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Buy an oversized jogging suit that has a lining. Buy 1/2 inch foam, enough to line the whole suit. Open up some seams and stuff it inside the suit. Make a few stitches here and there to keep foam in place.
This will keep you warmer than anything you have ever tried! This has been experimented with in the Arctic and it does the job better than anything else!
You can also make your own moon boots this way.
-- freddie (firstname.lastname@example.org), October 20, 1999
I'm a real clote. It is clothing! Not cloting. We all make mistakes.
-- freddie (email@example.com), October 20, 1999.
I'm reminded of a "Field & Stream" article of perhaps twenty years ago about a "camper/hunter type" who had made an entire woods outfit out of sheet foam. He had made himself the whole rig and claimed he was able to exist outside in winter conditions as cold as -20 degrees F with the setup.
He "glued" the edges of the foam together with something (apparently a specialty glue for foam that does not react with the foam.) He used foam up to 1-1/2 inches in thickness and looked a bit like the "michelin man" when fully garbed.
As I remember it he advised using "open cell foam" rather than "closed cell foam" since the open type "breathes" the water vapor issuing from the body rather than keeping it in as liquid. (which might tend to get rather "clammy" and uncomfortable otherwise.)
Best regards, Joe
-- Joe (KEITH@neesnet.com), October 21, 1999.
So where can one readily procure said open-call foam? Home Depot?
-- Jeremiah Jetson (firstname.lastname@example.org), October 21, 1999.
Speaking of insulating clothing, has anyone ever harvested milk-weed fluff? I sent the kids out last week with a couple of garbage bags, and they picked a bunch of pods, some open, some not. I have them in baskets in a dry room, and I found that if I put pods that aren't open near the woodstove, they dry out and begin to 'pop'. (careful, not TOO near!)
I'm planning to sit outside on the next not-too-windy day and separate the seeds from the fluff. I remember seeing an article on this about 25 years ago in Mother Earth News. Has anyone ever actually gotten to the part about stuffing something with the fluff? Supposedly, it holds its 'loft' pretty well, and will dry okay if washed. I was planning to make a small comforter with my harvest this year (probably will be a very small comforter - more like a lap blanket).
-- Arewyn (email@example.com), October 22, 1999.