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Alaska dress question

 
huntersdad
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Feb 22, 2012 20:43 |  #1

I know several of you have to been to Alaska for the bears or other places where it is a mild to cool climate. I've got some UnderArmour as a top base layer but nothing for the bottom.

For those who have been, is UA good for base layers or should I go with something like Smartwool?


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Feb 24, 2012 23:50 |  #2

I have used the UA base 3 for a couple years now and am well pleased. Have not used the smartwool which probably is a great product. I like to dress in layers starting with the UA , wool or chamois cloth shirt, NF jacket for stopping wind and a fleece or wool outer jacket for quiet and warmth.For extreme cold, below zero, I use Arctic Shield as a final layer. Use the same gear top to bottom. I like insulated, gore tex boots and gloves, a wool outback hat (mine has ear tabs). I own and use some gore tex outer wear at times but find it to be a bit more noisy than fleece.


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Mar 01, 2012 15:51 as a reply to Grizz1's post |  #3

UA makes great base layers...I have a set of the cold gear.

Never used the Smartwool...(except thier socks - which are the best I have ever owned) but have some Patagonia Capilene stuff..and I love it. Doesnt stink as bad as the UA synthetic stuff does after a few wears. I am sure Smartwool is very similar to the Patagonia.

Both are excellent...cant go wrong with either. If you need two, then get a set of both and compare..then next time you'll know which has the edge for you.


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Mar 01, 2012 16:05 as a reply to nutbolt's post |  #4

I live just outside Fairbanks, Ak. I use regular long johns as a base layer and then a layer of fleece (because the military issues it so I don't have to buy it) and then my jeans or whatever I am wearing. Then a coat over that. I have found for me that a good beanie hat, warm gloves and heavy socks are the most important items for me. Along with my gortex boots. It really depends on what time of year you will be in Alaska.


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Shadowblade
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Mar 01, 2012 16:12 |  #5

You need to wear a polar bear skin pelt, to scare grizzlies away from attacking you, as well as some arctic fox furs for warmth.




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jimboh
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Mar 25, 2012 19:04 |  #6

Alaska is a huge state with great variation of temperatures depending upon where and what time of year you are going to go. You need to offer a little more information to get a legit answer to your questions.


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Mar 26, 2012 11:16 |  #7

Just outside Katmai - first week of August.


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Mar 27, 2012 11:23 |  #8

light layers with lots of skin coverage to keep the mosquitos away and waterproof outer layer to be prepared for rain showers. Katmai is wonderful and you do not want to be limited by not being able to function in light rain.




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