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    […] Add more or thicker insulation layers as needed for your activity level, top it all off with a waterproof/windproof/breathable shell (the second most important layer) and you’re good to go as fast and far and long as you like in any weather. For tips on these layers, go here. And if you think that losing most of your heat through your head is a myth, read this. […]

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    […] you’ve properly encased your body’s core, it’s much easier to keep your extremities warm. But heads, hands, and feet still require special consideration if you want to play in the snow […]

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    […] Warm hat and mittens […]

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    […] planned on going cross-country skiing and none of us had the right socks, the right clothes, or the right hats and gloves for it. So we pieced together the best stuff we could from what we had on […]

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    Roger at |

    On the subject of the head radiating so much heat I have the following observation.
    I am now 65 years young 🙂 and I have found for the last few years that when I get chilled at night I can cover up my head with a towel or pillow case and my whole body warms up! When my head is covered up my body temp is much higher! I have even found myself kicking of the sheet when all I really needed to do was uncover my head! Makes a huge difference!

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    Dean Vosler at |

    A little science always helps. Heard of mammalian dive response? It occurs because the face, specifically areas innervated by the 5 th cranial nerve, get cold. Either water or air cause the response. The response is the restricting of blood flow to extremities. Hands and feet. If your hands and feet get cold cover your face, chin, forehead and nose. Goggles are a must.


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