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From Alberta to Mexico, Oregon to Maine, and throughout the heart of the Midwest, whitetail deer and all its sub-species span most of North America. Whether you’re hunting in a tree stand, ground blind, making a drive, still hunting, or doing a spot-and-stalk, our versatile layering system will match your style of hunting.
Regardless of species, KUIU’s approach to hunting apparel centers around a technical layering system, and whitetail deer is no exception. The layering system enhances your performance in the field by scaling your insulation up or down during high and low-level activity. Moreover, hunts often bring an ever-changing climate.
Our layering system can be summed up in three parts: You have a next-to-skin base layers, mid-layer insulation, and outer-layer protection that allows you to adapt to any style of whitetail hunting. It’s an entire system built to compliment how you hunt and withstand the elements you’re faced with. For most whitetail hunting applications, clothes that are warm and quiet are a top priority. Here are our customer’s top-five whitetail products that will keep you comfortable and undetected.
This is the foundation of your layering system. KUIU’s odor-resistant ULTRA Merino 145 base layers will keep you comfortable and insulated. If you build up a sweat on the hike into your stand or area you’re posting up, ULTRA Merino transports moisture away from your body, keeping you comfortable and dry.
You’ll never regret adding them as an extra layer, especially the bottoms. Because they’re lightweight, as the day warms up, you can simply unzip and pull them off without removing your outer pants and boots.
Available in a ULTRA Merino 145 Zip-T, ULTRA Merino 145 Zip-T Hoodie, ULTRA Merino 145 Zip-Off Bottom, ULTRA Merino 145 Beanie and ULTRA Merino 145 Neck Gaiter.
• Comfortably worn next-to-skin
• Naturally odor-resistant, silent and low-sheen
• Retains insulating properties when wet
• Base-layer sizing
“The ULTRA Merino 145 Zip-T is my favorite base layer whether it's warm or cold. It's comfortable and regulates temperature very well." - Robert B.
Super quiet and comfortable, this synthetic grid fleece jacket is ideal as mid-layer insulation or as an outer layer on cool days. It’s not bulky, so it won’t restrict key movements, such as drawing your bow or shouldering a rifle. Its wind-resistant fabric will keep you warm and comfortable on a blustery day.
Available as a Peloton 240 Full Zip Hoodie, Peloton 240 Full Zip, Peloton 240 Vest, and Peloton 240 Beanie
• Quiet low-sheen outer material
• Wind resistant
• Mid-layer sizing
“The Peloton 240 Full-Zip Jacket is another winner from KUIU. I really like the camo pattern and it is cut in all the right places to provide room for movement. The inner material is soft and warm, but not bulky. Not sure how to describe it, but it just feels like a quality piece of clothing when you put it on., this is the most comfortable and best-fitting camo I own. Looking forward to wearing it whitetail hunting this fall.” - David K.
It’s our most popular jacket among whitetail hunters. The low sheen and dead quiet material keep you concealed from wary eyes and ears. The 3DeFX+ insulation keeps you warm while you need to stay still. It also breathes when your activity levels spike. Choose from a vest or hooded and non-hooded jackets.
It’s ideally worn as an insulating outer layer, or as a mid-layer under down on extremely cold days.<.p>
The Kenai beanie and bomber hats are for maximum heat retention. They’re insulated with 3DeFX+ and lined with Sherpa fleece to keep you warm and comfortable.
• Synthetic 3DeFX+ active insulation
• Mid-layer sizing (go up one size for multiple under-layers)
“My Initial concern was this extremely light jacket couldn't be warm enough for the often harsh, long treestand sits required for WI Whitetails. Well, I was pleasantly surprised how effective this jacket was at blocking wind and retaining heat without the overheating that often comes with the walk to the treestand. I drop 2 disposable hand warmers in the side pockets and wear as a mid-layer over my merino wool. This system allowed me to stay out in conditions that my friends gave up on.” - Matt G.
The Axis Hybrid Hooded Jacket and Axis Hybrid Pant are KUIU’s quietest soft-shell outer layers. They’re built with a fleece-lined inner layer with a wind and water-resistant outer layer. The jacket features waterproof paneling, strategically placed on the hood, shoulders, and tops of arms—ensuring you stay dry in the vulnerable areas you normally get soaked. The pants feature the same waterproof paneling on the seat and knees—sitting down on a wet treestand cushion won’t be miserable.
The 4-way stretch fabric will move with your body as you’re drawing your bow or shouldering your rifle. The built-in pit zips on the jacket and hip vents on the pants will keep you comfortable and ventilated while on the move. They’re a must-have pairing for mid to late-season deer hunting.
• Jacket- waterproof hood, shoulders, and tops of arms
• Pants- waterproof seat and knees
• Quiet low-sheen material
• Fleece lined
• Easy burr removal
"I have slowly been eliminating all my other brands of hunting clothing and going strictly KUIU. I hunt whitetails in Minnesota late season and the KUIU line of clothing blows away the competition. The Axis pant has been another quality piece added to my arsenal of clothing. They keep you dry and warm in the worst conditions. Buy them with confidence!" - Mitch K.
For days you’re playing the waiting game and you can’t move about to stay warm, you’ll want the Super Down on hand. It is designed to keep you warm when your activity levels are low, like sitting in a blind, treestand, or over your favorite lookout.
Nothing is as light and insulates as well as down. That said, the knock-on most down products is if they get wet, they lose all insulating capabilities. The Super Down Pro addresses that issue. The 850+ fill-power Quixdown is water-resistant and surpasses the water shake test. The quiet and durable Stunner Stretch® face-fabric withstands the rigors of hunting and is also treated with a water-repellant DWR, allowing you to wear in confidence knowing you’ll withstand the cold, wind, rain and snow.
Since they’re so lightweight, you’ll never regret having them in your pack. The Jacket and Pant self-stow in their left pocket and only weigh 13.4 and 8 oz respectively. The pants feature full length leg zips so they are easily removed without taking off your boots.
The trigger Glomitt features an opening in the index fingers that allow you to make a shot without removing your gloves and exposing your hands to the cold.
• Worn on top of your base and mid layers
• Ideal protection when you’re in a blind or stand
• Packable and self-stows in left pocket
• Water-resistant fabric and down
• Outer-layer sizing (Your normal size will have room for layers underneath)
“This insulation jacket is second to none and a well-designed product. It’s packability and exceptional warmth have finally provided me what I have been looking for. It’s easy to put on in a tree saddle to stay warm during the long sit for northern whitetail. I can’t say enough good things about not only this system but all the KUIU products I have purchased. It’s warm, quiet, and packable. You can’t ask for anything more.” - Jason P.
Selecting Your Camo Pattern depends on the terrain and the season. Whether you’re hunting on the ground, or from a treestand or tree saddle, all our camouflage patterns are highly effective at breaking up your human outline.
For the early season, while the vegetation is green, Verde is a top choice. Verde is also ideal in evergreen environments year-round. Valo is the top choice in hardwood applications after the colors have changed and the vegetation has died off or gone dormant. Vias is also a proven choice for the late season, when grey vegetation and terrain dominate the landscape. KUIU dark-color solids are ideal to minimize detection for hunting from the shadows of an enclosed blind.
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