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Need some ideas for wool hunting clothing. I don’t need it to be hunting specific. Just good cold weather wool for layering. I’ve always used synthetics but want to try some wool layering.

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Next to skin: Icebreaker, Smartwool. Kuiu makes it but it's too itchy for me.
Next layer up: Icebreaker, Smartwool, Ibex, Kuiu, etc
Outer layers: Woolrich, Filson, Swanndri, Johnson Mills, etc

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I used to wear a Filson Double mac for deer hunting, but it’s a heavy sonfagun. If not hiking too far, it does make for some toasty stump-sitting; nothing quite feels the same. Fearsomely expensive these days.

I wear the Heck out of the matching Filson wool vest my wife bought me. Adds significant warmth, some pockets, and doesn’t restrict arm movement.

I also have a Bemidji wool jacket in blaze orange. Single-layer 30oz wool. Very nice for milder hunting weather and very quiet. About $250 IIRC

Costco merino wool socks are all I wear, year-round, except when out in very cold weather. Then I wear Realtree Merino wool boot socks. 80% (at least) Merino, over-the calf, made in USA just like the Costco ones. Amazon has them.

When cold enough for wool pants, I have some “German Wool Pants” that came from the old, good, Cabelas when they briefly sold surplus. Not sure if they’re military or other uniform items, but they have canvas pockets and suspender buttons. Before those, when I was thinner, I wore the WWII pants that match the Ike jackets. Paid like $10 for those long ago. If you can find some, they’re excellent.


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Chizel and Pappy that is all helpful. Thanks for taking the time.

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I use Duckworth's "vapor" line for next to skin layer and haven't had the itch


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And made and sourced in USA


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A guide I once read suggested a layer of silk under any wool.

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Johnson Wool

I've use Johnson wool stuff for almost 50 yrs. Don't wear it all the time, but in some weather conditions good wool is still a great choice.
Had a chance to stop at their store last month when I was in Vermont for a couple of days, and picked up a new pair of their wool whipcord pants.

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Evenin, check out Ghost Wear Canada. Same stuff, way cheaper, even better cheaper with USA funds!!! GWP. 🐾👣🐾👣🇨🇦

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I grew up in NH and a rite of passing for a young hunter was the day that he/she got his/her first Johnaon Woolen Mills plaid jacket and green wool pants.

L.L. Bean, Codet, Labonville, and Woolrich (among others) all sell wool pants and jackets.

If you can find used clothing from Beagle Wool, they are first class. Beagle went out of business some years ago, but their jackets and pants show up on eBay from time to time.

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Asbell wool pullovers have been a staple for me for about 8 years now. They're outstanding.

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King of the Mountain and Sleeping Indian make some nice stuff but I would look for used on ebay for it. A KOM Bushman is a great hunting shirt/jacket. The vests are also great for cold weather layering.
I picked up a SI Highline shirt like brand new for a song on ebay last year.
Some of my KOM I've been hunting in for 25 years, take care of it and wash it right and it last forever.

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100% merino thermal top and bottom. After that on top is one of my favorite pieces of hunting gear: 100% cashmere sweater. Weighs nothing, never smells, is perfectly quiet, and incredibly warm. A fleece top or rain gear on top of that. Legs get wool hunting pants and rain gear if necessary.

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A friend of mine that played for the Green Bay Packers wore a layer or two of ladies pantyhose in cold weather.

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I buy surplus Military base layer silk like but are synthetic material and military Wool pants on top of them. I have British officer light weight wool and US Army Korea era medium wool and heavy weight German wool. I also have some super heavy USA commercial wool but it has not been cold enough to wear that in a long time. Going the big north woods next year so maybe there.
On top the same base layer and a British Navy wool sweater. Over that depending on weather which jacket I chose. Normally just something to slow the wind down and my Hunting vest is all I need.
With the same trip in mind, I bought two traditional wool jackets, one large, one extra large, that should be warm enough for anything. Both used in great shape out of the classifieds here.

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