I am sure all my friends have experienced the (bloody) cold and snow as of late and I think there is more to come. Much complaining, I feel, of freezing weather and staying at home, hypothermia and chilly legs… but, surely one can get over this?
Yes you can, by wearing a pair of good ol’ Long Johns (LJ).
Indeed, they were worn in ye ol times when it was much colder than our mildly warm snowy winters and now the cold has come back, we should no longer complain about our legs freezing, or indeed our bodies. The places most vulnerable to cold are our limbs.
Take for example the sock. We usually wear a pair of short ones that cover about only a quarter of or bare leg. There leaves 3/4 of the leg essentially bare. Yes, the trousers cover them but as you know, the trouser has an opening at the end and that is where the wind will blow in and thus expose the bare leg to a chilling gust. We wrap our entire bodies in layers of clothes that are air tight and leave no area bare except the face and yet there is this opening in the defenses that is unpleasant all the same.
Wearing a pair of LJs creates an extra layer, sectioning the bare leg off from the wind chill factor. This also stops heat from escaping from the leg as well as providing insulation. Contrary to popular belief, they do not overheat your legs. They absorb excess moisture as well as traps heat from the wind.
There are a number of places to get a pair of LJs. The best ones are made from a natural material like cotton or pure silk/rayon whilst the cheaper ones are polyester *spit* mix which can do just as well.
If you like something luxurious, a pure silk LJ would be ideal. They are thin yet feel good on the legs and do not overheat.
These are of course a little bit expensive. You can also get a sleeved T-shirt to go with it.
For a cheaper option, you can go for a cotton and rayon (artifical silk) mix.
A mid range LJ that is thick and warm and can be worn at warmer times as well (in fact, I’m wearing this one right now).
For an 100% cotton one it is a bit more expensive than cotton-rayon mix.
Cheaper poly blends can be used for those on a budget.
The same company also makes a slightly shorter version of the LJ.
Essentially, you can wear socks with either type and I don’t know why that the latter is ‘more discrete’ than the former since you pull the socks over the end of the LJ and the former will only be shown if you do not wear socks… However, it probably looks better when you’ve only got the LJ on and nothing else…
For the more adventurous, one can try the ‘union suit’.
This is basically an all in one thermal with a opening at the front and back for your, erm, natural needs. It can be cumbersome however so you really only need it if you are going out in a really cold day or night.
As these are considered underwear, LJs should not be seen in public. You can, however, wear an extra pair of underwear underneath the LJ to prolong the usage of the LJ. But in normal circumstances, they should be worn on their own.
There are many places on the net that sells them so it would be best to do some research. And keep warm!