It's really cold up here in the Northwoods. Really cold.
I covered up yesterday morning and went to the office, and in the walk from my parking spot to the office, a few hundred meters, the bridge of my nose was achingly cold.
Once again, I've volunteered to help give kids cross country ski lessons this year; yesterday afternoon was our first session, and since the wind chill wasn't so bad, we held lessons, and because I'd dressed well, I was fine, a bit warm at times, but fine. If I were just skiing myself, I'd leave off a layer, but giving lessons means standing around a bit, saying encouraging things and reminding the kids to bend their knees and keep their poles back a bit.
I wore, blazon style:
a head and neck shell, and then a bright orange knit hat (it's my "I'm not a deer" hat, and also, "please dig me out of any snow drifts I ski into")
a heavy base layer, a shirt, a windbreaker, and a light jacket.
gloves (with hand warmers which I took out)
biking winter tights
wool socks, toe warmers, and ski boots
The head and neck shell is new, and I could have gone with a slightly less heavy base layer, or without the windbreaker, and I'd have been more comfortable.
While I was warm enough skiing, and had the heat on in the car (with the seat heater), once I was inside and slowly taking off clothes as my warmth evened out, I got really cold, like shivering a bit at times cold. It wasn't that my hands or feet were cold, but more the core was cold somehow. I ate (and I wasn't starving because I'd eaten a good late lunch), got under a quilt with buckwheat warmers, but I was still uncomfortably cold. Only when I got into a warm bath did I get warm, and then I was nicely warm through bedtime and until I woke up this morning.
I've had that happen to me after cold bike rides on occasion, too. (What I'm describing isn't scary cold, but just sort of minorly uncomfortable cold.)
This morning, I went to push snow off the driveway (just a little, very fluffy snow, the kind you get when you get a little and it's really cold), and wore my heavy boots. These boots are basically rated "go play in the arctic" and they're huge, but really warm and cozy. So I got my Northwoods morning workout.
Here's what I'd like to see in clothing: outer wear that's got better options for layering, because it seems like I can put on a base layer, and a shirt, and windbreaker (very light, nylon), and then I have a choice of a light jacket (which I choose) or a big down coat, which would quickly get way too hot for skiing. I need something that's a little warmer to start, but then would allow me to open a vent or something as I get warmed up.