At the onset of hunting season last fall I was given the opportunity to field test some items from the Field Stream Women’s Every Hunt Line.
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It’s no secret that women are the fastest growing segment of new hunters, but it remains difficult for many women to find adequate hunting attire.
When asked, “What women want in hunting attire?” the answer is short. We want the same things that men want, flexibility, durability, great functionality, and most of all a good fit. The next hurdle women often face is finding affordable gear. It’s hard for many new hunters to plunk down 2-300 dollars for a coat or 150 - 200 dollars for a pair of good pants. I’ve long wished for a moderately priced yet well-made and functional line of clothes that women just beginning to explore hunting would feel comfortable purchasing.
The Field and Stream Women’s Every Hunt line of apparel has met those goals – and I might add, without slapping pink all over things!
The items I field tested throughout the entire season were Field and Stream’s Women’s Every Hunt Softshell Pants and the Field & Stream Women’s C3 Midweight Mock Neck Base Layer Shirt The pants have proven to be absolutely the most comfortable pair of hunting pants I have ever worn. They are as comfortable as hunting in a pair of pajama pants! Same with the shirt – comfort is key for me for long days in the field and the shirt makes an excellent addition to anyone’s collection of hunting clothes.
The Field & Stream Women’s C3 Midweight Mock Neck Base Layer Shirt features NOSCENT™ C3 technology with antimicrobial and Zeolite scent control which provides an extra measure of scent control. SMARTWICK™ fabric wicks moisture away from your body for a dry, comfortable feel. The interior of the shirt is a very soft and comfortable almost fleecy like material that kept me warm under just a hoodie on most days. The Thumb holes are an especially welcome addition to keep sleeves from bunching up. This shirt became my winter go to base layer as the season wore on.
The Women’s Every Hunt Softshell pant feature quiet bonded fleece with a 2-way stretch for mobility. They are indeed very giving with mobility, I could bend, stretch, squat, climb and manage to wallow around and get myself in several messes without ever feeling like the pants were binding, too snug, or not forgiving. These pants are indeed very quiet – despite all my thrashing and crashing around in the blind and the brush there were no crinkles and crackles, and extraneous noise from the pants.
The waistband on these pants is somewhat wider than my other hunting pants, and with elastic inserts on the sides provides a snug no gap fit, that expands easily and remains comfortable when adding an extra layer underneath. The wider waistband also makes for a bit wider belt loops, that make easier to add a good sturdy belt. I like to hang things off my belt, and often find pants have too narrow of a waistband and belt loops to accommodate my wider sturdy belt.
I also preferred the elastic inserts in the waist band over those annoying adjustable tabby things that never stay in place, get caught on things , and ultimately fail me every time.
I was pleasantly surprised to see how warm the pants were despite not being at all bulky or heavy. They were not too warm and heavy in the warm early season and during spring turkey hunting weather, yet provided plenty of warmth when paired with a base layer such as Field & Stream Women’s Base Defense Midweight Mock Neck Base Layer Shirt and Leggings during colder days afield.
The front pockets are deep and large enough to hold a fair number of items without risking loss, including a large smartphone. Not only are the front pockets deep enough to be useful, the openings are cut wide enough it’s not a struggle to get your hand in out.
The additional zippered cargo pockets on the legs also are roomy and afford the added protection of a zippered closing so nothing is at risk of tumbling out. The back pockets feature a flap closure and are of good useful size as well.
With the bonus of NoScent™ C3 Scent Control Technology to assist in containing and concealing odors and Hydro Repel™ fabric to keep you dry, these pants are a versatile, comfortable, functional item that I can easily give a full five stars. The only improvement I could think of would be to either add side zippers to legs for ease getting boots on and off, or a drawstring bottom that could be cinched up around the boot to help keep out drafts.
Both pieces performed well with frequent trips through the washer and dryer and after a long busy season in the field nearly every day, still come out of the dryer looking and feeling like new. Big thumbs up for durability!
Field and Stream Women’s Every Hunt Softshell Pants and C3 Midweight Mock Neck Base Layer Shirt have convinced me that now I need be “on the hunt” for one of Every Hunt jackets for a complete combination that truly does work well throughout the varied conditions hunters face from beginning of season until end. I highly recommend both pieces for the woman who is looking for durable, comfortable, technical and affordable hunting clothing without breaking the bank.
Field and Stream Women’s Every Hunt apparel can be purchased at Dicks Sporting Goods, both online and in retail stores.