Clothing Suggestions For Winter

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Diver Driver's Comment
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Does anyone have some suggestions for winter clothing? So far I have sweat shirts and a carhartt jacket with the blanket lining, and a knit hat. Would long underwear from Walmart be recommended ? (Cotton, holds moisture) I just don't want to be in cold wet conditions workout proper clothing.

SouthernJourneyman's Comment
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Having stuff you can layer is best. So far I haven't needed thermal under wear, just a heavy coat. But the coldest I've tapped in was around 20*. Couple times it was colder we were allowed to tarp inside. I do have insulated coveralls though. Also insulated gloves help when handling ice cold chains. If you go for long underwear get the newer synthetic stuff. Works so much better than the old cotton long johns.

RebelliousVamp 's Comment
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There is another thread on here about that, good stuff. I'd say however stay away from cotton, it holds on humidity and sweat and doesn't dry fast. UnderArmour is an excellent brand for base layers.

The Persian Conversion's Comment
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Yup, synthetic under garments, no cotton. If you come up north much, you will definitely need them.

Also a good waterproof raincoat/coveralls. I got a reflective yellow full-body set from Tractor Supply.

Get the best gloves you can find. I got some Carhartt ski gloves that have held up very nicely and keep my fingers nice and warm.

A balaclava is good for those sub-zero temperatures, and a nice warm beanie for your head on slightly warmer days.

And don't forget some muck boots. Mine are almost knee high, with steel toes, and I have been so thankful to have them on multiple occasions.

I also have some ice cleats which are on this kind of flat piece of rubber that you wrap around the bottom of your shoes. Works great on slippery surfaces.

Keep in mind this is coming from a flatbedder. If you won't be outside that much, you probably don't need to go so hardcore.


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Diver Driver's Comment
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Thanks for the help everyone.

Flathead's Comment
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I've been putting together my clothing for flatbed orientation.

I have synthetic thermal longjohns, short sleeve polo type shirts (company requires collared shirts), heavy sweatshirts, a few fleece pullovers, and a Colombia medium weight jacket.

Shoes: tennis shoes and a pair of steel toed boots. Pretty sure I won't be able to drive in the steel toes so after the first week of orientation, I'll grab some waterproof hiking boots, if needed. Several pairs of wool socks.

Head: dog-ear G.I. helmet liner paired with a synthetic wool blend cap for cold, wind, and rain. If I need a heavier coat, I'll grab a Carhart off brand heavy work type coat with a hood.

I'm about the layers. I need to be able to rip off all the fleece and coats in order to be comfortable driving. But I need to be able to pile on the layers to secure the loads.

This company stays in the southeast so I don't think I'll need a Canada Goose -30F puffy coat (hopefully).


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Mishal A.'s Comment
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I would recommend that you look for a winter coat at Patagonia Worn Wear (options used). Clothes from Patagonia are basically indestructible and of very high quality. For a fraction of the cost of a new one, you can buy a great coat there that will keep you a lot warmer and last longer than a small cheap puffer coat.

As for other alternatives, all winter long, I wear waterproof black ankle booties (from Sorel). The only time I break out my actual (Chicago) snow boots is when we've got over 6 inches of snow. The Lolla bootie is amazing, well made, and completely waterproof. On mine (I walk everywhere) I just had the heel replaced and the boot is still going high. With dresses, jeans, etc, they look fantastic.

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