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Favorite Hunting Pants?

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by Tim the student, Dec 27, 2010.

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  1. Tim the student

    Tim the student Member

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    I have some Christmas money to spend, and I'm thinking about getting some wool hunting pants. They don't have to be wool, but wool is usually my preference when I'm out in the woods. Camo is not a requirement for me either. I'm looking for something to wear both when it isn't cold enough for my Carhartts, and to wear under my Carhartts on really cold days.

    I'd like some that are machine washable, durable as heck, and of course warm. I'd prefer to spend money for quality, as opposed to buying a pair that will be done for after a year or two.

    So, what do you guys prefer and why? Any recommendations for me, or other things for me to think about as I narrow down my search?

    FWIW, the Filson Mackinaw is looking pretty attractive to me, but they are listed as dry clean only - which sucks.
     
  2. HGUNHNTR

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    Filson is the way to go. Most true wool pants are going to be dryclean only unless you go with a blend. The nice thing about the Filsons is that you can just clean them with a stiff brush when they are dry. They might only need to be dry cleaned once or twice a year, and that is pretty cheap and fast.
     
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    Every year we always bought a new pair of bib-overalls, buy them big enough and you can wear warm clothes under them. Easy to wash and wear. Also, if you're lucky enough to get something and get them bloody, you're not out $75 for a pair of pants.
     
  4. Dr.Rob

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    NATO wool fatigue pants. They have cargo pockets, suspender tabs and reinforced knees. Take a look around your local surplus store, they are a great value.

    I have some "Swiss" pants as well, but they don't have the cargo pockets. Both have lasted many hunting seasons.
     
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    I wish I could find a nice pair of Fison wool pants for $75!

    The other nice thing about the Filsons is that they will last for years. In that respect they are much cheaper than the $50 bibs that need to be replaced every other year.
    My Filson pants run around $12/yr. thats pretty darned cheap.
     
  6. GentlemanScholar

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    Cabelas has some reasonably priced wool pants the last time I checked.
     
  7. Armored farmer

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    Filson.......
    But I like chaps best.
     
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    Wranglers....
     
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    Two things in my hunting clothes cache that have stood the test of time. A pair of Wrangler hunting pants that I bought roughly 14 years ago and I still wear them. Not a single hole the cammo pattern is faded but still going strong. The 2nd is a woolrich wool flannel shirt and pants. I found them at a garage sale 9-10 years ago still wear the jacket at least twice a week this time of year. Worn the jacket to work fixed fence you name it still looks good and keeps me warm.
     
  10. jake48

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    Anything that isnt brown and has white pockets in back
     
  11. HGUNHNTR

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    Good suggestions, although I don't think I could bring myself to buy Wranglers. :)
    Have you gotten the Filson's Tim?
     
  12. CoastieShep

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  13. HGUNHNTR

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    Nice, do they pick up burrs?
     
  14. GentlemanScholar

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    Yes, pretty easily...
     
  15. LiENUS

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    I wear blue jeans, But then again I'm lucky enough to live on 100 acres with good hunting so hunting means walking 500 ft from the house and waiting for something to walk out
     
  16. jake48

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    Deer CAN see the color blue, and because turkey also have blue coloring it would not be a good idea to wear wranglers on a turkey hunt.
     
  17. Tim the student

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    Not yet, still debating.
     
  18. LiENUS

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    well we haven't had turkey in a while and I can't shoot deer where I hunt but I get clean shots at the deer all the time in my blue jeans just don't get to take them.
     
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    i bought some field and stream insulated pants from dicks this year and they have worked well. got em on sale for 30 bucks and they do wonders at keeping me dry when its drizzling.
     
  20. OYE

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    Depends on how much you wish to spend. The U.S. Army 1951 wool pants (green) are available online for about 16.00. They are light enough to fit inside carharts as well (assuming your carharts are sized big. Wash in cold water and hang dry as you can all wool ( or send to the dry cleaners if you prefer ). I've worn wool my entire life and have never used a dry cleaner. If you are name brand oriented and want something more stylish for the woods, by all means go with the Filson.
    If you are walking through briars and such, you may find any wool pants may not be as durable as advertised unless you wear gaiters or leggings. I traded the Carharts in several years ago (for hunting) for the goretex-thinsulate or dryplus thinsulate bibs and pants for the wet cold weather and wool pants or the military
    arctic pants ( with the button in liners- gives you option of taking them out quickly on a hot day ) when it isn't. The Carharts still get used on the farm.
     
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    I believe they are referring to the camo patterned wranglers. Cabelas and others sell them.
     
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    Cabela's MT050 Whitetail Extreme in the winter.
     
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    Don't Laugh

    Ten years ago I got back into bird hunting. I was living in an area that didn't get too cold, but was damp. I was trying different pants then my wife surprised me. She bought me a pair of snowboarder pants.

    They were perfect. They not only were warm, but kept me dry. I could walk through a damp field and my lower half remained dry. I could even sit on wet grass and remain dry. They also do a decent job against smaller stickers. They have many pockets so that adds to their versatility.

    I now live in the high-desert. Wet has been replaced with cold. Around here any pants will do as long as they are warm and sticker proof.
     
  24. OYE

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    "Don't Laugh "

    Ski- snowboarder pants actually work quite well ( when they can be picked up at closeout prices, the waterproof insulated kind that is ). On the backcountry hunts when the weather isn't frigid, they are a nice alternative to the goretex or dry plus thinsulate
    or wool (which can often be a bit too warm) which ever a person prefers. Add some suspender buttons and they are first class. Some wool long johns under those and you can take some pretty tough weather.
    They pack down tight and weigh little, and can easily be taken as an emergency pair, especially on the river trails in fireburns where there is always the possibility of the trail falling out from under a horse. If you are just out for the afternoon hunt, getting wet may not be such a big deal. It's sure a lot nicer being dry when you are out and about though. I generally wear gaiters with them just to keep from shredding the cuffs same as you do with wool.
     
  25. rogn

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    I got a couple of pairs of wool hunting pants from the old stand-by LLBEAN. Had em for about 6 years, havent worn them enough to wear them out. They were reasonably priced. One is camo, one is dark green.
     
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