While some hunters may overlook a base layer for hunting applications, the base layer can be considered an integral part of the hunter’s layering ensemble. This becomes more pronounced if your hunting style involves high exertion activities and consequently an increased sweating rate. Selecting the proper base layer for hunting can have a big impact on your thermal comfort level, so choosing one to suit your individual requirements can be an important consideration.
The main purpose of a base layer for hunting pursuits is not necessarily to create thermal insulation, as this can be achieved by the layers worn above it. Rather its main objective can be considered to be moisture management, that is, it is designed to manage the sweat on your skin’s surface. The moisture management capabilities of a well-performing base layer cannot be overstated. When our work rate is high we will have a propensity to heat up, our body will regularly deal with this condition by sweating to promote evaporative cooling. In this process, our clothing system may become wet with our own sweat.
Base layer to regulate your temperature
When climbing through rough terrain you will likely sweat from exertion. The moisture wicking capability of a well-performing base layer can assist with regulating your core body temperature allowing you to avoid the evaporative cooling effects of sweat on your skin, allowing better focus…Josh glassing for chamois bucks in the Southern Alps.
Keeping you warmer
Very cold conditions can provide unique challenges to your layering system, a well-performing base layer can greatly assist in regulating your core body temperature and aid with the sweat induced chilling effect…Clint deep in the mountains.
A successful hunt can normally lead to the high exertion levels associated with carrying out meat and antlers, a well-performing base layer can assist the hunter with sweat moisture management…Mick carries out a massive set of red deer antlers.
Wet clothing directly against your skin can have a dramatic effect on your overall comfort levels. Hunting, by its very nature, requires high levels of attentiveness; whether you are stalking slowly through a thick bushed gully, or glassing from the vantage of an exposed ridge, your concentration levels need to remain high in order to improve your chances of success. In a cold environment, and depending on circumstances; wet clothing can rob you of body heat through a varied process of evaporation, conduction and convection. This can easily lead to lowered concentration levels when pursuing game…for it can be hard to remain attentive if you are shivering with cold. The opposite may, however, be true in a hot environment. We sweat to cool the body when overheated, if the cooling effect of evaporation can be promoted and prolonged, it may extend our relief when faced with hot temperatures hunting situations.
Adding the right base layer for hunting circumstances can be an important addition to assist with the regulation of your core body temperature.
Base layers can be the perfect addition to high exertion activities
Wearing a base layer as a stand-alone item can be an advantage when backpacking under a heavy load. The highly breathable nature of the knit construction fabric can allow for major heat loss to occur when under exertion. While the fast drying nature of performance base layer fabrics will allow this item to dry quickly when the destination is reached…Pete travels up valley carrying a heavy load.