Amost all hunting takes place during the winter. If you don't have a high quality hunting parka you could be "left out in the cold", so to speak. This will ruin a hunt of a lifetime. Even if it isn't hunt of a lifetime, hunting seasons are short and I don't want to ever waste even one day in the woods.
Wheter you hunt for waterfowl, upland birds, big game or rabbits, you still need a high quality parka. Parkas have come a long way from the wool red and black checkered coats that our father's wore to protect them from the cold. Those guys were tough to say the least. There is no way that I could have sat out there in the cold with only one of those coats to keep me warm.
There are a few things to consider when selecting a coat:
Decide when and for what you are going to use the parka for:
The first thing you need to do is to decide what kind of camo you need. Camo hunting clothes come in a variety of designs. Hunting clothes come in every type of camo. If you are standing in a duck blind in a marsh, you will want a different camo pattern than if you are standing 30-feet up in a large oak tree in the mid west. A good explanation of the different patterns of camo can be found at www.realtreeoutdoors.com or at http://www.northamericanwhitetail.com/gear/NAW_1107_gear02/index.html.
Decide what price range you are interested in:
You can pay anywhere from $100 up to more than $500 for a parka. The general rule is that you get what you pay for.
Nest you must decide what features you require. If you live up north like I do, you are going to need something that is warm. If you like to hunt for waterfowl, it is a necessity that your coat is waterproof and windproof. You will also need something that is waterproof and windproof if you are a bowhunter. Bowhunters need parkas that are silent when the material rubs against itself.
A good parka should contain both Thinsulate and Gore Tex. These products will ensure that your parka is both warm and waterproof. These materials also will not add much weight. You will want at least 150 grams of Thinsulate for your body and 100 grams for your arms. This coupled with the waterproof and windproof properties will keep you warm even during the most inhospitial of conditions.
Do not take this decision lightly. Your hunting parka is important. You have been given some information here that will make you next parka purchase a little easier. If you choose the right parka, you will have a great hunting jacket for many years to come. I have been using my current hunting parka for 8 years now and I have no immediate plans to replace it. It has not torn or let in any water! I am very happy with it.
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