I grew up on a farm in North Canterbury where I had plenty of opportunities in the outdoors from a very young age. I chased rabbits with the family pet Fox Terrier and a grubber to dig them up with after school as a 7 year old and progressed as I was allowed from there. I shot my first deer at the age of 12. Throughout my high school years I spent the weekends and holidays stalking pigs and deer as often as I could. After school I found myself working as a Shepard in the high country where I discovered a real passion for the mountains and the animals that live there. I have worked with Hunters Element since 2011 and have enjoyed testing gear, having input into design and the camaraderie shared among my peers and the Hunters Element staff.
I am a hunter for no other reason than the love of the chase. I do set myself wee goals as I go along though; last year my goal was to shoot 52 deer and to utilise all of the animals. I decided that the only meat I was happy to leave on the hill was from animals I shot for a trophy, which totalled four for the year. The other 48 deer all came home with me and were then utilised one way or another. To me, to see through a goal of getting a deer each week for a year was a real accomplishment as it took more effort than I'd have imagined when I set it.
Other goals were to take big game animals with a bow and a black powder rifle. I enjoyed both of those challenges, especially the black powder shooting.
I have hunted many species, and there are many more to hunt. As I have grown older, I have become more of a trophy hunter and I make a point of treating every trophy with respect. I boil and peroxide all of my heads and record on the trophy where and when it was taken. Last year I took a very nice Royal Red stag and a 14" Bull tahr along the way. I also had the opportunity to hunt in Victoria, Australia and managed a nice 28" Sambar stag too.
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.
|CHEST CM||CHEST INCHES|
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.
|WAIST CM||WAIST INCHES||INSEAM CM|
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.
|WAIST CM||WAIST INCHES||INSEAM CM|
WOMEN'S SIZE (CM / INCH)
This is the measurements of the person, not the garments.
|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"
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)|
|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|
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.