As avid women hunters, we constantly seek out clothing and gear made specifically for women. Still, many of us feel resigned to make men’s camo “work” for us, despite poor fit and masculine details. SHE Safari has recognized the unavailability of women’s hunting clothing that feature stylish form along with function, and they’ve taken steps to meet women’s needs by offering pants, shirts and jackets for women hunters designed for us and available in new Realtree® camouflage patterns.
Previously offering upland clothing and “safari” type styling of their clothing in colors from ivory to deep taupe, with limited camouflage patterns available, now for 2007 SHE Safari has expanded their clothing styles offered and made it available in new camouflage patterns from Realtree®; the Realtree® AP HD ™ and Realtree® APG HD ™, along with the Advantage MAX-1 HD ® .
Long sleeve and short-sleeve shirts are tapered to fit our mid-driff’s more adequately, yet still afford the hunter full freedom of movement for pulling back a bow or raising a rifle to your cheek. No more men’s boxy and un-flattering “square” shirts for me!
The Pro Series Hunter jacket features a thick layer of warm Thinsulate Ultra 150-gram insulation, soft and quiet Polartec Wind Pro Fleece lining, plenty of zippered, secure pockets, full length zippered front, slimming elastic waist and a stylish belted sash for feminine punch. Coverage extends just below your rear-end making this a warm and comfortable jacket to wear during cold weather and one that keeps you covered even when climbing, bending, or twisting. A lighter-weight “Safari Zip jacket” and a sleeveless water-resistant vest are also available in the new camo patterns.
In the pants and shirts I found the SHE Safari Mediums to be a perfect fit, and I typically wear a women’s medium, size 8-10. The Pro Series Jacket however tends to run large, as the Small fits me perfectly.
My first impression is good…the SHE Safari clothing has a great fit, is made of quiet, soft cotton or cotton-blend materials, has good camo pattern options and style options, and appears to be durably made, with double-stitched pockets and seams.
I’m confidant that whatever field testing input results are, that SHE Safari owners Pam Zaitz and husband Brian will listen carefully to meet women’s needs. After all, that’s why they took on the challenge of this business venture; to make sure that women’s hunting clothing work’s like a man’s in the field, but is made specifically for the female form.
Time will tell how SHE Safari women’s camouflage handles the rigors of hunting, climbing, crawling, dragging and hiking. I’ll keep you posted.
In the meantime, give ‘em a look and give ‘em a try yourself:
Go to: www.shesafari.com
© February 2007