California’s archery deer season begins the second weekend in July. My dad and I have been hunting the opener together for most of my life. This past weekend we did a bivy hunt into a new area here in Northern California’s A-Zone. The hunt was great, we saw a lot of deer and made two stalks. Both were spoiled at the last second by smaller bucks while maneuvering to get a shot on the bigger buck.
It was hot; Temperatures were well over ninety degrees. During a climb out of a canyon I was thinking about my base layer’s moisture and temperature management as I was in a full sweat.
We have discussed water-proof breathable laminates, soft shell’s, backpacks, pants and camouflage. What do you like, hate and expect from your base layer system?
Below are my goals for KUIU’s base layers:
- Moisture management
- Temperature management in cold and warm weather
- Odor management
- Fit (non-compression)
- Two different weight fabrics for layering
- High quality fabric
Base-layer features I do not like:
- Compression Fit
- Elastomers/Lycra in the fabric for stretch
- Poor or no odor control
- Chemical wicking agents added (they wash out over time)
- Poor fit/ too loose in body neck and sleeves
- Non-camouflage; cannot be part of a complete camouflage skin-to-shell system
- Poor/cheap quality
Base layers are the platform for your system. If you do not put a high quality fabric next to your skin to manage moisture and temperature the rest of your system will degrade. Let me know what else we should add to these lists, what you wear and like. Thank you in advance for your input.