Some Clothing Material Better For Keeping You Warm When Temps Drop


10TV asked Chad Niemela and girlfriend, Kelly Stokes, to stand in front of a thermal camera. We did it so that we could see where their bodies are losing heat. Chad went first.

"Well, you can definitely see the most heat is coming off from his feet and then his head area.  It looks like the jacket's got him pretty-well insulated,” said Michael Duchene, Ohio Fire Marshal.

Kelly just moved here from North Carolina.

"Looks like your jacket's doing pretty well, and she's just giving off heat from her face,” Duchene determined.

She’s planning to buy a winter coat, but what kind should she get?

Down is nature's best and most expensive insulator. It has the most warmth, least weight, and has bulk. But it won't insulate if wet, although some companies now sell a water repellant down.

A coat filled with fiber is less expensive, but water repellant and slightly bulkier and heavier than down. Look for names like Polarguard, Primaloft, Thinsulate, and Thermolite.
Fleece is least expensive, soft and breathable, and dries quickly. But it provides modest warmth.

Don't forget about your head and hands. The most important thing you can do is to keep your skin from being exposed to the cold air. Gloves, hats, scarves, earmuffs, and hoods all help keep the heat retained.