Just curious what u guys are using for an insulating layer? Do u prefer a down vest or a jacket like the Kuiu Spindrift? That and some merino is on my to do list for this year depending on the Idaho draw results! Thanks all.
I just throw on an extra layer if needed when sitting but if hiking it really isn't needed for me, I also run warm so really a warmer base under the vest makes a diff. I take both the FL Llano and Chama, run a vest on top and am comfortable. If I get cold then i'll put the labrador on (fleece in past years). If raining then it depends on if I am hiking or not what is under the rain jacket. The rain jacket and labrador will be new this year but I really have not had an issue staying warm in Sep. Come later in the year when treestand hunting here in KC once in the stand I wear Cabelas wooltimate with windshear.I realize that to an extent, but even in August up here when temps can swing from 75 degrees to 25 degrees I bring a puffy coat over vest. I am sure September in CO at 10K' is the same deal so the temps are very similar I would imagine and climates aren't that different at that point, but most of you prefer vests it seems so I am just wondering what you guys do when it gets down to 40 or so degrees in the mornings which can happen at anytime in CO at that elevation from what I gather. A base layer and vest certainly wouldn't cut it for me. Granted the much heavier system of vest and softshell jacket might, but the warmth to weight of a puffy far exceed a simple vest and softshell IMO.
I have only had it a short time (since jan) I don't know about long term durability but my base layers have lasted. I really don't see me using it much in CO unless i'm sitting glassing. Last year I only used a fleece under my vest and it worked great so the labrador should work really well. I am not a fan of softshell jackets and didn't use the one I had last year once.Dotman, I was thing about getting the labrador jacket. How durable is it? Have you used it much as an outer layer?
In August/Sept up here I plan for the same, though once you get above 60 degrees you can't get much less than a base layer Sounds like you wouldn't have to curtail your system too much for coming up to Alaska. What you use down there would likely be just fine I am sure. September you can see 15-70 degrees easily on the same trip so you'll be more than ok with all them layers you haul along.Also I plan my layering around temp swings from 15 - 90.