Men's Furnace Zip Off Boot Top Details
- Velcro waistband flap secures zipper for easy zipper engagement
- Zipper starts at the top for easier initiation and zipping
- Zipper slider is anchored at the bottom of leg opening (when bottoms are on) for backpack belt comfort
- True to size: Purchase your normal size to wear over or under other layers
- 20.5 micron, superfine merino wool
- 95% merino / 5% spandex
- Expedition weight, fleeced Merino fabric for extreme cold
- Boot Top Cut
- Jacquard waistband
- Fully functional fly
- Flatlock seams
- YKK leg zippers
How It's Built
- Material: Merino-X
- Cut: Athletic
- Primary Uses:
- Spot & Stalk
- Tree Stand
- Material Weight: 350 Heavyweight
- Weight: 13.5oz.
Where to Use
- Temperature Range:
- Below 20F
- 20F - 45F
- 45F - 60F
I know I wasn't the only lady looking at these wondering why there isn't a women's version and asking myself how bad the men's would be. Well, I ordered the men's and I don't regret it. I am normally a size 4 in women's pants, and the men's small fits pretty decently. There is an expected amount of "sag" but it is not as bad as I imagined it could be. They will fit under my pants and be a good asset to my gear lineup for my upcoming Dall Sheep hunt. The zip feature works as promised - totally awesome.
I mainly purchased this base layer for the convenience of being able to zip them off at the knees. It's genius - to put it simply. The idea of a base layer that unzips at the knees is analogous to cavemen using tools for the first time. Looking forward to avoiding sweating my a$$ off to avoid having to take my boots off on a peak in the rain... But they get better... for the past couple seasons I have been wearing the Under Armour 3.0 and 4.0 as base layers. The Furnace Zip Off is thicker than the 4.0 and much better quality. Yes, they should be, as they are nearly twice the price... but from the initial "unboxing" look and feel, I am expecting a significant difference in warmth. An upgrade in quality for sure.
Also pointing out the sizing... Maybe the XL is different proportionally than the other sizes... Or maybe the people selecting the fit to be "A Bit Small" or "Small" need to buy a full length mirror and stop buying pants with elastic waistbands so they don't have to admit to themselves that they are no longer the size they used to be. I'm only going here because I almost purchased a XXL based on their opinions. At 6'3 260lbs, I would honestly say if anything, these have a slight amount of room in the waist. I have hips big enough to squeeze triplets through and the sizing is great in the hips. This base layer in XL does extend a few inches beyond my knees and to the top of my boots which are mid shin height hunting boots. I also wear an XL in the Under Armour 3.0 and 4.0 base layer if that helps anyone.
So first lite definitely does not have sizing down. I have a medium in the kiln zip off pant (old sizing 31-33) I just received my furnace boot top zip off pant also a medium (new sizing 33-35). My kiln zip off are a looser fit. Shaking my head. I purchased two pair of corrugate guide shorts both in medium. The waist sizes of the pants are drastically different.
I really wish these were full length like the Kiln version of the boot/zip offs.
I rarely buy new gear and never pay retail but I made an exception for these because nothing else really matches their performance. Being able to carry them in the top pouch of my pack and hike in in light pants and then quickly and easily add a layer for glassing or still hunting dark timber is a game changer.
The fit is fantastic. They’re the perfect length, to not bunch up in the top of my boot. Easy on and off in the field, as well as just being all around comfortable.
Alright so I was a little hesitant to spend a bunch of money on underpants... I mean no offense to underpants but it’s not normally something on the “drool over gear list” after listening to “Cal’s Week in Review podcast” and having a big 5 day high mountain buck/black bear hunt coming up I decided to bight the bullet. Having Cal’s high praise for this garment ringing in my ear, I figured what the heck.
I’m originally from Southern California. Why I mention this is to illustrate the weight of the word I’m about to use to describe this product.. it has many meanings, and can be used for many thing but from 1 to 10 on the scale of “dude” these long handles rank a strong 11! I’m not going on a hunt without these things in my pack..... in summary...... “Dude!” Get yourself a pare.. by the by the hunt was amazing and I tagged my first black bear a Respectable 175lb male. Thanks guys!
Can't wait to get these out in the field and see how they perform, but as comfortability they are like wearing sweatpants without the bagginess. They have great fit with the ability to still have an under layer on. Will be using these mainly when I'm upland hunting for those cold mornings and by mid-morning/afternoon when it warms up I can zip them off. Will be a complete game changer!
I am very pleased with the the furnace. I am 5'11" and 160lbs. I wear a 30" waist for most pants. The small zip-off boot tops fit me comfortably on the waist. They are snug but not too tight on my legs. They come down to my mid calf. The material is relatively thick for long johns but also comfortable on my skin and fits surprisingly easily under my normal hunting pants, which are slim. I haven't tested them yet in cold weather, but just walking around my garage they seem warmer than any other long johns I've owned.