Traditional Archery Discussions on the Leatherwall


New Hunting Pants

Messages posted to thread:
yahooty 07-Nov-18
76aggie 07-Nov-18
yahooty 07-Nov-18
skinnyindian 07-Nov-18
recurve86 07-Nov-18
Oly 07-Nov-18
Oly 07-Nov-18
Sam Dunham 07-Nov-18
mgmicky 07-Nov-18
George D. Stout 07-Nov-18
Nemophilist 07-Nov-18
attikantroll 07-Nov-18
Ollie 07-Nov-18
md5252 07-Nov-18
CHICKENFOOT 07-Nov-18
BigHorn 07-Nov-18
yahooty 07-Nov-18
Oly 07-Nov-18
Pdiddly 07-Nov-18
bluesman 08-Nov-18
TGbow 08-Nov-18
DanaC 08-Nov-18
longbeauxman 08-Nov-18
raghorn 08-Nov-18
Nemophilist 08-Nov-18
yahooty 08-Nov-18
wooddamon1 08-Nov-18
Ranman 08-Nov-18
J_Foster 08-Nov-18
From: yahooty
Date: 07-Nov-18




Hello Gents, I am in the market for some new hunting/Hiking pants. I really want to experiment with a new material other than cotton.

I have done some preliminary research and narrowed my choices down to two pants: Sitka Timberline and Kuiu Attack.

So I have a 36" inseam and I'm not a huge fan of "all camo all the time". I would prefer to not have camo if an earth-tone is available.

Does anybody have a good, bad or other experience with these pants or another suggestion?

Thanks All.

From: 76aggie
Date: 07-Nov-18




You may want to look at the First Lite Obsidian Pants. 90% Merino Wool. Ripstop wool are very durable. They are available in brown and green I believe as well as camo. The Obsidian version in their Gen III I believe. I have their Gen I and Gen II and like them. I wear in warmer weather and in cold weather, layer up with good wool long johns and feel fine. I have no experience with Timberline or Attack.

From: yahooty
Date: 07-Nov-18




Thanks for the feed back 76

From: skinnyindian
Date: 07-Nov-18




I love my Kuiu Attack pants. More of a polyester type of material but very durable and very comfortable. Best part is the hip vents. One warm hunts or hikes they have zippers that you can open along the hips to vent out heat. Makes a huge difference. Most Kuiu jackets have pit vents as well.

You can't go wrong with Sitka, Kuiu, or First Lite. Just depends on what feature you are looking for.

From: recurve86
Date: 07-Nov-18




I have the attack pants as well. I believe the timberlines have a waterproof butt and knee section. Kuiu s don’t. Both are a quality item.

From: Oly
Date: 07-Nov-18




I have both the First Lite Obsidian (Merino ripstop) and First Lite Corrugate Guide pants. Both are excellent! The guide pants are the stretchy polyester blend and are super durable and water resistant and have become my go-to pant for all season. The Obsidian's are great for warmer hunts or spot and stalk as they are a bit quieter than the guide pants. I do not have experience with the Sitka Timberline and Kuiu Attack.

From: Oly
Date: 07-Nov-18




Oh and both the FL Obsidian & Corrugate Guide Pants are available in solid colors (conifer & dry earth) as well as camo.

From: Sam Dunham Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member
Date: 07-Nov-18




Good ole carharts is the way to go, cotton duck and blends with the forest floor.

From: mgmicky
Date: 07-Nov-18




Unless something has changed with First Lite sizing recently, I don’t think they will be long enough for a 36” inseam. I’m tall/skinny with a 34-35” inseam and the FL pants were way too short. Kuiu Attacks fit great and are very quiet and comfortable and should be long enough.

From: George D. Stout Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 07-Nov-18




Buy a pair of Carharts for less than $60.00 versus a $170.00 pair of First Light pants. Use the other $110.00 for lots of other good stuff. I know you won't be the talk of the club, but your money will go a lot further and your hunting will be just as good.

From: Nemophilist
Date: 07-Nov-18

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The B.D.U. pants with cargo pockets are tough, last long, and come in different colors and camouflages. They come in a heavier or lighter weight material. You can find them on the big auction site at a decent price.

From: attikantroll
Date: 07-Nov-18




i have a pair of first lite guide pants are they are my all time favorite, i wear them all the time for hunting and fishing, no way you can compare them to a pair of normal canvas pants.

From: Ollie Professional Bowhunters Society - Qualified Member Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 07-Nov-18




I have the Sitka Gear timberline pants in the open country camo pattern. I like them a lot. You can buy these pants in earth tone. They cost a lot, but then again I am not having to replace them every few years as I had to do with lesser-quality gear. I have a lot of the Sitka Gear stuff and none of it has worn out nor has the camo faded any with washing over the years.

From: md5252
Date: 07-Nov-18




Depends on type of hunting/hiking and the season. Not a huge KUIU fan only because they’re availablility always sucks. Sitka is great and has a wider variety depending on terrain and season.

That being said you can also find great technical clothing at stores like REI, etc. often at lower prices although the camo option isn’t there

From: CHICKENFOOT
Date: 07-Nov-18




Duluth trading has good hiking pants in long lengths and earth tones

From: BigHorn
Date: 07-Nov-18




costco traveller pants. $18. i have fl corogates which are great but the costcos are pretty darn good.

From: yahooty
Date: 07-Nov-18




Thanks for the great replies. For those of you suggesting cotton, thank you as well, but as I mentioned in my OP, I'm looking for something a little different this time around. I can do the math and I know the expense is greater.

From: Oly
Date: 07-Nov-18




The First Lite pants are available in Tall sizes as well so you should be ok with 36" inseam... you might have to call them to order though.

From: Pdiddly
Date: 07-Nov-18




The OP asked for an opinion on two types of pants and had clearly stated he was not interested in cotton.

But still...

"Good ole carharts is the way to go, cotton duck and blends with the forest floor."

Anyway...to your question yahooty...

I have the Sitka Mountain pant. Wore them hunting in Quebec and Ontario and Colorado. Kept me warm and dry through a ever changing variety of weather from pouring rain to snowstorms to sunny and warm and down to 5 degrees F with wind.

I also have the Sitka Fanatic parka...amazingly warm and light.

You pay a lot for the gear and you will find it is worth every penny. I was a disciple of wool outer layer for decades. No more...this beats it hands down.

The Timberline is supposed to be even better. Can't go wrong.

From: bluesman
Date: 08-Nov-18




Cotton when wet will cause hypothermia . I would not wear cotton unless you are hunting warm climate . Wool is the best . If you have thrift stores you can find light wool pants in earth tones . I put army underwear on under the wool or a real good pair of Wool underwear , but wool underwear is expensive . If you hunt in a wet area I use a quality pair of light rain pants over wool .

From: TGbow
Date: 08-Nov-18




I dont think I've ever payed more than $30 for a pair of pants...I'm cheap. If you look online you can find somevgood deals.

From: DanaC
Date: 08-Nov-18




Bluesman, I mostly agree with you, but I remember when the 60/40 nylon/cotton parka was king ;-) (And you can still buy British 'Ventile' cloth if you have too much money.)

I like fleece pants when it's cold, cotton when it's not. Loose enough to add layers underneath as needed.

From: longbeauxman
Date: 08-Nov-18




Reading comprehension escapes some on here. Definitely check out First Lite. There is a face book page for guys that sale like new and used pieces for cheaper than new.

From: raghorn
Date: 08-Nov-18




Wool whipcord 6 pocket pants. Light weigh, comfy in early season, warm when warm is needed. Dark green. These are what park rangers wear- I think

From: Nemophilist
Date: 08-Nov-18




He ask about Sitka Timberline and Kuiu Attack pants only. But it doesn't hurt to give him a few more options. Like some have said Carhart is good, also woolrich wool pants.

From: yahooty
Date: 08-Nov-18




ENOUGH WITH THE COTTON ALREADY!! lol, Really though, I know that Carhartt's are great. I own several pairs. I was looking for an alternative to cotton.

I took a look at some of the stuff that First Lite has. It looks pretty interesting for sure. They have a lot of good reviews.

From: wooddamon1 Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 08-Nov-18




Like a couple others mentioned, I also have FL Obsidian and Corrugate Guide pants. Both awesome.

From: Ranman
Date: 08-Nov-18




First lite Kenabs are my favorite, followed by Kuiu attack

From: J_Foster
Date: 08-Nov-18




RailRider doesn't have camo but all their stuff is pretty bulletproof. The also have really good discounts around this time of year if you join their mailing list.





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