• Joel Olson

    Is there anything better than merino wool?!?! (rhetorical)

  • Chuck Wolf

    Another Great informational article as you build up for the Elk trip Mark

  • Leon

    I’ve been very impressed with the First Lite clothing that I have. Besides being comfortable in a wide range of temps, the thing I really like is the lack of odor after being in the back country for a few days. I used to pack an extra set of clothes with me, which just meant more weight. The longest I’ve been out at a single time is 5 days, and it was nice only having to take the one set.

  • Jess DeLo

    Legitimately excited reading and following the prep for your elk hunt! Can’t wait to read more!

  • Mike Silva

    How does the First Lite gear compare with Kuiu?

    • SoleAdventure

      I can’t speak for everything in the KUIU lineup. I have worn KUIU merino extensively, and I prefer First Lite for sure. The KUIU stuff wasn’t long enough for me, didn’t hold up as well, and didn’t have little touches (like thumb loops). I also think that the articulated fit/cut of the First Lite merino is much better than KUIU. When it comes to other items, say comparing the FL Uncompahgre Puffy to the KUIU insulation pieces, you’ll find that the FL is cut with a bit more room to move. Obviously, there are a lot of differences is materials too – FL is going to use Cocona insulation, whereas KUIU is using treated down. Does that help?

      • Mike Silva

        Got it, thanks!

  • Arizona Wanderings

    Such good stuff. I’m in.


  • DeerLab

    Thanks again for all the great reviews and elk articles. This has been a go to site for elk hunting. Counting down the days to September!

  • Adam

    I may not be chasing elk, but I’ll definitely be one of those who are tied to a tree for 12 hours…

  • Patch

    I love First Lite, and especially their ASAT line of merino.

  • Brian Bellerson

    Great post! After watching this even my wife was questioning my Scentlok gear

  • Ben Adams

    Great write up/review, Mark! That will sure come in handy on your elk hunt!

  • Philip Peterson

    Been looking at the First Lite stuff for a while now. Thanks for the opportunity.

  • Nick Demarais

    Getting excited for your CO hunt and mine! Thanks for all the great articles.

  • Fshrmon

    I’ve heard nothing but great things about First Lite clothing line. I’m looking to add their products to my current layering system.

  • Michael Thibodeau

    Really looking forward to your continued evaluations of these products. I have been following along with great interest your preparations for your Elk hunt as I am also preparing to go on my first in 2014.

  • Aaron Avestruz

    I just invested in some First Lite merino wool for this season as well. Can’t wait to try it out. I really like the ASAT camo too.

    • SoleAdventure

      Aaron, I did grab the beanie and gaiter, both of which look great. I’ve actually been using a gaiter for quite some time, and I love the versatility of their use (insulation, concealment, a general “cloth”, etc.)…now to have one in merino will be great. I’m going to pick up the lightweight gloves; I handled them at the ATA show and they seemed ideal for bowhunting.

      • Aaron Avestruz

        I just pulled the trigger on a beanie and balaclava myself. Thinking about the gloves as well.

        How quiet is the Uncompahgre? I see it as ideal for glassing and/or around camp on a backcountry hunt, but maybe too loud for bowhunting whitetails on a calm morning without a softshell over it.

        • SoleAdventure

          The Uncompahgre isn’t silent, but I think it should be fine for all but the absolute, dead-quiet moments. I used a similar puffy for whitetail last year, and I was fine. As you mentioned, putting something on top of it can help, but a jacket isn’t necessary – I’ve just used a larger-sized shirt in the past. We’ll see…I’ll definitely be wearing the Uncompahgre on some chilly whitetail hunts this year.

  • Joshua DuBois

    I really enjoy your site. Thanks for all the great info.

  • Tom Ryle

    Good stuff, Mark! Let me know if you want to chat more about the hunt details.

  • Chris Pung

    I’ve been interested in First Lite for a while. I’ll have to do a little more research to find what would suit my needs.

  • Bryant

    First lite makes some awesome stuff. It will take good care of you this season

  • christophersorel

    love to have this

  • stephanie mullins

    Entering this for Dustin. He is tall and lean like you, with a long waist. It is hard to find baselayers that are a good fit. Perhaps we will win and he can give First Lite a try!

  • Randy

    I definately can use this

  • George Hamrick

    Looks and sounds like amazing gear.

  • Al Quackenbush

    Great article and awesome giveaway, Mark. Someone here is going to be very happy!

  • Dan Howard

    How well will these do in minnesota

  • Braxton Marlor

    This has been on my wishlist for a coons age!! ASAT PLEASE!

  • J C

    Love First Lite wool!

  • Ben

    Love the articles Mark. Keep them coming.

  • mitch


  • Brock Childs Outdoors

    I just got my first set of base layers and am stoked to give First Lite a try!!

  • Jay Parker

    Love Merino wool, always use it as base layers

  • josh ridinger

    great post and very informational

  • Gil Ba

    i would love to use this.

  • Mike

    I’m interested to see

  • Mike

    Looking forward to see how everything works out for you

  • emphetastein

    I’m new to hunting and I’m surprised that none of the gear you selected seems to be camo especially as a bow hunter. Am I missing something? Either way, thanks for setting this up. Very cool contest.

  • dave

    What if merino wool protected you from ticks!

  • Chris

    The Kanabs are the goods. Highly recommended.

  • Kimberly Suskey

    I can’t wait until my December bull hunt! This gear would come in handy

    • Chad Schumacher

      Very Cool videos and I would love to win some of this gear to try it out.

      • Kimberly Suskey

        hope I win LOL

  • Frank Taddeo

    I’m convinced.

  • Mike I.

    Silent, comfortable, and lethal… that’s what we cal the trifecto!

  • Holly Folkerts

    Would like to try some Merino Wool under armour.

  • Maddcat

    I love my wool socks, would love to try other pieces. Thanks for the info and a chance to win!

  • Norman

    I have a bunch of realtree but am becoming a fan of ASAP and no has put it together better than First lite from what I’ve seen and researched. Plus merino… Nuff said. Enjoy the bugles on you elk hunt.

  • Colbyqueso

    Im very excited to try First lite.

  • Anthony

    I have just recently bought first lite merino wool asat camo springer vest, labrador, hooded Chama and brimmed beannie. The only piece I am missing is the llano. I can’t wait to use it and put it hem through the ultimate test for my Colorado archery hunt.

  • T

    I need.

  • Monika

    Wow, I’ll be saving up for a couple…

  • Jeff N

    How does FL stuff hold up as far as life span?

    • SoleAdventure

      Jeff, it would obviously be hard to put a “number” on the life span of clothing like this. So many hunters will be using it in different conditions, terrains, and with varying levels of abuse. My merino has always held up great – I don’t go out of my way to “baby” it, but I also don’t thrash it either. Use some common sense and these items should last you many years.

  • tat2guru

    first lite gear is top notch!!

  • Lfr Gracias

    Pick me and I’ll see if it’s as good as you say!

  • jballa34

    Thanks for the opportunity!

  • John Farley

    As I prepare for my first elk hunt this fall I have found your site a valuable and informative resource. I would love to win some First Lite clothing to take on my hunt!

  • Carol Osswald

    Hunting in Wisconsin takes you through many different conditions. Would like to put First Lite “Llano” Merino Wool Top to the test!

  • RangersPath

    Love the articles, and thank you for the oppurtunity in the give-a-way. Keep up the great work!!

  • strayhiker

    Loving the gear. Best design!

  • Bobby Nations

    Can’t afford the First Lite clothing yet, but I’ve been wearing a Merino base layer for some years now. Best $$$ ever spent on hunting attire.

  • Rick

    great system

  • Joe Flores

    Is there anything better than merino wool?

  • Lyons

    Thanks or the info.

  • Kyle

    Great giveaway I could use it next month in Colorado!

  • Mike Orton

    I need this stuff bad! First Lite is amazing!

  • David McMurtrey

    Awesome write up! Nice to see some real tried and true feedback.

  • josh ridinger

    Great post

  • Kevin Van Galder

    Looks like you have 1 heck of a plan, good luck!

  • Andrew

    Good luck all!

  • Tim Hanohano

    Great video reviews of the new outerwear!!!

  • Bryan

    Bought the Kanab pants last month. They have been worth every penny I spent on them, have been keeping me at the right temperature during early morning dog training. Can’t wait to get them into the field…hopefully with a matching llano.

  • diesel tech

    Send it my way. Time for some new hunting gear

  • Zack Evers

    First lite rocks! I like the asat pattern!

  • Marc

    One of the best merino wool base layers I’ve hunted with. High quality gear from first lite and the thumb loops make layering simple.

  • Luke Kline

    I have a llano qz that I wear often. Quality stuff that never smells and keeps your temperature stable!

  • Darrin Kadel

    Going to print off you packing list today. Season is only a few days away.

  • Linda

    wow, can’t wait to try this gear out! Very informative!

  • floyd bradley

    cool giveaway

  • Paul Davidson

    Thanks for the great info. I will be trying out First Lite clothing now.

  • Cassandra terry

    Great gear! Hope to win

  • Jease

    I just got my Labrador sweater from First Lite in the mail yesterday and I’m excited to try it out. Didn’t have the cash for the whole system yet. Thanks for doing this raffle!

  • Cole Knighton

    I have loved nearly every merino wool product I have used so far…great stuff!

  • Jim H

    Never tried it but sure would like to.

  • Brent S

    I’ve only heard good stuff about First Lite gear – would love to try some out.

  • curtis

    dig the site

  • Nik Epperson

    I just got my Kanab pants and I love them. Swapped from Kuiu and couldn’t be happier

  • Ryan Farley

    First Lite is surely great stuff!

  • Robin Bouza

    Thanks for the giveaway! Hubby would love this!

  • Chris MacDhomnhuill

    I wish the Army issued merino instead of polypro its so much better.

  • bob

    great article

  • art

    This giveaway is awesome!!!

  • John

    And the winner is…

    *fingers crossed*

    • SoleAdventure

      The winner is Ron C. He has been contacted, and I am going to announce it on Facebook/Twitter shortly. Thanks for your participation, John!

  • JoeJr

    So, I’ve done the research on First Lite and their clothing, and the quality and benefits of their merino wool seem well worth the price they are asking (which in my opinion, isn’t too bad). HOWEVER! I’m really cautious about the fit. I’m 6’2″ and 200 pounds (taller in boots). Usually I go with clothing makers that market a Large-Tall size, since X-Large is almost always too baggy. With regards to sizing, did you go with Large or X-Large? Do the pants come un-hemmed? I live out here in Utah, and I haven’t been able to find anyone that sells First Lite so I can try it on. Thanks man,


    P.S. I did 5 days in the High Uintas this year with a bull and a cow tag. I saw over thirty elk, but couldn’t get what I feel was a responsible shot on any of them. It hurts to come back empty handed after exerting so much effort, even to the point of sheer exhaustion. But the disease causes a person to, the very next day, begin planning for next year. Good luck in the future…

    • SoleAdventure

      Great question(s), Joe. I am 6’3″ and about 200lbs as well, and everything you see in the videos is a size Large. Like you, a Large-Tall usually fits great, and sometimes an XL is just too baggy. The Large in the First Lite gear is great overall. The waist is a bit big (I’m a 34″), but the suspenders keep them up great. The pants aren’t un-hemmed, but they are long enough for me – which is rare.

      Tough break on this year’s hunt, but you should be proud that you didn’t take a shot you weren’t comfortable with and try to “force” something to happen. Good luck to you as well. Don’t hesitate to let me know if you have any other questions!

  • Steve H.

    So did you still like FirstLite gear at the end of the season? Would you buy it all again if you had the option, or would you choose another company? If so, which one? Thanks!

  • charlie

    Sir I noticed that you are 6’3″. How do you think the camo would work on someone 6’6″ with a 36″ inseam?

    • SoleAdventure

      It won’t be ideal for a 36″ inseam, but very little in the performance hunting market will. There just isn’t enough demand for these companies to cater to that sizing. I think you can probably “get by” though. Here’s a more recent shot that shows the length of the Kanabs on me: http://images.soleadventure.com/2014-co-elk/DSC05118.JPG