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    Warm in my Kilt

    Over the last couple of weeks I attended three different Burns celebrations. I was of course kilted at all events.
    The temperature in Glasgow over the last few weeks has been roughly minus five or six ( I know that many places like Chicago were experiencing much colder weather and hopefully the city is starting to recover ).
    I travelled to all three events with friends on public transport as we all knew that we would be having a few drinks and would be unfit to drive. Public transport in the central Scotland area never runs on time so waiting at bus stops was not something we were looking forward to.
    I can honestly say that myself and another companion who was also kilted seemed to fair better in the cold. Certainly having eight yards of wool from waist to knees and heavy woollen hose climbing to the knees seemed to work a treat in keeping the cold out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jimmy View Post
    Over the last couple of weeks I attended three different Burns celebrations. I was of course kilted at all events.
    The temperature in Glasgow over the last few weeks has been roughly minus five or six ( I know that many places like Chicago were experiencing much colder weather and hopefully the city is starting to recover ).

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    I can honestly say that myself and another companion who was also kilted seemed to fair better in the cold. Certainly having eight yards of wool from waist to knees and heavy woollen hose climbing to the knees seemed to work a treat in keeping the cold out.
    It's been around 26F / 3.3C around here. Surprisingly to yours truly, it hasn't felt cold in my kilt.

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    Ry'n ni yma o hyd, er gwaethaf pawb a phopeth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jimmy View Post
    Over the last couple of weeks I attended three different Burns celebrations. I was of course kilted at all events.
    The temperature in Glasgow over the last few weeks has been roughly minus five or six ( I know that many places like Chicago were experiencing much colder weather and hopefully the city is starting to recover ).

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    I can honestly say that myself and another companion who was also kilted seemed to fair better in the cold. Certainly having eight yards of wool from waist to knees and heavy woollen hose climbing to the knees seemed to work a treat in keeping the cold out.
    It's been around 26F / 3.3C around here. Surprisingly to yours truly, it hasn't felt cold in my kilt.

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    Ry'n ni yma o hyd, er gwaethaf pawb a phopeth.

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    Living in Chicago and having that little spell of sub-frigid weather just now there were times that I wish I had my kilt on instead of jeans and thermal underwear...sadly, the situation called for "civilian" dress. We're looking at an ice storm followed by a roller coaster of temperatures and I have been informed that my little group will, in spite of all that, be meeting for cocktails this Friday evening...all things considered, it looks like they're in for a treat and I'm going to go with the warmer dress alternative.

    Yes...I have found it to be warmer in a kilt...the odd updraft not withstanding. I still can't understand the folks who don't get it and tell me otherwise...obviously they've never doen the kilt thing.

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    But you could not have worn the kilt last week, according to reports that if skin was exposed for at least ten minutes , you would suffer frostbite, hopefully that would not have been the case if you were commando

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    Quote Originally Posted by auld argonian View Post
    Living in Chicago and having that little spell of sub-frigid weather just now there were times that I wish I had my kilt on instead of jeans and thermal underwear...sadly, the situation called for "civilian" dress. We're looking at an ice storm followed by a roller coaster of temperatures and I have been informed that my little group will, in spite of all that, be meeting for cocktails this Friday evening...all things considered, it looks like they're in for a treat and I'm going to go with the warmer dress alternative.

    Yes...I have found it to be warmer in a kilt...the odd updraft not withstanding. I still can't understand the folks who don't get it and tell me otherwise...obviously they've never doen the kilt thing.

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    AA
    I get a near-constant updraft/movement of cold air upward. Trousers, on the other hand, are a "closed system."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Katia View Post
    I get a near-constant updraft/movement of cold air upward.
    Must be the way you walk, Katia!!

    Alan

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    Basic physics. Heat rises.
    Ol' Macdonald himself, a proud son of Skye and Cape Breton Island
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    Well I just stood outside for a while in 18 deg F with no wind, and got cold just from air moving around, even wearing long boxer briefs. So it really wouldn't have mattered how much yardage was in the kilt . When it was time to XC ski in a kilt on Robbie Burns day, it was sunny and about 25F. I wore tights, and skin colored shin protectors made for horseback riding but pulled up over my knees, and was comfortable. My friend Mark got by with bared knees. We are both skinny. Whatever it takes! I just know what I need to wear. I'm the one in the red shirt.

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    Living in Beijing, the winters were very long and mercilessly cold. Yet I found that I could comfortably wear my kilt most winter days. The key was bundling up my torso: turtleneck + shetland sweater + Harris Tweed jacket + heavy wool scarf + balmoral bonnet. And don't forget gloves!

    Good underwear helps, too. But strong winds can be demoralizing, even with all that.

    My new kilt is much heavier (13 oz. vs. 11 oz. and 8 yards instead of 5). So it would work even better. But now I'm back in the tropics (outside Hong Kong), so it never gets as bone-chilling as Beijing.

    Andrew

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