I want to up date you on the progress of KUIU’s layering system. I have chosen fabrics, worked through initial designs and had the 1st proto type run of product made. A set was sent to me that arrived right before my trip to test.
My opinions are biased, so this week I sent out 15 sets to be tested and reviewed. There is quite a mix of testers. Guides and hunters are in the new gear hunting from Alaska to New Mexico. It will be stress tested in a variety of conditions, climates, hunts and terrain. All I have asked from the tester is to be up front and honest in their feed back.
Testing, testing and more testing is the key to a great product line. If any of the gear does not meet KUIU’s brand goals, changes will continue to be made until this is the finest layer system on the planet.
Enclosed Merino Base layer field-testing report from my Stone Sheep hunt. This will give you an idea of how the feedback that will come in from the field for each garment.
|KUIU Field Testing Report||MERINO 185 ZIP T
|Date||8/13/10 to 8/20/10|
|Location||Skeena Mountains, BC|
|Description of Test||Stone Sheep Hunt|
|Elevation Gain||A lot|
|Distance Traveled||Unknown- A lot|
|Terrain||Trail/off trail/ boulders/ side-hilling/ steep climbs & descents, Bush Wacking|
|Weather||Clear and warm/ Cold, rain, wet|
|Temp||80 degrees down to high 30’s|
|Pack Weight||45 LBS|
|KUIU Merino 185 Zip-T|
|Appearance||8- not in KUIU Camo|
|Sizing||9- not in KUIU Camo|
|Fit||8- need to lengthen by 1.5”|
|Comfort||10 Great weight for next to skin|
|Durability||8-two small holes where the hip belt buckle and belt buckle rubbed against the shirt.|
The Merino 185 base layer Zip-T always impresses me every time I wear it. The comfort, moisture control, temperature control, and odor management are truly remarkable. The length of the shirt needs to be increased by an 1”.
I wore the same shirt for all 6 days, which included warm weather, heavy bush wacking and long days traveling all with a pack on. The shirt was still wearable after 6 full tough days. This also includes sleeping in the shirt as well. I did rinse the shirt on the 3rd day in a river, ring it out and put it back on.
The only challenge with Merino is the durability, but this is a small trade off for everything else this product brings to the table for backpack hunting.