Who, What and Why – First Lite Clothing

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First Lite is a company born in the Rocky Mountains of Idaho in 2007. They made their name by being the first company to imprint merino wool with camo patterns. By 2010 the buzz around this company exploded, but we still get customers asking about First Lite on a daily basis. We happen to be extremely fond of our First Lite gear so we’ll take a few minutes to let you know about this merino wool hunting clothing.


Merino wool is nothing new, in fact, is been around for many years. Unlike standard wool, First Lite’s merino wool features a very fine fiber allowing it to be worn comfortably next to your skin without an itchy feeling. The composition of wool makes it warm, water-repellent, odor-resistant, flame-retardant, durable, anti-static, and a UV protector.

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So why should you spend $95 dollars on a merino wool hunting shirt? The number one reason is ODOR CONTROL. Here is information right from First Lite’s website.

While sweat itself has no odor if it remains on the skin in time bacteria develop and create unpleasant body odors. Merino reduces the opportunity for odors to generate because it is more efficient than other textiles at absorbing sweat and evaporating it into the air.

The rate of diffusion of small and large molecules into the fiber increases and it is able to absorb odors faster. When the temperature drops and the fiber once again falls below the glass transition, the odors are trapped within the structure even if the moisture evaporates. Later, during laundering, the garment again passes through the glass transition point and the odors are carried out of the structure by the water. Synthetics are not able to benefit from this same effect because they do not pass through glass transition during normal wear.

The odor control of First Lite’s Merino Wool is no joke and works extremely well. I tend to sweat heavily so odor is always a big problem by the time day 2 rolls around in the backcountry. I am able to wear a single set of First Lite gear + 1 extra shirt (so I don’t have to sleep in a sweaty shirt) for 3 straight nights in the backcountry!

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Besides odor control, First Lite’s Merino Wool is an extremely efficient fabric. It breathes well and transfers moisture away from your skin. Yet unlike synthetics, it retains warmth even when wet. So you can start warm on those windy ridges, you sweated like crazy to get up to so you could glass.

Essential Items for your First Lite System: Llano LS Shirt, Obsidian Merino Pant, Red Desert Boxer

Easton Outfitters Pickup Backpack

Easton Outfitters Pickup Backpack

We have had the chance to play around with the new 2013 Easton Hunting pack line and have already found a new gem. The Easton Pickup backpack is a 3000 cubic inch pack that weights in at 4.6 lbs. For those of you who know hunting packs, that’s a perfect weight and size for a do-everything pack.

This is really a standard size and shape pack with a few nice innovative features added to it. The Pickup backpack is comprised of a large main compartment, a medium outer compartment, two side optics compartments and a top lid style compartment.

Easton Pickup BackpackThe large main compartment is a simple top loading design with a hydration sleeve. The outer compartment is a long shallow pocket with a couple of smaller pockets inside. The side optics pockets are plain simple pockets and are about the size of a standard 65mm spotting scope. The top lid compartment is like a large optics compartment with a couple of small pockets as well.

Easton Pickup Backpack harnessThe pack features an adjustable shoulder harness to fit torso lengths from 17″-21″. The waist belt is a split design that fits very comfortable above and below your hip point. The waist belt also features micro and macro adjustments and allows you to cinch the pack in tight to your lower back. The frame of the pack features a 3/4 aluminum and 1/4 carbon tubular internal frame.

Easton Pickup Meat haulerThe pack uses a beavertail style meat hauler flap that pulls out from a hidden compartment on the bottom of the pack. It features 3 connector points on each side of the pack and can even be attached to the top of the shoulder straps to keep the load tight at your upper back. The meat straps actually perform as load levelers when used this way and we really like this feature.

Overall we really like the Easton Pickup hunting pack. It’s price point and size make it a great starter pack or a specialty daypack for a western hunter. The pack fits very comfortably with 50lbs in it and minimalist style hunters could easily pull over a 1-2 bivy hunt out of this pack as well.