Summing It Up
So just as the sun rises, you find me once more out on the grasslands of southeastern Alberta, and with the temperature sitting at -10C when I left my truck behind at the trailhead, it was perfect for what I had in mind.
The reason I say the temperature was perfect, as I was wanting to check out how warm my new wool Pathfinder Half-Zip Pullover would prove to be.
After several hours out and about, I have to say I am more than pleased with it, as it passed with flying colors with the warmth of what you would expect out of a 100% quality wool product.
I started down the road of acquiring this wool pullover when I ran across it on a website dedicated to the traditional archer.
It is available in 4 different colors and patterns, and after much agonizing over what color and pattern to go with, I ordered their model called "Pathfinder Evening Stand Green,"
Now placing the order was only half of it, as this small company is a family run operation, with Fred looking after the archery end of the business, and his wife Teresa looking after the wool products they offer.
When they receive an order for one of their wool products, and in my case the wool pullover as seen here, Teresa then procedes to cut and sew it up as she did with mine based on the dimensions that I sent her. It took about 8 days before she had completed it, and placed it in the mail to me.
Of course while I patiently waited for it to arrive, I second guessed myself on not only the pattern and color, but also the size.
I have to say Teresa's sizing chart worked to perfection, as I carefully took my measurement's based on this sizing chart, and in the end it worked out perfect, with one layer under it on this morning, and room for a second layer when required with colder temperatures.
The front has a kangaroo pocket for warming one's hands if required, and the zippered pocket is perfect for your cell phone, or sunglasses, or possibly my pocket camera.
I also like the fact that the hood is cut larger than normal to allow you to wear a traditional slouch hat if you desire, as many traditional archers prefer to wear. I do own a slouch hat, however I'll save that for a warmer day when I'm not in danger of freezing my ears!
So to summarize, I am more than pleased with my Pathfinder Half-Zip Pullover, as you can't beat the soft silent and even water resistant qualities of wool for outdoor activities. Wool is especially good for stalking and still hunting. and not only is it warm, but it allows you to move silently about.
Although I have many choices when it comes to staying warm in the cold, and today its all about synthetic's, I have to say I'm enjoying stepping back in time dressed in wool, although I'll stick with my fleece underwear, as I don't think I can handle wool up close and personal!
One more thing worth noting.....I keep looking for different options in regards to keeping my hands warm, and in particular my fingers while out and about and keeping ready in case something flushes.
During several of my last outings I've taken to wearing wool fingerless gloves that include a folding mitt end that can be velcroed back out of the way.
I've discovered that they work well with my 3 fingered shooting glove on my right hand, as I can keep my fingers with the shooting glove poked out of the end of the fingerless glove, allowing me to wear these wool glove/mitts while still able to draw and shoot my bow when required, and yet keeping my hands warm.....perfect!.
Besides checking out my new wool pullover, I also enjoyed chasing after Grey Partridges that kept me entertained chasing after my arrows!
In case you were wondering, those are Ravens that are seen soaring along the ridges of the valley. They tend to follow me around, maybe hoping that I'll provide breakfast!
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