Come one come all to cheap warmth!
Hi someone asked about great long underwear or base layers. I found a neat long underwear base layer at REI's clearance section. They were an awesome chance encounter! Mine had just split seams from too many years of use. These were only about $20 to boot.
REI Lightweight Polartec Power Dry Long Underwear Bottoms - Men's by REI
The REI Lightweight Polartec® Power Dry® long underwear bottoms are an excellent performance insulation layer for aerobic activities in cold weather.
So these guys got a test in "trial by fire". I got purchased them and next week we were on the trail to the Polar Star inn. It's a cabin in the 10th mountain Division's hut system near Vail , cooper, Breckenridge, Eagle etc Colorado. People traverse back to these remote huts and yurts and cabins that are miles away from civilization. Guiding this group back there was a welcome break from city life :)
We were exposed to 50 degree warm days and -20 cold extremes on top of New York mountain. They were flexible enough in movement and warmth to handle all I needed. I could've saved space and left my heavy Polartec fleece pants at home! Work duty ranged from carrying the group's gear around to having to race out in 4 minute miles to get a sick client back to a hospital. (Beware of Altitude sickness and drink plenty of water/Gatorade before scaling mountains!)
The underwear base layer did a marvelous job. I plan on keep using in in trips and around the house since my roommates like the thermostat at 60 degrees!