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.
- 850+ fill hydrophobic down insulation
- Lightweight and packable
- Durable quilted ripstop fabric
- DWR finish
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Well made and seems warmer than the firstlite it's replacing. Zippers are high quality with good stitching. Will be using for skiing, hunting and fishing along w normal daily wear.
The jacket meets my expectations, and I am pleased with the purchase. It's very light weight and compresses down into a small package in its own pocket. It's not the warmest jacket I own (heavy duty parka for Iowa winters where it's always windy), but for the weight of the jacket it holds its own. There were a few very small feathers coming out at the seams upon arrival, but nothing to complain about in my opinion. I purchased a large (I'm 6'3", 195, athletic build, wear a 34/35 shirt) and it fits great. I feel an extra-large would have been too baggy on my frame. Like others have said, there is a little bit of tightness around the back of the shoulders when reaching for something or tying shoes but nothing compromising. I've worn the jacket in 20-30 degree weather with another long sleeve and felt comfortable while walking the dog a few miles with +25 mph winds. I've also worn it around my home and have not overheated because of the breathability of the material. I wouldn't feel comfortable wearing the coat as a standalone piece in the field if the conditions were harsh (e.g. Sticks, stones, bark, etc.). A person would want a type of shell for protection for the jacket and durability (reason for 4 out of 5 stars - adding protection would add to the weight, so it's a trade off). All in all, I am very pleased with the jacket since I got it on sale and feel the value for the price is great.
NOTE: As any experienced outdoorsmen, I prefer to layer. This jacket allows for quick addition or removal w/o significant weight. The hood is nice too.
Well was a little surprised. My own fault. I read DOWN hoodie next to it was a feather sign. So I assumed real Goose down. Nope. Still very lite weight and seems to be warm. Will try it out this fall.
Excellent, light weight, packable down coat. It's not too hot for weather in the 40-50s and works great in the 0-20 range with just a base layer and a hoodie. I noticed the other day that it breaks cold wind (23f) with just a t shit under it. It packs into its own pocket and perfect for my go bag. Would definitely buy again.
Extremely lightweight but very warm. The DWR finish works really well in snow/light rain (all I’ve exposed it to so far). Like other reviewers said, it is pretty tight in the shoulders. Order up if between sizes or if you have a bigger chest/shoulders. Great jacket other than that
I absolutely love the Payette Hoody. I bought it to replace one of my other big brand jackets that was getting pretty clapped out. The fit is awesome and I like how it is a little more form
fitting around the chest and upper arms. It is incredibly warm, extremely lightweight and easily packable. Some of the down has creeped through the stitching but at least you know it’s real and not a synthetic puff. I only hope that it doesn't continue. I have already recommended it to friends and would recommend it to anyone before you go to an outdoor store and pay too much for a similar jacket. Also it’s available through GovX if you have access which is awesome.
Warm for the weight but it leaks a lot of down. At this rate I might just end up with a nylon windbreaker
For the weight of it, it’s the warmest garment I own. Would love to see a knee length pant version with reinforced knees, seat and side zippers.
THe Payette Down Hoody is extremely light and packable - but still capable of keeping you warm well below zero. I am skiing in Norway right now with temperatures around -5c and the down hoody is perfect for these conditions.
This has been an awesome addition to my layering system. Has kept me warm below freezing while moving. Packs super small. This would absolutely be 5 stars but for some reason the seam across the shoulders are super tight to the point you can’t comfortably reach above your head or bend down to tie your boots without the jacket having to ride up. Otherwise great, I ordered based off their chart measurements so maybe ordering a size up would allow for less shoulder restriction.