Sitka Gear is all about “turning clothing into gear.” That means it offers complete apparel systems designed for very specific applications so you can hunt as effectively as possible, whether you’re dogging elk in the Rockies or sitting a well-placed treestand during the whitetail rut. Part of every killer apparel system is a base layer. The new Core Lightweight Hoody ($119) and Bottom ($70) offer next-to-skin comfort complete with moisture-wicking properties and Polygiene Odor Control Technology. The Core Hoody features a half-zip design and a built-in facemask for comfort and concealment. The Core Bottom has a micro-grid backer and flat-lock seam construction for superior comfort. Together, the pair provides that additional touch of warmth it takes to stay comfortable in the backcountry. (406-522-3373; www.sitkagear.com)
ScentBlocker’s Arctic Weight Shirt ($80 to $85) and Pant ($80 to $85) deliver outstanding base-layer heat retention using 100 percent polyester high-pile fleece but with the power of odor-inhibiting S3 Silver antimicrobial technology. Flat inner seams provide outstanding comfort, and a 2 ½-inch neck collar protects against the elements during extremely cold conditions. (800-397-1927; www.scentblocker.com)
The Nexus series of base wear from ScentLok was a huge hit last year. Offered in a variety of weights, the Nexus series includes garments like the popular Nexus Active Weight. Utilizing highly technical body mapping, Active Weight garments are soft and breathable. Carbon Alloy and Gold+ Alloy technology deliver odor adsorption and prevention. New this year to the Nexus line is the Nexus Fly Weight Camo SS Tee ($60, S-XL; $70, 2X-3X), which boasts Gold+ Alloy technology, wicking treatment, ergonomic seams and mesh underarm panels. (800-315-5799; www.scentlok.com)
A conductive carbon-fiber grid makes HECS High-Performance Base Layer ($230), which consists of a top, bottom and head cover, a critical element in any concealment scheme. The clothing reduces electromagnetic output using Stealthscreen technology, which makes it difficult for animals to peg you as dangerous while you stalk into range. The suit is available in sizes S-3X, and it is machine washable. The top features a quarter-zip design with articulated shoulders so you can draw your bow easily. The bottoms feature a logo waistband and a fly. The suit is made from 77 percent polyester, 15 percent conductive yarn and 8 percent spandex. Its high-performance wicking properties will keep you dry and cozy. (541-575-4327; www.hecsllc.com)
Kryptek does it again with its Hoplite Baselayer top ($120) and bottom ($120), featuring Highlander camo. The pair is made of 95 percent merino wool and 5 percent spandex – a combination that breathes and wicks moisture so you remain comfortable as you work hard to close the gap on your quarry. Hoplite Baselayers are naturally antimicrobial to deter odors from ruining your hunt. The articulated fit ensures you can move freely, and the layers offer UPF 50 UV protection for long-lasting quality. Plus, they won’t melt at temperatures below 1,040 degrees F. (855-717-9104; www.kryptek.com)
Featured image: Scentlok
This article originally appeared in the Archery Business April 2017 issue.