Selecting a base layer should be a consideration while preparing for any type of hunting season. Base layer systems have been strongly developed over the past few years to provide hunting and outdoor enthusiasts a warmer and lighter way to be comfortable in the backcountry. Sitka Gear has been developed in the most rugged and remote wilderness of North America. Sitka Gear has developed base layers for early, mid, and late hunting seasons to accommodate year-round hunting opportunities.

The lightweight CORE base layers come in short and long sleeve versions. They also offer a lightweight hoody with the same features as all the CORE lightweight series. The top base layers come in a low-profile crewneck and will help wick away moisture on those long treks in warm weather. Permanent Polygiene Odor Control Technology will destroy bacteria or fungi trying to grow in the material and ruin a stalk on a trophy animal. The CORE lightweight series will help keep you warm on those early morning headlamp hikes into your hunting location and also keep you cool when thermals start to change for the midday hikes. The CORE lightweight bottoms have a gusseted no-bunch crotch and a low profile elastic waistband. The bottom also features Permanent Polygiene Odor Control Technology, which will also help stop bacteria growth. The Lightweight CORE base layer system will move with your body and prevent the need to bring extra clothing and added bulky weight on your early hunts.

The next base layer Sitka has designed is for the middle season hunts. During these seasons where the weather is unpredictable as a seasoned mule deer, having a solid system on your body will provide a better and more comfortable hunt. The CORE Midweight Zip-T will keep you warm and moving on those bone-chilling days. It features light insulation and a high zippered neck. It also comes standard with the odor fighting technology and the Sitka proprietary next-to-skin technology will keep you warm without feeling tight and restricted when in the active part of your hunt. The micro-grid fleece is a light insulator and will actively wick moisture away from the skin. The Merino Core Zip-T top and bottom offer the same benefits as the CORE Zip-T. They are a versatile combination from the demanding Rockies to the freezing low tree stand whitetail country. Again, these base layers are a great choice to avoid extra weight and keep you warm and comfortable.

The CORE Heavyweight Zip-T will keep your core temperatures high during even low activity. They feature a lofted fleece insulation and a high zippered neck. With a new hoody version available, which I really like, to help keep that nasty cold wind off the back off your neck. The CORE heavyweight also has the odor control technology and next-to-skin technology that will move with you just like a heavyweight fabric. The CORE Heavyweight Bottom has the same features as the top. The Heavyweight CORE base layers can make your late hunts more enjoyable by protecting your body from the cold, which I have found keeps me looking harder on those late hunts.