Essential Cold Weather Gear for the Outdoor Enthusiast
With Winter right around the corner, many are trying to squeeze in their last outdoor activities for the season before the cold hits. However, cold weather doesn’t always mean that the outdoor activities have to end. Winter hiking, backpacking, camping, hunting, snowshoeing, snowmobiling and fishing are just a few cold weather activities that many have to look forward to this upcoming season. At Coleman’s Military Surplus, we have all the extreme cold weather gearyou need to keep warm and stay active this Winter. This gear has been tested and approved in the field by the US Military for decades. Below are a few of our favorite essential cold weather military surplus items.
Made with layers of wool and Nomex®, these military issue crewman hoods are made to keep your head, ears, nose, chin, upper chest and neck protected from the elements. One of the key features of this waterproof and windproof military balaclavais the fact that it is smooth-fitting, allowing you to layer it with hoods or helmets.
Military Disaster Blanket
Having a disaster blanketon hand is a good call no matter what season we are in. These wool blend blankets are good to have around for any emergency - whether it is extreme cold weather, a power outage or anything else Mother Nature throws your way. These 66 x 84 inch blankets are perfect for your camper, home or car.
Military Cold Weather Boots
Commonly referred to as “Mickey Mouse Boots”, U.S. G.I. Extreme Cold Temperature Boots are a favorite among military surplus collectors and cold weather outdoor enthusiasts. Mickey Mouse boots are rated to keep your feet warm in temperatures as low as -20 degrees Fahrenheit and keep the water out with their exterior layers of rubber. If you are looking for a boot meant to keep your feet warm in even more extreme temperatures, the white version of these boots, or “Bunny Boots” as they are referred to, are rated to keep your feet warm in temperatures as low as -40 degree Fahrenheit.
When you are outside in the cold snow, you are going to want outerwear that keeps you warm and dry without slowing you down. U.S. G.I. Fleece Polartec bibsare a great piece of military surplus that can go under most loose fitting clothing and will wick away moisture to keep you warm and dry. Because they are bibs, they will stay in place while you are snowmobiling, hunting, or ice fishing.
A popular glove for hunters, mutant mittsfeature a unique design that keeps your hands warm while allowing you to still have a trigger finger free. These military issue mutant mitts are tough, flexible and waterproof - making them a perfect addition to your cold weather gear collection.
When it comes to thermal base layers, polypropylene is quickly becoming a popular choice in material due to it being lightweight and having a very low thermal conductivity. Polypropylene base layers insulate very well for how lightweight they are and dry quickly. Coleman’s offers both military surplus polypropylene pants and U.S. G.I. polypropylene shirts.
Polartec Cold Weather Jacket
One of the most important items when it comes to cold weather gear is your jacket. If you plan on being active, you want something that is lightweight, windproof, able to layer, and insulating. That is what makes the U.S. G.I. Polartec Classic 300 Jacket a great option for your cold weather setup. Featuring plenty of pockets for storage and double-sided fleece, the Polartec is warm enough to be considered a coat without the bulk that a winter coat typically has. Whether its cold weather gear for enjoying the outdoors, camping gear, hunting gear or other military surplus, make sure to check out Coleman’s cold weather gear products for new military surplus items!