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Thread: How to keep warm in a high seat?

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    How to keep warm in a high seat?

    I know there are lots of clothing solutions to keeping warm but no matter what clothes I wear I still get cold after sitting for an hour or so. By two hours I'm shaking too much to shoot at anything.

    Does anyone have any non-clothing related suggestions as to how to stay warm when sitting up there in the cold? Now to people who do it for a living keep themselves warm when sitting, or lying, out in the cold for long periods?

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    Given that its 3.30am and I am just about to set off to drive to my patch to sit in a high seat for a few hours, the only thing I have found that works for me is plenty of layers! Depending on distance to high seat, it can be a bit of warm walk at times.



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    I once sat in a high seat in Germany that was -15 and had a 25 MPH wind speed so after that I thought that is was important to be able to keep warm. So my advice first is a good hand warmer, not these charcoal stick things but one that runs off lighter fuel, they are very good. Put it in your breast pocket near your flesh so it heats up the blood from you heart. Layers are important but not too tight, fleece is very warm, with thinsulate hat & gloves. Also you must keep dry.

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    Do you use a cushion? If not, heat will be sucked out of you faster than a vampire sucks blood. I use one of these;

    It gets carried in my roe-sack, along with latex gloves, plastic bags etc. I also bought a stupid coat from the USA. I call it "the stupid coat", because it has to be so cold you have to be stupid to go out in it! It is an LL Bean waterfowling jacket, with a zip out liner. Nothing like the fleece zip out liners in the Deerhunter jackets et-al, this makes you look like the michelin man. Or in my case, more like the michelin man It is a hollow fibre filled zip in liner, and the outer is not that breatheable, but it is very waterproof. With cushion, waterproof trousers, thermal underwear and plenty of layers I was fine at minus 17 degrees C last year, all apart from my fingers. I need better gloves.

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    Sitting on something warm is important to me, so when I have climbed into the highseat I open my gunslip, remove rifle and
    unzip the gunslip full length so that I can sit on the inside surface which is fleece lined and very heat reflective.

    This leaves the rest of the gunslip length hanging free and this is pulled over my lap leaving me quite cosy.

    Very simple and very effective !!


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    A really good way that i and a friend use is a form of building insulation. Cellotex or polystyrien excuse the spelling, you can get it in different thicknesses and cut it in to a seat shape you want and then put it in a water proof cover. You will feel a lot warmer.
    Last edited by 270rem; 13-11-2010 at 18:51.

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    when its really cold i use pac boots, lacrosse i think. they have rubber foot leather laceup top and a big thick removable thermal liner. i also use a head over type of scarf to stop draft getting down neck and as someone else says layers starting with a thermal or norgie type top. my brother bought me a fleece body warmer with electrically heated pads on the chest (i think the kidneys would be better) which is not as good as i had hoped, maplins sell them along with heated hats and socks.
    I find i get coldest with wind rather than absolute temperature so if you have a choice of seats this may be a consideration

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    You must have a warm base to sit on. I use a felt roll up pad from
    Then wrap my felt gunslip also from the same shop, around my waist to protect my kidney area, I have a loden rucksack bought cheap which carries my stuff to the high seat then as it is now empty I lay it over my upper thighs where the tension equals getting no insulation from my trousers and finally, after 10 years of trying everything I have found that an old green sheepskin full length coat that cost me only 15euros its the only apparal that really cuts the cold winds and provides warmth the fold up collar really helps too and it is also quiet when moving about on the seat.
    Dont believe just my word but try a sheepskin coat of any colour first to prove this out before buying one but not if it is likely to rain.
    Make a hand muff out of and old wool or sheepskin coats arm, it looks like ***** but who will see you up there anyway stuff it in the rucksack on the way to and from the seat.

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    Get one of those canister gas heaters we have them installed in ours, mind you we also have full brewing up facilities . no I am not joking

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    3 or 4 layers of thin clothing,base layers that trap air between them.this will insulate you as the trapped air warms up.thin and thick pairs of socks will do the same.
    a good woolly hat will stop the heat loss from the head as 80% of your body heat is lost via the head.
    moving the toes will circulate the blood so toes should be warm.
    polystyrene will conduct heat away from the body so avoid this as a friend of mine nearly died from laying on some of this whilst kipping rough.
    if ur feet are that bad then you can get sock warmers,they run on a 9vlt battery and will keep toes well warm.
    plenty of warm liquids will keep the core temp up.
    its not all about looking the part but being warm,id sooner look a **** and be warm than cold and look good.
    women's tights are also a good way to keeping your legs warm

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