I like to wear a jacket until the cuffs fray away. Same goes for a good pair of pants. By then there will be a few tears, patches and splotches that cannot be removed - all good reminders of days afield. One of my all-time favorite camo jackets was so faded I hardly wore it anymore, but I could not bring myself to throw it away. I wrapped the body of a wonderful little dog buddy in that jacket and laid him to rest on a hilltop one evening.
Let's face it; there is a bewildering choice of outdoors clothing available today - partly because there is a bewildering choice of fabrics being used to make outdoors clothing. Besides warmth, weights, camo designs, porosity and softness we also have choices that range from dirt-cheap to "spendy".
Cabela's has found an incredible fabric called Microtex. This cloth is amazing stuff; you might say that it is soft as fleece and tough as canvas. I have been hunting in Microtex clothing in a wide range of temperatures in various parts of North America. The Microtex material will not fade like poly/cotton materials and it's bur resistant - a combination not easily found. One of its greatest benefits is the rate at which it dries. The days of trekking around with a couple pounds of extra water weight, after the ground is dry, are over. From south Texas to Alaska I have been completely comfortable in my Microtex shirt and pants. I am completely impressed with how quiet, warm and wind-resistant the fabric is. These clothes felt good right from the moment that I put them on - they felt like keepers before I got them into the field!
Cabela's offers shirts, pants, bow-hunter's jacket and caps in Microtex. The pants, jacket and caps can be obtained with and without 100-gram Thinsulate insulation. A ladies-sized insulated jacket is also available, in Break-Up or Seclusion patterns. This clothing is typical Cabela's quality, heavy zippers, extra stitching where it is needed and designed to fit comfortable. I was amazed at how the shirts felt like old friends right out of the packaging. Microtex reminds me of the feel of some of my favorite well-worn wool garments - soft and tough.
There are many camo patterns offered, but my favorite is Outfitter camo. I like open camo patterns and Outfitter is one of the nicest blends of soft natural colors ever designed. Hunting partners mentioned how beautifully my Outfitter camo blended into the rocks and sandbars in Alaska. The Outfitter pattern also worked perfectly in the prairie grass and sage country of southern Montana. I crawled around in the cactus and burrs and never had any accumulation of "stickies". How the fabric does that I do not know, but it works.
Shirts are available in regular and tall styles. I wear the tall model and appreciate the extra length and full-cut of these shirts. My uninsulated pants are surprisingly warm. Microtex does an excellent job of blocking wind.
Cabela's Microtex clothing is a wise choice for serious hunters. I particularly appreciate the Outfitter camo pattern because it works in the field and it looks great anywhere. My wife even likes it.
Independent testing from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, found that Microtex™ ...
Flat Abrasion - "Cabela's Microtex™ is over 2 1/2 times more abrasion resistant than poly/cotton.
Colorfastness - "Laundered samples show no loss of color, after ten launderings-indicating excellent colorfastness.
Drying Time - "Microtex™ fabric dried faster. The fiber cannot readily absorb water into its molecular structure, it will 'store' water in the spaces between individual fibers, thereby making it easier and quicker to 'release' the water during drying."