the foam suit, as that ruins it's breathability.  But since we had high winds & were just sitting, I did put on windbreaker pants & coat.
I was so excited about the results of this!  And it sold the rest of my family on getting them a suit!  They never see me warm!  I still don't want to survive an entire winter in nothing but this suit...but if there's no heat for any length of time I'm going to be SO glad to have it!  Not to mention I'm taking it next time I goose hunt, or ice climb or anything like that!!
Here's the original post about the suit for info on making one:


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