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First Lite Guide Lite Pant & Brooks Down Sweater

June 2019
Author: Stanton Upson

The Guide Lite Pant features 37.5 stretch nylon material that dries quickly in the field and provides excellent breathability for early season and warm weather pursuits. This lightweight, durable pant is built to move with an articulated, straight leg fit and a streamlined profile featuring minimal pockets. The rigid waistband is new for 2019, providing numerical waist sizing and allowing for a dialed fit on your new go-to early season and warm weather pant.

At 10.9 ounces, the Brooks Down Sweater is the definition of ultralight, highly packable backcountry insulation. Built with 100 grams of DWR-treated 800-fill power, 37.5-DownTek, the Brooks provides advanced, active insulation that fights off moisture to keep both you and your down insulation warm, dry, and comfortable. The Brooks was designed using 50% more down than its closest competitor to be the lightest weight possible while ensuring best-in-class warmth.

"For 2019, First Lite has a whole new line of products, and let me tell you, they do not disappoint. I have been wearing First Lite my entire tenure here at Huntin' Fool and have seen these products grow and advance. The new Guide Lite pant's lightweight build is perfect for those late summer into early fall hunts. It essentially combines my two favorite pants, the lightweight, breathable feel of the Obsidian with the stretch/flexibility of the Corrugate Guide pant. Early season is forever changed for me with the new First Lite Guide Lite pant.

Sticking with early season, the new Brooks Down sweater not only is great as an insulating layer, but what I am growing accustomed to is packing it in the cool weather. I have always been a fan of the Uncompagre puffy, but the Brooks Down sweater cuts 6 oz. and is not quite as warm. When you take off on a hike in those brisk mornings, you feel great, but once you get that sweat built up and you sit down on a glassing knob, the Brooks Down sweater has been the perfect piece to throw on until that sunlight hits and starts warming you up. The Brooks also features a drop-tail hem, which is fantastic if you find yourself glassing on a windy hillside. For the early season, the Uncompagre is going to have to take a back seat because I'm not going anywhere without my Brooks Down sweater." - Stanton Upson, Hunt Advisor

MSRP: Guide Lite Pant - $135 (solids), $145 (camo); Brooks Down Sweater - $265-$285

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