Part 4 – Clothing Philosophy: Prime Layer

February 12, 2011

In Part 3 – Clothing Philosophy: Fabric Choice post I talked about fabrics and why we chosen our fabrics. Today I will outline the purpose of a Prime Layer and introduce the two different Prime Layers Hunters Element will be offering.

 

Prime Layer – Next to skin – Moisture control

Key function of the prime/base layer

Wick moisture away from your skin

Needs to dry very fast

Low odour

Warm in winter and cool in summer

Comfortable next to skin

System Wide Compatibility

The Prime Layer is the next to skin layer with the key purpose of wicking away the moisture from your skin. New Zealand’s climate varies dramatically, with summer temperatures in the single digits in the morning to 25 degrees or more by midday, and winter temperatures in the negatives in parts. For this reason we have developed two Prime Layer options.

Prime Summer

As the name suggests, Prime Summer is designed for medium to warm conditions. Whilst the name is “Summer” this garment is very universal and is designed to be worn year round, it all depends on how you layer it. When Prime Summer is worn alone, without any other layers, it feels cool on your skin when you are exerting energy and perspiring. This works through evaporative cooling, so when it is hot and you are sweaty the garment helps to cool you, wind will enhance this effect. This also means that the fabric dries very fast. When worn under an Insulation Layer or Barrier Layer the Prime Summer will wick the moisture away to the next layer. If the garment you are wearing on top of the Prime Summer layer has large pit zips (GEN 4 XTR Jacket or Core Soft Shell), you can open these to get the evaporative cooling effect which will allow you to wear the outer layer for longer. I emphasize large pit zips as the small pit zips don’t allow enough air movement to achieve this effect.

A semi fitted cut allows the garment to move on you so you don’t overheat in the warmer temperatures.

Fuse Mesh™ fabric is a 4-way stretch, light weight and ultra breathable fabric. Fuse Mesh™ fabric provides you with excellent sun protection, rapid wicking and evaporative cooling for maximum freedom, comfort and performance in extreme hunting conditions. Treated with Scent Stop™ to help neutralise odors.

Prime Summer is available in four styles, T-Shirt, Long Sleeve Zip (pictured below), shorts (stubbies) and trousers. Click here to be directed to the details on the Hunters Element website.

Prime Summer is available now in Hunters Element Dealers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prime Winter

Prime Winter is a warm base layer designed for cooler temperatures.  This is a tight fitting garment that wicks moisture away from your skin and keeps you warm. Using a unique high loft three dimensional fabric, Prime Winter traps warm air next to the skin. 4 way stretch fabric allows unrestricted movement with flat lock seams for maximum comfort. Scent Stop™ is built into the fabric to help neutralise odor causing bacteria.

Prime Winter is available in April 2011. More information to be provided on a later blog.

All Prime Layer garments are made with flat lock seams. Flatlock seams are more comfortable, lower profile and allow greater stretch.

Smooth flatlock seam Bulky overlock seam

 

Quality Sz 3 SBS locking zipper.

Part 1 – Clothing Philosophy: Attack of the clones

Part 2 – Clothing Philosophy: Performance Layering

Part 3 – Clothing Philosophy: Fabric Choice

 


We are launching our layering system section of our website on the 15 February 2011.  Subscribe to Hunters Element Lifestyle to receive notification and go into the draw to win a Prime Summer Long Sleeve Zip Top.


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SIZE GUIDE

MEN'S JACKETS AND TOPS

Place the tape measure around the large part of your chest, usually just below the arm pits. Don't stretch the tape too tight. Align this measurement with the table below to help select your size. Outer layers are made larger to accommodate layers underneath.

 
MEN'S OUTER LAYER JACKETS

 SIZE
CHEST CM
CHEST INCHES
XXS
85-90
33-35
XS
90-95
35-37
S
95-100
37-39
M
100-105
39-41
L
105-110
41-43
XL
110-115
43-45
2XL
115-120
45-47
3XL
120-125
47-49
4XL
125-130
49-51
5XL
130-135
51-53




MEN'S BASE & MID-LAYER TOPS

 SIZE
CHEST CM CHEST INCHES
XXS 85-90 33-35
XS 90-95 35-37
S 95-100 37-39
M 100-105 39-41
L 105-110 41-43
XL 110-115 43-45
2XL 115-120 45-47
3XL 120-125 47-49
4XL 125-130 49-51
5XL 130-135 51-53


MEN'S PANTS & SHORTS

WAIST: Place the tape measure around your waist, just above where your pants would normally naturally rest. Don't pull the tape tight, but make sure it is snug. Align this measurement with the table below to help select your size. 
INSEAM: This is the measurement from the center of the crotch on our pants, to the base of the inner leg.
Our over-trousers are designed to be worn over the top of your regular pants. The sizing is therefore larger than our regular pants. 

 

MEN'S PANTS & SHORTS

 SIZE
WAIST CM WAIST INCHES INSEAM CM
XXS 71-74 28-29 78
XS 75-79 30-31 79
S 80-84 32-33 80
M 85-89 34-35 81
L 90-94 36-37 82
XL 95-99 38-39 83
2XL 100-104 40-41 84
3XL 105-109 42-43 84
4XL 110-114 44-45 85
5XL 115-120 46-47 85

 

MEN'S OVER-TROUSERS

 SIZE
WAIST CM WAIST INCHES INSEAM CM
XS 83-86 33-34 79
S 87-90 34-35 80
M 91-94 36-37 81
L 95-98 37-38 82
XL 99-102 39-40 83
2XL 103-106 41-42 84
3XL 107-110 42-43 84
4XL 111-114 44-45 85

 

WOMEN'S SIZING

Place the tape measure around the largest part of your chest, the narrowest point on your waist and the just above where your pants normally sit on your waist. Don't stretch the tape too tight. Align these measurement with the table below to help select your size. Outer layers are made larger to accommodate layers underneath.

 

WOMEN'S SIZING GUIDE

SIZE
CHEST
WAIST
HIPS
6 79cm / 31" 70cm / 27.5" 102cm / 40.2"
8
 84cm / 33"
74cm / 29.1"
106cm / 41.7"
10
 89cm / 35"
78cm / 30.7"
110cm / 43.3"
12
 94cm / 37"
82cm / 32.3"
114cm / 44.9"
14
 99cm / 39"
86cm / 33.9"
118cm / 46.4"
16
104cm / 41"
90cm / 35.4"
122cm / 48"  
18
109cm / 43"
94cm / 37"  
126cm / 49.6"
20
114cm / 45"
98cm / 38.6"
130cm / 51.2"

 

BOOT SIZING

All sizes are US men's sizing. Measure from the from the back of your heel to the end of your longest toe. Use your foot measurement to select the closest boot size.

BOOT SIZING GUIDE

US
FOOT LENGTH (approximate)
6 9.3 in / 23.6 cm
7 9.6 in / 24.4 cm
8 9.9 in / 25.2 cm
9 10.25 in / 26 cm
10 10.6 in / 26.8 cm
11 10.9 in / 27.8 cm
12 11.25 in / 28.6 cm 
13 11.6 in / 29.4 cm

 

 GAITER SIZING

Measure the circumference of calves at the thickest point. The size on the chart is the largest measurement that will fit in the gaiter. Gaiters can be tightened, but cannot be stretched to fit legs larger than the measurements shown on the chart.

GAITER SIZING GUIDE

SIZE
CALF SIZE
 S
380mm
M
410mm
L
440mm
XL
470mm
2XL
500mm

 

GLOVE SIZING

SIZE
LENGTH CM WIDTH CM
S 18 9
M 19 9.5
L 20 10
XL 21 10.5
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