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    Soft Shell Jackets, who uses one, and which one?

    As the title says. I am hoping to try out the North Branch from First Lite this year. I have two Guide Jackets from Kuiu. How about you guys?

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    Would love a guide jacket, it's further back on my list after the guide vest and attack pants for this year but depending on my draws I may go in on one. Ive got a kings camo fleese'ish jacket but it's time for an upgrade. I'll be down in the Dixon area later this month and look forward to stopping by the showroom to check the jacket out.

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    I had picked up the C4E Element Jacket two years ago and really like it.

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    Not to be unsupportive of all of the new hunting clothes companies, but I have been defaulting to buying my late season outerwear from the REI Outlet. My softshell jacket is a gray Patagonia that cost about $80-90 on clearance a couple of years ago.

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    I'm a Core4 guy so I have an Element jacket I like to throw on when it gets chilly.
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    I will probably switch over to KUIU from Kryptek because while I like the Kryptek Cadog jacket I bought late last fall, I didn't like the cut of the pants and returned them. Too bad, because I love the Highlander camo pattern.

    I'll probably go with the Attack pants and Guide pants and jacket.

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    I have the guide jacket and attack pants from Kuiu and several other pieces. All of it is top notch!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mnhunter View Post
    Not to be unsupportive of all of the new hunting clothes companies, but I have been defaulting to buying my late season outerwear from the REI Outlet. My softshell jacket is a gray Patagonia that cost about $80-90 on clearance a couple of years ago.
    I have nothing against finding a good deal. I rarely pay full price by waiting for sales. I believe that Sitka is on sale now at Linton Outdoors, and if you watch for clearance items Sportsman's has some pretty good deals. I have found Kryptek there on sale for much lower than retail. Kuiu usually does a Black Friday sale, and some one off sales that tend to be pretty significant, sometimes as much as 40%.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eye in sky View Post
    I have the guide jacket and attack pants from Kuiu and several other pieces. All of it is top notch!
    I agree Kuiu makes some pretty good stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ScottR View Post
    I have nothing against finding a good deal. I rarely pay full price by waiting for sales. I believe that Sitka is on sale now at Linton Outdoors, and if you watch for clearance items Sportsman's has some pretty good deals. I have found Kryptek there on sale for much lower than retail. Kuiu usually does a Black Friday sale, and some one off sales that tend to be pretty significant, sometimes as much as 40%.
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    I guess my thinking may have less to do with money and more to do with who I believe are truly the experts on technical clothing. I think in the last few years Sitka, Russel, Kuiu, Kryptek have all made huge bounds in technical outerwear for hunters, but during rifle season I see much less need for camouflage, and think that for 1/3 the cost I can probably get a better piece of gear if I look at companies like Arcteryx, Patagonia, OR, etc. It might even be in one of those other colors the hunting clothes companies sell, like Lead Gray. Plus I can use it skiing, snowshoeing, out and about, without my city slicker wife giving me a hard time for wearing camp.

    I should add, I own some Sitka, Russel, Firstlite that I use a lot during archery season and rifle season when it is warmer. I just have a hard time spending 250-300 on a jacket just because it is camo.
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