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Old 12-03-2012, 05:48 AM   #21 (permalink)
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You also need to keep in mind that although hunting gear may keep you warm and try, it is not made to stand up as purpose made sledding gear is.
It will not have the reinforced seat and knees as well as other comfort gussets and expansions for freedom of movement.
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Old 12-03-2012, 07:19 AM   #22 (permalink)
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I love my Arctiva Comp 6 jacket. Basic cat bibs.
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Old 12-03-2012, 12:35 PM   #23 (permalink)
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Best gear to wear.......Stuff that keeps you warm
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Old 12-03-2012, 07:33 PM   #24 (permalink)
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You also need to keep in mind that although hunting gear may keep you warm and try, it is not made to stand up as purpose made sledding gear is.
It will not have the reinforced seat and knees as well as other comfort gussets and expansions for freedom of movement.

I agree about the reinforced seat and knees etc. I think the bib lower is essential. But when I tried on the arctiva comp 7 insulated jacket it felt big and bulky. I prefer the feel of the hunting gear upper. As it is made for bow hunting and extreme mountain hunting it is made to fit very well giving full range of movement. All of the Kuiu materials are 4 way stretch which the arctiva jacket isn't. And I really like the flexibility of the layering system so I can regulate my body temperature.
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Old 12-03-2012, 08:08 PM   #25 (permalink)
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Under Armour cold gear underneath, Castle x Jacket, Mossi bibs, Raider helmet, Anon goggles. Boots and gloves are Wal-mart pickups but hey, there warm
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Old 12-03-2012, 09:59 PM   #26 (permalink)
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Has anybody tried the Arctic Mucks yet? My dad has a pair, but I haven't had a chance to try them out on a sled yet. I'm actually updating all my gear this year, since the snow-suit last year is a little small. Only thing I plan to hang on to is my helmet and my socks. Is under armour worth the money vs the cheaper walmart brand?
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Old 12-04-2012, 01:25 AM   #27 (permalink)
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Is under armour worth the money vs the cheaper walmart brand?
You're paying for the brand with Under Armour. It is good stuff though. A good set of heavy weight polypropylene underwear is going to run you around $20-$30 for the no name stuff.
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Old 12-06-2012, 03:38 PM   #28 (permalink)
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On an interesting note pertinent to sledding gear, it was announced today that Polaris has purchased Klim.
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Old 12-06-2012, 05:21 PM   #29 (permalink)
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On an interesting note pertinent to sledding gear, it was announced today that Polaris has purchased Klim.
to be honest i think is a good thing because klim is a good group and polaris will make good money from them along with having higher quality gear for them selves sounds good i dont have klim but i have a bunch of buddys that have them and they love the gear
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Old 12-06-2012, 09:03 PM   #30 (permalink)
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I wear North Face Hi Vent pants and a Bon Fire Snowboard Company jacket. It costs hardly anything compared to sledding specific gear and works just as good.
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Old 12-07-2012, 12:39 PM   #31 (permalink)
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what are you guys wearing? I need some new, better gear.
That's a pretty open-ended question... You'll get lots of replies, but most will have to do with brand loyalty, and not really answer your question.

For any answer to be useful, we need to know what type of riding conditions you're going to encounter!

The lightest jacket I own works well 95% of the time for me here in Utah. I can even get away with wearing my everyday fleece-lined Columbia jacket if I want. Neither of those were any where close to warm enough for the winters I experienced living in western NY.

So my point is; if you're riding the mountains, in full sun, with temps in the high 20's and lower 30's, you're going to want different clothing than if you were riding at midnight on trails in the NE with temps in the -15F range.

Maybe you'd like to re-ask the question, and let us know where you ride, and what the day/night temps are like, and if you have full sun all winter or if it's dark and dreary...
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Old 12-07-2012, 02:21 PM   #32 (permalink)
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I wear a Choko Adventurer jacket w/fleece lining. Very warm........ And black Carhartt heavy duty quilted lining bibs.... Also, very warm........ I wear HJC leather gloves. Also, if you wear hunting gear, you wont have any reflective lettering, piping etc... Pix were already on file for someone else....


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Old 12-11-2012, 07:34 PM   #33 (permalink)
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It looks like they only make waist length jackets and no bibs. This means no cold protection around the waist when you're sitting on the sled holding the handle bars. Also, I'm reading alot of descriptions of their outer layers stating, "wind resistant", "water resistant" and "dries quickly". You want an outer layer that is wind proof and waterproof. Also, you really don't want a hood on your jacket. Uncomfortable when wearing a helmet and can snag on tree branches.

Yes, layering is good. I start with a base layer of polypropylene long sleeved shirt, pants and socks. Polypropylene is the same material the military uses in the base layer of their cold weather gear. Then jeans and a long sleeved shirt, typically heavy weight cotton.

Then we go to the snowmobile specific gear you asked about: Coldwave polar cap bibs, Wearguard Arctic Tundra System parka, leather Sorels and Mossi deerskin gauntlet mitts.

The Wearguard Arctic Tundra System Parka is also a layer system. 8 oz Thinsulate in the outer parka and 13 polyester fleece for the inner jacket. The jackets can be worn together or separately. So if it gets too warm I can take the inner jacket off stow it. The parka is long enough to just touch the seat while I'm sitting on the sled.
I appreciate you all taking the time to help me and to look into this. I agree with the points you made, I am going to get snowmobile specific outer wear, but I am going to get the Kuiu base layer of the 100% Merino wool because I like the way that feels against my skin and the insulation it provides. I am also going to get their super down insulation layer for really cold days. It's the only place I have seen down with waterproofed feathers. Has anyone else seen super down made by any other companies?
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Old 12-11-2012, 10:30 PM   #34 (permalink)
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What ever you do, don't wear cotton.
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Old 12-11-2012, 10:54 PM   #35 (permalink)
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What ever you do, don't wear cotton.
Never! just merino wool against skin and then outer layers!
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Old 12-12-2012, 08:53 AM   #36 (permalink)
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Ice fishing suits are great for snowmobiling. Reinforced knees on the bibs, the jackets are nice and long, super warm and waterproof. I got my full Strikemaster suit a few years ago for $150 at the St. Paul ice fishing expo. That's cheaper than a snowmobile-specific jacket on it's own.
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Old 01-30-2013, 07:57 PM   #37 (permalink)
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I know this threads been dead for a little while, but wanted to write a little review on the gear I ended up buying. I spent a little more money on my bib than I wanted to, I got the Klim Klimate. I almost got the Keewanah... but the $400 price tag was more than I could afford. They are really comfortable and warm. The boot gaiters work really well and the full length side zips are a great feature. The material is really strong and durable.

This bib coupled with my KUIU hunting gear work so nicely together. I use the merino wool base layers, the super down insulation, the guide jacket soft shell and the chugach hard shell. The down insulation pants and jacket are so nice. Really warm, made with real down feathers. I wear the down jacket all the time for casual wear as well. It looks great and is so comfortable. Amazing how a 10 oz jacket can be so warm. The soft shell and hard shell are great as well. I killed three birds with one stone. I have gear that I can wear on my snowmobile as well as for my hunting, and some of it even for casual wear haha.

With the soft shell and hard shell when I am riding I synch down the hood and it is not a concern for getting caught on branches. The KUIU gear works like a furnace. The Merino Wool and Super Down heat up and the soft shell and hard shell keep that heat in.

Thank you everyone for helping me get the right gear. I am really happy with this stuff.
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