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Cold Legs? You Need Puffy Pants.

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Since the time of my birth in sunny Southern California, I’ve suffered from what I call chronically cold-person syndrome. Unfortunately, I also suffer from a love of winter and shoulder-season outdoor activities. Between base layers, midlayers, and down jackets, there are ample ways to bundle your upper body, but there are far fewer options for your lower limbs. Base layers are, of course, a smart part of the equation, yet they don’t quite suffice during static activities like sleeping. I’d resigned myself to perpetually cold legs, until I discovered that there are, in fact, puffy jackets for your legs. One particular pair, Mountain Hardwear’s Stretchdown pant ($250), offers the perfect combination of warmth and functionality.