Staying Warm on the Stand

OUTDOOR HUB

Derrek Sigler | December 12, 2013

I don’t have to tell you that it’s cold outside. Even parts of the country that are usually warm are dealing with record lows and some of us in the more northern areas are wondering when we skipped ahead to February. Still, the outdoors beckons us to venture forth—frozen or not.

Outdoor kids need good boots, just like mom and dad. Far too often we skimp on the kid’s gear because of how quickly they grow out of it–but now is the time to make them enjoy the outdoors. Image by Derrek Sigler.

Outdoor kids need good boots, just like mom and dad. Far too often we skimp on the kid’s gear because of how quickly they grow out of it–but now is the time to make them enjoy the outdoors. Image by Derrek Sigler.

Home base

You need good base layers as a start to keeping warm. It’s like building a house, you have to have a good foundation. I’m sure that, by now, you’ve had base layers and layering in general pounded into your head when it comes to staying warm outside. There’s good reason for that.

What I like to do is layer my base layers. I start with a compression layer. Look at what NFL players wear when they take the field during a blizzard. They have very tight-fitting compression layers on. These help them keep their body temperatures up while they are moving around. I don’t know about you, but I’m not usually moving around when I’m hunting that much. But the close compression layer helps do two things. It helps keep my body heat in while pulling the moisture of my sweat away from my body when I’m walking back in.

The next layer I run is a thermal layer that fits a little loose. One thing so many forget when layering is to make sure there is some air in there. Having one tight and one loose layer of thermal protection provides me with the best base. The same goes for your socks. Thin, wicking socks on the inside and a thicker, wool, or wool-blend sock on the outside helps trap heat and pull moisture away from your skin.

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