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Thread: What's your favorite 'old faithful' bit of hunting clothing?

  1. #16
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    This pic is me pig hunting with my dog Patch at Kahouratahi; probably in about 1984.... Wearing my favourite hunting woollen bush shirt. I had that shirt for years until it was ripped, torn and just holding together. But it was still my favourite shirt. One day I was getting sorted to go hunting the next morning and couldn't find the shirt.... The conversation sorta went like this..... "Mum. have you seen my bush shirt". "What does it look like?" "Tan and black checks" " Oh; that one; I thought it was worn out so burnt it with the rubbish"..... I never said anything; but this 25-year old nearly cried!

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    Marlborough - Pelorus Sound
    I think circa 1984/5 I bought from a place called Valentines (sold a lot of military gear etc) in Hamilton (think it was called Valentines Army Surplus ???
    Anyway - it was a Oil Skin that was an identical copy of the original Green Swandri Bush Shirt
    With same pocket and lace front - length down over arse etc - identical cut
    They had 2 in Med
    I kicked myself for years later not buying both
    That coat/anorak did me for 20+ years.
    Twice I threw it in the rubbish and twice I got it back out - just could not do it :-(

    BUT - if someone gave me a new one today - I wouldn't touch it
    It was perfect for bush hunting and especially carrying fresh shot Deer (for sale)
    It was cold as charity to put on every morning (stayed 8 days a fortnight in remote bush camp back then) and stiff as a board when cold
    But that and wool shearers singlet underneath was what was worn all year round
    You had to keep moving though or you got cold sweat chill near immediately

    So that and the Black (and the Oatmeal Turu) wool T and singlets are all a thing of the past for me now.
    Who would of thought that - back then ah
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  3. #18
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    Jun 2015
    dont own them anymore but a set of cabellas electric socks.
    1 D cell each side could keep yer feet from freezing all day inside a pair of boots

  4. #19
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    Oct 2013
    For me it would have to be an old pair of Meindl boots. They would be close to 25 years old and are looking a bit worse for wear these days, with limited tread left and some cracked leather in the flex points, but still very comfortable and supportive. I continue to use them for easier farm style hunts and even gave them another thrashing in the bush last weekend. Strangely enough I still often pull them out of the wardrobe instead of a far newer pair of island pros and Z8s
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  5. #20
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    Jun 2013
    Middle Earth
    For rainy days I still wear a pair of cabelas goretex /fleece trousers made during the good years and bought in their bargain cave in their South Dakota shop in 2003.

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    Hanmer Springs
    Macpac straight gaiters 23 years young worn and many serious trips most multiple days and still going strong, have only changed the under wires a few times and still have a crampon hole in the left one from their second trip out when I took a tumble.

    Been around the world with me too.

    And a fleece beanie that I still wear too as it has been on every trip I have done for 28 years here and overseas winter and summer

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    Oct 2013
    My Meindl drove extreme boots, they must be seven years old and I can still stand in a creek with water mills from the top with bone dry feet. Not cheap but worth every cent.

    My second choice would be my Huntech Rugaz shorts, Im pretty sure those things can survive pretty much anything. I have several pairs of various ages but None have died yet...

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    bees knees.... a mid thigh length pair of blue thermals...unusual in that side panels are very light polarfleece not polyprop like the rest.getting a few holes too many now but cant bring myself to chuck them out.

  9. #24
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    Aug 2012
    I bought a huntec swanni style top in 1995. Still going strong. Love that top.
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  10. #25
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    Jul 2017
    Back in the Manawatu
    Quote Originally Posted by Dama dama View Post
    I bought a huntec swanni style top in 1995. Still going strong. Love that top.
    In recent years I've gone back to wearing my original Huntec fleece swanni , bought when they first came out God knows when that was, my favorite bit of clothing!!.
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