December 08, 2011
Petzal's Take on Under Armour for Hunters
By David E. Petzal
Under Armour started as a manufacturer of gym clothes for people with 28-inch waists and 52-inch chests. Recently, they branched out into hunting clothes, and this September, I found myself in a hunting camp where I was the only one not wearing something from Under Armour. Shocked and appalled at how out of touch I was, I got hold of two items from Under Armour. One is the Men’s ArmourLoft Component Hunting Jacket, and the other is the Men’s Big Shell Hunting Jacket . I’ve worn them in fair weather and foul in New York and Maine and Montana and Wyoming, and am pleased to report they’re nothing short of terrific.
The Component Hunting Jacket is designed to be worn under the Big Shell, or it can be worn by itself. It’s devoid of bells and whistles, and is extremely warm. I don’t know what it’s stuffed with—possibly the undercoats of musk oxen—but if you get cold wearing this thing, best see a doctor. Because the stuffing is so dense, it will not squash down into a fist-sized wad, but that’s about the end of its limitations.
The Big Shell Jacket, despite being labeled a jacket, is about parka length on a person of average height. It’s very light, folds into a small package, is cut quite full, and is very simple in design. There is no special pocket for your Lone Ranger Decoder Ring. Blessedly, it comes in loden green and not camo, which means you can wear it almost anywhere and blend in and you can wear it in the off-season as well. Under Armour says it is wind and water proof, and they are not kidding.
Combined, the Component Hunting Jacket and the Big Shell Jacket will prevail against just about anything. In Maine, I sat watching a hillside from 6:30 until noon on a day when when the temperature was 34 degrees and the wind was a steady 30 mph, gusting to 40. A doe wandered by and said:
“Moron, what are you doing here? I have to be out in this weather. What’s your excuse?”
As I had none, I went back to camp and took a nap. But I never got cold.
Worn together, these two coats will handle just about anything in the way of weather. They’re light, not bulky, and reasonably priced. The Component Hunting Jacket is $120 and the Big Shell is $170.