December 10th, 2012
Prois Extreme Jacket and Pants: Gear Review
Prois Field Staffer and Prois Award Winner Andrea Fisher
Andrea Fisher is on Prois’ elite Field Staff Team. She was the recipient of the 2011 Prois Award where she won the hunting trip described in this gear review.
By Andrea Fisher
My recent hunting trip to Alberta, Canada proved to be an extreme test of the Prois Xtreme jacket and pants combination! Zero degree Fahrenheit temperatures are certainly a test of ANY outerwear and Prois has really hit it out of the park with the design and features of these two pieces! I can only say I was SO happy to have this quality outerwear, because it kept me outside, hunting, in the treestand and in the blind, warm and comfortable for the duration of my hunt despite severe cold conditions!
Both the jacket and pants are very well constructed of a polyester waterproof and breathable fabric that was quiet, and offered protection from the wind, and insulated with 150 gram 3M Ultra Thinsulate that was perfect for the very cold conditions encountered on the hunt. Both jacket and pants are fully lined with the Prois smooth tricot lining. The jacket sleeves have deep inner knit cuffs that seal out the wind and the cold, and the pants have zippers on the lower legs to help when putting on or pulling off boots. Elastic drawstring closures at the bottom of the jacket could be cinched snug, sealing out the wind and cold, and the elastic drawstring closure at the waist of the pants keep the fit snug, keeping body warmth in. A slick added feature is the safety harness access at the neck of the jacket, allowing a safety harness to be worn under the jacket. The Prois ducktail on the back of the jacket came in very handy, allowing me to drop the tail to sit on, as the treestand seats had fresh snow almost every morning, and the extra layer kept me warm and dry! The jacket has several zippered front pockets, that perfectly held my camera and other small items, and the zippered side pockets are large and roomy. The hood has a drawstring for pulling it closer to the head, and the hood was warm and ample.
On most days, my jacket and pants were worn over my baselayer set of medium weight fleece, and a medium weight wool sweater. This worked well sitting in the treestand in temperatures of 20’s and low 30’s. However, the mercury really plunged and some mornings the temperature was zero degrees Fahrenheit, and I did make some changes to my layering strategy: I first put on a baselayer set of a silk top and bottoms, followed by the fleece baselayer, and wore my Prois fleece vest over my sweater. Then, followed by my jacket and pants. This worked well for me, and I was warm and comfortable sitting in a treestand or in a blind!
The Xtreme series is must-have gear for those hunting in extreme cold conditions! I absolutely LOVE mine and believe me, I will not be without it on a winter hunt! Thanks, Prois!!!!!