True, well-fitting upland pants for women are few and far between, and it seems like when a company makes a pair you love, they discontinue them within a year or two. Hopefully Orivs will keep these around for a while, because I quite like them!
Made from tough cotton with tech stretch for mobility and reinforced at the front of the leg with cotton canvas for briar protection, these pants will definitely last in the most rugged terrain. The waistline hits mid-rise, not too low and not too high. As far as sizing goes, they seem to be a little roomy, so I would suggest ordering your normal size, as well as one size down, and returning whichever one doesn’t fit properly.
Available in both sand/dark khaki and brown olive, the Missouri Breaks Field Pant ring in at $129, a little bit of a hard pill to swallow, considering you’ll probably need more than one pair if you’re hunting multiple days, but these, in my opinion, are the best fitting women’s upland pants around, and you know what they say about supply and demand …
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An uplanders’ gear vest is one of the most crucial items in his/her arsenal, and can make or break a hunt. Luckily the L.L. Bean Technical Upland Vest fits the bill for any serious upland hunter. Constructed of lightweight, rip-resistant material backed with polyurethane to keep moisture out, the pack is great for both warm and cool weather hunts. Not too heavy or hot that it makes you swelter while you’re walking through the uplands, and has adjustable straps at the shoulders and waist so you can layer warmer clothes or a jacket under it, if you’re in colder weather.
For the uplander who puts a lot of miles on in a day, or even camps for multiple day-long treks, the vest is hydration bladder compatible (sold separately). A detachable gear pouch is located on each shoulder strap, great for holding dog electronics, a cell phone, or handheld GPS – although I removed the pouch on the strap of my shooing shoulder, so it didn’t interfere when mounting my shotgun. The waistbelt has two top-load pockets that each hold a box of shells, ensuring you have more than enough powder to burn. There’s a large zippered compartment to store your energy bars, emergency kit, knife, etc., and also features two side-mounted water bottle carriers for the pups’ hydration.
Available in regular and long sizing, the vest comes in at $149, a competitive price with other upland vests on the market.
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More than half of my season to date has been spent in the mountains chasing birds at elevation. I saw the MQM – Moving Quickly in the Mountains – and they got me with that marketing hook. When you’re chasing Chukar, moving quickly is a high priority. I have now worn these shoes for hundreds of miles in all kinds of terrain.
The MQM are the lightest shoe I’ve ever tried hunting. I honestly don’t know what kind of dark magic Merrell has summoned to keep a shoe that appears mostly mesh both waterproof and durable. And though I’ve been on some extremely rocky descents, not once have I bruised a heal or arch. I even transitioned these shoes to the prairies and subjected them to the repetitive thrashing of Bluestem. They are starting to look a bit frayed, but the performance hasn’t quit.
I’ll be purchasing another pair at the end of the season for the start of spring training. There is a women’s version of the MQM as well as a mid-height variation for those looking for a bit more ankle support – $140.
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Details. This shirt, along with most of the latest Orvis upland apparel, is all about the details. Stretch fabric, articulated elbows, fast drying with Polygiene treatment for odor control let you wear it on hot, multi-day treks, look great and not smell like garbage.
Everything is low-profile, from snaps to pockets, so there is nothing to get hung up in the field. At long last the Orvis Pro line is bringing performance sportswear tech to upland bird hunters – $119.
The quality of Orvis gear speaks for itself. But if you need another reason to support the company, they give 5% of pre-tax profits to a host of conservation partners and individuals seeking grants for conservation projects. In addition, since 2009 Orvis and their customers have raised over $1 million to help fund canine cancer research.
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