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Basel layers for tree stand sitting
I’m in need of some new insulation…merino wool still the way to go? Suggestions appreciated.
Yep. I like merino next to my skin, then my second layer is Cabelas Polarfleece.
Lol, my base layers are shorts, short sleeve shirt. Leafy bug suit on top with a thermacell blasting
I find mid-layers more important. Any good base and as many mid and outer layers as needed. One key thing is to NOT work up a sweat on your way in. Add layers on stand *before* you get cold.
I prefer a wicking layer of synthetic next to my skin and any wool or thick polar fleece over that. I wear an uninsulated camo jacket over my layers because it is versatile and mainly provides pockets. Craig, I don my harness at the base of the tree and carry outer layers up in my pack, of course, those are all zip front and a neck gaiter blocks any draft where my tether exits the collar.
"Suggestions appreciated." - In my later years the plan is to take my deer as early in the season as possible, then spend those freezing days at home cooking. Easier said than done.
For what temps? For anything up until "super cold" yes they are. When it gets to below freezing and beyond I am wearing my polar fleece base layers. They're simply the warmest. Whitetail hunting you are generally not battling the inability to wash base layers like you would on a pack in hunt. So while fleece wouldn't last as long without getting stinky, you A) aren't moving as much, and B) have the ability to wash.
I still have the same pair of Cabelas polar fleece brown/tan base layers years later and they're the best things I've ever bought. They make a difference of several degrees celsius of temps I can withstand.
I have a set of Scentlok Timber Fleece I bought in 2010. FLeece is some of the best outer layer clothing available. I always layer with merino.
Basel layers are good, but your biggest ally when it comes to killing big whitetails is thyme.