01-19-2016, 05:42 AM
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I've heard the argument that having a bear in winter means you're warmer... and as someone with a well groomed mustache and trimmed goatee I take offence to that idea... after all, it's been rather cold in Norway these last few days, and... well, lets look at a photo from Shackleton's Trans Antartic Expedition shall we?
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Your breath is humid, humid means water, water freezes, and there you go. Not too pleasant, and certainly not warm. Back in the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration this was well known, as shown in this excerpt from Roald Amundsen's book about his Antartic Expedition in 1910-11:
Quote:When the meal is over, one of them calls for scissors and looking-glass, and then one may see the Polar explorers dressing their hair for the approaching Sunday. The beard is cut quite short with the clipper every Saturday evening; this is done not so much from motives of vanity as from considerations of utility and comfort. The beard invites an accumulation of ice, which may often be very embarrassing. A beard in the Polar regions seems to me to be just as awkward and unpractical as -- well, let us say, walking with a tall hat on each foot. As the beard-clipper and the mirror make their round, one after the other disappears into his bag, and with five "Good-nights," silence falls upon the tent. The regular breathing soon announces that the day's work demands its tribute.
While the weather was a wee bit colder for Amundsen, I do agree with him; beard and winter don't mix well. Thankfully I don't stay out in the cold, or I would shave what I got off...

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 01-19-2016, 05:46 AM
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(01-19-2016, 05:42 AM)WegianWarrior Wrote: I've heard the argument that having a bear in winter means you're warmer... and as someone with a well groomed mustache and trimmed goatee I take offence to that idea... after all, it's been rather cold in Norway these last few days, and... well, lets look at a photo from Shackleton's Trans Antartic Expedition shall we?
[Image: 480805705-lionel-greenstreet-his-beard-f...2BuA%3D%3D]
Your breath is humid, humid means water, water freezes, and there you go. Not too pleasant, and certainly not warm. Back in the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration this was well known, as shown in this excerpt from Roald Amundsen's book about his Antartic Expedition in 1910-11:
Quote:When the meal is over, one of them calls for scissors and looking-glass, and then one may see the Polar explorers dressing their hair for the approaching Sunday. The beard is cut quite short with the clipper every Saturday evening; this is done not so much from motives of vanity as from considerations of utility and comfort. The beard invites an accumulation of ice, which may often be very embarrassing. A beard in the Polar regions seems to me to be just as awkward and unpractical as -- well, let us say, walking with a tall hat on each foot. As the beard-clipper and the mirror make their round, one after the other disappears into his bag, and with five "Good-nights," silence falls upon the tent. The regular breathing soon announces that the day's work demands its tribute.
While the weather was a wee bit colder for Amundsen, I do agree with him; beard and winter don't mix well. Thankfully I don't stay out in the cold, or I would shave what I got off...
Depends on where you are. Back in the day when I had a beard it was noticeably warmer in our Florida winters

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 01-19-2016, 09:04 AM
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Dunno never had a beard long enough to really make a difference

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 01-19-2016, 09:06 AM
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I refuse to wear a beard, so I don't care what season it is - I'll always shave.

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 01-19-2016, 09:27 AM
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(01-19-2016, 05:46 AM)Mouser Wrote: Depends on where you are. Back in the day when I had a beard it was noticeably warmer in our Florida winters

"Florida winter" sounds like a contradiction in terms... an oxymoron if you like. If the lake isn't frozen over it ain't winter; it's either late fall or early spring Biggrin

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 01-19-2016, 10:18 AM
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(01-19-2016, 09:27 AM)WegianWarrior Wrote:
(01-19-2016, 05:46 AM)Mouser Wrote: Depends on where you are. Back in the day when I had a beard it was noticeably warmer in our Florida winters

"Florida winter" sounds like a contradiction in terms... an oxymoron if you like. If the lake isn't frozen over it ain't winter; it's either late fall or early spring Biggrin

"Florida winter" was Christmas with my family in shorts and a t shirt. I have family in Florida they don't even own jackets.

As far as the beard makes you warmer ,maybe a zz top beard or one that is long. Longest I've ever had my beard was about 4 inches in the longest spot and it made no difference to me.

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 01-19-2016, 10:20 AM
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Are you telling me when you shaved your beard off your face didn't feel cooler? Mine sure as hell did.

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 01-19-2016, 10:22 AM
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(01-19-2016, 10:20 AM)Mouser Wrote: Are you telling me when you shaved your beard off your face didn't feel cooler? Mine sure as hell did.

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Yup!

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 01-19-2016, 10:23 AM
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(01-19-2016, 10:20 AM)Mouser Wrote: Are you telling  me when you shaved your beard off your face didn't feel cooler?  Mine sure as hell did.

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Cooler yes, did it keep my face from freezing when I had it ? No

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 01-19-2016, 10:23 AM
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No beard. No way.  No thanks.

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 01-19-2016, 10:24 AM
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(01-19-2016, 10:23 AM)John Wayne Wrote:
(01-19-2016, 10:20 AM)Mouser Wrote: Are you telling  me when you shaved your beard off your face didn't feel cooler?  Mine sure as hell did.

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Cooler yes, did it keep my face from freezing when I had it ? No
Didn't say it did, but it was warmer. At least mine was.

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 01-19-2016, 10:41 AM
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When I made my southern patrol on a USCG Icebreaker all the  pollywogs who survived crossing the equator and Neptune's initiation ( eating PPURPLE K  and being doused with oceanwater) all grew beards. They  quickly shaved.

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 01-19-2016, 10:47 AM
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The next hipster movement will not be beard jewelry anymore. It will be beard icicles. Just wait and watch.

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 01-19-2016, 11:18 AM
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Winter shaving is more important for me than any other time of the year. No mater how much oil I use (lotions are not up to the task) my skin always flakes and shaving get me effectively exfoliated.

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 01-19-2016, 11:27 AM
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Last year I had a winter beard. I am not going to repeat it. I didn't like the feeling, it wasn't very comfortable during sleeping for example. I'll always shave.

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 01-19-2016, 12:46 PM
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My beard grows in quite pathetically, which is why I don't even have the option to grow a true beard regardless of season.  

Oddly enough, I am growing my hair this winter, which is unusual for me... Confused

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 01-19-2016, 12:58 PM
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I tried No Shave November. I shaved in two weeks. I like how my beard grows but I like shaving more. It's a hobby!

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 01-19-2016, 01:20 PM
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I have icing issues here in Florida during the winter so freezing my beard is an issuer .... No not really. But I really just enjoy having a clean shave


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 01-19-2016, 09:18 PM
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Haven't grown one since last winter. I like the look of it but I just enjoy shaving way more.

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 01-19-2016, 09:26 PM
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Surely I wasn't the only one who pictured this when presented with the words "Frozen" and "Beard"...

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"Let it snow... Let it grow..."

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