I've read lots of the TQs and lurked and searched, but I still have a few questions regarding winter clothing (Fairbanks in December). I've been out trying on whatever I could find locally but it doesn't really get cold enough here for there to be any real knowledge. I keep getting conflicting information.
Boots - If I'm shopping online for used or bargain boots like Sorel's, should I buy my size or one larger to allow for thick socks ?
When you talk about polar-fleece mid-layers, do you mean a loose fitting, sweatshrt / hoody type of thing or something closer fitting, more like a heavy base-layer ? Where do wool sweaters fit into the scheme ?
Are ski mitts the same as the mitts being recommended ? I've seen comments where people have a lighter glove inside the mitt so they can take their hand out, operate the camera and then slip it back in. That didn't seem all that doable with the ski mitts I tried. Also, the flip-top mitts you have there must be much warmer than those I was able to find here.
My wife wears spectacles. The first thing we noticed with a facemask on, was that they fogged up. Is there a trick to wearing glasses ? Should she wear contact lenses or are there issues with them in the cold ?