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  • Fergall
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    I wear wear for a cold-weather hunting coat my welding blanket https://afterpaints.com/best-welding-blankets/ cause it's usually very cold in the forest. It gives me sense of freedom on the move. My father told me this secret when we were hunting together. He was a welder, as you can guess. It was a great time when we spend a lot time together and I miss it now very much, especially, when I have to take a hard decision. Before he gave me good advices, but now it became my role - to help my sons. I dream about take them to the hunting and tell all my father's hunting secrets.

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  • Red Angus
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    Originally posted by fitch270 View Post
    My kid has taken to "borrowing" a Carhartt stonewashed jacket I bought back in the late 80's-early90's for casual wear. Cool looking coat, but cut a bit short in the torso to keep me warm in cold weather. I also have a pair of insulated bibs I break out when it's brutal cold but no snow. My biggest issue with those is the freeze/thaw that happens getting in and out of the truck all day when there's snow on the ground. The stuff sticks to the cuffs, melts and soaks in, then when I get out at the next stop more sticks to the wet fabric and keeps repeating. By the end of the day I have icecicles up to my thighs. Pretty much why I gave up on anything cotton if it's not bone dry out.
    I wouldn't know anything about that "borrowing" business. 😉

    T shirts are the only clothing I have issues with being long enough in the torso, then I discovered the military surplus store in town sells army PT shirts for $1. Sturdy T shirts that actually fit for $1 apiece is hard to beat.

    I've had similar experience, but my solution for non-insilated overalls was to tuck them into tall topped boots. As a rule I don't wear my insulated overalls when I'm going to be in and out of a vehicle frequently.
    Last edited by Red Angus; 10-09-2020, 06:15 PM.

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  • fitch270
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    My kid has taken to "borrowing" a Carhartt stonewashed jacket I bought back in the late 80's-early90's for casual wear. Cool looking coat, but cut a bit short in the torso to keep me warm in cold weather. I also have a pair of insulated bibs I break out when it's brutal cold but no snow. My biggest issue with those is the freeze/thaw that happens getting in and out of the truck all day when there's snow on the ground. The stuff sticks to the cuffs, melts and soaks in, then when I get out at the next stop more sticks to the wet fabric and keeps repeating. By the end of the day I have icecicles up to my thighs. Pretty much why I gave up on anything cotton if it's not bone dry out.

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  • Red Angus
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    Nothing has changed to speak of regarding my cold weather clothing. That is unless the Carhart coat I bought on clearance 18 months ago for when I finish wearing out the Berne coat I currently use counts.

    I’ve never tried any modern stuff Fitch mentioned, largely because my work clothes are also my work clothes and Carhart has never failed me.

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  • fitch270
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    Hey, why not revive a two year old post that’s been sitting at the top. Especially since it’s getting to be that time.

    A couple years ago my Dad picked up a Marmot down puffy at the second hand store they run on the college campus here in town. It fit me better than the boy until he grew a bit more so I wore it around town that first winter, I was amazed at how warm such a light layer could be. When I started getting gear together for our Montana trip one of the first things I looked for deals on was a decent puffy. I came across a bargain on a Kryptek Aquillo jacket so I bought it and am very pleased with the purchase. It’s not the type of thing to go brush busting in, but for cold weather it packs great on the hike in and is toasty warm once you need it. My previous go to were a pair of Cabela’s Berber Fleece coats, one a zip up jacket that still gets used regularly and a hooded pullover that I bought a size larger for layering. That actually works over the puffy but wouldn’t be needed unless it was single digits or less. Maybe for a late season muzzleloader sit in the shack I might have to try them together.

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  • Red Angus
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    Originally posted by PigHunter View Post
    When it's cold (for Alabama), I'll wear insulated bibs, coat, and boots over layers. Topped with an insulated hood / facemask. Sometimes, I'll cover with a poncho for a windbreaker.
    Low 40's is cold?? You should come visit sometime in January or February when it's single digits with a 35mph NW wind. Cold takes on a whole new meaning.

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  • PigHunter
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    Originally posted by PigHunter View Post
    When it's cold (for Alabama), I'll wear insulated bibs, coat, and boots over layers. Topped with an insulated hood / facemask. Sometimes, I'll cover with a poncho for a windbreaker.
    Dang Jumbo, it was probably in the low 40's that cold morning in Alabama

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  • jhjimbo
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    Originally posted by jhjimbo View Post
    Filson Double Mackinaw Parka with Filson Vest and wool shirt. Never get cold there.
    If you have not tried a muffler on real cold days you should try one. It hangs on the neck and you do not wear gloves so it is easy to fire gun or bow bare hands. Also, you can put a hand warmer in there if you like.
    I use the Jon-E hand warmer so I can use it on the face.

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  • jhjimbo
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    Originally posted by bowhunter75richard View Post
    Layering of clothes does not help to keep you warm if the layers are not loose enough to trap air between them. It is this trapped air that works as a insulating factor and not the number of layers that fit too tightly against each other. Loose fitting sweat pants under a pair of loose fitting wool pants will trap the warm body heat around the legs much better than a pair of tight long johns. The same with the upper body. Keep the clothing loose fitting to keep warm. A wool cap or stocking cap and a good face mask make all the difference between being comfortable and wanting to leave the woods too soon. The big problem is keeping the feet warm and this can be helped by keeping the blood in the legs warm as it feeds into the feet, and this is accomplished with the loose fitting clothes around the legs !
    I have this char-heater to take in my ground blind with me. Works great, I start it like a charcoal grill at camp. It is triple wall so it rides in my ATV basket with cover on. I carry zip lock bags with extra coals. When it dies down a little, just tap it and it perks right up. Up in Mich. it is so cold, the Char-Heat Co, sells a big wool poncho to cover over with and you bring the heater right inside with you. The heat escapes from the top and goes straight up so game never smells it. I don't use the poncho, there is enough heat coming up under my parka to keep me warm. My feet have 'Arctic Shield' booties that go right over my hunting boots. Great when you want to take a stand for a long time. Not for walking. Well worth the $30 or so they cost.
    https://www.sportsmansguide.com/product/index/charheat-heater?a=403594

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  • jhjimbo
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    Originally posted by PigHunter View Post
    When it's cold (for Alabama), I'll wear insulated bibs, coat, and boots over layers. Topped with an insulated hood / facemask. Sometimes, I'll cover with a poncho for a windbreaker.
    What's all this, the sun is shining.

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  • 99explorer
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    I wear a Remington camo quilted jacket that I picked up at a country Walmart one cold morning years ago.

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  • 99explorer
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    Originally posted by Treestand View Post
    A long sleeve Camo shirt, long Camo Cargo Paints, Snake Boots,Camo Hat with bug vale, Camo Gloves. 1 Rifle, 3 round of 7mm/08 ammo, 1 Energy Bar and by 7:30 to 8:45 1 6pt or Larger Buck on my ATV back to Camp.
    That must have been one of those snow snakes we've been hearing about.

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  • bowhunter75richard
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    Originally posted by bowhunter75richard View Post
    Layering of clothes does not help to keep you warm if the layers are not loose enough to trap air between them. It is this trapped air that works as a insulating factor and not the number of layers that fit too tightly against each other. Loose fitting sweat pants under a pair of loose fitting wool pants will trap the warm body heat around the legs much better than a pair of tight long johns. The same with the upper body. Keep the clothing loose fitting to keep warm. A wool cap or stocking cap and a good face mask make all the difference between being comfortable and wanting to leave the woods too soon. The big problem is keeping the feet warm and this can be helped by keeping the blood in the legs warm as it feeds into the feet, and this is accomplished with the loose fitting clothes around the legs !
    If it is not compressing it is loose, and if there is compression, the insulating factor is destroyed, or at least greatly diminished. But your principal is most correct !

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  • MattM37
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    Originally posted by bowhunter75richard View Post
    Layering of clothes does not help to keep you warm if the layers are not loose enough to trap air between them. It is this trapped air that works as a insulating factor and not the number of layers that fit too tightly against each other. Loose fitting sweat pants under a pair of loose fitting wool pants will trap the warm body heat around the legs much better than a pair of tight long johns. The same with the upper body. Keep the clothing loose fitting to keep warm. A wool cap or stocking cap and a good face mask make all the difference between being comfortable and wanting to leave the woods too soon. The big problem is keeping the feet warm and this can be helped by keeping the blood in the legs warm as it feeds into the feet, and this is accomplished with the loose fitting clothes around the legs !
    Yep, the loose layering is important, but also remember that wool and polar fleece trap air within their fibers (so does cotton when it's absolutely dry, but only then). As long as the next layer doesn't compress the one underneath, layering that doesn't seem all that "loose" is still effective.

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  • PigHunter
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    Originally posted by PigHunter View Post
    When it's cold (for Alabama), I'll wear insulated bibs, coat, and boots over layers. Topped with an insulated hood / facemask. Sometimes, I'll cover with a poncho for a windbreaker.
    LOL! I suppose so! But state orange regs and safety come first. That's the brightest orange hat I have.

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