When the temperature drops and the wind blows you need to dress for the weather in order to have a comfortable hunt. On this episode I talk about the niche that bibs fill and what features are important for helping you pick out a pair that is right for you this deer season.
The difference between the best bibs and the worst bibs are two-fold, it is a factor of the construction and materials.
The main elements of bib construction include some or all of the below:
- Outer finish – This is the texture and ultimately the noisiness of the garment.
- Outer layer – This provides wind and/or rain resistance.
- Insultation – This determines how warm the bibs are and what conditions you can expect that warmth to function under.
- Inner layer – This is the part the touches you and should hold warmth and wick away moisture
The materials most often used for bibs include:
- Natural fibers like cotton or wool.
- Natural or treated goose down.
- Cheap polyesters, usually with no fancy brand names.
- Better polyesters like fleece.
- Fancy synthetic insulation, like Primaloft, Thinsulate, Cocona, etc.
- Weather proof membranes like nylon, Gore-Tex, etc.
Cost is mostly a factor of construction and materials. For new hunters I recommend gear with the right construction for your hunting needs while not worrying about the fanciest of materials. This helps you find something that is built for your activity but is still relatively affordable.
Listen to the episode to hear how these elements work together and find out which are most important for your specific needs.