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Old August 9th, 2009, 23:14   #16
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Screw that, I'll take an Albertan winter over one in Quebec any day. Here its snows 30cm every other day as well as being -40 with the wind chill.
tsh bud, It snowed so badly here that you couldnt even go sledding, they'd get stuck from all the powder, snow didnt pack at all, drifts were high enough to jump off and actually get air time, snow was halfway up my windows and it was a snowstorm every second day and sometimes not letting up for like a week. average was -46 with windchill and like 80kmh winds. I had to drive soo many kids to school cause their busses werent running half the winter. atleast you guys get trees and snow festivals and all that other great stuff, you step outside here, and you'd look around for 3 seconds, see nothing but the grey blowing snow thats cutting your face as you stand there, look at your burried truck and be like "not even going to try" theres nothing to stop the wind or drifts here. thats why we all drive big trucks, we have to.

I live in northern alberta too, 10 hour drive and I can go watch the polar bears die out, lol
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Old August 9th, 2009, 23:55   #17
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Snow is just insolation it keeps you and your house warm. It's temerture and windchill that kill.

Winnipeg -47 for 7 days in a row and 40 kph winds. happens every 2 or 3 weeks all winter.

T-shirts and shorts are good enough if you're in Toronto, It's not all that much worse there than florida.

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Old August 9th, 2009, 23:57   #18
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Winnipeg - 57 for 7 days in a row and 40 kph winds. happens every 2 or 3 weeks all winter.

T-shirts and shorts are good enough if you're in Toronto, It's not all that much worse there than florida.
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Old August 10th, 2009, 01:03   #19
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T-shirts and shorts are good enough if you're in Toronto, It's not all that much worse there than florida.
lol ?

Seriously, all you really need to make sure is that you stay dry, so you need to ban cotton for all winter when you go outside because when it's wet, it will stay wet. So NO cotton socks, t-shirts, jeans... What works really well is get some polar underpants/shirt (polyester material) from Mark's and then wear something not that hot on top. The polyester will allow you to stay dry and hot, the rest is just extra layers. I've been doing that for a few years now, and it's really good.
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Old August 10th, 2009, 01:33   #20
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This thread makes me want to bust out the MXZ a few months early.
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Old August 10th, 2009, 02:03   #21
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When I lived in Toronto-stan, my co-workers used to shudder when I told them how cold it gets. I was home for Christmas one year in Peace River, and when one of the boys called home and asked my mother how cold it was (-58C, no wind), he was awed in the extreme.

But I noticed that with the high humidity in Toronto and frequent wind, I would take -50 in Northern Alberta over -15 in Toronto anyday. But the snow here stays, all winter. I had 7-8' in my front yard in 2006/07, some people had 10'+ with drifting/plowed snow.

Cold is fine, as long as you don't get square tires, and your block heater works. 4X4 is nice too, I won't live without it anymore.

I don't play in the winter, I spend enough time outdoors.
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Old August 10th, 2009, 02:06   #22
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dude where are you coming from? Egypt, Caribean, California, Vancouver? Your First winter experience largely depends on how thin your blood is. You may want a parka in October already.
What part of Ontario? Downtown Toronto, GTA, Ottawa, Subury, ThunderBay, Timmins, Fort Frances?
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Old August 10th, 2009, 03:43   #23
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im with army issue on this one. i live in barrie and when i go to maple ( 40-50 minutes south of here) i have to change jackets because the one i wear in barrie is too hot for that area ( if you can believe me on that one)
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Old August 10th, 2009, 04:01   #24
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T-shirts and shorts are good enough if you're in Toronto, It's not all that much worse there than florida.

what crack do you smoke?? it can get to -20 to -40 with windchill here in windsor....


where do you live TC???
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Old August 10th, 2009, 09:26   #25
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It was -10C and windy. I (the guy in ACU and green softshell) had heavyweight Icebreaker Merino wool longjohns and socks, plus a fleece hoodie under the softshell. As for footwear, I wear Blundstone boots (uninsulated) or X4orce desert boots (uninsulated) with warm socks most of the winter, unless it's really cold (below -30C ambient) and I have to be outside for more time than it takes to cross a parking lot. Then I pull out either -70C rated Work Wearhouse boots or handmade moose-hide/wool duffel mukluks.
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Old August 10th, 2009, 10:08   #26
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thank u all.
omg again the legendary canadian kindness lol
im from south america (warm country) an im in niagara region.
my english is not the best and i didnt understand something that u wrote. sorry

if u have any link i will really apreciate it
thank u so much u are awesome.
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Old August 10th, 2009, 11:11   #27
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ya live in ontario, not that bad, if your outside, urban bdu's ontop of a few hoodies, and some tall combat boots is good, I just wear winterboots, it doesnt really matter.

Ontario winters arent that bad, but here in Alberta, 3 minutes outside...you gonna die. were where the stereotypical canadian winter begins, then it streches north to nwt and east to saskachewan and manitoba
I'll see your Alberta winter and raise you a Winterpeg winter...

Nothing like -45 with a 40km/h wind with no trees to act as a windbreak over flat prairie soil....:wink:

But back on topic: Goretex boots with a decent amount of Thinsulate lining is what you need.
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Old August 10th, 2009, 12:31   #28
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thank u all.
omg again the legendary canadian kindness lol
im from south america (warm country) an im in niagara region.
my english is not the best and i didnt understand something that u wrote. sorry

if u have any link i will really apreciate it
thank u so much u are awesome.
Seriously man, just make sure you have good insulated boots, a good coat or parka, a tuque ( winter hat) mittens, and a scarf.

You should be fine after a few months (yeah winter lasts about 4 months here).
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Old August 10th, 2009, 12:33   #29
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Man, you are in for a BIG surprise come winter..... they are retardedly long, and super retardedly COLD. and they seem to be getting longer all the time.....
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Old August 10th, 2009, 12:44   #30
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Winter??? What's this winter you speak of???

Oh.... I see.... I guess you mean that slush that we get in Vancouver

Seriously though I spent some of last winter in southern Alberta and the snow from what I observed was the "dry" kind and also the winds seemed to blow the snow relatively well however gear was still needed to remove/clear snow.

Shemagh or toque (I have a fleece one from MEC) for head, GOOD jacket, mittens, snow pants (or you can do what I do sometimes and wear long john polypro and some thicker pants), and a pair of good boots is all you need.

For boots I personally bought some hiking boots from Coast Mountain Sports. They ran me about $100. Composite toe, steel shank, and relatively insulated so I can I can keep my feet warm.

Also for mittens the ones that have the one pocket for 4 fingers and one pocket for your thumb are the best since your fingers are side by side and will keep your hands warmer.
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