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Old 12-11-2017, 06:59 PM   #1
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Default bow hunting jacket(cold weather)...what do y'all recommend?

I used to have a jacket/coat that I used for bowhunting when it got cold. It was quiet and not to bulky. Well, the zipper finally bit the dust and it is unusable.

This past weekend, it got cold...26 where I was at. I layered pretty good but was a little more bulky than I would have liked.

so...what do you guys recommend for a bowhunting cold weather jacket/coat ? I want something that is quiet(mandatory) and warm without the bulk(if such an animal exist).

At this point I am more concerned about bulk/warmth than camo pattern.

Don't really want to break the bank as I an a lowly state worker...

thanx,
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Old 12-11-2017, 07:13 PM   #2
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I had to layer up bowhunting the refuge this past week, in for any answers someone has.


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Old 12-11-2017, 07:18 PM   #3
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Sorry, no help on the jacket, but being on a place with not trees big enough to put up a tree or ladder stand, I hunt out of Maverick or Krivoman blinds and use a Mister Buddy heater! Works wonders!
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Old 12-11-2017, 07:19 PM   #4
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First lite Sanctuary jacket.
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Old 12-11-2017, 07:20 PM   #5
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Old 12-11-2017, 07:32 PM   #6
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A) nothing that you would use for duck hunting--too loud!

B) of late I've found that the cabela's wooltimate is AWESOME! quiet and comfy.
https://www.ebay.com/itm/cabelas-woo...gAAOSw0A9aK9xx
the ebay link is a good deal. I bought mine at cabela's from a clearance rack (pullover and pants) after Christmas 2014. Dude-if you can, get in the cabela's bargain cave on the 27th/28th of December, or mid January. You won't believe the mark downs!
C) I've found that a jacket/shell with a windstopper/waterproof material is the ticket on top of several layers, rather than a bulky jacket. I'll put on 2 layers of under armour or some type of compression, plus a union suit (wool) and then non bulky pants and jacket --anything to block the wind.

I hear you loud and clear on the budget. So, I have been fortunate to have collected a lot of gear over many years, and most of it at big discounts, and good quality stuff.

I'm to the point where if I hunted the Bowzone in Canada for instance, all I would consider buying is a heater body suit (used), and maybe a better pair of boots...for the --15 type weather!
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Sorry, no help on the jacket, but being on a place with not trees big enough to put up a tree or ladder stand, I hunt out of Maverick or Krivoman blinds and use a Mister Buddy heater! Works wonders!
that would be nice...most of my hunting is on a tripod. Don't have a heater shelf on it
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Old 12-11-2017, 07:38 PM   #8
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I hate jackets so I just layer a few shirts bottom layer being tight middle and then a shirt a couple siz3s to big so all in all its not to tight
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First lite Sanctuary jacket.
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Scent Blocker Alpha Pro fleece
are these good to about 25 degrees ?
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Old 12-11-2017, 07:39 PM   #10
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I froze out last Friday evening bowhunting. Milwaukee sells a heated jacket and I have wondered how it would work. The jacket uses their 12v rechargeable batteries.
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are these good to about 25 degrees ?
For the Sanctuary jacket, you better hope its that cold.
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Old 12-11-2017, 07:41 PM   #12
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The woodbury is the little brother to the first lite sanctuary jacket. First lite stuff isn’t cheap but it’s top of the line stuff. Woodbury or sanctuary both have shooters sleeves as well. Field &Stream at 1890 Ranch has the line.
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Old 12-11-2017, 07:42 PM   #13
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Cabelas had their berber fleece stuff on sale just last month. Not sure if itís still on sale, but I bought a jacket and pants and they are really warm. They also have a wind block layer built in. Since itís fleece itís also quiet.


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Old 12-11-2017, 07:43 PM   #14
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I have the Sitka incinerator bibs,jacket and gloves run them with a fanatic hoody and I’m warm as can be in very low temps - This gear is not for stalking in as you would melt. Incredible for long sits in very cold weather. For warm natured guys the fanatic series from Sitka is awesome as well !
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Old 12-11-2017, 07:44 PM   #15
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Silk (manly variety), wool, fleece, windstopper fabric. That combo in as many fairly lightweight layers as needed. Hands and feet go first, so take care of them. Wool, insulated boots, Hot Hands, etc. Warm hat.
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Old 12-11-2017, 07:45 PM   #16
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Sorry didn’t read the budget part of your post- as we all know, Sitka isn’t cheap to purchase !
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Old 12-11-2017, 07:45 PM   #17
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It’s silent as well.
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Old 12-11-2017, 07:46 PM   #18
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I have bibs and a thick jacket, but havenít needed it this year yet. I usually just layer and wear a warm vest. Works for me and keeps my arms free
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Old 12-11-2017, 07:51 PM   #19
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Dewalt or Milwaukee 18 volt heated jacket. I have a Milwaukee and love it
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most of the time layering with shirt/sweatshirt/hoody has worked. But I was cold Sunday morning. Maybe I am feeling colder as I get older...drats

thanx for the suggestions. Will be doing some research. Do compression type base layers really work? they seem thin and flimsy.
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Old 12-11-2017, 07:52 PM   #21
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Freaky 18 volt heated jacket
WTH is that? I need batteries ?
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most of the time layering with shirt/sweatshirt/hoody has worked. But I was cold Sunday morning. Maybe I am feeling colder as I get older...drats

thanx for the suggestions. Will be doing some research. Do compression type base layers really work? they seem thin and flimsy.
Merino wool as a base layer. Layer up and avoid cotton.
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Old 12-11-2017, 07:57 PM   #23
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Dewalt or Milwaukee 18 volt heated jacket. I have a Milwaukee and love it
never heard of such a critter...will look into.
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Old 12-11-2017, 07:58 PM   #24
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Merino wool as a base layer. Layer up and avoid cotton.
yeah I hear ya... cotton is about the only thing I got.
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Old 12-11-2017, 08:01 PM   #25
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Ask the cleaners if they can put a zipper in the jacket you have. I had a leg zipper go awol in by favorite bibs, the cleaners replaced it ten years ago and still going.
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Old 12-11-2017, 08:45 PM   #26
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I highly recommend First Lite. This fall I bought merino wool base layers, beanie, socks and Woodbury jacket for a Kansas hunt and was very impressed.
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Old 12-11-2017, 09:02 PM   #27
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Merino base layer with cabelas wooltimate jacket and pants will fix you right up.
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Old 12-11-2017, 09:11 PM   #28
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Sitka whitetail line for sure.....it was designed for exactly your situation.
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Old 12-11-2017, 09:11 PM   #29
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Good base layer. I use Kuiu peloton and first lite wool. Kuiu super ultra down jacket is very small and crazy warm. And my Sitka traverse cold weather hoody or jetstream. You won't get non bulky cheap Camo. To lose the bulky part you gotta pay. And it's worth every dang penny to me. I froze last year in under armor. Never again haha
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I have the Sitka incinerator bibs,jacket and gloves run them with a fanatic hoody and Iím warm as can be in very low temps - This gear is not for stalking in as you would melt. Incredible for long sits in very cold weather. For warm natured guys the fanatic series from Sitka is awesome as well !
Spent all last weened in my incinerator bib and jacket in mid 20's and was toasty. I think you could stalk in it and I have some. Just not long hikes in above 35-40 weather.
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Old 12-11-2017, 09:24 PM   #31
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Old 12-11-2017, 09:28 PM   #32
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May be bulkier than you want but the Predator fleece in the TBH store has kept me warm down into the teens.


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Old 12-11-2017, 09:30 PM   #33
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https://www.milwaukeetool.com/heated...aign=HeateGear

The problem when dressing in multiple layers for me is flexibility. Trying to be quiet in a tree stand and pulling your bow back with 3 layers and a jacket on is a killer. I do use the Hot Hands foot warmers and glove warmers bow hunting.

I have sold several of the Milwaukee heated jackets, they use a small 12v battery and seem to be well made. I dont know if they would actually keep you warm, sitting in a tree stand not moving.
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Old 12-11-2017, 09:31 PM   #34
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I used to have a jacket/coat that I used for bowhunting when it got cold. It was quiet and not to bulky. Well, the zipper finally bit the dust and it is unusable.

This past weekend, it got cold...26 where I was at. I layered pretty good but was a little more bulky than I would have liked.

so...what do you guys recommend for a bowhunting cold weather jacket/coat ? I want something that is quiet(mandatory) and warm without the bulk(if such an animal exist).

At this point I am more concerned about bulk/warmth than camo pattern.

Don't really want to break the bank as I an a lowly state worker...

thanx,
IWOM or heater body suit.

Out side of that, a high numbered down fill jacket with a fleece exterior will be least bulk to warmth.
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Old 12-11-2017, 09:34 PM   #35
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https://www.milwaukeetool.com/power-...rdless/2321-20

I may buy one of these though, this would work well when sitting.
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Old 12-11-2017, 09:38 PM   #36
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First Lite might be "breaking the bank" so to speak, but it's incredibly good quality camo and worth it. The Sanctuary or the Woodbury are worth consideration. One thing about them, they do not have the puffy or bulk in the arm. They are strategically designed to offer the warmth without the bulk to accommodate bowhunters.
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Old 12-11-2017, 09:42 PM   #37
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Heated jackets. That way you don't walk around feeeling like the stay puff marshmallow man. Get about 3 hrs on high per charge. I usually start on high but turn it down once it's hot
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Old 12-11-2017, 09:49 PM   #38
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Sawtooth hybrid jacket by first lite.
Itís also wind and water resistant in certain areas.
https://www.firstlite.com/sawtooth-h...nsulation.html

Add your base layers under it and you are set in tripod in central Texas.
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Old 12-11-2017, 09:52 PM   #39
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I haven't hunted in it yet, but I just bought the under armor extreme season coat. It does not seem bulky at all nor is it loud.
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Old 12-11-2017, 10:03 PM   #40
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most of the time layering with shirt/sweatshirt/hoody has worked. But I was cold Sunday morning. Maybe I am feeling colder as I get older...drats

thanx for the suggestions. Will be doing some research. Do compression type base layers really work? they seem thin and flimsy.
Cotton sucks for keeping you warm. It holds moisture and gets cold. I hunted last weekend in that weather and never was cold. Here's what I had on:

UnderArmour Heat Gear knock off turtle neck under layer from Walmart (not super tight, just snug). Light weight merino wool shirt over that. Then a Cabela's Berber Fleece with Windshear jacket. That's good down into the 20s, as long as the wind isn't strong. If it's colder than that, I'll add a Patagonia Nano Puff under the Berber Fleece. It's thin and really light weight, but very warm. The Berber Fleece is super quiet too.

It's important to wear gloves, neck/face gaiter, and a warm hat. I like a regular cap with a toboggan on top to cover my ears.

Bottom layers were merino socks, merino long johns, and camo hunting pants. If it's super cold and I'll be sitting still, I'll add a fleece under pant to the mix. I just wore my snake boots. Never got cold. If it's in the teens or single digits, I'll wear 600 gram Thinsulate and Gore-tex boots.

A big key for everything is to not wear anything that is too tight. You don't want to hinder circulation. You don't need baggy and bulky, but don't go too tight.
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Old 12-11-2017, 10:11 PM   #41
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Used my Fanatic for first time this past Saturday in 25 degree weather. I actually got hot! Of course I had good base layers on too but my Sitka Stratus (mid weight Soft jacket with Windstopper) would have likely been enough. If thatís a rare occasion that itís that cold then you could likely find a good used Sitka Stratus jacket at the end of the season and layer well underneath and be fine. Top of the line quality and will last you many many years and pay for itself many times over.
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Old 12-11-2017, 10:47 PM   #42
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Another vote for layering

Mine is along these lines in Kansas:

Under armor t-shirt
Patagonia Capilene mid-weight quarter zip base layer (the quarter zip is more comfortable and also nice to quickly “dump heat” when you get too hot walking in)
Light weight vest

Upon getting to my stand, I pull the following from my backpack to put on before climbing the tree:

Scentlok light weight down filled jacket
Depending on how cold it is, I then put on either a scentlok hunting jacket or scentlok coat

There is so much great technology out today that a person shouldn’t get cold. My best advice is to layer, avoid the compression fit base layers, and buy top and bottom mid weight Patagonia capilene. They can be found on sale for $20-$30 each. Moosejaw should have some great deals between now and New Years.
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Old 12-12-2017, 06:45 AM   #43
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Thanx for al the ideas folks.will figure something out in the next couple weeks.
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Old 12-12-2017, 08:34 AM   #44
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UA hooded barrier jacket. Check out the UA Outlet site. Bought mine after Christmas last year. Wearing as we speak in a deer blind in Arkansas.

It was down to 25 here on Sunday and I was comfortable with a UA Coldgear shirt and this jacket. Granted I put a couple of body warmers on my upper and lower back.
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Old 12-12-2017, 07:11 PM   #45
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x2 on the wooltimate fleece. my go to for Kansas cold weather hunts
cabelas tree stand fleece is great underneath.
also bought a cabela's "puffy" jacket and vest to wear under the wooltimate fleece jacket
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Old 12-12-2017, 07:22 PM   #46
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Cabelas Berber with wind stop.

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Old 12-12-2017, 09:14 PM   #47
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Cabelas Berber with wind stop.

Lifetime warranty
I will look into the cabelas stuff. But...I've had discussions with Cabelas on the definition of "lifetime" there's is different than mine. I actually wore out sweatshirt that was lifetime guaranteed. But... they came through in the end.

Lots of suggestion bout Cabelas stuff. May have to make a drive down there after Christmas.

thanx folks for the suggestions.
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Old 12-13-2017, 06:34 AM   #48
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I have the cabelas Berber and it's warm and quiet, but super bulky.

Is the sitka stuff quiet? Like super quiet it just kind of? I don't have one but my dad wears a heated vest. It eliminates the bulk in the arms and keeps your core warm. Then just a mid weight jacket over it.

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Old 12-13-2017, 06:51 AM   #49
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Cabelas has excellent winter clothing.

For northern MN I wear cabelas heavy weight fleece base layers. They are on sale for half off right now. Cabelas also makes merino wool which is lighter than fleece. I haven’t tried cabelas merino. All my merino is First Lite which I wear as a base layer in TX.

The cabelas wooltimate or Berber fleece line can be an outer layer in TX or a mid layer in single digits. It is warm and quiet. “Puffy” insulation jackets are also warm but not as quiet. Flannel lined pants from cabelas or Eddie Bauer or wool pants from woolrich make good mid layer pants and are often on sale

For extreme cold outer layer I like cabelas MT050 parka and bibs

Also there is nothing wrong with wearing casual brands like Columbia, north face, Patagonia, Eddie Bauer etc for hunting. They all make great quality fleece and quiet winter clothing in earth tone colors that can be bought on sale a lot cheaper than quality “hunting” clothes

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Old 12-13-2017, 07:26 AM   #50
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I froze out last Friday evening bowhunting. Milwaukee sells a heated jacket and I have wondered how it would work. The jacket uses their 12v rechargeable batteries.
This is what I use. Have the vest and jacket and wore them both last Saturday when it was mid 20's. Never turned them on and my core stayed warm.
Not sure if they are in the budget but if I could only get one it would be the vest.
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