Staff Systems: Summer Scouting
Callum Dickerson: Ecommerce Manager
"For summer scouting, it's all about staying cool and protected from the sun during the heat of the day. For starters, our new Guide Lite Pants do an excellent job of wicking moisture and keeping my legs cool throughout the day. They've got a nice stretch to 'em and are super comfortable for hot days. One of my all-time favorite pieces, the Wick Hoody, breathes extremely well, has great thermoregulation, wicks moisture quickly, and fights odor (so it can be used a handful of times without needing to be washed). Plus, it's got a hood for added sun protection. The merino Wick Short Boxer Brief is a must for me and provides all the same benefits as the hoody. As for socks, I like the Mountain Athlete Compressions. They keep my legs fresh by promoting blood flow and staving off the buildup of lactic acid. A key piece of gear that is with me all year is our Aerowool Neck Gaiter. It keeps me warm during cold weather pursuits and protected during summer sessions outside (highly advise adding one to your kit). As for layers when the sun drops or the wind picks up on mountain top, I prefer the Ridgeline QZ. Built with 4-way stretch nylon, it does a nice job buffering wind and retains a slight amount of heat. For true insulation, the Brooks Down Sweater is a no brainer since it's compressible, lightweight, warm, and takes up very little space in your pack. Finally, I always keep the Vapor Stormlight Rain Jacket and the Boundary Stormtight Pants in bag because you never know when you're gonna need them, but when you do, they'll save your scouting session or hunt. I run this these two pieces as a windbreaker, shell, and final piece of outerwear to lock in warmth when the temps drop, the wind starts to rip, the mosquitos come out, or the rain begins to fall. Out West, you can never trust the weather forecast."