Does a beard keep you warmer?
I ski (XC) in the winter. I run in the winter. I cycle in the winter. I have a beard. People have been saying, “A beard keeps you warmer.”
Sure it sounds good, but has anybody ever really tested this theory? In the interest of science, I thought of cutting off my beard for a winter to determine if it would be colder without it. Thinking about it for a while, I realized that this was no good. Maybe it would be a warmer (colder) winter this year. Maybe I would forget how cold (warm) it was last year.
I needed a control! Another person was no good; their perception of cold may not agree with mine. I had only one choice. Shave half of my beard.