Wish list

2ski

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I'm working on a "wish list" for my hunting gear and am good on most except for clothing. There's so many choices out there. For right now, I'm looking at a system for late fall and into early winter. So if you could just do one of each of pants, coat, mid-layer, base-layer, insulation, ect to cover the gammut from say in the 50's down to around the teens what would you go with? I guess, I'm asking what your first purchases would be to last a year or two before increasing your gear to include more specific times of the year.
Rain gear doesn't need to be included. I figure if I have some sort of shell and pants that at least have a dwr finish, I'll be alright for most of my hunting in MT for now.
 

BigSurArcher

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If assembled correctly, the combination of each of the items you described should keep you comfortable throughout the entire year- no matter the temperature or time of year. I hunt temperatures ranging from 110 degrees during archery deer season here in California, down to single digit temps while predator hunting the high deserts in January. All is done comfortably with one clothing system. Basically for the hottest weather I'll wear the bare minimum of the system- a semi-snug fitting base layer long sleeve top (think thin Merino wool), a semi-lightweight pair of high quality pants that use the higher end materials seen today, and thin Merino wool socks. As the temps drop I add more layers on the outside on top, and more layers (UA and/or Merino) under that same pair of pants. Throw on some thicker wool socks and I'm fine. For the coldest of temps I like merino base, thin fleece on top of that, then a high quality vest, with a quality soft shell athletic cut jacket outside that. The only thing I feel I have been missing out on for stationary periods in extreme cold is a high quality light weight down jacket. I don't feel the need to throw manufacture names out there, plenty of other people will tell you to get what they have lol. I get what's comfortable for me, but I'm not going to assume it will be comfortable for you too. Most high quality companies make similar items, so you have options. The nice thing about not skimping on quality is the added versatility of most items. I think you will be pleasantly surprised with the wide temp ranges you can cover using so few high quality garments.
 

tstowater

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If you want the gear to be camo, that will shorten the list opportunities a little. There is a lot of non-camo gear out there that is plain awesome. If you are more interested in the camo side, especially merino, I would look at the KUIU and First Lite lines. I don't have any experience with Kryptek gear, but it appears to be good stuff. Sitka should be good and there are several other lines to look at. If you want a "system" approach (one company), that may shorten your options. With the competition out there, the quality and options should continue to get better as long as the companies don't short cut quality. I'll leave that part alone. Personally, I have KUIU, but I wouldn't be afraid to start someplace else. Start early to make sure you can get the pieces you want. Some of the companies will run out of product and sometimes you can find close-outs, sales and second-hand. If you read some of the threads here, you will also see that the pieces may change from model year to model year.
 

opg

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I took some advice from someone on here and bought a Arcteryx Alot LT. I had a hard time choosing between Patagonia Nano Puff,Kuiu SD and the Arcteryx atom. It can be used as a great hunting layering piece or worn with a pair of jeans. I would have never guessed that something that light could be so warm. Im going to ask santa for the hoodie version this Christmas. The jacket is a little pricey but well worth the money. I bought mine on ebay for 130(shipping included).
 
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