Moose Hunting Clothing for Women: Top 5 Picks
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Spotting and stalking bulls in the backcountry is not the time to wear ill-fitting menswear or oversized second-hand clothes. Elk hunting requires high-performance equipment designed specifically for women. The choices available in the market have expanded and improved, and there are more clothing decisions to be made than ever before. When possible, I like to try on as many things as possible and learn about the specs and features of a jacket or pant so I can apply those things to the style of hunting that I primarily do. If you’re looking for new duds, here are what I’ve found to be the best options for female hunters. They’re designed specifically for women and built for the backcountry.
1. Our top recommendation: the SITKA jacket and pants
SITKA Jetstream Jacket (S-XL) – Sitka, $379.00
SITKA’s Timberline Pant has long been a favorite of big game hunters for its ripstop reinforced seat and knees, which are waterproof yet breathable. The knees are also equipped with removable knee pads for additional protection in rough terrain. The pants feature an athletic fit with tapered legs and a low rise for a reduced bulk. Polyester stretch woven fabric is finished with a DWR treatment to repel light rainfall. Weighing in at 22.6 ounces, the women’s Timberline pants come in Optifade Subalpine or Lead colorways. They’ll pair well with the women’s Jetstream jacket, which features GORE WINDSTOPPER for breathable warmth and a micro-grid fleece backing. A fitted hood and built-in hand and chest pockets add more, while underarm zippers can open and help wick away sweat. Taped and beveled seams provide weather protection and durability, and it comes in two camo and three solid patterns.
2. A lightweight KUIU set for rainy weather
KUIU Chugach TR Rainwear Set (XS-XL) – KUIU, $578
When the sky opens up halfway through your hunt, slip into the Chugach TR rain jacket and pants. This rainwear set is super packable, provides a good amount of stretch, and of course provides complete protection from downpours. Featuring Torain TR technology, Chugach TR pieces are durable, ultralight and as breathable as rainwear can get. The Chugach TR Pants feature full-length side zippers, an integrated waistband, and Bemis overlay film scuff guards, yet weigh only 10 ounces. The Chugach Jacket features underarm zippers for ventilation, a two-way adjustable hood and plenty of zippered pockets for storage. It weighs only 12.5 ounces. Fully sealed, the set is available for $578, or you can purchase the pieces separately at $259 for the Chugach TR pants and $319 for the Chugach TR jacket.
3. The most versatile choice: the AllClima range from Forloh
Women’s AllClima Soft Shell Jacket – FORLOH, $449.00
As the name suggests, FORLOH’s AllClima collection is designed to get you through most of the hunting season, whatever the conditions. The garments combine breathability, protection, durability and comfort for the ultimate backcountry gear. The Women’s AllClima Stretch Woven Pant is made from a four-way stretch woven twill and features articulated knees and a gusseted crotch for increased mobility. AbraSynthetic Suede knee pads provide abrasion resistance on the uppers, while reinforcement panels and double-bond fabric add durability on targeted areas. Mesh zippers on the hips allow ventilation. The pants sport a variety of pockets and are finished with a DWR treatment for $249. The Women’s AllClima Soft Shell Jacket features Airadigm Pulse Plasma technology, which coats each fiber with a DWR treatment individually, for a waterproof and breathable outer layer. A bonded fleece interior support adds warmth, and underarm ventilation provides quick cooling when you’re hot. Also featuring a three-way adjustable hood, the Women’s AllClima Soft Shell Jacket is available for $449. The AllClima collection also includes rainwear, and every piece of FORLOH clothing is made in the USA.
4. The super quiet option: the Catalyst range from First Lite
First Lite Catalyst Softshell Jacket (XS-XL) – Amazon, $240
Designed to be quiet and breathable, First Lite’s Catalyst line is built with a two-layer construction to act like a second skin and work with your body, not against it. Exclusive 37.5 Active Particle technology blocks moisture from keeping you cold and locks in odors until you clean clothes. A DWR treatment cuts wind and repels water, keeping you warm and dry in cold, wet weather. With built-in stretch and an articulated fit, the Catalyst Soft Shell Pant offers impressive range of motion plus plenty of storage options with dual 3D cargo and $220 zippered hand pockets. The Catalyst Soft Shell Jacket features a 3D Turret hood for increased field of vision, pullover sleeve, drop-tail hem and drawstring waist for $240. You can find the whole line here.
5. If you want to support a women-owned brand: Prois
Prois Tintri Performance Pants (XS-2X) – Amazon, $129.99
Perfect for wet, balmy days in the highlands, women’s camouflage company Prois’ lightweight Tintri collection features an athletic fit to eliminate bulk. With a DWR treatment and anti-microbial finish, the lightweight, moisture-wicking Tintri Pant features a concealed elastic waistband with velcro closures, roomy zipped pockets and articulated knees. The pants come in long sizes, so it’s a great option for women who have trouble finding pants that will cover their ankles. Prois gave the Tintri Performance ½ Zip 2.0 extra length in the torso, thumbholes in the cuffs and a waffle microfleece lining. The pants ring in at just $129.99 and the jacket at $99.99.