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Re: High end hunting clothing [Re: USMC47 🦫] #7575902
05/03/22 02:16 PM
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Iím slowly swapping over to American made only. Donít think anything mentioned on here is American made except possibly Filson. Even my beloved Mossy Oak shows Malaysia, China, and Taiwan on the labels.
I went with FORLOH. Expensive? Yes. But so far what Iíve gotten has been worth it. Only started out with their lightweight insect shield clothing and I can tell you it works for me 100%. Doesnít do well walking through briers, but a lot of lightweight clothing wonít.
Just ordered their ALLCLIMA pants and will test them in Washington next week. Next purchases will be their base layers and a jacket. Itís nice to put on clothes made with American materials and in America.

Re: High end hunting clothing [Re: USMC47 🦫] #7575910
05/03/22 02:26 PM
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I just wished sitka would offer some better camo patterns for the midwest. As far as the linseed oil and mineral spirits idea, I dont think youd ever get that smell out of the clothing .....deer noses work in this part of the country Lol

Re: High end hunting clothing [Re: USMC47 🦫] #7575911
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If I could change all my camo for soft earth tone solid colors I would do it...



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Re: High end hunting clothing [Re: USMC47 🦫] #7575913
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Also consider looking into snowboarding or ski clothing. Very thin & warm. Snowboarding clothing has a lot of camo & earth tone patterns too.

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Re: High end hunting clothing [Re: Marty] #7575919
05/03/22 02:39 PM
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Originally Posted by Marty
If I could change all my camo for soft earth tone solid colors I would do it...

I still think camo only plays a small part in the big picture. Look at all the deer that were killed by our fathers and grandfathers generation wearing red and black wool plaid. Having said that, the technology is here to make clothing lighter and warmer at the same time and Im thankful for it.

Re: High end hunting clothing [Re: USMC47 🦫] #7575920
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I've had pretty good luck with some high end long johns they keep you warm but they also breath and reduce the amount of sweat and allow you to wear lighter clothing. As far as footwear you might just have to bite the bullet and shell out the cash. Or you could for go all of that and take your elk closer to the truck

Re: High end hunting clothing [Re: USMC47 🦫] #7575922
05/03/22 02:41 PM
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Midlander, if they can smell your pants they can smell your breath

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Re: High end hunting clothing [Re: USMC47 🦫] #7575924
05/03/22 02:45 PM
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Koss2005 , even when I was young and a 17 mile day just made me sleep better, we used pack animals. Getting a dead elk to a pickup thats miles away, on foot, will kick your hind end even when your a young guy.


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Re: High end hunting clothing [Re: USMC47 🦫] #7575928
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USMC47, I am following this thread. Lighter is better if you get the features you need without question.


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Re: High end hunting clothing [Re: USMC47 🦫] #7575931
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Are we not boycotting carhartt?

I agree. Bass pro was never any good, and they have successfully modified Cabelas stuff to where its not worth owning. A lot of the newer clothing seems to be designed for backpacking type pursuits.

Re: High end hunting clothing [Re: USMC47 🦫] #7575932
05/03/22 02:52 PM
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The best value in high quality clothing at a working man's price is Huntworth. Plus I have a deal with them and if you use my code, you get an additional 20% off and free shipping on orders over $150. The code is BBB-20 to get the 20% off.

I get a small kickback if you use the code, so I do have a vested interest but seriously they make the best hunting clothing for the money of any company. They just don't spend millions on marketing like sitka, Kuiu and others. https://huntworthgear.com/





Re: High end hunting clothing [Re: USMC47 🦫] #7575933
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I have a high end (Simms) weatherproof fishing jacket that I bought over a decade ago. I think it was approx $400.


My buddies that used cheaper jackets go thru them every couple of years while I'm wearing the same old jacket.
My jacket has seen no care other than hanging up in a heated garage when done for the day.
It has finally worn thru on the cuffs and the weather proof coating is getting weak. I get some water seeping in after a couple of hours in the rain.
I have thought about replacing it but at $600 or more I'm looking at cheaper ones again.
Its tough to bit the bullet but I know that I'll be disappointed in a cheaper jacket.

I guess in the end I'll bite the bullet and go for it. It will probably be the last jacket I buy and as I get older the comfort and quality is appreciated.

I say go for the good stuff, there is a difference in my experience, and when your spending long hours outside in less than ideal conditions it makes a difference.

Re: High end hunting clothing [Re: nate] #7575940
05/03/22 03:09 PM
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Originally Posted by nate
Originally Posted by USMC47 🦫
Danny, I agree. I love my Carhartt insulated bibs, but they wonít do in my situation. I should have explained why Iím asking this question.


Iím starting to hunt elk. Iíve not ever done that in my life. I retired from the Marines and was just always stationed somewhere where there were no elk.

I hunted last year in an area Iím starting to like. I put between 8 and 17 miles on my feet in a day. The snow can be between 6 and 12Ē if Iím walking it. I wore high end wool clothing and it got heavy and wet. I wore pac boots and they were heavy. My walk in left me sweating. I layered down on the walk in and up but then I had to carry heavy outer clothing.

Newer clothing types are lighter, breathe better, and donít absorb water and snow and freeze up. Newer boots by Kennetrek or Crispi are $450.

So this is why Iím asking about the newer stuff and a more affordable option. Iím asking for a few veterans I plan on taking up the mountains this year and into the future also.


Give archery hunting a shot beautiful weather, bugling bulls, aspens/quakies coloring up and several states allow crosbows. Downside is the weather is pretty warm some days so you'll need to be able to get it out in decent time.
Iím an archer at heart. Thereís no better time to be in the hills and mountains.


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Re: High end hunting clothing [Re: USMC47 🦫] #7575949
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Originally Posted by USMC47 🦫
With the newest technology and materials in hunting clothing such as Kuiu and First Lite come Hugh prices. I see the value of some of these lines because of their functionality but they can cost 200-400 just for a top or a bottom. Are there comparable options from other companies like Cabelas or Basspro? Maybe another company?


Yes there are many not just comparable, but better options. I see this stuff every year. Sitka, Kuiu, etc. Helly Hanson makes some good stuff thats reasonable. I've seen hunters show up with a fancy Sika suit of clothing that cost over $1000 and leave with it in tatters. Hard to beat good wool imo. The one exception is the Yukon Raingear by Kuiu. A fellow gave me the jacket. Its outstanding, and worth the money IMO.


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Re: High end hunting clothing [Re: BernieB.] #7575960
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Originally Posted by BernieB.
The best value in high quality clothing at a working man's price is Huntworth. Plus I have a deal with them and if you use my code, you get an additional 20% off and free shipping on orders over $150. The code is BBB-20 to get the 20% off.

I get a small kickback if you use the code, so I do have a vested interest but seriously they make the best hunting clothing for the money of any company. They just don't spend millions on marketing like sitka, Kuiu and others. https://huntworthgear.com/






I'll keep these guys in mind and read some more reviews, I've wanted a couple pieces of nice gear but it doesn't seem to provide enough value for the price when it comes to Sitka etc.

Re: High end hunting clothing [Re: USMC47 🦫] #7575965
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I have some sitka, first lite, and two pairs of KUIU pants and one wool shirt.

SITKA makes some amazing outer layers, stratus bibs and coat, Fanatic bibs and coat and vest very warm and the GORE windstopper is second to none...I got it all 40% off though

First lite has some great stuff too, merino and insulation layers

KUIU attack pants, most comfortable hiking and hunting pants I have found, merino wool is excellent too


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Re: High end hunting clothing [Re: USMC47 🦫] #7575978
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I went to POW hunting deer wearing all Kuiu. I probably would had to quit my hunt without it. I wore 1 single long sleeve shirt most of the time. If I got wet I would switch shirts hang it in a tree and in 20 minutes itís dry. I would wear a back up shirt while the first shirt was drying. Between the two shirts they didnít even weigh 2lbs.
It was 45-60 degrees and I Was comfortable the entire 5 days of hunting. When it rained hard I put my Helli Hanson rain gear on. When I was sitting I would put on a neck gaiter that weighs 2ozs and I would stay warm. But The combination of performance with dry time, it didnít get all gross, and weight itís well worth the money.

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Re: High end hunting clothing [Re: danny clifton] #7575993
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Oh I know Danny. I never had the luxury of a pack animal, I was the pack animal. That's how I learned to bone out my elk, and it was still more than one trip. Now days I'd just have to stay there and eat it till it was gone

Re: High end hunting clothing [Re: USMC47 🦫] #7576016
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When you are the pack animal and old like me, you really appreciate the ultra light, ultra warm, ultra packable gear even though it is ultra expensive. It's not needed to walk out back to a tree stand, or day hunt from the road, or ride an ATV to a spot close to your blind, but when you carry everything for a multi-day hunt on your back for miles into the back country, the thoughts about all those $ spent just fade away.

Re: High end hunting clothing [Re: USMC47 🦫] #7576023
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Most of the stuff is way over priced because of their advertising costs etc.I'm in the middle class hunting clothes Woolite burbber's wind proof pants are waterproof and -30 base layer's is what I have good for sitting in Mn and hiking 5 to 10 miles per day in Mt.Wool is king for keeping you dry and warm,Danner boots,still a $200 boot,I asked a good friend I sometime hunt with about the Kenetrek etc.he told me to save my money,great boot,but I wouldn't use them enough to justify the cost,tough to spend $450 to $500 on a pair of boots to only use about once every 3 years.

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