which fabric would be more comfortable hunting?


May 17, 2006, 01:21 PM
Well in my excitement on getting a 2006 hunting license, July-June in California. I ordered some camo clothing on impulse. But after some research I've decided camo's aren't needed for pigs. I'm keeping the shirt because I don't have a similar brown/earth colored shirt.

I'm thinking of returning the pants too. But the brown khakis I used to wear were 100% cotton. I remember they were uncomfortable after some hiking and things got a little sweaty. The camo pant's blurb stated they are cotton twill. The label says the shell is 100% cotton, lining is 65% polyester 35% cotton. Would the camo pants be more comfortable when hiking?

Thanks for the info. Tried searching on the web for moisure wicking properties of cotton vs. cotton twill. But no luck.

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May 17, 2006, 03:48 PM
Cotton twill is a tightly woven fabric and will wear better but it's still cotton.

May 17, 2006, 05:13 PM
For warmer weather, I don't know what is going to beat cotton, except thinner cotton worn looser around the body.

Mesh material is often used in warm weather shirts, but I don't personally know of any pants with that incorporated into them.

May 17, 2006, 05:36 PM
It stays pretty hot around here during the early part of hunting season. I usually buy cheap camo pants made by Ranger. These are a super lightweight cotton/polyester blend. They feel about as light as a lightweight flannel shirt. They're soft and quite, too. The only drawback to them is that mosquitoes can bite right through them. For bug protection, nothing beats a pair of GI issue woodland camo pants.
I also like a well washed pair of khaki or OD levi's for hunting. The mosquitoes around here can bite through these, too, though.
If you worried about chafing, checkout some lightweight, wicking undergarments at your local Sports Authority. I learned long ago I'd rather "go commando" than wear cotton underwear when it's hot.
The worst pair of hunting pants I've ever owned were OD Carharrt cotton twill. Talk about chafing. They were loud, too.

May 17, 2006, 06:03 PM
They were loud, tooThat's my biggest beef with most 'hunting' clothing. They look all camo and swoopy, but they're far too noisy to use in anything other than a stand...

May 18, 2006, 12:06 AM
I used to work 10 hour shifts in a factory where the temperatures reached 110 degrees, due to the amount of heat put off by the machining centers, paint line ovens, etc.

I wore a well worn flannel shirt with the sleeves rolled up. That probably sounds hot, but your body won't be giving off heat at temperatures above 100 degrees, it will be sucking it up from the outside air. I would wet down the collar and the rolled up sleeves every few hours, and I wasn't bothered by the heat, except the steel toed boots could get uncomfortable.

Believe it or not, their were two factories in town where it got as hot as 130 degrees in places, and those guys would work 8-12 hours. You really needed a fan, and drink enough to be sweating constantly, so the evaporation could keep you cool.

Art Eatman
May 18, 2006, 11:52 AM
Loose is better than tight. Lightweigh khaki pants, an inch or so bigger in the waist than street-stuff, and full-cut.

The deal in the Philippines is to wear an undershirt--not a tee-shirt--and a lightweight, light-colored shirt over it, but not buttoned. You gotta work out your own deal on colors. Heck, dye the undershirt brown, and wear a light kkaki shirt, or a lightweight-cloth camo.

The undershirt will be damp. The shirt keeps the sun off. Evaporative cooling makes the skin temperature less than ambient.


May 18, 2006, 01:23 PM
Dont forget a good hat, can keep the sun and sweat out've your eyes. I suggest one of the Tilley Endurable hats.

May 18, 2006, 01:28 PM
Thanks for the advice guys. I do have a tilley hat but it's a white one?

May 18, 2006, 02:35 PM
They make an Olive drab one. I've got the Khaki one and its fine for the bush.

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