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Old 12-15-2020, 03:40 PM   #1
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Default Shooting trad gear with thick/puffy coats

Since it doesn't get crazy cold here very often, I haven't practiced or shot much when it was really cold and warranted lots of layers. In saying that, over the last few seasons when the weather HAS gotten cold during hunting season causing me to dress like the Michelin Man, I have figured out my shooting capabilities goes straight down the pot in a hurry. Due to that, I've resorted to picking up the wheel bow knowing it's not effected by clothing changes nor is my confidence in killing whatever I'm shooting at.
I've tried a couple different layering setups to address the puffiness in the arm areas thinking this was where my main issues lied, but it didn't seem to help a lot. Anyone else have these same issues or any tricks to keeping warm in sub 32degree weather without losing range of motion due to having 15 layers on?
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Old 12-15-2020, 04:18 PM   #2
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Heated vest? Or try the therma care heated back wraps from the pharmacy that "old guys" use? (https://www.cvs.com/shop/thermacare-...prodid-1040152)

I know what you are talking about with clothing being a nuisance for traditional archery, because I had a camo facemask on (warm one not for COVID!) and it messed with my anchor point on my mouth.
Just threw my whole game off...It annoyed me so much that I took it off and just painted my face like all the youtube bowhunting stars do.
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Old 12-15-2020, 04:24 PM   #3
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Better clothes are the answer. I sat in 19* yesterday morning and only my toes were any issue at all and they were manageable.
Sitka Fanatic gear was a game changer for me.

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Old 12-15-2020, 04:28 PM   #4
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Honestly you want to stay toasty
Go get you a thinskin quicksilver 2mm neoprene surfing top. It's super stretchy and talk about warm. That with a thin camo long sleeve shirt and you are set
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Old 12-15-2020, 05:13 PM   #5
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It's a combination of factors:
1. practice in the heavy gear (been doing this a lot the last few days)
2. better form will help your string clearance (see #1 above. I have a tendency to lean back at full draw and the string gets too tight to my armpit)
3. better clothes will make things less puffy
4. Hunt ducks until it warms up?
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Old 12-15-2020, 05:15 PM   #6
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I am with Gary on this one: better clothes make for a more enjoyable hunt in cold weather.
A couple of layers of good merino tops under a windproof shell do wonders. You could also look at XGO's Phase 4 tops and bottoms. More affordable than Kuiu or FirstLite and decent quality (most are also US made and some have a Fire Retardant option if it's a concern).
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Old 12-15-2020, 05:38 PM   #7
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I typically wear light layers with a wool vest to cut down on the arm bulk. Better quality clothes is also necessary.
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Old 12-15-2020, 06:20 PM   #8
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Easy, Little Buddy Heater! LoL!


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Old 12-15-2020, 07:21 PM   #9
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I wear long Johns, and then put the stick on body warmers (2 on back by my kidneys and 2 in front in my chest)on the outside of the long Johns. Then a couple of dirt lite wool vests and a wool shirt on top of that. This leaves me with only the long johns and the shirt in my arms.

If itís really cold, I use my Sitka Fanatic Lite jacket.

I always wear an armguard when hunting.

I have been seriously looking at the heated vests, and will most likely get one pretty soon.

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Old 12-15-2020, 08:38 PM   #10
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With bulky clothing I pull on a compression sleeve similar to this:
https://www.fieldsupply.com/rutwear-...fm-rtmx-1.html
The one I have is from Cabelas but I don’t see that they still carry them. Ive also used a knee-high sock with the toe cut out.
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Old 12-16-2020, 11:36 AM   #11
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With my heavy jacket I just tighten down my arm guard, seems to work fine inside of 20 yards. A definitely prefer my slimmer Kuiu jacket if its not freezing out though and am adjusting my layering system to go colder with that set up.
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Old 01-15-2021, 06:12 AM   #12
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Good advice is hard to follow, but I'll give my experience from having hunted trad exactly one time in the cold and been in the cold at youth soccer games a billion times:
- Get the best/warmest base layer. Don't go cheap.
- Insulated, fleece, or wool pants. Wear gators to stop heat leak at the ankles.
- Insulated boots. Cold feet suck.
- Your head looses a ton of body heat. Find what works for your anchor, but find it. A beanie works for me as does a balaclava that fits nice and snug and covers the neck.
- For the upper body, laying from inside out: long sleeve thermal or T-shirt, flannel shirt, heated vest, pulloever wind stopper fleece top. If you want the heated vest closer to the body, you'll need a size up shirt to go over it instead of under it, but that heat closer to your carcass and the shirt over it helps hold the heat in.

Practice in your clothes to make sure it all works and is silent. Did that before my recent London Oaks trip and it paid huge dividends. My original planned attire was far too bulky.

Hope it helps.

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Old 01-15-2021, 06:16 AM   #13
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Caddo View Post
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Yep. If you're in a box blind the heater is great! I've had deer and other criterrs inside 10-yards that never smelled or heard it.
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Old 01-15-2021, 08:54 AM   #14
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Resight for a short draw.

Rat helped me improve my compound grip. It rotated my forearm outwards which I transferred the new grip form to my longbow which has helped me with accuracy and cold weather jacket clearance.
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Old 01-16-2021, 01:44 PM   #15
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Get out an shoot now while it is cold,i try an shoot now, as much as i can,where you can try out different clothes,figure out what you can shoot in. I'd rather miss a target now,than miss a animal during the season.
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Old 01-21-2021, 09:42 AM   #16
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Get a light weight puffy coat and then wear it under your shirt or jacket for more warmth without being bulky.
It's cold all the time while archery hunting up here and I am not very cold friendly. I wear a merino undershirt, fleece midlayer and a heavy wool shirt for an outer most days, wool vest over all if possible. Long arm guard is my friend.
A wind blocking layer works great somewhere in your clothing, but you'll need some wool next to skin for when you sweat to stay warm.
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Old 01-21-2021, 01:39 PM   #17
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I've run into the same issues but using a bib has really helped out this season by keeping the wind off of my waist and allowing me to lighten my jackets. Synthetics and wool are definitely preferred. Synthetics (Sitka) do a better job of wicking sweat and moisture, while wool will get wet but still warm.

My combination when temps get less then 45*: thick wool socks, long johns (top and bottom), regular outdoors pants, insulated bib, wool vest, Sitka Jetstream jacket, beanie, balaclava, and insulated hiking boots.
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Old 01-24-2021, 09:40 PM   #18
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First lite base layer, fleece, plus vest.
I pull the fleece up my shooting arm before I shoot.
By pulling the arm up it loosens the shoulders.
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