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Question by simon13. Uploaded on January 02, 2011
I have had several brands but the Artic Shields that I have now ( bibs and jacket) are by far the warmest that I have ever had.
I start with a polypropelyne base layer. My preferred brand is Patagonia. I cover that with wool. I know that it can be expensive but nothing can beat it for light weight warmth wet or dry. Look for European military surplus. For outer wear I go with either down, fleece, or goretex.
I think that dressing warm is a matter of layering the right clothes regardless of brand. Also, what you need depends on whether you will be working hard or just sitting in the wind at -25 degrees. For weather below zero, I start with cotton long johns as a base and add thick, well insulated underwear over that. This insulating layer seems to really keep the body warmth in. Over that, I wear jeans and button down wool shirts. I use hooded sweat shirts (and additional sweat shirst if it is really cold) over that to keep the wind off my neck and perhaps another loose fitting pair of jeans. Over that, I wear bib style coveralls with good insulation and a thick parka. This combo has gotten me comfortably through days of -25 degrees with winds approaching 100 mph. Be sure you take care of your hands with three layers of gloves and the feet with multiple layers of socks and good thinsulate boots. If your hands or feet freeze, the rest won't matter. If it gets to chill factors below -100 degrees, button the trap door on your woolies in the UP position and stay in front of the fireplace. Good luck and stay warm.
I have several different sets of clothing I wear while hunting. As I generally hunt whitetails everyday throughout the season. Gander Mountain H2O, Columbia Wool,King Wool, Road Trip Scent Blocker,Scent Loc. I start with Cold Gear
I start with Cold Gear ,followed by a wool/poly blend by Merino,then a Scent suit topped off by wool while bowhunting as it is quit and I am seditary ( sitting). If is snowing I wear my King wool as it is a little bit tighter and keeps me drier. When gun hunting I do the same with the exception of using the H2O which is in Blaze Camo. I have yet to get cold even down to wind chills of minus 50 if it's any colder I don't bother going out. I also wear the wools ice fishing as well.
Underneath my Artic Shields I wear my Military E.C.W.S. long underwear followed by Cabelas Legacy fleece pants and jacket with windshear. I usually don't get cold at any temp even when the winds blows.
In warm weather cotton holds the perspiration moisture and cools you by evaporation like a "swamp" or evaporative cooler. In cold weather with any wind chill this evaporative cooling can kill you. DO NOT WEAR COTTON as a base layer. Avoid cotton as an outer layer as well. Wool is best but a synthetic fleece works fine as an outer layer. Silk, silk/wool blend, and polypropelyne are the way to go for a base layer, never ever cotton.
I just got a berber fleece sweatshirt from cabelas and it is the warmest thing I have ever worn. I think late season bowhunting with temps and the 40's should be no problem for that sweatshirt. I am almost disappointed with my purchase because I bought it to wear around the house and just anywhere but it is too warm for 70's. 60's should be alright if not moving 50's should be perfect and 30's-40's should be good with a good base layer
As far as warm clothing is concerned, I really like fleece. I like it better than wool because it is not itchy. If you really want to stay warm, be sure to layer your clothing.
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