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Polar Gear

Polar Gear

There’s no such thing as bad weather – only bad gear

It’s never a good idea to take shortcuts when it comes to clothing – being improperly dressed can impact your enjoyment of the voyage! Dress on board the ships is casual and informal at all times.

The best clothing is a layered system with an outer layer that is waterproof. The air between the layers provides additional insulation.

  • Base Layer – Thermal underwear and a pair of thermal socks.
  • Mid Layer – Pants (fleece is ideal), a light cotton shirt, and a fleece.
  • Outer Layer – Waterproof pants* and a waterproof jacket that we provide
    Waterproof pants (not provided) are required to participate in landings.
  • Shoes – Sturdy walking shoes or sneakers with a good grip sole for the slippery deck, and the rubber boots we provide.

*Note: Lightweight disposable rain gear will not endure more than one landing, so please bring high quality, expedition-weight waterproof pants.

A waterproof expedition jacket, yours to keep

A waterproof expedition jacket, yours to keep, is included in the cost of your voyage, and will be given to you on board. A nautically inspired and well-fitting jacket, it’s ideal for cruising, sailing or onshore activities. This jacket, custom designed for Polar Latitudes, is a fully wind- and waterproof outer layer, with a protective collar to help keep body warmth from escaping on windy days. Please note, as this is not an insulated ski parka, we recommend wearing a heavy fleece and/or thermal layers under the jacket for additional warmth in Antarctica.

We also loan you a pair of insulated rubber boots for you to use during the voyage. They are great for getting in and out of Zodiacs and are plenty warm with a good pair of thermal or wool socks.