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Old 03-13-2020, 04:05 PM
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Hi guys. I was wondering if anyone is using the Army's ESWCS GEN III LEVEL 6 rain/wet weather gear.

I have the old GEN I woodland but it's old and I may need something much lighter for a weight restriction. If you used it and ditched it what did you switch to?

Thanks in advance and good hunting everyone!
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Old 03-20-2020, 10:35 AM
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I'm surprised nobody is using this stuff. How many have sprung for the expensive gear like Sitka?
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Old 03-21-2020, 10:27 AM
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I use Kuiu Chugach rain gear now. Lighter and breathes better with the added features. Iím not above a simple plastic poncho, or yellow rubber slicker, but the Kuiu gear Iím using has been great. I spent a couple days DTI ving hogs through cedar and scrub in NW Oklahoma in drenching rain this Jan, and the only thing which got wet was my gun. Iíve worn them at PRS matches so wet we couldnít see past 500yrds - dry as a bone. Walked through knee deep water, goretex boots and merino socks. Everything was walked dry in under half of an hour. No complaints.
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Old 03-25-2020, 05:56 AM
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Originally Posted by Nomercy448 View Post
I use Kuiu Chugach rain gear now. Lighter and breathes better with the added features. Iím not above a simple plastic poncho, or yellow rubber slicker, but the Kuiu gear Iím using has been great. I spent a couple days DTI ving hogs through cedar and scrub in NW Oklahoma in drenching rain this Jan, and the only thing which got wet was my gun. Iíve worn them at PRS matches so wet we couldnít see past 500yrds - dry as a bone. Walked through knee deep water, goretex boots and merino socks. Everything was walked dry in under half of an hour. No complaints.
Thanks Nomercy, I'll look it up.

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Old 03-25-2020, 09:55 AM
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personally before I would suggest any rain gear, I would have to ask what are you planning to use it for(minus the obvious rain LOL)
I mean are you looking for came, for hunting, cold weather, warm weather, do you need it to be quiet, are you going to be very active in it or more stationary?
as all this adds up IMO.
as IMO< really GREAT rain wear is stuff fishermen use, and NOT really Hunters, its heavier not as comfortable for hiking and such, rather stiff and noisy, but VERY very waterproof
made of rubber or like materials
when you get into the more Hunter targeted stuff, you start paying more for stuff that is LESS waterproof (most will bleed thru over hours of exposure and time will work less and less well)
spent thousands of $$ over the yrs on high end gear! to know this for a fact!

so, can you maybe say what you want the gear for or to do with it>
is camo quiet, soft, insulated, a much have here, or do you just want good rain gear care less on color, just want to stay dry?

good gear that will keep you dry, and not targeted at hunters IMO
hunters IMO tend to spend more $$ to have things than a lot of others will!
always looking for the next great gadget, is how marketers seem to ploy after us! and so many give in to it!

https://www.stormlinegear.com/shop/marine-oilskins/

https://stormrusa.com/product/new-strykr-jacket/

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Old 03-26-2020, 11:33 AM
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Originally Posted by mrbb View Post
personally before I would suggest any rain gear, I would have to ask what are you planning to use it for(minus the obvious rain LOL)
I mean are you looking for came, for hunting, cold weather, warm weather, do you need it to be quiet, are you going to be very active in it or more stationary?
as all this adds up IMO.
as IMO< really GREAT rain wear is stuff fishermen use, and NOT really Hunters, its heavier not as comfortable for hiking and such, rather stiff and noisy, but VERY very waterproof
made of rubber or like materials
when you get into the more Hunter targeted stuff, you start paying more for stuff that is LESS waterproof (most will bleed thru over hours of exposure and time will work less and less well)
spent thousands of $$ over the yrs on high end gear! to know this for a fact!

so, can you maybe say what you want the gear for or to do with it>
is camo quiet, soft, insulated, a much have here, or do you just want good rain gear care less on color, just want to stay dry?

good gear that will keep you dry, and not targeted at hunters IMO
hunters IMO tend to spend more $$ to have things than a lot of others will!
always looking for the next great gadget, is how marketers seem to ploy after us! and so many give in to it!

https://www.stormlinegear.com/shop/marine-oilskins/

https://stormrusa.com/product/new-strykr-jacket/
Thanks for the reply. This all began as I was going over gear for a Newfoundland Moose Hunt. So, that would be probably be the first time I used it. Combination of hiking on the giant sponge that is NL along with sitting still for calling. My own preference when walking is a poncho because of the air circulation and ability to protect your back pack etc. After NL it would be for mostly stand hunting and maybe steelhead fishing situations.

Having looked at your links I'll admit I want a set of Storm line. But it's not what I'm looking for to hunt in NL

Thanks again!
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Old 03-26-2020, 11:53 AM
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something else to consider then, is what about neoprene waders and jacket
I have worn them off and on in VERY rainy days on stand and stayed dry and warm
not the best for walking far in,
but there are better one's that have decent boots on them now, or sock like liners and can wear in any boot(maybe a size or two larger ??)
however if your in very thick or nasty cover, neoprene can tear, so, what I used to do , was wear a layer of again thin clothing on outer layer, to prevent any tears
worked for me pretty wlll for what I wanted to do!


and also don;t or get, that is you WANT good rain gear and its NOT camo, you can always add a camo layer of something light and thin and it will cover the other wise NON camo gear
I have done this too in the past!

another suggestion is, WHY not ask the guides where your going what they use< odds are they wear the stuff WAY more than most and will know what works and what is just marketing
you can also ask any guide that works in wet area's often, from AK to ???
and most will tell you I think, what I posted above, unless there working with a company to push a sale LOL

this said, about ANY NEW goretex stuff will last a week in wet weather, BUT as I stated, spend a full week in rain every day,m and it does bleed thru, I have jackets costing 600+ bucks that BLEED thru to know this!
as I said, I spent a LOT of money over the yrs on outdoor gear and my experience is, GOOD rain gear is just that gear made for RAIN, not huntress!, and the gear for fishermen, works way way better from my experience, there lives depend on it!'

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