fishing & hunting clothing

The popularity of gorp and the subsequent obsession with technical, cold weather-blocking garments has surely touched even the most trend-averse among us.

We have seen climbing and hiking styles pop up everywhere, with the fashion world fully embracing its practical sensibilities. It can be seen in Arc’teryx collaborating with Jil Sander, Gucci pairing up with The North Face, and Salomon working together with COMME des GARÇONS. And that’s not even touching on the abundance of hiking boots and climbing styles available from fashion labels outside of collaborations.

That said, we’re tipping fishing & hunting clothing to be the latest development in this function-focused field. The sport’s need for multiple pockets, hard-wearing fabrics, and penchant for using earthy tones and camouflage mean that it’s a gold mine of unorthodox technical styles which are surprisingly easy to work into an everyday wardrobe.

With the exception of South2 West8, the stylistic merits of fishing and hunting clothing have remained largely overlooked. Addressing this, below is a selection of pieces from Filson, an OG in the field.

Part backpack, part technical vest, the storage capabilities of this vest, originally created for fly fishing, are vast. Created with lightweight mesh, a removable shearling patch is included to dry out the fly at the end of your rod and adds a fluffy contrast in color and texture against the brown vest.

To be worn on its own, or zipped into a compatible Filson rain jacket on especially cold days, this versatile piece can easily be incorporated into any wardrobe.

When in the market for a backpack, opting for one made to be used in hunting and fishing is a sure-fire way of ending up with a high-quality product. This one is made 100 percent waterproof through 900-denier polyester tarpaulin fabric coated with thermoplastic polyurethane.

Created together with the outdoor lifestyle label Mossy Oak, this hat uses Filson’s toughest waxed canvas. Take the earflaps down and the buckle that rests on the peak of this hat protects your chin.

Tear-resistant and water-resistant, the orange accents on this split-color design are added for visibility and give this design a striking stylistic edge. An expandable rear bag also ensures you are never left without storage options.

Weighing in at only 13.4 ounces, you can easily carry this jacket around with you and deploy it when necessary. The 2.5-layer shell fabric manages to be waterproof, lightweight, and tough.

With two mossy-oak camo patterns to choose from, this jacket has been crafted to be used when hunting waterfowl. A term used for birds that frequent water, this jacket is equipped with all the waterproof capabilities you could ever need.

Also a part of Filson’s line for hunting waterfowl, a shorter cut to keep the jacket above the water while wading makes for a boxy silhouette.

Being an essential item when hunting and fishing, it is only right to end with another vest. Featuring several pockets on the front and a huge backpack-like pouch on the back, this one even has a lined sunglasses pocket.

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