Awesome, that's not bad. Just curious, what do you take for clothes? Not sure what level to get yet for APX gear or if I should just get their raintamer. Plan on taking a heavy duty plastic bag and some powder laundry detergent so I can semi-wash clothes instead of bringing an extra pair. I generally dress pretty light for rifle season 'cause I sweat like a mad man and I guess I'm used to colder weather being from IA where the wind never stops and we have high humidity to cut through. Though about the L3 zephyr or thunder(although don't really believe in the scentlok type garments)
I wouldn't get too worked up about scent management on a backpack hunt. Early in the season you might trade off a heavier bag for an extra set of cloths for the pack in, moving camp, and packing out. Other wise, buy a little smoke bottle and mind the wind.
Yea, agreed with scent clothes...don't think they're worth the extra $,IMO. Uncles have always pounded into my head, play the wind and throw your clothes in a tote with pine bows. MNHUNTER, you being from MN, do you sacrifice the weight/space to bring heavier insulated clothing? Or just lighter weight layers?
My clothing I am taking is APX L3 Primaloft Lighting Vest, L3 Zephyr Pant, L4 Gale Jacket
APX rain gear as well
First Lite Merino Wool Llano Short Sleeve shirt, Llano Crew Long Sleeve Shirt, Red Desert boxer short
This for my bow hunt in 3 weeks southern CO.
More lighter layers for me. I have a hodge podge of clothes: I bought some firstlite this year (before that I was using my army issue silk-weights and waffles), cheap 1/4 zip fleece shirts from cabelas ($15 and lightweight), Sitka Ascent Pants, Russell APXG2 L3 Jacket, Under Armour rain pants and jacket.
The only scent control I use when out west is one of those little smoke bottles. I have tried to mess with the scent blocker stuff and the sprays, but when you are working that hard and are living out of a pack, you just can't cover that kind of stink up.
I was thinking about the lighter layers as well. Usually for 3rd and 4th season rifle CO I wore just a t-shirt and a cheapo orange button up from Walmart when I was hiking and then when we'd take stands near the timber, take that stuff off and put on a fresh T shirt, sweatshirt and an old thin coat. We've always had a base camp for gun season so I could bring extra "if" clothes along. but since we're packing in, I need to actually limit myself.
Thought about getting the Russell Gear Raintamer jacket and pants and just using my light weight, fleece windproof Red Head pullover and pants for if it gets cold. And actually think we're going to pack in one of those portable showers to revive our self!