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I'm sure many of us have been there. Cold winter morning, but a long walk to the stand. Sweating can end up ruining your morning as the cold sets in. I have about a 1.5 mile walk to my stand and I won't take the atv back because I don't want to push deer out of a couple holding areas I walk past.

What are some things you all do to avoid sweating on the way to the stand? I've been considering buying one of those heater body suits and just wearing lighter clothes in.
 

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I've been thinking of buying the Heater Body suit the last couple years, but never pulled the trigger. This year I saw that Cabelas has a base layer that is supposed to keep your temp regulated when it's hot or cold outside. If it works as it says it is pretty amazing stuff. The reviews I've read are good, but it has a pretty high price tag. The top and bottom would be more than the Heater Body suit.
 

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Appropriate thickness tight fitting wicking underwear. The reason you feel cold is the evaporation against your skin. Wicking underwear moves the perspiration away from your skin. Different thicknesses for different temps and activity level. Snowshoeing and backpacking I use lightweight, late season muzzleloader sitting in a treestand I use expedition grade.
 

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I don't wear a lot in to my stand and put my warm underwear, jacket on when I get there. I couldn't imagine wearing one of those body suits in a stand. To me they seem no different then a sleeping bag and I know I wouldn't want to be in one 20' up a tree. A good backpack will pack everything you need.
 

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I pack in my jacket and whatever my top layers may be. I do this all season long to avoid sweating whether my walk is 10 minutes or when I go to Iowa this fall and I have a 45 minute walk.
 

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I leave extra early in the morning so I can slowpoke my way in and only were a long sleeve shirt.

Do the same thing in the afternoons on warm days. Sometimes it will take me an hour longer than normal just to get to my stand. Drink water on the way in , only wear a t-shirt, and stop often in the shade. Also take a break and cool down before I start to climb. It seems like climbing is when I sweat the most because my body is already over heated from the walk in.
 

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My feet are always the first thing to get cold from sweat and make me head in. I few years ago I started wearing thin cotton socks on the walk in and changing them when I get on stand. Made a huge difference
 

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My feet are always the first thing to get cold from sweat and make me head in. I few years ago I started wearing thin cotton socks on the walk in and changing them when I get on stand. Made a huge difference
For feet sweating use antiperspirant on them.
 

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Thanks for all the posts so far. In regards to the antiperspirant, are you just simply talking about the spray? My walk starts off with an immediate steep uphill climb for about 300 yards. What I have been trying to do the last couple years is walk about 40 yards and stop. My feet have been the major problem, but I haven't tried antiperspirant. No matter what level of insulation I have on/sock type or thickness they end up freezing. I have poor circulation, so I'm sure that is part of the issue.
 

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Spray, roll on, any kind that you can get coverage with will work. This is a common remedy for those prone to blisters. Also as above, a pair of lightweight liner wicking socks. I always wear the liner wicking socks. Cotton is a no no as it retains the moisture.
 

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Dress light for the walk in, pack warmer clothes, cut down on carry in's to conserve weight, spray down boots and socks at the stand when in the tree keep your hands and head warm.
 

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I go in light with most of my insulation and base layers in a backpack. When I get within a few hundred yards of my stand, I take off all the sweaty base garments and put on the dry base gear from my backpack. It a little bit of as hassle but worth it to be comfortable.
 

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Thanks for some of the ideas. I've considered going in light in the past, I just worried about how much of a hassle it may be when I get in. One day when I hit the lottery, my treestand will have a wood stove in it
 

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I carry in the outer coat and pants.

As for feet, try a little Bismoline or Gold Bond powder on the feet, then thinner type wicking socks against the skin (not cotton). Wait until in the hunting area to don the thicker wool/merino socks for warmth. I even got a pair of boot blankets for those times when just sitting or standing when it is really chilly.
 
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