Talking Technical! High Plains Brush Pants!

Kirstie Pike- Prois CEO

Kirstie Pike- Prois CEO

By:  Kirstie Pike
CEO Prois Hunting & Field Apparel for Women

 

 

 
The birding seasons are quickly approaching and it is definitely time to talk technical about our High Plains Brush Pants!

What makes them the perfect pants for your birding adventures?

Prois High Plains Brush Pants

Prois High Plains Brush Pants

  1.  Feminine fit.  We designed these pants to provide room through the hips, rear and thighs.  Additionally, we kept the rise high enough to avoid the downward creep in the back.
  2. Elastacized sides in the waistband to accommodate varying body types.
  3. Cam Straps at the waistline to tighten or loosen the pants.  Should this feature not be desirable, simply remove the straps and use a belt- belt loops are also included in the design of these pants.
  4. Cordura facings.  We brought the facings higher and decided to make the facings match the fabric to create a visually appealing field pants option.
  5. Cordura Scuff Pads.  Wear and tear at the interior cuffline of field pants is common.  We reinforced this area with additional cordura to eliminate wear and tear.
  6. Boot Zips.  We added 9 inch boot zips to reduce any difficulty donning and doffing field boots.  A great feature!

This product remains one of my favorite products we design.  They are functional and visually appealing.  They are available in khaki and Olive…sizes range from XS-XL.  Check them out!

 

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Feeling A Bit Sheepish…T Minus 28 days…but who’s counting?

By: Kirstie Pike- CEO Prois Hunting Apparel for Women

Kirstie Pike- Prois CEO

Kirstie Pike- Prois CEO

It’s crazy, but time is flying by but is also standing still as I am getting ready for my upcoming sheep hunt!  Is it weird that I stare at the calendar and mouth breathe?

28 days left.   Four weeks to be exact.  40,320 minutes to be more precise.

Preparation for this hunt has by far been the most work yet the most fun.  We have been working hard to prepare and I am really thankful to have this time as we have had great opportunity to evaluate our plans and make changes accordingly prior to the hunt.

Scouting.  We have spent every available weekend scouting the high country.  We are glassing and watching.  Glassing and watching.  Oh…and hiking.  Holy Mother of God are we hiking!  While this is country I have been in many different times, it has been a great experience looking at it from entirely different perspectives.  There really is a much different level of interest and excitement than I experience with elk and even deer hunting.  This is awesome.

Access Points.  Undoubtedly, sheep hunting is strenuous and intense.  The vertical climbs and terrain changes can be difficult and sometimes downright dangerous.  We have spent many hours identifying prospective access points for ascent.  While some vantage points may appear to be good routes, often times they are not as easy as they would seem.  After scouting numerous peaks, we are finally feeling good about our best ascent routes and options.  But then again, at 12,000 feet, nothing feels terrific and guppy breathing is pretty common. IMG_1186

Camp Sites.  We almost always choose to pack into remote camps via horseback for most of our hunting ventures.  We will be doing this again with this hunt as we are packing in eight miles deep.  However, for this particular hunt we have opted to have someone take the horses out for us as soon as we drop the packs.  The horses become a distraction we don’t particularly want to deal with during this hunt.  We will be hitting the ridges at 4:30 in the morning and most likely not returning until after dark.  While it doesn’t particularly excite me not to have a “get away car”, it will be much easier for us to concentrate on hunting.   We have identified a well-protected site with plenty of water that gets us a bit further up the peak.  Interestingly, last weekend we packed in and stayed where we had originally thought to place our camp.  While initially this camp seemed perfect, the access was much, much further and steeper than we had predicted.  Thankfully we spent that time in the camp prior to the hunt so we could really look at our options before we were committed on the hunt.

Gear Preparation.  We keep a very condensed collection of gear we use when we pack into the high country.  It has been very good to get out and spend time using all of it.  Through our camping excursions we have been able to discuss how to make our gear as minimal and efficient as possible.  While I thought we kept it all pretty minimal, we have found some great ways to make it even more so.  I have also had time to really evaluate what clothing I need to take.  I can truly reduce my needs by about half of what I had previously planned.  This is a huge space and weight savings.  By dialing down the optimal clothing systems, I have planned on the following for a week in the high country:

  1. Galleann Rain Pants
  2. Gallean Rain Jacket
  3. Archtach Down Jacket
  4. 1 x Ultra Pants
  5. 1 x Adventure Pants
  6. 2 x Merino long underwear
  7. 2 Merino long sleeve shirts
  8. 2 Merino tank tops
  9. 2 Merino sports bras/underwear
  10. Beanie/Neck Gaitor
  11. 3 x Incredisocks
  12. Kennetrek gaiters
  13. Zamberlan Vioz boots

So…as we get closer you will hear more of my incessant ramblings about counting days and counting sheep!  Have I mentioned it’s only 28 days away?
 

 

CLEAR YOUR FREEZER RECIPES! Vension Chili

By: Kirstie Pike- CEO Prois Hunting & Field Apparel for Women

It’s big game hunting preparation month at Prois.  As we started discussing content for this month, it occurred to me that one thing I was personally focusing on was clearing out some of the remnants from last years hunts.  Like most of you, we have devoured a good portion of our prime cuts of differing game.  When I open my freezer I see a metric ton of burger and a variety of odds and ends that I need to put to fast use.

With that…we will be offering up some great recipes to help you clear your freezer!  Some recipes will be our own, some will be tried and true recipes from others!  Feel free to contribute anytime at info@proishunting.com!

I tried this recipe for venison chile by Hank Shaw, who is easily the finest wild game chef.  Check him out sometime at http://honest-food.net/.  You will be hooked!

Venison Chili

Photo and Recipe Credit:  Hank Shaw – Hunter Angler Gardener Cook

Serves 8 to 10.

Prep Time: 1 hour

Cook Time: 3 hours

  • 1 pound pinto or black beans (optional)
  • 4 each, dried ancho, guajillo, pasilla, cascabel, mirasol or mulato chiles. ( I personally have very limited access to these where I live…so I use any sort of chiles that are available.)  Also…for me- pickled jalapenos add a nice flavor here too.
  • 1/2 pound Mexican chorizo or bacon. (We actually use venison chorizo which works nicely here!)
  • 2 to 3 pounds venison, ground or diced
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 6 to 8 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons sweet or smoked paprika
  • 2 tablespoons cumin
  • 1 tablespoon ground coriander
  • 1 tablespoon chipotle powder (optional)-  I have used ancho powder before and it blends nicely if you can’t get chipotle powder.
  • 2 or 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 cup of black coffee
  • 3 tablespoons molasses (The molasses adds a great flavor here!)
  • Beef or venison broth (have a quart ready)
  • At least 2 tablespoons salt
  • Cilantro and shredded cheese to garnish

 

  1. I personally use canned beans for this…but if you prefer dried beans soak beans in water overnight. If you have forgotten this, pour boiling water over them and soak for 4 hours, changing the water after 2 hours. Break up and seed the chiles and cover with boiling water. Let stand for an hour or so. Grind to a puree with the consistency of gravy, adding about 1 cup of the soaking water and the coffee to do so.
  2. Break up the chorizo or chop bacon and fry over medium heat in a Dutch oven or other large, lidded, oven-proof pot. Once the chorizo has browned or the bacon is crispy, remove it and set aside. Add the venison and brown over high heat. You want the highest heat on your most powerful burner here, because the meat will want to steam and stew and not brown. If you are doing a big pot of chili, brown the meat in batches. Stir occasionally as it browns. Salt it as it cooks.
  3. Once all the meat is ready, add the onion to the pot and cook for 4 minutes, stirring often. If you are using chorizo, return it to the pot; if you are using bacon, leave it out for now. Add the garlic, stir and cook for 1 minute. Add the beans, paprika, cumin, coriander, chipotle powder and salt one at a time, stirring to combine each time.
  4. Add chile puree and tomato paste and stir to combine well. Add the molasses and enough beef broth to cover everything – you want it to be thin like a soup. I typically need at least a pint of broth, sometimes a quart. Stir to combine all this well, bring to a bare simmer and cook gently for 3 hours or so, stirring occasionally. Put the lid halfway over the pot as it cooks. You want it to eventually cook down and be thick.
  5. Once the beans are tender, you’re good to go. If you are using canned beans, now’s the time to add them. Return the bacon to the chili if you’re using it. Serve the chili with rice or cornbread, and top with cilantro, cheese and maybe some pickled onions.

 

FROM HEAD TO TOE… PROIS® HAS GOT YOU COVERED

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Próis® Hunting Apparel Offers Accessories Better Suited for the Woman Hunter

Only a few months until another round of hunting seasons commence across North America. What does that mean? It’s time to start organizing your gear in anticipation. Old and worn out gear may need replacing, and now is the perfect time to do it. Próis offers a variety of hunting accessories made specifically for the woman hunter. And, let’s face it, who doesn’t love accessories?

A good hunting pack is the perfect place to start. Spending a little extra for a quality pack is a must. For something that won’t wear out after one season, try Badlands brand packs. The Badlands Kali Day Pack was designed to fit the physiological differences between men and women. This includes a shorter torso, more contoured shoulder straps, and a waist belt which is angled to fit the natural curvature of a woman’s hips. The center of gravity is positioned to enhance the balance point of the fairer sex as well. These packs accommodate a bow or rifle and are built with plenty of pockets for better organization of gear.

Ideally, you will be packing out some delicious wild game at the end of your hunt, so coming prepared with game bags is a good idea. Próis carries Caribou Gear Game Bags, which are reusable, ultra durable, and easy to clean. These bags come in two different sizes, made specifically for the species you plan to hunt. Caribou game bags are made with synthetic materials that are stretch, snag, and tear resistant.

Possibly one of the most important accessories for hunting the backcountry is a reliable pair of boots that will last through multiple seasons. Your feet deserve the best and Próis delivers, featuring women-specific boots which are each built for comfort, durability, and functionality. All available through the Próis website, you can choose from three different brands and multiple styles: Grub’s, Kenetrek, and Zamberlan.

As mentioned before, if your feet aren’t happy, you quite literally will not get very far. Pair your boots with the ever-so heavenly Incrediwear Incredisocks. Built for speed, performance and sustainability, Incredisocks possess a versatile combination of chic fashion coupled with extreme comfort and the healthful features you have come to expect from Incrediwear. Made from bamboo charcoal, the sleek designs only confirm Incrediwear’s commitment to perfection. What can we say? These socks are incredible.

Find all of these items and more at www.proishunting.com.

Próis was created for women, by women who refuse to settle for downsized men’s gear or upsized children’s gear. Each garment is created with the most technologically advanced fabrics available and a host of advanced features to provide comfort, silence and durability. The company’s out-of-the-box thinking has resulted in amazing designs for serious hunters that have taken the industry by storm and raised the bar for women’s outdoor apparel.

To learn more about the company’s innovative line of serious, high-performance huntwear for real women, contact: Próis® Hunting and Field Apparel, 28001-B US Highway 50, Gunnison, CO 81230 · (970) 641-3355 · Or visit: www.proishunting.com

A Word From the CEO- It Is Officially The Hunting Doldrums

IMG_7545By:  Kirstie Pike- CEO & Founder Prois Hunting Apparel

The doldrums.

I was recently putting away all of my gear and equipment from turkey season when it came to me.  This time of year is officially the Doldrums for hunters.

Typically, as I offload my packs and gear at the end of one particular hunting season, I am simultaneously repacking and organizing for the next hunt which is never far behind.  I am changing calls, optics and essentials.  I am switching out from shotgun to rifle to bow.  I am packing licenses, ONYXmaps and whatever else I need.

But it is the Doldrums and my pack (named Packpack) sits empty and withered in my closet. When I open the door Packpack makes me feel guilty. He just stares at me with a big, frowning zipper.  But it’s not just that.  Here are some additional signs that I am drifting about in the hunting Doldrums.

  • I log onto the Colorado Parks and Wildlife website weekly to see when the small game regulation brochure comes out.  Something has to be in season soon.
  • I drive past all of my duck hunting honey holes every day.  I find myself counting ducks, looking at the terrain and quietly letting all waterfowl know that they will be mine.
  • I slow down to count geese.  Oh man…there are geese.  Lots of geese.  They will be mine.
  • I may have logged on to see when the 2016 waterfowl dates are.  Still.  Not.  Posted.
  • I begin irrationally hoarding all wildgame in the freezer.
  • I have already purchased my turkey loads for fall.  I wasn’t a boy scout, but I like preparation.
  • My husband won’t acknowledge my repeated requests to go scouting.  Something about no access yet.  Pish.  Whatever.
  • I have rearranged the fall hunting licenses on the bulletin board by dates and alphabetical order.
  • I went to the close out sale at Sports Authority for shorts.  Didn’t buy shorts but did buy two new pairs of hunting gloves.
  • When I pull out of the garage, I promise Lola (my bow) that I will pay more attention to her soon.  It’s not her.  It’s me.
  • I sit on the deck with a glass of wine and find myself ranging objects on the ranch.
  • I can neither confirm nor deny I have investigated the weather patterns and precipitation for the last three years for the dates of my sheep hunt.  Don’t judge.
  • I may or may not have mentally rearranged the house for potential incoming mounts.
  • I have entered all posted hunting seasons in various states into my calendar.  You never know.

So there it is.  I have been cast adrift in the hunting doldrums and am impatiently waiting for the winds to change.  It seems I will continue to mouth breathe my way into fall and continue my ever increasing Doldrum activities until that time.  Until then…

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Hunting Doldrums

Talking Technical… Sojourn Safari Hoodie

MiaEnstromIn honor of all things SAFARI at Prois this month, we’d like to go a little more in depth about one of our favorite shirts, the Sojourn Safari Hoodie. Not only is it the perfect addition to your duffel when heading to the Dark Continent, this hoodie is also fantastic for activities such as hiking or preseason scouting trips. Let’s touch base on the properties that make the Sojourn so heavenly:

1. Polyester/spandex fabric. Known for being extremely durable, quick to dry, and moisture wicking. These fabrics are very pliable and resilient, making them perfectly capable of withstanding the strenuous activity of a hunter’s lifestyle.

2. Antimicrobial properties. These help to destroy and inhibit the growth of microorganisms, such as bacteria and fungi. Bacteria and fungi cause odor, and odor is down right bad for hunting… What more can we say? Screen Shot 2016-06-03 at 1.14.13 PM

3. UV Protection. A tighter weave makes it more difficult for sun to pass through the fabric, which makes the Sojourn hoodie the perfect garment for spending an extended amount of time in the outdoors.

4. The power of the hood. Let’s face it, a hood makes anyone feel more powerful. It also offers protection from sun and wind.

5. SALE SALE SALE!!! The Sojourn hoodie is… wait for it… on sale for $65.00 through the month of June, so you better strike while the iron’s hot!

Click here to view all our current sale items!

PRÓIS® HUNTING APPAREL PARTNERS WITH goHUNT.COM

Join goHUNT INSIDER and Get $50 in Prois® Gear

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Prois Hunting Apparel recently joined forces with the popular internet-based company, goHUNT.com, which is a digital platform and community built for Western hunters. The two companies have teamed up to offer Prois gear with the purchase of a goHUNT INSIDER membership. As both companies cater in large part to the Western hunter, the partnership was a natural fit.

goHUNT INSIDER is the industry leader for everything Western Hunting. Their tools, like Filtering 2.0, are completely changing how hunts are found. Customizable filters make it easy to instantly find opportunity hunts and trophy hunts. Join goHUNT INSIDER and redeem your $50 Prois Gift Card by going to http://www.goHUNT.com/INSIDER and use promo code “PROIS” at checkout. To learn more about goHUNT INSIDER click here.

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Learn more about this incredible offer by going to: http://www.goHUNT.com/prois.

Próis was created for women, by women who refuse to settle for downsized men’s gear or upsized children’s gear. Each garment is created with the most technologically advanced fabrics available and a host of advanced features to provide comfort, silence and durability. The company’s out-of-the-box thinking has resulted in amazing designs for serious hunters that have taken the industry by storm and raised the bar for women’s outdoor apparel.

To learn more about the company’s innovative line of serious, high-performance huntwear for real women, contact: Próis Hunting and Field Apparel, 28001-B US Highway 50, Gunnison, CO 81230 · (970) 641-3355 · Or visit: www.proishunting.com

Talking Technical…Why the Shoulder-EEZ Recoil Pads Are The Choice of Prois

By Kirstie Pike, CEO Prois Hunting & Field Apparel for Women

It is all things shooting at Prois Hunting & Field Apparel for Women for the month of May.  In light of that, we figured it was time to talk technical!

Prois not only carries products of our own, we sell products that we find tried and true.  We love the Shoulder EEZ recoil pads.  Here’s why…

  1.  The product comes in a rectangular sheet that can be cut to adapt to any vest or jacket pocketing system.  We find it to be the perfect match for our Competitor Shooting Vest as the Shoulder EEZ can be cut to fit one or both of the internal recoil pockets designed in the vest.
  2. It is made with Sorbothane®.   Sorbothane® is a proprietary, visco-elastic polymer. Visco-elastic means that a material exhibits properties of both liquids (viscous solutions) and solids (elastic materials). Sorbothane combines shock absorption, good memory, vibration damping characteristics and vibration isolation. In addition, Sorbothane is a very effective acoustic damper and absorber. While many materials exhibit one of these characteristics, Sorbothane combines all of them in a stable material with long fatigue life.
  3. KickEEZ are proundly manufactured in the U.S.A- which we love.

While we have tried many recoil pads, we come back to the Shoulder EEZ product as it wears well and holds up to the abuse it takes at the range.  The supreme product combined with its ease of use makes it the best in our opinion.

You can purchase Shoulder EEZ pads at  http://www.proishunting.com/shop/accessories-hats/shoulder-eez-recoil-pad/!  And did we mention they are on sale for $25 for the month of May?

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MAKE YOUR MARK THIS SEASON AT THE SHOOTING RANGE

Try Próis® Hunting Apparel For Gear That’s Always on Target

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It’s that time of year again and the shooting range is calling your name. Whether you prefer 3-d archery or the sporting clay course, Próis has got you covered. The women’s only hunting apparel company offers some of the most technologically advanced hunting and shooting garments in the industry. Take a closer look at staff favorites for a day at the range.

The moment you don the Artemis Competitive shooting shirt, you will look and feel like a champion. This shirt is perfectly breathable and great for summer days spent busting clays or drilling bullseyes. Made with moisture wicking poly/spandex fabric, you need not worry about overheating in your gear. With a sleek design, not only will you shoot great, you will look and feel great also. Unlike most in its category, the Artemis comes with a lumbar pocket for stowing extra gear. The Artemis shirt is available in black and white or red and white and comes in sizes XS to XL.

Combine the Artemis shirt with a pair of pants that match its sleek design. Made with 94% nylon and 6% spandex, the Adventure pants are the perfect candidate for any spring or summer activity in the outdoors. Extremely lightweight and breathable fabric makes these pants a must have for range days when temperatures are less than ideal. With ample room through the rear, hips, and thighs, the Adventure pants allow for plenty of movement, making any strenuous activity a breeze. Pant sizes range from XS to XXL and come in colors Stone and Olive.

A functional shooting vest is a necessity on the range. Próis has constructed one of the only women’s specific shooting vests on the market today. The Competitor Shooter’s Vest is made with all of the functions you need and a fit you will love. A feminine cut reduces bulk, ensuring you look good and shoot even better. Bilateral shoulder padding accommodates left and right-handed shooters and internal pockets accommodate gel packs. With two front expandable cargo pockets and a rear mesh pouch, this vest offers plenty of room for shells, hearing protection, and glasses. What’s even more, should you decide you don’t need the entire vest, it unzips at the waist to convert to a shooting apron. The Competitor Shooter’s vest comes in colors Black and Khaki and sizes XS to XL.

Find all of these items on sale now at www.proishunting.com. For additional information or questions about gear, call the Próis office at (970) 641-3355.

Próis was created for women, by women who refuse to settle for downsized men’s gear or upsized children’s gear. Each garment is created with the most technologically advanced fabrics available and a host of advanced features to provide comfort, silence and durability. The company’s out-of-the-box thinking has resulted in amazing designs for serious hunters that have taken the industry by storm and raised the bar for women’s outdoor apparel.

To learn more about the company’s innovative line of serious, high-performance huntwear for real women, contact: Próis Hunting and Field Apparel, 28001-B US Highway 50, Gunnison, CO 81230 · (970) 641-3355 · Or visit: www.proishunting.com