Mar 18th

Ladies End of Year Gear Review: Fav's Old & New

By Rita@HGM


 I ENDED THE SEASON WITH A NEW FAVORITE AND AN OLD FAVORITE RE-FITTED!

Sometimes when we hunt in our South Texas winters - all you need is a sweater.  And in the fall a good pair of snake boots.

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After years (like 30!) of suffering men sized ill fitting hunting sweaters-I could not believe my eyes when I walked into the Beretta USA - Dallas Gallery and saw this sweater!  Had to be wrong - but it was marked "ladies".  It was the Women's Techno WindGuard Half Zip with Washable Suede Sweater.  Still had to check it out in the dressing room to make sure it would fit and allow movement. 

Bingo!  It is long enough too with a little stretch - sometimes I hunt in equestrian jeans tucked in my boots.

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The high soft suede neck helps keep the wind at bay.  It also has self wool
patches at the shoulders and elbows and comes in 3 colors.  Hand wash.

Turns out our last 2 day bird hunt in March was an unusual (remember- Texas) 26° with snow and ice and wind - this is where I was thrilled to have that windproof BWP barrier lining.  The slick lining also makes it super easy to get on and off over layers.   This sweater was a champion- even in December at deer camp.

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This sweater is really gem.  Does it's job and is very good looking. 

NOW FOR THE OLD FAVORITE

We have snakes here in South Texas and I use my ladies tall
Chippewa snake boots primarily for dove hunts.  Occasionally, if it is cold enough and the terrain not too rough, I wear them to upland hunt. 

The above hunt was such a hunt, but I noticed I slipped in the snow a lot.  Then I realized these wonderful old comfortable boots were 28 years OLD!  I looked at the tread and it was worn, slick and hard as a rock. 

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So with a new flexible soul put on - they are probably good for another 28 years. 
 I have seen plenty of snakes in my time, but lucky enough to see them first -so I haven't had to put my Chippewa's to the test.  But they give me Peace of Mind. 
And a pretty good value!

These days Chippewa has a much larger line, so go visit
www.chippewaboots.com
and
Check out the Ladies Collection on-line at
www.berettausa.com

Rita Schimpff