Men's Big Game Systems
Late Season System
The Late Season Open Country System is designed for uncompromised protection from brutal winter conditions at high altitudes–when your gear can mean the difference between success and a rescue.
Late Season alpine pursuits require the most durable, innovative and high-performance gear available. We’ve leveraged our most technical fabrics and advanced technologies to make this system an uncompromising first line of defense. Durable windproof and waterproof outerwear keeps the elements at bay while base layers are engineered to rapidly move moisture, preventing its accumulation in the system. Innovative insulation layers are created to be packable and lightweight and won’t be degraded by moisture.
Designed with durable outerwear and insulation to keep you protected from the elements, this system is built to prepare you for anything. Lightweight, packable layers won’t slow you down on your climb into the high country, and fabrics engineered to deliver maximum breathability keep your skin and gear free of moisture. Be it sun, rain, sleet or snow, the Mid-Season Open Country system allows you to adapt quickly and stay protected in exposed environments.
I’ve refined my system for about 15 years but write this with only one caveat — don’t simply take my word for it. Yes, these are my personal choices, but the ideal setup for you may vary based on your body type, hunt conditions and preferences. Furthermore, the best system for an individual is only obtained through the trials of personally testing gear in backcountry environments.
With that disclaimer in mind, the gear in this list is what I’d typically bring for an extended mountain hunt and has covered me from summer through early fall. With a few substitutions (warmer headwear, gloves and insulation layers) I’ve comfortably used these pieces in some of the coldest conditions in North America.