I have a confession to make- I am an upland bird hunting junkie. I am addicted to running my dogs and walking my shotgun through forest and fields after whatever bird is in season.
For years I have struggled to find the perfect pair of brush pants that would live up to the abuse of my bird hunting adventures. (I am never as easy on my gear as perhaps I should be.) By each season’s end, it is not uncommon for my pants to have torn seams, or a seriously frayed hem. This past season, however, I had the opportunity to try out the High Plains Brush Pants from Próis Hunting and Field Apparel for Women. After a season of chasing quail through briars, pheasant through cut corn, and grouse through thick forest underbrush, I have to say I am very impressed. My Próis High Plains Brush Pants passed the test.
The High Plains Brush Pants offer a versatility I have not found in other brush pants. The pants are cut to fit my girlish (i.e., curvy) figure, and fall at the natural waist offering a level of comfort in the field that can be difficult to find with other brands. The waistline also offers elastic in the side bands together with a camstrapping/ladder locking system that help adjust to the perfect fit. This versatility is especially important to me in my bird hunting pants. There are days I hunt in sub-freezing temperatures in snow and I like to layer underneath my brush pants; yet, there are days I hunt in late summer in sweltering heat. The waistline adjustability of the High Plains Brush Pants allows for comfortable layering when needed. (The camstrapping/ladder locking system does stick out a bid from the waistline which can get caught up when wearing a belt. This did not bother me, but I can see how it may bother others that choose to wear a thicker belt at times. If this becomes an issue, the campstrapping can easily be removed with a seam ripper and not effect the overall quality or fit of the pants.)
Prois created the High Plains Brush Pants with a durable cotton/poly base and heavy-duty Cordura facings which helped protect me from the elements and all the “pokies” and “pricklies” I encountered in the field this past season. (If anyone is going to slip and fall into a briar patch… it is me!) I admit I fell into the “pricklies” on more than one occasion this last season. Although I always managed to get a little scratched up, the High Plains Brush Pants held up remarkably well and still look good-as-new!
Although the pants are not very quiet (which is not necessary for bird hunting), they are quiet enough that I plan on ordering myself an extra pair for my upcoming plains game hunt to South Africa. EVERYTHING in Africa has thorns, and the High Plains Brush Pants will be perfect for helping keep me scratch free.
The Próis High Plains Brush Pants are available in both khaki and olive colors and retail for $169.99. The pants run fairly true to size and are available in X-Small through X-Large at www.proishunting.com.