To maintain focus solely on the hunt without being distracted by the changing weather or physical activity, hunters rely on a well-designed layering clothing system. This system allows them to conquer any challenges that Mother Nature presents throughout the day. Generally, a three-layer system, is preferred to manage perspiration, insulation and protection from rain, wind & snow with the ability to add and remove layers as needed. By using multiple layers, hunters can easily adjust their attire to accommodate the shifting weather conditions, such as cold mornings and warmer afternoons, and their physical exertion level, such as actively stalking or silently glassing.
Base layers using moisture-wicking fabrics, keep the skin dry by drawing perspiration away from the body, preventing those annoying shivers. Insulating mid-layers trap body heat to provide warmth in colder temperatures, while outer layers offer protection against wind, rain, and snow. A layering system also enables hunters to remove or add layers as needed, allowing them to maintain a comfortable body temperature throughout the day. We’ve put together a handy guide for each layer to help you create your own layered clothing system.
For very cold environments, Thermaflow thermals can be worn under your base layer for next to skin insulation.
The base layer is your foundation in layering and is worn next to the skin. With two core performance functions, an effective base will regulate your body temperature while managing perspiration by wicking moisture away from the skin. A base layer can be utilised year round, with different styles, features and fabric weights each suited for a specific climate.
The second level of defense is a mid layer, worn on top of your base layer to improve insulation and dramatically increase comfort in cold conditions. Fleece backed material used in Spika mid-layers include a low profile Basefleece for maximum comfort and a heavier Heatfleece that is weather resistant for all-season protection. Both fabrics maintain breathability whilst providing a layer of heat insulation.
The outer layer // insulation is designed to protect against extreme cold conditions, including rain, snow, and wind. It is specifically crafted to retain body heat in such harsh environments. This layer can be worn as the outermost layer or as an additional insulating layer underneath a protective shell. It is most effective when stationary so you’ll stay warm while glassing or back at camp.
Performance outer layers are the perfect all-season versatile hunting outer layer. These jackets provide protection when the weather turns as they are windproof and water resistant. Wear directly over your base layer in warm weather conditions or layer over your mid layer when the mercury drops.
Waterproof hard shells are the outer layer armour against extreme weather, providing maximum protection from heavy rain and strong wind. You should select your outer shell jacket based on factors such as terrain, hunting style and predicted weather conditions. As your outermost layer, the hard shell jackets are that final step to stop the cold weather creeping in.
Not all pants are created equal and like our upper-body wear, each pair of pants in the Spika range perform best in their suited environment. From lightweight and breathable options for warm climates to thick watertight pants to battle the rain, We’ve got you covered… Literally.
The correct footwear is vital for winter hunting to maintain safety and warmth. The correct combination of socks and boots will provide insulation to keep feet warm and prevent frostbite and hypothermia. Waterproof boots are essential to keep feet dry while navigating through snow and wet terrain. Specialised outsoles offer superior traction on slippery surfaces, reducing the risk of falls. Winter hunting can be very demanding on footwear so remember to clean and maintain your boots to extend their life.
Keeping your head and hands warm and dry are essential for performing at your best in the field.
If your head becomes exposed, poor decision making can become a risk while uncovered hands allows for compromised dexterity. Make sure you’re shooting straight in the field, both in mind and body.
Whether your constructing a fresh kit from scratch or looking to update your layering system, it’s always handy to gather some inspiration from fellow hunters. We rounded up 3 of our Spika.team Pros, from different states and each with their own terrains and hunting styles, and got an insight into their most-loved winter layering system.