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With the help of Fred Finn, the World’s Most Travelled Man, Universal Textiles spread the gift of warmth this winter, donating thousands of pieces of thermal clothing and hats to vulnerable and homeless young people supported by national youth charity, YMCA.
Fred Finn, who has visited 141 countries and travelled over 15 million miles, flew in especially to handover the thermal clothing, swap tips and share experiences with young residents from City YMCA London. With the help of Universal Textiles, Fred will be distributing 1,500 free hats and premium FLOSO thermals totalling £8250 to young people at YMCAs throughout the country.
Having worn Thermals from Universal Textiles for years Fred swears by them, saying:
“The trick to surviving the cold is to wrap up warm and wear more layers. Far too many people overlook the benefits something as simple as putting on an extra layer of thermals. The FLOSO thermals have probably saved my life on many occasions in many different countries where temperatures would otherwise been unbearable.”
With the cost of heating our homes rising and the ever more unpredictable weather, Fred and Universal Textiles hope to spread the word about the under-appreciated benefits of thermal clothing. This is an issue recognised by Suzi Browne, spokesperson for YMCA England, who states:
“Christmas and the winter months can be particularly difficult for those who are sleeping rough or in low income homes and unable to afford the rising costs of heating. We are very grateful to Fred Finn and Universal Textiles for their kind donation, which will be distributed via YMCA services and drop in centres to those who need it most.”
See the links below to just some of the YMCA centres who benefitted from Universal Textiles’ donation.
Get ready for the Cold Snap with Universal Textiles’ Winter Survival Kits.
With the temperatures set to plummet, we have put together a collection of low cost Survival Kits to help you through the cold.
Kits include Thermal Underwear, Gloves, Hats, Scarves, Fleeces, Jackets, Socks, High-Visibilty Vests and Bags.
To view the full Survival Kits and read more about the products and upcoming weather, click here.
Long Janes, also called Long Johns for men, is a style of underwear with long legs which is perfect for the current winter chill.
Usually made from insulating fabrics such as wool or polyester to draw moisture away from the skin, they are perfect for wearing under your normal clothes for work or play, just to add that extra layer of warmth.
Long Jane’s and Johns originate from Matlock in Derbyshire at John Smedley’s Lea Mills, and they named the garment after the late 19th century heavyweight boxer John L Sullivan. They were originally used as loungewear then became popular as sleepwear.
At this time of year it’s important to keep as warm as possible against the elements and we have a wide range of Thermal Underwear to help you do just that.
Thermal clothing works by combining two layers of fabric which trap air between them, thereby keeping in your body’s heat. As they are relatively thin layers of fabric, they allow you to wear them underneath your normal clothes, meaning you don’t need to wear a thick coat. This is ideal if you work in a cold environment or enjoy outdoor pursuits such as skiing or snowboarding, and need to move around a lot. Some thermal underwear also helps to keep you dry as the fibres absorb moisture from the skin and pull it away from the body, preventing you from becoming cold, soggy and frozen.
When choosing thermal underwear, it’s important to consider several factors. Firstly – thickness, depending on the temperature and activity you are engaging in, you will need thicker thermals for colder climates. Secondly, garment care instructions, it is important to find thermals that are easy to care for, such as those which are machine washable and machine dryable. Lastly, the higher quality the garment is, the longer it will last for.
Most of us have drawers full of bulky winter clothing. As spring approaches and the weather becomes milder, we will find ourselves using them less and less. As this happens, we need to think about putting them away to keep them for next year. Items need to be stored properly in order to prevent them being eaten by pests or suffering from damp conditions. After having taken care of them all winter, it would be a shame to find that they are unusable next winter.
Woollen items such as scarves, hats, and winter gloves will all be susceptible to pests such as moths. Wrapping them in tissue paper and storing them with mothballs can be one way in which to prevent this. Leather gloves can be wrapped in cloth too in order to help to keep them in the best condition. Men’s and ladies thermal underwear should not just be pushed to the back of the drawer so that the summer items can sit at the front. Opt for storage bags that can be sealed to prevent insects and moisture getting in.
In order to prevent damp, storage areas need to be kept well ventilated. If possible, items should not be packed too tightly together. This will allow the air to circulate. Using silica gel in the area can also help to keep damp away from items. For items which are to be stored in drawers, adding a sweet smelling bar of soap can help to keep the items smelling fresh throughout the year.
One thing we all need is fresh air. There are times when we simply cannot stay cooped up in the house, no matter how bad the weather, but getting out and about is difficult if we cannot face the cold. This is when it is worthwhile to have the right garments to help keep the cold out. If we venture out into the cold without the help of thermal underwear and other winter weather items, we risk becoming extremely cold and requiring hours to warm up again properly.
There is a vast range of both men’s and ladies thermal underwear available. This type of garment works by ‘wicking’, which means keeping the damp of perspiration away from the skin so that it does not dry on the skin and become cold. However, it does not make the garment wet or cold. Most of the thermal underwear available has been created from a blend of synthetic fibres that allow quick drying and therefore give the underwear a better thermal rating.
Add to this a good winter hat, scarf, and gloves and anybody is ready to venture outdoors. Winter may not be the most appealing time of year for most people but there is still plenty to do outdoors whether walking the dog, taking the children to the park or just wandering around the shops. A mantra for winter should be ‘think thermal’ so we can all enjoy this beautiful season.
This might seem like a strange thing to do, particularly given that parts of the country are still suffering very cold temperatures, but now is a good time to stock up on various winter items for next year. The end of the winter season means that retailers are thinking about their summer stock and there are many bargains to be found among the winter items, such as thermal socks for men, women and children as well as the wide range of winter thermal underwear for people of all ages.
A good retailer will stock these items all year round anyway and will ensure that the customer gets good value for money all the time, but putting a few items away now for use next year means that nobody is caught out when the cold temperatures suddenly descend with little warning. Thermal items such as socks, hats, gloves, and underwear can make all the difference when trying to keep the cold out and for many people they should be essential, rather than an optional extra.
These are relatively small items and can easily be stored for next year. Now is also a good time to check existing items. After a winter of use, socks may have developed holes and there will be some wear and tear on some items. With the good prices available on these and other winter garments, replacing them will not cost a fortune and will be a good investment in advance of next winter.
With such a wide variety of thermal items available, how can we know which ones are the best? When shopping online the best way is to read the information provided by the site. Some sites will give a star rating for the thermal ranking of the items to give the customer an idea of how well the garment will perform in the chilliest of conditions. With a five star rating system, anything rated four or above is ideal for keeping out the cold when the temperatures start to drop below zero.
Taking a note of this, it is possible to have a range of thermal items in the wardrobe. For example, there are men’s thermal underwear items that have a rating of four, others with a rating of four and a half, and others that have a rating of five. The effectiveness will also depend upon other items that are being worn as well, but items that have the highest thermal ratings are perfect for the very coldest days of the year. The design of many thermal items has developed so that they are now extremely comfortable and will not leave telltale seams showing under other garments.
Thermal ratings are also connected to other items such as ladies winter hats, children’s hats and a range of gloves and thermal socks. When purchasing the top rated thermal underwear, it is worth teaming this with hats and socks with a good thermal rating in order to maximise the benefits of the garments.