This season we spent time in the field in the KUIU Guide Pants — a favorite for many big game hunters. Wanting to see for ourselves if these pants are all that they’re cracked up to be, we put them to the test.
By every measure, the KUIU Guide Pants were everything we hoped for. While KUIU identifies these pants as ideal for late season, cold weather hunts, we started wearing them in September in Montana. KUIU is known for lightweight technical apparel, and what often isn’t pointed out is that their late season gear is still often lightweight. Yes, midday was toasty in these pants, but they were ideal for mornings and evenings. Would I wear these pants in 80 or 90 degree weather? No, but that is in part because mountain hunting involves so much hiking. But sub-80, and they are a go-to.
The KUIU Guide Pants are water resistant and wind resistant, and they are also fairly quiet. The stretch material is great for range of motion and taking big steps, squatting, climbing, and so on. The material is also abrasion resistant. I felt good about trekking through brush and climbing around rocky terrain.
When it gets cold, you can throw a baselayer underneath these and handle some pretty cold temps. Note: We’ve found KUIU pants can be a little snug. We go a size larger than normal for a comfortable fit. Finally, two zippered pockets on each leg are a nice touch.
The KUIU Guide Pants come in even sizes 30 to 42 and in Valo, Verde, Vias, Ash, Carbon, Gunmetal, and Olive.
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