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#3051461 - 11/27/12 11:45 AM Best Insulating Layer
String Music
8 Point

Registered: 09/24/07
Posts: 1731
Loc: Knoxville

I'm kind of a hunting gear junkie. I love my gear and have no problem paying for quality.

Columbia's Omni-Heat line is similar to Arctic Shield. Of all the insulating layers I've tried, Columbia's insulated jacket and/or vest with Omni-Heat have been the best to date. These layers are incredibly warm without the extra bulk.

They do not offer these layers in camo. This is not an issue since I wear a shell layer over the top. I highly recommend this piece if you are looking for a quality insulating layer for your system.
"For I know the plans I have for you..." Jer. 29:11

#3051578 - 11/27/12 12:57 PM Re: Best Insulating Layer [Re: String Music]
6 Point

Registered: 12/04/10
Posts: 840
Loc: Middle TN

I saw camo overalls/bibs at BassPro this weekend that had a reflective silver liner. Pricey stuff, looks like it came straight off the space shuttle, but light weight compared to the heat retention it provides. (I can't remember the brand name)
Would love to try them out.
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#3052361 - 11/27/12 08:21 PM Re: Best Insulating Layer [Re: LanceS4803]
4 Point

Registered: 06/08/04
Posts: 340
Loc: Mt. Juliet, TN

I have the Columbia omni heat pants, if I go back to BPS and they have another medium on sale I'm gonna buy another pair. Now idk how good they'd be in extreme cold but I've worn them with Rocky mid level thermals lately and I really like them. They have convenient pockets, theyre comfortable, seem well built, and warm. The inside is weird with that silver stuff though. For me they're the kind of pants i need most of the time. Bow season is usually warm but toward the end of bow season these were good with no thermals and later it gets cold enough to prob want to throw my bibs on but most of the time these are just right.
#3054165 - 11/28/12 09:03 PM Re: Best Insulating Layer [Re: redlegs07]
8 Point

Registered: 11/12/07
Posts: 1999
Loc: Hendersonville

I saw these tonight at Gander Mtn. $55
#3095482 - 12/25/12 09:14 PM Re: Best Insulating Layer [Re: Mag]
4 Point

Registered: 09/24/11
Posts: 497
Loc: humphreys county

hard to beat good old wool but i must say i like my ua base layer thermals
#3101854 - 12/30/12 06:55 PM Re: Best Insulating Layer [Re: LanceS4803]
8 Point

Registered: 01/22/12
Posts: 1411
Loc: Hartland, WI

 Originally Posted By: LanceS4803
I saw camo overalls/bibs at BassPro this weekend that had a reflective silver liner. Pricey stuff, looks like it came straight off the space shuttle, but light weight compared to the heat retention it provides. (I can't remember the brand name)
Would love to try them out.

I just bought a of these this weekend. They were down to $120 from like $220 I think the tag said. I used them this morning, and seemed to be nice. They were definitely lighter than my old Cabelas brand bibs and were just as warm as far as I could tell.
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#3104828 - 01/01/13 06:04 PM Re: Best Insulating Layer [Re: Redfred16]
Diehard Hunter
12 Point

Registered: 08/01/08
Posts: 6980
Loc: East Tennessee

I bought the redhead bone dry coveralls at bass pro a couple of weeks ago. In all honesty, I don't think it will ever get cold enough here for me to walk around in them. They are waterproof and wind proof. They are not bulky, but they are the warmest coveralls I have ever owned.
The recreational value of a game animal is inverse to the artificiality of its origin and the intensiveness of the management system that produced it. Aldo Leopold

#3107352 - 01/03/13 09:33 AM Re: Best Insulating Layer [Re: Diehard Hunter]
10 Point

Registered: 08/21/12
Posts: 3542
Loc: maury county tn

arctic shield amazing!!! will never own anything else besides my carhart which I were when its low 30s high20s

#3107433 - 01/03/13 10:50 AM Re: Best Insulating Layer [Re: deerhunter10]
10 Point

Registered: 01/13/06
Posts: 3841
Loc: just a hair or two north of th...

This past weekend I wore ua cold gear base then a warm up set, then my Columbia (granger i think its called)wool blend bibs and jacket. I was nice and confortable on the stand and its not to much to walk around in. I can't hardly wear my arctic shield jacket and bibs for sweating to bad if I decide to get down and walk.
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