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Shorts in Low Temps

Postby maverick » Tue Dec 17, 2013 3:39 pm

What are the lowest temps you can/could comfortably wear shorts in? Has your
tolerance for the cold diminished with age? Do you prefer long pants now?
Personally I have worn long pants for a long time and prefer not to apply sunscreen
and/or bug spray through out the day.
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Re: Shorts in Low Temps

Postby Rockchucker » Tue Dec 17, 2013 3:55 pm

I almost never wear shorts, even during the summer. Multiple reasons why, sun, bugs, bushes, temperatures.
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Re: Shorts in Low Temps

Postby RoguePhotonic » Tue Dec 17, 2013 4:07 pm

I haven't worn a pair of shorts for many years although my legs don't really ever get cold. I would probably be fine in them most of the time in the Sierra at least with temperatures.
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Re: Shorts in Low Temps

Postby paul » Tue Dec 17, 2013 5:46 pm

Summer in the Sierra means shorts except in camp. I'm good down into the 50's or lower when hiking, and in the rain I'll usually wear shorts and rain parka. On ski trips I have often been warm enough for shorts, but the quantity of sunscreen required at high altitude on the snow for my legs means I don't do that - instead I wear white lightweight long johns and shorts with wind pants over them, and I'll ski in just the long johns on a warm day.
As I've matured I think I get colder somewhat easier when sitting but when on the move it hasn't changed - I run hot.
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Re: Shorts in Low Temps

Postby sparky » Tue Dec 17, 2013 6:26 pm

I also wear pants always, mainly because I never know when I will be bushwacking. I just roll them up if I feel like it. Instant shorts, and no silly zip off legs
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Re: Shorts in Low Temps

Postby rlown » Tue Dec 17, 2013 7:27 pm

I used to wear shorts, and if it was cold, i'd put the thermals on underneath. A very classic look. :retard: black thermals. with blue shorts. Like a bad old ranger movie. For the last 3 years, i do not carry shorts anymore, except for the ride out.

I use Marine surplus camo pants now. wind proof, double butt, double knee and also mosquito proof. And cheap. No more rubbing on sun screen or bug juice. Not going back. As others have mentioned, bushwacking is easier with the pants.
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Re: Shorts in Low Temps

Postby BrianF » Tue Dec 17, 2013 10:03 pm

Awright, I confess. I am one of those guys that wears shorts in the cold. I have been wearing shorts on a daily basis for at least 40 years, even at work (Contractor) and wearing long pants, unless it is really cold, feels constricting to me. I hear you on the bushwacking tho', came back from a desert peak climb about a month ago looking like I had waded through a cat fight - should have gone long that day! Here in Santa Barbara I wear shorts down into the 40s unless there is a brisk wind, but it always gets up warmer later in the day. Sierra trips are always shorts in the day, long pants in camp when it gets cool or the skeeters come out. If I am hiking it has to be pretty nasty to bring out the pants while I am moving. I'm not stupid, I do wear warm pants in the snow or on cold and windy peaks and below about 45.
Now that I am closing in on 60, I do seem to feel the cold a bit more but not alot more, and more in my hands than anywhere else
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Re: Shorts in Low Temps

Postby LMBSGV » Tue Dec 17, 2013 10:42 pm

I always wear shorts when hiking in the Sierra spring, summer, and fall even when it's snowing on the three occasions I've encountered it. I just feel better hiking in shorts. I put on the polartec pants at the campsite when the temperature drops. At home, I also wear shorts when I run every morning as long as the temperature is above freezing (in San Geronimo Valley it frequently is in the 20s in the morning in winter so the people I see regularly on my run kid me about not wearing shorts due to the cold). Getting older hasn't changed anything except when I'm sedentary in which case I do seem to want to add another layer more than in the past.
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Re: Shorts in Low Temps

Postby The Other Tom » Wed Dec 18, 2013 5:06 am

I wear pants year round while hiking. Keeps the sun and the bugs off. And as others have mentioned, protects the legs while bushwacking.
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Re: Shorts in Low Temps

Postby RooPhillip » Wed Dec 18, 2013 8:06 am

rlown wrote:I used to wear shorts, and if it was cold, i'd put the thermals on underneath. A very classic look. :retard: black thermals. with blue shorts. Like a bad old ranger movie.


:) I hate to admit it, but that's my current hiking look. I never could find pants that didn't feel "constricting", so I started wearing black Under Armor bottoms with shorts over them a couple years ago. Warmth, freedom to move, and a bushwack and granite barrier all in one. I also wear velcro knee braces over the UAs when I hike. Yep, serious dork patrol on the trail!
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Re: Shorts in Low Temps

Postby longri » Wed Dec 18, 2013 10:05 am

I don't know the temperature by its number but I do know by how it feels.

Pants impede movement for me. In the summer I don't even take them unless I'm rock climbing or in the brush, just rain pants (maybe). If it's cold in the morning I go with the dorky look already mentioned. If its raining or really cold and windy I have the rain pants (maybe).

I went into the Sierra just before the shutdown this year and it was snowing lightly at 9000 feet. I left the shorts in the car. It was frikkin' freezing. What temperature was that?
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Re: Shorts in Low Temps

Postby oldranger » Wed Dec 18, 2013 6:43 pm

I wear shorts hiking when temps will be above 50 during the day, but always wear hat, long sleeve shirts and light gloves (when I don't misplace them) for sun protection.

At about the age of 60 I began to notice sleeping cooler. My 20° WM bag is good to 32° if I wear light long underwear, silk turtleneck, and light balaclava. It is good to 20° and below if I add extra long underwear, sweater, and thick fleece headgear.

My peripheral circulation is also going s. and sometimes I have to wear socks to get my feet to warm up early in the evening in my sleeping bag and my hands are getting hard to keep warm when cross-country skiing, even when wearing wool mittens with overshells.

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