Let’s face it…short fat guys have an easier time staying warm. Don’t get me wrong…carrying this furnace around all summer ain’t easy but its the price you pay for keeping warm in late season hunting weather…unless you know how to dress for the cold!
Didn’t take me long to learn that dressing in layers was the way to go. You have to manage moisture and heat. Your first layer(s) should be something that will wick moisture from your body. Here the many moisture wicking polyester fabrics from Under Armor or the various off spins work awesome. Cotton is bad here! On top of this goes a healthy dose of fleece keeps that moisture moving outward while now holding my natural heat (lots of it too) in. Next will be a final layer of say wool or some other insulating fabric that continues to pull moisture away from you. Wool is awesome as it traps heat, removes moisture and continues to work even when wet!
Head – your plan is all for not if you don’t cover that noggin! Most heat escapes here and believe it or not, it will even help keep your toes warm!
Feet – The best layering system in the world will not keep your feet warm and that can ruin a good hunt. Start with a moisture wicking liner sock followed by a heavier wool sock. Good insulated boots (1,ooo grams thinsulate or more) will be needed and appreciated. Today you can even stuff a heater pack into your boot and boy howdy do those work!
Hands – I am not as concerned about my hands but prefer glomits that cover your hand in fleece and allow you to open your fingers to shoot, work calls, etc.
Of course as soon as you get all this stuff on You’ll hear the call of nature!
Get Em’ Out There