• Arizona Wanderings

    Nice article. I’ve been reassessing my clothing system recently. Looking to add more merino.

    Ben

    • SoleAdventure

      Thanks, Ben! You gotta’ love merino…

    • Aznealz

      Me too.

  • Adam Brister

    Nice article Mark! I’ve been thinking about jumping on the merino train myself. The benefits of it seem too great to pass up. I may have a base layer set by September.

    • SoleAdventure

      Do it, Adam! :-) I’ve tried a lot of merino brands, so let me know if you have any questions.

      • Adam Brister

        I’m leaning toward the First Lite merino. I’m guessing you have some experience with them. What are your thoughts on the Llano crew top?

        • SoleAdventure

          Yeah, I’ve tried a lot of merino (KUIU, SmartWool, Filson, etc.), and First Lite is my favorite. The Llano is the lightest-weight top, and is great for warm weather, or as a base layer for layering in cooler weather. I wear it on pretty much every hunt, regardless of the conditions. If you’ll be hunting any warmer weather then go with the Llano QZ – being able to open up that zip is great for venting during a climb.

          I’ll have a review/video up of my First Lite system next week.

  • Ben Adams

    Great post, Mark! I wish it got cold enough here in AR where I hunt to layer up! Most of the time the past few years you can just about wear pants and a long sleeve shirt and that’s it.

    • SoleAdventure

      It’s been quite warm in MO for the past couple of seasons, at least around the rut anyway. I’m sure glad to have those layers in Dec/Jan though! And hunting at 10,000′ in CO could serve up anything, including snow in September.

      • Ben Adams

        No doubt! A climate change for sure from what we are used to!

  • Fshrmon

    This is a perfectly timed article as I’m just about to head out to get my clothing for this fall archery season and I’ve been researching what I’m going to do out West too. From a fall early season hunt to a late season Nov. hunt in the mountains. This was great. Thanks!

    • SoleAdventure

      Glad you enjoyed it! Let me know if you have any questions.

  • I very badly need to get some better layers for this year. I made the mistake of using cotton last year. I need some good base layers, my midweight and outer layers will be set for a little while longer. I’ve had rec’s for Filson, myself. And they make them in women’s sizes and cuts.

  • Patch

    I realy enjoy your easy reading articles. I also love merino wool, and ASAT. Keep up the great articles.

  • nhErik

    How snug must the layers fit…base, mid? Trying to figure out which size to get for the Llano and Chama…traditonally I get a Lg and its a relaxed/loose fit, not a tapered or more snug type fit…so does that mean a Medium would be the best choice? Also, have you tested the LL Bean Cresta wool baselayers? are they similar fit? I have two of the Mid weight Cresta wool crews…love them, but wonder if I should have gotten a medium tall to be more snug against my skin??

    Thanks,
    Erik

    • SoleAdventure

      Hi Erik,

      Great questions! The First Lite system is built for layering, so you don’t need to “size up” and you move from base layers to mid layers to outer layers. That said, the only thing that runs slight smaller is the Llano. I have everything in size Large, and I’m 6′ 3″ and float somewhere a little over/under 200lbs. Does that help? If you’re, say, less than 6′ 1″ and 180 or so, I would probably go down to Medium.

      I haven’t tested the LL Bean stuff. Good luck!

  • nhErik

    I’m strictly a wool pants and jacket hunter to keep warm and very very quiet on the stalk. I’m not new to wool or merino wool or to some level of layering, but the
    FL line of merino wool garments with there layers is new to me.

    Question…

    Say with the Kanab/Allegheny combo for bottoms and layering with llano, chama, and Labrador uppers…what is the coldest temps you’ve used this in and been comfortable? I won’t be climbing mountains in search of elk, but will either be still hunting or tracking bucks in the northern spruce forests of NH. Last year in the second week of November, the temps were single digits or low teens in the morning and rose to 30-40 degrees by noon. Just wondering if those layers can handle temps like that or if I should put on a wool jac-shirt to keep “Frosty” away.

    What’s your thought?

    Thanks in advance
    Erik

    • SoleAdventure

      Movement makes all of the difference, as you know. I wore the Kanab/Allegheny EXP, and Llano/Chama combo down to around 20-degrees and was plenty warm if I was moving – even if the movement was slow/sporadic. (I haven’t tested that setup below twenty yet.) The Labrador is great, too. I prefer the Labrador vest (instead of the shirt), to keep my core warm, but still allow some ventilation from over-heating. Same goes for every layer, actually. Get the quarter-zip versions of each layer; it makes a huge difference being able to vent with the zip.

  • I am also looking at getting some more merino. Currently only have the light layer. Getting the mid and heavy. Thanks again for another well thought out article.

  • I am also looking at getting some more merino. Currently only have the light layer. Getting the mid and heavy. Thanks again for another well thought out article.

  • Beck

    I understand the layering systems for hunting and moving. What are some good systems for still hunting. Here in the south it doesn’t get cold for long but when it does it gets in your bones because of the humidity in the air. we usually walk maybe a quarter mile at most to get to a stand