Colorado Late October Recommendation

Ryno

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I am trying to figure out my system. I am trying to keep it affordable as there is a ton of gear to buy for my first backpack hunt. I am hoping to backpack 5 days or so (depending on how it goes) in Colorado Late October 2nd rifle. I picked up a Sitka 90% Jacket on Camofire, but am wondering if I need it now. I have a Gortex Scentlok Coat and Pants Hardshell that serves me well whitetail hunting in Ohio. I was originally going to replace them but not sure I need to. If I go with Merino base layers which I need to buy, then add my Kryptek Sherpa Hoodie, do I take the Sitka 90% Jacket along with some kind of Puffy Jacket and forget about the Scentlok? Or am I better off to take some kind of puffy to use with my current Scentlok Hardshell and ditch the 90% jacket? Same question on the bottom, if I get some sort of insulation layer (Kuiu Kenai Zip Offs on sale?) to put over the Merino base, will I be good with my Scentlok Bottoms? Or should I pick up so Sitka 90% Bottoms or something equivalent? I appreciate any help I can get, its pretty nerve racking trying to make sure I have enough gear and the right stuff, without obviously hauling way too much in. Thanks in advance.
 

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The ScentLok stuff is heavy and not very packable. I also would not want to be wearing goretex when on the move in Oct.

I would bring a puffy for sure, but be prepared for some hot afternoons. The general Rockslide consensus is wool + rain gear + puffy. You'll almost never be on the move in a jacket unless it is raining or really high winds. If you are cold when sitting still, put your puffy on.


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Ryno

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The ScentLok stuff is heavy and not very packable. I also would not want to be wearing goretex when on the move in Oct.

I would bring a puffy for sure, but be prepared for some hot afternoons. The general Rockslide consensus is wool + rain gear + puffy. You'll almost never be on the move in a jacket unless it is raining or really high winds. If you are cold when sitting still, put your puffy on.


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Thanks for the input. I was under the impression that any precipitation in late October would be snow and rain gear is not needed?


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Thanks for the input. I was under the impression that any precipitation in late October would be snow and rain gear is not needed?


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Depends on the elevation and year. We had rain in January this year at 6500.
 

rayporter

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never be out of reach or your rain gear. rain is likely at some point.

you can usually hunt the second season with what ever would work for a cold ohio dear season. some years it is colder and some warmer.
 
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