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Stay Warm With Field and Stream’s True Pursuit Line

Thu, January 18, 2018

With this year’s unusually long lasting and unusually cold weather, many of us have been scrambling to find warm outdoor attire.  Luckily for me, Field and Stream generously provided me with an insulated coat and pants from their women’s True Pursuit line to field test.

Truth be told, Field and Stream provided me with the coat and pants to field test at the beginning of the season, but my early months in the field were just as unseasonably warm as the more recent weeks have been unseasonably cold. Finally, the weather took a dive and I could really put the stylish, functional, and affordable set to the test in the field.

The first thing I noticed was how light the garments were, not bulky and heavy like so many insulated hunting clothes. I hate bulky insulated clothing – I have enough of Michelin Man shape without adding more bulk to my fluffy self in clothing. Vanity aside, heavy bulky insulated outdoor wear just makes everything a bit more difficult and restricts movement.

There is none of that nonsense in the Field and Stream True Pursuit insulated jacket or pants for women. Both pieces are light, not at all bulky, soft, and provide plenty ease in movement.  While one might wonder if an insulated set this light could actually be as warm as advertised – do not fear – Field and Stream knocks it out of the park on warmth with these pieces.

Both items sport Field and Stream’s Wind Defense technology as well as Field and Stream’s Hydro Proof Ultra breathable waterproof fabric.  I purposely forced myself out into the howling winds that were resulting in wind chills in the minus 10-20F range to put the ensemble to the test on its claims of blocking frigid air and gusts that seem to often creep in through other fabrics in these conditions.

I STAYED WARM! The Wind Defense technology does truly work. For most of my test I was in temps that ranged between 0 and 15 degrees with some nasty wind chills, and yet I did not get cold. I was wearing fleece leggings and the Field & Stream Women’s C3 Midweight Mock Neck Base Layer Shirt and a lightweight hoodie as layers under the coat and pants and was truly impressed with this pairings ability to block the cold winds, repel the snow and sleet, and most of all keep me warm in the bitterest cold without feeling like I was carrying around 15 pounds of insulated clothing.

The second area where Field and Stream really shines is comfort and fit. The most technical and functional masterpieces of hunting attire are totally useless to me if they don’t fit well and aren’t comfortable throughout the day.  I was blown away by the comfort of the Field & Stream Women’s Every Hunt Softshell Hunting Pants when I field tested them, and the True Pursuit line offers the same level of all day comfort.

Let’s have a look at what’s offered up in these pieces that should be in every outdoors woman’s winter closet.

Field and Stream True Persuit Women's Insulated Hunting Jacket

Field and Stream True Pursuit Women’s Insulated Hunting Jacket:

• Specifically trimmed for female hunters – don’t be afraid – there is no garish pink or lime green, just some subtle yet stylish dark burgundy trim, and the cut is such to flattering yet comfortable for the female form.
• HydroProof™ Ultra provides breathable waterproof coverage – snow and sleet brushed right off, I stayed dry in some near blizzard like conditions.
• Fully seam-sealed – no annoying little leaks of cold air or moisture
• WindDefense™ windproof technology fully blocks cold air and gusts – Again, this was impressive in the frigid December winds – they simply did not penetrate this fabric.
• Lined brushed tricot body retains heat – Again, comfortable, and warm. I had no problems staying warm throughout the day on all day excursions.
• Taffeta-lined sleeves help with easy on/off – makes layering a breeze. None of that annoying having other layers sleeves wadded up halfway.
• 2 hand pockets and 2 cargo pockets – good deep pockets, with zippers so that you don’t leave a trail or lose items out of them when climbing, hiking, bending etc.
• Adjustable cuffs, hood, and hem – All three can be cinched to individual comfort and to assist with keeping out those darn drafts and cold air leaks.
• Safety harness opening in back – An absolute essential for any winter coat. This enables one to comfortably wear the safety harness under the coat and stay plenty toasty in the stand.

Field and Stream True Pursuit Women’s Insulated Pants

• Specifically trimmed for female hunters – again nothing overtly girlish or glaring. Just enough to take you from the field to grocery store, and still look stylish.
• HydroProof™ Ultra provides breathable waterproof coverage – no wet behinds with this technology!
• Fully seam-sealed – no leaky seams to let in moisture or cold air
• WindDefense™ windproof technology fully blocks cold air and gusts – again can’t stress enough how well this technology works!
• Lined brushed tricot body retains heat – toasty, with just fleece leggings under them as base layer
• Zippered leg openings – long enough to make getting those knee boots on and off a breeze without having to remove the pants.
• 2 zippered hand pockets – I confess; I am huge fan of zippers on pockets and these not only feature zippers they are large enough to easily get your hand in and out of and have plenty of room for whatever you might choose to safely stow.
• Rib-knit waistband – this is another shining example of how well Field and Stream address the fit and comfort for women’s hunting attire. The waist band has plenty of give for adding extra layers (or pounds!) Yet stays snug, doesn’t roll and is wide enough to be very comfortable.

All in all, I must give this set a full five stars.  The line is affordable, well made, lives up to it’s claims. The comfort factor is high, and the fit is super – it’s designed not for the Barbie Doll set, but for real average sized women hunters.

We still have some bitter cold months ahead, so go to your local Dick’s Sporting Goods store, or visit their website and invest in this great set of cold weather battling coat and pants. You won’t be disappointed.