Getting Dressed Canadian Lumberjack Style: Do You Know What To Wear Out Into The Cold?

Lumberjacks in the Midwest and Canada work most of the year, but at some point, they need to work in very cold weather. When they do, they know exactly what to don to feel warm while they work. If you are going to be spending a lot of time in cold weather this year, you should know how to dress like a Canadian lumberjack. Here is what you will need. 

Long Johns

Also known as long underwear, this layer of protection is worn closest to your skin. There are thermal varieties, moisture-wicking varieties, and skin-hugging varieties that can help you to avoid losing body heat. In the past, lumberjacks generally liked to wear at least one pair. Theirs had drop-bottom "hatches" for when they needed to use the outhouse or go in the woods, but modern long johns are conveniently sold as tops and bottoms so that you can take off the bottoms easily in the restroom. You can choose to wear regular underwear (and a bra, if you so choose) under the long johns, but a lot of people just go without their regular underwear. 

Men's Double Pocket Flannel Shirt

Cotton flannel keeps lumberjacks warm while moving with them as they work. Having pockets means you have someplace to put your pipe and tobacco or whatever else you want to carry around with you. Red and black is the traditional pattern for lumberjacks, but these flannel shirts come in a variety of colors and cross-color patterns. 

Pull-on Pants with Suspenders

Pull-on pants that you do not mind getting dirty are important to this cold weather ensemble. Add suspenders and make sure you tuck the flannel shirt inside the waistband of the pants. You will not want snow getting in between your shirt and your long johns while you work. 

Steel-Toed Boots

Modern lumberjacks have steel-toed boots. This is one of the few "upgrades" they have made from the days when lumberjacks did not have steel plates protecting their toes inside their boots. If you cut down a tree back then and it landed on your feet, your toes were gone. Now, your toes have some decent protection in the event that something heavy falls on the toes of your boots. 

Hat and Gloves

A hat is necessary to keep your head warm and to keep falling snow off of your head. If snow falls from a branch above you, it will land on your hat first, not your head. As for your hands, you absolutely have to have gloves and not mittens if you are going to properly swing an ax or make a snowball. 

For more information on warm clothing such as the men's double-pocket flannel shirt, contact a clothing store.