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Heater Body Suit Layering
I just purchased a Heater Body Suit and was wanting to hear from guys that use the system. I was wanting your tips on layering for different temperature ranges? I probably will be where I hunt below. I am all day sit guy for first three weeks of November in Ohio.
You’ll roast in Ohio in November
I will use it At 10 degrees and I’ve sat to -20 , I wear the same clothes I wear when it’s 40
Boy, I am a puss in cold weather. I lived nine years in Alaska and took the cold well as an Army Grunt but that was then. Today twenty five degrees is a challenge.
From zero to 25 insulated and light camo. After 30 A pair of light polar fleece pants and shirt is all you will need.
Everyone is different. I would be hot in one at 25 degrees if I wore more than a fleece and pants.
From the manufacturer:
What Do I Wear Under the Heater Body Suit?
25° – 35° Wear Moderate Fall Clothing, Sweatshirt, Military Pants, Light Long Underwear, Leather Boots
5° – 25° Wear Moderate Winter Clothing, Parka, Sweatshirt, Insulated or Military Pants, Heavy Long Underwear, PAC Boots,
Below 5° Wear Moderate Winter Clothing, Parka, Sweatshirt, Insulated Coveralls, Heavy Long Underwear, PAC Boots
Russell, I got the instructions but would obviously change out most of their clothing for lighter more efficient clothing.
I have had mine for 6 years now. When sitting its easy to unzip it. Don't over dress. carry in extra if you need it, then layer up. I use my boots and arctic shield boot blankets inside, keeps mud down also. They are amazing.
When it's hovering around 0 I dress like I would for 50 and I am usually very comfy. Depends on wind and what your comfort level is.
I never understood the waterproof version as I can't imagine using a heater when it is warm enough to rain or for snow to be an issue.
I was thinking like: 20-30 degrees Wool shirt Down vest Light hunting pants Light Merino wool base Light boots
10-20 degrees Mid weight Merino base Wool shirt Kuiu Parka Wool pants Wool socks Down booties
0- 15 degrees Light merino base Wool shirt Vest Kuiu parka Down pants Boot blankets
Twenty to thirty degrees is probably like zero to 10 for most of you all. All day sets where it doesn’t warm up will pull the heat as the day progresses.
Just some thoughts, I thought some of you guys would have some great suggestions.
How many of you that have HBS take your boots off? If your boots are wet, it is much harder to get legs in with boots.
Keep in mind that you can keep the zipper down a little and vent as much as needed. Sometimes I'll even leave the upper portion off when the sun comes out. Don't worry about overdressing.
I usually dress for the weather, and treat the body suit more as a "heated blind" I can climb in. That way if I choose to run and gun a little, I don't have to drag the body suit around.
Yes I remove my muddy boots if I’m in a stand where I can move around a little. Feels so comfortable! I have wrapped my boots in small plastic bags in an effort to protect the inside of the suit if my boots are wet or dirty
I seldom wear mine but when I do it is single digits or below and I'm hunting from the ground. I won't wear it in a tree stand. I dress warm when I use it and layer up. Even my toes stay warm in my HBS.
Lot of positive responses here.. I'm still very curious how many of you keep your boots on....especially if they are wet??
I always keep my boots on. Never really thought to take them off. I've had to get out of it in a hurry, and don't like the idea of not having boots on if it were to happen again.
Back to the layering, make sure you wear enough to handle a little time with your upper body out of the suit. I usually unzip and start to remove it as soon as animals are spotted. Often, it'll take quite awhile before it's safe to zip it back up.
Really glad to see some new comments. Thanks for the replies and keep them coming.
I've looked at them many times, but I'm frugal and have a tough time parting with that much money.
I'm also an all day sitter and being from central MN we have some pretty cool temps during November. I have a couple old military mummy bags, I've taken one of them with me when it gets really cold. Slip my boots off and slide in it.
As I get older (64 now) the cold seems to get to me worse every year. Guess one of these days I should just bite the bullet and get one.
Inshart, I hunted Minnesota for thee years in my thirty, when a little insulation wool pants and a parka was enough. Now I’m trying to figure out what is enough while maintaining kill mode.
Kinda not related to the original topic but i have hunted in a HBS and loved it but its pricey. I just recieved in mail today an Arctic Shield body suit for myself. Built very well and I'm certain I'll be very happy with it. Cost is substantially less than HBS with all the same features. Check them out, ordered mine on Ebay.
I saw that but went with the tried and true HBS.
I have an IWOM suit and last year in KS I had to walk in a muddy field to get to my stand. So I took a pair of slippers with me and took my boots. That kept the inside of my suit clean and my feet were toasty.
Dress relatively light, wear the artic shield boot covers after you get to stand, take a thermos of coffee and enjoy a day in the woods!