Eberlestock Layering System
Designed to keep you warm, manage moisture, and protect you from exposure to the elements.
Consists of 3 discrete layers of apparel, each with a specific function.
Separate layering allows you to adapt your clothing to suit both the weather conditions and the activity level.
The foundation which starts the heat generation and moisture transport process. This is the wicking layer which transports away moisture from the skin and helps regulate body temperature. Sweat passes into the next layer of clothing so the base stays dry.
The baselayer is one of the most integral pieces of clothing, forming the key foundation of the layering system and enabling you to stay warm and dry. This layer is worn next-to-skin, creating a thin layer of warm air against the body. It helps to transport moisture and sweat vapor from the skin to regulate the body’s temperature.
Our ultralight baselayers combine the excellent antimicrobial properties of Merino Wool with the quick-drying and 4-way stretch of synthetic fabrics. In our midweight baselayers, our proprietary HexWeave™ gridded fleece adds engineered air channels to both trap heat and wick moisture away from the body.
Midlayer garments have insulating properties which trap the warmth generated by the body. This layer is worn over the baselayer to help trap in body heat, as well as further transporting sweat away from the body to keep you warm and dry.
A versatile layer, with different types of insulation and moisture transport technology: waterproof down or loft insulation, high-pile fleece, specialized quilted panels, DWR-treated shells and more. In some instances, our versatile midlayers could also act as the outerlayer, depending on weather conditions.
This protective layer is crucial for protection against the elements, including wind, rain and snow. This “working layer” provides elemental protection, allows for ventilation and heat management, and is the final stage of moisture transport to move water out of your system to get you dry. There are different types of protective layers. For example, a waterproof jacket for rain or an insulated softshell jacket for protection against cold.
Two things to consider and plan for when selecting your apparel: Level of Activity and Weather Conditions.
Level of Activity
High Intensity Activities will generate body heat and sweat, so it’s necessary to wear clothing that is breathable, moisture-wicking, and has good temperature regulation properties. Over-layering will introduce too much heat and moisture into your system, and can cause problems later on. For a high intensity activity, like a high-altitude hike into elk territory, starting with a light baselayer, a versatile midlayer like a vest and a softshell outer layer stowed in your pack is a good strategy.
Low Intensity Activities, like glassing and or treestand hunting often require more insulation and weather protection to retain heat during the long static periods.
Often, a hunt will consist of both types of these activities. Planning ahead, wearing the best layering setup to start and having packed other options to maintain heat and keep dry is critical. An old adage, “Start Cold” refers to starting with lighter layers, allowing the activity to build heat and ensuring sweat is being wicked away and evaporated to make temperature regulation easier and more comfortable overall for the long haul.
Level of activity is a good starting point when choosing appropriate layers, but weather conditions and temperature are also very important to consider. Weather conditions can be unpredictable, which is why it’s helpful to bring additional layers with you so you can remove or swap pieces to change the dynamic of your layering system.
Extreme cold conditions will often dictate a warmer, thicker baselayer and more insulation for your midlayer, whereas wet and windy conditions will often require a hardshell to seal out the external moisture while still offering some breathability.
Conversely hot weather conditions often require deliberate selection of layers to cover skin, prevent moisture loss but wick sweat, and cover skin from exposure, while helping regulate temperature via evaporative cooling.
UPF protection is also a key factor to consider, and some hybrid layers (baselayer/outerlayer) like our Bruneau Hoodie offer wicking, wind protection and UV protection as well.
Wet/Cold environments are the most dangerous, as they rob the body of heat via conduction, convection and evaporation. Waterproof hardshells and wicking inner layers are key to managing moisture and preserving core body temperature.
- All Purpose
- Long sleeves with thumb holes
- Fitted hood
- Moisture wicking
- Odor resistant
Find Your Size
I found the Pioneer Half Zip Hoody to be well made, warm, and functional. This is my first piece of clothing from Eberlestock. I have been wearing it as a mid-layer in a wide range of activities at the end of a Minnesota winter. I purchased a medium. I am 5’9” and 160 lbs. and it fits perfectly. I found the grid fleece to be very warm. I am looking forward to trying it as an outer layer as temperatures start to warm. I very pleased with my purchase.
Very comfortable and a get add to my Eberlestock layering system. I do wish it didn't ball up as much as it does. For the price of it it shouldn't do that. It started to ball up after the first time I wore it.
This is a fantastic mid-layer piece especially when paired with the Bruneau on cold wet days. I love the thumb holes. It fits great and is light weight yet warm. It does tend to ball up a bit. The small pocket is nice to have as well. It looks great and fits perfectly. I will be purchasing more of these in the future.
Good fit, light and warm for its size. Material is fine against skin but clingy when worn over merino. When you layer the Bruneau hoody (which is ultra light) over the merino and under this its perfect. Took that combo down to an average of 28-34F and rainy/foggy on multiple trips covering an average of 9 miles steelhead fishing. Wearing an uninsulated rain jacket when needed as an outer layer. Breathes well and air dries way faster than expected for its weight. Only flaw is the material tends to get small balls of fuzz building up wear it rubs against waders or rain gear. Interesting to see how well it holds up in the long term. Still great due to its warmth to weight ratio.
Universal midlayer usable for hunting activities in rough terrain and for all other outdoor activities, such as backcountry skiing
The half zip hoody is light weight and warm.
I kind of liked but also had to have the bruneau hoody. Never liked the hood on it because it wouldn't allow me to hear like I should. Long story short, each piece of kit has its purpose. I got the pioneer half zip hoody and that thing works better in every way a Montana archery hunter wants it too, compared to the bruneau. Pull up the hood and a guy can still listen to the small things. Eberlestock keeps coming up with awesome gear and the pioneer half zip hoodie is a must have for early season mid temps/base layer!!!! Just get one, is all I can say.
This is very comfortable mid-layer hoody. About double the thickness of the Bruneau hoody. With a waffle texture weave fabric it traps warm air on the inside. Runs larger than most of the EB apparel that I have.
This was my first clothing item purchased from Eberlestock and it exceeded my expectations. I assumed it was just another thin layer piece but the cushy, webbing on the inside gives this a feel of warmth and more ruggedness than presented on the website but it is definitely not a bulky product. I have worn it over a thin merino base layer, using it as an outer layer in cooler weather and enjoyed it. I plan to use it as both a mid layer and an outer layer, weather permitting for hunting and casual wear. I like the product a lot and would like to see the website updated to show more product details like item weight, thickness, and more product features/descriptions added.
Love this hoody! It is lightweight and warm! Cant wait to test it oiut in the very cold parts of the winter - but so far so good!