Heater Body Suit
This piece of hunting gear has been a lifesaver and almost cost me my life. ( my fault as you will see later in this review) This "sleeping bag with legs" will keep you warm in even the coldest weather provided you wear the recommended hunting clothes for the temperatures you'll see that day in the woods.
I start using mine as soon as the temperature drops below 45 degrees. A little warm some might say but there is a reason for my madness. I wear a long sleeve T-shirt and jeans to my stand and once in place I slip inside my Heater Body Suit and I am done. You regulate the temperature by raising or lowering the zipper which is very quiet. There is nothing like being able to fumble with your grunt call, cell phone, video camera, food, etc., without having your motion be detected. I even pull the thing over my head and call my hunting buddy on the cell phone with deer around me. Talk softly and they won't hear or see you.
For really cold weather I will not hunt without it. Again, I don't wear as much clothing to my stand as I would without it so I don't sweat. This is a big plus when using a climber because every hunter knows how much you can sweat while climbing, even in cold weather. Sweat and cold weather= A very cold hunt. I also have no need to wear huge pack boots to keep my feet warm. I sometimes even take my boots off once inside of the suit.
With all the good there must be some bad right. Yes, and no. If you use one of these you must be VERY careful putting it on after you get into your stand. I will no use open face climbing stands when I wear this suit. I was using one of my favorite climbers (summit bushmaster openshot) and was trying to put on my Heater Body Suit at thirty plus feet in the air. I was wearing my safety harness, which is a must PRIOR to putting the suit on, but failed to remember to put the stabilizing strap around the top portion of the stand. When I leaned sideways to put my right foot into the suit I leaned ever so lightly on the top portion of the stand and over I went. Let me tell you, it's no fun hanging upside down at thirty feet. Had I tightened the harness properly and my left foot not have gotten hung up on the platform I would have been hanging right side up. It took five long minutes to get myself back onto the platform and my hunt was over. I was soaking wet with sweat from the stress.
The suit I own is the water repellent model and it does what they claim. It is not water proof but will keep you dry in all but a downpour. Some water will get in around the zipper. My friend owns the windproof model and the fabric very quiet. I have never had any deer react to the tiny bit of noise mine makes though.
If you use some common sense and good safety practices then I highly recommend this piece of gear to anyone who hunts where the temperatures get low.
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