These days I find myself banished to the garden for my evening toke, and must find solace in having the correct equipment for braving the winter nights. The jacket is most important. It must be quick to put on and provide good warmth as the smoker is usually quite sedentary. Waterproofing is important, but secondary as another coat can be kept as substitute for all forms of precipitation. I considered a down filled puffa style gilet, but their nylon outer is not blim burn friendly so decided to avoid going up like a shell suit on Bonfire night. Eventually I went for a snowboarding jacket. Heavy on the goretex, insulating linings to survive an Alaskan expedition, but easy to put on and maneuverable. Job done. Footware comes next, and I think I've finally cracked it. Slippers remain the most thing problematic article of clothing a man has to consider, once he reaches a certain age and can no longer wander about fearless of the cold. They're badly designed, ugly and suggest much about the wearer, none of it inspiring. They're also not warm enough for outside and have limited waterproofing qualities. Putting trainers/boots on to go outside is an unnecessary hold up. You might need to get your hit before the next record ends, or during the adverts, and requires keeping extra boots by the back door. Extensive trials of the new solution are now being undertaken: Highly insulated and waterproof, they tick all the boxes. The only downside could be making sure they're clean before coming back indoors. I dont need special trousers do I?