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#1 Michael Stumpf

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Posted 25 February 2006 - 12:15 PM

So, I've been VERY lucky in my 13 years in this business
to NOT have to really work in cold or even moderate rain.
I've, of course, worked under rain towers or in light drizzle or
sprinkling conditions but never cold constant rain.
Well, my luck has finally run out.

Monday we are suppose to be getting a pretty big
storm coming in and we are shooting "rain or shine" and
of course, it's a big steadicam day.

I've always gotten by with a basic oversized rain coat over the clothes and
a hole cut out so the arm and vest socket blocks can meet.
But I'm thinking I'm going to need a bit more for Monday.

Sooo, can anybody recommend a great pair of waterproof
shoes/boots that are comfortable to operate in (again, in the past I've
just brought an extra pair of shoes that I'd change into once the others
got wet) and can be worn all day in rain and still keep my feet dry?

Also what about gloves? The current gloves I use on cold days
aren't really waterproof.

Thanks in advance for any suggestions.
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#2 jay kilroy

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Posted 25 February 2006 - 01:24 PM

Michael,

I have the EMS "Chilkats" they may be a bit much for LA temps, but I love them. Warm, dry and comfy. They have some great waterproof stuff with out the thinsulate that you might want to check out. Here is the link to their site EMS check it out good luck.

jay

ps they may even have some gloves for you.
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#3 Ramon Engle

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Posted 25 February 2006 - 02:39 PM

After cycling for a few years now much of my foul weather cycling gear has crossed over into my Steadicam package. The beauty of cycling gear is that it strives to be low profile or form fitting which helps when strapped into a harness.

For gloves, pants, jackets, shoe covers that are water proof try these websites

www.performancebike.com

www.nashbar.com


Good luck and let us know how it goes.

Ramon
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#4 Brant S. Fagan SOC

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Posted 25 February 2006 - 05:30 PM

Gents--

My favorite weather gear is from The North Face for body coverage.

For feet in the cold, at temps from 45*F down to about 15*F, I recommend TNF Chilkats with proper wicking boot socks. For feet at temps below this, try a pair of Sorels with said wicking boot socks. NO COTTON!

For extended duty in standing water, try NEOS overboots over your regular X-trainers or even Chilkats for colder and wetter work. For serious water that has no mercy, try boots from Bogs. Neoprene and great treads for wet, sloppy sets.

For headware, try the Seattle Sombrero from Outdoor Research. Never lets me down, snow or rain.

I have pulled all this stuff out on my latest feature, "Stiffs," which just wrapped yesterday in Boston. Every day I showed up we had snow including the "Blizzard of '06," which hit on day 6 of a 6-day week.

Good luck!

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Brant S. Fagan, SOC
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#5 nick franco

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Posted 25 February 2006 - 09:48 PM

I second the Seattle Sombrero. For boots I'm using Lowa Renegades, water proof, comes over the ankle, good stuff. I think I got them at REI in northridge.
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#6 Brad Grimmett

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Posted 25 February 2006 - 10:23 PM

Merrell makes a pretty good variety of waterproof shoes and boots, and they're super comfortable. The waterproof styles are also very warm.
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#7 Brad Olander

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Posted 26 February 2006 - 12:49 AM

I highly recommend these (the Keen Targhee):

http://www.rei.com/o...vcat=REI_SEARCH

They are waterproof, but not too hot to wear in SoCal the rest of the year.
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#8 Michael Stumpf

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Posted 26 February 2006 - 11:17 AM

Thanks all for the tips on the water gear.
Now time to go shopping and FINALLY after all these
years get some proper rain gear for my body!

Michael
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#9 Michael Stumpf

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Posted 01 March 2006 - 11:04 PM

Just a quick note of thanks to those of you who replied here, called me and/or emailed
me with suggestions.

I went to REI and spent like $470 for new rain gear for
myself and hot damn I got lucky again.
Knocked off 3 walk and talks with only a VERY light sprinkle of rain that lasted
a minute or so.
Then it was all dolly work under cover when the downpour began!!
Didn't even need to break out the new gear. :D

Thanks again, now after all these years, I'm finally prepared with
proper rain gear instead of just some lame rain coats.
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#10 Alec Jarnagin SOC

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Posted 02 March 2006 - 12:55 AM

Michael,

Great thing for your kit - even in LA LA land. I must have well over a grand worth of foul weather gear (a bit more necessary here) under the attitude that there is no such thing as bad weather - just bad clothes. Of course, I think that is a lot of hog wash because I hate shooting in the rain....

You are lucky. Monday night was my last night in LA and I thought of you as I watched buckets falling from the sky during dinner.
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#11 Michael Stumpf

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Posted 03 March 2006 - 12:40 AM

LOL, thanks for the thought Alec.
The new rain clothes might get it's first tryout tomorrow (or Monday and Tuesday)
as it's suppose to rain here again those days.
We're exteriors tomorrow, but not sure where we are at Monday and Tuesday
as I haven't looked at the advance.
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#12 Marc_Abernathy

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Posted 04 March 2006 - 08:05 PM

mike,

curious.. im looking for some nice kicks so which shoe did you end up getting?
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#13 Michael Stumpf

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Posted 05 March 2006 - 10:03 AM

Got the Merrell's.
They were like $110 but were SUPER comfortable and waterproof.
They are high-top shoes.
Looked at the Lowa's, but they were $180 and didn't feel
anymore comfortable and I didn't like the styling as well.

REI didn't carry the NEOS overboots, but I've seen them and they
would work great too.
The Chillkats were huge and seemed more appropriate for snow.
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#14 Marc_Abernathy

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Posted 08 March 2006 - 12:37 AM

thx for the feedback mike... im off to look for some.. i likes those merrels also...
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#15 Charles Papert

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Posted 08 March 2006 - 01:40 AM

On the subject of "kicks"--I'm breaking in a new pair of Nike Huarache 2K5 shoes (currently on sale at
Sports Chalet) which are blowing me away--amazing support, stability and comfort in a lightwight basketball shoe.

And speaking of Sports Chalet, they are selling their cold-weather gear at 30% off at the moment--good opportunities to pick those pricey North Face/Columbia etc. stuff for a nice price.
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