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Wool or not to Wool

I need some help here with clothing.  I will be hunting in western Montana first week of november this year.  I have been reading alot about wool hunting clothes and how alot of people recommended them for hunting in the mountain states.  My problem is that where I live, I would not wear wool hunting clothes, because the temps are not cold enough here.  This is where I have a problem, because I don't want to sink that kind of money in to some clothes I will only wear for one hunt(I'm already in deep with outfitter fees and tags).  I have some Russell outdoors APXg2 gear and was wondering what would you recommend for other choices to wool.  Look forward to hearing comments.

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The best advice I can

The best advice I can recommend is to layer your clothing.  I've not worn any APX gear from Russell so can't really comment on the ability of this material to keep you warm.  What I can comment on is trying to hunt with not enough clothes.  Other than ruining an otherwise great day outdoors, it's a great way to ruin your entire hunting trip simply because you can't dress appriopriately for the conditions.  Kind of like taking a great carribean beach vacation and not packing any shorts or swim suits.  

You don't necessarily need to invest in wool clothing, but you definitely should invest in some type of thermal layers from head to toe.  To save some cash, look for base layers made from fleece or micro-fleece.  These insulate well and can be removed easily to adjust for comfort as needed.  A good outer layer that is wind and water-proof is also important, IMO.  You can check out used clothing stores, craigslist and ebay to try to get some deals.  Other than that, just watch for sales at try to buy when you find good deals.  Although I don't care for them, some of my friends use Carhart insulated coveralls for cold weather hunting.  Maybe something else to consider.

Good luck and have a great hunt in Montana!

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I am not a big fan of wool for hunting out west, is it warm ?, yes, but it is also heavy. maybe a wool shirt, but that would be it for me. like said above, dress in layers, i like a medium weight gor-tex thinsulate jacket, and layer as needed. i would have gor-tex pants too.


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I agree with the others. 

I agree with the others.  Wool is nice if you are just sitting in a tree or ground blind and don't have to move around very much but hunting out west you just may need to go to where the animals are instead of having them come to you.  There are a lot of other materials out there that will take the place of wool without the weight and bulk of it.  Check out Cabela's or Bass Pro for their brand of hunting clothing, and was mentioned think layers instead of just one large piece.  Hunting out west you can go from below freezing to very warm temperatures in just a day, and if you are not prepared for it your body will suffer for it.  Gortex to keep the moisture off of your body and thinsulate to keep the warmth next to your body are two of the best man made materials out there. 

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I gave up wool over 20 years

I gave up wool over 20 years ago in favor of more mmodern and comfortable hunting clothes. Like has been said it works great but there are other cheaper and more comfortable options.

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I went through the wool stage

I went through the wool stage too. It's good for a natural material, but has problems. Too heavy, and really heavy when it gets wet.

I use Stormkloth now. It's two layers of fleece with a membrane between them that's similar to Gore-Tex. It's light, quiet, wind/waterproof, and unlike Gore-Tex. It's cheap. I paid $80 ea for the jacket and pants. I've used it for 3 years now with zero problems, and no wear that I can see. With layering I can wear it from below zero to 70 degrees.

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Ditto....... I use a wool

Ditto....... I use a wool jacket and pants back in Vermont, sitting in a tree.  However, out here in California, where I am walking alot, I would never consider wearing wool.

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You guys have got to check

You guys have got to check out the merino wool stuff from FirstLight.  All the benefits of wool, with none of the weight or itch.  I've bought 2 shirts from them so far...and it's all I wear for now for backpacking/hunting trips.  A little spendy but well worth it.


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wool rocks especially when it

wool rocks especially when it is 20 degrees and 2 feet of snow.  I use all kinds of clothing, but when it is wet and cold, or i am going to be around a lot of snow, the wool is what i bring out of the closet.  Warm and sunny or cold and dry, i don't use wool.  I am in north idaho.  But the russel apx with good non cotton undergarments should fit the bill. 

But go find a super warm wool shirt at a thrift store.  Cut the sleeves off to short sleeve length and cut off the collar.  this makes an excellent layer that can be used in all kinds of situations.  it can be used as a outer gear layer or put a shell over it and with no collar, layering is easy.

wool and snow, go hand in hand.

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I like Wool when its COLD

I hunted eastern Montana in late November last year and wool kept me warm in sub zero weather. In fact, I'm wearing wool pants in that pic with the whitetail. I like it for the warmth, but as other guys have said it can be heavy when wet. It all depends on what time of year your going to be hunting and how cold it will get.

When I shot that Whitetail it was getting late in the day and the temperature dropped from 5 degrees above zero to 12 below zero in a half hour. I can't tell you how happy I was wearing wool pants and jacket. 

If your going in October or early in the season then I would wear a good lightweight underwear like Under Armour or some other type and then layer clothing on top, a wool shirt works good when its cold in the morning. Layering is always the best approach as long as you can take off the outer layer and put them in your pack. That being said, I am very happy with wool when it gets really cold.


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Wool is great for warmth.

Wool is great for warmth. I'll still use it for layering, but I don't use it anymore for an outer layer. Unless I know for sure it's not going to get wet, and that's hard to predict in Colorado.

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