I wear long underwear six months out of the year. Now, in the spring, I go through a transition period. Like a moth emerging from a cocoon when the time is right, I determine the right springtime temperature to peel off my long-john chrysalis. Currently its 42 degrees and I’m hot as hell. I must soon transition, but going long-john free is hard to do. It’s like crack, once you’re used to the warmth and comfort, it’s hard to think about going back to that naked chilly feeling. (Continued…)
Anyway, I’m sure you can think of more important survival gear now, but when the nuclear winter hits, a pair of long underwear will be your most cherished possession. When you’re out in the elements, everything is easier when you’re not freezing to death. Our bodies loose the most heat from one’s; head, armpits and groin. (Why do you think we have hair there?) Long underwear is the key to keeping your lower business area from losing too much heat.
Now don’t stop at just the leggings, thermal shirts are great and aren’t just for kids in punk bands. They keep you very warm and snug but also breathe very well. Retailers will try to get you to buy their super-techno-synthetic-long-johns for 40 bucks a pop. Don’t buy that crap, it’s just long underwear, stick with the cotton.
If you’re a purist and want to feel like a cowboy or a logger, get a union-suit. I wear mine every so often. They’ll keep you warm, but taking a dump through that little flap can be precarious.
I always say, there’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothes. So dress well, starting with a pair a longies.