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#198084 25-Jun-2016 18:05
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Say you are in the cold ocean, a la Titanic. Someone helps you into a lifeboat. Are you better off shivering in wet clothes or stripping so the freezing wind can at least dry you off?

 

 





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  #1580288 25-Jun-2016 19:04
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I read a story about a kiwi sunk in WW1. No lifeboat. He stripped off his clothes and covered himself in heavy fuel oil from the wreck. Ie; more or less oil tar. Very good insulator. He survived.

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  #1580292 25-Jun-2016 19:09
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  #1580294 25-Jun-2016 19:10
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Any way, inn the ocean conditions you do whatever you want, you will die.




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  #1580295 25-Jun-2016 19:14
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I believe for the most part you're better off with clothes on.

Some materials, like wool, are actually still very warm when wet.




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  #1580296 25-Jun-2016 19:14
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On the TV reality shows they always strip off wet clothes and get under a dry blanket or survival blanket.   It's REALITY TV so that must be true. 





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  #1580298 25-Jun-2016 19:16
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What happens when you're cold, dry and naked, and then put your cold, wet clothes back on again?

 

Back to square one, only colder.  undecided





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  #1580327 25-Jun-2016 20:56
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Rikkitic:

Say you are in the cold ocean, a la Titanic. Someone helps you into a lifeboat. Are you better off shivering in wet clothes or stripping so the freezing wind can at least dry you off?


 


Naked you are going to get windchill from the evaporation and might not recover/regenerate that heat. Ideally take off one item at a time and wring it out and out it back on.


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  #1580329 25-Jun-2016 21:02
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gzt: I read a story about a kiwi sunk in WW1. No lifeboat. He stripped off his clothes and covered himself in heavy fuel oil from the wreck. Ie; more or less oil tar. Very good insulator. He survived.

Many hours in the water. Note heavy fuel oil is toxic and not something to play with.

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  #1580332 25-Jun-2016 21:10
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There are a few schools of thought.

 

If you are in the water, I think you are better with your clothes on.

 

The clothes if tight enough can act as a wetsuit and hold warmer water against your skin if there isnt too much water movement. You do want to keep your armpits closed and try to keep your body heat in.

 

 

 

If you are out of the water then the wet clothes can act as a conductor of heat.

 

So I think you would want to do as suggested above, try to quickly take off each layer, wring it out and try to get as much water out of the clothes as possible, then put them back on. This way if the clothes are moderatley wet, air passing through will be reduced, and you hopefully will have some layers of air between layers of clothes to act as an insulator, rather than the water adding weight to the clothes causing the air to be compressed and escape.

 

 

 

Either way, you should always be wearing a milwaukee high-vis jacket with a fully charged battery. That way the heating coils can keep you warm for up to 6 hours. I use one when I am working in freezing cold wind on hilltops.





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  #1580394 26-Jun-2016 00:30
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Rikkitic:

 

Say you are in the cold ocean, a la Titanic. Someone helps you into a lifeboat. Are you better off shivering in wet clothes or stripping so the freezing wind can at least dry you off?

 

 

 

 

 

 

That depends on what you look like naked...might kill the rest.






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  #1580397 26-Jun-2016 00:49

 If you are wearing the right clothes. Best to keep them on. Polypropylene is really good as it only holds a small amount of water even when soaked. It is really great when caving. Can swim through flooded caves, get the wetsuit effect when in the water. When you climb out of the water, the water in the polypropylene quickly drains out by itself. And you are warm again in 5 min. Despite wearing soaking wet clothes.

 

But you need to have it right against your skin for it to work the best. And the stuff is often itchy.






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  #1580445 26-Jun-2016 10:56
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From experience, if you can get hold of snow, it can dry you off more quickly.
Again from experience, after being tip into a very cold snow melt river in a canoe, taking off clothes is definitely much better, but only just to dry off. Need clothes wet or dry, to keep warm afters.
Was too pumped up to notice whether clothes on or off in the water matters.
Did not pop up out of water until 1/2 km down river.

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  #1580447 26-Jun-2016 11:02
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Didn't Mythbusters actually put this one to a test a while back?


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  #1580452 26-Jun-2016 11:25
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If they did, I missed it. I know they tested similar things, but I'm not sure about this one. I think they did test whether the raft would have supported two people instead of just the one.

 

 

 

 





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  #1580508 26-Jun-2016 14:26
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Lots of posts here about getting into dry clothes/blankets, which wasn't in the OP.

 

Without dry clothes/blankets available, I think you're better off in wet clothes, especially if there's a freezing cold wind.

 

In fact, I'd say it's much more important to get out of the wind than to get out of the wet clothes.

 

 


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