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Unread 09-16-2010, 08:52 PM
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Re: Best base layer for tough physical hunting

Sounds like you've gotten some good advice here. I totally agree with all the comments about wearing less in the beginning. If i know im going to be going hard for a while and then stopping to hunt, or slowing way down, I will wear the minimum amount of clothing. I know that when I am moving with all my gear that Ill heat up rather quickly so i try to start cold. If i start to notice my sweat ill either stop or slow way down for a bit, and possibly even take off some stuff, if possible.

As far as brands, some good ones that I know of are Smartwool, Columbia, REI etc. That Sitka stuff sounds pretty nice. And when a piece has that bacteria stopping silver in it then i guess one could also assume that your odor will be less potent which could be the difference between meeting up with that trophy animal or not. food for thought.
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Unread 09-21-2010, 02:36 PM
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Re: Best base layer for tough physical hunting

Yep, bare naked (pronounced "neck-ed) mountain hunting is where it's at. You did say you were walking in in the dark, didn't you???? ;)

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Unread 09-21-2010, 04:11 PM
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Re: Best base layer for tough physical hunting

Walking in with nothing but boots & a headlamp. Would be good snow camo except for my farmer's tan.

On a more serious note, I got 3 of the Patagonia capilene 2 zip-neck undershirts bought for $18 each on a clearance sale. I will give them a try when they show up and use them for hunting if I like them or work if I don't. Figure'd I'll find a use for them at that price.
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Unread 09-21-2010, 09:50 PM
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Re: Best base layer for tough physical hunting

if you read the memoirs of Ernest Shackleton about the ill-fated expedition to antarctica, he mentions that the reason he was able to get all his men out without a loss is that they were all outfitted in good wool clothing. All the fleece and other newfangled finery are just doing what wool has been doing for centuries. I am a firm believer in this. I like a base layer of fine wool with wool or fleece outer layers as are on the right track. you can hunt harder/stay out longer when you are comfortable. good luck AJ
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Unread 09-24-2010, 06:14 PM
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Re: Best base layer for tough physical hunting

great choice on the pategonia! although i didnt pay for it (your tax dollars did) my pategonia has performed excellent and is or would be worth every penny. i have used it almost daily on all our ops. is camp pendleton in 100deg heat to frozen in the siera nevadas. i have washed a couple of my fleeces and tops upwards of 80-90 times with consistent results and no problems, even with the zippers. i was actually trown in the water and soaked through a pategonia fleece and long sleeve base layer. took them off, rang them out and in 10 min both were pretty much dry. pay to play. think of it as taking a 400yd shot with a rem 870 slug gun...not the right tool for the job. think the same about the gear on you.
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Unread 10-03-2010, 04:37 PM
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Re: Best base layer for tough physical hunting

Just a friendly help on prices and such.... Wally world sells 100% polyester long-sleeve t-shirts (an essential clothing item for me in the mountains) for like $12.

It's the same exact stuff North Face, Patagonia, Marmot, et al sell for 3x (and more) the cost. I'm not telling a yarn - i used to have a PT retail job selling gear in an Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) store and hawked that stufff to get an employee discount on expensive tents/sleeping bags/etc and saw it every week. I can afford the spendy stuff, but it is absolutely no different than the stuff i saw grocery shopping one find day. Ha! More cash for fuel to go places and the same excellent wicking performance.

Otherwise, there's a wealth of great information here about mountain athletic wear - just NEVER wear cotton and you'll be worlds ahead. As mentioned, start out cold - you'll warm up soon enough.
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