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Staying Warm While Photographing

Western Mountaineering Flash XR jacket

Staying warm can be a challenge when standing around taking photographs in cold or even moderately cool weather.

All four seasons of the year including summer are a time for down and wool (think high elevation and night and wind).

Even in moderate temps, the Western Mountaineering Flash XR down jacket is a great 'piece'; it weighs almost nothing, stuffs small and so is a terrific emergency and comfort piece to just have along, just in case. Most remarkable for a down jacket, the Flash XR can take pounding rain for a good while due to its special outer fabric as well as being just about windproof.

Layers work best for everything I do. Shown below, I’m wearing the Western Mountaineering Flash XR jacket with Western Mountaineering Flash down pants and a well used and loved Ibex wool jacket. It was about 25° F, and I was having a really nice day up at 11,300'.

 

Ibex Europa loden wool jacket

Zipped up and with hood on, this down/wool combination is big bear cozy, but it’s too warm for active movement like cross country skiing or winter bicycling unless the temps drop to 0°F or so, which is why I always use layers, rather than one extra thick piece.

The down jacket and pants are also an optional for additional warmth for sleeping in temperatures down to 0°F or so, inside my Western Mountaineering Sequoia GWS Sleeping Bag.

Not shown are my favorite Ibexwear NZM Gloves and hat. See also my Cool and Cold Weather Cycling pages.

Lloyd Chambers, November 2011, White Mountains of California, Patriarch Grove at 11,300' elevation
f8 @ 1/500 sec, ISO 80; 2011-11-07 12:52:56
M9 Digital Camera + Super-Elmar-M 21 mm f/3.4 ASPH @ 21mm

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Chris M writes:

I couldn't agree more about the Ibex Europa. It is your fault that I have a small corner of closet designated for Ibex clothes.

Since they have sales and close-outs from time to time I am a binge purchaser. Great to wear for outdoor walks and great stuff to work out in whether you run or ride.

DIGLLOYD: me too. Great stuff, and knowing its so good I load up on things I wear out like gloves.

My one Ibex regret is no more of the sturdy and comfortable Northwoods wood pant (my four pairs are wearing out). There is a new Ramble Wool Pant (which I’d like to try), but it appears to lack the zippered thigh pocket that I have found so useful over the years (e.g., for car keys, pocket knife, wallet, stuff I must not lose).


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