Howdy all! It's nice to see my topic still getting some replies.
I'm fresh back from a five day trip up to northern Montana. Sadly, the weather was very warm and I've no great duck stories to tell. But, the Eqwader did its job from 30 to 45 in the cool mornings. One thing I've not seen discussed is that it is very comfortable. One tip I'd have is to remember to cinch up the bottom of it with the cord because by itself under waders, there will a lot of room and the cold air goes right down the back and up the gaps if you don't snug it up a bit. Another thing I liked after all is the neoprene cuffs. I went into the drink one time and it sealed off the water from totally soaking my arms. So, that was a pleasant surprise. The cuffs are comfortable too, which was one of my biggest fears; I hate tight stuff on my wrists when hunting.
Not good to wear, of course, in the 75 degree afternoons we had. Darndest weather I've seen in a long time.
As for the base layer, I was wearing a cheap synthetic compression shirt, one of the "1/5 the cost of Under Armour" deals an earlier poster referenced. It did a good job keeping me dry, but as for warmth, not so good. So, I suppose it depends on what you're looking for. I've spoken to a buddy who also wears the real deal UA in athletics and he says it can't be beat. I may go ahead and drop the real cash down and try their 1/4 zip t-neck.
Will report back here when I get some more meaningful field time in the Eqwader. Until then, hope you're all enjoying the start of the season.
Rest in Peace, Ryder. Boy, you went before your time, in the start of your prime. You were loyal and are missed.
~ 4 March 2013.