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Old 11-09-2020, 06:00   #1
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Grundens gear for cold-weather sailing on Lake Superior

I'm going to spend much of the next few weeks sailing on Lake Superior and am shopping for cold-weather gear today. The Grundle stuff looks solid. Does anyone recommend that or anything else?
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Re: Grundle gear for cold-weather sailing on Lake Superior

I assume you mean Grundens. I think grundle means something very different. By all accounts Grundens weather gear">foul weather gear is a great value.
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I assume you mean Grundens. I think grundle means something very different. By all accounts Grundens foul weather gear is a great value.
Yes. I meant Grundens. I should know better than to try to type without my glasses! I have vision problems related to the flickering lights of computer screens (cellphones--forget about it!), which is a problem given that I'm a writer by trade. This is the reason I'm semi-retired at a relatively young age. Now I'll have to google "grundle" and make sure I'm not describing some disgusting act that involves an elaborate system of levers and pulleys and a 50-gallon drum of animal fat.
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Googled it! Apparently a grundle is the medical term for what the kids are calling a "taint" these days.
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Re: Grundle gear for cold-weather sailing on Lake Superior

Nice, but I didnt see anything, Id consider true cold water gear
https://grundens.com/product-category/mens/
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I'll be wearing at least three layers. I'm used to hunting deer in northern Minnesota, sitting in tree stands for hours when it's 10 below zero. I mostly need the waterproof outer gear. Plus in the future I'm hoping to spend most of my time traveling in tropical climates!
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Nice, but I didnt see anything, Id consider true cold water gear
https://grundens.com/product-category/mens/
They have multiple weights of long-underwear, mid layer fleece and primaloft vests and jackets, and outer layer gortex options.

You should be able to make that work.
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I'm a northerner--I know how to keep my grundle toasty warm!
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I'm a northerner--I know how to keep my grundle toasty warm!
due to placement, grundels tend to stay warm on their own

it's the parts far away from the grundel that need something extra
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Re: Grundle gear for cold-weather sailing on Lake Superior

It's all about staying dry and staying warm, so not much different than any other outdoor activity. I'm sure you can find stuff in this collection. Basic principle is layers and flexibility of the system. But physical flexibility and comfort is essential as well.

I have very little special-purpose gear. Mostly just light shirts/pants and various fleece sizes for layering. Then a couple of different out layer options.

I sailed Superior for over a decade. September is usually warm days but cooler nights. It can be some of the best time to be out there. But watch the fronts. They are usually increasing in frequency.
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I sailed Superior for over a decade. September is usually warm days but cooler nights. It can be some of the best time to be out there. But watch the fronts. They are usually increasing in frequency.
We're having a bit of an early cold snap this year, but it's looking like it will warm up to around 60 by Sunday.

The problem with my hunting gear is that it's bulky and not very good for moving around; it's made for sitting stationary in a deer stand for hours on end. I have fleece and polypropylene long underwear but need good water-resistant outer wear. The Grundens look well-designed. I also need good sailing gloves. For hunting I use Goretex mittens with ends that flip up for my trigger finger. Those would be useless for grabbing sheets and tying lines. I think I'll get the Neptune jacket and bibs.
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We're having a bit of an early cold snap this year, but it's looking like it will warm up to around 60 by Sunday.

The problem with my hunting gear is that it's bulky and not very good for moving around; it's made for sitting stationary in a deer stand for hours on end. I have fleece and polypropylene long underwear but need good water-resistant outer wear. The Grundens look well-designed. I also need good sailing gloves. For hunting I use Goretex mittens with ends that flip up for my trigger finger. Those would be useless for grabbing sheets and tying lines. I think I'll get the Neptune jacket and bibs.
Yup, flexibility and comfort is essential for good sailboat foul weather gear. My main outer gear is a Gill OS2 jacket and pants/bib. But I only resort to this when conditions demand. Mostly I'm in a lighter windbreak with appropriate layers.

Gloves are an issue. Those that keep you warm are hard to use. Those that are good to use don't keep you warm. I tried using neoprene gloves for a while but in the last few years I've used motorcycle gloves.

Where are you going on Superior? It's a big lake. The south shore is usually warmer than the north.
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Where are you going on Superior? It's a big lake. The south shore is usually warmer than the north.
We're going to Barker's Island Marina in the town of Superior.
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We're going to Barker's Island Marina in the town of Superior.
I looked at a few boats there years ago. Big yard. Nice facility. I bought our current boat down in Bayfield (La Pointe to be exact), so know the area a bit.

I assume you're going out to the Apostles and possibly Isle Royale. Or are you going further afield?
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I assume you're going out to the Apostles and possibly Isle Royale. Or are you going further afield?
I plan to spend next year getting familiar with my new home on Lake Superior, then head out to the Atlantic and down to the Bahamas the following year. After that, who knows? The girl I'm buying seems capable of taking my grundel anywhere.
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