December 21, 2007
December 21, 2007 - It's freakin' cold out. So freakin' cold that it'll take more than one piece of clothing to keep you warm. Esquire has a combination that will keep you comfortable this winter.
For all the talk about imminent planetary doom via unprecedented warming trends, it's probably pretty freakin' cold where you live right now. Not necessarily shut-in cold, but cold enough that an overcoat isn't really cutting it.
Real warmth, the kind that emanates like embers from your belly, comes from a layered combination like this -- wool over flannel, topped off with a weather-resistant shell. It's how mountain climbers and other cold-weather junkies survived before the explosion of high-tech fabrics in the 1950s, mixing up materials like cotton, wool and silk, often eight to 10 thin layers deep, to trap warm air close to the body (and even with Gore-Tex or polypropylene or whatever, climbers aren't necessarily any warmer than they had been before -- they just need fewer layers).
It's still the best way to keep body heat in and cold air out. Reprinted from Esquire