Sunday, March 2, 2008

Filson's women's clothing - now available

I was over at FS Huntress's blog today when I noticed ads all over the place. For Filson! That means the company's new women's outdoor and hunting collection that I mentioned the other day is available online now. Click here to check it out.

At first blush, my impression is that the collection tilts heavily toward the "outdoors" side of "hunting and outdoors," but there's some cool stuff in there. The shooting shirt pictured above caught my eye - love the zippered midsection pocket for license or passport. And I appreciate seeing patchs on both sides, being a left-handed shooter.

Also, I just got a pair of Filson's chaps in the mail for field testing, and I have to say they're pretty cool. The boyfriend really liked 'em too. Down, boy!

The results of the field testing will be in a review I'm doing for Jesse's Hunting & Outdoors, which should be available online in about a month. The review will go over various types of hunting pants from SHE Safari, Foxy Huntress, Prois Hunting Apparel and Filson. If I ever hear back from Pink Outdoors, I'll try to include that line in the mix too.

Now some of you may be thinking it is the coolest thing in the world to do clothing testing, but please keep in mind that I'd rather poke chopsticks in my eyes than try on pants. Lord, it took me two martinis to get over a trip to the Levi's store in San Francisco this weekend.

The good news? These companies have a lot more sense than street fashion designers these days - no muffintops with these pants. Trying on their clothes makes me want to go run through a field of grass, burrs and critters, not run to the bar.

© Holly A. Heyser 2008


Blessed said...

Finally! I hope those chaps get good reviews, I wear my Filson chaps deer hunting, scouting, blackberry picking, mushroom hunting, upland hunting and when I help get wood for us to burn and they are tough but just not very comfortable - maybe the made for women version will work better I know it made a world of difference for me with the waders.

Good luck with the testing - at least you'll be trying on pants for hunting and not just for everyday stuff!

Holly Heyser said...

I just tried these on in the house - didn't go running around in them - but they didn't seem uncomfortable at all, and I was wearing them over some really baggy jeans.

What comfort problems do you have with your men's version? Do you have any specific things you want me to look for, in terms of fit and comfort?

Anonymous said...

Can't wait to see your review. You are definitely braver than I would be. I hate trying on clothes!

Holly Heyser said...

Yeah, it's excruciating. I HATE women's pants these days - they're awful. I found a version of men's Levis that I really liked, even though I don't need all the room in front (ahem), but Levi's just discontinued them and replaced them with something with a lower waistband. Dear Lord, I just want the 80s waistbands to come back. Just say no to muffintops!

But seriously, I don't hate any of the hunting pants I've gotten so far at all - that's the beauty of clothing made by women for women - they get it.

Holly Heyser said...

Oooh, "don't hate" - a ringing endorsement! What I meant was the pants are fine - it's what I put into them that bothers me. :-) The pants are all really comfy and nice so far.

Holly Heyser said...

Just got off the phone with the pink camo huntress - Keli Van Cleave - and boy, she's a pistol!

I'll write more about her later, but the short update is that her clothing line won't be available to the public until later this year.

You'll definitely hear about it as soon as I do.

Blessed said...

I didn't wear the chaps at all last year because of Lil Sugar being born so tomorrow when I have more time I'll put them back on and remember why I sigh everytime it's time to wear them again. Don't get me wrong - I won't go out in the woods without them, they've saved my legs lots of times from barbed wire, locust thorns and more but the fit just isn't right for me. I think they aren't right in the thigh - but I'll be back tomorrow to let you know for sure!

Holly Heyser said...

Fantastic - thanks!