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Anyone have any preferences when it comes to staying warm out in the woods? Does Under Armour and alike brands work as good as they say they do. My feet and fingers get cold first and then the rest of my body gets cold. I want to spend more time in the woods without getting the chill.

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from bigjake wrote 4 years 26 weeks ago

cant vouche for the underamour brand because Ive always stuck with good old wool clothing.Quiet, durable, warm even when wet....I guess sheep have been wearing wool forever for a reason.
Cold hands and feet usualy is a sign of lowered circulation, perhaps try cutting back on your caffiene intake.You can also get hand/foot chemical warmers packs for relatively cheap.

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from 2Poppa wrote 4 years 26 weeks ago

I use toe warmers for my feet and boots and layer up in clothes to reduce the cold wind. I usually stay on stand until 10:00am,and then start stalking.

A thermos of hot coffee will knock the chill right out of your bones while on stand.Stay hydrated with a couple of gatorade's too!

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from JHawes wrote 4 years 26 weeks ago

I have found that it is best to layer your clothing rather than just rely on one single thick layer. The air in between layers acts works as an insulator as well to keep additional warmth. I usually start with a layer of thermal underwear, than a layer of fleece thermals, pants and an outer shirt, and finally my coveralls and coat. I use this for below freezing temperatures, were you are you may want to add or reduce layers depending on the temperature. As for your feet, keeping them dry should be your number one concern. Use some kind of foot powder to keep them dry, and a good pair of socks. Once your feet get wet there is know way to get them warm again so don't wear a lot of layers of socks or too thick of socks if your going to be doing any walking. And lastly for gloves I have found that using the mittens with the fingers that can be folded back work well and also allow you too shoot without having to remove them when other gloves won't allow you to fit the fingers through the trigger guard.

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from steve182 wrote 4 years 26 weeks ago

I believe UnderArmour works as intended, though it's overpriced for certain. Layers, good boots, gloves and hats help keep your whole body warm. I'd rather be overdressed than underdressed. When i get cold on stand i try to talk myself into being warm (not outloud) and i flex and relax muscles repeatedly to try to generate heat w/o moving much. Wiggle your toes, put your hand in your pits or sit on them. Bowhunting, the longer I can stay on stand and stay still, the more successful i am.

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from sterndixon wrote 4 years 26 weeks ago

If your feet get really cold and you hunt from a stand or blind, carry in your pack a pair of down booties with a closed-cell foam bottom, and a pair of fleece socks. When you get to where you're going, put these on and put your boots in a black plastic garbage bag to kill the scent. Your feet will be warmer than with anything else you can do -- promise. For your body, again if you are blind or stand hunting, make sure your outer layer is windproof. I always carry a down jacket in my pack for the coldest days to wear under my windproof layer. I also use a muff for my hands which I think keeps them warmer than wearing gloves. Sometimes I put toe warmers in my mittens. I wear the kind that are half gloves with mitten covers that can come off. I stopped putting warmers in my boots cause they make my feet sweat and then I get colder. I wear a fleece black balaclava on the coldest days. I can pull it over the ears and wear my head net over it. On warm days, i can wear it like a tobaggan.

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from MLH wrote 4 years 26 weeks ago

Where Under Armour and similar products, like the redhead EnduraSkins, shine is wicking moisture away from your skin. That helps keeps you warmer, especially after working up a sweat still hunting, hiking, or climbing a stand. Still need over layers that wick and breath. Hard to beat fleece and wool for that. The modern breathable outer layers I've tried keep the wind out but just can't keep up with a lot of sweat so need to be vented (or just left off) until the moisture dissipates. Still best to just change out of anything that gets wet, including socks. Like stated above, keeping your core warm so blood circulates to your extremities is key.

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from mcdlacrosse9 wrote 4 years 26 weeks ago

I completely support under armour. Their clothing can do some amazing things. It wicks away moisture so when you get sweaty climbing a stand, you don't need to worry as you would with normal clothing. Very light, warm, and quiet.

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from WVOtter wrote 4 years 26 weeks ago

I don't bother with UA because of the cost, but instead layer up with wool or poly base layers for whatever combination suits the day.
The trick I've found that works suprisingly well is, if your stationary, try and keep your fingers and toes "retracted" from the ends of your gloves or socks. This gives a little bit of an air pocket rather than fabric on skin contact which wicks the heat away and insulates very well. You'll feel your digits warm up fast.

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from turk wrote 4 years 26 weeks ago

my feet were the main thing that got cold and it seemed i would never find anything or any boot that
would heip but i bought a new pair of boots 3 years
ago and i love them i got a pair of muck boots,woody macs and they are awsome my feet dont sweat and they
can breath so they are not soaked with sweat and they
keep my feet warm when they need to be i got my brother to buy a pair and he could not belieave how good they are so now everybody i hunt with has a pair
i want buy any other kind from now on if you havent tried them get a pair you want regret it they run about $130 dollars but they are worth it and the durability is great iam going on my 3rd season with this pair.

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from anjadams wrote 4 years 26 weeks ago

Under Armour is pricey but it does work well.

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from jbird wrote 4 years 26 weeks ago

I don't think you get what you pay for w/ UnderArmour. A hand muff pouch w/ a hand warmer inside is my go-to. That way, I can wear thin gloves that make handling my rifle/bow/calls easier, but my hands stay warm. I've spent hundreds and hundreds of dollars buying boots over the years to try to keep my feet warm. Consequently, as I've gotten older, my tolerance for cold has dropped. My advice is, buy a bunch of the 'boot warmers', and save on the boots. They were hunt savers for me last season.

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from troutslayer wrote 4 years 26 weeks ago

i love under armour. it's all i wear for huntin and fishin all year long. it is some pretty expensive stuff but it is worth every penny in my opinion. i only wear three layers of clothes (base layers, a hoody and a thin jacket) during ice fishin season in montana where it gets to -40 with the wind chill and i never get cold. if you can afford it buy it.

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from thuroy wrote 4 years 26 weeks ago

Hand a feet warmers are inexpensive and work. Once your feet get cold your done.

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from shane wrote 4 years 26 weeks ago

I used to try liner socks, combos of different types of socks, double of the same type, all thick and stuffed in there, it was all stupid. One thick pair of wool socks plus warm boots and breathing room is the warmest way to go. If your feet feel snug in there, you're hurting your ability to stay warm. Breathing room helps wick moisture, keeps an air pocket, and keeps circulation up.

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from 86Ram wrote 4 years 26 weeks ago

I use loose layers, wool socks and try not to sweat.
I also wear silk weights or longjohns dependin on the weather. RedWing insulated boots or Rocky insulated boots.

Acronym I learned awhile back
C -- Keep it Clean
O -- Don't Overdress
L -- Loose and in Layers
D -- Keep it Dry

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from DakotaMan wrote 4 years 26 weeks ago

I hunted and trapped in South Dakota where winter days got down below -25 and winds commonly hit 50mph. I ran a trap line and enjoyed the outdoors from 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM for weeks at a time. Here are my thoughts for what they are worth:
1. Get good thermal boots.. I agree with turk... when your feet get cold you are done. You have to start there. If the boots are good, the socks are a necissary but not a big factor.
2. Layer clothing. I still use light cotton long underwear underneath with heavier insultated long underwear over the top (my most critical element for staying warm). I can remove the heavier stuff if it warms up. I wear a T-shirt, multiple pairs of pants, a long sleaved shirt, a hooded sweatshirt, an insulated jacket and a parka. I take off whatever I need to maintain temperature.
3. Under Armour has been one of the worst products I have ever used. I spent a fortune on it when it came out and nearly froze to death in addition to feeling like my body was in a vice all day. I threw mine away.
4. Use good gloves, if your hands get cold, you can't operate effectively and it is most annoying. I use good thinsulate gloves, the are flexible and warm. If you are working in the water (e.g. duck hunting, trapping) use rubber gloves over the top of your thinsulate gloves to keep your hands dry. I also use these to keep my hands warm when chill factors exceed 100 below zero. It keeps the wind off your hands.
5. I keep all the outer clothing outside in a garbage bag filled with pine branches (I never bring it in the house where human scents soak in). The inner clothing, I wash daily with scentfree detergent.

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from 86Ram wrote 4 years 26 weeks ago

One other ting I didn't see the hands part: A good pair of gloves (goretex) and wool inserts. The Inserts can be used until your hands start getting to cold and can be used as a anti contact layer between sking and cold steel trigger well and reciever.

Do you hunt from a stand? Try puttina foam or carpet pad on your foot rest.

Wiggle and flex your toes and hands first signs of chill and they'll warm up.

Wear full face baclavas (ski mask) Warm and toasty you'll be.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from muskiemaster wrote 4 years 26 weeks ago

I've recently been upset with the air activated warmers, I just got a bit of money today I believe it's time to invest in some good gloves and socks because I'm sick of being cold.

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from jordjohn44 wrote 4 years 26 weeks ago

I can vouch for underarmour and such. They are a very thin, quiet layer of clothing that will keep you warm. It is easy to wear several layers with them on. For your toes and fingers, just get some better gloves and boots and wear some wool socks. Also, when your body is cold, the first part the blood stops flowing to is the extremities. So that may also be the case. Keep your body core warm as well as your head and you shouldn't have problems with the toes and fingers.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from hunterkid94 wrote 4 years 25 weeks ago

I have hunted without my cold gear underarmor and ill tell u what, there is a difference. I find Under armour worth the money and im not going for their new 3.0 cold gear.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from jhed67 wrote 4 years 25 weeks ago

I originally bought my Under Armour for football games. I figured, why not try it for deer hunting? It is worth it's weight in gold in my opinion I like it much better than the traditional "long johns" that I used previously.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from jhed67 wrote 4 years 25 weeks ago

I originally bought my Under Armour for football games. I figured, why not try it for deer hunting? It is worth it's weight in gold in my opinion I like it much better than the traditional "long johns" that I used previously.

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from bigjake wrote 4 years 26 weeks ago

cant vouche for the underamour brand because Ive always stuck with good old wool clothing.Quiet, durable, warm even when wet....I guess sheep have been wearing wool forever for a reason.
Cold hands and feet usualy is a sign of lowered circulation, perhaps try cutting back on your caffiene intake.You can also get hand/foot chemical warmers packs for relatively cheap.

+5 Good Comment? | | Report
from steve182 wrote 4 years 26 weeks ago

I believe UnderArmour works as intended, though it's overpriced for certain. Layers, good boots, gloves and hats help keep your whole body warm. I'd rather be overdressed than underdressed. When i get cold on stand i try to talk myself into being warm (not outloud) and i flex and relax muscles repeatedly to try to generate heat w/o moving much. Wiggle your toes, put your hand in your pits or sit on them. Bowhunting, the longer I can stay on stand and stay still, the more successful i am.

+4 Good Comment? | | Report
from 2Poppa wrote 4 years 26 weeks ago

I use toe warmers for my feet and boots and layer up in clothes to reduce the cold wind. I usually stay on stand until 10:00am,and then start stalking.

A thermos of hot coffee will knock the chill right out of your bones while on stand.Stay hydrated with a couple of gatorade's too!

+3 Good Comment? | | Report
from troutslayer wrote 4 years 26 weeks ago

i love under armour. it's all i wear for huntin and fishin all year long. it is some pretty expensive stuff but it is worth every penny in my opinion. i only wear three layers of clothes (base layers, a hoody and a thin jacket) during ice fishin season in montana where it gets to -40 with the wind chill and i never get cold. if you can afford it buy it.

+3 Good Comment? | | Report
from shane wrote 4 years 26 weeks ago

I used to try liner socks, combos of different types of socks, double of the same type, all thick and stuffed in there, it was all stupid. One thick pair of wool socks plus warm boots and breathing room is the warmest way to go. If your feet feel snug in there, you're hurting your ability to stay warm. Breathing room helps wick moisture, keeps an air pocket, and keeps circulation up.

+3 Good Comment? | | Report
from JHawes wrote 4 years 26 weeks ago

I have found that it is best to layer your clothing rather than just rely on one single thick layer. The air in between layers acts works as an insulator as well to keep additional warmth. I usually start with a layer of thermal underwear, than a layer of fleece thermals, pants and an outer shirt, and finally my coveralls and coat. I use this for below freezing temperatures, were you are you may want to add or reduce layers depending on the temperature. As for your feet, keeping them dry should be your number one concern. Use some kind of foot powder to keep them dry, and a good pair of socks. Once your feet get wet there is know way to get them warm again so don't wear a lot of layers of socks or too thick of socks if your going to be doing any walking. And lastly for gloves I have found that using the mittens with the fingers that can be folded back work well and also allow you too shoot without having to remove them when other gloves won't allow you to fit the fingers through the trigger guard.

+2 Good Comment? | | Report
from sterndixon wrote 4 years 26 weeks ago

If your feet get really cold and you hunt from a stand or blind, carry in your pack a pair of down booties with a closed-cell foam bottom, and a pair of fleece socks. When you get to where you're going, put these on and put your boots in a black plastic garbage bag to kill the scent. Your feet will be warmer than with anything else you can do -- promise. For your body, again if you are blind or stand hunting, make sure your outer layer is windproof. I always carry a down jacket in my pack for the coldest days to wear under my windproof layer. I also use a muff for my hands which I think keeps them warmer than wearing gloves. Sometimes I put toe warmers in my mittens. I wear the kind that are half gloves with mitten covers that can come off. I stopped putting warmers in my boots cause they make my feet sweat and then I get colder. I wear a fleece black balaclava on the coldest days. I can pull it over the ears and wear my head net over it. On warm days, i can wear it like a tobaggan.

+2 Good Comment? | | Report
from WVOtter wrote 4 years 26 weeks ago

I don't bother with UA because of the cost, but instead layer up with wool or poly base layers for whatever combination suits the day.
The trick I've found that works suprisingly well is, if your stationary, try and keep your fingers and toes "retracted" from the ends of your gloves or socks. This gives a little bit of an air pocket rather than fabric on skin contact which wicks the heat away and insulates very well. You'll feel your digits warm up fast.

+2 Good Comment? | | Report
from turk wrote 4 years 26 weeks ago

my feet were the main thing that got cold and it seemed i would never find anything or any boot that
would heip but i bought a new pair of boots 3 years
ago and i love them i got a pair of muck boots,woody macs and they are awsome my feet dont sweat and they
can breath so they are not soaked with sweat and they
keep my feet warm when they need to be i got my brother to buy a pair and he could not belieave how good they are so now everybody i hunt with has a pair
i want buy any other kind from now on if you havent tried them get a pair you want regret it they run about $130 dollars but they are worth it and the durability is great iam going on my 3rd season with this pair.

+2 Good Comment? | | Report
from jbird wrote 4 years 26 weeks ago

I don't think you get what you pay for w/ UnderArmour. A hand muff pouch w/ a hand warmer inside is my go-to. That way, I can wear thin gloves that make handling my rifle/bow/calls easier, but my hands stay warm. I've spent hundreds and hundreds of dollars buying boots over the years to try to keep my feet warm. Consequently, as I've gotten older, my tolerance for cold has dropped. My advice is, buy a bunch of the 'boot warmers', and save on the boots. They were hunt savers for me last season.

+2 Good Comment? | | Report
from thuroy wrote 4 years 26 weeks ago

Hand a feet warmers are inexpensive and work. Once your feet get cold your done.

+2 Good Comment? | | Report
from 86Ram wrote 4 years 26 weeks ago

I use loose layers, wool socks and try not to sweat.
I also wear silk weights or longjohns dependin on the weather. RedWing insulated boots or Rocky insulated boots.

Acronym I learned awhile back
C -- Keep it Clean
O -- Don't Overdress
L -- Loose and in Layers
D -- Keep it Dry

+2 Good Comment? | | Report
from MLH wrote 4 years 26 weeks ago

Where Under Armour and similar products, like the redhead EnduraSkins, shine is wicking moisture away from your skin. That helps keeps you warmer, especially after working up a sweat still hunting, hiking, or climbing a stand. Still need over layers that wick and breath. Hard to beat fleece and wool for that. The modern breathable outer layers I've tried keep the wind out but just can't keep up with a lot of sweat so need to be vented (or just left off) until the moisture dissipates. Still best to just change out of anything that gets wet, including socks. Like stated above, keeping your core warm so blood circulates to your extremities is key.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from mcdlacrosse9 wrote 4 years 26 weeks ago

I completely support under armour. Their clothing can do some amazing things. It wicks away moisture so when you get sweaty climbing a stand, you don't need to worry as you would with normal clothing. Very light, warm, and quiet.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from anjadams wrote 4 years 26 weeks ago

Under Armour is pricey but it does work well.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from DakotaMan wrote 4 years 26 weeks ago

I hunted and trapped in South Dakota where winter days got down below -25 and winds commonly hit 50mph. I ran a trap line and enjoyed the outdoors from 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM for weeks at a time. Here are my thoughts for what they are worth:
1. Get good thermal boots.. I agree with turk... when your feet get cold you are done. You have to start there. If the boots are good, the socks are a necissary but not a big factor.
2. Layer clothing. I still use light cotton long underwear underneath with heavier insultated long underwear over the top (my most critical element for staying warm). I can remove the heavier stuff if it warms up. I wear a T-shirt, multiple pairs of pants, a long sleaved shirt, a hooded sweatshirt, an insulated jacket and a parka. I take off whatever I need to maintain temperature.
3. Under Armour has been one of the worst products I have ever used. I spent a fortune on it when it came out and nearly froze to death in addition to feeling like my body was in a vice all day. I threw mine away.
4. Use good gloves, if your hands get cold, you can't operate effectively and it is most annoying. I use good thinsulate gloves, the are flexible and warm. If you are working in the water (e.g. duck hunting, trapping) use rubber gloves over the top of your thinsulate gloves to keep your hands dry. I also use these to keep my hands warm when chill factors exceed 100 below zero. It keeps the wind off your hands.
5. I keep all the outer clothing outside in a garbage bag filled with pine branches (I never bring it in the house where human scents soak in). The inner clothing, I wash daily with scentfree detergent.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from 86Ram wrote 4 years 26 weeks ago

One other ting I didn't see the hands part: A good pair of gloves (goretex) and wool inserts. The Inserts can be used until your hands start getting to cold and can be used as a anti contact layer between sking and cold steel trigger well and reciever.

Do you hunt from a stand? Try puttina foam or carpet pad on your foot rest.

Wiggle and flex your toes and hands first signs of chill and they'll warm up.

Wear full face baclavas (ski mask) Warm and toasty you'll be.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from jordjohn44 wrote 4 years 26 weeks ago

I can vouch for underarmour and such. They are a very thin, quiet layer of clothing that will keep you warm. It is easy to wear several layers with them on. For your toes and fingers, just get some better gloves and boots and wear some wool socks. Also, when your body is cold, the first part the blood stops flowing to is the extremities. So that may also be the case. Keep your body core warm as well as your head and you shouldn't have problems with the toes and fingers.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from muskiemaster wrote 4 years 26 weeks ago

I've recently been upset with the air activated warmers, I just got a bit of money today I believe it's time to invest in some good gloves and socks because I'm sick of being cold.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from hunterkid94 wrote 4 years 25 weeks ago

I have hunted without my cold gear underarmor and ill tell u what, there is a difference. I find Under armour worth the money and im not going for their new 3.0 cold gear.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from jhed67 wrote 4 years 25 weeks ago

I originally bought my Under Armour for football games. I figured, why not try it for deer hunting? It is worth it's weight in gold in my opinion I like it much better than the traditional "long johns" that I used previously.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from jhed67 wrote 4 years 25 weeks ago

I originally bought my Under Armour for football games. I figured, why not try it for deer hunting? It is worth it's weight in gold in my opinion I like it much better than the traditional "long johns" that I used previously.

0 Good Comment? | | Report

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