May 11, 2018

Leading up to my trip to Fiordland this roar, I had been talking with the guys at Hunters Element HQ regarding the Odyssey Range of outer shell, waterproof gear.  I had never been a huge wearer of pants when hunting, more from what I was brought up with rather than for any practical reason.  However, on a few recent hunts into the Southern Alps, I noticed that there was definitely a need for some windproof/waterproof trousers to keep me warm when things got cold and/or windy.  Sitting and glassing for hours in the cold is never much fun - and that's what I find myself doing a lot of now I've moved back to the Mainland.

The night before I was about to leave on the journey to Fiordland, the care package had not turned up, so a few quick calls and I managed to track it down in the depot, and arranged pickup for first thing in the morning on my way through. Looking at the forecast, I was very happy that I had managed to get the parcel in time as it looked like we were getting snow to 500m!

I think the trousers stayed on for the first half of the 10 day trip!  The snow came and went as forecast and the trousers provided a barrier to the ankle deep snow, while keeping my bottom half warm. I still used my gaiters underneath them, but probably could have got away without them - I just didn't want snow in my boots!  I also wore my Blizzard Leggings and shorts under them which worked well together.

I loved the braces that come with them as they would fall down without them - you've just got to remember to put them on at the right time, as braces over your jacket mean you can't cover your waist with your jacket, or you can't tuck your mid layers in - trick for young players!  I also loved the full length zip as it meant you could pull them on over the top of your boots. It also meant that if it was a bit warm, you can let the air out the zips on the side. And last but not least was the pockets. Just a little thing such as a microfleece type material lining the main pockets mean that they are super comfy to keep your hands warm. They also dried pretty quickly which was a bonus. I wouldn't wear them if I was trying to be super stealthy in the bush as they make a little bit of noise, but you're unlikely to need to wear pants when you're bush stalking, worrying about a little bit of noise. I'd still consider them reasonably quiet for a waterproof layer.


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Size Chart

CHEST SIZE

Place the tape measure around the large part of your chest, usually just below the arm pits. Don't stretch the tape too tight. Align this measurement with the table below to help select your size.

 SIZE
CHEST CM CHEST INCHES
XXS 85-90 33-35
XS 90-95 35-37
S 95-100 37-39
M 100-105 39-41
L 105-110 41-43
XL 110-115 43-45
2XL 115-120 45-47
3XL 120-125 47-49
4XL 125-130 49-51
5XL 130-135 51-53

 

TROUSER SIZE

WAIST: Place the tape measure around your waist, just above where your trousers would normally naturally rest. Don't pull the tape tight, but make sure it is snug. Align this measurement with the table below to help select your size. 

INSEAM: This is the measurement from the center of the crotch on our trousers, to the base of the inner leg.

 SIZE
WAIST CM WAIST INCHES INSEAM CM
XXS 71-74 28-29 78
XS 75-79 30-31 79
S 80-84 32-33 80
M 85-89 34-35 81
L 90-94 36-37 82
XL 95-99 38-39 83
2XL 100-104 40-41 84
3XL 105-109 42-43 84
4XL 110-114 44-45 85
5XL 115-120 46-47 85

 

OUTER LAYER TROUSER SIZE

Our outer layer trousers are designed to be worn over the top of your regular trousers. The sizing is therefore larger than our regular trousers. Below are the dimensions of the outer layer trousers.

 SIZE
WAIST CM WAIST INCHES INSEAM CM
XS 83-86 33-34 79
S 87-90 34-35 80
M 91-94 36-37 81
L 95-98 37-38 82
XL 99-102 39-40 83
2XL 103-106 41-42 84
3XL 107-110 42-43 84
4XL 111-114 44-45 85

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