Posts Tagged ‘Beretta Women’s Windshield Sweater’
Wednesday, November 6th, 2013
Get several women bird hunters together and at some point, guaranteed, they’ll talk about how difficult it is to find good women’s upland clothing. Fortunately, several manufacturers have acknowledged that downsizing men’s clothes – vests, brush pants, chaps, etc. – won’t work in terms of functionality or style. Women obviously need clothes proportioned to women’s bodies. In his search for quality women’s hunting gear, my husband, Terry Wilson, owner of Ugly Dog Hunting Company, has too often found a great product, put it in the catalog and online only to have it discontinued a year later. Finding really good women’s brush pants, for example, is particularly frustrating. Only Pointer Brand’s brush jeans have stayed tried and true.
Unfortunately, without naming names, some of the companies making women’s hunting clothing have taken their products to offshore manufacturers with less quality control. Others have found that given economic challenges, the upland market isn’t big enough to support profitable production, so they choose to cut their upland lines altogether, sticking with the broader camo audience.
On a happier note, Pheasants Forever has found two great women’s items backed by the quality and reliability of Beretta. One is the Beretta Women’s Wax Cotton Upland Vest. Pheasants Forever sells the vest for $163.95, and it’s worth every dime. The sturdy wax cotton is pliable and has none of that oily feel or smell a lot of wax cotton products have. There’s plenty of blaze orange visibility with two large blaze shoulder patches and the ample blaze game bag (removable) on the back. It’s got a breathable mesh lining, interior pockets (perfect for keys and cell phone), and two front bellow pockets with flip-out shell holders. And, it looks great – a slimming design with attention to details of trim and color. I get a kick out of the orange zipper. Extra snazzy is the Pheasants Forever (also available in Quail Forever) logo on the front.
I’ve been wearing the vest for a few weeks hunting in the grouse woods, smashing through alders, climbing over blow downs and lugging the usual gear – first aid kit, ammo, water bottles – through thick brush. The vest is quiet and the arm holes are deep enough for easy movement and shooting. It’s comfortable, sheds moisture and never catches while mounting a gun. My only criticism would be that although the game bag is long and deep enough at the bottom, it’s tighter in the upper back area which makes stuffing in a big bird a little awkward. That aside, three gold stars for the Beretta Women’s Wax Cotton Upland Vest.
The other product I’m loving is the Beretta Women’s Techno Windshield Sweater. First I wore it shooting 5-stand at our local club, then started wearing it everywhere taking full advantage of its windproof warmth. It’s made of what Beretta calls “thermal control” wool, which, according to the label, is a blend of lambswool and nylon. The Beretta Windproof Membrane is a special wind-blocking nylon lining. The sweater zips up and is super soft, in a medium brown color that goes with everything. Nice touches include the light tan knit collar lining, slash pockets, and elegant PF monogram with the pheasant tail feather. Pheasants Forever sells the sweater for $163.95.
Nancy Anisfield, an outdoor photographer/writer, sporting dog enthusiast and bird hunter, serves on Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever’s National Board of Directors. She resides in Hinesburg, Vermont.
Monday, August 26th, 2013
With the 2013 pheasant hunting opener drawing closer, it’s time to gear up. In addition to Pheasants Forever’s 2013 Pheasant Hunting Gear Guide, you can view our complete collection of upland hunting gear, bird dog products, and upland lifestyle merchandise at www.pfstore.org.
Hunting pack meets upland vest in this innovative entry into the upland world from Tenzing. Its 13 pockets, water capabilities (both a hydration pouch and mesh water holders) and wrap-around bird pouch fit neatly into 3 lbs. 2 oz. Read the full review.
Women pheasant hunters should find it easier to swing their shotguns in a vest that’s been specifically fitted to their shape.
This full-zip is classy enough to serve as “upland lifestyle” dress wear or something cozy to slip on after a full day in the field, but don’t let the stylish shooting sweater fool you – it’s fit for the field. Modeled after the best-selling men’s version, all the warmth and wind protection of the men’s version are there in a longer cut design specific for women.
One of the best-reviewed upland products in recent memory, the WingWorks vest has been heralded by hardcore hunters and dog trainers for its design and durability. Made in Idaho, it features deep shell pockets, two 32 oz. water bottles and is designed for many add-on components. The WingWorks may very well be the last vest you ever buy.
It’s not much different than what your grandpa wore pheasant hunting 50 years ago, and that’s not a bad thing. The plaid is timeless and with a full liner and wind-resistant material, this is, at its core, a field coat.
A comfortable, waterproof pullover that’s perfect for those not-so-perfect pheasant hunting days. Read the full review.
WSI Sports took hunter feedback and modified its already-popular blaze orange base layer. The American-made WikiMax Men’s Quarter Zip can stand alone on warmer days, and makes for great layering come late season.
Owners of cattail-busting Labrador retrievers can proudly wear the King of the Cattails Cap, coupled with the King of the Cattails T-Shirt, to stake a fair claim as owning the roughest, toughest bird buster around. Just be prepared to challenge all comers.
Space conscious hunters will be happy with the most compact eCollar system SportDOG has ever built. The 425 is ideal for yard or field training with close-working flushing or retrieving dogs.
You’re heard that an ounce of prevention equals a pound of cure. While true, it never hurts to have a couple pounds of cure in your hunting rig.
The Over/Under blog is written by Andrew Vavra, Pheasants Forever & Quail Forever’s Marketing Specialist.