Originally Posted by dragon360
Andrew Skurka has a write up on them on his site in the Blog section. Might be worth the look.
Originally Posted by Detail Man
Thanks for the link. Some very good info there.
Billy Bob, thanks for your comments as well. I've been learning a lot in the past couple of days about VBs. It's just not been cold enought to experiment with them so far this winter.
You are welcome. I was planning on doing a lot of new testing/experimenting with VBs last winter, but here in the south winter never came.
But re: some of the experiments that I suggest people try - sitting around outside in the cold with a VB and little else to see how much you sweat: I have done some of that testing in a slightly different manner. Sitting around inside at temps around 69 or 70, wearing my Stephenson's Fuzzy stuff VB shirt as my only torso garment. Surprisingly pretty comfortable, with no sweat evident after an hour or so. Humid yes, but no sweat and really not all that bad in the "clammy" department. I really thought I would sweat at those temps, especially my back which was leaning against the recliner. When I feel like I can take some more wifely ridicule and rolled eyes for wearing my duct tape shirt, I will try it again for a longer period.
But I should just shut up: every one read the Andrew Skurka article linked to above. It does an excellent job of explaining the VB approach and it's use both for long trips in the deep freeze ( where it proved essential ) to even more every day, shorter trips or milder condition use. There are also some good comments with folks both agreeing and disagreeing with him. But you kind of have to pay attention to a guy who did 1400 miles in winter on the North Country Trail and then repeated the trip 2 years later, but this time using VBs. It is fascinating to read about his results in both situations. I saved a copy for future ref. Highly recommended.
One of the things he talks about is the poor availabilityl of VB clothing and why it is so. And the problems with VB pants while hiking. And I checked out one of the VB sources he referred to:
Holy cow! Seems much
nicer than Stephensons, but cost maybe 10 times more. I guess that would be the price of not having to wear a duct tape shirt? Plus has venting options and a hood. I was thinking about giving this info out for possible Christmas gifts, which is how I got my Stephensons shirt and socks. Then I saw the price. I'm sure it is much higher quality, and I think some of it has some minimal built in insulation. But way more $!