-Avoid Sending the “Squirm Message”
-Simplify On-Stand Longevity
-New Technology is Key
By Matt McMorris
As the sun begins to set on another November hunt, I feel myself squirming with discomfort. The cold has begun to nip at my ﬁngers, creep into my toes and then move throughout my body, making what was supposed to be an otherwise amazing hunting experience miserable. Deer movement is at prime during the last few moments of daylight, but unfortunately, so is mine.
The crisp air wears me down and tests my resolve to wait out the trophy animal I’m hopeful will make its way into the food plot at any moment. No matter what game we are after, when the cold sets in we get uncomfortable. Once that happens, our chances for success diminish as our need for movement to increase blood ﬂow and a desire to head back to the warmth of a ﬁre overtake us. Perhaps I’m a wimp when it comes to the cold, but despite the fact that most animal movement increases as temperatures drop, I enjoy hunting that much less. I often leave too early or avoid going altogether.
Several months ago, as I made my way through the aisles of an outdoor trade show, I noticed a gentleman with his boot-clad foot in a bucket of dry ice. Though I didn’t know at the time that dry ice can reach temperatures colder than minus 109 degrees Fahrenheit (yes, minus), I knew that it was still extremely cold. With a normal boot or even a typical hunting boot designed for cold weather, anyone’s foot would get cold in such conditions before too long. What made this unique?
This was no ordinary boot in the bucket of dry ice. This guy’s boot was covered with an ArcticShield boot insulator. As I observed, the gentleman testing the insulators stated that his foot was actually quite comfortable. I was intrigued. Was there really a technology that could help me stay warm in my Midwest environment without having to layer so many clothes that I feel and look like a camouﬂaged Michelin man who can’t draw a bow or aim a riﬂe?
I began to do my research. It says on the ArcticShield website that their Retain Technology – as conﬁrmed by an independent laboratory, captures roughly 90 percent of one’s body heat. It made me feel better to know a third-party had examined the product and conﬁrmed the company’s claims. Then, I began to wonder, if I wear their boot covers in a tree stand, would they would be noisy when shifting my feet around.
With an outer shell and lining of polyester, the ArcticShield boot insulators are designed to not only keep feet warm, but also to be quiet in the stand. My own testing has borne this out. And every hunter understands how important quiet clothing is when hunting deer. Here is a product that is well thought out, slips over your boots and keeps your feet warm. Even better, for the hunter seeking total body warmth and comfort, ArcticShield makes an entire lineup of clothing from jackets and pants to hats and gloves. They can literally keep you covered in warmth from head to toe.
When the weather changes this season, I’ll be prepared. I’m going to use the ArcticShield Heat Echo Light system early in the cool weather and switch to the Classic Elite system when it really gets cold. All of the ArcticShield quality lines of clothing are designed to be comfortable, lightweight and without bulk. What’s better is that when the weather drops and the big boys start to move, I know (this year) I’ll be able to sit in my stand longer, remain more alert and keep as still as possible because I will ﬁnally be warm.
Their website, www.arcticshieldoutdoor.com is informative and easy to use. If you struggle to stay warm for your cold weather hunts, this is one brand you need to check out.