Winter Gear List
After tons of questions about the gear Im using, I have decided to do a short review on what Im using at this point. Please keep in mind that I will do a more detailed review by the end of winter, which will include how everything planned out in the end. The blog on the end of the winter will also include how all the gear performed, what worked and what not.
This is only my second winter adventuring and exploring through harsh winters, but this is just the beginning. I have lots of plans for the future and sorting out my gear is very important to make sure I survive and stay warm in these type of environments.
I have to be honest… gear is don’t like this kind of temperatures. Some of the stuff is made for it and works perfectly, but some struggle everyday. Until this point I have spend almost 30 hours in the first three weeks repairing gear and making other things easier to use.
Making things easier – Its small things like to be able to remove the lid of the kettle without removing your gloves or just to put on your face mask faster. When temperatures drop below -20*C, you don’t want to struggle at all to do anything. Things go wrong very quick and when it get cold you tend to rush and then are even less productive.
Ok, will write more on this other stuff later, but now just to let you know on what I’m carrying. Im not gonna list all the small things, but this will give a good overview on the things I use the most throughout the winter.
I start off with my clothing, as I believe most people are very interested in what Im wearing. During the winter its very important to remember the layers, layer and layers rule. So I keep putting stuff on, taking things off and zipping and unzipping Jackets.
I’ll go from head to toe 🙂
Keeping your ears, nise and face warm is important and the things I’ve used until now has worked perfectly:
2 x Buff’s (Wool Buff on my head and on Cyclone Buff on my neck)
1 x Beanie
1 x Face Mask (When temperatures falls below -10°C (14°F)
1 x Snow Goggles (Using it daily. I does not just keep the snow out of my eyes, but also help for the cold. Its like putting on a little heater over your face)
Buff : http://www.buffwear.com/
The products listed here is the ones I use on the bike:
1 x First Ascent Derma-Tec Seamless Top (or First Ascent Extreme Polypropolene Pro Top)
1 x Fleece Top (always putting it on and taking it off when during the cycle)
1 x First Ascent Dry-Lite Jacket (One of the best performing clothing items at the moment
First Ascent Lunatic Cycling Glove or First Ascent Elevation Glove (Mittens might have been a warmer option)
My legs is something I was a little worried about, but until now I have really coped with my thin two layers I cycle with everyday. During cold nights it is sometimes cold
1 x First Ascent Derma-Tec Long Johns (I have two if things get extreme)
1 x First Ascent Zip-Offs Trousers
First Ascent : http://www.firstascent.co.za/
My feet has been nice and warm until now. I try to keep my boots on as long as possible and put on and extra pair of socks while I sleep. Due to my sleeping bag problem, I can struggle alot with my feet during the night.
1 x Waterproof Boots
1 x First Ascent Slopesider – Snow Sport (I have two pairs, but have not wore two on the bike yet. I but on both pairs when I sleep
First Ascent : http://www.firstascent.co.za/
1 x First Ascent Malamute Down Jacket (This is just one amazing jacket! Im wearing it every night when I get into my tent and with my sleeping bag problems, this jacket is also wore during sleep. Very very warm!)
1 x Mens Alaska Reversible Down Body Warmer (One of my favourite things I currently carry)
1 x -15°C Sleeping Bag (This is probably my biggest mistake on the winter leg so far, but spending around $700 to get a new one just was not in my budget after spending lots on other winter gear)
1 x Thermarest NeoAir® XTherm (Performing very well, but making me nervous at times)
1 x Pillow (spare clothing or whatever I can find lying around in tent)
Thermarest : http://www.cascadedesigns.com/therm-a-rest/mattresses/fast-and-light/category
1 x Hilleberg Nammatj 3GT (One of the best investment I made for the winter and probably on the adventure to date)
12 x Snow Pegs (used most days when camping in deep snow)
1 x Old South African Army Parka (which I use for a ground sheet)
Hilleberg : http://www.hilleberg.com/home/usa.php
Tracking & Navigation:
1 x YB Tracking Device (Tracking my progress and able to send text only messages to Facebook and list of contacts)
1 x iPad… Yea well… I using preloaded maps and just scan it every few days. The rest of the time I navigate myself and ask locals on the road. In the winter there is not really time to take out the iPad the whole time to navigate… o yea.. and it first needs to warm up inside my clothing for 20min before I can switch it on
1 x Normal Bike Speedometer
YB Tracking : https://www.ybtracking.com/
Camera’s and some other Electronics:
1 x Canon EOS 70D
3 x Rechargeable Li-ion Battery LP-E6 (Very very surprised by these batteries until this point)
1 x Canon LEGRIA HF G25
3 x Lithium Ion BP-808 (Video Camera’s are use to eating battery… Always trying to keep batteries warm to get most out of them)
1 x Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM Zoom Lens
1 x Tripod
1 x MacBook Air (For backups and editing)
3 x Harddrives (Backups)
Canon South Africa : http://www.canon.co.za/
1 x Temperature meter (able to measure temp inside and outside of tent)
1 x Hand Guards (One of the best decisions I made for the winter
1 x Solar Gorilla
1 x PowerGorilla
PowerTraveller : https://www.powertraveller.com/
Just saying again. This is what Im using at this point. There is still some small changes that will be made. I will do a full detailed review about all my gear on the end of the winter.
Cheers for now…