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Hunting For Thoughts on Hunting Apparel

Browning is among the most popular outdoor apparel makers in the U.S.

My grandpa is the type of guy to genuinely show no interest in you, should you stray from his green way of living. John Deere green, that is.

I’ve yet to get caught up in the age old Deere vs. International or Ford vs. Chevy debates, frankly because I have no brand loyalty built up. Though I grew up on a farm, our tractor colors created a mixed race community. As for cars, I’m only qualified to enter conversations about Buicks, Oldsmobiles and Mercurys. Yeah, I’m an “old” 27.

It’s a similar my-life-is-a-collage story when it comes to hunting apparel. I mix Browning, Beretta and Boyt. Can’t forget about my good friend Bob Allen. Some days I’ll ride the Columbia. Gamehide? Check. And Filson just made the list when I picked up some new field chaps.

People definitely build perceptions and brand loyalties when it comes to these companies, too. Beretta’s been around for half a millennium, so ask any 300 year old and they’ll tell you Beretta’s how you do it. To some, Filson is viewed as elitist. To others, it’s the best. To me, I’ll have no problem throwing my new chaps on and feeling good about it because they are literally more valuable than the Kelley Blue Book price of my car.

Do you find yourself aligning with one particular line, or like me, do you mish mash it together?

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2 Responses to “Hunting For Thoughts on Hunting Apparel”

  1. We are not purists in the sense of sticking with one brand. But we are purists in the sense that we know what we need and want in hunting clothes and footwear. Sometimes we find it out there, and what we haven’t found we continue to look for everytime we enter a hunting store. A couple of brands do have our loyalties…. Mad Dog is our favorite for the later season wear in jackets and pants. it’s quiet, flexible fabric keeps out the wind and water and breathes. We really like the Camo Skin gloves we buy at Cabela’s. You can shoot with these gloves and for most of the season they can keep our hands warm they have 3 different weights. they are not waterproof. I’m still looking for the “warmest” gloves for late season. My hands freeze and I think I’ve tried every brand out there with no luck. We are also waiting to find the ultimate hunting pant for early and mid season that is lightweight and easy to move around the field in, waterproof and burr proof…any suggestions? Our favorite boot brands are Danner and Browning. We hunt every day all day during the season and we can usually get 4-5 good years out of the Danner. I’ve had my Brownings for a decade and they are in great shape (I’ve had to put in insoles the last few years as the interior footbeds did wear out). These boots offer great waterproofing, comfort and warmth.

  2. Thanks for your opinions, Catherine. I’m with ya on the gloves – my hands were frostbit as a youngster, and it’s a challenge late season to keep them from turning into ice blocks. Shameless promo alert, but I have grown fond of the insulated Leather Trophy Gloves that PF carries.


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