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Doug Parker
(BuffaloSkipper) - F

Locale: Gulf Coast
Clothing recomendations on 10/17/2011 14:09:19 MDT Print View

I am working with a scout group, and will be doing a presentation on Lighweight Gear. The one area I am most lacking in knowledge and experience is clothing.

Can some of you post some clothing lists, especially in adult and young adult sizes and weights that I can use as a base list to check prices? Feel free to include any remarks about your experience with the clothes.

Specifically, I am looking for temps to and just below freezing:
-Base layer shirts and pants
-Underwear
-Socks
-Insulating layers
-Light outer layers

I am looking for budget gear, but want to see whatever you want to tell me about. A good spectrum is always best.

Thanks in advance.

Ben Smith
(goosefeet) - MLife

Locale: Georgia
Re: Clothing recomendations on 10/17/2011 14:17:58 MDT Print View

Doug,

What I recommend to the scouts in my troop is this:

- - Base layer shirts and pants - -
- Walmart starter layers
- Sierra Trading Post lightweight long underwear

- - Underwear - -
- Walmart starter compression shorts or other cheap synthetic

- - Socks - -
- Sierra Trading Post Midweight wool hiking socks
- Marshalls or Ross usually have wool socks for good prices as well

- - Insulating Layers - -
- See this thread for cheap but good down puffy
- Lightweight or Midweight fleece from Walmart or Lands End

- - Light Outer Layers - -
- BSA Switchback pants are fine
- Walmart synthetic shirt or Bass Pro / REI fishing shirt

Edited by goosefeet on 10/17/2011 14:20:53 MDT.

Erik Basil
(EBasil)

Locale: Atzlan
Similar input on 10/17/2011 15:53:24 MDT Print View

I'm with Ben, and have a few "also"s:

--Target carries Champion-branded technical tees and underwear: coolmax and other synthetics that breath well, dry fast and don't stench up. Boys' sizes often around ten bucks a piece. Some of them are better than stuff that costs three times as much elsewhere.

--Target also carries Starter brand. Synthetics are so important for the tee and underwear.

--The Nylon Switchbacks from BSA, not the great-looking cotton duck version that looks so good at Court of Honor. If not the BSA pant, then REI's kid sized pant is a great product AND you can sometimes score them in Scout green.

--Fox BMX/MTB gloves are great for use with hiking poles and for lightweight, just-take-the-edge off insulation, and they dry fast. They're also a good under-layer for warmer gloves, but way more durable than "real liners". The guys can rock climb, etc with them, too. I spec Fox because they make sizes that fit kids, full-finger of course.

--Sierra Trading and REI will both have sales on the Marmot PreCip and/or REI's house-brand kid-sized, lightweight, packable rain shells. These are great and make a very functional outer layer for the fleece or just the tee when hiking in the rain. They pack down and get double use at camp throughout the year. We got ours for $36, and this is very justified by the savings on inner layers at Walmart and Target.

--kids are light: rolled foam pads or the z-pad are perfect because they're light, inexpensive and adequately cushy. There's a $12 version at Walmart that is good enough for summer and warmer spring/fall camping, for sure (the "fancy blue one" as opposed to the $7 cheapo blue one).