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Old 07-09-2007, 04:12 PM   #1
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When you are deer hunting in the extreme cold, the typical idea would be to layer as many pairs of clothes as possible, has anyone ever experienced putting too many clothes on, then sweating, then having the sweat get freezing cold and having to remove ALL the layers and use a hunting lantern to finally warm up? What is the best way to avoid this? Thanks!

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Old 07-09-2007, 07:57 PM   #2
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Here in central Texas I usually opt for a t-shirt for opening day and a light jacket for later in season.

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I layer according to the activity that I am expecting. What that usually means is that I am chilled a bit when I first set out. The trick is to take off and put on layers depending on what you are feeling. Also, a hat plays very highly in this, and you can change how you are feeling, and sweating, by changing how you wear that hat. It takes practice, but it can be done.

What is hard is to expect below zero temperatures and then hit 60 degrees.. I much prefer to hunt in below zero..
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If you know that you are going to be facing very cold temps; but working hard enough to sweat, then having to sit still, you might want to experiment with the "vapour barrier" theory of staying warm, rather than the "layer" theory.
In short, make your first layer impervious to moisture, then add conventional insulation.
When I first started, I used drycleaners bags, make a hole just big enough to stretch over your head, and holes just big enough for your arms. And the only thing under the bag is my briefs. Then a T-shirt, and a light sweater, a pair of mid-weight insulated drawers (long-john pants) followed by a pair of lined jeans, and you will amaze your friends and yourself at how warm you are, if you stay out of the wind. And if it's windy, you just need to add a wind/waterproof layer over top.

After a winter using the drycleanrs bags, I bought a lightweight wetsuit, 3mm neoprene, with short sleeves and short legs, like waterskiers use in cool temps.

For the last 7 winters I've worked in the Fort Saint John and Fort Nelson area of BC, so I'm passingly familiar with cool temps.

(find Juneau Alaska, then go east 400 miles)
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