In the coming weeks before our big game hunting seasons begin, I’ll be sharing my thoughts on pieces of hunting gear for women. Today I’ll share an important piece, which I tested last winter.
When new hunters ask what item to purchase first, I suggest camouflage rain gear.I’m always in search of waterproof gear for hunting. You can wear it over the top of anything, and it’s important to stay dry during the hunt. Here are some initial thoughts on the Field & Stream HydroProof Ultra rain gear for women.
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I am constantly in search of rain gear, and Field and Stream sent me this camo rain gear for women, so I was excited to give it a try.
From the top, this jacket has a hood with top and side drawstrings. It cinches down tight around my face, so it doesn’t obstruct my view. It also has a cap style feature, which keeps water from dripping down your face.
I have to make a special note on this jacket, that there’s an inside zipper flap near the chin area. This is so important because it protects a lady’s face from freezing cold zippers. The zipper itself is protected by an exterior flap, which snaps over to add protection from moisture.
There are also two large front pockets to store gear, gloves or whatever you may need to access quickly. They do have zippers, which help prevent your gear from being lost in the field.
The sleeves are velcroed for easy adjustment. Velcro is not my favorite feature in hunting gear, but it does allow for fitting around your wrists or gloves. There is also a drawstring around the hip area. This keeps the jacket from riding up, or sticks from getting inside when you’re sitting in the brush, waiting on a tom turkey.
The pants also have a drawstring to tighten up at the waist. I do wish they had belt loops because, with the large-size hip and thigh pockets, heavy gear can weigh these pants down. I love the big zippered pockets! They have pull tabs that make it easy to zip and unzip, with frozen or gloved hands. If you hunt in extreme temperatures, you know what I’m talking about.
At the ankles, there are no zippers. This makes the pants a bit more difficult to remove over the top of my hunting boots. They do however have an adjustment snap which I found helps snug them around the boots and helps prevent the pants from riding up. That being said, the first thing you probably want to know about these britches is the length. These pants have a 31″ inseam on the size small I’m demoing.
Both the jacket and pants are lightweight and packable. They roll up small and can be stowed in your pack or saddlebags easily.
Field & Stream Camo Raingear for Women is available at Dick’s Sporting Goods
F&S Hydroproof Ultra Jacket – Realtree Camo, Size S – XL MSRP $79.99
F&S Hydroproof Ultra Pants – Realtree Camo, Size S – XL MSRP $59.99
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