10 pieces of cold-weather gear troops love to love
By STARS AND STRIPES Published: February 1, 2019
Stars and Stripes reporter Chad Garland took to Twitter for a highly unscientific poll of servicemembers and veterans on their favorite “snivel gear” — that would be military slang for cold-weather equipment.
Here’s what they had to say.
Aka the poncho liner, this camouflage nylon polyester blanket is much beloved.
Field jacket liner
Also known as a smoking jacket, it doubles as a pillow and in the olden days could be sewn into a wet-weather parka for added comfort.
It’s a classic.
Being covered nose to shoulders is underrated. Plus, there are many other possible uses.
Chin straps forever.
This thin lightweight layer was the most-mentioned long underwear.
Beanie or watch cap
Regardless or whether you’re in the Army or a naval service, whether it’s fleece or wool, whether you call it a beanie or a watch cap, don’t disregard these head-warmers in cold weather.
Another popular type of long underwear with its checked pattern for comfy insulating air pockets. Some people know it as a “grid fleece,” but soldiers have opinions on that.
Overalls, mounted crewmen’s and aircrewmen’s
Hey, they’re 100 percent Aramid.
Humvee heater hose
As grown by author and Alaska Air National Guard rescue squadron commander Matthew Komatsu.
Hands in pockets
Sure it’s not technically a piece of gear and certain staff noncommissioned officers might not agree, but Stars and Stripes reporter J.P. Lawrence recommends this.
MRE heaters in your gloves
Also, your gloves are so much tastier than that veggie omelet.
More than one person mentioned their discharge paperwork.
Waffle top, gaiter neck, woobie, and fleece cap are probably the most essential.— Approximately Jane (@sgtjanedoe) January 31, 2019
Gloves, warm socks, and cold weather boots are probably the most underrated, mostly because most bases are in temperate climates and not many Soldiers know the joy of pulling guard in the snow.
Much more than a Poncho liner. That is Woobie... A GRUNTS best friend 😉🤨🇺🇸👍 pic.twitter.com/hOxPqTFM5Y— 82nd13Fox (@82nd13) January 31, 2019
Smoking jacket. Classy and timeless. I kept mine and the smoking jacket pants I got my hands on. Woobie is the obvious answer but it sits in a league of its own as it is magical.— Matt Crowder (@mattcrowder07) February 1, 2019
Since I was never issued a field jacket liner (I know super sad), this sweater was/is/always will be my go-to piece of snivel gear. It’s so awesome, my mini me tactically acquired one from me. pic.twitter.com/6HKsbRlTP3— sweetmamadcb (@sweetmamadcb) January 31, 2019
We have a winner! The neck gaiter is the most flexible piece of equipment the military gives you. It is a hat, a hand warmer, a neck warmer, a facemask, a footwarmer, a helmetliner, a pillow, a blinder when you need to sleep when there is too much light and so much more...— Carl Lambrecht (@CALambrecht) January 31, 2019
The pile cap. It’s stylish all on its own AND it fit under your Kevlar helmet! pic.twitter.com/a1XjWNuBEc— Irv (@432iO) February 1, 2019
Silk weights FTW!— Andy Kauffman (@AndyKauffman) January 31, 2019
Remember the black ones with the hood? ("Ninja Suit") I once had an LT tell me to put it on, we were going to go test the defensive measures of a Retrans site.
My beanie is a decade old and I'm wearing it right now. pic.twitter.com/RhEElM3Nld— Texas Nomad 🇺🇸 (@TexasNomad1) January 31, 2019
The woobie is overrated. Waffle top all day.— Jason S. Dozier (@jasonsdozier) January 31, 2019
A HMMWV heater hose shoved directly up your uniform top— Michael Stahlke (@MichaelStahlke) January 31, 2019
When it got cold enough, the heaters from the MREs in your gloves. That thing will light you up.— Nichole Hobson (@Hobson_Nichole) January 31, 2019
My DD-214 is the best snivel gear around I sometimes see people in commercials training hard outside in the cold and I get a warm feeling knowing my 214 is tucked in a folder at my parents house— Just Steve (@LiteSteve) January 31, 2019