Winter. Suit up.

this time I would like to touch the clothes, gear, Nazov, spare things and all the things that can be useful and will be useful to us as on winter hunts, training on outdoor shooting ranges, and for long-term exits in the woods in extreme cold.

of Course, half of those shooters that shoot in the warmer months, safely throw their weapons to gather dust in the safe, but those who remain, is really dedicated hands. And they need the normal equipment. Despite the fact that the street has long been the twenty-first century, I constantly see shooters in jeans, knitted wool jerseys, even leather jackets and sheepskin coats. Not to mention the most demanding hunters, still wobbly on forests in quilted jackets and padded jackets. All this is a very long ceased to be practical and relevant. The development of the textile industry, the emergence of new fabrics, materials and insulation materials allow us to wear more lightweight, warm, moisture/vetrostojkie clothing than we are accustomed to a large part of shooters since childhood. But let's break it down.

first of all, I would replaced the conventional cotton t-shirts to underwear. Without going into detail, let me just say that is not only "warming", but just a wicking. No demeton or winter it is impossible to ensure that the person is not sweating during exercise — that's his physiology. But to avoid, at least partially, of cooling, for which you actually sweat, you can use pathologoanatomic linen. This thing is not very cheap, even if you take the local samples, but trust me, it's worth it. If you are not hypersensitive to polyester or nylon, of course.

Next. All our usual is a knitted, woolen, heavy and prickly — replaceable fleece underwear. If even better, then the polartec brand. Fleece is a material made on the basis of synthetic fibres, things which are a good substitute for knitted sweaters. Pros before fleece coat few. First — the fleece is much more lightweight material, making it more convenient constant wearing. The second fleece is more flexible, the options of materials on the basis polartec is very much: from easy "one hundredth" of the fleece, to "high loft" and knitted (!) polartec'and why this material is good for all conditions and temperatures. And the third, no less important: fleece is hydrophobic. Unlike cotton or wool, fleece will get wet, but not wet. That is, synthetic fibers passed through a moisture but not absorb it, causing wet clothing sometimes becomes several times harder. I think anyone who has ever strongly get wet in the rain in a wool sweater, you'll understand what I mean. By the way, some things from polartec'and are made with the membrane (it is located between the layers polartec'a), which such clothing is and waterproof (not water resistant, do not confuse those terms) and "breathes". Due to its popularity in recent years, clothing made of these materials is quite cheap, ranging from "slightly cheaper than nothing" in a huge sporting goods stores, and ending with several thousand rubles for branded products the most famous tactical/travel companies.

by the Way, fleece things are not limited only to jackets/sweaters. Fleece also makes hats, scarves and many other things. Personally I use the hat microfleece for several reasons. In addition to these advantages of the material, this cap fits snugly enough to the head, but rather a thin layer of material makes it comfortable to wear on top of active headphones that I use at the shooting range.

But do not vest fleece any superhuman abilities. It does have cons, but most importantly, it is the best substitute for a simple sweater, nothing more and nothing less. only just blown, get wet, don't wear a top layer, and it is not very durable. But if we talk about the "middle layer" between underwear and a waterproof jacket, fleece/polartec is the most suitable option.

High Loft. Fleece with pile thank

Next on the list we choose the upper layer, i.e. jacket. If this is soB. "top layer", then it needs to be waterproof, Narodovolets and, if we are talking about hunting, and while not unmasking. If we are talking about insulated jackets, their great variety — both the models and types of fabrics and insulation. If we are not talking about a very very serious hunting, then you can do jacket with inner lining, in which a two-layer or primaloft. Honestly, I don't see any point in taking for training jackets. No, fluff is definitely good, the most serious insulation, it is very suitable when it is necessary to be warmed. But I've never seen in Central Russia conditions in which it would be impossible to do primaloft'ohms. Also, keep in mind that the fluff much faster comes into disrepair, you can't store it folded, he quickly falls with frequent washings.

as the top layer of our jackets, then there are several options. First — the usual smelovka cotton and, say, polyester in the ratio of 35/65%, processed with Teflon impregnation. This is a fairly simple and cheap fabric, and sturdy enough for walks in the woods or serious training. Vegasissa impregnation with time and washing, but nothing prevents to buy it separately and to impregnate themselves. This fabric does not rustle (in contrast to all sorts of twills, oxfords and other cheap stuff) and is suitable for the careful hunting of the beast. A more serious and modern version of — the above-mentioned membrane.

Perhaps, it is necessary to discuss this phenomenon and talk about what it is and what the membrane, as they say, eat. What is it like? Does it work? How? Why need and is it worth spending money? Let's face it.

the Membrane is very thin layer between the fabric layers (in cross section looks like a plastic bag), developed and which became widespread, first in winter sports (skiing, snowboarding), then — in the military and tactical sphere (expensive parks, for shooters and even wind - and waterproof suits), and after — and in the production of clothing for hunting. It was created primarily to protect people from the effects of moisture, rain and snow melt into the snow and could "breathe", to evaporate the moist air from your body, keeping the "atmosphere jacket" is dry enough and not going beyond the comfort zone.

Development of membranes led to the fact that the person who bought the jacket, for example, with Event membrane, can literally take a cool shower, leaving it dry. Work membrane different, types of membranes — a large number. To go into it not worth it, let's talk about the practical aspect, namely, about the disadvantages of the membranes.

They are, alas, a great many. Sickly in addition to any clothing with a working membrane (about a nameless Chinese junk not talking), such clothing and footwear has the following disadvantages. First: most membranes can be washed in conventional washing powders. The porous membranes become clogged and simply stop working. You want to buy special tools. Second: is a very fragile thing that wears out faster if it is subjected to great pressure. For example, the first place, where your jacket will start to leak if you wear a heavy backpack — this place fit the straps of the backpack to jacket. In addition, the membrane may be dried over a fire, how often do tourists. During this drying, the membrane may simply crack and cease to perform their functions.

the Membrane is very specific, but nevertheless, she is very good in its narrow niche use. You have to take it to you — a purely personal matter.

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