With merino wool being all the rage these days, some very good synthetic products get forgotten. First Lite’s Halstead Tech Fleece is one such piece.
The Halstead Tech Fleece is a mid-weight base layer that can be used in a layering system during very cold hunts or it can be used as an outer layer during mid-season hunts; it could even be a next-to-skin piece if you like a heavier layer against your skin. The polyester/spandex blend makes for a very stretchy finish that is flexible and moves nicely. It incorporates Xeolite scent control technology to eliminate odor, however since this is a synthetic piece it is possible for odor to build up over time if you aren’t careful.
The Halstead utilizes a grid fleece liner that provides excellent warmth for such a lightweight piece. As soon as I put it on I could tell that it was a warm piece. It also fits very well with little excess material due to the shooter’s cut. The sleeves are tight around the wrist, but I felt that the sleeve zipper was both unnecessary and a bit clumsy due to the lightweight nature of the exterior fabric. I had to bite the sleeve to keep it from moving so that I could open the zipper. This would probably improve over time as the zipper saw more use, but it was still a bit unnerving. The fabric is absolutely dead quiet, which is a huge plus.
The Halstead is a great piece for layering or wearing as an outer layer. You may be wondering when the Halstead would be a better option that the Chama (QZ or Hoodie) as a mid-weight piece. If you are doing shorter hunts (3-5 days), hunting in damp or humid climate, or hunting in very cold conditions and need a very effective mid-weight layer under your jacket, then the Halstead will be a great option.
Check it out on the First Lite website.