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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.
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.