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Thread: What Is The Best Layering System for Cold Weather, What Do You Use?

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    What Is The Best Layering System for Cold Weather, What Do You Use?

    I am going to be buying some new camo and am trying to think of what to get that would be good for layering under it. I use to wear a very heavy bulky coat when it gets cold and want to switch to a lighter jacket and have some better mid layers. For me I have found that the under armour cold gear base layers are good. I need to find a good mid layers.

    What is the best mid layer that you use?

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    Get a few different thickness of merino wool.

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    +1 on the merino.

    I use First Light wool in ASAT camo. It is the best and most comfortable I have found. I also use Patagonia Capiline from time to time as well. It is very warm for the weight and doesn't get heavy when it is wet like wool. But nothing matches the warmth to weight ratio of good merino wool.

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    It's hard to beat merino wool but a good and usually a little cheaper alternative is fleece. I like a wicking base layer like your UA or the ones I have from Cabelas, then fleece, once again Cabelas has some good choices, then your outer wear. The key is to get several items of varying weight so you can mix and match as the conditions demand.

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    To be honest I don't like UA in cold weather where I might sweat and then sit in a treestand. I just feel damp all day. I like to were a t-shirt in, then put on a Duotech thermals (the new kind, not sure what its called), then a fleece vest, and then maybe a windblocker henley or wool sweater (cabelas makes a cheap one that I love in tall sizes). The high loft fleece or wool are great for keeping warm. Plus you can get non-camo stuff very cheap so you can buy multiple sets to change out if you sweat one day.
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    Thanks for the replies.. Looks like a merino wool might be the way to go..
    Darton DS 3800

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    Love My Underarmour or Underarmour like clothes as baselayers...I prefer Tight fitting...my dad doesnt...but certainly I never wear any Cotton especially on my skin. Underarmour baselayers...then duofold thermals...heavy or mid weight...then some fleece maybe and my outer wear...

    If its really cold I have a set of black fleece cabelas windshear pants I wear under my camo and a 550 Fill Down vest.

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    I started using this combo last year and I love it:

    Under armor cold gear
    Cabelas polartec heavy weight
    Cabelas polartec expedition weight

    the polartec stuff is great and not that expensive. Good luck!
    In Between.....

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    Underarmour (is not for everybody and it takes getting used to).
    Polypro underwear.
    Wool sweater on top, fleece bibs on bottom.
    Fleece vest.
    Camo outers (wool ones when its COOOOOLD cold).

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    Long underwear,
    Blue Jeans
    coveralls or hunting pants...

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