by Grayson Schaffer | on December 15th, 2009 | in Features, Swag the Dog, Things Dog People Wear
Can’t really beat Patagonia’s quilted Again Jacket ($125) as all-purpose undergarment and outerwear. The nylon/wool/poly blend is eminantly soft while the trim styling makes either a nice midlayer for skiing or duck hunting or outer layer for around town.
by Grayson Schaffer | on November 18th, 2009 | in Swag the Dog, Things Dog People Wear
Gotta hang your whistle on something. Here’s a handsome two-clip braided leather whistle lanyard from Avery. Keeps me from losing whistles so fast. $28
by Grayson Schaffer | on October 10th, 2009 | in Features, Things Dog People Wear
- Camo is not a style
- Camo shall be worn only during and en route to hunting. No exceptions—even in the name of irony.
- Places camo should never be found: Seat covers, coolers, ladies undergarments, auto paint jobs, beer coozies
- Face paint is acceptable
- Camo matters. So does warmth, even more so in duck hunting than in athletic endeavors where the body can generate heat. To that end, I’ve lately been favoring Columbia’s Super Wader Widgeon Parka, which pairs a zip-off reversable down jacket that’s black on one side and camo on the other (see #2, above) with a seam-sealed storm shell that comes complete with ammo-disppensing tube, wrist gaskets, and a cinching hood. $720 (Yeah, it’s a lot but it’s, like, five jackets in one.)
by Grayson Schaffer | on August 28th, 2009 | in Features, Things Dog People Wear
Readers of Outside should know by now that Seattle clothing maker Eddie Bauer is in the middle of a major push to reclaim its heritage. Last winter saw the release of technical winter wear like backcountry ski jackets and ultra-light down insulation. Now comes the field line, a full spectrum of upland wear from strap vests to field shirts to brush pants. We had the whole catalog in our office the other day, and I couldn’t help but pick out a few goodies to put right to work. One thing I like about this stuff: it fits, unlike most hunting brands, which are sized three times larger than the average human.
The Heritage Field Shirts are made from brushed cotton that looks like wool—only without the scratching and overheating. For early fall hunts in the mountains, it’s the perfect weight. And I can wear it right into the office after dawn patrol without a change.
The Removeable Gamebag Strap Vest updates some of the classic game vest features by adding water bottle holders and zip-off game pouch for shorter walks and easy de-feathering. The whole idea of a strap vest is a little outdated in the age of silkified nylon packs, but this one does a nice job of not getting in the way. The straps are totally adjustable, which keeps the pockets in easy reach. This baby holds just enough for what you need—a few extra shells and maybe a Clif Bar or two.
OK, so I think someone might have noticed if the $700 Three Season Harris Tweed Sport Jacket had gone missing. The jacket is paired with a trim-cut down vest that features leather piping for durability and, of course, looks. Note to self: Track down Harris Tweed for bird hunt in Scotland—or the Texas panhandle, just for effect.