Another doper against jeans. I do a lot of outdoor stuff and when phrase I learned as a pup was:
Once it gets wet, either through water, melting snow or persperation, cotton draws heat away from your body, lowering your core temperature and making you colder.
Here’s what I wore/will wear today:
8 degrees(F) - hiked with the dog for 1/2 hour. I wore wool socks, hiking tennis shoes, heavy fleece pants, a capilene t-shirt and a mid-weight windbreaker. Light capilene gloves and a stocking cap.
25 degrees(f) - run with dog, one hour. Same socks and shoes. Light long capeline underwear and lighter fleece pants. Capilene long-sleeved shirt and a windbreaker. Light capeline gloves. Head band that covers my ears.
If the wind was blowing or the snow was deeper, I’d probably wear a pair of light wind pants.
I miss warm weather, when my wardrobe choices for going outside are tennis shoes or sandals, shorts or swimtrunks, t-shirt, a hat if it’s raining.
Where as now I have to choose between:
Shoes: Running shoes, trail runners, light hikers, hiking boots, snow boots, really deep snow boots.
Socks: three thicknesses of wool socks, capilene socks
Pants: three thicknesses of fleece, wind pants (two thicknesses), snow pants. And gaiters.
Shirts: capilene short sleeve, capilene long sleeve, three thicknesses of fleece, two thicknesses of wool
Coats: three thicknesses of fleece, long coat, short coat (4 to choose from), long very heavy coat
Gloves/mittens: light capilene, heavy capilene, wool mittens, leather mittens, heavy gloves, gloves with the fingertips cut out, gloves with lighter fingertips
Hats: ear band, Elmer Fudd hat, stocking caps (two thicknesses)
and a face mask for when it gets really cold.