Clothing & Sleep

Shoes
There is no one style of nomad shoe. Chukka style leather shoes are one nomadic fashion. Chukkas can be worn year round. Even in the occasional snow storm, Chukka boots are up to the task in these parts.

Ideally, a nomad boot is made with a leather upper and without a sock lining. If you must have a lining, the nomad suggests a shearling lining.

An example of a nomad Chukka with lining is this Dr. Martens Chukka boot.

An example of a shearling lined boot is this Blackstone boot. Rest assured the nomad did not pay $250 for this boot. He found it at a bargain price on eBay.com.

Shoe liner
Nomads wear aerogel inserts. The nomad is also experimenting with carbon wire electric inserts.

Socks
The nomad recommends alpaca socks. Expensive, to be sure, but warm in the winter and cool in the summer.

Belt
Any belt works. The nomad prefers the type of belts that are continuously adjustable, as opposed to those with discretely spaced pre-made holes.

Here are two belts that fit the nomadic bill.

A nylon tactical belt.

A nylon tactical belt with quick release.

As the Amazon reviewer whose screen name is G718 PRIME said of a similar belt to the two above: “‘normal’ belts are designed with holes for you to fit yourself into the belt, this is designed for the belt to fit you.”

The nomad had a leather belt that used a similar continuously adjustable buckle and strap combo based on a carbiner designer. That belt wore out, but he hopes to purchase a leather replacement strap for it. The nylon strap of the tactical belts he has should also be replaceableable with a leather strap.

On Fall and Winter

Nights throughout the year can be cool, even in the midst of Summer heat waves. But one month into the Fall, by the end of October, the cool weather has settled in to MoCo. A nomad begins thinking of heating his nomadic dwelling.

However, before a nomad heats his house or tent, he takes steps to first insulate his body to preserve the heat it generates. He also keeps in mind that achieving optimal comfort depends on many circumstances, including external factors such as temperature and humidity, and keeping the nomadic body clean and hydrated. Another factor is eating right for the cold and increasing the base metabolic rate.

Here is a classic Low Tech Magazine article about the insulating properties of clothing.

The nomad wears clothing made from a variety of insulating materials. Below is a list typical materials, but it is not exhaustive. A more complete list might include more synthetic materials, as well as more exotic natural materials like camel, and the elusive vicuña.

Herewith is the list of typical materials a nomad wears:
Natural
cotton
hemp
superwash merino wool
merino wool
alpaca
cashmere/mohair
duck down
leather
fur
silk
Synthetic
aerogel
Reflectix
silver threads
carbon (heated by battery)
Various rainproof material for shells

Products with aerogel include insoles, jackets and quarter-zips. Oros is a company that makes a “flexible Aerogel composite” material that is incorporated into their clothing.

Some more articles discussing the properties of clothing material:
On wicking properties of polyester, and breathability of cotton.

On wool.


On sleep

A nomad sleeps twice in the night. Cf. this article and this one.