cabelas windshear

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  1. BuckSnort

    BuckSnort Well-Known Member

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    I'm looking to get some lightweight but warm gear for my backpacking hunts... I was looking at either the polarfleece or Berber both with the windshear lining. . I was wondering if the lining makes the garments loud? The rainsweade with Dry Plus I am currently using is a little noisy for my liking, even while sitting still glassing.. Any input would be appreciated.
     
  2. mcseal2

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    I have berber fleece and wooltimate clothes with the windshear lining. It works and isn't to loud, but the clothing is heavy. I only use it predator calling or whitetail hunting and wear lighter layers in the mountains. I'd look at Sitka hunting clothes for outer-wear and a good lightweight down jacket for insulation while glassing. I think you could find a good combo much lighter than the cabelas clothes.
     

  3. fj40mojo

    fj40mojo Well-Known Member

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    I've got the pull over berber hooded jacket with windshear. Very warm, almost too much unless you're sitting on a stand. It's not noisy at all but is bulky and doesn't lend itself to backpack hunting at all.
     
  4. BuckSnort

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    Thanks for the input fella's I'll keep looking around... Sitka seems overpriced and it falls apart according to many folks... KUIU looks like good quality but seems noisy..
     
  5. BuckSnort

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    mcseal2, Thanks for the input... Is the Sitka stuff noisy? from Their videos it seems like it would be like dragging a limb across a tent if walking through brush...
     
  6. mcseal2

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    The ascent and celcius series are not noisy at all. I have an older Nimbus rain jacket that is a little louder but still not bad. Some pants rub together and make noise when you walk also, and I've not had that problem with these. Their stuff I have all has a soft finish and not a loud nylon shell like a tent.

    I like to use a light outer jacket for walking and carry a down jacket to put on for extended glassing. I have a pretty good internal heater so I don't get cold easily. I have a 800 fil Montbell down jacket that weighs under 13oz and is real warm under a light wind-resistand outer jacket. The down jacket packs real small also for carry. Add a good baclava and gloves, and I stay as warm as I ever do on a hunt like that.

    If I'm hunting whitetail where I will have a 1/2 mile walk and then a 3hr sit I break out the berber fleece or wooltimate. I still get warm if I wear them walking into my stand in 0 degree weather.

    hope this helps
     
  7. Buano

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    I've used the Sitka rainwear / outerwear for several years and it is not at all noisy when compared to similar offerings from other manufacturers. I did snag my Ascent pants & tore a 2" hole in a cuff this last winter. They are not invincible but for a backpack hunt I firmly believe there is nothing better.

    I would NEVER opt for a down jacket on a backpack hunt. If down gets wet it collapses & loses all its' insulation value — and it can take DAYS to dry. A good polyester-fiberfill coat makes much more sense as they are almost as warm as down but retain much of their insulation value when wet & dry almost instantly.
     
  8. mcseal2

    mcseal2 Well-Known Member

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    Down is useless when wet and slow to dry as buano said. I've always used it under a good quality rain jacket and been fine. I usually dress to where my base layers and shell layer are enough for the conditions, and the jacket is just insurance if I get cold. In some conditions that may not be enough. I have a Cabelas pack-down vest with synthetic down that dries quickly I carry also sometimes. It isn't as warm for the weight as the down jacket but would be better wet.
     
  9. BuckSnort

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    It was a big help, thanks for taking the time to reply... I'll start saving for some better lighter gear, the stuff I take with me now is heavy and bulky...
     
  10. BuckSnort

    BuckSnort Well-Known Member

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    Buano, I also prefer synthetics, thanks for you're input as well...
     
  11. rcdinaz

    rcdinaz Well-Known Member

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    The KUIU and Sitka products are not noisy. The KUIU stuff I have is very quite and very comfortable.