A Word From The Prois CEO- Cumbre Is Coming!

By: Kirstie Pike
CEO Prois Hunting & Field Apparel

When it comes to the highest functioning, best fitting hunting apparel for women, Próis is the top choice among avid female hunters.  Since day one, the company has remained steadfast in its commitment to creating technical apparel specifically designed to meet the performance needs of die-hard female hunters with no frills and all function — and a camo pattern that provides the best concealment advantage is no exception.  This is exactly why the company worked side-by-side with Veil® Camo on the design process to create an innovative pattern that provides optimal concealment, exclusively for women who hunt hard.

It has long been the vision of Prois to strategize with Veil to create a camouflage that is specific to women only.  It is our belief that female hunters do not need to be identified by pink, purple and turquoise accents and embroidery.  The Cumbre pattern was developed on these principles, to offer women their own, identifiable camouflage pattern that is scientific, effective and functional.  Welcome to the new frontier for female hunters- Veil-Cumbre camouflage with Prois.  For women, by women.

Prois has been heavily involved in the design process of the new Cumbre pattern, working closely with Veil® Camo to create a pattern with a diverse western landscape in mind, while also utilizing colorations that provide excellent concealment in all regions, and we’re proud to finally start sharing it with the industry.  We look forward to offering sub-licensing opportunities to our fellow manufacturers.

 

So, what makes Cumbre THE camouflage for women?

Veil-Cumbre contains both macro disruption and textural disruption strategies that come together in one of the most aggressive, high functioning and visually distinctive patterns available.  The color palette is a careful combination of tones pulled directly from the environment and used in a calculated balance that ensures maximum performance.  The blends of browns, grays greens and tans are carefully sunchronized to create disruption that works in open space as well as deep timber.  Cumbre stands for “above the rest”..and it is THE ideal camouflage for serious female hunters that demand a new level of performance from their concealment strategy.

For more information, visit www.proishunting.com

Prois Proudly Partners With Reel Camo Girl To Bring The Women’s Outdoor Industry Together!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 6, 2017

 

Poway, CA— Outdoor women’s brand ReelCamo Girl is pleased to announce a new partnership with Colorado based, woman owned and operated hunting gear company, Prois.

Prois has been the cornerstone of women’s technical hunting gear since 2008.  What sets Prois apart is their belief that women require performance outdoor gear for their hunting and field pursuits. They select only the top-rated performance fabrics to provide wind stopping, wicking, waterproofing, silence and thermoregulation. Additionally, all gear engineered is expressly for women and they maintain creative control in each and every piece manufactured.

Prois believes women hunt hard and deserve the gear to support their pursuits. ReelCamo Girl founder, Lauren Hill expressed excitement about the partnership. “ReelCamo Girl and Prois share similar goals—to elevate, enable and promote women who live and breathe the outdoor lifestyle,” said Lauren. “We are thrilled to partner with Prois. Outdoor women are looking for gear of the highest quality and Prois Hunting Apparel for Women is it!”

“Prois is very much looking forward to a partnership with ReelCamoGirl.  We feel we share very similar visions with ReelCamoGirl.  I truly believe this partnership will continue to pull the outdoor women together in a supportive and inspirational way.” – Kirstie Pike, CEO and self-proclaimed “Lord and Master”  Prois sells all of their gear directly to their customer, cutting out the middle man.  Check out www.proishunting.com.

ReelCamo Girl was launched in 2015 with the motto, “The Outdoor Life, Only Prettier.” It’s a  community of strong women who have a passion for the outdoors. www.reelcamogirl.com

Prois Teams Up With Raven’s Essentials To Offer All-Natural Backcountry Personal Care Products

Prois has teamed with another great local company, Raven’s Essentials, to offer our customers a plethora of natural personal care items.  These items are all handmade with all natural ingredients to nourish your body and your skin. Furthermore, Raven’s Essentials has launched a new line of Camo Face Paint that is perfect for women with sensitive skin or prone to breakouts.  Together, Prois and Raven’s Essentials have women covered for all of their hunting needs.

Raven’s Essentials was created out of the simple desire to provide pure and natural soaps.  Since its inception, Raven’s Essentials has expanded their offerings. These unique personal care products proved to be a perfect match for Prois.  “Finding quality products that are natural and scent free is a challenge. I loved the products the first time I used them.  They are non-greasy, odor-free and compact.  Perfect for the backcountry.” mentions Prois CEO, Kirstie Pike.  “I am pleased to be able to offer these products to our customers as I truly believe in the brand.”

DRIVEN All Natural Camo Face Paint from Raven’s Essentials is made with seed butter/ beeswax based blended with only natural plant derived oils and tinted with naturally derived inorganic pigments. The tinting provides excellent coverage and is gentle on your skin. It wipes off easily with just a towel. Perfect for the backcountry.

Raven’s Essentials is also excited to bring you Driven Caffeinated Lip Balm. Carefully formulated with the perfect combination of oils and beeswax to nourish and moisturize your lips, while providing long lasting protection without feeling either too waxy or oily. And did we mention CAFFEINE!? That’s right, a nice steady trickle of caffeine to
keep you alert and driven. You will want to reapply often, but not because you have to. No synthetic ingredients are used and are scented with only 100% pure essential oils.  If you are looking for a non-caffeinated lip balm we also carry Raven’s Essentials Lip Balms.

Another of our favorite Raven’s essential products are the Raven’s Essentials Lotion Bars.  Protect your skin from the elements with a hard lotion that is solid at room temperature and comes in a convenient metal tin. Created to nourish your skin with botanical butters, beeswax, olive oil, jojoba oil, coconut oil, hemp seed oil and rosehip seed oil; the beeswax leaves a gentle, protective coating on the skin and seals in the other ingredients for longer-lasting
absorption without leaving the skin feeling greasy or sticky and works as a natural barrier of protection from cold and wind.  These bars are perfect to keep in your hunting pack for instant moisture when your hands or skin gets dry.

Last but not lease Raven’s Essentials and Prois have teamed up to bring you Prois All Natural Liquid Castile Soaps. A cleansing and moisturizing soap in liquid form with a Coconut oil/Olive oil base. Hand crafted in small batches, so appearance may vary from batch to batch and separation is normal, just shake! Scented with 100% pure essential oils and free of synthetic ingredients: Gentle on your skin and safe for the environment.  These soaps are perfect for your multi-day backcountry adventures or for at home.

All Raven’s Essentials products are available on the Prois website at www.proishunting.com.  Add some to your shopping cart and give it a try!

Prois Partners With Balleck Outdoors To Offer Waterless Hygiene Products For YOUR Backcountry Pursuits!

Prois is pleased to announce our partnership with Balleck Outdoors. Balleck recently launched their Mossy Oak licensed, scent-free bath and body products for outdoors enthusiasts to be used without water. The new, dry bath and body line includes Dry Shower, Gunk Off and Wilderness Warmth.  Balleck products are NOW available on the Prois website at www.proishunting.com.

“The pairing between Prois and Balleck Outdoors makes perfect sense.  Prois has long been the leader in technical, performance hunting gear for women.  The combination of Prois products and Balleck waterless products gives the female hunter everything she needs for her backcountry experience.” States Kirstie Pike, CEO of Prois.  “We are excited to get these products in front of our customer base.”

Dry Shower let’s you freshen up and take a shower anywhere, no water required, with this new water-less, scent-free dry Balleck Waterless Productsshampoo, dry body soap and deodorant in one. The natural dry powder is blended to clean your hair and body, rinse-less. And it is a deodorant too. Suggested retail is $19.99.

Gunk Off water-less, rinse-less, and scent-free face, hand, and body wash makes it easy to wipe away sweat, dirt and grime. Just pour onto a wash cloth, paper towel, or cotton pad and wipe away the gunk. Gunk Off also easily removes make-up and camo face paint. It’s perfect for on-the-go cleaning and kids’ sticky hands. Suggested retail is $19.99.

Wilderness Warmth is a wader, boot, and glove drying and warming powder. Using founder Cammi Balleck’s naturopath background and knowledge of natural ingredients, this powder is designed to keep your extremities warm and dry anywhere. Suggested retail is $24.99.

Balleck is the only water-less, rinse-less and scent-free skin, hair, and body care line on the market made from natural, healthy, biodegradable, hygienic ingredients so you can be a happier camper. Balleck products are a must-have for people who camp, hunt or fish and cannot carry a lot of product. The Balleck mission is to help you stay clean, warm, and comfortable so you get outdoors and stay outdoors longer. Connect with Balleck on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

A Word From The CEO- Wait, What? There Is A Prois Outlet Store?!?

Prois CEO Kirstie Pike!By Kirstie Pike
CEO Prois

Hey Ladies!
If you are reading this, you clearly have a love for great gear designed expressly for women.  Prois has maintained the edge for women’s performance hunting gear for nine years and we aren’t ABOUT to stop.

So what does that mean, exactly?

Well…stop by our Outlet store at www.proishunting.com to check out our close out deals on items that we are closing out of our warehouse.  Many hunting garments, shooting garments, shirts and logo wear items that are soon to be replaced with some amazing new items.

So…gear up for your shooting endeavors, upcoming hunts or future big game hunts.  Some of our most popular items are now on clearance!  And…stay tuned for future sneak peeks at our brand new lines coming down the pipeline!

Go on…pick up some gear at great prices!

A Word From The CEO-  Wait, What?  There Is A Prois Outlet Store?!?

Prois Partners With Mountain Man Custom Calls for Elegant Glass Over Slate Turkey Call

Coming this week!

Prois is proud to announce our partnership with Bill Fleming of Mountain Man Custom Calls.  All Mountain Man Custom Calls are hand-made and hand-tuned. They offer very realistic sounding calls for hunting. They started with slate turkey calls. We experimented with various materials to match up the sound frequency’s that the actual wild turkey hears. After building numerous callsProis  Glass Over Slate Custom Call and field tests we developed a slate over glass sound board call that works. It is a call that gobblers respond to.  Now, the sky’s the limit and they offer a very wide variety of calls from turkey to duck to deer grunt to box calls.

“We were really interested in finding a custom call that was very effective that we could personalize with the Prois brand.”, states Prois CEO, Kirstie Pike.  “The Mountain Man calls fit that mold.  The calls are realistic, classic and of impeccable quality.  We are happy to have our logo on these beauties!”

Mountain Man Custom calls are just that…custom made.  Each call is hand made one by one on a lathe . Each call has 10 coats finish on it.  This classic glass over slate call is functional and beautiful.  Additionally, they are made in the USA.

The Prois Glass Over Slate Calls will be available on line this week.  However, here is a sneak peak!

 

Prois  Glass Over Slate Custom Call

Prois Hunting Apparel for Women Partner with the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation

Prois has long been deeply rooted in the conservation and management efforts aimed at our wildlife and public lands.  With ties to the Mule Deer Foundation, National Deer Alliance, Colorado Mule Deer Association, Wild Sheep Foundation and SCI, Prois puts conservation first.

This is why the current partnership between Prois and the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation is a perfect fit.  “The work done  by CSF with Congress, state governors and state legislatures has made huge advances in the hunting, shooting, angling and trapping arenas. “ Reports Kirstie Pike, CEO of Prois.  “We are excited  to work with CSF on upcoming events as well as help advance the role of women in terms of involvement in the outdoor industry and conservation efforts nationwide.”

The Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation has been involved with policy advances for Congressional Sportsmens Foundationsportsmen and women in Washington, DC, and across the nation for over 25 years.  Their work focuses not only on federal policies and initiatives, but on each and every state level.  They have been a key driving force in overseeing the future of public lands, fisheries and hunting/shooting in the United States and their work is absolutely necessary for future generations of hunters, anglers and shooters.

Additionally, the partnership offers a win-win opportunity for CSF.  “One of the important issues we work on at the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation is recruitment and retention of sportswomen. Prois develops technical gear that women need for their hunting pursuits, therefore expanding their opportunities to hunt,” said CSF President Jeff Crane. “We look forward to working with this specialty company on expanding the number of female hunters by providing them with the tools they need.”

You can keep up to date on federal legislative issues as well as issues in your state by linking to www.sportsmenslink.org.  Additionally, you can sign up to receive weekly updates from CSF via their website.

Prois is a Colorado based company and maintains the leading edge of women’s hunting and shooting gear and has for nine years. Prois is owned and operated by women. Check out their full line of gear from head to toe at www.proishunting.com.

For more information; contact Prois at 970-641-3355 or email info@proishunting.com.

A Word From The CEO…The Transition To A Direct Sales Model and Hunter S. Thompson

By:  Kirstie Pike
Prois Founder and CEO

It’s official.  We have transitioned into our direct sales model and have navigated this sales model now for over a year.

So how is it going?

All I can say is this…I wish I had made this move years earlier.  I honestly do.

As we ventured into this model change, we analyzed all foreseeable pros and cons.  We talked to other companies operating under the direct model.  We pulled all hands on deck and really discussed how this model would benefit Prois as a whole.  We made the decision and made yet another leap of faith.  That’s not to say it didn’t cause our blood to race a bit.

I am often asked what makes this model work so well for Prois, when other companies such as Robinson Outdoors are filing for bankruptcy.  Here it is in a nutshell…

  1.  Control over our inventory. This allows us to keep less inventory on hand.
  2. Control over customer service.  Prois offers spectacular customer service.  We stand solidly behind the company and our products.  While many retailers may offer good customer service, no one loves Prois as much as we do.  We will move heaven and earth to provide a good customer experience.
  3. Control over sales.  Often, a manufacturer can be bound to not running sales so as not to compete with their retailers.  This is tough for a manufacturer as we cannot capitalize on seasons, low cash flow periods or over stock.  Now we are free to move about the proverbial cabin.
  4. Control over pricing.  We are now only competing with ourselves.  Thus…our goal is to provide the best pricing possible for our customers.
  5. Knowledge of our customer base.  We now know who all of our end users are.  We can reach them.  Survey them.  Reward them.
  6. Improved profit margins.  There is no middle man.  There are no retailer co-op fees.  There are no chargebacks.  There are no high volume returns.
  7. No affiliate sales out the backdoors of retailers.  This means…retailers may from time to time place Prois on Ebay or Amazon to short sell it.  This was problematic not only for Prois, but for competing retailers as well.
  8. Reduced expense for sales support information, merchandising, etc…
  9. Reduced expense for dealer-based trade shows.
  10. We are able to remain nimble.  We can go where the market directs us rather than be pigeon-holed into one model.
  11. Grassroots.  We have blown up our grassroots efforts and this has been very beneficial.  And fun!  Getting face to face with our customers is so rewarding.  Many manufacturers never know who their end users are.  They don’t necessarily care either.  In my opinion…if you don’t know your end user, you don’t know your company.
  12. It allows this business to run on a smaller staff.  And by that, I mean in-house staff.  We have brought on 17 state coordinators who work remotely and work to bolster regional awareness and sales.

So with that, have there been any down sides to the changes we made in our sales  model?  The answer is very few.  When I look at the books and the overall fluctuations in the market, I am very pleased. Especially when it is a well known industry fact that the camo category has been very difficult for retailers over the last two years.

In the words of Hunter S. Thompson..’Anything that gets your blood racing is probably worth doing’
Amen to that.

 

A Word From The CEO- Things That Make You Say, “Huh.”

Kirstie Pike
CEO Prois

Now, I know that all of us at Prois have, well, very unique personalities.  Our office is ripe with oddities, inappropriateness and things I can’t really identify.  Over the years, we learned to pull the most offensive of these oddities out of the public eye because we may or may not have been responsible for some therapy sessions for a friend’s 11 year old son.  Additionally, we have to be cautious with new UPS delivery personnel until we can determine if they will turn me in to the Better Business Bureau.  (Fear not, within a week we have them trained to announce themselves as British royalty when they enter the building.  This is an especially fun game!)

I have become somewhat oblivious to the weirdness of this place as it is our ‘normal’.  Where I used to thrive in environments with rules, regulations and socially acceptable behavior, I now find that environment somewhat oppressive.  Ok, REALLY oppressive.  I feel that if an office does not have larping equipment, a human size Incrediball and a rabbit mascot who is losing his hair…then there couldn’t possibly be good employee morale.  We don’t even need to mention the benefits of a Pepsi machine rigged to dispense adult beverages.

HuhSo today I was walking into the bathroom and literally laughed out loud at the ridiculousness of our decor.  I have walked through this gilded door many a time, but today it struck me as funny.  Somewhere along the line I felt that Wonder Woman was perfect decor for the bathroom.  But why did I feel the need to put a clock in there?  Seriously?  I do like the way it compliments the Wonder Woman poster though.  I feel like it has a feng shui feel to it.  But then…the gargoyle at the door really TRULY makes a statement.  The fact that it was hung by Katherine Grand actually speaks volumes, but that indeed is a story for another day.