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    A good base layer is essential to your comfort on the hunt. At Field & Stream, you’ll find hunting base layers from the best brands, like Under Armour®, ScentLok® and more. Shop breathable thermal underwear and base layer tops to ensure you stay warm in the field all day long. Get the camo you need to match your other hunting clothing and environment—choose top patterns from Realtree® and Mossy Oak®.

    Buying Considerations

    The key thing to consider when choosing a base layer is the weight. At Field & Stream, you’ll find lightweight, midweight and heavyweight base layers. Think about the conditions you’ll be hunting in to determine the amount of protection you need.

    • Lightweight base layers typically have great sweat-wicking properties but not much in the way of insulation, making them ideal for early fall deer hunts and spring gobbler. If the temperatures are warm enough, the base layer can serve as your outer layer, and you can easily slip on a camo hoodie or hunting jacket if a cold front moves in.

    • Midweight base layers will serve you well in moderate winter conditions. Midweight base layers trap the heat you need to stay warm without causing you to overheat.

    • Heavyweight base layers are what you want for extreme winter weather, as they provide the most insulation against frigid cold and wind.

    Today’s base layers are made from advanced performance fabrics. Synthetic materials, especially polyester, are quite effective. Merino wool is a top choice among many hunters because of its incredible comfort, moisture-wicking effectiveness and odor resistance.