Good afternoon all!
So in my quest to find new hunting clothes, purchasing a few different brands, being in sticker shock of some I have finally come down to making a final decision. I have bought the spectrum of gear. Kuiu is really nice gear, fits well but just didn't sell me. Sitka is awesome gear, light, camo pattern is compatible with most situations, fit is alright. Seems hit or miss on pants and jackets. Price is not where I believe makes it worth it. Forloh is incredible gear, fit is great and made in USA. The camo patterns are kind of discouraging for me. If they'd have a cammie pattern similar to others and my sizes in stock I'd be all over it. WURU merlino is hard to beat. I have yet to be able to do "real world situation" testing but am excited too! Which brings me to First lite gear.
First, I am still a big guy. 6' 0" tall. 271LBS (at the moment), 40" waist and 30" inseam, 48" chest and huge legs. (been legs since I was a kid) The size of my thighs and calves make it difficult to find pants! I started on the first lite journey with the help of other members here and a few hunting buddies. Bought the Kiln sweatshirt and it fit like a glove! (XXL) Wore it around for a few outings and I was impressed. Fits closer to the body, bucks the wind, maintains and regulates body temps so I was intrigued. Last week I ordered the Obsidian merlino pant in XL. They fit almost perfect. Snug on my legs but fit my waist perfect and they stretch! They are the lighter (early to mid season) pant. I plan on taking them to Montana in a few weeks for a scouting trip with my buddy. So far just wearing them around the house they are really comfortable. Not baggy, not wrangler tight kind of just right! I would suggest sizing up ine if you are planning on layering. Since these will be warmer weather pants I am ok with a snug fit.
Depending on how it goes in Montucky, I plan on adding their catalyst pants, jacket and furnace hoody. I figured I would give y'all an update. Hoping to put some miles on them and break in my new pack too! My new rifle won't be done for another 2 months but man, this is fun! BTW, I am not a paid spokesman or sponsored. Just a big guy trying to find his happy pants! It's been a little spendy and my brother has benefited quite a bit along with a new hunter I met at work! I will keep you updated on how goes it. Thanks again for all the help! I do plan on taking some of my Sitka and Kuiu gear along too. I just can't justify the cost of Sitka. Hope this helps others out in their quest for the perfect gear.