CHOOSING TROUSERS BASED ON YOUR ENVIRONMENT

It’s important to regularly focus in on your hunting style. You need to take into your account the various requirements of your sport. Freedom of movement, resistance, heat requirements... We’ll give you more of the low-down here.

RESISTANCE AGAINST VEGETATION

Do you enjoy woodland or woodcock hunting? If so, you know how often you come across aggressive vegetation. Brambles or spines will not exactly be your best friends if you’re not correctly equipped. So, it’s important to choose trousers which are resistant and reinforced in areas which are most exposed to vegetation.
This need for resistance is reduced in less aggressive environments, such as in field hunting, for example.
To resume, trousers have varying levels of resistance that need to be adapted in line with the environment they’ll be worn in.

How to choose your hunting trousers

WEATHER CONDITIONS

The weather will influence your choice of trousers

How to choose your hunting trousers

The temperature

First of all, the temperature Effectively, the start and end of the season don’t have the same requirements. This will also depend on your hunting style. In winter, for more sedentary hunting styles, such as hide hunting, heat requirements are more of a priority. So, we advise that you opt for, in cold weather (0°C), double-lined, quilted or fleece trousers to optimise heat conservation. In the opposite sense, in summer and for more active hunting styles, it would be better to choose a lightweight and breathable pair of trousers, which will enable for better sweat evacuation.

However, it should be noted that active hunting styles in cold weather are a little more complicated. Who said that cold weather means warm clothing? It’s not necessarily true! The ideal trousers for this type of sport are versatile trousers with sufficient breathability, with ventilation for example. This choice will enable you to avoid getting cold because of sweat which isn't evacuating correctly.

The rainy weather

In rainy weather, it is wise to wear appropriate trousers in order to stay dry and to be able to comfortable continue your activity. So, it’s necessary to opt for waterproof trousers. Waterproofing can be assured via various methods: via the main component of the trousers based on the weave structure, via a membrane, a lamination or a coating.
For slight humidity such as morning mist or drizzling rain or a short shower, you can opt for a water-repellent pair of trousers: water droplets slide off the trousers thanks to a fabric coating, but be careful as these products aren't waterproof as they only can take a small quantity of water.

How to choose your hunting trousers

MIMETISM REQUIREMENTS

Mimetism can be translated into two requirements: the need to blend into your environment using camouflage and the need to be as silent as possible.
You’ll find various camouflage patterns in the Solognac offering, from more basic, military-style variations (European camouflage) to more progressive patterns, such as the Furtiv pattern. You’ll also find realistic patterns depicting vegetation elements.

How to choose your hunting trousers

If you hunt large game with stalking, from a hide or hut, you’ll need to be as silent as possible. We recommend choosing trousers with a fabric that creates minimal noise, with natural fabrics or fabrics with scrubbed surfaces (soft-touch effect) being the best-adapted.

FREEDOM OF MOVEMENT

It is essential to feel comfortable and at ease as you move, particularly for active hunting styles such as tracking or woodcock hunting. These sports sometimes require you to venture through dense vegetation and to climb over obstacles.
Another element which requires freedom of movement: the distance. Effectively, over long walking distances, it is all the more important to feel at ease. This is why you’ll find trousers with stretch details on the inner legs.
A little tip: the stretch may also be found at the waistline, with an elasticated belt which can increase this feeling of free movement.

How to choose your hunting trousers

You should also pay special attention to the cut of your trousers. If you prefer wearing your boots underneath you trousers, make sure to consider opting for a pair with wider lower legs. For shoes, you can opt for a tighter pair of trousers, or even for a hunting trousers with hooks: these hooks allow you to adapt the trousers to your shoe size.

NUMBER OF POCKETS

We’re finally at the last hurdle (we mean, criteria): the pockets! The number of pockets may be a determining factor in your choice of trousers. Effectively, in order to be able to carry your small accessories, they are highly practical. Hand-rest pocket or side pockets... Make sure to select lined pockets if you hunt in dense vegetation. This will avoid you getting caught on things and damaging your trousers.

How to choose your hunting trousers

Eco-design

You’ll find the "eco-design" notion popping up increasingly on our fabric products.. We’ll leave you to discover what we mean in the article below.

How to choose your hunting trousers