• Great Post Mark! I’m in a similar boat as I need some new outer layers for varying weather. I’ve spend hours starring at the KUIU and Sitka websites the one that intrigues me the most is the new line of gear from Badlands. Also Medalist is being relaunched this summer so it will be cool to see what they bring to the table. My strategy thus far has been spend money when I can and get the cheap stuff to keep me out there and upgrade as I can afford it. Looking forward to seeing what you get!

    • SoleAdventure

      Thanks, Will.  I go for the ‘upgrade when I can’ strategy with most things.  Unfortunately, since I don’t have anything right now, I don’t know if that strategy is going to work in this case.

      The Badlands stuff looks good on the screen.  I am anxious to check it out further and see what price point they are going to come in at.  I didn’t realize the Medalist was relaunching.  Thanks for the tip!

  • AZWanderings

    Great article and really valid points Mark. I have also found it to be very tough to find a set of clothes that stands up to the abuse in the field. I’m not as much concerned with the camo pattern as I am finding durable yet quiet clothing. Right now, I’m pretty happy with my Cabela’s Micro-tex Lite camo. Super quiet and breathable. Perfect for Arizona hunting. But as you said, I’m always looking for something better.

    Ben

    • SoleAdventure

      Thanks, Ben.  I have heard really good things about the Microtex line, and it seems like it will be a good option for the early fall archery season, and even the spring turkey season.  I will definitely give it a closer look.  Avoiding noise is definitely a high priority in my decision process.

  • Man you’re on a roll with great post lately! I know where you’re coming from on this, our archery season starts in October and even in that month alone we can have the temps ranging from the 30s to the 70s. That calls for a large variety of hunting clothes. I couldn’t fathom trying to replace all of mine at once. When I purchase new stuff I try to do the quality over quantity approach, replace what’s needed and slowly start replacing lessor quality stuff as the budget calls for it. One thing I  do too, on the terms of being a geek with an Excel spreadsheet, I have a master list of what I have and what I want/need for the next season. They are ranked and ordered so I know what is more of a need than a want. 

    Normally around here, the larger chain sporting goods stores put some of their left over hunting attire on deep discounts after the season is over. I try to hit it up at the end of the season to restock for the next year. Now I know this won’t help you for this coming season, but it is at least a thought into the following years..

    • SoleAdventure

      Thank you, sir!  Our fall archery season is September-January, so we see it all.  Great tips on prioritizing wants/needs, and shopping out of season.  I am an organizational and budget geek, so I am with you there!   :)

  • Albert Quackenbush

     Well said, Mark. Like you, I am the very same boat. Losing almost sixty pounds now allows me to swim in my summer and winter gear. To combat the summer gear issue, I started looking to ebay and Camofire.com. There i found my summer Realtree MAX-1 pattern clothing. The pattern works for me for my style out here and it’s a versatile pattern. I think just about any pattern will work, you just have to be smart. As far as the clothing, what a tough market! I honestly have no idea what I am going to do for Winter clothing this year. I have looked into the new Badlands (which look great), but like you I want to try them on first. The Bass Pro by me has a great selection and I may end up getting my essentials right there. I like shopping online, but I also hate having to ship stuff back. I also have an issue with spending, for example, $500 on a jacket that I may wear a dozen times a year. Sure it’ll last, but I have had the same Advantage Timber coat/jacket combo for 10 years and it was far from expensive. Much depends on the marketing, your wallet and how comfortable you are with your gear. You want to be confident, but not broke!

    • SoleAdventure

      “You want to be confident, but not broke!”…good stuff, Al!  Right on.  I wish I could simply head out in jeans and a flannel, just like my Grandpa used to do, but I don’t hunt the same way either.

  • Britney Starr

    Good post Mark. I too am in the same situation. 20 lbs down and none of my clothes fit. Fortunately (and unfortunately) there are limited manufactures for women’s hunting clothing so it makes my search a little easier. I just got a new pair of pants, jacket, and shirt from Prois and I am confident that it’s worth every penny I spent-in my opinion it quality/durable clothing outlasts the cheap stuff. I’m waiting for it to get closer to upland season and I’ll have to buy a pair of upland style brush pants from them as well as a new set of Filson chaps. I think that clothing is similar to guns/bows in the fact that not every clothing line is going to be the best for every person (not every gun/bow is going to work for every person either). You have to find something that works for you specific needs and is in your price range. Anyone who says something is “better than anything else out there” probably doesn’t know what they are talking about.

    • SoleAdventure

      Congrats, Britney! I have heard great thing about Prois gear. I think it is awesome that they are bringing quality gear to the huntress. You are right on regarding the fact that it is a personal decision. That is why I am having so much trouble. There are so many good options, but what will work best for my specific needs?

  • Hey Mark,

    This is a great post and thanks for talking about it. I’m new to hunting all together and looking to get into the woods for the first time this fall. My 2012 budget has been spend on my bow and I’m now saving up for some glass. I’ve checked out my local Cabela’s just to get an idea on what a basic camo set up would be and it’s crazy. From what I understand from my friend who is also my proxy mentor has said that in the PacNW it’s a lot of spot and stalk vs time spent in a treestand. I’m thinking I’m just going to end up at my local Army & Navy surplus store and pick up some of that Vietnam era camo as a starting point. Maybe I can get it bulky enough that I can wear my fleece pants that I typically wear under my fishing waders to stay warm and for the wicking properties of fleece. I’m thinking good camo is going to wait a season or two.

    What would you suggest is a good entry level, basic starting point?

    -Fshrmon

    • SoleAdventure

      A good entry level starting point is exactly what you already mentioned. The first step is to go to Cabela’s (or a similar store) and just see what is out there. The second step would be to assess what you have that you can re-purpose. In the past I have routinely taken non-camo layering clothes and just worn those under a thin camo outer layer. Once you know what you have that you can use, then just figure out what you really need to put it all together. It may not be pretty, or lightweight, or as functional as it could be, but it will get you started hunting, and that is what really matters! I would start there, and do what Justin mentioned above…upgrade as you go, when you can.

      Good luck!

  • Mellon2

    After stumbling upon your site after reading your exodus broad head review, I enjoyed this article as well.  I totally agree the cost of hunting clothing has gotten out of control, but I have found that you can find what you like at Cabelas/Bass Pro/Gander mt, but go online to Amazon.com and make your purchase at a fraction of the cost.  Recently my Dad bought a $300+ bonecollector sent blocker suit (jacket and pants) for $160.  It was about half price which is a great deal.  I suggest signing up for a Prime Amazon acct and enjoy free shipping and no tax on most items.  Amazon is also great for accessories from bow sites to rifle scopes.  But beware, the “I can’t afford not to buy it” mentality can get you into trouble on there too.  there are just so many good deals. 

    • SoleAdventure

      Thanks for reading and for dropping the comment. I have purchase quite a few things from Amazon, but I never really thought to look for hunting clothes there. Thanks for the tip!

  • collins

    Im a 39 yr old father of 3,with a 4th on the way.first year hunter……ive had to oufit myself and 2 of my children, starting last spring,from the ground up.talk about a wallet buster!!I hunt 75% public land,and i like to go where i think the others wont;so i need gear to hold up to some pretty rugged hikes,and ive hunted all year in il (from oct-to jan now) so ive gotta have warm weather-mid weather,and cold weather gear,and it adds up,but you all know that. after buying 3bows,a climber and a ground blind,plus all the extras (tags,pack,arrows,tips etc) the clothing budget has dwindled…..but,ive been a gear junky for years and i love to sniff out a deal,so this is what i did–tons of online research,stop by the box stores and try things on see how they move and how loud they are,take note and then scour the net/ebay…the only new clothing ive bought and kept (other than my sons-thanks black friday) are th scentlok thundertek bibs,that i got on sale.Most everything else is used or repurposed like; fleece sweat pants for midlayers,carharrt work socks,columbia fleece vest,that kinda thing.bought some oversized UA pants,got them tailered fot $25 -saved approx $100.bought a UA capture fleece coat with a busted zipper,had the zipper replaced for $20–total cost of coat -$88 .Not that I have the best gear,but Im happy with what ive got.