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Warm vs Cool weather carry

Postby JTowns » Sun Sep 06, 2020 9:27 am

With Labor Day marking the unofficial end of the summer and the weather getting ready to transition in some parts of the country I thought it would be interesting to see how many people change what they carry dependent on the weather.

When it's hot here in NC and I'm in shorts and a t shirt I mostly go with the lightest weight knives I have available. When the clothes get heavier I use it as an opportunity to carry some of my bigger stuff. This year in particular I'm looking forward to giving some time to my Amalgam.
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Re: Warm vs Cool weather carry

Postby TkoK83Spy » Sun Sep 06, 2020 10:07 am

It's pretty warm and humid here in Central NY during the summer months. Especially this past year where we set a record for our area with 30something days in a row of 90 degree or warmer temperatures. I certainly didn't carry my Rex45, 4V, M4 and 52100 knives as often as I'd like to. So bring on the fall and winter weather for some of my favorites! Not that the sunmer hindered me using them all that much, but will be nice not to feel worried about it in sweaty pockets.
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Re: Warm vs Cool weather carry

Postby Sharp Guy » Sun Sep 06, 2020 10:08 am

I usually wear cargo style shorts during the warm months. Bigger pockets usually mean I can carry bigger knives but I don't always adhere to that. Depends on the shorts too. I have lighter weight shorts where a lighter knife carries better. Sometimes I also wear athletic shorts. I won't try to clip a knife to the pocket of those because they're too thin. Instead I'll drop something small/light in my pocket or I clip a Para 3 LW or Manix 2 LW IWB

We're still a couple months away from blue jeans weather where I'm at but I do sometimes change what I carry. Depends on the jeans I'm wearing but often I just slip a small knife in my watch pocket. Otherwise I tend to carry knives that aren't so tall/wide in my RFP. Just depends
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Re: Warm vs Cool weather carry

Postby JonLeBlanc » Sun Sep 06, 2020 10:29 am

Yeah I do the same sorts of things, easier to clip a Millie to jeans than athletic shorts. But regarding steel types etc, it's always like the tropics down here, so that isn't really a variable for me.
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Re: Warm vs Cool weather carry

Postby Evil D » Sun Sep 06, 2020 11:02 am

I sometimes carry a larger firearm when I'm wearing more clothes since they're easier to conceal but my knife usually stays the same. In fact the knives I tend to carry need to be easily usable in winter gloves, that's one of my purchase/carry criteria.
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Re: Warm vs Cool weather carry

Postby bearfacedkiller » Sun Sep 06, 2020 11:09 am

It isn’t about size for me but rather corrosion resistance from sweat.
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Re: Warm vs Cool weather carry

Postby steelcity16 » Sun Sep 06, 2020 11:23 am

Agree, I tend to carry my FRN LW models in my shorts and the heavier and bigger G10 / Micarta stuff in cooler jeans weather.
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Re: Warm vs Cool weather carry

Postby JTowns » Sun Sep 06, 2020 12:00 pm

Right now I mostly carry a Para 3 LW and I'm waiting on a Smock in the mail right now to add to my warm weather rotation.

I've been thinking about picking up a Manix XL and a Yoji to add to my cool weather carry selection
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Re: Warm vs Cool weather carry

Postby Nate » Sun Sep 06, 2020 12:24 pm

With the pandemic and cornteen, working from home full time, etc, I’ve basically only worn athletic shorts for the last 6 months. Urban clipped iwb most of the time.

Look forward to the cooler weather providing an excuse to carry some different stuff.
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Re: Warm vs Cool weather carry

Postby soc_monki » Sun Sep 06, 2020 1:52 pm

I wear jeans year round, in Mississippi. My carry consists of whatever I want to carry, hot or cold. Guess I'm weird that way!
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Re: Warm vs Cool weather carry

Postby aicolainen » Sun Sep 06, 2020 2:31 pm

Unless I’m expecting to do something that requires a certain type of knife, default knife for shorts carry = DF2
These parts of Norway have something like 10-20 summer days a year, so there are lots of opportunities to carry other knives

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Re: Warm vs Cool weather carry

Postby Pokey » Sun Sep 06, 2020 4:53 pm

Here in Colorado, hot or cold, I pretty much carry any knife without regard to the weather.

And, as JTowns, said Labor Day being the end of Summer, we’re in for a drastic change in Colorado. Tomorrow we’ll be ending a long string of weather in the mid 90’s. (F) (mid 30’s C)

The forecast in the Denver area for Tuesday is upper 30’s (F), (about 3 C,) with 4-6 inches, 10-15 cm,) of snow.
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Re: Warm vs Cool weather carry

Postby kennethsime » Sun Sep 06, 2020 6:58 pm

Yea, agreed. My Para 3 LW is my favorite summer carry.

I recently picked up a Military in 204p, and I'm looking forward to carrying that once the weather cools down and I'm back to wearing jeans everyday.
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Re: Warm vs Cool weather carry

Postby JD Spydo » Mon Sep 07, 2020 4:45 am

Sharp Guy wrote:
Sun Sep 06, 2020 10:08 am
I usually wear cargo style shorts during the warm months. Bigger pockets usually mean I can carry bigger knives but I don't always adhere to that.
Cargo Shorts are what I mainly wear in the summer time except in Church, formal events, business meetings or weddings, funerals ect. I actually wear cargo shorts because I truly use most of the pockets for items that I like to have on hand i.e. flashlights, tools, stupid cell phone :rolleyes: and other modern day necessities.

In cooler weather I wear Carhartt or other workman's type jeans or trousers>> you know the ones that have the side pockets that are really handy to carry tools. Now when I'm working >> which is quite a bit here lately in cooler weather I wear bib overalls. Not to win a fashion show but I truly like them to work in. Yeah I get called Elmer Fudd and other condescending names :o but I do find them nice to work in.

FUNCTION>> is the name of my game>> not to mention that all the clothes I wear are functional as well.

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Re: Warm vs Cool weather carry

Postby JuPaul » Mon Sep 07, 2020 7:40 am

Yep, the hot humid summer months - with lots of sweaty outdoor activities in lightweight clothing - means I've been carrying my lighter, stainless knives a lot more.
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Re: Warm vs Cool weather carry

Postby Doc Dan » Mon Sep 07, 2020 8:49 am

Back when I was living stateside I carried whatever I wanted, but if in a suit usually a Delica. Living in the equatorial jungle are alike I do now where open carry is frowned upon, I carry a Delica or UKPK or Pioneer X. When out getting exercise I carry an Endura or Manix 2 LW IWB or down in my pocket.
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Re: Warm vs Cool weather carry

Postby vivi » Mon Sep 07, 2020 9:04 am

Cooler weather means I'll wear a belt more frequently. It also means more camping and hiking. So I'll carry fixed blades more often.

It also lets me enjoy less corrosion resistant steels. Looking forward to carrying my M4 Manix, and I'll be putting a fresh edge on my K390 Police 4 this week.
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Re: Warm vs Cool weather carry

Postby curlyhairedboy » Mon Sep 07, 2020 9:16 am

It's still hot enough here to make my pockets turn m4 red as dirt...

So I'm carrying Lc200n and BD1, which seem to handle the sweat better than most.
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Re: Warm vs Cool weather carry

Postby JD Spydo » Mon Sep 07, 2020 10:03 am

Unless I got a job that would require me to carry something special or out of the ordinary I pretty much carry the same EDCs as I do in the cold as I do when it's in the 90s.

To me what ever type of job I'm doing has far more sway with me than if it's cold or hot outside. Now I am sort of picky about blade steels in certain weather. For instance I would not carry a knife made with S30V in cold weather. Because I have experienced micro-chipping with it in the past>> but VG-10 is fine in cold weather.

But as far as my daily EDC goes I use about the same rotation year round.

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Re: Warm vs Cool weather carry

Postby JTowns » Mon Sep 07, 2020 10:29 am

JD Spydo wrote: Unless I got a job that would require me to carry something special or out of the ordinary I pretty much carry the same EDCs as I do in the cold as I do when it's in the 90s.

To me what ever type of job I'm doing has far more sway with me than if it's cold or hot outside. Now I am sort of picky about blade steels in certain weather. For instance I would not carry a knife made with S30V in cold weather. Because I have experienced micro-chipping with it in the past>> but VG-10 is fine in cold weather.

But as far as my daily EDC goes I use about the same rotation year round.
That's interesting. I just got into Spyderco's because I loved the unique designs, but now being part of the forum I'm learning more then I ever imagined I would about steel. Now I pay attention to the steel I buy and I own several S30V knives, 1 BD1N, and 1 D2, along with some 8cr cheaper knives. Now I'm looking into a Caribbean or a Chef because of the LC200N. All the different steel and the properties they have is a lot to take in.
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