January 06, 2012
Good Gear: Have You Any Wool?
By David E. Petzal
As synthetic hunting clothing gets lighter, thinner, and warmer, it’s tempting to regard wool as outmoded. However, sheep spent millions of years perfecting it for your benefit, and wool has a couple of qualities that I have yet to see any synthetic match—it’s really, truly quiet, and oh boy, is it tough. If you’re looking for something to wear while you creep through the peckerpole pines for the next 40 years, wool is what you want.
Which is why you should be aware of a new company called Silent Predator. This firm makes extremely high quality wool parkas, jackets, vests, and trousers, all in camo. The wool is milled for them by Pendleton and sewn to order in Canada. Here’s how it works: Go to silentpredator.ca and look for the name of the dealer nearest you. He is your contact. Give him a call and tell him what kind of hunting you do and he can suggest what you need. (While you’re on the website, click on Products and you can get a good idea of what’s available.)
The dealer will also ask for your measurements, and here’s where it really gets interesting: SP can fit anyone. They work in women’s sizes, and in men’s sizes up to 5XL. (I would pay to see the person who wears a 5XL.) They also sew in Stout sizes in case you’ve been into the ribs too hard. Completion time is 6-8 weeks.
Silent Predator made me a White Tail Parka (pictured above), and trust me when I say that I’ve had suit jackets that did not fit me half so well. It’s medium weight, has all the practical bells and whistles you could want, and is beautifully put together. If SP is cutting corners someplace, I don’t know where it might be.
Now the price. The White Tail Parka is $389, which is a bit more than half of what you’d pay for something equivalent from King of the Mountain or Sleeping Indian. I take nothing away from them, folks, I love their stuff and consider it worth every penny, but this is a bargain looking you in the face.
Not baaaaaaaaaaad for something that was not developed in a lab, eh?