So what is the general consensus of the best Merino Base layer and soft shell type pants if there are no constraints on the pocket book or the wife allows you to have access to the check book?
I've heard some good things about Core 4 Element merino base layers. First Lite seems to be fairly well respected. Sitka seems to be over-priced for what you get. But having said this, I don't have first hand experience with any of them. What do you guys wear and recommend? I want to update my Under Armor base layers (they become pretty punget after a few days).
I've been looking at soft shell pants. Looking for something that has DWR finish, breathable and wind resistent. I've heard good things about the Arc'Teryx Gamma AR pants. The Marmot Entrada M3 pants seem to be pretty good. The Kuiu attack pants seems to be excellent if you can find some, but I hear they are not as wind resistent as some of the other manufactures. I've been using Sitka 90% pants and they seem to work well, but kind of wish they had a DWR finish. Just wonder if there is something better out there and how the mountaineering stuff compares. What general system to you guys use.
Thanks for the input