Filson In The Field

Filson In The Field


There is so much new fangled hunting gear out there these days. High-tech gadgets and fancy apparel have flooded the market, and something has been lost in the shuffle. Hunting is a heritage sport, passed down from generation to generation; part of its appeal is the timeless and classic nature of it. This goes for the gear as well.

Making “tough, comfortable outdoor clothing for hunters and fishermen, engineers and explorers, mariners and miners,” the Filson company was originally formed in 1897 to serve the men of the Great Klondike Gold Rush. Because of this, founder C.C. Filson could only produce the very best – it was a matter of life and death for his customers.

“Try to recall your sensations on the coldest night you have ever known: try to intensify the most bitter ice blast that has ever pierced your marrow by a thousandfold; even then you will not be able to realize spring in the Chilkoot Canyon, far less midwinter on the Klondike.” – Diary of Hume Nisbet, 1897.

From that dramatic birth, Filson has gone on to become synonymous with excellence in the outdoor goods industry, and is governed by a classic design aesthetic. The company recently shared with us theirGuide Waterfowl SweaterMackinaw Field PantsUplander BootsSportsman’s Bag, and Scoped Gun Case, which we put to use in the woods hunting the mighty whitetail.

All the gear more than lived up to Filson’s sterling reputation and drew envious stares and comments from fellow hunters upon arrival at camp.

A Filson bag is unmistakable. The heavy-gauge, bridle-leather straps, sturdy and shiny brass zippers and buttons, and thick, water-repellant canvas all exude masculinity and dependability. It can’t help but stand out from the nylon pack.

The weighty Mackinaw wool pants and dense guide sweater were a perfect early morning replacement for the warmth of a down sleeping bag. They turned the pre-dawn sit in the woods from one of endurance until the sun rose, to a comfortable enjoyment of the fall chill, welcoming that moment before sunrise when the air grows the coldest.

The Uplander Boots offered both stability and support through the days, the broad base leveling the uneven soil of a plowed field; the stiff, new leather gradually softening for its metamorphosis into a well-molded companion.

Unfortunately our outings did not produce the sought after trophy buck, but because of our gear, we relished the time outdoors nonetheless. For these and more “gifts that last,” visit

Photo by Andy Lee

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