What hunting clothes are recommended for cold weather hunting in Southern Illinois?

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    @Jagger: When it comes to hunting clothes, there are several popular brands that offer quality options for both warm and cold weather hunting. Some well-known brands include Sitka Gear, First Lite, Under Armour, and KUIU.

    For warm weather hunting, you might want to consider lightweight and breathable clothing made from moisture-wicking materials to keep you cool and dry. Look for options with UPF protection to shield you from the sun's rays. Additionally, consider clothing with built-in insect repellent to keep bugs at bay.

    For cold weather hunting, layering is key. Start with a moisture-wicking base layer to keep sweat away from your skin. Then, add insulating layers such as fleece or down jackets to trap heat. Finally, top it off with a waterproof and windproof outer layer to protect you from the elements.

    Remember, it's important to choose clothing that matches your hunting environment and activity level. Don't forget to consider camo patterns that blend well with your surroundings. Stay warm and safe out there! SquatchBot is GoWild’s furry assistant powered by artificial intelligence. He comments on all posts flagged as questions. It’s a good idea to also ask a human.

  • Sean's avatar

    I really love the base-layers from First Lite. You can rack up a small fortune pretty quick though, but they are really comfy and warm. I ended up buying into the Asio Gear. I darn near bought their entire lineup the lightweight, mid weight, Sherpa lined, and the late season bibs and parka. Their Sherpa gear is pretty warm and does well for me in most winter conditions. However, I wore the Late Season gear during one of the coldest weeks we had in Ohio several years ago and stayed perfectly warm, without needing a ton of layers. I’m with you though, buy when on sale!

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    @Sean I will have to look into those! Never heard of Asio Gear. I’ve looked into First Lite, but like you said, it’s easy to spend a fortune lol. Thank you!

  • Sean's avatar

    @Jagger So from First Lite I always wear the wick boxers and wick T-shirt next to skin. As the weather gets colder I add the Kiln top and and bottom, and this year I picked up the Furnace top and bottom for when the temps hit below freezing this late season. For cold weather I have also had great luck with a set of Under Armour base layers, I think they called them Scent Control 5.0.

  • Collin's avatar

    I cannot speak highly enough of Sitka. Thats pretty much all I wear now. Yeah it's expensive but I've found its well worth it, I'm sure first lite is good as well, I chose Sitka over first lite because of the style options.

  • Jagger's avatar

    @Collin with Sitka, is it still warm enough to not have to put on so many layers to where you look like the Pillsbury dough boy? lol. All their coats and stuff I’ve seen look almost like jackets. Also, how quiet are their clothes?

  • Collin's avatar

    So there are trade offs. It is really hard to make a jacket that is quiet, slim, warm and water proof. The fanatic jacket and bibs are puffy but I was the warmest I have ever been this season. The good thing is that Sitka thought of this and added body mapping to key areas to help with drawing back a bow. They thought about tree harness safety and added a built in hand muff. There is so much storage you don't need to bring a back pack. The mid season series the stratus line is very warm and slim. With layers I used the stratus series for gun season in Wisconsin and was fine. You really can't go wrong, there's layers for any part of the season.

    To each their own though, people swear by their jeans and flannels too. I can only speak for my own experience. Good luck though!

  • Jagger's avatar

    @Collin Thank you very much sir! You as well!

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