Olli in a storm
Clothing for a arctic expedition is rather simple business in a way, there is loads of info and experience all ready only here in Finland. We have been around mountains and tundras of lapland so this is easy thing for us. We go with layers, merino undergarmnets to go next to skin, fleece to use in the middle as extra warmth and hard shell on the top to keep the elements out. In addition there is few garments to wear at camp and on pauses during the days skiing.
Expedition uses Marmots Goretex clothes that are made from the finest ProShell-fabric. ProShell takes a lot of wear and keeps all kind of weather our and is naturally fully waterproof. Even its quite cold on the glacier we dont need to worry that much of getting cold as pulling a 85kg sledge creates plenty of warmth.
Our choice is Marmot Alpinist jacket and Alpinist Bib pants. We add a fur lining to the hood of the jacket to keep wind and spindrift out from our faces. Good hood is important when the wind gets strong. Alpinist Bib is a gore pant that has a softer upper vestlike upper part.
During pauses and when working around the camp we need to stay warm. Marmot Greenland Parka is expeditions choice to keep us nice and cozy. Jacket is suprisingly light weight but still offers a lot of insulation. We will also do a MYOG insulated skirt made from excellent fabrics from Shelby. Down pants are heavy and not good for moving with heavy sledge so we get the protection we need from this skirt. Yes, its super manly to wear a skirt in Greenland. Weight and usage are the important things.
We will spent at least half of our time in the tent. Down jacket is not good choice indoors due condensation so we use Marmot Variant jackets as our tent garment. Chest of the jacket is insulated with light synthetic material and otherwise its made like a fleece jacket.
Middle and underlayer
Basis of clothing one is the underlayer. We use Smartwools 250g/m2 thick merino shirts and pants. Merino is the way to go in the arctic, it does not stink after first sweat and it warms even when moist from sweat. We trust in these so much that we take only two sets for the whole trip per person. Still we are genuine gentlemen so we take three pairs of merino boxers to go.
Middle layer is used to maintain body heat when it gets cold. Bodytemps are very personal and other just blast away with a underlayer and shell on top of it even it get very cold. If we need to get more warmth we have a set of Marmots Strech fleece shirts and pants. Last weeks of our expedition are during late may and it might be quite warm even on the glacier. So if we need we just use these middle layers as tops and go without a shell on it.
We have used Lorpen for years and it nice thing for us to get our socks from them to this trip. In simplicity it goes like this; merino liner sock plus a heavier skiing sock on top of it. Double socks work like layering on the clothes, even feets sweat they keep warm. We also have pair of VBL-socks if it gets super cold or moist. During long evenings in the tent we use down booties to be snug.
When it gets really cold you need to be sure that hands keep warm to avoid frostbites. Thing is that you need to do something with them all the time, ski, eat during the pauses, put the tent up and work with water when melting ice to drink and so on. We have a selection of gloves to fit our different needs and all types of weather. We use Smartwool merino liner gloves and Marmot Powerstrech gloves practically all the time in the tent and under other heavier gloves. For skiing we have Marmot Spring gloves and selfmade woolen mittens plus overgloves called "tuhero" in finnish. Tuhero is a big overglove without thumbs and that are wind and waterproof that has a hole for poles. So you just pull it top of the other gloves and poles to keep your fingers nice and toasty. We make these from Shelbys fabrics ourselfs.
To keep our ( rather bald ) heads warm we have a selection of hats from merino woolen light hats to Marmots heavier hats. We also take few tube neckershiefs and windproof Marmot neck gaiter with us for tougher conditions.