Performance Features: Hunting clothing is specifically designed to provide concealment and/or comfort under tough outdoor conditions. Depending on your needs, here are some things to look for. .
Quietness - Silent-Hide - For stalking or stand hunting, or any close-range work. look for soft, easy-moving cotton or polyester based material that don't "crinkle" or rustle when flexed.
- Breathability - Free air exchange is important in any weather. Breathable fabrics allow perspiration to evaporate off your skin, eliminating the clamminess that makes you uncomfortable cold or warm.
- Scent Control - Some styles incorporate a layer of activated carbon to absorb human odors, keeping them contained inside your suit. The idea is to keep your scent off the breeze, so you can move in from any direction and get more shot opportunities. Though pricey, scent-control camo is very popular these days.
- Temperature Control - Do you hunt in cold weather? then you'll want an insulated style designed to fend off those unwanted drafts. But for warmer conditions, choose an ultra-light style that promotes enhanced air circulation; these are general made of polymesh.
- Moisture Management - Waterproof styles prevent outside moisture (snow, rain, dew) from entering. Water-resistance styles slow moistures progress, but will keep you dry forever. Waterproof/breathable styles allow perspiration to escape without letting water in.
- Abrasion Resistance - For hunting in heavy cover or upland fields, look for tightly woven synthetic-based fabrics such as Silent-Hide. there materials resist tearing and easily fend off burrs and thorns.
- Insect Control - Mesh-based overclothing designed to seal off potential entry points. essential in some areas.
- Materials - Check the labels and hang tags. Synthetic fabrics (such as polyester and nylon) offer the greatest balance of performance features, and thus are pricier than natural fabrics (cotton, wool).
- Stitching - For outerwear, look for double- or triple-needle stitching; this method of reinforcement virtually guarantees long-wearing durability.
- Hardware/Closures - As with all things, brand names (VELCRO, YKK) command higher prices. In general, metal snaps are tougher and more dependable than plastic; 4-hole sewn buttons last longest; hook 'n' loop-type closures offer super-quick adjustability and seldom wear out over the life of the garment.
- Insulation - Thinsulate insulation by 3M offers maximum heat with minimum bulk. Other synthetics (DuPont, Hollofil fiberfill) efficiently trap warm air, but end to loft higher. Natural goose down is unique in that it holds its warmth even when wet, but although it's extremely light in weight, it's also very bulky. Weigh your need for warmth against your activity level, and choose accordingly.
- Pockets - Check not only the number of pockets and ouches, but also their size, placement, and types of closures. will you be able to easily retrieve an accessory while sitting in a treestand, without making a commotion? Meanwhile, most hunters agree that the more interior pockets the better.
- Fit, Comfort, Durability - You'll find a wide range of detailing on these types of clothing. Generally, you want a roomy, non-binding fit so you can move and shoot with ease. Special features such as articulated sleeves, gusseted underarms and crotches, bi-swing backs and specially constructed hoods are designed to accommodate a hunter's need for comport and mobility. Pants with snap-up or zip-up legs go on easily over your boots. Draw cords and ties help seal out cold air, insects and debris.
Special Fabrics :
- GORE-TEX - The standard for 100% waterproof, breathable performance in outdoor clothing. Thousands of ting perforations per square inch keep water molecules out (they're larger), yet allow perspiration vapors to escape. Pricey, but proven-the best wet-weather protection available.
- Durable Water Repellent (DWR) - A surface treatment that causes water to bead up and run off the fabric. Not necessarily waterproof.
General Hunting: Blaze - Most states require that you wear safety blaze orange during the gun deer season. Check local regulations. For economy, reversible styles (camo to blaze) are available at your local Bass Pro Shops.