Alex Broad – What are we wearing? Outer layers

March 02, 2012

In a layering system the outer most layer or shell is our primary defense against the elements.  At Hunters Element we call this our Barrier layer for obvious reasons.

Just like the rest of the layers in our clothing system we need to choose an outer layer that suits us and our style of hunting.  Bush stalkers want something quiet, alpine guys want something durable and light and duck shooters want camo.

Hunters Element has developed a wide range of Barrier layers to suit every hunting situation.  We believe your Barrier layer should be carried with you at all times, not only is your jacket there to keep you dry, but it could save your life if something turns pear shaped.  We like to think of these as a survival tool.  To be carried at all times, but only worn when needed.

Barrier layers need to be packable, light weight, quick drying, breathable and most importantly waterproof.  Most Hunters Element Barrier layers are made using 3 layer laminated fabrics.  This means there is an outer layer of fabric, a waterproof  / breathable membrane and an inner layer all sandwiched together.  The Inner layer is a tricot fabric that is primarily there to protect the membrane from wear on the inside of the garment.  It also helps to add a bit of strength to the fabric so its less likely to tear or rip.  Here is a diagram showing how the 3 layer fabrics are built up.  This diagram also shows perspiration and heat passing through the fabric and rain stopping at the outer layer:

The membrane in our jackets is an extremely thin layer with millions of tiny microscopic holes in it.  These holes are small enough that a “solid water molecule” cannot penetrate the membrane, however they are also large enough so that a “water vapor molecule” (which in its gas form is much much smaller) can pass through.  Making the fabric waterproof and breathable.  The trade off with these membranes is that they are extremely fragile.  Gorse, matagouri and blackberry are your worst nightmare, easily puncturing the membrane and causing it to leak.  Here is a microscopic photo taken of a waterproof / breathable membrane like the ones we use in our jackets:

We have tried our hardest to combat the membranes fragile nature with a variety of outer face fabrics in our jackets, however we are constantly trying to tread the fine line between durability and stealth.  A heavy durable outer face fabric is noisy, while a nice soft quiet one isn’t very durable.  We have several options in our Barrier layer range, from a nice soft jacket for bush hunters, a durable lightweight fabric that dries very quickly but is a tad noisy and our flag ship XTR Hydrafuse PacStealth fabric, which is a combination of quietness, durability, pack-ability and the ability to dry very quickly.  Its hard choosing a jacket that is right for you, so we have developed this chart showing all our jackets and their attributes to help choose a jacket that is best for your hunting:

We will be looking into our jackets in more depth in coming blog posts, as well as introducing a few new garments we will be offering this hunting season.


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Size Chart

JACKET AND SHIRT 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. The sizes below are not the sizes of the garments, but the size size of the persons chest as certain layers are made larger to fit base and/or mid layers underneath.

BASE/MID LAYER

 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

 

OUTER LAYER

 SIZE
CHEST CM CHEST INCHES
XXS 90-95 35-37
XS 95-100 37-39
S 100-105 39-41
M 105-110 41-43
L 110-115 43-45
XL 115-120 45-47
2XL 120-125 47-49
3XL 125-130 49-51
4XL 130-135 51-53
5XL 135-140 53-55

 

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

 

WOMEN'S SIZE (CM / INCH)

This is the measurements of the person, not the garments.

 SIZE CHEST WAIST HIPS
8  84cm / 33" 74cm / 29.1" 106cm / 41.7"
10  89cm / 35" 78cm / 30.7" 110cm / 43.3"
12  94cm / 37" 82cm / 32.3" 114cm / 44.9"
14  99cm / 39" 86cm / 33.9" 118cm / 46.4"
16 104cm / 41" 90cm / 35.4" 122cm / 48"  
18 109cm / 43" 94cm / 37"   126cm / 49.6"
20 114cm / 45" 98cm / 38.6"

130cm / 51.2"

 

BOOTS SIZE

All sizes are US men's sizing. Measure from the from the back of your heel to the end of your longest toe.

US FOOT LENGTH (approximate)
6 9.3 in / 23.6 cm
7 9.6 in / 24.4 cm
8 9.9 in / 25.2 cm
9 10.25 in / 26 cm
10 10.6 in / 26.8 cm
11 10.9 in / 27.8 cm
12 11.25 in / 28.6 cm 
13 11.6 in / 29.4 cm

 

GAITER SIZE

Measure the circumference of calves at the thickest point. The size on the chart is the largest measurement that will fit in the gaiter. Gaiters can be tightened, but cannot be stretched to fit legs larger than the measurements shown on the chart.

SIZE
CALF SIZE
 S
380mm
M
410mm
L
440mm
XL
470mm
2XL
500mm

 

GLOVE SIZE

SIZE
LENGTH CM WIDTH CM
S 18 9
M 19 9.5
L 20 10
XL 21 10.5

 

KIDS SIZES (CM)

This is the measurements of the person, not the garments.

 SIZE CHEST WAIST HIPS
4 60 56 62
6 64 58 66
8 68 60 71
10 72 64 76
12 76 68 80
14 80 72 84
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