What the heck do you wear when it is 62 degrees below zero?

Unless you have been living under a rock this week, you have probably heard that it is pretty cold here in the Midwest right now. Something about a polar vortex? I am no weatherman, so I won’t try to explain what a polar vortex is, I will just say that when you go outside right now the air hurts your face. Last night when I was out tending to the goats the wind chill bottomed out at 62 degrees below zero, that’s degrees Fahrenheit for those of you across the pond or North of the border. I was able to withstand about 90 minutes of working outside without getting too cold because I had some really great cold weather gear on. I figured I would run through the gear I was wearing so that those of you dealing with this weather know what you should be wearing. If you are reading this from a more tropical location maybe this will give you some insight as to what we northerners have to deal with.

Anybody who has spent significant time in cold weather will tell you that layering is the key to staying warm, so here is a quick rundown of my layers along with links to buy them. Full disclosure, if it is an Amazon link I do receive a small commission if you make a purchase. I have no affiliation with any of the other retailers.

Base Layer

Under Armour Base 2.0 Leggings

These are a high quality, long underwear or Long Johns as some people call them. They really help hold the heat in.

Cabela’s Instinct 2.0 Socks

These socks are 63% merino wool so they are warm, comfortable, and best of all, odor resistant!

Duluth Trading Company Longtail T Shirt

This T-shirt probably doesn’t belong on a list of cold weather gear, but it’s what I had on when I got home from work so it is what I wore when I went out to do chores. It is a really nice T-shirt though!

Mid Layer

Under Armour Zephyr Hoodie

This is my go-to sweatshirt when it is cold out. It has a unique hood that comes a little higher around your neck and really helps keep the heat in.

Sweatpants

In case you couldn’t tell, these picture aren’t actually of me.

These probably aren’t the fanciest piece of clothing out there, but as I said earlier, it is all about the layers.

First Lite Puffy Vest

Sun’s out guns out, right?

This vest is one of my favorite layering options. The thick, yet light, insulation keeps you warm and you don’t have an extra layer of sleeves to slow you down.

Outer Layer

Carhartt Jacket



This is just the standard winter work jacket. There is a reason half the people walking around Minnesota have one, they are tough and warm.

Carhartt Bibs

Just like the jacket, except they go on your legs.

Head/Footwear

Muck Boots

These are a must have for doing anything from chores to ice fishing here in northern Minnesota. They keep you warm and dry.

Carhartt 2 in 1 Fleece Hat


This is the best stocking cap you can buy, hands down. The shape of it is designed so it covers your ears and stays out of your face all at the same time. It also has a hidden face mask for when it gets really cold.

Carhartt Neck Gaiter

Everyone knows you lose a ton of heat out of your head and neck. This thing keeps it in.

Gloves

Carhartt Snow Drift Glove

These are a nice insulated work glove with a cuff that goes up over your sleeve and cinches down to keep the snow out.

Well, there you have it folks, all the gear you need to keep you warm when you are out doing chores at 62 below!

What are your go to items when the temperature drops? Let me know in the comments.

-Steve

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