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 Post subject: Hunting shirt and pants not made of cotton
PostPosted: Mon Dec 16, 2019 8:31 am 
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Do they exists?

When I first started deer hunting, I quickly discovered I hated getting cold feet. I visited a store that specialized in hiking and mountain climbing, and asked to see the best pair of boots they had for warmth. I was educated on my real issue of wearing cotton socks.

Per the store owner, "cotton is refered to as death cloth by mountain climbers." It has no insulation value what so ever once it get's wet.

I've worn some form of wool socks ever since, so why is it every hunting shirt and paints made today is made of cotton.

I know you can get pants made of fleece, but what shirt options are there?




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 Post subject: Re: Hunting shirt and pants not made of cotton
PostPosted: Mon Dec 16, 2019 2:43 pm 
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Litijori wrote:
Do they exists?

When I first started deer hunting, I quickly discovered I hated getting cold feet. I visited a store that specialized in hiking and mountain climbing, and asked to see the best pair of boots they had for warmth. I was educated on my real issue of wearing cotton socks.

Per the store owner, "cotton is refered to as death cloth by mountain climbers." It has no insulation value what so ever once it get's wet.

I've worn some form of wool socks ever since, so why is it every hunting shirt and paints made today is made of cotton.

I know you can get pants made of fleece, but what shirt options are there?


That store owner's "specialization" could easily lead to predicting his comments....use, location, peers and conditions drive decisions in clothing, eh.

Wool pants are certainly available...often heavy but available.
Same for shirts, in various weights.
I assume an Internet search would help.
New "technical" shirts also have a definite value.
LL Bean has one.....and clearly not everyone needs or wants and expedition level of garment....nor does everyone chill and shudder the same.
I wear the LL Bean offering with an undershirt(often cotton bit not always) down to zero when birdhunting in winter.
At times tho, a windshear wool or non-wool garment helps.

Wool maintains much of it's benefits when wet but ...eh, it's just a choice that may fit one's conditions or sense of tradition or comfort level.
One choice of many.

That said, a wool Stormy Kromer can not be bested short of 70 degrees or so. {hs#


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 Post subject: Re: Hunting shirt and pants not made of cotton
PostPosted: Mon Dec 16, 2019 3:31 pm 
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https://www.gostwear.com/hunting-c-86.h ... gJ_ffD_BwE

https://www.llbean.com/llb/shop/506578? ... lsrc=aw.ds

https://biggamelogic.com/wool-hunting-pants/

And on and on.............Google found these in .00125 seconds

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 Post subject: Re: Hunting shirt and pants not made of cotton
PostPosted: Mon Dec 16, 2019 4:04 pm 
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Litijori wrote:
Do they exists?

When I first started deer hunting, I quickly discovered I hated getting cold feet. I visited a store that specialized in hiking and mountain climbing, and asked to see the best pair of boots they had for warmth. I was educated on my real issue of wearing cotton socks.

Per the store owner, "cotton is refered to as death cloth by mountain climbers." It has no insulation value what so ever once it get's wet.

I've worn some form of wool socks ever since, so why is it every hunting shirt and paints made today is made of cotton.

I know you can get pants made of fleece, but what shirt options are there?


Wool or synthetic material (polyester, nylon, rayon, etc) is what you want. There are many synthetic materials on the market. They will provide warmth, but at the same time allow perspiration to pass through and therefore don't become soggy and cold once you cool down.

For some people, "hunting" means walking a short distance at an easy pace to get to their hunting spot, then sitting at that spot for several hours. Under those conditions, cotton does fine. OTOH, if your hunting involves considerable walking, especially if climbing hills is involved, then you don't want cotton undergarments.

Look through some hunting and hiking catalogs and you should be able to find what you want.

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 Post subject: Re: Hunting shirt and pants not made of cotton
PostPosted: Mon Dec 16, 2019 5:23 pm 
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Litijori wrote:
Do they exists?

When I first started deer hunting, I quickly discovered I hated getting cold feet. I visited a store that specialized in hiking and mountain climbing, and asked to see the best pair of boots they had for warmth. I was educated on my real issue of wearing cotton socks.

Per the store owner, "cotton is refered to as death cloth by mountain climbers." It has no insulation value what so ever once it get's wet.

I've worn some form of wool socks ever since, so why is it every hunting shirt and paints made today is made of cotton.

I know you can get pants made of fleece, but what shirt options are there?


LL Bean was mentioned and I got one of there shirts for pheasants this year. It’s a new favorite of mine. With orange, good for deer too if you take your jacket off when field dressing or dragging it out of the woods.

https://www.llbean.com/llb/shop/60157?p ... land-shirt


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 Post subject: Re: Hunting shirt and pants not made of cotton
PostPosted: Mon Dec 16, 2019 5:47 pm 
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The modern synthetic materials are so good for outdoor activities, I don't think I own but two or three pairs of cotton pants these days; just a few pairs of jeans.

I like the "tactical" pants from companies like 5:11, Blackhawk, etc. for hunting (and everyday wear). Lots of practical pockets make it easy to bring and organize everything you might need during the day. They are comfortable, lightweight, and dry quickly. Layering with synthetic under layers provide extra insulation when needed and an extra outer layer of a waterproof/breathable shell takes care of wind and rain, too.

Times have never been better for good outdoor clothing. "There is no bad weather; only bad clothing."

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 Post subject: Re: Hunting shirt and pants not made of cotton
PostPosted: Mon Dec 16, 2019 7:37 pm 
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I still like cotton for shirts, outer coat or shell is the rain shield.
Wool pants suit me, either new or Mil surplus.
Windproof pants over wool pants when it really gets cold.


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 Post subject: Re: Hunting shirt and pants not made of cotton
PostPosted: Mon Dec 16, 2019 8:22 pm 
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I saw some camo wool pants at a gun show where you ordered them about 6-8 inches larger than your waist and inseam. After a few washings, it would shrink to your proper size but the material would have such a tight weave that they were basically waterproof.

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 Post subject: Re: Hunting shirt and pants not made of cotton
PostPosted: Mon Jun 15, 2020 10:58 am 
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Gentlemen,

I use Gore-Tex and wool both and have the standard cotton stuff also. The Gore-Tex gets used one heck of a lot especially in the rain and snow.

Pine Creek/Dave
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 Post subject: Re: Hunting shirt and pants not made of cotton
PostPosted: Mon Jun 15, 2020 12:36 pm 
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https://www.duckworthco.com/

US made wool and wool blends sourcing the wool from their ranch in Montana

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 Post subject: Re: Hunting shirt and pants not made of cotton
PostPosted: Sun Jun 21, 2020 11:45 am 
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Duckworth makes some real nice clothing, great stuff!

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