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Now that the cooler weather is here and we're preparing to go hunting, I'm wondering what you all have to say about insulated undergarments? I've always been a believer in the layer method and usually have so much on that's it's often been difficult to get a shot off on a covey rise, cause I have so much on. All I have ever used is insulated underwear. Tops & bottoms (we call them long handles). I purchased a set of goose down unders a few years back and, while it is the best thing for warmth I've had, it's bulky. (puffy & u gotta make sure your outergarments are larger than usual to accomadate the bulk). Wool as I understand retains it's warmth while wet, but is it really as warm as goose down? Thanks
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Down is the warmest if kept dry. Many people love fleece. I like and use wool because it is warm, doesn't hold odors and works even when a little wet. Some people are irritated by wool next to their skin. Wool and fleece are quiet.
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i much prefer combinations of wool and fleece in appropriate layers. down is useless when it gets wet. and that includes perspiration. down is way too expensive when you have to stay warm in both dry and more humid conditions... imho.
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Won't argue it's the best, but my preference is wool. I'm one of those people who Buck mentioned that don't like it against my skin, but a silk layer is enough to solve that. I find it much more durable than down or fleece. I do have and use fleece when the temps are little warmer. When it really gets cold, I break out the wool.
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I use layering with a wicking garment next to the skin and then wool over that followed by a gortex cover .

always remember, in cold cotton kills.....
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Down where it is dry cold, wool where it is wet cold, and fleece if you have another manmade fabric as a rain/wind shell.

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As an all year 'round fly fisherman here in, NC, i have found that fleece is best for me...I usually wear a synthetic base layer of poly pro mix, then the fleece pullover/vest, then my outer shell, and have been well served, especially after having stepped into a ''hidden hole," while wading and having to strip, wring, shake and then put back on wet clothes...


I especially like my fleece fingerless gloves when it gets really cold..i routinely dunk em in the water, etc., and they dry out fast, and keep my hands warm...

It is easy to care for, lots of styles, and affordable....
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When I hunt it's always wool. Nothing beats it.
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Smartwool for a base layer a mans (or womans) best friend, not irritating like other wool products.
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wool hands down. it actually still works when wet. even very wet.
wool is also better around campfires than say... fleece. if a spark hits fleece, it will not only burn through, it will melt to your body. i have learned this from personal experience.
while down is great for sleeping bags, you might as well sleep naked rather than trying to sleep in a bag that is wet. this makes me wonder why manufacturers haven't developed sleeping bags with wool insulation!
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Smartwool or Merino wool. I like to wear a base layer that wicks away moisture, as previously stated, with a wool shirt and pants on top. To be honest, it doesn't get too cold in Ohio until very late in the season though.
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Wool,it wicks away the moisture. It also dries fast. Any kind of moisture can be deadly in winter,even perspiration. I like to use 2-3 layers of thin to medium thicknesses of wool.Top off with a good military grade poncho with liner if really cold and you will be fine.
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I have to agree with the Saint, wicking base layer, wool, gortex.

Down for comforters.
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Big fan of wool here. Retains its insulating factor even when wet and its a tough sturdy fabric. Not to mention natural, much better than synthetic.
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Down is the warmest if kept dry. Many people love fleece. I like and use wool because it is warm, doesn't hold odors and works even when a little wet. Some people are irritated by wool next to their skin. Wool and fleece are quiet.
If wool itches you, try Merino Wool.

More expensive but the fibers are so fine they don't stick you, which is why wool itches.
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Thanks for the info. Now, I need to start looking where I can find some merino wool and probably look into a silk underlayer. I can Google, don't let the looks fool you, but any short cuts on vendors/sites would be appreciated too. Thanks again. Gotta love this forum
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might want to start here: http://www.sierratradingpost.com/?ut...processed=true

usually great prices on quality merchandise.
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Wool for hunting, but for regular hiking there is another solution not mentioned by the OP. as an alternative to down insulated clothes, many of the top end brands have garments insulated by synthetic insulation. That's always my preference due to the compressibility. All the upsides of down without the one downside. Some synthetic insulations these days come very close to being as good as down.
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Thanks for the info. Now, I need to start looking where I can find some merino wool and probably look into a silk underlayer. I can Google, don't let the looks fool you, but any short cuts on vendors/sites would be appreciated too. Thanks again. Gotta love this forum
Ibex is a great company for wool clothes.
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