In this post I want to look at the clothing system that I’m going to be using for hunting this year. In my last post I talked a lot about the “why” – the philosophy and reasons for using a smart layering system. Read… Clothing Systems for Backcountry Hunting – It’s All About Layering
Now that we have the “why” answered, I want to look at the “what”…
What I’m Bringing for my Backpack Archery Elk Hunt in Colorado
- First Lite Llano QZ
- First Lite Chama Hoody
- First Lite Kanab Pant
- First Lite Allegheny Bottom
- First Lite Uncompahgre Puffy
- First Lite Boundary Stormtight Jacket
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Why First Lite?
There are a lot of reasons why I have invested heavily in First Lite’s gear. First and foremost, I have been a huge fan of their merino for a while now. They use only the highest quality wools, their “shooter’s cut” is outstanding, their items are actually long enough for my 6′ 3″ frame, and they nail all of the little features like thumb loops and strategically-placed pockets.
Back in January I was able to visit with Kenton from First Lite and go over their new outwear line (See the ATA Show video…). I was impressed with the fit, features, and claims of the new line, but I wanted to do more research on this new “Cocona” technology that they kept talking about. I returned home from the ATA show, began to research Cocona, and was impressed with some of the lab tests and field success that other super-premium outdoor brands (The North Face, Eddie Bauer, etc.) have had with Cocona fabrics.
The First Lite outerwear was designed to enhance, not degrade the performance of First Lite’s merino layers. This year I’ll be putting that theory to the test as I bowhunt in three states, across five consecutive months. I’ll be in temps from the mid-80’s, down to at least the teens. This hunting will include covering many miles a day in search of elk at over 10,000′, and it’ll include 12+ hours a day tied to a tree waiting on a whitetail buck. If there is a great test for the versatility of the First Lite system, this should be it!
I have already been able to test some of the gear this past Spring during an unseasonably cool, and exceptionally wet turkey season. Check out my review of the First Lite North Branch Softshell Pant. These pants, which feature Cocona technology, have lived up their claims so far. Let’s look at the other outerwear pieces…
A First-Look at the Uncompahgre Puffy
A First-Look at the Boundary Stormtight Rain Shell
I am really looking forward to putting each of these pieces to the test this year. I’ll be sure to follow up with some “in the field” thoughts, and tell you what did (and didn’t!) work well for me this season.
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