Tips, Tactics and Tuesdays with Wally Banfi

by Free Speech on January 27, 2009

Lodi, WI~

Lodi Valley News serving Lodi, WI & the Lake Wisconsin area with local information since Earth Day 2008.

by Wally Banfi, Pro fishing guide

The winter months are a great time to get outdoors…and with the right clothing and gear, you can get outside and laugh at the cold.
Whether you’re hunting, ice fishing, hiking, skiing or working outside in the elements-if you layer your clothing properly you will be comfortable. The number one thing you need to consider is your base layer. Today’s long-underwear tops and bottoms are made with high-tech fabrics like Polypro, or Thermax, that wick moisture off your skin. By keeping your skin dry you will stay warmer. We use “Under Armour” brand, it fists snug, wicks well, and it supports your muscle groups. It also helps keep your body at a more uniform temperature.

  • For socks I have always liked two pairs on. The first is a thin sock liner of Polypro or Thermax. The second sock is a wool blend. Wool is a great insulator even when wet.
  • For your main layer I recommend you use “Polar Fleece” or “Polar Tech” garments. Polar fleece shirts and jackets have a lot of loft and insulating qualities that will also release moisture.

    Wall Banfi is a pro fishing guide and manager of the fishing department for Ace-Sauk Prairie. He is also co-host of “Outdoor Horizons Radio” WTDY AM 1670, Saturday mornings 8:00am.

    Wall Banfi is a pro fishing guide and manager of the fishing department for Ace-Sauk Prairie. He is also co-host of “Outdoor Horizons Radio” WTDY AM 1670, Saturday mornings 8:00am.

  • For your outer layer, choose a windproof fabric like “Goretex” or Ultrex laminated jackets, bibs or pants. Goretex is actually a thin membrane that is usually white in color. It stops the wind and at the same time allows water vapor to escape.
  • For your head, make sure your wearing a hat. Most of our body’s heat is lost through our head. So to stay warm, pick a hat with insulation and one that protects your ears. The “Stormy-Kromer hats are terrific.
  • Pick out a good pair of insulated gloves or mittens. Mittens are generally warmer, but they are not always practical. I have always had good luck with a pair of fingerless wool gloves used inside a chopper mitt.
  • For boots take a look at what type of insulation is being used, and what temperature rating you are looking for. Thinsulate is a common insulation in outdoor boots and you’ll find anywhere from 400 grams up to 2000 grams used. We use a “Peet” shoe/boot dryer at home. By drying out your boots every night, you’ll be amazed at how much warmer your feet stay.
  • Now that we’re all dressed up to get out there, there is one more item to keep you warm. The “Heat Factory” disposable hand-warmer, toe-warmers and foot insoles are amazing and will put a smile on your face.

Have fun, be safe and get those kids off their butts.

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

1 wilderness skills November 14, 2009 at 9:28 PM

Fantastic article! Very useful information. I really love it; can I recommend it to my friends?

2 Doug February 3, 2009 at 4:13 PM

Wally,
Great advice and don’t forget actually catching fish makes you warmer !! Wishing you great success with LVN. Got to love this format.

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