Local doctors are treating at least two patients suffering frostbite, and health experts say they're concerned that number could climb. 10TV went to the experts to find out how to protect your fingers and toes and stay as warm as possible until spring.
At Aspen Ski and Rental on Old Henderson Road, Eric Bahgat says cotton is the enemy.
"You're going to want to take cotton out of everything. No cotton t-shirt, no cotton socks.”
He says if you make one investment, go for a high quality base layer and check the label for words like ‘moisture wicking.’
Bahgat also advises to spend your money on a good pair of wool socks. He says even pairs that are nearly $20 are “worth every penny,” adding that they’re one of the most overlooked items when dressing for the cold.
Bahgat says insulated, windproof pants go over your base layer, on top, an insulated liner.
Down is warmer, but also more expensive. Bahgat says certain down coats can make your regular coat feel several times warmer.
If you want a high quality windproof, waterproof, and seam sealed coat that will last for decades, you should budget between $250 to $350. It's important to know that not all hats are created equal. According to Bahgat, fleece lining is the key to staying warmer.
When it comes to your fingers, mittens can be warm, but you sacrifice dexterity. Bahgat says leather insulated gloves are warmer because the fabric is more waterproof.