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Did a search, didn't find what I was looking for.

Looking for recommendations on long underwear to keep me warm and comfy at camp. Would prefer to stick with natural fibers like wool and preferably made in the USA if not way over priced. Open to all suggestions though.

I just got off Deso and wore a thinner acrylic long under wear with fleece pants and top over that. Also had a fleece liner in a down bag (Bag was a little small for me, so my shoulders were catching the draft). Temps were supposedly in the high 20s and low 30s at night and I was just able to stay warm enough to get to sleep. During the day I was able to stay warm just fine, so I really only need these for cold nights or really cold days.

Went to REI today to look at options and found my self flabbergasted at the prices (up to $100 just for the bottoms). I assume there are more reasonably priced options out there.

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Steve
 

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steepandcheap.com has some options at the moment. for really cold sitting in camp, I like synthetic down pants.

love merino pants but cant afford 'em.
 

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I use the Cabela's Men's MTP Polar-Weight Bottoms for hunting and have been very happy with them.. The top and bottom are both over 60% off at cabelas right now.. Sorry they are made in Egypt. I just wear the bottoms under jeans and the top with a t-shirt, sweatshirt, vest combo for up to -5 and am very comfortable.
 

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Although not natural fibers, I highly recommend Hot Chillies both on and off the river. Nice, even when wet.

At camp around the fire when you are not moving much, I like to wear comfy cheap snow pants from walmart. At $20 a little burn hole or two in the nylon is no biggie.
 

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I am a nordic ski instructor and spend a lot of time out doors in the winter.
I like silk base layer for most of my winter activities. Very warm, very light and more comfortable than most synthetics. I can usually find some mid weight silks at Cabelas's or Eddie Bauer. Downside is they need hand washing and don't dry as fast as a synthetic.

If you are boating in them I would look at newer synthetics. They really do out perform the natural fibers in really wet conditions. I have some NordicTrack Men's Quik-Dri Thermal Base Layer Top & bottoms that I have been very pleased with.
 

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I prefer a synthetic silk weight base for most activities. Polarmax has been my preference for this. Polyester and made in the USA:

Men's – Polarmax

When it really starts to get cold I move up to a thicker base layer for my upper body. My favorite is Duofold Varitherm Expedition weight:

http://www.amazon.com/Duofold-Heavy...=duofold+varitherm+expedition#customerReviews

I still prefer a silk weight on my legs in bitter cold, but use a nice fleece pant over them, usually with a shell.

There are definitely different levels of quality fleece as well. I have recently switched to fishing wader layers for extreme cold layering:

WaderWick Thermal Pant - Baselayers - SHOP

WaderWick Thermal Top - Baselayers - SHOP

and I have been extremely happy and warm.

Combine this setup with some light weight down and you are good to go.
 

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Duofold makes good value stuff.

Icebreaker pops up on SierraTradingPost.com

Underarmour makes a really heavyweight fleecey long underwear for hunting that I haven't tried yet.
 

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As natural fibers go you are pretty screwed if you want affordable. Most of the huge outdoor retailers have their own in house synthetic stuff that is really affordable comparatively, but the naturals, particularly wool, is really steep.

Sign up for Patagonia's e-mails, their merino stuff is so expensive that there is usually a bunch that go on sale at the end of every season. patagonia has online sales of 40%-50% off a few times each year and I have gotten some really nice pieces at a faction of the full price. For silk, Eastern Mountain Sports had some affordable in house silk stuff when I worked for them pre-2000. I was very lightweight, but it was natural and people loved it.

Wool is incredible uncomfortable unless you get Merino, which is agonizingly expensive.

Good luck!
 

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An unmentioned benefit to Wool and/or silk is that it will not melt. Sparks from a fire won't necessarily burn through a wool piece.

Additionally, in the Falkland's War of 1982, Royal Marines who were issued synthetic, polypropylene type, long underwear suffered severe burns while fighting shipboard fires when their skivvies melted to their skin.
 

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Melanzana

Not wool, but the only thing made in America I've seen mentioned here, warmer than the Hot Chilies or the silk, and double as a great light layer paddling too.

I don't think they make a top from this material anymore, but the microgrid hoodie is sweet!
 

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Not wool, but the only thing made in America I've seen mentioned here, warmer than the Hot Chilies or the silk, and double as a great light layer paddling too.
Melanzana is awesome stuff. I have a few pieces of their gear that I love....but Polarmax is definitely made domestically too:


"Polarmax® is the primary retail brand of Longworth Industries, Inc., located in West End and Candor, North Carolina. Celebrating 25 years of innovative technical base layer apparel, Polarmax® is a distinguished leader in the base layer marketplace.

With aggressive fabric development and product testing, a strong green story, and a completely vertical business structure, it is no wonder that Polarmax® is one of the nation’s top base layer apparel manufacturers.

Add the “Made in the USA” label, and you have the smartest choice for both consumers and retailers."
 

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Airblaster Ninja Suit. It will change your life. Merino version can be worn for weeks on end and still keep you feeling great and not smelling like the grover. The Merino one is pricey but well worth it when you compare it to the cost of good merino tops and bottoms.
 

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I really like wearing my NRS H2core stuff around camp (and on the water of course). They're warm and they dry fast, and they're ultra, super soft! Pretty sure they're the lightweight version.
 

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Airblaster Ninja Suit. It will change your life. Merino version can be worn for weeks on end and still keep you feeling great and not smelling like the grover. The Merino one is pricey but well worth it when you compare it to the cost of good merino tops and bottoms.
Ninja Suits FTW!
 

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I bought some Patagonia long underwear for a NOLS course in 2005 and I still wear them in winter and when boating in cold temps or camping. They are like new. I probably paid $100, just for bottoms. Best $100 I've ever spent. Even the elastic hasn't worn out. Those layered with fleece pants and some kind of wind pant, and your solid in cold camp weather.


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