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looking for recomendations on a hunting coat

Discussion in 'Northwest Hunting' started by Mark W., Aug 14, 2011.

  1. Mark W.

    Mark W. Silverton, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    OK time has come I need a new hunting coat.

    I hunt Blacktail Western Oregon so not real cold but possibly pretty wet.
    I hunt in mixed country Grass fields, Oak Groves, Fir Timber, Christmas tree farms, So what camo pattern is really never going to be a match.

    I'm not a small or skinny guy I got a 54" chest. I would rather be able to layer then use the coat as sole warmth. I tend to operate much better when on the cool side then when over heated.

    I been looking at a good old M65 Army Field Jacket in OD green. But they aren't really even water resistant (not in Oregon anyway) So something cut similar.

    More pockets a plus

    And now the big problem the Budget Hoping to keep this under $100.00 Since the wife is going to get it for my birthday.
     
  2. HenryJ

    HenryJ Eastern Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I keep an eye on the LA Police Gear closeouts You can find some good bargains now and then.
    I just picked up one of the HI-TEC Black Jack Parkas for myself and one for my son. I would think a fleece underneath , or a wool sweater might make it work for colder climates. $29

    If you want to blow the whole $100, how about a 5.11 Tactical Sabre Jacket Looks like it might be one heck of a jacket.
     
  3. Jamie6.5

    Jamie6.5 Western OR Well-Known Member

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    If you prefer to layer (as I do) then do so. Then what you need is more along the lines of rain gear for the soggy days.
    Finding some that is quiet is tricky, but just keeping the rain off can be done for under $100.00 easily. A hat with a generous brim helps too.
     
  4. samuelm16

    samuelm16 se pdx Well-Known Member

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    frogg togs makes some silent rain gear that is cheap
     
  5. Mark W.

    Mark W. Silverton, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Well the wife has OKed a trip down to Springfield to look at Cabelas (should give me an idea of sizing and prices) I will also hit the various choices in Salem. DICKS BIG 5 WHOLESALE SPORTS etc. and see what they have. I looked at some Carhart stuff yesterday and while it would be great for around the ranch. It's just to stiff for hunting.

    And I think a couple of you are right I'm most likely looking for a lined rain coat type garmet. Maybe a rain coat/parka/poncho over a M65 would be a good choice
     
  6. OR4X4

    OR4X4 Hour south of portland Member

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    Stay away from "Rivers WET" (rivers west). I had three given to me as gifts. Every one leaks bad. they are all rated "waterproof" from them, one doesnt repel water anywhere at all, and the other two don't repel any water from the shoulders down. They also saturate and gain weight all day.

    I have been super happy with my browning drylite as a completely rainproof slicker. Don't suggest it for a blackberry brush jacket as it is light, but great for the normal woods.

    I also have a gamehide jacket, and it keeps you dry for a few hours, but eventually saturates and soaks ya..
     
  7. mjbskwim

    mjbskwim Salmon,Idaho Well-Known Member

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    Hey thanks for the heads up on RW stuff,as I'm always looking at it.But I have had good experiences with game hide.Not perfect be not bad either.
    I would try something wool,myself.As a "rotund" guy,I tend to come out of the wood wet no matter what.5 miles on a hill brings the toxins out the pores.I like a nice wool or fleece to keep warm and they tend to keep you warm when they are wet.
    Rain gear seems to make me sweat more,not really helping with the wet part.
    Wool is more durable than fleece on the most part.

    Only time I like rain gear is for fishing,as long as I'm standing in cold water,or duck hunting which is mostly sitting.
     
  8. Mark W.

    Mark W. Silverton, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Seams Cabelas has their Herters rain coat on sale this month. So I guess the wife and I will take a short road trip and check them out.
     
  9. ZigZagZeke

    ZigZagZeke Eugene Silver Supporter Silver Supporter 2015 Volunteer

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    If you plan to layer then look for something in wool. It's warm even when damp, quiet in the brush, and you can just put a poncho over it when it rains.

    That said, back in about 1975 I found a down coat with sail canvas outer shell for about $400 (big money then). It was cheap at that price because it lasted me until I "outgrew" it about 5 years ago (30 years), and I handed it down to my teenage son, who's now wearing it as a hunting coat.
     
  10. moose

    moose northwet coast Well-Known Member

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    You might try Sierra Trading Post too. They have a lot of close out stuff. Check their website first but call them anyway. When they have very limited stock on items, they wont advertise the items but the phone operators know about them. I've always got top notch service from them.
     
  11. WackNStackBlacktail89

    WackNStackBlacktail89 Arlington New Member

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    Personally i use a Rivers West coat. I spent about $180 dollars on it they come with a lifetime waterproof guarantee. I use it Duck,deer,and Even on wet elk hunting days. if your going to be in high country (snow,wind,etc) i would suggest looking at a filson double mackinaw, I've included a link to both
    FilsonĀ® Double Mackinaw Wool Cruiser, Men's Cold Weather Camo Coats & Parkas, Men's Hunting Cold Weather Camo Clothing, Men's Hunting Clothing, Clothing : Cabela's

    The Original Waterproof Fleece
     
  12. WackNStackBlacktail89

    WackNStackBlacktail89 Arlington New Member

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    I'v never been wet from my rivers west from rain, just sweat but i definetly agree that they gain weight due to saturation. Over time especially in the duck blind. A few friends have the game hide, Are they any good? I could always use another coat lol.
     
  13. EMP9596

    EMP9596 Two Trees West of Camas, WA. Active Member

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    FILSON!

    End of story.
     
  14. HenryJ

    HenryJ Eastern Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Excellent value. Should be plenty warm for coastal weather. Water proof and a nice drawstring bottom to keep the winds out from underneath. I can see why it is usually priced at three times this.
    This should serve me well.
     
  15. clownbuster

    clownbuster Vancouver, WA Active Member

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    I've been using the Sitka line for awhile now, great hunting gear, highly recommend it. But for a $100 jacket, the Cabela's Dry-Plus Space Rain Ultra Pack Rain Pullover Jacket is perfect. Awesome shell, waterproof, windproof, breathes, good fit, easily layer underneath with one extra size. And all Cabelas brand clothing is 100% lifetime guaranteed.
     
  16. gallogiro

    gallogiro Willamette Valley Active Member

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    Carhart Breathable Waterproof

    I've used this coat for the last 3 years. It's been great, extremely durable and waterproof. The material is not "silent" but its not unusually loud like other waterproof coats, you can still slowly stalk an animal if needed. I bought it in Evergreen and there is a version that is longer from the bottom which I liked best since it covers my waist.

    Last year it did start to soak through a bit through the back, it did not go through, it was just getting a little heavy. I took it home and washed/dried it and applied a couple coats of $4 fabric restore/sealer I bought at Bochsler hardward; good as new. I've had to do this before to other expensive fabrics (goretex), those berry bushes thorns start to wear down and punch small holes through any material so not an issue for me.

    Hope you find what you are looking for and Happy Birthday!:drink:
     
  17. Mark W.

    Mark W. Silverton, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I been trying on Coats all over Salem (tried on a couple different Carharts) And it looks like I'm going to be happiest with the Remington 4 in 1 coat that Bi Mart Sells for $89.00. I really like the way it hangs on me (I have a 54" chest so I need a big coat) The zip off sleeves on both the outer and the liner are so well done the first time I tried it on I didn't even realize the sleeves came off. Granted no way to tell how well it will repel rain and hold up to brush. It is very quiet and having read some 100+ reviews on it I am confident its a quality coat that will hold up to it's claims.

    Wife likes that its at Bi Mart makes it simple for her to get it for my birthday end of this coming month. She's planning on getting it soon to hopefully beat the hunting crowd right before season opens.



    Now to find a pair of similar fabric Bibs to go with it. Going to be a little harder since I don't want any insulation I want some that will work over Blue jeans if possible.