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The modern way of life does not oblige men to get food for their families by hunting forest animals. It has become mostly a hobby, a communion with nature, a break from the hustle and bustle of the city. But there are many professionals among amateur hunters who take it very seriously and begin to prepare in advance for the opening of the hunting season, think over all the smallest details. Particular attention is paid to the selection of clothing for winter hunting.
What is the difference between hunting clothing and ordinary clothing?
Hunting clothing must meet all the requirements necessary for this type of activity. When choosing equipment, the hunter evaluates it according to the following criteria:
First of all, a set of hunting underwear. Winter hunting involves staying outside for a long time, waiting in ambush, and walking for a long time. Therefore, it is important for the hunter not to freeze in order to achieve his goal. The complete set includes:
comfortable, heat-retaining, hunting thermal underwear;
a fleece sweatshirt, hunting pants that not only retain heat, but also do not retain moisture;
outerwear that is not blown, but at the same time breathable; The ideal outerwear consists of a jacket and overalls that protect the back, lower back area from the cold and do not hinder movement;
a hat, which must be made of a natural material, for example: wool or fur, with a fleece lining;
mittens of the appropriate size, impregnated with water repellent to keep hands dry;
comfortable warm hunting shoes.
Secondly, the material from which the equipment is sewn. The fabric of the upper is especially important. Hunters have increased requirements for it: noiselessness, heat preservation, moisture loss. The noiselessness of fabrics is an important criterion. The rustle of hunting clothing when moving, and even more so when walking, can scare away prey. The top layer should protect from the wind, not allow moisture to be absorbed, and not freeze in the cold. Experts recommend choosing natural, membrane or combined materials.
According to consumer reviews, the following materials deserve attention:
A fabric with a membrane coating that effectively repels wind, moisture, does not interfere with the evaporation of sweat, as well as slows down the loss of heat and protects against harmful substances called “alova”.
A multilayer material of synthetic origin, which has increased strength, effectively protects against moisture, does not interfere with the body to breathe, retains heat, without preventing the removal of moisture called “nortex”.
In addition to the above, the top layer of hunting clothing must be durable in order to protect the hunter from injury, and, of course, so as not to lose its main purpose. Most high-quality hunting suits, as noted by users, are sewn from fabric from foreign manufacturers.
The insulation must also meet the basic requirements of winter hunting:
promote moisture removal, maintaining thermal insulation qualities;
Don’t clump, don’t get lost.
The following insulation materials are used in the manufacture of winter hunting clothing:
Non-woven fiber of synthetic origin, which has a high degree of heat conductivity, holofiber. It also has anti-allergenic properties and does not absorb odors well.
A material created with the use of innovative technologies, environmentally friendly and very lightweight, siberia.
Artificial fiber, chemical production, elastic, lightweight, wear-resistant, tinsulate.
A domestic material with effective protection in severe frosts and winds, which has a low weight, retains its shape for a long time, thermotex.
Silicone fiber of polyester origin, lightweight, non-restrictive, Alaska.
The lining fabric should not only have the properties necessary for hunting clothing, but also be pleasant to the touch, not irritate the skin, not form pills, and not electrify. Fleece is considered to be the best material, it contains 100 percent polyester, which will warm, remove excess moisture, and keep the pile in its original form.
Thirdly, coloring. Hunting camouflage clothing has a camouflage color. Usually olive, brown, khaki, gray-green. Professionals recommend choosing colors in accordance with weather conditions, as well as the characteristics of the terrain. Otherwise, it will not be effective. In some cases, for example, when corralling an animal, a bright vest will be more effective. Experienced hunters purchase camouflage kits (camouflage coats) for seasonal hunting.
For hunting camouflage clothing on the snow cover, the “blot” pattern is suitable, which imitates thawed patches or pieces of tree bark with black spots. This outfit is perfect for the winter forest.
In the coniferous forest, camouflage “taiga” is used. The fabric has a white color, on which elements of dark green shades are scattered. Such a camouflage coat can be used throughout the winter.
In winter, it is better for the hunter to overcome the open space in a camouflage robe called “blizzard”. Only by merging with the snow can you get close to the beast unnoticed.
If the weather conditions on the hunting grounds are unstable, then the clothing is selected in accordance with the landscape. Clothes with special holes and fasteners for camouflage with improvised natural materials are becoming popular; branches, foliage, grass.
Fourth, comfort. Clothing should not constrain or restrict the hunter’s movements, be loose-fitting, and correspond to the size.
Fifthly, fittings. Professional hunters, when choosing a winter hunting costume, pay a lot of attention to details.
A headset represented by zippers, buttons, or buttons. There should be two sliders on the zipper, as well as a long strap so that you can easily unzip without taking off your mittens.
A lot of pockets, voluminous, durable, roomy. Fastened with zippers or snaps. Inner pockets protected by water-repellent fabric are mandatory.
Cuffs on the sleeves, as well as trousers, to protect from snow or wind.
A hood, preferably anatomically shaped, for a better fit and protection during a snowstorm.
Sanitary pocket for hygiene without taking off the suit.
Extra pockets for thermoregulation.
Why is membrane fabric preferred for hunting clothing?
Membrane fabric is unique in its properties. Due to its special structure, it perfectly protects from the wind, repels water from the surface, while not creating a greenhouse effect, but allows moisture to freely evaporate from the body and pass outside. This is due to the multi-layered nature of the fabric, where each layer functions individually. But the upper one must be wear-resistant. The properties of membrane fabric are used to make clothes for hunters, fishermen, and outdoor enthusiasts. A distinction is made between the following types of membrane fabric:
2-layer (a membrane mesh is applied to the dense upper fabric);
2.5-layer (the lower layer is a membrane mesh of a compacted form, in the form of pimples);
3-layer (except for the upper dense layer, a knitted mesh is added on top of the membrane).
Membranes can be non-porous, porous, or combined.
High-quality equipment sewn from membrane fabric necessarily has glued seams. The most sought-after combined membrane. Moisture cannot get through it, but evaporates freely to the outside. Care for such clothes is special, they are washed by hand with special products, dried unfolded, not ironed.