How to Stay Warm at the Winter Olympics in South Korea

February 12, 2018

How to Stay Warm at the Winter Olympics in South Korea

The Winter Olympics never take place in places like the UK simply because a real winter is required for these games to happen. 5 minute of random snow on a random day is not enough. The problem with "real winter" is that most of us don't know how to deal with it, not for long periods of time outdoors. So how do you stay warm at the Winter Olympics in South Korea? I mean, you don't want to freeze, right?

Sunglasses

"Wait? Is this the right post? I was reading about how to stay warm at the Winter Olympics. So how will sunglasses help you stay warm?"

Actually, they won't.

Have glasses to stay safe at Winter Olympics.

They will prevent you from going blind though, and we are not talking "blind due to the sun's rays blocking what you are looking at" kind of blind. We are talking "can't see for half of the Olympics" kind of blind.

Most people won't know this as they wouldn't search for it which is why it's important to mention it. 

Sunglasses are advertised for summer, but they are as important in Winter.

In winter, the sun is at a lower position and a different angle than in the summer. You will be exposed to the sun for many hours and that exposure can lead to snow blindness which can prevent you from seeing and potentially lead to irreversible damage.

Most recently, snow blindness contributed to the death of a mountaineer climbing Nanga Parbat at the end of January.

The problem with snow is that it's great at reflecting the sun...right into your eyes. And you will without a doubt see snow at the Olympics so get yourself a good pair of sunglasses.

Layer Up

People often think that just wearing a warm coat is enough. But if you really want to stay warm at the Winter Olympics in South Korea, you need to use layers and more importantly, the right layers.

You should have 3-layers when going to the Winter Olympics.

The base layer is basically your t-shirt. A lot of people make a mistake here as they wear products made from cotton. The problem with cotton is that once moisture hits it, it will make you cold. For the Olympics though, you should wear a light long sleeve instead of a t-shirt, and from the right materials. The best choice is to either use shirts from synthetics like polyester or nylon or if you choose something natural, then either silk or merino wool.

The mid layer is what will provide the actual insulation. A light or semi-light coat. A turtleneck. A fleece jumper. Something that you know will keep you warm.

Have a turtleneck to stay warm at Winter Olympics in South Korea

The outer layer is what protects you from the wind, rain, and snow. See, this isn't necessarily the warmest piece of clothing, but it's what protects you from being wet. Now, of course, you can still use something warm here to be extra warm, but the purpose of the last layer is to keep your other layers and essentially you, dry. 

Have an outer layer to stay warm and dry at Winter Olympics in South Korea

If you this advice on layers, you will stay warmer at the Winter Olympics in South Korea!

And when it comes to your lower body, wear leg warmers or tights underneath your trousers. 

Heat Yourself Up

Since the last Winter Olympics took place, DiCaprio has won his first Oscar, we launched a re-usable rocket into space, actually, to put things into real perspective, the iPhone 6 wasn't even out then. That's how long ago that was.

And you weren't able to heat yourself up with technology either.

Now you can.

Torch 2.0 is a coat heater that you put into the inside of your coat. Layers are great, but they can't add heat. They can only prevent the cold from coming in. Add a Torch Coat Heater to your coat, and you actually add heat of up to 135 °F or 57 °C without adding any bulk to your coat.

Torch 2.0 Coat Heater on a coat

And of course, you aren't at the Winter Olympics just to watch. It happens once every four years. You probably want to take videos and pictures. If your phone dies, Torch 2.0 is powered by a portable charger meaning that you can also charge your phone with it.

Torch 2.0 Portable Charger to have power at Winter Olympics in South Korea.

What About Your Hands and Feet?

It's great to know how to keep your upper body warm, but hands and feet tend to be the coldest parts of our bodies when out in the cold. Even using gloves isn't enough to keep our hands warm sometimes.

That's why we also made Torch Heated Gloves that can make your fingers feel in heaven for up to 6 hours.

But what if these get wet if there's electricity involved? Don't worry. They are water resistant.

And we didn't forget about your feet either. They won't freeze. Our Torch Heated Insoles can provide you with up to 145 °F or 62 °C of heat and can last up to 7 hours.

Stay Warm at the Winter Olympics in South Korea

Torch 2.0 Coat Heater on a luggage.

If you want to stay warm ar the Winter Olympics, layer up and use technology. These two combined will keep you warm in the most extreme environments. And stay safe by using sunglasses. It's not weird to wear them in winter.

Written by Michael Smolski.


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