Re: Keeping Warm
Bob Ferguson (Rlf92376@AOL.COM)
Sat, 4 Nov 1995 01:57:23 -0500
I haven't seen anyone discuss VB (vapor barrier) clothing. Our bodies work
to maintain a relative humidity of 70-95% and a skin temperature of about 75
degrees. VB clothing works to maintain this layer next to the skin. It
prevents moisture and more importantly heat from escaping. This helps to
keep the items dry (at least from perspiration).
The liner (which can be just a trash liner) should be worn next to the skin
with the other clothing over the liner. A couple of easy tests came be
conducted using a plastic produce bag or a latex glove. Place the bag/glove
over one foot/hand then put on your sock/glove and wear them for a day. See
which stay warmer.
There are several VB products available thru most backpacking outlets such as
REI, Campmor, etc. They vary in price but DO work in COLD weather, In fact
the colder the weather the better they work.
For more information: Pleasure Packing by Robert S. Wood, ISBN 0-89815-476-8
is an excellent source.
Jack Stephenson, RFD 4, Gilford NH 03246, phone (603)293-8526 is another good
Snow camping is the way to go, no bugs, dust or crowds. My wife likes to
tells people I go snow camping on purpose. Hope this is of some help.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City