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    I like to have the right equipment for the job, so accumulated a few toys, but I'm not fickle and don't change stuff just for the sake of it. I have a 23 year old Goretex jacket which is still going strong, so no need to replace it. Having said that, something that has come on leaps and bounds in the last two decades is cooking gear. The old stuff was heavy and bulky. My new budget cooking gear fits in a 700ml pot and weighs next to nothing.
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    I think hunting clothing here in NZ is price driven. The retailers and suppliers work on the minimum cost maximum margin ( so the gear is generally quite costly and falls apart). I am on my third Stoney Creek Stowit and my Shooters jacket has all the domes on the front fall off. The US stuff i bloody expensive by the time it arrives here but I have found it (from the 2 jackets and a couple of tops I wear most all the time) seems to last and hold up better (Sitka and Kuiu from personal experience). I think in the US the suppliers work on the Smaller Margins + Less failures = less complaints which if you deal those with really well = more sales system, something which NZ Retailer seem is a very difficult concet to grasp.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikee View Post
    I think hunting clothing here in NZ is price driven. The retailers and suppliers work on the minimum cost maximum margin ( so the gear is generally quite costly and falls apart). I am on my third Stoney Creek Stowit and my Shooters jacket has all the domes on the front fall off. The US stuff i bloody expensive by the time it arrives here but I have found it (from the 2 jackets and a couple of tops I wear most all the time) seems to last and hold up better (Sitka and Kuiu from personal experience). I think in the US the suppliers work on the Smaller Margins + Less failures = less complaints which if you deal those with really well = more sales system, something which NZ Retailer seem is a very difficult concet to grasp.
    Have you tried NZ 'Game Gear' tough working gear oriented towards pig hunters not poser type stuff
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    The Game Gear doesn't look too badly priced if it's good quality. And that's coming from a skinflint like me......

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    I could be tempted by some of the Cactus gear if I had to go looking for some more.
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    both myself and hunting bud have simple bumfreezer cabelas jackets.....both bought them 2nd hand for bugger all...really good waterproof coats that dont get too hot and they are soft so dont scratch when stalking......quality is top notch.

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    Interesting that no one is mentioning Swazi. I have never had any of their gear fall apart. It seems to just keep going for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tahr View Post
    Anyone who buys Hunters Element won't have old gear.
    *touch wood*
    I have a bit of their gear and yet to have a problem.
    Granted i have been a bit busy over the last year or 2 to really thrash it
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hiawatha View Post
    Interesting that no one is mentioning Swazi. I have never had any of their gear fall apart. It seems to just keep going for me.
    I've got their Aegis fabric Thar anorak. Good bit of kit that's had a fair old hiding on the East Coast but that's pretty kind on gear as you're generally not pushing through shit tons of scrub to get to where the Thar are.
    My bush hunting jacket is a Huntech, and they produce good gear too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hiawatha View Post
    Interesting that no one is mentioning Swazi.
    Swazi took a certain position on semi automatic rifles, namely that they are not needed in NZ society. They and others threw us semi owners under the bus.

    We are not amused.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Max Headroom View Post
    I could be tempted by some of the Cactus gear if I had to go looking for some more.
    Cactus does some seriously good gear (have stuff ranging from winter ski/work pants to an apron) Generally to heavy and noisey for hunting but not always....

    There is the theory that if you go on aliexpress and pay $20 for a shirt thats lasts a season you are better off than buying a $200 sh2urt hoping you havent lost it in 10years.... personally cry once and buy quality then if you need to rely on your gear you can

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hiawatha View Post
    Interesting that no one is mentioning Swazi. I have never had any of their gear fall apart. It seems to just keep going for me.
    My first thar jacket lasted 10plus years and i still will use for summer hunting, thats why i brought another swazi thar 12months ago. Not the lightest gear on the market but if i get 10years from my new jacket i will be happy as.
    The best pants i owned was a pair of swazi 4wd pants last for years, the only thing that ruined them was wearing them to work when grinding

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    Quote Originally Posted by Max Headroom View Post
    I could be tempted by some of the Cactus gear if I had to go looking for some more.
    I use the cactus mountain jacket and rifle scabbard.

    Wear cactus pants or shorts daily for work. Took me 8 years to break the last pair of cactus trade pants, they started to wear out where the canvas had a fold at the base of the pocket. Lets a refreshing breeze in around your fruits. In a soils testing lab and in the field a pair of jeans seem to last around 6 months.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Max Headroom View Post
    Swazi took a certain position on semi automatic rifles, namely that they are not needed in NZ society. They and others threw us semi owners under the bus.

    We are not amused.
    It was going to happen whether or not what Swazi said.
    Can't bash their gear its some of the best out
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    Quote Originally Posted by madmaori View Post
    It was going to happen whether or not what Swazi said.
    Can't bash their gear its some of the best out
    sure but he didn't have to say anything at all
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