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#3223258 - 12/17/19 08:27 PM Re: Dialing in my cold weather gear [Re: obsessed1]
Rock Knocker Offline
Die Hard Member III

Registered: 12/29/11
Posts: 3307
Loc: Buffalo, MN
If I had to chose, I would skimp on the base layer, doesnt need to be fancy as long as it keeps the wool pants and sweaters from rubbing on me. Then put the saved money into knit wool sweaters and pants.

Merino wool underwear in my opinion is much less cost effective than cheap used wool clothes, it's great but two $20 sweaters are a lot warmer than a single $40 merino undershirt.

Wool pants are the hard ones to find and usually costs a bet more.

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#3224934 - 12/28/19 12:01 PM Re: Dialing in my cold weather gear [Re: Rock Knocker]
LittleAndy Offline
Seasoned Member

Registered: 01/14/15
Posts: 131
Loc: Northwest North Dakota
For anyone considering making their own Heated clothing for cold weather hunting I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this for a heating element. https://www.ebay.com/itm/5V-USB-Electric-Cloth-Heater-Pad-Heating-for-Waist-Abdomen-Cushion-Pet-Warmer-US/401966679072?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649

I have tried a couple different heated clothing inserts and have been disappointed. Yesterday the elements in that link finally showed up and I got to testing them. HOLY BALLS. It gets plenty warm. So warm that I think a guy could run it on low or medium and stay plenty warm. Only thing is a guy has to make sure you have a usb power pack with a supply of at least 2.1A. anything less and it won't work properly.

I messed with mine last night for about 2 hours and running it on high most of the 2 hour time frame I used up less than half of the available juice in my 20,000mah power pack. I have no reason to believe a guy wouldn't see at least 5 straight hours on medium power.

I went ahead a sewed it onto a strip of velcro so it can be stuck to the inside of a long sleeve shirt that I added velcro to. Hopefully this evening I'll have time to get out and try it out chasing yotes.
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#3225164 - 12/29/19 01:33 PM Re: Dialing in my cold weather gear [Re: LittleAndy]
huntschool Offline
Seasoned Member

Registered: 02/06/04
Posts: 490
Loc: Southernmost IL
I bought a set of Merino wool a number of years ago after my heart surgery caught up to me. The company that made the set is no longer in business but the product is really great.

I do layer but I use the UA type long sleeve shirts as the next to skin base. Then the Merino, then a shirt and then a medium fleece pullover. As an outer layer I use a no longer available Columbia anorak that seals tightly at the waist so my upper core is really warm.

My biggest problem now is circulation to my hands and feet. I have tried electric sox but the ones I tried did not seem to do the job. I am kind of caught in the middle here. If I go to heavier boots the weight nocks the heck out of my stamina and I cant walk very far so I am still working on that.

Gloves are a whole other thing. I use chemical hand warmers inside the glove on my left hand as I am right handed but keep my lightly gloved right hand covered and holding a chemical pack. Thats the best I can do right now.

The Merino wool is the best thing in the world for me.
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#3227350 - 01/09/20 12:19 PM Re: Dialing in my cold weather gear [Re: obsessed1]
Shooter222 Offline
Seasoned Member

Registered: 01/06/20
Posts: 121
Loc: Michigan
Shiver Shield


Pricey as all get out , but very thin and extremely warm.
Amazing stuff for cold weather.

Watch the vids on their website.

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#3228933 - 01/18/20 02:52 PM Re: Dialing in my cold weather gear [Re: huntschool]
Rock Knocker Offline
Die Hard Member III

Registered: 12/29/11
Posts: 3307
Loc: Buffalo, MN
Originally Posted By: huntschool
I bought a set of Merino wool a number of years ago after my heart surgery caught up to me. The company that made the set is no longer in business but the product is really great.

I do layer but I use the UA type long sleeve shirts as the next to skin base. Then the Merino, then a shirt and then a medium fleece pullover. As an outer layer I use a no longer available Columbia anorak that seals tightly at the waist so my upper core is really warm.

Instead of buying "heavier" boots try buying a size larger boots.

!!!!!!!---In my experience there is less difference in boot insulation than what sort of added insulation that you can get into the boot.

For example my 16 year old pair of unbelievably durable 400g thinsulate Irish setters that are worn in and can fit larger wool socks than my new 1000g thinsulate irish setters and the lighter boots are just as warm but considerably smaller.

Moving up a size of boot also gives some wiggle room to flex and move your toes around when sitting and that little wiggle in the boot causes friction when walking which does a lot.---!!!!!!!!

My biggest problem now is circulation to my hands and feet. I have tried electric sox but the ones I tried did not seem to do the job. I am kind of caught in the middle here. If I go to heavier boots the weight nocks the heck out of my stamina and I cant walk very far so I am still working on that.

Gloves are a whole other thing. I use chemical hand warmers inside the glove on my left hand as I am right handed but keep my lightly gloved right hand covered and holding a chemical pack. Thats the best I can do right now.

The Merino wool is the best thing in the world for me.


I sure fudged up the quoting function and I cant fix it on my terrible little touchscreen gizmo... I surrounded my addition with!!!!!!!!!!

Basically in my opinion it doesnt matter how insulated you boots are, if they're too tight to get the socks you need into them or tied too tight you're going to get cold feet.


Edited by Rock Knocker (01/18/20 03:04 PM)

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#3229019 - 01/19/20 12:29 AM Re: Dialing in my cold weather gear [Re: Rock Knocker]
huntschool Offline
Seasoned Member

Registered: 02/06/04
Posts: 490
Loc: Southernmost IL
Originally Posted By: Rock Knocker
Originally Posted By: huntschool


!!!!!!!---In my experience there is less difference in boot insulation than what sort of added insulation that you can get into the boot.

For example my 16 year old pair of unbelievably durable 400g thinsulate Irish setters that are worn in and can fit larger wool socks than my new 1000g thinsulate irish setters and the lighter boots are just as warm but considerably smaller.

Moving up a size of boot also gives some wiggle room to flex and move your toes around when sitting and that little wiggle in the boot causes friction when walking which does a lot.---!!!!!!!!


I sure fudged up the quoting function and I cant fix it on my terrible little touchscreen gizmo... I surrounded my addition with!!!!!!!!!!

Basically in my opinion it doesnt matter how insulated you boots are, if they're too tight to get the socks you need into them or tied too tight you're going to get cold feet.


I got that... Boots are good to go as is with some electric sox cept the power does not las long enough with the ones I have.

I wear Bean boots most of the time.
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Game Preserve/Shooting Complex Mgt
Southeastern Illinois College
NSCA Level III Instructor

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#3230292 - 01/26/20 08:00 PM Re: Dialing in my cold weather gear [Re: obsessed1]
mserman Offline
Predator Master

Registered: 12/08/13
Posts: 87
Loc: Upper Peninsula MI
Boots wise, I wear Danner 200g Pronghorns with a thin merino wool liner sock and a thick outter wool sock.


Edited by mserman (01/26/20 08:01 PM)

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