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Every year, the guys at First Lite reach out to a network of avid mountain hunters to see what products they’d be most excited to see. For a couple of years, I suggested that they whip up what I was describing as a pair of “glassing pants.” Basically, I was looking for a set of packable insulated britches that could be zipped on and off over my regular hunting pants whenever I got chilly. I envisioned something extremely lightweight, really warm, with full leg zippers. While I don’t want to oversell my influence at First Lite, I’m excited to say that they followed my advice –coincidentally or not– and came out with the Uncompahgre Puffy Pant. These are the perfect insulated pants for backpack hunters who don’t want the extra weight of heavy insulated pants but don’t like to freeze their asses off while hanging around camp at night or posted up on a cold and windy glassing tit. They roll up smaller than a Nalgene bottle, weigh just 18 ounces, and sport a water-repellent finish. What’s more, they dry extremely quickly. The next time you’re trying to decide between freezing your ass or bringing along your gigantic insulated Carhartt bibs, go for a set of Uncompahgre Puffy Pants. You’ll feel really happy about yourself.

-SR

Folks are always asking us how they can support the groups that support our public lands. One great way to do that is to go to First Lite and buy some gear on Saturday, September 30.  Saturday is National Public Lands Day, and First Lite will be matching ALL donations made to their Round Up For Conservation initiative dollar for dollar to help sustain our public lands.

Check out this video for more information on First Lite’s Round Up For Conservation initiative.