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  • November 29, 2012 at 3:58 pm #497026 Back to Top REPORT

    calhoun

    Joined: 11/28/2007
    I thought I would share some knowledge I have gained totally from experience. The info may be common knowledge to some but I’m sure there are others that are like me.
    I hunt in western Ky. Our season runs from Sept. thru Jan. so you can hunt in temps ranging from the 90′s-20′s. I used to freeze my butt off when temps fell below freezing. Even though I had on so many layers I could barely draw my bow. I had the 1200 gram thinsulate boots, I spent some money at BPS on the E.C.W.S bibs and parka (about a $275 pair). I didn’t spend a lot on base layers though. Anyway I still froze.
    Now I’ve figured a few things out that work very well for me. Stay away from cotton. Merino wool is the cats meow but expensive. Polyester is a good option and affordable. Wear what is considered lite weight as your first layer. It needs to fit snug but not be tight or restricting. Make your next layer a heavier set. It seems the heavier weight stuff holds sweat between it and your skin longer.
    Now for cold weather on top of that I’m wearing ASAT’s Elite Extreme Pants, on top I’ve got the Llano by first lite as a base, the Labrador full zip over that. Both of these garments are merino, a little pricey but worth every dime. They fit your body well and I can wear my ASAT elite extreme jacket over that if I need to. The Elite line from ASAT is pretty much polyester.
    You need to make sure your base layers can tuck in your pants. I wear the brimmed beanie and neck gaiter by first lite and a pair of mid weight manzella bow gloves.
    For my feet I wear a polypropylene liner, a good heavy sock like BPS’s lifetime guarantee, and uninsulated boots. This keeps my feet sweat to a minimum while walking to my stand. When I get in my stand I put on boot blankets with those hand warmer bags over my toes.
    There you go. I’m staying warm now with much less bulk, and not sweating my butt off walking in. This makes my hunts much more enjoyable and comfortable. To me that means my odds are better waiting for the big one.
    I know the cost of the clothes I mentioned is an issue, however IMO they are worth it. Also I’m sure my outfit wasn’t much more than we have in our bows. Plus asat is superior to any other pattern out ther IMO.
    Hope this helps someone stay warmer.
    November 29, 2012 at 4:09 pm #542261 Back to Top REPORT
    kdohio
    kdohio

    Age: 49
    Joined: 12/5/2010
    Location: Ohio
    In addition to the various layering strategies, I also utilize strategically placed Thermo-care patches and hand warmers when it’s really cold.
    I place thermo-care patches on my lower back and hand warmers in my boots and pockets. I also wear a knit hat and place a hand warmer inside the fold at the back and position it so it rests against the back of my head, low, at the base of my head and top of my neck. This has worked out very well.
    Now several of the companies that make hand warmers also make body patches that will work just like thermo-care patches and are much cheaper.
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    November 29, 2012 at 4:35 pm #542262 Back to Top REPORT
    bow-drawn
    Bow Drawn

    Age: 62
    Joined: 11/14/2007
    Location: Ohio
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    The merino wool in first lite on your layering is a key component. I agree with how you stay warm and I include a hand muff with hand warmers so I can use mid weight gloves for better handling of the bow and release.

    Camo is a personal preference :D

    December 4, 2012 at 5:51 pm #542263 Back to Top REPORT
    l-o-s-t-arrow
    L.O.S.T.Arrow

    Joined: 5/16/2006
    Location: Alberta
    :D :thumbup good stuff
    December 6, 2012 at 1:57 am #542264 Back to Top REPORT
    buckeyebowman
    buckeyebowman

    Age: 61
    Joined: 9/9/2004

    I thought I would share some knowledge I have gained totally from experience. The info may be common knowledge to some but I’m sure there are others that are like me.
    I hunt in western Ky. Our season runs from Sept. thru Jan. so you can hunt in temps ranging from the 90′s-20′s. I used to freeze my butt off when temps fell below freezing. Even though I had on so many layers I could barely draw my bow. I had the 1200 gram thinsulate boots, I spent some money at BPS on the E.C.W.S bibs and parka (about a $275 pair). I didn’t spend a lot on base layers though. Anyway I still froze.
    Now I’ve figured a few things out that work very well for me. Stay away from cotton. Merino wool is the cats meow but expensive. Polyester is a good option and affordable. Wear what is considered lite weight as your first layer. It needs to fit snug but not be tight or restricting. Make your next layer a heavier set. It seems the heavier weight stuff holds sweat between it and your skin longer.
    Now for cold weather on top of that I’m wearing ASAT’s Elite Extreme Pants, on top I’ve got the Llano by first lite as a base, the Labrador full zip over that. Both of these garments are merino, a little pricey but worth every dime. They fit your body well and I can wear my ASAT elite extreme jacket over that if I need to. The Elite line from ASAT is pretty much polyester.
    You need to make sure your base layers can tuck in your pants. I wear the brimmed beanie and neck gaiter by first lite and a pair of mid weight manzella bow gloves.
    For my feet I wear a polypropylene liner, a good heavy sock like BPS’s lifetime guarantee, and uninsulated boots. This keeps my feet sweat to a minimum while walking to my stand. When I get in my stand I put on boot blankets with those hand warmer bags over my toes.
    There you go. I’m staying warm now with much less bulk, and not sweating my butt off walking in. This makes my hunts much more enjoyable and comfortable. To me that means my odds are better waiting for the big one.
    I know the cost of the clothes I mentioned is an issue,[/color:27ousv02] however IMO they are worth it. Also I’m sure my outfit wasn’t much more than we have in our bows. Plus asat is superior to any other pattern out ther IMO.

    Well, it’s really only an issue once or twice. If you take care of good quality gear, it will last for many seasons. You don’t have to buy this stuff every year. That’s why, in the long run, it pays to spend the money for top quality merchandise. It works and it lasts.
    Hope this helps someone stay warmer.[/quote:27ousv02]

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