Re: " just because there's two lines from a story about a frozen puffy is no reason to rule them out completely."
Someone attended a slide show, and posted this report:
“Here's a summary from Colin Haley’s talk:
- BASE LAYERS, LEGS AND UPPER BODY
- For comfort, use wool instead of Capilene because wool dries out slower, hence it has a slower evaporative heat loss, and your body doesn’t get hit as hard with a flash freeze effect.
- MID LAYERS, LEGS
- When very cold, use a base layer, fleece pants, then softshell pants.
- He prefers non-zip softshell vs hard shells. Soft breathes better.
- Patagonia synthetic puff pants with full-off zips are useful for very cold.
- MID LAYERS, UPPER BODY
- Base layer, fleece, then windshirt. Add a hard shell if it gets colder.
- He prefers a hardshell for the top since its easy to take off and on, while he prefers non-zip softshell for pants, which can’t be easily taken off or on.
- OUTER, INSULATION LAYER, UPPER BODY
- He prefers synthetic to down because on a climb, clothing is constantly coming in contact with snow. He uses a Patagonia Nano puff as his warm layer for summer snow climbs, and he adds on the DAS parka when it get colder.
- Vapor barrier socks can be useful to add warmth. Something which is not totally VB can work too, like the REI hyperlight storm sock. A clean dry pair of socks for sleeping is good.
- instead of carrying goggles and shades, uses the new (not yet in USA) Addidas Terrex shades : modular so it can go from shades to goggle with nose protection