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Favorite HUNTING color for Asbell Wool..

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Uncle Rico 23-Nov-22
Jed Gitchel 23-Nov-22
Krag 23-Nov-22
Snow Crow 23-Nov-22
Thumper 24-Nov-22
Thumper 24-Nov-22
Shag 24-Nov-22
shade mt 24-Nov-22
deerfly 24-Nov-22
Keefers 24-Nov-22
Keefers 24-Nov-22
Stykbw13 24-Nov-22
George D. Stout 24-Nov-22
cut it out 24-Nov-22
MCNSC 24-Nov-22
Rough Run 24-Nov-22
hunterbob 24-Nov-22
Uncle Rico 24-Nov-22
JHP 24-Nov-22
Keefers 24-Nov-22
Uncle Rico 24-Nov-22
Thumper 24-Nov-22
Gary Savaloja 24-Nov-22
Keefers 24-Nov-22
Keefers 24-Nov-22
tradmt 24-Nov-22
Jed Gitchel 24-Nov-22
hunterbob 24-Nov-22
Uncle Rico 24-Nov-22
Krag 24-Nov-22
Babysaph 24-Nov-22
Stumpkiller 24-Nov-22
jwhitetail 25-Nov-22
Sawtooth (Original) 25-Nov-22
nocking point 25-Nov-22
Uncle Rico 25-Nov-22
Andy Man 25-Nov-22
Snow Crow 25-Nov-22
Snow Crow 25-Nov-22
Red Beastmaster 25-Nov-22
Krag 25-Nov-22
ken techau 26-Nov-22
OsageOrangutan 29-Nov-22
lcamp319 29-Nov-22
Nontypicallongbows 29-Nov-22
longbow1968 30-Nov-22
Lowcountry 30-Nov-22
ottertails 30-Nov-22
ottertails 30-Nov-22
ottertails 30-Nov-22
ottertails 30-Nov-22
Box Call 71 30-Nov-22
Box Call 71 30-Nov-22
ottertails 30-Nov-22
Wudstix 30-Nov-22
Sawtooth (Original) 01-Dec-22
White Falcon 01-Dec-22
Tarpon120 01-Dec-22
Verdeburl 01-Dec-22
doubleeagle 02-Dec-22
Wapiti - - M. S. 03-Dec-22
jwhitetail 03-Dec-22
Brian M. 03-Dec-22
reddogge 03-Dec-22
hvac tech 04-Dec-22
hvac tech 04-Dec-22
hvac tech 04-Dec-22
From: Uncle Rico
Date: 23-Nov-22




I am looking to pick up my first Asbell Wool jacket after reading many comments on this site about them.

I hunt in Wisconsin - so the tree colors change from green to brown/yellow/red to gone to snow covered up here over the course of the hunting season.

For those of you that wear wool - do you have any favorite color/patterns for deer hunting with these wool coats? Also - I hunt mostly from above in the tree stands.

They have so many colors I can decide. Also, I am a 46 Jacket so I am thinking an XL. Do they fit accurately to their sizing charts? Is there room for a tight fitting and light down jacket underneath when it is super cold? Etc.

All comments welcome...

From: Jed Gitchel
Date: 23-Nov-22

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This is my favorite for any hunting before snow, after snow I add a timber ghost pathfinder Over this one. Large in picture xl over top. For late season I add two vest's. I was asking the same questions 2 years ago.

From: Krag
Date: 23-Nov-22




I have a gray Pathfinder. At one time their website stated gray tested most effective for blending in. There have been a lot of new patterns added since then but there is a lot of gray in the woods especially after leaves fall and with snow cover. Another consideration is the wool weight as that varies with pattern. Gray comes in blanket weight that I wanted for late season hunting in VT.

From: Snow Crow
Date: 23-Nov-22

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Jed Gitchel upright:

From: Thumper Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 24-Nov-22

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I have one in Hedgeapple Hideaway (I'm pretty sure that's the name) and personally, I think it works excellently in most situations. I haven't seen many others, and not sure if they still offer it. But I'd definitely buy the pattern again.

From: Thumper Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 24-Nov-22




Geez at the giant pic!

It's practically a centerfold size LOL

....sorry guys.

From: Shag
Date: 24-Nov-22




I have evening stand green, brown, timber ghost and the new northern ghost…all in full zip. I had a path finder in evening stand but ended up selling it because I prefer a full zipper. I wear a medium in t shirts and have a few of the jackets in medium. They are fine for early season. The new northern ghost I ordered in extra large. I wanted some with lots of room to layer under when it’s really cold. 12-15 degrees a couple mornings last week and it worked great with layers underneath!

From: shade mt
Date: 24-Nov-22




I'll second the comment about grey being good for blending in.

Years ago my wife made me a grey wool pants and shirt it actually had a very small pattern if you looked closely.

It worked great, and i eventually wore it out.. sitting up against a tree it really blended in.

From: deerfly
Date: 24-Nov-22




I have a pull over and vest in timber ghost about 7 years or so I guess. By the time I need to wear wool in north central Fl its the dead of winter, so that pattern works pretty well to my eyes. Although I think any of the patterns would be fine, they're all earthy color tones.

I'm 5' 10" 168lbs, 42" chest and wear the large, fit is good. I wear the pull over the most and its held up fine, but again I might wear this stuff maybe half dz times a season. Still, its well made and should last a long time with proper care.

From: Keefers
Date: 24-Nov-22

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Here’s one of mine I love this pattern .

From: Keefers
Date: 24-Nov-22

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Sorry I didn’t mention the pattern color it’s called “Buffalo Trace olive drab” and yes as you can see I am told I resemble a Buffalo lol.

From: Stykbw13
Date: 24-Nov-22




Mine is in closet momma doesn't know i know she ordered me one. This waiting for Xmas is terrible even now. Will have to update on color......shoot straight

From: George D. Stout
Date: 24-Nov-22




Around these parts, a gray hooded sweatshirt can make you disappear in the plethora of white oak, beech and maple...and limestone rock. :)

Thumper, that is an awesome photo. That would be a good one to have on the wall when boys come courting a daughter. :)

From: cut it out
Date: 24-Nov-22




I agree George, grey is everywhere in pa woods. Specially late season you see gray is a great color. I have the same one as keefer in green buffalo but I like to hide in hemlocks a lot and can where it early spring turkey too.

From: MCNSC
Date: 24-Nov-22




Timber Ghost, especially from late season tree stands. Quite a few years ago I did a little test. I know deer probably see things differently than us but what I did was place several different “cameo” items in some brush , walk away and then turn to look at then. Amazing really, the darker items always came into focus and looked like blobs, Timber Ghost was the last to really come into focus. Now if you were hunting evergreens or really dark cover it may not be the best. I guess you need several

From: Rough Run
Date: 24-Nov-22




I like my Montana Magic pattern Pathfinder, for all seasons. Size is XL, but that is so I can wear it over multiple layers, including a wind break garment, through the end of the season. It is quite roomy in early season, but not so bulky it gets in my way. I'm a 44" jacket, medium build, 5'9" & 180 lbs.

From: hunterbob
Date: 24-Nov-22




They all blend well. Asbell is having a black Friday sale. And has one of her full zip jackets listed . I prefer the full zip for easy on and off . I just received my 4th full zip jacket for my anniversary. Northern ghost.

From: Uncle Rico
Date: 24-Nov-22




Do the cuffs have snaps or buttons to "cinch" them up tight on the wrist? And, since I have never seen one in person are the sleeves cut to minimize "poofy-ness" and reduce the potential for arm slap?

Appreciate all the responses, especially liked MCNSC's "field test".

Why do I already think I will end up with more than one....

Thumper could scare a deer to death....

Thanks for the great help gang.

From: JHP
Date: 24-Nov-22




I really like my Timber Ghost for Northern Kentucky Fall/Winter. I have had Many deer with in 20 yards and I feel it as as good as it gets for concealment.

From: Keefers
Date: 24-Nov-22




David the answer is “No” there are no buttons or cuffs on the sleeves .

From: Uncle Rico
Date: 24-Nov-22




Keefers what size are you wearing....and what is your jacket size - meaning now, not 5 hours from now...

From: Thumper Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 24-Nov-22




"are the sleeves cut to minimize "poofy-ness" and reduce the potential for arm slap?"

YES. This is one of the reasons I like mine as an outer layer, it's a real "bowhunter's cut" with nice trim sleeves. As stated, no elastic or cuffs at the wrists, but it's not overly sized there and baggy either. And I'm a skinny dude.

From: Gary Savaloja
Date: 24-Nov-22

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5’8” and about 220. XL works good. I can get a light down jacket under it. It has works well for spring bear hunting and I use it at times for Deer hunting. I would like another in a lighter color pattern.

From: Keefers
Date: 24-Nov-22




3XLT lol. Year in 5 hours from now it will be a 4 XLT after that Turkey dinner .

From: Keefers
Date: 24-Nov-22




I meant Yeah not year lol dang fat fingers.

From: tradmt
Date: 24-Nov-22




Timber ghost for me, sagebrush prairie and cottonwood bottoms, it blends fantastic.

From: Jed Gitchel
Date: 24-Nov-22




They have a new pattern called woodland ghost, I may have to pick one up at Kalamazoo.

From: hunterbob
Date: 24-Nov-22




I wear a 2xx shirt and the 2xx jackets fit me perfect and still room for some layering.

From: Uncle Rico
Date: 24-Nov-22




Nice Bear Gary! Wow.

From: Krag
Date: 24-Nov-22




My Pathfinder is XL for layering and because of my extra layer and I have short arms requiring rolling up the sleeves about 3". Even with double thickness of blanket weight material on the cuffs it doesn't feel baggy or cumbersome at all.

From: Babysaph Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member
Date: 24-Nov-22




I have the same one Ted

From: Stumpkiller
Date: 24-Nov-22

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I like Timber Ghost in all conditions. I think the latest version is a different pattern, though.

From: jwhitetail
Date: 25-Nov-22

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I own Evening Stand Brown and Green pullovers. My fave is the evening stand Brown... perfect for my environment. JW

From: Sawtooth (Original) Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member
Date: 25-Nov-22

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Timberghost has always suited me well.

From: nocking point Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 25-Nov-22




Have had many different colors over the years,do not think it makes any difference as long as you sit still.The woods are full of light ,dark and everything in between

From: Uncle Rico
Date: 25-Nov-22




Ok so I snatched up the pathfinder vest that they have on sale in the same color as Jed the Snow Crow has on. I'm gonna check the size on that when it gets here - then I think based on the commentary and pics the Timber Ghost for the full jacket... I really think that soft blend is gonna do well when sky-lined against trees and clouds and branches etc. If I was hunting from the ground I think the darker colors would be better. .

I am exactly a 44 chest - so I am right between the L and the XL. ORdered the vest in an L thinking the vest will be used in more moderate weather with less layering. Then the jacket will be an XL to layer up underneath.

Great posts and thanks for the help.

From: Andy Man
Date: 25-Nov-22




like Greys and browns in the lighter shade

From: Snow Crow
Date: 25-Nov-22

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jwhitetail upright:

From: Snow Crow
Date: 25-Nov-22

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Sawtooth (Original) upright:

From: Red Beastmaster
Date: 25-Nov-22




I went to ETAR this year with the intent to purchase a full zipper jacket in one of the really cool colors I drooled over on the website. They were really picked over by the time I got there. Only two left in my size. One had lots of white in it so I chose the Buffalo brown. Not really my first choice in color but it fits in nicely in my hunting area. Really like it.

I wear an XL shirt but found the XXL jacket was perfect for layering. The sleeves are cut for bowhunting with just a bit of extra length to easily cover the cuff of my gloves. Love the massive pockets and hood.

I'm not a fan of pull over jackets, sweaters, and hoodies. The full zipper was the way to go for me.

From: Krag
Date: 25-Nov-22




Ordered a Timberghost hoodless vest for early season cold mornings and evenings and for fridgid layering....and because I want to look like a tough guy like Sawtooth!

From: ken techau
Date: 26-Nov-22




I like the Evening Stand Brown,wish I had one. Hey Gary,nice bear old buddy!

From: OsageOrangutan
Date: 29-Nov-22

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I have a Timber Ghost Pathfinder, and set of bibs that I got used. They are Forest Ghost, I think. I had a flaw in my Pathfinder, they asked me to send it back for repairs and it came back with a matching scarf which is awesome.

I have been considering picking up a Northern Ghost poncho for stalking in the snow.

From: lcamp319 Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 29-Nov-22




I have two in evening stand brown. One is XL other is XXL. I'm 6' and 235 lbs. The XL is fine with thin nylon windbreaker underneath. If want to layer more underneath, I wear the XXL. I did have to shorten the XXL sleeves a little.

From: Nontypicallongbows Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 29-Nov-22

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Not sure the color but works well in al seasons.

From: longbow1968
Date: 30-Nov-22

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I picked up one of the full zip jackets in Silent Stalker plaid a few years ago. It really blends with ground debris well in my area.

From: Lowcountry
Date: 30-Nov-22




Timber Ghost works well for me in SC swamps and oak woods. By the time it’s cold enough to wear it, most of the leaves are gone from the trees and everything Is gray and brown in the woods.

From: ottertails
Date: 30-Nov-22




Don't really have a favorite. I think most of Teresa's patterns/ colors work well. I have this Timberghost pathfinder but didn't care for the excessively large hood. I know it's been said it was made that large so it could be pulled over a hat...but what, a cowboy hat? :)

Was working on wool last night so I took some pics for this thread. I cut off that hood leaving enough material to fold over and sew up a stand-up collar. Much better now, for me anyway. The collar doesn't want to lay down flat so it stays up but no problem with anchoring. It tapers from 3.5"s in the back to just under 3" the in the front.

From: ottertails
Date: 30-Nov-22

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From: ottertails
Date: 30-Nov-22

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One of Teresa's originals...v-neck pullover. It had a leather thong to cinch up the V but it just got in the way. I've had this since 94-95. It's seen a lot of deer woods miles. A little tight now, had to stitch up a split seam in the armpit area.

Looks similar to that evening stand brown.

From: ottertails
Date: 30-Nov-22

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I like my wool and vests. Here's one I'm making. Military blanket liner with brown tweed. Was going to have a seamstress make it but figured I'd give it a try. Used one of my Carhartt vests for a pattern.

From: Box Call 71
Date: 30-Nov-22




otter tails,??

From: Box Call 71
Date: 30-Nov-22




Was supposed to be a thumbs up emoji.oh well,still great vest job.

From: ottertails
Date: 30-Nov-22




Thanks Dan, ima gonna give it a shot. If it comes out good, I'll make another with some garment weight bison leather I have....a distressed brown color. Should be windproof with the leather and warm with the wool blanket.

From: Wudstix Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member
Date: 30-Nov-22

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This works for Texas.

From: Sawtooth (Original) Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member
Date: 01-Dec-22




I just ordered a pathfinder. Timberghost. I hope the pattern is the same as the older one I have. It’s hard to really see on the website for comparison.

From: White Falcon
Date: 01-Dec-22

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Works in Texas also.

From: Tarpon120
Date: 01-Dec-22




I have 3 of the Asbell wood garments. A grey poncho that I've hunted in several times, a Path Finder pullover in a grey tweed or herringbone kind of pattern and most recently a jacket in Timber Ghost that I have not used yet due to recent hip surgery.

I have never had a deer pick me off while wearing any of these muted colors and I can attest that they are as warm and comfortable as I would ever want. A couple of under-layers and one of these and I'm good to go. The hood is nice too and it really does help me retain body warmth.

Sizes run pretty true but I take anything with sleeves in for a little tailoring.

The Asbells are great folks, knowledgeable and very easy to work with, prices are fine and delivery is pretty quick.

From: Verdeburl
Date: 01-Dec-22




I own 3 pieces. A vest for around the house and two pieces with hoods in Timber Ghost. Nice for misseason and I really like their wool clothing. It’s not bulky and I like that.

From: doubleeagle
Date: 02-Dec-22




The new river rock plaid is so close to ASAT, it is scary. I love my ASAT, but own two asbell, one is a timberghost and the other is a small black and white plaid pattern not offered anymore.

From: Wapiti - - M. S. Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 03-Dec-22




Timber ghost works for me.

From: jwhitetail
Date: 03-Dec-22




Thanks for the correction Snow Crow and really nice vest Ottertails. That would be great in our early season. I may have to look at a lighter pattern of Asbell - just really like wearing them in the woods. Comfortable, quiet, and invisible. JW

From: Brian M.
Date: 03-Dec-22




Been wanting an evening stand green or brown pathfinder for a couple years. A couple weeks ago I finally ordered the new river rock plaid. Great looking wool. Have only worn it twice so far.

From: reddogge
Date: 03-Dec-22

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I like Timberghost.

From: hvac tech
Date: 04-Dec-22




I like thumpers pic .The only question I have is were he bought a Marlin left handed rifle with the loading gate on the left side.I sent him a,Pm if any one knows that JM Marlin make a rifle like in the pic !st me know

From: hvac tech
Date: 04-Dec-22




I like thumpers pic .The only question I have is were he bought a Marlin left handed rifle with the loading gate on the left side.I sent him a,Pm if any one knows that JM Marlin make a rifle like in the pic !st me know

From: hvac tech
Date: 04-Dec-22




Just got a pm from thumper he used his selfie mode on his phone .He said sometimes it makes things look backwards .





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