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Jesse May 30, 2017 @ 12:01pm
Best clothing setup?
Could someone provide me with a list or screenshot whats the best clothing setup? So i know what to work towards. Thanks
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len186 May 30, 2017 @ 2:03pm 
Once you have worked out how to wear underpants on your head you will be rocking.:steamhappy:
Panther May 30, 2017 @ 2:22pm 
Would you rather be agile or protected? I like Wolf coats, some people like bear coats (heavy but tough to get through).

Craftable gear is warrmer but can be a b*** to maintain.

Also depends what you have either in abundance of or a good quality version of.

You'll get a greater warmth bonus from deer skin boots than deer skin trousers on the surface (if I'm remembering correctly), but if you've got one pair of plain jeans and a good pair of boots for example, the greater temprature leap would come from crafting the trousers.

In the end I usually go for all craft everything with the best hat I can find.
Grafton May 30, 2017 @ 5:35pm 
I'm just the opposite. I scour the island and keep the ones (once I get two layers) that give the highest bonuses in temp and wind resistance. I don't worry about sprinting (in pilgrim mode anyway) and go with a sewing kit and cloth you can get everywhere. Building up supplies for craftable replacements like guts hides etc is grossly unbalanced. For example you can completely fix a normal bedroll with out fail assuming you have the skill with 1 or 2 pieces of cloth from 80 percent (skill level dependent) where as you have to have an entire bear pelt hanging around to fix the bear roll and no matter the skill takes more then one pelt to fix it from 50 percent but it only takes two to total to make. Same with the boots the pants etc etc. if you are going to be a hunter gatherer then this works if you want to spend all your time hunting and aging things. Or go with equivalent "found" clothes and always have an easy inexpensive repair option.
Flirtyfrog May 30, 2017 @ 5:50pm 
outside of loper, i dont see any reason to use furs (except deer boots). It doesn't get that cold anyway and it's fine to be freezing as long as hypothermia doesn't set in. I love to keep my weight down so i can move faster.
Snow May 30, 2017 @ 8:02pm 
You can have different gear sets, dude. Depending on weather and what you're trying to accomplish.
Alcator Jun 1, 2017 @ 10:37am 
Originally posted by Jesse:
Could someone provide me with a list or screenshot whats the best clothing setup? So i know what to work towards. Thanks

There are, I'd say, 4 "sets" (like in Diablo 2/3?) of high-end gear:

Animal Furs: A collection of animal pelt -crafted clothing. Good news: At some point, you will be swimming in cured pelts and skins, and will be able to repair any damage to these. Spectacular water resistance and defense, but heavy and slowing down.

Military clothing: Good combination of defense, water-proofness and mobility

Skiing clothes: Solid warmth bonus, great mobility, but lacks in defense

"Old-style" (Mariner's Coat / Parka, Work pants, Work boots...): Solid defense, good warmth bonus, but slows you down.

It would be cool if wearing items from a set would grant additional bonus, explained by clever interlocking of the pieces (such as military jacket having straps that seemlessly connect it to military pants etc.; or snow pants fitting nicely around snow boots) :-)
mmille14 Jun 1, 2017 @ 10:54am 
Originally posted by Alcator:
Originally posted by Jesse:
Could someone provide me with a list or screenshot whats the best clothing setup? So i know what to work towards. Thanks

There are, I'd say, 4 "sets" (like in Diablo 2/3?) of high-end gear:

Animal Furs: A collection of animal pelt -crafted clothing. Good news: At some point, you will be swimming in cured pelts and skins, and will be able to repair any damage to these. Spectacular water resistance and defense, but heavy and slowing down.

Military clothing: Good combination of defense, water-proofness and mobility

Skiing clothes: Solid warmth bonus, great mobility, but lacks in defense

"Old-style" (Mariner's Coat / Parka, Work pants, Work boots...): Solid defense, good warmth bonus, but slows you down.

It would be cool if wearing items from a set would grant additional bonus, explained by clever interlocking of the pieces (such as military jacket having straps that seemlessly connect it to military pants etc.; or snow pants fitting nicely around snow boots) :-)

Choices, choices, choices! :) Back to the OP, the trick is to chose wisely for a given situation.
In my opinoin, the best cloths are those that provide a the highest combination of warm interior layers (sweaters), wind and water resistant out layers (jackets and parkas, and later wolf+bear crafted coats) in combination with excellent water resistance and protection.

The "slows you down" argument doesn't make sense to me, unless you're one of those people who are impatiently sprinting everywhere you go. Sprinting burns calories like there's no tomorrow, so I find I'm walking most places anyway.

Reasons for me to run fast? Not many, I'm never so impatient that I need to sprint from point A to B. And certainly no other reasons that I can't manage in other ways.

If I know I'm going to have to sprint after an animal I'm hunting, I pull off the thick layers, charge up the meter, and go about my business. Once that's done, I wrap up in my heavy warmies again and happily haul my catch back to camp. I drop decoys made of 0.01kg bits of rotted meat to avoid fist fights with wolves that I can't get around, or shoot an arrow into their face, depending what mood I'm in.

The 3-5kg I might save with light weight clothing doesn't pay off when you consider that 3-5kg is about 10-15% of the total meat you can harvest from a bear corpse. The bottom line is this: hauling all that meat while staying under 40kg is going to take two or more trips either way and the savings from lighter clothing doesn't meaningfully tip the scales. The lighter clothing is a liability whose benefits don't outweigh all the other benefits provided by heavier clothing.

By wearing light clothing so that I can move "faster", I'm trading greater wolf protection, which saves me from using up precious medication; water resistance, which saves me from getting frostbitten from frozen clothing; warmth, which allows me to laugh off most blizzards when I get caught outdoors, huddling behind a tree; and warmth again, which allows me to comfortably pursue my daily (and even nightly) routine outdoors so that I don't catch cabin fever (not even once, ever).

That last one is super important, imo. Not being able to sleep/pass time indoors because your clothing can't support you outdoors overnight or through intemperate weather conditions is a gigantic malus, worse than any other affliction, imo. I seriously don't know why people complain about this mechanic, though. It's a non-issue when managed correctly.

Anyhow, by going for light clothing, you trade all of that for being able to sprint for a few seconds longer. It just doesn't add up in my mind. Especially not when I can strip down a few layers and regenerate a full sprint bar in seconds anyway. (strip down >> click pass time, counting in my head for two seconds, and click cancel >> ???? >> PROFIT).
Cougarific Jun 1, 2017 @ 8:09pm 
Originally posted by Flirtyfrog:
outside of loper, i dont see any reason to use furs (except deer boots). It doesn't get that cold anyway and it's fine to be freezing as long as hypothermia doesn't set in. I love to keep my weight down so i can move faster.
^This. My crafted clothing usually ends up sitting neatly folded on a bookshelf in my base because it's so cumbersome to wear. I only put it on if I absolutely have to venture out in terrible weather or at night for some quick wood-gathering or cattail scavenging.
DaSkippa Jun 1, 2017 @ 11:46pm 
Originally posted by Cougarific:
Originally posted by Flirtyfrog:
outside of loper, i dont see any reason to use furs (except deer boots). It doesn't get that cold anyway and it's fine to be freezing as long as hypothermia doesn't set in. I love to keep my weight down so i can move faster.
^This. My crafted clothing usually ends up sitting neatly folded on a bookshelf in my base because it's so cumbersome to wear. I only put it on if I absolutely have to venture out in terrible weather or at night for some quick wood-gathering or cattail scavenging.
Same if I;m not loping I tend not to use furs much. Once I;m at the point very very late when I have skins rotting everywhere I start migrating to furs simply due to convenience, but usually I do something stupid and die prior. Or a new build comes out and a start from scratch.
Last edited by DaSkippa; Jun 1, 2017 @ 11:47pm
Jesse Jun 2, 2017 @ 1:14am 
Originally posted by DOLTBraidedheadman:
In my opinoin, the best cloths are those that provide a the highest combination of warm interior layers (sweaters), wind and water resistant out layers (jackets and parkas, and later wolf+bear crafted coats) in combination with excellent water resistance and protection.

The "slows you down" argument doesn't make sense to me, unless you're one of those people who are impatiently sprinting everywhere you go. Sprinting burns calories like there's no tomorrow, so I find I'm walking most places anyway.

Reasons for me to run fast? Not many, I'm never so impatient that I need to sprint from point A to B. And certainly no other reasons that I can't manage in other ways.

If I know I'm going to have to sprint after an animal I'm hunting, I pull off the thick layers, charge up the meter, and go about my business. Once that's done, I wrap up in my heavy warmies again and happily haul my catch back to camp. I drop decoys made of 0.01kg bits of rotted meat to avoid fist fights with wolves that I can't get around, or shoot an arrow into their face, depending what mood I'm in.

The 3-5kg I might save with light weight clothing doesn't pay off when you consider that 3-5kg is about 10-15% of the total meat you can harvest from a bear corpse. The bottom line is this: hauling all that meat while staying under 40kg is going to take two or more trips either way and the savings from lighter clothing doesn't meaningfully tip the scales. The lighter clothing is a liability whose benefits don't outweigh all the other benefits provided by heavier clothing.

By wearing light clothing so that I can move "faster", I'm trading greater wolf protection, which saves me from using up precious medication; water resistance, which saves me from getting frostbitten from frozen clothing; warmth, which allows me to laugh off most blizzards when I get caught outdoors, huddling behind a tree; and warmth again, which allows me to comfortably pursue my daily (and even nightly) routine outdoors so that I don't catch cabin fever (not even once, ever).

That last one is super important, imo. Not being able to sleep/pass time indoors because your clothing can't support you outdoors overnight or through intemperate weather conditions is a gigantic malus, worse than any other affliction, imo. I seriously don't know why people complain about this mechanic, though. It's a non-issue when managed correctly.

Anyhow, by going for light clothing, you trade all of that for being able to sprint for a few seconds longer. It just doesn't add up in my mind. Especially not when I can strip down a few layers and regenerate a full sprint bar in seconds anyway. (strip down >> click pass time, counting in my head for two seconds, and click cancel >> ???? >> PROFIT).
Thanks you for this comment, very well detailed information there. Seems like its the best way to go for full crafted sets and thats what im gonna do.
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Date Posted: May 30, 2017 @ 12:01pm
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