Temperatures hit a low of around -22 C.
I love how the weather sites say that “Oh, BTW it’s only -15, but it feels like -25 C due to the wind chill factor!”. Some people say that the wind chill factor doesn’t matter. It does matter because there is always a part of you that is exposed to it. Unless you wear a balaclava and goggles, you are going to get chilled by the wind. Thankfully almost all of my body is well hidden behind a layering system.
I was comfortable outside.
I was wearing a baselayer, Götzburg thermal underwear, a mid-layer and another layer underneath my coat. My coat system is comprised of a Thermal Pro fleece with an Arc’teryx Alpha LT Pro Shell. Usually when I get in from the cold, I’ll have to remove a layer on top of removing my coat to get comfortable and not soak my clothes.
I was wearing Goondy Windy snowboard pants as well as two pairs of gloves. I had decided previously that when it got cold, it’s best to double up on the gloves. The thin Polartec Cloudveil gloves that I wear day to day aren’t thick enough for the wind. I haven’t worn my LaFuma climactive gloves that much unless I went hiking. They are bulky.
I wear a Arc’teryx beanie when it’s colder and I have no qualms of using the hoodie of my coat. Since I use the hood of my coat, I haven’t needed to double up on hats.
The Alpha LT is a marvel. It breaks the wind very effectively and is so light.
It’s surprising how warm these layers are. I surmise that I could endure at least -35 C in these clothes without changing a thing. If it gets any colder, there’s always the Snow Mantra from Canada Goose.
It was snowing again today. It’s been snowing most of the week.