I was laying out a development line list of ne...

I was laying out a development line list of new products for KUIU and it dawned on me; I was really doing this backwards.  Why should I develop a product line that I think and hope and guess you want and need?

We have the most passionate and opinionated group of mountain hunters in the world on this blog. Why don’t we all work together to develop the new KUIU product line? With your help and input this will be the best mountain hunting line ever created.

I will enjoy taking you through the entire process. From developing a line list to design, sampling, prototyping and testing the new products. This will give you complete insight to how this process works and what goes into creating a product. 

Below I have outlined the development process.

  1. To begin, we will develop a line list.
  2. Then we will decide what our end goal is for these styles listed.  Weight, warmth, durability, range of motion, noise, function……etc.
  3. These requirements will help us to decide fabrics, construction, factory choices, trims, zippers….etc.
  4. You will help me decide how we want it designed including pockets, zippers, seams, fit and features.
  5. Create a color pallet and camouflage choice.
  6. Finalize the design, fabrics & trims.
  7. Prototyped the product.
  8. Test the products. Several of you will become prototype testers.
  9. The reviews and comments from testing will drive changes next round of prototyping.
  10. Prototyping
  11. Testing (if needed more rounds of prototyping and testing)
  12. Trims, fabrics, colors finalized
  13. Factory order placed.
  14. Product delivery.

I guarantee you will enjoy developing a product you get to take hunting.  List 3 to 5 products you would like KUIU to design?  Please list these below in the comments. Please have your comment posted by Wednesday December 13th.

I will create a spreadsheet of all the product recommendations to review in the next post.

I look forward to working with you all on this product line and thank you in advance for your help.

Jason

****Blog subscribers will be able to pre-order at anytime along the develop process so they get the 1st products when the arrive from the factory.

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  1. Stephen Stidham Reply

    I would like to see a KUIU chest pouch that would hold items, such as Binos, range finder, camera.

    • Eric Reply

      Other camo options. Like the open patterns but need something to fit better with early elk, whitetail and spring turkey.

      • Jason Hairston Reply

        Eric,

        It sounds like a pattern that has more green tones to it?

        Jason

    • Jason Hairston Reply

      Well noted Stephen. Thank you for taking the time to comment.

      Jason

  2. Brad Larsen Reply

    Product 1: A light backpack – daypack. Most of the time while hunting, especially bow hunting for elk – we are working out of camp on a daily basis. You need a super light, quiet pack you can throw water, a snack, a poncho liner, a headlamp, and a jacket into and “move out and draw fire”. One requirement is size – maybe 1500 to 1800 cubic inches. Second – no waist straps. I know, a lot of backpack makers want waist straps. But, a lot of guys are leaning towards carrying a side arm while bowhunting – especially in the Northern Rockies where wolves and bears exist. Keeping the waistline free from backpack straps is ideal, and gives more freedom of movement. The pack should not be designed for meat hauling and needs to be quiet – which is near the first requirement! Jacket straps on the sides and bottoms, an internal water bladder pouch, a couple of external pockets – and BOOM – you have a kick butt KUIU pack that is ideal for all day excursions.
    Product 2: Merino wool shirts with no zippers. Just crew neck style. Also, incorporating thumb holes such as the firstlite series would be a good idea. Just offer something without zippers and the extra material around the neck that may be un-necessary for a first layer medium to warm weather shirt. If it gets colder, throw the 250 zippered top over that and you are good to go!
    Product 3: A better belt. The one you have now is not my favorite design. Nice round edges, but the method of securing the belt is not there. Many years of wearing military belts has taught me they often slip if they aren’t designed right. A great alternative would be a heavier designed leather belt – Kuiu pattern of course!
    Product 4: Light gloves – I mean really light – near the level of baseball batting gloves or shooting gloves. Bowhunter focused, these gloves should have super feel and grip – and be in a KUIU pattern.

    • David Casaceli Reply

      I like the “shooter glove” idea. I wear a pair of summer mountain biking gloves currently. I liked the sitka ones but they didn’t fit my lanky fingers.

      • Jason Hairston Reply

        Noted David. Thanks,

        J

    • Joe Reply

      I specifically like the belt idea, However, make the belt about 1/8″ shy of the width of the loops…nothing torks me worse than to have a small belt in big loops…it doesnt hold a holster well because there is no resistance from the pant….

    • Jason Hairston Reply

      Great comment Brad. Well noted on the pack design and needing to be silent quiet. Noted on the crew merino shirts as well. I agree with you. Our belt is totally secure if you run the webbing correctly through it and back through it. Have you tried ours? I get the glove comment and they are noted.

      J

    • John Reply

      I second the daypack idea and specs. Straps should be thin and flat so they don’t interfere with mounting a rifle.

  3. James Johnson Reply

    I hunt in South Carolina and the weather can get very hot. I would love to see a pair of hot weather pants and shirt. As a bow hunter my top priority would be for both to be quiet. I do not want any extra features like cargo pockets. I believe leaving all the extras out would keep the weight down which I know is very important to you. I also would like to see these in the vias camo pattern. I hate when companies keep changing their patterns. It takes a long time to build up a camo hunting system and I like to match all my gear. I do not want the legs tapered. I would prefer them to be boot cut.

    A camo trucker hat would be a nice hot weather addition as well. I would certainly love to be on that test list if you need someone to test products from a very hot weather part of the country.

    • Jason Hairston Reply

      Well noted on the hot weather gear James. I have the same challenges here in California during our July Blacktail season.

  4. Brian Archer Reply

    I have two suggestions for you. I really like the looks of the Vias camo, (but admittedly have not yet had the opportunity to try it out for myself). It looks perfect for what it was designed for – mountain hunting. Any chance of offering the Vias camo with different color patterns (a hardwoods color scheme for example).

    Second – boot/pant gaiters – I’d go for those!

    Third (okay, I guess I have three) – a warm facemask.

    Thanks for the opportunity!

    • Jason Hairston Reply

      Thanks Brian. Well noted.

  5. Brandon Reply

    I would like to see kuiu make a pack for day use like a 2000 ci and smaller that would be nice.

    • Jason Hairston Reply

      Thanks Brandon. I believe this is going to a popular request.

      J

  6. Rod Heidemann Reply

    Wool or fleece hoody
    Bibs for stand hunting
    Merino wool gloves

    • Jason Hairston Reply

      Thanks Rod for taking the time to comment.

      Jason

  7. Matthew Hefner Reply

    A more variety in jackets for treestand hunters for when sitting still for hours in colder temp’s would be nice. And maybe adding some color pallet choices for treestand hunters.

    Thanks abunch for making awesome gear and listening to what hunters actually want!! Keep it up!!

    • John Cote Reply

      My hunting (testing) ground is the Canadian Rockies. This year in Alberta we saw +25 to -25C but mostly dry conditions. So versatilityis one of my key requirements. I would like to see…
      1 A very light daypack. Like the first post I hunt from a base camp. I use a Go-Lite pack in the 1 pound range. Some of the manufacturers make removable waist belts and that would be worth considering.
      2 A mid-weight merino hoody. Thumb holes for sure.
      3 I think you’re on the right track with gaiters, although I can’t see how anyone could wear out several pair of O.R. “crocs” a year. This year I found some 1 pound hip waders. For trips that involve deeper stream/river crossings they’ve been an awesome find. They slip on over whatever I’m wearing.

      • B Moore Reply

        I like the merino hoody with Thumbholes… I’d definitely buy one of those!

      • Jason Hairston Reply

        Thanks John. Some of the guides we work with go through two to three pairs as season!

        J

      • Mathew D’Ath Reply

        As a professional hunting guide I can kill a pair or three no problem

    • Jason Hairston Reply

      Noted Matt. Thanks for the comment.

      J

  8. todd Reply

    1.) Guide pant with functional rear and cargo pockets (similar to 2007 90%). Leg zippers are a plus.
    2.) Primaloft bibs/pants (If pant then tall back, I mean it’s cold right, i just pulled out the insluation )
    3.) Glove that accept a liner type glove.

    • Jason Hairston Reply

      Thanks Todd!

      J

      • David Reply

        I’d like to see an old school wool pullover with a kangaroo pocket with some wind proof type liner. I think it’d be awesome to wear at camp at night, glassing, tree stand hunters and traditional bowhunters would all love it!

    • Dave Reply

      I second the primaloft pants.

  9. Doug Stratichuk Reply

    Pirmaloft lightweight sleeping bag
    Attack pants with removable knee pads
    A heavier guide jacket with chest pockets for late season moose hunting
    Layered glove system, wool inner

    • customarchery Reply

      I am very much in agreement with the idea of knee pads (I really like the Crye Precision articulated knee pads) these would be great on a lightweight kit for warm weather hunting.

    • Jason Hairston Reply

      Thanks Doug. Well noted. I am with you on the sleeping bag.
      J

  10. Doug Campbell Reply

    This should be interesting, looking forward to following along… I’ll have to think about it a while but first suggestion would be everything has to be quiet, quiet, and quiet. ;{) Thanks

    • Jason Hairston Reply

      I look forward to hearing from you Doug.

      J

  11. Matt Westbrook Reply

    1 bino cover…..
    2 like idea of smaller day pack for quick hikes and day hunts or even to take to stand. (maybe a scabbard to hold large scopes with tall turrets also)
    3 i could go for a guide pant
    4 bibs……dont know if you want to get into this area, but like another said, stand hunting and maybe archery.
    5 not really an item, but a suggestion i know you have heard in the past……Tall sizes please.

    thanks

  12. benjie Reply

    Late Season Jacket- could be same face fabric, cut and design as the guide, just beef up the windstopper and add some insulation.

    Guide Pants- same fabric type was the jacket but in a pants, simple design 2 cargo pockets

    Add an external chest pocket to the chugach jacket. I didnt buy one b/c of that. i got buy without any pockets on the chugach pant i just keep them zipped open and reach in but at least a chest pocket and maybe a bicep pocket would be a huge plus for me.

    liner insulating gloves. i think everyone needs a few pairs of these, something to add under the guide glove to keep us southern boys hands warm when out in the snow. i personally cant have enough gloves.

    im sure its been mentioned but a crew light weight merino shirt

  13. Jason Hassler Reply

    I would like to see a pant version of the Spindrift jacket. I would need other peoples input on prefer style of outer garment or layering garment. My personal preference would be to have it designed as outer garment. in the idea that it’s to be used in a ultralight mobile environment. Something that you can pack/compress very small, then pull it out when stationary and put on easily over your clothes. Then when you begin to move again, easily take it off and store it till the next time your Sedentary. 2 outside pockets would be nice, to hold a few things or cover your hands while your not moving, but at the expense of ultralight or compressibility not worth the compromise. Both a camo version and solid color would be my proposal, I am a big fan of the solid colors allowing for double duty for hunting and other none camo needed outdoor gear activities.

  14. David Casaceli Reply

    Jason,

    Great idea, and I look forward to working through on the entire process. Sounds like a great task for the off-season to keep my mind in the right place, should make it easier to keep up the motivation for fitness when I’m talking gear with you week in and week out! I am assuming that we are looking for new ideas only, not redesins or enhancements of the existing line. With that said I’ll continue. My product suggestion list in no particular order is as follows:

    Bino pouch/harness. I have long thought it would be fairly easy to make one of these that was not only functional on its own, that’s been done, but that could detach from the harness and attach to your pack soulder straps. Why wear two sets of straps when moving with a pack and binos?

    I don’t know how well the spindrift sold for you, but a spindrift vest is an idea. It is an option that the outdoor manufacturers have always had, I assume if it has a market for climbers and skiers, it probably has a market for hunters.

    Keep working on the gaitors, I think your designs their from what I’ve seen will be great sellers, especially in the great white (wet and nasty) north.

    I look forward to going on the journey with you and the team Jason. Thanks for getting the crowd on board, those products of your that I own, I love. And look forward to owning more of them as the money allows!

    Dave

  15. Jason McMillan Reply

    1. Small day pack (very light in the 1500ci range) in Vias Camo. I agree with Brad’s comment earlier about leaving out the waiststraps.
    2. Light warm weather gloves
    3. light base layer with no zipper (crew or mock neck)
    4. light facemask

    I bowhunt in SC and it is hot and muggy on opening day (Aug 15th) so the warm weather clothing idea listed earlier is a good idea as well.

    • customarchery Reply

      Ditto on all of Jason’s suggestions.

      The neck gaitor is great, but it is uncomfortable for long periods of time, so a facemask would be ideal.

      I think an idea for the light daypack would be to make the waist strap removable. I for one, like to have options.

  16. Richard Reply

    I’d like to see a few things:
    First, a ball cap with an easy one hand adjustment for size. I usually wear a knit cap under a ball cap in the winter when it’s cold. When I’m climbing I take off the knit cap and wear the ball cap. It’s a pain in the ass to adjust a regular cap all the time. What I do is replace the back adjustment strap with shock cord and a cord lock This gives one-hand adjustment like on a hood. The cap doesn’t need to be waterproof, because if it’s raining I just put up my hood.

    Second, a synthetic hoody like the Patagonia R1 hoody. Use a deep zipper for venting. Keep the thinner fabric on the cuffs and waist. Make it in neutral colors and keep the price reasonable. This is a truly great piece of gear. Greater than the sum of its’ parts.

    Third: An ultralight windbreaker with a good hood and DWR coating. Keep it breathable and under 6 ounces, and small enough to disappear in a day pack. It doesn’t have to be bombproof.

  17. Orion Kingman Reply

    1. Hot weather pant (think CA A&B zone archery hunting)
    2. Kuiu cap in Blaze Orange
    3. I’ll second Brad with the request for a 150-185grm Merino crew neck shirt, zipper free (again, hot weather)
    4. 185 gram boxer-jock.

    • customarchery Reply

      Lke the idea of the blaze orange…maybe a reversible hat?

      A t-shirt (very lightweight longsleeve). Not in that terrible synthetic material that smells for life, but in the merino.

  18. Lee Reply

    1. I would like to see a Chest Rig for Bino’s, Misc small items.
    2. A warm weather glove (Material used for bennie?) Lightweight for Bowhunting
    3. Medium/Small Gear Pouches/Bags (First Aid kit, Gps, Camera etc..) Almost like Admin pouches to help organize small misc gear then you can throw in pack.
    4. Maybe a daypack or buttpack.
    5. Facemask that can be rolled up into a bennie.
    6. Better belt (Military style riggers belt)

    Love the current line of gear, the VIAS pattern is the perfect camo for me and where I hunt. I look forward to the 2012 line.

    Keep up the great work guys!

  19. Matt Reply

    Jason,

    1) a Spindrift Parka with a hood and a bit longer in overall length. Perhaps a Spindrift Pant as well.

    2) A merino balaclava (185 weight)

    3) A work pant. Attack design with a little more burly fabric. Used for times when weight was not as critical and durability is the greater concern.

    4) Re-vamped Guide Glove. I did not find them comfortable as the inside seams were rough. ?? Overall design was good, perhaps a tweak to the assembly process. ??

    If your focus is backpack hunting you pretty much got that nailed. : )

    Best of luck for 2012. Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas!

    Matt

  20. Lee Reply

    One more thing to add 🙂

    A tarp would be nice or even a tipi style tent .
    Lets brings the Mountain Hunting gear full circle 🙂

    • Danny Reply

      I think a tipi and stove to compete with kifaru would be great.

  21. Aaron Hartzell Reply

    There are several things that I would love to see KUIU make that currently no other manufacturer does. The first is to come out with a line of hunting gear for us tall hunters. As of right now there is not a manufacturer out there that makes an inseam longer than 36 and most only go up to a 34. That is good for alot of guys but some of us have a 38 inch inseam and I am tired of my lower leg being exposed when I sit down. The same thing goes for sleeves on shirts.
    The second thing that I would like to see is a pant that is made for the scrub country here in AZ that we hunt. Most of the technical hunting clothes on the market are made for the mountains up north where you are not busting through brush to get to your destination. With the catclaw, manzanita, and such that we have down here most of technical pants just don’t stand up to the wear and tear that they receive hunting in alot of the places I hunt. I would be interested in a technical pant that is made a little sturdier to handle busting brush.
    I am sure there are other things but those are highest on the priority. Right now I am stuck buying military ACU’s in cotton ripstop because they are the only thing I can get in a longer inseam.

    Aaron Hartzell

  22. Mike P Reply

    1. Quiet/super light 2000 cubic inch pack. Made for run and gun elk and deer hunting. There’s lots of leightweight racing packs around but none are quiet enough for getting in close, build it out of the guide jacket material with an internal carbon frame for a bit of support. Must have a hip belt but maybe make it removable for guys that don’t want it on there

    2. Lightweight tripod- with a simple yet friction free head (ball and socket since fluid heads are heavy)

    3. Lightweight buck saw- a lighter version of a Wyoming saw

    4. Spotting layer- a pullover/zip up down or primaloft shell for slipping on when sitting and spotting. The spindrift is great but when we get into late October and November here it gets cold and there’s a need for a heavier weight insulating layer. If it can be wind proof that would be a huge bonus 🙂

    Cheers,

    Mike P

  23. Mike Reply

    Jason,

    Stick with VIAS Camo! I’d love to see a porkpie hat similar to a Filson Mackinaw hat, something with a full, soft brim all around, in the Guide fabric. You get some rain protection, a soft brim for no bowstring interference, and it puts your face and eyes in shadow for extra concealment.

    I’d like to see an insulated, packable vest. Maybe something like a Spindrift. This vest in conjunction with a Spindrift would be REALLY warm, without bulking up the sleeves inside your Guide jacket. It would be nice to pack into a pocket for those times when you get a chill. In VIAS of course. The Guide vest seems like no enough insulation for the weight for what I’m thinking.

    A small daypack that could fit a snowpeak summit set, a 1L bottle, a poncho (a VIAS Poncho!?! Brilliant!) and liner, survival kit, and some food would be perfect. Something the size of a Mountainsmith Day, but with shoulder straps. As a matter of fact, just put a Mountainsmith Day in a quiet fabric and you’d have a perfect light pack.

    A poncho in VIAS camo that is sized to fit army surplus poncho liners. There are light after-market liners out there that could be used in conjunction with the poncho to form an extra layer, and an expedient overnight shelter for those times when we can’t get back to camp.

    Keep up the good work.
    Take care,

    Mike

  24. Quinn Smethurst Reply

    First generation kit is excellent top to bottom in my opinion. This season i hunted from the wide open(sage/native grass) extremaly windy conditions of southern Alberta, through Canmores rugged, brutally cold sheep country. I also hunt out of a tree stand… a lot. That being said i hope Vias is here to stay.
    Mountain Hunts- a glassing mitt. this mitt would be go on over your guide gloves and would be insulated and water proof possible made of shoeller. great for glassing hrs on end tucked in the rocks.Spindrift pants- a low profile insulated pant woren on colder mountain hunts. you could also sleep in them in extreme conditions. They would also work well in the tree stand under bibs.A heavier Jacket with a HOOD possible down, again for laying glassing
    for extended periods of time. or just a good warm jacket for around camp it can also be used as a pillow, compressable. Gotta run

  25. Adam Takacs Reply

    1) Insulated jacket and bib for cold weather hunts, or sitting in a tree for many hours.
    2) Glove with removable liner.
    3) Smaller pack for everyday use.

  26. Derrick Poet Reply

    Don’t change line up for stand hunters keep it light weight mountain gear, add a stand hunter line if need be. Add zippers to front of guide jacket to access pockets in guide vest when layering (favorite option in my 1st 90% jacket).

  27. Dave Reply

    I second the chest bino pack and daypack ideas. Please let us know soon which ones you choose to embark on as I’m in the market for both and will hold off buying until I see what you come up with.

  28. 260fan Reply

    1. Light weight cammo pattern but orange color vest sized to go on the outside of KUIU system. Just the basic pockets and made out of a quiet material that doesn’t absorb water.

    2. More sizes in Guide Jacket, especially something like Large Short.

  29. James Treeman Reply

    I really would like to see a mid-weight top, something like a fleece sweater, maybe similar to polartec 300, or the like, definately wind proof.

    Also I’ll second the lighter weight gloves.

    I was really disappointed that the standard ball cap hat was not offered in the toray fabric similar to the pants or jacket. That is a must in my mind. A cotton hat just does not cut it in the mountains for me!

    I realize it is not the focus of your business but I think that the larger section of hunters (myself included) would love to see a line tailored to tree stand hunting, including insulated pieces, specifically; bibs, coat, maybe a down vest, etc.

    Overall I’m looking forward to the next products from you, and have been pleased with all of them so far.

    —Jim

  30. Jason Peak Reply

    Water/windproof gloves; wool socks and underwear; a line of pack accessory attachments in addition to the small one on the belt (for GPS, release, headlamp, camera, etc); and of course I can’t wait for the gaiters you guys are already working on!

  31. Ronald Park Reply

    Would like to see the guide jacket in a quieter material. Some kinda fleece maybe? For treestand hunting… Would like to see the vias with a little dark green in it…For us westerners that hunt in the brush..

    Thanks for making your customers part of the process Mr Hairston..

  32. Marty Stouffer Reply

    Honeybadger pants that really kick ass and don’t give a shit.

    • lindsey Reply

      Ahaha! Love it!

    • Matt Westbrook Reply

      lol…….like the idea. its funny you say honeybadger. i have heard that word 10 times in the last week.

      plus it just sounds tough

    • James Johnson Reply

      That is hysterical.

      • Jason Noel Reply

        my wife who does hunt ( she not against me hunting at all and even sits in the stand with me) said if you name a pants the Honey Badger she’s buying one for herself. I would love a smaller day pack and more sit down clothing for stand hunting, keep up the great work.
        Jason Noel

  33. Brock Cameron Reply

    1. A crew neck merino wool 185 in long & short sleeve.
    2. I would also like to see 2 more things added (maybe as options?) to your current base layer/merino line.
    a. Thumb holes in the sleeves
    b. An integrated lightweight hood
    Similar to the Mountain Hardwear Butter Man Colorblock Hoodie, but in Merino…
    3. Merino wool gloves.
    4. A Spindrift vest.
    That’s just off of the top of my head. I’ll ponder on it for a while and get back to you if I come up with more.

    • customarchery Reply

      Really like the thumb holes idea…all of my gear that have these get used all the time.

  34. Chris Reply

    I would like to see two things from Kuiu, a heavy weight synthetic fill insulating jacket. A pant would be nice too. Throw in a light Kuiu bivy and you would have the Spike series. Something to have at all times when you just don’t want to go back.
    The second thing is a great mountain pant. I know you developed and tested with that AK guide, maybe those worked. I want a pant that doesn’t tear in the seat! Every pant has in my case. When your out there scrambling over obstacles your gonna be on you back side.

  35. Shane Close Reply

    Guide jacket and vest with outer chest pocket (if you want to save on weight I would rather see the inner chest pocket replaced with one on the outside)
    Primaloft gloves for cold weather hunting. I get cold hands easily and the guide gloves just don’t cut it below 30 or 40 for me.
    Merino glove liners (I know they were in the original testing line but I think they would help extend the effective range of the guide gloves, plus could be worm by themselves in warmer weather)
    Heavier weight pants (like the rumored guide pants) with reinforced seat and knees. Maybe even reinforce these areas on the chugach. I used them one time on the mountain and ripped a hole on the knee even though I barely slid my knee on the ground.
    I’d like the guide beanie be edited a little bit too. I think there’s a little too much fabric so it goes to the back of the neck and restricts movement and causes neck/headaches (at least for me) Maybe something more with an earflap design.
    Another heavier weight merino baselayer for colder weather hunting (not sure if this would be needed with primaloft pants)
    That’s all I can think of for now. Hope these aren’t just personal wants and other people will think that they will be useful too.

  36. flyfishMT69 Reply

    1. A “Buff” style face mask (like they make for saltwater fishing). Your merino one looked a little tight and warm for archery season.
    2. Convertible Hunting/hiking in pants that zip off into shorts.
    3. A bino pouch that (has the option to?) clip into your backpack shoulder harness rather than wearing a separate harness. I never take my pack off, and like the idea of everything being on my pack and ready to roll.
    I like full coverage pouches because ones that just cover the lens don’t do much good when you’re in a whiteout blizzard. And the ones that you pull up of a pouch – no neck strain. Finally – I would want the design universal – so it would work
    with other manufacturers’ packs.

    I will withhold my camo suggestions until you get to that phase 😉

  37. Bryan aka TradRag Reply

    Merino Wool Boxers
    Merino Shemagh in KUIU
    Merino Wool gloves (thin,early season. could be insert in late season)
    KUIU Fletching Cover for my arrows. 😉
    Incorporate a way to attach the new KUIU knives (sheath design) to the pack frame shoulder straps.

  38. Riley Reply

    What I would like to mention is to create some smaller sizes for smaller people, including women. There are a lot of women hunters out there and I know that I couldn’t find anything for my wife to wear this year other than youth sized clothing. She’s 5’2 and 115 lbs. We had some cold weather hunts up here in Alaska together and I really wanted to get her some KUIU gear and nothing would have fit her. Quality hunting gear for the mountains does not exist for women.

    I’d like to see some gaiters as well.

  39. Randy Reply

    Jason,

    Definitely taller sizes, in both inseam and sleeve length, with holes in the sleeves to slip hands through. Thanks so much for allowing us to give feedback!

  40. lindsey Reply

    Jason,

    Being a woman with a short torso, the packs shoulder straps do not lower down far enough. I end up having a gap between the shoulder straps and my shoulders. Also witha shorter torso, if i dont have enough weight in the pack, the top of the bag will hit me in the back of the head. This is especially concerning when i am trying to hike on steep terrain and i cant look up to see where im going.
    I would like to see the packs top cut out or redone to make it compatible for shorter people. Also possibly a smaller day pack, but keep it with the frame. I like to shed hunt and on a good day my light weight packs without a frame end up hurting my back and hips. Shed hunter need a pack with a frame to carry sheds in. This is coming from experience.
    i would like to see some wool glove liners. I had to buy some sitka wool glove lines for my kuiu gloves.
    Thanks for making a good product.

    • lindsey Reply

      On a side note, i am female, but 5’7.. so even the torso length on the pack will not fit me without 20+ lbs in the pack.

  41. Will Kneer Reply

    1. Reinforced thumbholes in the merino layer line.
    2. Advancements on the cuffs of the Chugach jacket. Either a stonger/larger velcro strap or an internal cuff with elasticity.
    3. Chugach bibs would definitely help keep the wind off of my lower back without adding much bulk or weight.
    4. Chest pockets on the Guide jacket and vest.
    5. A glove system with a merino wool liner glove and a tough waterproof outer shell.
    6. A heavier weight merino neck gaitor.

  42. Todd Moran Reply

    Primaloft Parka and Bibs for the Whitetail guys. Or, a primaloft version of the body heater suit with guide material for shell…………yeah, i think i just took it too far for the mountain crowd. My bad.

  43. Jason “The New Mexico Sportsman” Amaro Reply

    1) I 2nd the Merino Shemagh in KUIU
    2) Hiking Poles –
    3) Bivy Shelter

    • customarchery Reply

      Plus 1000 on the bivy shelter. Nothing like spiking out with the confidence of knowing you can shack up in a comfortable place. Plus the bivy shelter is my idea of ultralight hunting in general (don’t really like taking a tent).

      • page norton Reply

        Totaly agree on the bivy. I guide for mountain goat and grizzly in northern b.c. and have yet to find the right bivy and I have been through a few. I know they may have a limited number of people that use them but I feel there is no more appropriate place for them, than in ultraight weight mountain hunting.
        Secondly treking/hiking poles are a great idea. Possibly with an attachment to turn them into a bi-pod.
        Keep up the good work.

  44. Lloyd Reply

    The two things I would like to see are mid weight shirt of some sort that can be worn with the vest on cool days. I would also really like a smaller pack bag that can used on your frame with the meat bag for those of us who are not bivwacking but a hunt all day. The bag should be able to carry a weapon and be around 2200 cubic inches.

    • David Casaceli Reply

      I think the current 3000 would meet your needs. These pack compress incredibly well and have various option for carrying weapons. I belienve there is a blog post about adapting the packs to carry weapons.

      I use the 6000 as a day pack on my backcountry hunts and really it’s not awkward at all, it works extremely well given what else it can do. I can only imagine the 3000 would be even better at the compressibilty given its smaller overall size.

  45. Lawrence Reply

    Gloves that are abrasion, tear and “thorn resistant” to stuff like devils club and other hard thorned vines but are still very flexible and allow for maximum dexterity. Something like HexArmor fabric could be used.

    A lined toque (you Canadians know what I am talking about)!

    Definitely smaller sizes. I am 5’7 and 140 lbs but always have trouble finding proper fitting hunting clothes that allow for good movement and are not bulky. I’ve resorted to technical wear/gear from mec or rei and often look for cheap camo to go over this stuff so that I don’t look like a neon sign in the bush.

    Anything waterproof – gloves, sock liners, etc…

  46. alan Reply

    i’d like to see a 1/4 to 1/2 zip shirt made out of a lighter ‘attack’ type material with a zipper chest pocket. something that could go over the merino but not be as heavy as the jacket. i hate wearing hoods unless i just have to, they limit my peripheral vision, so a rain hat similar to the fisherman’s hats with the long brim in the back are nice. they keep the water off you neck but don’t limit your sight. i think cabelas called theirs the sou’wester. the idea for the 1800-2000 ci pack and a bowhunting glove sounds good too. it you make a primaloft vest, which is a good idea, it think it would work well to have the lightweight attack fabric as the outer layer. this way it would be a little more durable than the satin-type material if worn alone. as for camo, i like the vias but would like an option with some abstract, evergreen-type pattern in it as well that would be a little darker when hunting timber.

    • alan Reply

      also, would there be any way to make a cargo sling for the icon frame?

  47. Mark Reply

    Let me start by quickly saying a “thank you” to you for your overall business approach. It’s truly refreshing. Specifically, I appreciate your attention to detail and relentless pursuit of the best textile/materials technology.

    That being said, I would love to see Kuiu target a portion of its efforts toward Miltary/ LEO customers. Here lies a huge gap in the outdoor clothing market for MIL/LEO use. Basically you have Arc’teryx’s high-priced LEAF line and then there’s everything else. Don’t get me wrong, the LEAF line is quite cool but it does not pay as much attention to weight savings and is aimed toward procurment by MIL/ LEO units. It also does not incorporate the top-shelf Toray fabrics you’re offering. I think a great first step would be for Kuiu to offer it’s existing products in Multicam camo pattern. This is an extremely effective pattern and would allow your MIL/ LEO customers to purchase one piece of outdoor kit to run double duty for both mountain hunting and MIL/LEO use.

    Here are the (3) products I’d like to see in the new line:
    1. Warm/hot weather pants and shirts. Would like an option for early season bow hunting as well as summer/fall outdoor shooting events like 3-gun competitions.
    2. Wool crew-neck shirts (like t-shirts), both long and short sleeve.
    3. Guide pants, similar to Sitka’s Timberline and Mountain pants. Reinforced seats, knees, and heel kick plates are a big plus.

    Thanks again,
    Mark

  48. huntinggearreview Reply

    • Camo that has mountain timber tones, similar colors that are in Max-1 not as green as say Predator.
    • Lightweight shell without a hood, but pit zips, chest pocket for rangefinder, an SES, September Elk Shell that is water resistant.
    • Thumbs up on the merino boxers.
    • Primaloft jacket that has a more fitted design and exterior shell that has a slightly brushed poly exterior.
    • Accessory pouches, bags or hip belt with pockets for calls, rangefinders, windicator, gps, etc.
    • Backpack add on designed to pack a bow and/or rifle

  49. David Reply

    More solids, every Adirondack mountain gear junkie that sees my guide jacket in frost grey asks about it.

    The primaloft bottom is a must.

    A blaze option of some kind would be nice. Hats/vest

    Possiblly a heavier weight merino much like a waterfowl type sweater for layering. I know I have enjoyed wearing the base layers the most and the properties (warmth/antibacterial/fast drying ability have been paramount.

    Thanks again,

    David

  50. Ryan Reply

    As a modern rifle hunter, we really need a BLAZE ORANGE VEST with a vias camo breakup designed into it.

    • Shane Close Reply

      I definitely agree with this! I would like a nice blaze orange vest with vias incorporated and made out of material, like the guide vest, that has a dwr to it. I had a few times this year that I was within 5 yards of deer and I was on the ground. I’m tired of my crappy cotton vest. I’d like to see it with a chest pocket and then the two normal pockets. Going with the layering theme of Kuiu, the fit would be more like chugach so it can fit over all your other layers since it has to be on the top. Sorry Ryan to take over that post, but this is a product that I would love to see come out.

  51. Jonesy Reply

    1. Short sleeve versions of the merino wool 185 and 250. Must include the zippers.

    2. Spindrift vest

  52. Marilyn Kakuno Reply

    Womens line of clothing, fingerless gloves with the mitt feature to cover, womens line of hunting gear, pants tops hats etc. My husband enjoys your items and I would like to see them expanded to include items for the wife hunter, thanks for your time, happy holidays.

  53. Mark B Reply

    Some of these have already been mentioned, but I could definitely see them as great additions to the current KUIU line:

    1) Base layer merino wool crew neck shirts as well as short sleve merino wool shirts for warmer hunts(without zippers and turtle necks).
    2) Spindrift vest
    3) More glove options- very light weight shooter glove as well as cold weather glove system(liner glove with outer glove) for long glassing sessions in tough weather conditions.
    4) Bino pouch with nylon straps instead of elastic straps that wear out over time. Pouch of course needs needs to be lightweight, quiet, waterproof, and have small pockets.

    A possible 5th item would be lightweight gear bags to organize smaller items and food similar to the Kifaru gear bags.

  54. Jim Reply

    1 Pouches/ accessory bags that attach to the back packs
    2 Rain Cover for current packs
    3 Very light weight day pack
    4 Hot weather gear
    5 gaiters, gaiters, gaiters… I know they are in production but will they be ready for an Aug 2012 goat hunt?

  55. Dustin Reply

    I think Brad is right on with his pack idea. A pack around 1200 to1500 ci with a removable or optional waist belt would be ideal. I started using the Eberlestock Mini-me this year and it is just the style I have been looking for, but it is a little small at 800 ci and it is pretty heavy. Something similar to this but a little bigger would be perfect.

    Attack or guide pants (or both) with a waterproof seat. The attack pants actually did pretty well when I had to sit in the snow, but a waterproof layer would help.

    Spindrift pants and maybe a heavier insulation layer spindrift type jacket.

    • David Casaceli Reply

      Dustin, If you haven’t seen the Icon 6000 in person, it’s still worth checking out. Much of the 6000 CI is in the generous draft collar and the thing compresses amazingly… And you’ll appreciate the added space when the pack body is full of meat to help you get some of your lightweight camp gear out at the same time…

      • David Casaceli Reply

        Sorry Dustin, put this reply on the wrong comment! It was meant for cyril below!

    • David Casaceli Reply

      I 2nd the waterproof seat idea, that is the only big problem with softshells for me. They perform great until I sit down on something for a break and have to spend the next few hours with a wet (and cold) butt.

      Great Idea

  56. grant Reply

    I’d like a late season layering system targeted for the hardwoods stand hunter. The problem hunting in hills is not getting soaked going in with a stand and half your clothes on your back, about 30lbs currently. How about a bibs you could put on over your base layer to hike in, then pop in some primaloft when arrived at your tree without having to take them off. That way there’d be no messing with your boots in the woods. And you’d be more comfortable not being insulated while putting in a grunt. I am not about hiking in my skivies but I don’t want to have to take my boots off to get dressed in the woods. I think if you solve this problem you’d have a hell of a product.

  57. Matt Reply

    1. Shooter’s glove (similar to Sitka shooter glove that allows for a release)
    2. Larger sized Guide beanie
    3. Bino cover/harness
    4. Primoloft pants

    Thank you for listening!

  58. Cyril Reply

    1. Bino Case/Harness (the badlands case is perfect…other than it’s 1.5lbs…I want a lighter option to protecting my expensive binos). Clipping directly to frame straps sounds like a way to save weight to me!
    2. Spindrift pants
    3. Heavier weight sprindrift jacket (think sitting in -10 to -20 celcius in bone chilling wind in Alberta come October). Maybe it’s a outter layer parka that is needed?
    4. 4500 pack (6000 is too big….4500 would be a half pound lighter)
    5. Thumbholes on base layers
    6. Day pack
    7. 250 Beanie and neck gaitor

    • Cyril Reply

      8. Mitts (again, think sitting in -10 to -20 celcius in bone chilling wind)
      9. Super lightweight glove – could be used by bowhunters….me, I’d use it for hiking around on the mountain. Just that ever so thin layer that breaths and can be dried easily, sure makes a difference while hiking, easpecially in the wind.

  59. dryflyelk Reply

    1. I need a way of carrying a sidearm while hunting in many places. Typically, I’ve got my pack on and my binos on my chest. I’ve tried a whole lot of packs, and very few have a way of attaching a gun to the belt so that it would be easy to get to. I’d love to see a belt on a pack designed with a place for a holster. Badlands gave it a half-arsed attempt. I know this is also important for many Alaska hunters. It should be integrated into the belt system and not an afterthought. Instead of doing away with the belt, which i think is very important, integrate the holster into the pack. I’ve spoken to many hunters who share the same frustration as I do – there is not a good way to do this right now.
    2. A integrated gear organization system for outside and inside the pack. Lightweight bags with attachment points internal and external to the pack that allow you to customize your bag.
    3. Keep the vias camo, but perhaps create a new version or two of the same pattern with different colors. One with more green for early season hunting and one with more white for winter hunting. Nobody has technical winter camo right now.
    4. Marketing – why are you selling your t shirts and stickers for so much? Sell those things for cost, if that. You get walking/driving ads for each one of those you sell. Butter your bread with your technical stuff.

  60. Nathan Creech Reply

    Here’s my list.

    1. A short sleeve loose fitting merino shirt…loose fitting shirts keep you cool better.

    2. Hot weather convertible pants. Although we have taken the Attack pant to 102 degrees and they performed great a lighter version would be great. Being able to remove the lower part of the pant over a boot is a must.

    3. Merino boxers

    4. Sticky lumbar pad and thicker foam on waistbelt. I also think 2 attachment points rather than one on the frame would help stabilize the packs when really loaded.

    5. A slightly bigger merino beanie. The current one just barely covers my ears on my big noggin.

    6. Sub 10 oz e-bivy and tarp

  61. Peter Reply

    I’d be happy if the current offerings just came in a size small!

  62. Rick Reply

    #1: A lightweight non-absorbent or mostly non-absorbent rifle scabbard to hang on yours and other brands packs. Nimrod has the only scabbard option that I know of and its heavy and absorbes water. I have no love for a built in unit that spaces the load away from my back. Trekking poles and scabbards go hand in hand.

    #2: Lightweight, quiet, and durable gaitors. Kenetrek seems the only current player for quiet, OR crocks are the standard.

    #3: Light weight bino harness type system that has integrated lense coverage, fits well under pack straps or maybe clips into your pack straps, allows easy access ect…. I know its a lot to ask. SL4 almost got it, but failed on the “fits under pack straps part”.

    #4: I need an easy access place to haul my range finder. Maybe a pocket that goes on the hip belt?

  63. JohnC Reply

    Wow. Ask and you shall receive! That is a lot of ideas, only one week to go!

    My thoughts: I have the basic system, and enjoyed the hell out of it this season. I can’t think of much more I “need”, BUT
    1. I have been on the lookout for the perfect bino case for a while. I am currently using the Badlands, I like the closure system, it’s pretty light but a little bulky. The new Sitka looks pretty nice, it is softer, less rigid.
    2. A daypack would be sweet, separate from the frame system. Light (of course), quiet, soft, functional – stay with your mantra here: no need for 14 pockets, dangly things, extra straps, etc… no frills! Everyone loves a new daypack, right?
    3. More sizing options, I’d love to see a “short” in pants. And a bigger size for beanies. One size does not fit my melon.

    My final thought: I hope KUIU stays with it’s original mission – ultra light mountain gear and does not begin to drift into trying to please every hunter in every part of the world. Am I being selfish and protective? Maybe, but I actually believe that company focused on a niche provides much better gear, clothing, advice, etc than one trying to do to much, be all things for everyone. We’ve seen it with the other gear company. But I am sure you already know that, I just wanted to let you know that we know that too.

  64. Jason Owings Reply

    Jason,
    Absolutely loved the gear this past season and while it was highly functional there were a few things, mainly from other companies, that I just didn’t like about my gear. The first thing that I know is somehow we gotta look at the merino tops and design something thats cooler to wear in the summer. Something along the lines of eliminating the mock neck, keep the zipper it was great to unzip when I was REALLY overheating but maybe a short sleeve or elbow length sleeve not real sure there as it was nice having the arms covered when I was stalking but when I was spotting I often times contemplated cutting the sleeves off with my pocket knife! Second a improved bino shoulder harness set up. They all are more or less the same. If you wanted to build off the lightweight daypack idea mentioned above building in the buckle system to the shoulder straps on the backpack would be great. Also the ball cap needs to come in the same material as the attack jacket and pant. This is a must for next season as the cotton cap just didn’t cut it and has been cut from my setup for this next year. Another thing that I feel that Kuiu could perfect or at least improve upon is the Merino based Sport Boxer Briefs. Right now if I were wearing a pair and were to take an extended step or high step they ride up and fail to return down. My thought was to make them a little more like a brief (IE a little tighter around the “man areas” with a little give in the leg area) to accomodate extended leg movements. Adding on that a merino hunting sock. Additionally improvements on the gloves would be great I found them uncomfortable after a couple hours of wear. Maybe offering them in a LH/RH hand shooter setup with either a thinner material for the trigger finger or it completely removed. Also with the introduction of the Kestrel Kuiu knife it got me thinking why don’t you build in a knife sheath to the pack itself? And just for kicks some workout wear! I can give you some more detailed ideas on that as I am a Personal Trainer and spend my life in workout wear and there are a host of things we could do to make sure us mountain hunters have some good gear to workout in the off season and represent the brand! Also how much do you want to get into gear itself (tents, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, boots(have a major gripe here) etc)?

    So here is my list for ease…
    1-Cooler merino non mock zippered shirt possibly offering a short sleeve version
    2-Bino Harness setup, maybe work a buckling system into the packs especially if considering a smaller daypack setup
    3-Ball Cap-needs to be from the toray fabric used on the attack pant. Cotton/trucker is just not cutting it for me. (Probably my only gripe)
    4-Merino Sport Boxer Brief
    5-Merino Hunter Sock

  65. Jeff McAllister Reply

    I like the idea of a light weight glove, and the gaiters. I really like the zipper on the merino wool shirts, so don’t do away with them please, but I like the idea of thumb holes. I love my primaloft jacket, but maybe a heavier version for the real cold stand hunting.

    Thanks!

  66. Brendon Reply

    1. Pants for Winter hunting. The Attack pants are great but not so great when sitting in snow.
    2. Game bags
    3. Tent or sleeping bag
    4. Military style Boonie hat.

  67. Brett Yeager Reply

    1) Superlight Weight Shirt and Long Sleeve Shirt (Similar to Nike’s loose dryfit material) camo
    2) Spindrift Vest (similar to Mnt Hardwear’s down vest)
    3) Lightweight Water Proof Tarp (shelter for lightweight backpack hunters during warmer times of the year. Or it could be used in a survival kit.)

  68. Matt Westbrook Reply

    i will second the neck gaitor/face mask that rolls down. i could use it in the summer also for fishing, and turkey.

    also for waterfowl

  69. Marc Gutman Reply

    I’d like to see an over mit,lightweight to go over the guide glove with lots of warmth, merino brimmed beanie in vias, neutral, and orange, lightweight t shirt in merino, optional sleeves for both spindrift and guide vest, this way can have the ultimate vest/jacket combo, bino case, and specialized pouch or pocket for a spotter while attached to tripod for easy grab and spot access…

  70. Chris Reply

    -insulated waterproof cold weather glove with excellent dexterity for shooting. Maybe the insulating layer on the index finger flips back leaving only a thin layer of waterproof membrane over the finger so as to maintain the integrity of the waterproofing.

    -lightweight pants for hot weather

    -I’d love to see the KUIU design philosophy applied to a boot

    • customarchery Reply

      Like the idea of a nice minimalist boot (a la Inov-8 roclite 288 GTX)

      • Jason Owings Reply

        I second that idea…I would l love to see a minimalist boot or even a descent shoe to backpack in for long distances. Probably one of the least satisfying things of my entire setup year after year is my boot.

  71. AvidHunterAbe Reply

    As an extremely avid hunter covering everything from KS tree stands to CO, NM and Wyo mountains I have a few ideas. As a disclaimer I am a big Sitka fan and own quite a bit of their gear but the huntin fool never stops the persuit of the best gear. I have not pulled the trigger on Kuiu yet but have researched and read strong reviews from many fellow hunters.

    From Scent Lock to Sitka every one gears certain lines of clothing to bow hunters and others to the rifle/muzzle loader guys. But why not just have one line that can do it all?

    For example I have seen some of theselines now comming with off set zippers on their jackes to one side or the other, this helps alot in keeping your draw free of clothing and does not cause any discomfort when rifle hunting.
    A chest pocket with its own atatchment for a range finder is ideal, especially if you designe a system that atatches to the range finder inside the pocket so that when it comes time to shoot you can pull the trigger or let the arrow fly with out worrying about dropping the range finder or having it in your way.

  72. Drake Atwood Reply

    1 – Glassing Jacket w hood – 200 gram primaloft with windstop – for glassing in extreme high winds and sub-zero temps.
    2 – Primaloft Vest – 100 gram
    3 – Sleeping bag series
    4 – Sleeping pad (comfortable and 16-20 oz)
    5 – 1 Man Tent (1.5 – 2.0 lbs)

    *Vias needs no color changes, it is perfect.

    Drake

  73. AvidHunterAbe Reply

    The range of motion is very important and I have noticed occasionally the crotch area will be too tight when taking high steps, this is a big one for many people I hunt with looking for completely free motion in their gear.

    I am also a big advocate of the suspenders, they make a huge difference in mobility in comfort and would suggest offering them on all of your pants if you dont already, with Sitka some pants have it some dont.

    Sitka has released the “incinerator” for tree stand hunters and has had very good success with its goose down holding in more warm air and blocking the wind with good exterior fabrics that are brushed enough to avoid extra noise when in close perimeter to the game.

    Another thing I noticed is there is a one size fits all Balaclava from Sitka but they do not take into consideration people who may where eye glasses during a hunt nor do they take into consideration having enough exposure to the corners of the mouth when you need to plant the “kisser button” in alignment of the peep sight and pins.

  74. Brian Reply

    1. like stated above, a lightweight daypack in the 1800 to 2000 c.i. range than can easily carry a large spotting scope and tripod for scouting and essential items for a short base camp/truck hunt. Possibly with an HDPE framesheet that could handle the first meat pack trip out comfortably.

    2. Chest pockets on the Guide jacket and vest, and a removeable hood on guide jacket.

    3. Shirt made out of the toray 225mg/m2 fabric, preferably a button down or quarter zip with chest pockets.

    4. Bino chest pouch, with attachment for my rangefinder pouch on the side.

    Thanks

    • Brian Reply

      5. Guide pants, exactly like the attack pants just lined like the vest and jacket

  75. Bill passalacqua Reply

    I have two requests for you to consider:

    1.) Gloves for the mid to late season, light weight, insulated and waterproof.

    2.) A wool liner for the guide jacket and also for the rain jacket.

  76. Doug P Reply

    As many Merino garments as you can make. Heavier weights would be great. Pants would be nice. Raised waist over the lumbar area.

    Merino toque with contoured earflaps.

    Solid colors

    Light pack. I’d like to see a sling pack…or something with very low profile shoulder straps that don’t interfere with shooting with the pack on. Also, limited number of buckles that rattle and scrape on everything. I would prefer to have velcro (sure it’s noisy, but adjust it once and leave it alone).

    Not a design, but a business plan: drop shipping to Canada.

    Good luck with the new line.

  77. Peter Rose Reply

    Great idea seeking hunter input!!!! I hunt in Southern and Central Alberta and we had a huge variation in temperature and weather during the season this fall. Similar comments to many of the emails above but would like to see the following:
    1. Bibs – Chugach style or warmer.
    2. Merino wool and some sort of thicker insulated glove
    3. Merino wool hoody
    4. Light day pack with hydration capability
    5. Some more choices in hats, specifically ball caps with some syntehtic fibres rather than cotton.
    6. Insulated vest
    7. Some additional camo choices

    Thanks for the great gear Jason. Look forward to hunting in Kuiu for many years to come. Good luck with the new line.

  78. Tom Haase Reply

    I would like to see a line of daypacks and fanny packs. One idea I wanted to run by you is waders. I pro-staff for FA and Rig’Em right and the biggest complaint amongst waterfowlers is durable breathable waders especially here in calif just an idea. Plus a line of summer type camo for calif.

  79. Tim Doolin Reply

    Gotta have pockets in the Chugach pants. I switched from Gore-tex pants that had pockets to the Chugach and the lack of pockets is enough to send me back to the gore-tex even though the Chugach is overall a better product for every other reason. The ounce or two saved from leaving pockets off is not worth the lack of convenience in my opinion.

    Also, I’d like to see stitching on the inside of the sleeves on the Merino wool 185 shirts. My shirts frayed at the stitching (actually it was the stitching that frayed) as I crawled through the cactus and rocks of my desert pronghorn hunt. The esposed stitches are a weakness in my opinion.

  80. B Munro Reply

    Awesome blog!

    – Uninsulated bibs
    – Small saw
    – Technical ball cap (water resistant) with drop down ear flaps for warmth and wind. Short to medium length brim.
    – Bring on those gators!

  81. lindsey Reply

    Add on.. the current camo pattern is fantastic. Do not change it! If others want different ones, add them possibly, but please do not change the pattern. It just simply works well in the desert, mountains, and woods. Thats what people have said while im hunting with them. If i get too far ahead and im not moving, they cant see me. It really breaks up the human outline very well!
    pants in the guide fabric would also be nice. Maybe for the later months like november-March when winds and precipitation are a big factor.

  82. Jeremy Docken Reply

    Jason,

    1. I challenge you to create a single wall bibler tent for 3-4 season for use during the months of Sept – Nov in the Mountains and is under 2 lbs. When I go hunting I caring everything on my back. However, the current line of tents that are being made are either designed for summer months and when condensation is a concern or for those that are mountaineer to Mt. Everest during the winter months. The closes thing I can find is the Black Diamond bibler Hilight tent at around 3 lbs. I bet you could design a tent for those months that totals under or around 2 lbs. Including tent, poles, guidelines, and footprint. Good Luck!!!

    2. The other thing I would like to see is a thicker pants for cold weather hunting, something that keeps you warm in the later months while spotting but doesn’t over heat you when the stalk is on!

    3. I agree with other poster in a 1 lb day pack roughly 2000 ci. I personally would still like a waist belt, but to meet the needs of other I think a removable waist belt is a good idea.

    4. A light weight hip holster for my pistol. I always bring a pistol and bear spray when I go up into bear country. However, with a pack and caring my bow, I found the best place for my pistol is to have it in a hip holster. This removes a lot of the load that is on my hips and transfers that to my leg. However, all the holster that I find a really bulky and are not super light weight.

    • David Casaceli Reply

      Have you checked out the Big Agnes Fly Creek UL? I use the Seedhouse, which works fine on my Archery hunts in Sept. (the only hunts I really do) , but the Fly Creek looks like it is a little more suited for the “in between” you are looking for. The Fly Creek looks like it wouldn’t have condensation problems in the warmer months, and would have better wind protection than the Seedhouse given less mesh. The only quirk with their design is you must find a little cover or pitch the tent with toes into wind. This isn’t a problem except with the space constraints in finding a piece of flat ground!

  83. Mike Rogers Reply

    1. warmer gloves
    2. Expanded line of pants
    3. Warmer base layers
    4. A shirt- not cotton, not a jacket, not a tight fitting baselayer…like a button up or quarter zip Henley made of similar fabric to the pants. Merino is not rugged enough to wear as an outer in brush.
    5. Primaloft sleeping bag/pad combo.

    Not a design item, but a comment- stay focused on the design of mountain hunting equipment. No disrespect to the tree-stand hunters but the world is chock full of gear suitable for that. Hiking hard above treeline chasing sheep? Not so many…

  84. Cody Reply

    1. I would love to see what you guys could come up with in a sleeping bag. Why not make a whole system?
    2. More camo choices for both west and eastern hunters
    3. light weight windbreaker with hood
    4. Hot weather gear would be great for early hunts out west
    5. Rain hat with ear flaps

    Looks like alot of great ideas coming up. I cant wait to see what comes out of this 🙂

  85. brant mcgee Reply

    As an Alaskan who loves the Chugach gear, I would like to see:
    1. A light glove, maybe twice as substantial as the merino hat, that would have a slit for the trigger finger and that could also serve as a liner for an insulated cold weather glove like the current one but built for cold weather and rain-proof.
    2. A really light camo pack with about 4,000 cu. in. capacity with a top “shelf with layered pockets, similar to the Wild Things pack I’ve used for years that will carry warm layers, energy bars, lighter, 2 headlamps, rangefinder, knives, game bags, etc. and a dressed, skinned and quartered blacktail.
    3. Socks and liners.
    4. A rifle carrier to attach to the pack (for climbing steeps).
    5. Boots with good soles and leather extending over the ankle with rubber up to the knee for stream crossings and walking through wet grass and brush.

  86. steve Reply

    1. Agree with the ideas of a tent and sleeping bag system.
    2. I am a sucker for mittens, perhaps they could over the current guide glove as part of a (waterproof/windproof) system?
    3. Rain/weatherproof hat with a bill and ear coverage

  87. Dan Jackson Reply

    I was thinking to myself that it would be nice to have a line of contact with a few specific manufacturers to provide input into products that one uses and actually have the ideas used. It’s a completely different concept to actually have input into what products even get a start. As a technical type consumer, the artifacts that will result from this process will be great from a product research perspective so all in all should be a mutually beneficial process for both producer/consumers. I like it.

    Late season/treestand Jacket
    Insulated Jacket for the [really] cold conditions specifically for in the stand or still hunting. I still haven’t seen the perfect jacket for the stand bowhunter though some companies are starting to release specific products that are looking good. Western whitetail action doesn’t see me in many green forests so dull tans/greys (i.e. Vias) are good. Soft face to the fabric to ensure it is quiet. Access to rangefinder and cell phone (who doesn’t like to trade notes with friends on the stand?) One of the biggest challenges I have with existing jackets is keeping the back/kidneys warm. Sitting in a stand the loft is often negated from the pressure on the back seat which in turn leaves a guy to get cold so something to address that issue would be ideal. I think there is an interest (at least among my friends) for something that will fit this niche. Lots of specific ideas for this but it sounds like those can be saved for later stages of this process

    Face Mask
    Definitely a few of these types of products out there already. Don’t know if there is one that is really good. I want something that is comfortable and fits well. – no bad stitching, good fabric, doesn’t block nostrils, doesn’t interfere with anchor points!, doesn’t block ears. I hate having my senses reduced when hunting – I don’t want a bit of stealth to come at the cost of reduced hearing. Maybe a warm weather and cold weather version.

    Backpack Cover / Poncho
    Lightweight waterproof layer that keeps your body covered and goes over a pack as well. Specific scenario: Early/mid season backpacking in rainy/mist conditions. I don’t really want to wear a rain shell over my core as I’ll get just about as wet as if I didn’t have anything on. I’d also like to keep my backpack covered. I often found myself draping my jacket over myself and pack. Pole attachment and tie down loops can see it used as a wind/sun/precipitation shelter while glassing/sitting, etc.

    Overlap ideas:
    Seems like some of my interests align with others so here are just a few thoughts about those ideas (or just another vote)

    Bino Pouch
    I hate wearing my bino’s while hiking – I don’t like having a strap under my pack and I don’t like that the bino’s swing/bounce. But at the same time – I need access to them so I can take those quick peeks at spots that catch my eye while hiking. So something that converts from a carry system to a backpack attachment is good. Flexibility in what pack it attaches to is important

    Insulated Pant
    Good for cold nights camping high as well as for mid layer in a stand.

    A not so bright version of Vias would be welcomed as well…

    Looking forward to seeing how this process goes…

    Dan

  88. Neal Reply

    hopefully you don’t change the focus of your original ideas behind Kuiu.
    Mountain Hunting. Not treestand hunting gear (like half the ppl are saying) that was never the focus or idea behind Kuiu, not changing your camo patterns because they don’t look “cool”. Hunting is not a fashion show or about looking cool. True, you may not get everyone to buy your gear because you don’t offer every style or piece of clothing, but that’s not ultralight, mountain hunting. It would be nice to have a company stick with that and not do what everyone else is doing.Not going mainstream to get money and business like every other company does! But a true love for hunting and carrying on the tradition, rather than a fad.
    People have already listed what would be nice to see.
    Ultralight sleeping bags and pads.Merino boxer briefs. Ultralight shelters and stoves. Gaitors (in the making already). #1 would be a ideal Binocular Harness (still not one on the market).

    • customarchery Reply

      Fully agreeing with Neal on the camo issue. No disrespect to our treestand hunting brethren, but mountain hunting is very different. I have seen far too many comments on archerytalk regarding what Kuiu’s Vias “looks” like.

      I know first hand that the pattern works extremely well for its intended purpose, camouflage from animals, not people. It’s not a fashion show and all those camo “look” adherents out there have plenty of offerings (Lost, Predator, RealTree, etc.).

      Keep the thinking and science in the gear, screw what it looks like…although, I think the cut and fit of Kuiu just so happens to “look” friggin’ AWESOME!

      • brant mcgee Reply

        Of course it’s a fashion show and here in Alaska Vias camo is tres cool.

      • Eric Reply

        I agree, keep with what works, not with what looks cool. Don’t change Vias

    • lindsey Reply

      Yes, yes, yes!! Agree 100%!!
      the vias camo pattern does what it was intended to do. Break up the human outline. Its simple and works.
      Sorry eastern guys and tree hunters, but like stated before there are gobs of outfits that make gear suited for your needs. Only one, KUIU, makes clothing for the back country high altitude hunters.

      • Justin Starck Reply

        Great Comments!

        • David Casaceli Reply

          Remember, deer are pretty much color blind anyway folks!!!!

  89. Taylor Haught Reply

    Here are my thoughts on new products…

    Heavier weight pants for late season hunts
    Day pack ie 1900-2000 cubic inch
    Heavy weight gloves
    Balavlava
    Make your base layer shirts with a front pocket for a rangefinder, etc

  90. LoneGriz Reply

    List 3 to 5 products you would like KUIU to design?

    #1) I’d like to see more earthtone solid colors in the entire line
    I don’t use camo. I prefer to buy the best technical hunting clothing I can find an use efit from camo)

    #2) wool insulation layer
    In addition to the wool base layers (I have on order and are looking forward to checking out!), I’d like to see a light mountain hunting wool midlayer (insulation layer). The goal would be lighten up on the current options that are out there (e.g. Filson) and possibly it for all outdoor related activity (including those activities that aren’t hunting related and don’t benon packability (not sure if possible with wool?)

    #3) wool/silk (non-odor) sock liners
    Something other than poly to limit the odor.

    #4) heavier primaloft one insulative layer
    I believe the swift jacket (name?) is 80g. It would be great to have a 100g+ option… in a solid color other than brown (!).

  91. Butch Gullickson Reply

    1. The reinforced knee or knee pad application for the guide pants would be a plus.
    2. I would like small side arm pockets on the Guide jacket
    3. A Boonie hat w/tiedown made from the Toray material would be on my wishlist.
    4. I look forward to the gaiters!

  92. Jay Markwood Reply

    Prima loft pants and vest
    Waterproof seat and knee pad pockets on Attack pants
    Softshell hat with a bill like the Sitka Jetstream hat
    Softshell baseball hat like the Sitka Cap

  93. seth moore Reply

    1. balaclava in 185 & 250 merino.
    2. a hunting version of a climbers “belay” jacket — as i’m sure many of your customers do, many of my day hunts start with a lung busting climb, with occasional pauses to bugle, glass and then often a long “pause” at the crest of a ridge to glass, call. i want a hooded jacket that i can throw on over my guide jacket, rather than having to remove my jacket. it needs to be highly water-resistant and windproof (something similar to the Epic fabric by nextec). i hunted all season in my attack jacket & guide pants — but had to use my climbing belay jacket.
    3. spindrift full side zip pants with stormflap to be worn over or under shell pants
    4. 1800 cu in pack with full suspension, beavertail, breathable back; a lot of your customers live where they hunt and a full suspension daypack/ultralight overnight pack would be ideal.
    5. hybrid merino wool gloves, similar to the smartwool ridgeway only “kuiubetter”
    6. offer merino wool hats in a fold over version allowing for more warmth on the sides over the ears but less on the top
    7. kuiu blaze orange vest & pack cover
    8. offer all insulated products in an 800+ fill down in addition to primaloft
    9. KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK. products, communication, customer service are all top notch. be encouraged. we love your stuff.

  94. Jay B Reply

    1. True softshell pants
    2. A merino wool Beanie that has sizes and has a cut more like the guide beanie
    3. Gaiters
    4. Merino wool liner style gloves with a front face that gives them some grip and friction.
    5. The trucker style hat in a vias pattern.
    6. Long sleeve merino baselayer crew neck shirt
    7. Merino Boxer Brief
    8. Merino Calf high mtn. socks
    9.

    I think the most important thing is for KUIU to stay KUIU!! Don’t loose sight of who you are, and KUIU is Ultralight Mountain Hunting.

    • seth moore Reply

      agreed. stick to the Ultralight Mountain Hunting.

  95. Brad V Reply

    Jason,

    So far I love the direction KUIU is headed, for the hardcore mountain hunter, it seems like there is a large demand for tree stand guys, I don’t think you will be changing the lineup for these requests, and please don’t. A tree stand lineup dedicated to what they require would be more beneficial to both the tree stand guy and the mountain guy, that being said here are my suggestions for additional products.

    1. A Toray waterproof glove with some primaloft insulation, even the posibility of a marino liner, nothing worse than cold wet hands, these would be perfect for us Canadian/Alaska guys. (As a guy that ALWAYS has cold hands, I would be a perfect tester for these)

    2. I also really like the idea of a non zipper base layer like mentioned above.

    Also mentioned above is how great the Vias camo pattern works for true mountain hunting, please don’t go and change it on us now, works great and lots of us have already started building our system in this pattern.

  96. JR Reply

    Wow. So many comments. Please don’t go away from Vias camo (I’m committed now).
    1. 170ish Merino crew neck warm weather tee. (longer sleeves than current line, chest pocket, I want to put my 180 or 250 zip on top of this when temps are low and then wear this solo when temps are up.)
    2. Cover/liner stretch glove (meaning it’s just to cover up and not just for warmth, it would be more versatile if it layered under the guide gloves. Basically I want a UA liner glove in vias camo, the UA isn’t just stretch spandex, its good material and the small details on it are great. I buy a new pair each year in black but I want them in Vias.)
    3. 2000ish CI internal frame day pack with the potential of being able to overnight in it or haul out some meat as well. (My research has led me to the mystery ranch dragon slayer… great size, great quality, great strength, but pretty heavy, also that trip zip is unreal for organizing gear)
    4. Bino harness system. (The badlands is too heavy/bulky and only offered in max1. The Sitka is great but wrong pattern, I haven’t carried it yet so I don’t know how that mesh shoulder strap is.)

  97. Nathan Coleman Reply

    I’d like to see the Guide Jacket with chest pockets and also offered in ASAT. As stated earlier, the open pattern is great but something to blend in more of a forest environment would be nice and IMO ASAT is the best.

  98. swiftshot Reply

    Great idea,

    I was hoping you would develope a line for the treestand hunters.b. I was looking for something along that line.

  99. Dave Smith Reply

    I was very happy with the original Kuiu line. There are a few items and improvements I would like to see on the next line.

    1) a 185 merino wool shirt with no zipper and with a pocket on the chest to hold my reeds.

    2) love my attack paints but the open pocket with the netted pocket design seemed to collect a lot of grass seed, pine needles, etc.

  100. b. peterson Reply

    1. A synthetic ball cap made out of Toray or some other suitable fabric.

    2. Guide pant and attack pants in earth tone colors like foliage or OD green (without rear pocket zippers)

    3. Binoc strap and cover system (with optional pack integration attachments)

    4. Universal vias camo pack cover (L and XL)

    5. A durable synthetic “go to” shirt with a zipper pocket on the upper arm; zip front; longer in back; designed with specific ventilation areas (an improved pattern similar to Lululemon’s men’s running shirts) and a pack in mind. Earth tone colors and vias camo.

  101. Cameron Meier Reply

    1.) Gaiters
    2.) Merino Wool glove liners
    3.) A pull over 1/4 zip made out guide jacket material with one chest pocket. I like to have something light on warmer days that can shed some sprinkles and just were a short sleeve shirt underneath. Kinda like the 250 merino or 185 merino shirt but shed wind and weather.
    4.) Some type of brimmed hat that can shed weather.

    • Cameron Meier Reply

      One more quick thing, maybe the pull over could be made out of the Attack pant 225g/m^2 fabric as opposed to the heavier 275gm^2 fabric of the guide jacket.

  102. Trevor Reply

    I left my comments on the survey in the link above.

    Can you give us some leads on what’s already in the works. We know the gaiters are in process and I’ve heard about a guide pant. But can you tell us what else is already in the making.

    Keep up the good work. Really liking the gear.

  103. Jordan Reply

    1. Bino pouch.
    2. Shorts for early season hiking.
    3. S, M and L interchangeable hip belts for the icon.

  104. Sam Reply

    I was recently reading about New Zealand Possum fur being one of the warmest fibers in the world. It’s hollow and retains warmth when wet, like wool.

    I bought a possum fur hat to look at it and it seems pretty nice. I think it would be worth looking into as a material to use for hats, gloves, etc.

  105. Shelly Reply

    1. A heavier duty shirt. My merino 185 did not hold up to well to the oak brush. But was perfect for the weather. I also would like a arm pocket. I really missed the arm pocket. It is the PERFECT place for a mouth call.

    2 Archery Gloves. It is hard to find agood pair of gloves that has a hole for your release.

    3. Why not make a convient place to attach a side arm on a new pack, at the waist, maybe a vias camo holster, or even a leg holster

    4. Still waiting for a Vias camo Truckers hat. Perfect for Elk hunting.

    And I would stick with the Vias camo, if you add a new color, I would also go back and make that color available in your previous products.

  106. Jason Haskell Reply

    Attack pants couldn’t get any better. Don’t change them. Guide Jacket sleeves could use a little shortening. I would like to see a line similar to Sitka’s Ascent line. It is one of the most versatile weights out there. Not the most durable, but I can take it from hot August all the way late into October before I need to warm it up a little. I think the belt is a waste. Patagonia hit the nail on the head with their belts. I like the idea of the gaiter. Curious to see what you come up with. Non-glare sunglasses with a good camo pattern. Neoprene sleeves for spotters and binos in VIAS camo. I love the tees in kids sizes. If you could add a fairly inexpensive line of kids clothes (not sure if this is a good idea or not…just a thought). My boy loves to hang out in his tee like dad’s! The Kestrel knife idea ooks awesome too. As many have alluded to, I like the idea of warmer weather clothes. Either a merino T or crew in a lightweight. Primaloft liner pants (like Spindrift). Just my thought for now. Might add some more later. Thanks for taking us along for the ride!!!

    • customarchery Reply

      I also like the idea of a kids line…at least an XS size that maybe a 12 or 13 year old could fit into.

  107. Caine Reply

    I would like to see a couple of things:
    1. More Merino Wool Options. Pants, Hoodies, Full zip, thick Mid layers (that could double as outerwear) would be awesome. Personally I don’t mind lots of pockets-but whatever you design will probably work. Thumbholes are a good feature if possible.
    2. Maybe some fleece option midlayers. Everyone’s doing it, but no one has perfected it yet.
    3. A Day Backpack that can expand to carry out meat and has the ability to carry a rifle or bow that doesnt weigh 10 pounds with nothing in it. And it needs to be covered with something that doesn’t alert every animal for miles when you’re moving through thick branches. Is there such a thing as a quiet backpack?
    4. This may be a bit of a stretch-but crossing rivers is a pain in the butt. When you’re on a mountain, the last thing you want is wet feet and no one wants to carry a full set of waders or take your boots off. How about something tough, lightweight and waterproof that you can carry and slip on over your boots/and pant legs, that will allow you to cross the river/stream without getting soaked. Plastic bags only go so far.
    5. I’m on board with having a different color Vias camo. tan is too light colored for our areas-it seems to glow at dawn and dusk. I believe the pattern is sound though.

  108. johnc801 Reply

    +1 (or however many now) on a test piece of Vias Blaze orange. I would be really psyched to have a really great hat, like a Guide beanie and/or merino beanie that has blaze orange on it but that is broken up. I feel like the head is a pretty good place to wear orange when rifle hunting, but it also is the a good place to break up your outline. I have NEVER found a good hat that does both.

  109. Ryan Bales Reply

    1. Lightweight bivy.
    2. Lightweight binocular harness that is weather proof.
    3. Sleeping bag.
    4. Merino Boxers
    5. Carbon fiber sunglasses with polarized antiglare lenses.
    Thanks for the great products to date. Cheers!

  110. Mark Willey Reply

    I would like to see a merino wool union suit. I have a 20 year old patagonia stretch capilene one I still use.
    Camo backpack cover
    Camo bivy sac
    Heavy wool vest
    Camo rain hat like OR Seattle Sombrero
    I like the lightweight overwader idea. Barneys sports chalet in Anchorage offer one

  111. Rodney York Reply

    HAPPY HOLIDAYS to you all. Jason, thank you for again including us and in even a greater way in the process of design. Your marketing is surpassed only by the quality you have made available to us. Thank YOU!
    1) A light weight, comfortable, body hugging “Day Pack” similar to Sitka 14. Somewhere around 1400 -1600 cubic inch that could expand to 1800? 2) “Shoe Shroud” (gaiter) around 4-5 inches tall to keep debris out of low profile, low top boots often worn on warm weather hunts. 3) Bowhunting (sort-billed) Cap similar to those of Stalker Recurve that allows for molding the bill for the occasion and circumstances. Also add a deploy-able 10″ neck shade for sun conditions. 4) Boxer Briefs around the 185 gram style with long leg (thigh fit) around 8 inches.

  112. Bryan L Reply

    Well I think you have done a fantastic job with the clothing line so I would suggest venturing into the “gear” catagory.

    1. Minimalist Tipi that tops Kifaru in quality. Preferably at a fraction of their ego driven pricing.
    2. Wood stove for the forementioned tipi. I like the Titanium Goat cylinder stoves but still feel there is vast room for improvement.
    3. Down sleeping bag
    4. Merino bag liner.
    5. Bino Harnesses both as a stand alone as well as quick connect harness that attaches to the Icon pack.

  113. kyle esposito Reply

    1. Heavyweight merino full zip hoody, like an ibex shak. Use the higher micron wool for durability.

    2.Lightweight windshirt/softshell like a patagonia simple guide jacket. Full zip no hood

    3. Guide bibs, maybe waterproof seat/knees, maybe full zip legs.

    I love the vias camo pattern it doesn’t need green or any other changes it works great everywhere. I would love it if pieces had a continued focus on quietness and breathability. The Kuiu gear I have has worked great up here in the adirondacks. Keep up the good work!!

  114. Justin Starck Reply

    I think that the selection of products already offered is very versatile. The current line covers nearly all the clothing needs for a mountain hunter. That is the beauty of a good layering system; it can handle every situation well. For this reason, I would like to see KUIU stay away from anything that goes against the simple base, insulation, shell layering system. Why do you need a heavier jacket; an insulating layer under a shell is just as good and you have the versatility of using them independently. Why do you need a windbreaker jacket; that is what a rain shell is and it works well when is raining too. Let’s keep things simple and effective.

    As I said earlier, the KUIU system is very complete in my opinion, so I would like to concentrate on making improvements to the existing items and providing more size and color options. I feel that refining gear you already make is a better way to improve the performance than starting on a new product from scratch. We already know what we want to improve on and we don’t even have to go through a development process. For the most part, I would rather see 2nd generation products than see a new line come out. I would also like to see the products offered in more sizes so everyone can have somewhat “custom fit” clothing. Pants should be offered in waist x inseam sizes and jackets and shirts should be offered in short, regular and tall sizes. KUIU should be able to do this as they don’t need to stock hundreds of suppliers with every size; you have them all in one place.

    With all of that said, there actually a couple of items I would like to see added to the current lineup.

    1. Waterproof Shell Glove – Something that has yet to be mastered…
    2. Tent – Why not? Let’s build one that is hunting specific.
    3. Brimmed Beanie – Simple enough.
    4. HD Icon Bag – I know this is KUIU, “Ultralight Hunting,” but I would like to see a 6000-7000 ci pack made to withstand some use and abuse. The frame and suspension can handle the extra pound or two.

    • David Casaceli Reply

      I like you first rant Justin! Let’s keep the product line the ‘best’ before we branch out into other things. I second all the notions to keep KUIU in the mountains out of the treestand, I hunt both but KUIU’s brand identity will be muted.

      2nd Gen sounds pretty awesome… I’m still curious to see these lighter fabrics Toray supposedly pulled through with from an earlier blog post.

    • johnc801 Reply

      Completely agree, Jason, 100%. While there are a lot of good ideas here, I shudder at the idea of this line of gear being watered down with unnecessary stuff.

      Maybe some added insulation layers, i.e. glove liners, socks and liners (speaking of, the individual toe, fitted socks in a light merino would be the ultimate liner!) maybe a vest…but otherwise, improving on the existing line, which is mostly in sizing, is the best idea. The spindrift/guide jacket combo is the best I’ve ever worn, add a heavier spindrift for the really cold days, that is all that’s needed, not another vest. The guide pants are so perfect, I really hope that if you change them that the original stays available, with a modified inseam sizing.

      The bino case is a very popular idea, I’m sure there will be more discussion, but I like the variety that you wear individually from the pack. I had the Eberlestock pouch that clips to pack shoulder straps but it is a real pain in the ass when you want to just slip your pack off and shed/add a layer, get a snack, or just sit on it in the snow.

      Looking forward to this process! How great is this? Thanks, Jason and the rest of KUIU for keeping it real!

    • Brian McElrea Reply

      Amen Justin.

      Clean simple designs for mountain hunters. Take it from good to great.

      1. Merino boxers
      2. Brimmed beanie
      3. Waterproof shell glove – still haven’t found a good solution out there
      4. Additional solid colors
      5. Additional weighted merino tops and styles – 320 gram, crew, ss/ls

  115. Jim Reply

    1. Cold weather gloves
    2. Merino Boxers
    3. A few other colors for the pants/jackets…i.e olive drab
    4. Longer rain coat

  116. RyanHC Reply

    Wow, I tried to read through all these ideas and comments, had to give up or I don’t think I would have made it to the bottom! I’ve heard it said in the product development world that it isn’t the ideas that are the hard part. I’ll fill out the survey and toss my ideas into that format, but here is the standout thing I think your brand would benefit from – A well produced how to video with a compelling story line on how to actually incorporate the Kuiu gear into an ultralight system. This doesn’t have to be something you sell as much as something that sells Kuiu, tells the why’s and how’s shares your vision and story in a way that stirs people to action.

    I’ll go fill out the survey now, thanks for the opportunity to be part of the process.

    • RyanHC Reply

      A bivy sack is also a great idea. I have built about a half dozen of various design specs over the years if you need (more) ideas!

  117. Jerry Winebarger Reply

    Love to see a 800or 850 down jacket in Vias camo, also a rainfly in Vias for the Icon 6000!

  118. Dub Reply

    Not sure if it’s already been mentioned or not, but what about some type of waterfowling wading jacket system, something with soft shell/outer shell layering, but much less bulky than what is currently out there.

  119. Ross Reply

    Let me thank KUIU for the great gear they designed for 2011, that is functional, pretty much bullet proof and that is reasonably priced!!! Nice work guys, you more than delivered on your promise.

    The one item that comes to mind for me is an ultralightweight day pack in the 2000-2500 cubic inch range with a gun attachment. You design it and sell it and i will be first in line.

    Cant wait to see the new product line for 2012 and the future!

  120. joel Reply

    light weight wool gloves faced with leather on the palm good dexterity like your existing gloves but wool so they can get wet and still do there job. A shorter frame for the icon packs and less zippers. Definately small call chest pockest on everything not big enuf to load up and get caught on string but to keep diaphrams and reed call in.

  121. David Reply

    I’d like to see a lightweight compact sleep system developed. I believe you could produce one of the smallest lightest system available and suit it to the season my creating it as a system. By system I mean having say a lightweight wool bag (similar to the silk bag liners that are available now for warmer nights or as an addition to increase the bags temperature rating), a down or Primaloft filled bag, and a Chugach type bivy cover. I really like the way Sea To Summit laid out the design of their Micro Series bags where the bottom cinches closed instead of being a mummy bag. The cut makes it more like a rectangular bag, but it can be cinched to increase warmth or completely unzipped and un-cinched to make a blanket. Then you could choose the appropriate bag combination for the season. It could be incredibly warm and compact as well as being very versatile, lightweight, and weatherproof. Lightweight bag and/or bivy for warmer months, normal bag and bivy for cooler weather, and all of them for the cold.

    Another item that I think is super simple and doesn’t get the credit it deserves is a well made tarp. It could function as a lightweight shelter if need be or just as a means to make cover for your to process your game under. You could strip down layers while you work and stay dry. Normal store bought tarps are usually super bulky and loud and they only have a few grommet holes on the corners that easily rip out. I have a British Army DPM Basha right now that’s very well made with ample nylon straps to tie off to or run cordage through. Not bad for shelter that gets about the size of a small green camp stove propane bottle. Good early season “tent” or good rainy season cover.

    The last thing I would like to see is the expansion of some of the current stuff into woman’s sizes/fits. The fiance is getting jealous of all my sweet gear and I gotta hear about it, help me out Jason. She especially likes the Spindrift, which I call a woobie jacket, because it reminds me of my poncho liner. Maybe not a priority for you guys, but I like doing anything I can to get her excited about getting outdoors and getting farther from the car.

  122. Frank Fieweger Reply

    Packable QUIET durable rain gear…..in my opinion it doesn’t have to be the lightest gear on the market. But, it seems all of the light weight rain gear sounds like you rubbing two plastic bags togeher, and the second you snag a little branch, there is now a hole or tear in your “no so water proof anymore” rain gear. I don’t know about everyone else, but when I’m bow hunting for elk, I end going through some nasty stuff, rubbing trees, climbing over logs, etc. I want my gear to be able to handle that!

  123. Mitch Kendall Reply

    For Mtn. hunting here in BC and elsewhere I am searching for the following

    1. Lightweight carbon fiber or Ti tripod max height when sitting behind it.
    2. Good chest bino pouch
    3. Good mitts with split for shooting fingers to come out. ( Not Gloves)
    4. Quality gaiters
    5. Walking/shooting stick that will stand up to hard use.
    6. Quality lightweight sling that is 1″ and non-slip
    7. Quality lightweight buttstock shell/cartridge holder for rifle with spot for rifle drop chart quick reference.

  124. Jason Haskell Reply

    Colaborate With Stormy Kromer to offer a Stormy in VIAS camo…or come up with a better idea that is a similar product.

  125. Ryan Avery Reply

    I hunt a lot in Oct and Nov glassing and moving when I get cold. Then glassing again. I use a Gray Wolf Woolens wolfskin lined jacket that is HEAVY as HELL!
    I would love to see a waterproof, insulated, packable jacket with a brushed face. That is somewhat lightweight. I know there are tradeoffs, but I think we can improve upon whats out there.

  126. David Pollock Reply

    Jason,

    good idea to get input direct from customers,
    1. a pullover that is lightweight, windproof, chest pocket for bino, zip to half chest, detachable hood.
    2 bino harness
    3.Summer top and pants, lightweight could be used as base layer for colder weather
    4.ammo pouch to hold 10 rounds on your belt
    5. waist pack/bumbag/for short trips like the Badlands Monster

  127. Patrick F. Reply

    Many of my suggestions appear to be accessory items, due to a good line base, and keep in line with promoting the supremacy of merino wool as a key material to Kuiu’s business model. Everything available in Vias camo, plus brindle and/or sage (leave other camo patterns alone for now)
    1-Merino gloves, both fingerless and with fingers; possibly w/palm grips
    2-Merino boxers
    3-Merino crewneck, short and longsleeve (with thumbholes)
    4-Merino neckerchief or shemagh/kuffiyeh w/tying instructions (replaces need for hat on many occasions while covering neck and face too); extremely packable, multi-use tool for minimalists
    5-wool jeep cap in Vias, or short-brimmed wool cap & Vias boonie
    6-Merino hoody, or synthetic hoody (with thumbholes)
    7-Stuff sacks, compression sacks, and/or drybags in Vias (why not?)
    8-I like the daypack idea, along with just about everyone else here
    9-suggestion, offering merino bottoms in Vias camo (I don’t want anyone seeing my bottom half if they can’t see my top half 😉
    **would be honored to be a tester**

  128. Bobby Boswell Reply

    1. More of a all season pant and jacket, something that can resist water better than guide and attach.
    2. Day pack, fanny pack backpack style
    3. Wind resistance water prof pull over with hoody style front pocket and NO HOOD!
    4. More late season 10-20degree stand hunting gear

  129. Kevin Reply

    I’m BLOWN AWAY by the number of comments so far. You’re really on to something here Jason. The opportunity to be a tester is pretty damn appealing! Keep in mind that I’m much more active on the Forum than here! Haha. At any rate, here’s my list:

    1. Heavy-weight Merino Hoodie in Vias -This would be the most comfortable hunting garment I could imagine! Full length zipper would be a plus.
    2. Bino Harness – although you already mentioned this is in the works. Bare bones, no frills, but keeps lenses protected and dust free.
    3. Attack bibs – This would be the second most comfortable hunting garment I could imagine.
    4. Warmer gloves – Heavy weight gloves for COLD conditions.
    5. A rain fly for the ICON line.

    • Rodney Reply

      Ask and you shall receive….. you getting this all down Jason? Wow,… what a response: great ideas!

  130. customarchery Reply

    a multi-function tarp system like MSR makes that can be used for a lightweight shelter, or even pull duty as a blind that sets up quickly.

  131. Alex Hoover Reply

    Better fit options on existing products. Merino beanie is way too small for my head. Your 33″ inseam rain pants are way too long for my stubby legs.
    Thanks.

    • johnc801 Reply

      Short legged, big headed men unite!

  132. cameron mcconnell Reply

    I would love to see a fleece style hooded jacket with pit zips. waterproof, quiet, zips in all the right place.
    pac style boots that are high enough for deep snow and meant for hiking and then bino covers that are convenient for quick regular use

    • johnc801 Reply

      That’s called the Guide Jacket. 🙂

  133. customarchery Reply

    Oh yeah!!! Water transfer dip in Vias!

  134. montana Reply

    I think kuius product line has enough for all mountain hunting, now improve what you have. keep it simple.whats with tree stand hunters wanting ultralight gear. this stuff was designed for hunters pushing there way up the mountain.
    1. bino pack similar to alaska guide creations
    2.fanny pack thats built into your bigger packs.
    3.light wieght hoody.

  135. Zac Cochran Reply

    Love that your involving everybody on the 2012 lineup! The best thing about your gear is that it is the most comfortable clothing I have ever wore. I would love to wear KUIU everyday… So with that said

    1. Attack and Guide Jacket with more solid colors available.
    2. A jacket without a hood
    3. A zip T available in a different material. The merino wool did not stand up to well for us in the brush.
    4. Performance T-shirt in Vias Camo.
    5.With Blacktail season in full swing going on here in Oregon I have been dreaming of an ultralight climbing treestand. I’m getting really tired of hauling around my aluminum stand. Could it be possible to make one out of Carbon fiber or another super light material? That is extremely quiet also.
    6. More hats available would be nice as well.

  136. Matt Warner Reply

    I have loved the 4 way stretch in the lighter weight pants for early and mid season. Something that I believe everyone would appreciate, especially myself is a reinforced (double layered) seat. Glassing in general requires steadiness to define antlers and most often is done from the sitting position. I am always uncomfortable as the lighter weight pants let my sweet butt cheeks feel every little rock, twig, piece of dirt, etc. A reinforced seat would be $$ for longer glassing periods, especially in early mornings when the big boys start heading for the trees!!! Also, a redesigned beanie as current ones are half way down my back but haven’t completely covered my ears.

    1-Reinforced seat
    2- Redesigned beanie

  137. Tom Vanasche Reply

    1. Spindrift pants, small strap and buckle to cinch down pants and coat when in pack to make very compact
    2. Balaclava, probably polyester for durability, reversible with white on inside for snow camo and stalking goats, sheep and caribou.
    3.Oiled canvas or Toray fabric ball cap
    4.Pistol holster and kestrel knife holster on pack for easy access
    Thanks for everything and thinking “outside the box”.
    Cheers, Tom

  138. Scott Rossingnol Reply

    As a bowhunter in Nevada I’d like to see a fanny pack similar to the Badlands Monster. I don’t like a pack between my shoulders but still prefer to carry some gear. It’s also nice not to have to carry a pack when it’s 90+ out. I am sure you could make something more functional and definately lighter.

  139. Jason N Reply

    What I really want is some way to hold a bunch of small stuff securely against my body so it doesn’t rattle around when I run (like to get in position for a fast-moving group of caribou). This includes 8×42 binos, rangefinder, GPS, SPOT beacon, and some miscellaneous stuff: ammo, compass, headlamp, lens pen, etc. Things should be easy to access, but through secure zippers — I don’t trust my optics/electronics to un-zippered pockets. It should hold things in a tight position against the body that doesn’t interfere with either prone crawling/shooting or driving with all the gear on.

    I’ve got two ideas to meet these criteria:

    (1) The most conventional: A binocular chest pack with sufficient pockets, profile, position, etc. It could have a pouch for a hydration bladder when it’s worn alone, but should be easily worn under a backpack without the bladder.

    (2) More boldly innovative: Sort of a “cargo vest” — an athletic-fit vest like the Guide Vest with pockets that stick out of the front like those of a fishing vest. The pockets should be small and fitted for the items described above. There could be a detachable centered front pocket just for the binoculars, with support straps built into the vest (doubling as a way to snug up its fit). There’d be straps to cinch the pockets tight around the items they contain. There would be something like 8-10 total pockets accessible on the front of this thing, mostly off-center to avoid interfering with prone positions. A slim license/tag pocket somewhere would be nice, too.

    Other things I’d like:

    (1) Lightly insulated, breathable, fully waterproof gloves…eVent or something.

    (2) A good hat/facemask/baclava. I’d like a bill like a ballcap’s to block the sun, but that can be flipped up out of the way when not needed, without feeling weird.

    (3) Tough ultralight waders, or better yet something to really waterproof the gaiter-boot seal… like an extremely soft rubber o-ring that could be slipped over the boot and under the gaiter.

  140. Jeff M. Valunas Reply

    Jason-
    Would love to see a ‘glasser’s jacket’! Must be 100% windproof, and Insulated! Preferably ‘down’! This jacket would not need venting/ or
    breathability, as IT would be worn on top of the merino layers + Guide Jacket, if necessary. If you need to vent, simply unzip!!! Once you find the animal you want… Hour’s, if not days can go by searching… Element’s, cannot be a concern, in this situation… KUIU, was created for just this piece of gear.
    Jeff M. Valunas

    • lindsey Reply

      Umm, thats what the spindirft is.

      • Jeff M. Valunas Reply

        Lindsey-
        I appreciate your imput, I enjoy and understand many of your comments.
        However, I can promise you that the ‘spindrift’ is not 100% windproof, nor wearing the entire KUIU Kit, was!!! At 20-30 degree’s, wiith 30+ mph winds, I was shivering. Granted, I was sitting in one place, no wind cover, for around 5 hours. I believe the ‘spindrift’ is an amazing piece of gear. However- NONE of the KUIU line, has 100% windproof. I suggested this, for that reason… Thanks for your, take- Trust me, when you can’t move, because your affraid that throphy, will disappear FOREVER!!! A windproof jacket would be nice. JMV

    • Ryan Avery Reply

      Jeff, I know exactly what you are talking about. I hope that Jason addresses this gap in the clothing line. It would sell like hotcakes. Many times I have had to get up and move before I wanted to because I was freezing my butt off while glassing. This Jacket needs to happen! Come on Jason lets do it.

      • lindsey Reply

        Im sorry. I just didnt have that same experience with the gear on my end of november elk hunt in Montana. I was sporting the 185 merino tops/bottoms doubled*, spindrift, and guide jacket. I have fallen head over heals for the spindrift. I end up passing on all my other coats and end up with it on everyday 🙂 even out feeding horses and cattle.
        i understand your pain not wanting to move. I love coyote hunting in the deep winter.

      • Jeff M. Valunas Reply

        Ryan- Thanks for the support!
        Never fun, to have to move from a great glassing spot. Which, typically is a great spot, because you are in the wind, and glassing into, protected places!!! Glasser’s know this, and realize your pain! 🙂 Wind-Proof, layer from KUIU, makes sense, clearly to you/ me, and many around this comment.
        JMV

    • TJ H. Reply

      Not to play devil’s advocate, but that would be a jacket that could be used for evil (i.e. eastern treestand hunting). Jeff, I feel like your comments always echo my sentiments and vice versa, there are similar hunting situations with similar conditions no matter what you hunt or where. Why not create a lightweight jacket that is up to the task of glassing ALL DAY? Though not yet in the group, I hear every western hunter preach the need for high dollar glass. Why not be able to use that glass for what it’s designed for? Long hours sitting trying to find the animal you want, or how to get to that animal. I’d personally rather be comfortable than proving to myself how tough I am as a mountain hunter.

      • Jeff M. Valunas Reply

        TJ H- Your correct, we are thinking along the same lines, often. I don’t think there should be any bias toward eastern/ whitetail hunters. You have every right to voice your opinions, like any of the other’s here, claiming to be western hunters. In truth, we are all hunters! I believe, there is a misconception, that western hunters are always out hiking 10,000 foot mnt. to get where they need to be. I say BS, Once you find what you are looking for, we western hunters are not that far from treestand hunters, as we will sit an glass for days, if need be. To find that throphy again. Glasser’s Jacket/ tree stand Jacket, it will be nice to include.
        JMV

  141. TJ H. Reply

    As I’ve stated in previous posts, I am the eastern treestand hunter who appreciates Kuiu for what it is. It’s ultralight hunting gear that while designed for the mountains, does have a place in the treestand world. Next year I will be breaking into the western hunting world and love the fact that the gear I am familiar with here will work west as well. I’m not recommending a treestand line-up, but I do think these ideas would benefit hunters in the stand as well as those putting on miles outwest.
    1) Spindrift bibs. The spindrift jacket was designed primarily to be used as an insulation layer while glassing on cold mornings/days. I know the pants are supposedly on the way and am excited to try them, but I figured I’d go a route that isn’t already in the works. The bib would offer full back insulation while sitting on the ground without exposing the lower back like most (or all)pant styles do. This would keep heat trapped in the torso, keeping the core warm, thus preventing heat loss and allowing for long, comfortable glassing. For the guys crying for a treestand line-up, these would also work well for a layering system once you have reached your stand location (just like the spindrift jacket has done for me all season in Wisconsin).

    2) A layering hat system. While the merino 185 is a favorite of mine, it just simply did not fit under my guide beanie. Keeping the head warm for long sits, be it glassing or in a treestand, is important. I’m wondering if it is possible to create a ball cap style, where the main portion of the hat (the fabric actually covering the head) would be the Merino 185, and a bill would be made of the Toray material. This would lead to the possiblity of 2 layering option over the cap. 1 layer would be the guide beanie, adjusted to allow it to fit properly over another layer. This would serve a dual purpose of having a ball cap that will shed water as well as one that will protect one’s head from high winds. The second layering option would be a spindrift beanie. This would be your true insulating head layer. I have not done the high mountain cold days, but I would imagine sheep hunters who spend time glassing would appreciate something lightweight that would truely insulate the headgear. This system would allow the same cap to be a lightweight, warm weather ball cap, a midweight wind cutting beanie, and a heavyweight, cold, wet weather stocking cap/beanie. In my head I picture the spindrift layer fitting underneath the guide beanie so as to keep the water resistant properties of the Toray on the outer shell. Just as I stated with the bibs, something I think that would work well out west (the experts can weigh in with their thoughts) that would just so happen to fit the bill in a treestand if you know how to make the Kuiu system work for you (not trying to make Kuiu build something they aren’t).

    3) A heavierweight merino layer. I know others have mentioned it. I’m picturing a 350 layer. This one might be biased towards my eastern ventures, but I would imagine there are times the guys out west would like a heavier weight wool layer.

    4) A 250 or 350 merino neck gaiter. Just adding warmth to neck again, which makes life so much more bearable on those cold windy days.

    Lastly, I’d like to add that the Vias pattern fits wonderfully out east. Everyone clamoring for a hardwood pattern, head to gander mountain and pick something up. The Vias against any kind of skyline in a tree works fantastic!

    • James Johnson Reply

      I love hearing these kinds of comments from smart eastern hunters. I think the 350 layer merino is a wonderful idea. I also agree with the vias camo pattern comment.

      • TJ H. Reply

        I know this company was designed with Hardcore Mountain Hunting in mind, but the trademark says only this, “Ultralight Hunting.” As I’ve stated before, what many guys are looking for out of clothing while hunting the mountains, I’m looking for while climbing the bluffs with a stand system on my back at 4:30 in the morning. I’m not asking things be geared towards whitetail guys. I’m simply suggesting that warmer options that would benefit and be excellent choices for the mountain guys, would mutually benefit eastern whitetail guys. 1 clothing line-up, with the same goals in mind, that reaches multiple markets.

  142. Garrett Reply

    I remember your sole mission was to
    make the best mtn. hunting gear and
    clothing available. I feel that KUIU is definitely
    an outstanding mtn product and should
    continue with the same focus. Other
    companies lost that focus, i.e. Sitka.
    A lot of responses are steering away from
    what KUIU was designed for, mtn. hunting!

    I would like to see a new lightweight but tough
    as nails wader

  143. KV Reply

    I believe that KUIU was developed for Hardcore Mountain Hunters who demand the best ultralight gear. Your lineup so far has exceeded my expectations and I look forward to future products. For me the products I’d like to see are more merino wool products: glove liners (for inside crabbing gloves), socks, boxer/briefs, mock style shirt and an IBEX style sweater. Gaiters would be great, but the OR’s are hard to beat. A pack cover for the ICON is a must. Please don’t go to far out of the box developing everything from tree stands to full jumpsuits, you have a niche market and I’d hate to see KUIU become a REALTREE!!!!

  144. Garrett Reply

    I remember your sole mission was to
    make the best mtn. hunting gear and
    clothing available. I feel that KUIU is definitely
    an outstanding mtn product and should
    continue with the same focus. Other
    companies lost that focus, i.e. Sitka.
    A lot of responses are steering away from
    what KUIU was designed for, mtn. hunting!

    1.I would like to see a new lightweight but tough
    as nails wader for stream crossings that are very packable.
    2. Air vents on the attack pants, possibly thigh zips etc. a little extra weight of the zips shouldn’t a problem if they are worn during a 7-10 day hunt.
    3. A hood on the spindrift jacket similar to Mountain Hardwears hooded compressor jacket.
    4. Some type of rubber gusset similar to cold weather dive suits that is sewn into the bottom of the attack pant which slips over the top of a boot to keep out water during creek crossings. Also could incorporate this into the gaiters since water does get under the openings around your boot.
    4. A cut resistant shooting glove and a waterproof lightly insulated glove that is still functionable for handling a rifle or revolver.
    5. Possibly thicker shoulder straps for the packs to help cushion a 100lb.+ load.

  145. Bill Tozer Reply

    1) I will add my wish to the many above for a camo pattern suited for treestand hunting in conifer forests – green. I did a little test with the VILAS camo this year after two different friend’s dogs, that know me well, went berserk when I walked into camp. I set the camo out in the bushes where I could watch the reaction of deer as they approached my feeder. Three times deer saw it instantly an retreated quickly. I know it is designed for mountain hunting and thats great… but I’d especially like the rain gear in greens since I live on Vancouver Island.

    2) A cold/wet weather suit, in the treestanding camo suggested above… I’m talking -25F degree sit in a tree for four hours kind of system.

    3) As suggested before, a defender style shotty holder for the ICON packs…

    One of the new knives is on my Christmas wish list sent out to wife and daughter! 😉

    • dave Reply

      No. You want conifers on your camo, realtree and cabelas has them. Again, Kuiu is not designed for tree stand hunting.

  146. jim Dryer Reply

    1 merino boxers
    2 tall sizes
    3 brimmed beanie like the first lite
    4 liner glove in black and glove system for colder weather
    5 cure all for cold treestand hunters, a Kuiu version of the heater body suit. The HBS is to heavy and cumbersome for long packs to the woods with already heavy stands. Primaloft or down with a quiet soft shell thats compressable would be huge.
    6 Attack pants with a more durable outside like brush pants for upland hunting.

  147. Jorge Amador Reply

    Hey from Spain

    A mid layer, good for insulation and to use it alone
    Heavier jacket, DWR, insulation, hood. Good for whitetails hunters and winter hunts.
    Minimalist rain and winproof jacket, to carry in very small backpacks
    Light and small backpack or maybe one waistpack, adding it to the actual backpaks, as the Eberlestock fanny packs.
    Bivy, sleeping bag and sleeping pad, to use as one full system
    Hot weather line, good for your warmer states and for the africanists

    Jorge

  148. Robert Reply

    I’m just going to list some items I would like. 1 I would like a pair of merini gloves, have you seen the mittens that have the folding finger coverings. I swear by them and the merino would be awesome. 2 how about more accessory pouches available for the pack. They can attach to the waist belt or wherever. 3 a rifle carrying system for the pack. I like my rifle to set a little lower. It a pain to bust through brush up high. 4 how about heavy merino for hunting while not moving. Late season moose hunting get pretty nasty weather and you don’t move a whole lot. 5 gaiters. 6 have you ever thought about a sleeping bag. Could you imagine merino for moisture wicking and warmth and the shell for water proof and breathable. I bet you could sell a ton. 7 insulated pants like the spindrift jacket. 8 merino boxers like smart wools. I don’t wear anything but those now. I guess I’ll stop there. I sure hope some of my wish list makes the cut. Thanks guys, you stuff is so awesome..

  149. Joe Coots Reply

    Comments have been made about why would a stand hunter want ultralight gear: Here in N.GA we hike quite a ways through rough hills getting to our stands so I go in very skimpy even in cold weather but need lots of warm stuff to stay on the stand 4-6hrs once I get there. I want both ultralight and heavy gear available to me and I think a lot of other hunters want both too. If you want more of the market, don’t limit yourself to just the “ultralight” gear…why not both? Most everything I have thought of has been mentioned already, some fantastic ideas on here…but I’ll add couple of designs/features I’d most like to see:

    1) On a light pack, in addition to the great comments already added, please make horizontal straps or a horizontal “apron” that extends from the bottom to the top of the pack to compress/carry clothes vertically on the pack. By the time you bundle up all that clothing, those straps designers put at the bottom of packs that hold gear horizontally are useless. I want to be able to roll my clothes vertically and then attach them securely to the pack vertically to make it less cumbersome.

    2) Pockets on the inside of the pants at knee level like those in football pants, to accept a kneepad. The pocket should position the kneepad on the area that actually is on the ground when you are on your knees, not too high up on the top of the knee. Kneepad should be thin, flexible…think the same football type foam pad a bit thinner with a plastic core….like double milk-jug thickness. I hunt multiple times a year, stalking in places with lots of rocks, cactus, etc., and conventional kneepads are too hot, won’t stay in place, noisy….they just don’t cut it so my knees end up taking a beating. Maybe a separate pant for this type of hunting and double/triple the knee area or a different material all together at the knee location. Make it the same current light stretch material everywhere else.

    3) wool products 2-3x weight of current offerings. For us stand hunters, I’d love some heavier camo wool products. I’d kill for a camo, zip neck, hooded (removable) pullover like my ulfrotte 400 and 600 jackets that I could wear as a mid layer when really cold or an outer layer when less. Same beanie and neck gaiter design but again 2-3x weight of current offering.

    4) Love the vias camo…great pattern that works from even close distances in my opinion but make it in green tones please for us eastern tree/ground hunters.

    I can’t wait to see what comes out of all this input in the following years at Kuiu! Keep up the great work.

    JC

  150. Steve Smith Reply

    1.) I would like to see a crew neck ( no zipper) in both short and long sleeve, 185 Merino top with an added small chest pocket to hold an elk reed, etc…..
    2.) A brimmed Beanie
    3.) I like the idea of a smaller day pack
    4.) A mid weight camo hoodie

  151. Jerry V Reply

    1) A Guide “Lite” Jacket, no insulation or hood, but the same basic design & fit and DWR qualities.
    2) A Hooded 250 Merino Base top
    3) A 150 Merino short sleeve, crew top
    4) Spindrift vest
    5) A 185 Merino crew top

    JV

  152. James Johnson Reply

    A lot of people are saying they would like a smaller pack. I believe this would prove to be an excellent seller. A small day pack would certainly be perfect for me. I would like to see it with the capability to hold a bow. Vias camo too.

  153. SoleAdventure.com Reply

    I just want to +1 a few of the ideas that have already been mentioned…

    – Add thumb loops to the merino tops
    – Offer crew and hooded options for merino tops
    – Offer a merino boxer jock

    I understand your ‘core’ vision if for mountain hunting, and I think that VIAS excels for that. That said, if you are looking to expand the product line, I would be one of the many hunters interested in an alternate forest/woodland pattern.

  154. Nathan Reply

    What are the main items I bring on a big mountain hunt that KUIU currently doesn’t offer??…

    1) Sleeping Bag.
    2) Sleeping Mat.
    3) Tent/shelter system.

    4) Water-proof, bomb-proof, super warm mitts
    5) Warm head gear/balaclava system

  155. Todd Reply

    I’m trying to figure out why a good jacket for treestand hunting would be bad for glassing in other than weight. I hunt both the Northern mid west and out west. There isn’t a requirement that a stand parka/jacket be heavy. Similarly, there isnt’a requirement that a glassing jacket be shiny and noisy. I think we can have both light and quiet. I’ve never stopped to glass in wyoming and put on my insulation layer to think man i’m sure glad this jacket is this noisy and shiny. The problem as I see it is most offerings for Whitetail hunter are heavy and bulky. I honestly think Jason has the talent to blurr the lines here and have the end user end up a better garment. The real mountain requirement is light and breathable as I see it. That shouldn’t conflict with any type of hunting in my opinion.

    • James Johnson Reply

      I like everything Todd is saying. For some reason it seems like a lot of people do not want whitetail hunters wearing Kuiu. In my opinion, there is no reason why a whitetail hunter would not want a quality layering system to wear hunting. I personally spend a lot of time researching this type of clothing and find it to be far more useful for a whitetail hunter then cheap bulky stuff that wears out. Great example: I went hunting last night and it was 75 degrees at the start. Shortly after it started raining. Once the rain stopped the temperature took a step drop. I was able to stay comfortable and see three deer last night when most people would not have even gone hunting. I certainly know I needed layers to make this possible. I think whitetail hunters that are interested in Kuiu are extremely smart. Good pricing strategy, quality materials, great layering capabilities. Why would a whitetail hunter not want to buy Kuiu would be a better question.

      • dave Reply

        You really thinks thats it? Its the fact that what Kuiu has designed works, now your asking them to change it from western mountain hunting to eastern tree stand whitetail hunting. With heavyweight bibs, change the camo color and pattern, ect.
        There are hundreds of camo patterns, clothes, ect geared towards what you guys do. Other than KUIU, there is really nothing out there and i know alot of us have been suffering with the cabelas, ect type camo clothes for years. It doesnt work for what i do and is heavy and uncomfortable.

  156. Brian R Reply

    After my first 18 days of late season hunting with new gear that consisted of KUIU, SITKA, ICEBREAKER, & PATAGONIA here are some of my opinions. Conditions during this time ranged from snow at altitudes of 9000′ – 11,000′, to the plains with wind chills running in the negative teens. Stay with the mountain concept, and keep your product line concise. The market is flooded with all sorts of clothing gear, please KUIU don’t be a follower. Refine what you have, adjust as required, and fill the niche that this market and hunter has been missing.

    1) I love the guide glove hands down a great product, but needs a couple of refinements. I’m a size XL. The wrist strap is to short, when wearing a midweight layer with thumb holes the wrist strap was barely long enough to secure. The material (webbing) b/n the thumb and index finger is not ample enough. I cannot fully open my hand without forcefully stretching the fabric around my fingers. It is possible that the leather palm material is part of the issue, and it not wanting to stretch. The leather palms are awesome. Also, I dismantled an older pair of ‘Glomits’, and combined the mitten portion with my guide glove. This worked well with some issues.
    2) I would like to see a designed “Glomit” with the guide glove being used. Use the same leather on the palm of the glomit, along with a windproof water proof material. Make sure that the ‘mit’ can be removed in warmer weather, and add a waterproof pocket to the back of the ‘mit’.
    3) Insulated glove, with the same leather palms as the guide gloves.
    4) Heavier merino baselayers. I primarly use the Icebreaker brand with great success, with the heaviest weight being 200. They make a 260 weight, but the price seems to steep, when I can double up a 200 & 150 weight.
    5) Offer a merino base layer without a zipper. The last thing I want against my skin is a zipper
    6) I would like to see a KUIU version of the Patagonia R1 fleece. The only problem with Patagonia is the lack of camo.
    7) Thumbholes in layering garments are fantastic features. I’m sure that these would be welcomed if incorporated in some of the future layering garments.
    8) Merino or Fleece beanie & insulated hat in Orange. Most firearm seasons in the lower states require this. I’ve yet to find one that I like.
    9) Ball cap that is Toray or similar in Orange – Water resistant at a minimum
    10) Face Mask in Merino, or a Bacalva that can be used as a neck gaitor, partial mask, and a full mask. Underarmour makes something similar to this but it is polyester based, when it saturates it becomes very cold.
    11) Merino briefs that don’t cost $30 – $50 a pair
    12) Insulated pant (spindrift)

  157. clark Reply

    I really like the knee pads i mentioned it on the forum awhile back. Also some light gloves that can be used while wearing a release. I had some but the quality was not there.

  158. LEE JOHNSON Reply

    I’m with the guys that say stick with the lightweight mountain hunting gear and the vias camo. #1 Bino pouch. I am currently using the Alaskan guide pouch because it encloses and protects but once I pull the binos out they are loose which is fine when I put them on the tripod but they need some type of detacable straps. #2 Warmer glove system. #3 Warmer beenie. #4 Pack rain cover. #5 Rifle carry something like the Blacks Creek. #6 Someone mentioned light bombproof waders. Thanks for all the great gear Jason.

  159. Shon Marshall Reply

    Jason,
    After using the Icon 3000 through this years hunting season it’s my opinion that the pack can be used for loads of no more than 45 or 50 Lbs. and be compfortably worn for a long time, (5 hours+). I really wonder if the Icon 6000 is under designed, However I have not had the oppertunity to use it. Im a pretty average size guy, 5’9″ 160lbs. but it’s not uncommon for me when packing out a deer or elk to carry 100+ pounds. I have had a Kelty Super Tioga ext. frame pack for years, and it will carry the big loads very well. Im just wondering if a beefed up Carbon Fiber frame might be a good idea.

    Next,
    I think a lighter weight more fitted design of the Guide Jacket would be sweet, a couple things that I would like is an off center front zipper. I would like it off to the left, I’m a right handed shooter. another thing that could be added once the zipper is located off center is a sewn on binocular pouch. I do a lot of cycling, and some cycling clothing designers are making very nice fitting, functional light weight jackets, a lot of them have a zipper pocket on the back horizontally, a very nice feature.

  160. DMeans Reply

    1 – Balaclava, merino, heavy and light version, Vias and plain
    2 – Crusher hat, wool, full brim, Vias and plain
    3 – Vest merino wool, high collar, Vias and plain
    4 – Bib overalls, leg zips, closeable side ventilation, double butt/knees, suspenders that last as long as body, Vias, woll material to diffuse light and maintain silence
    5 – Fanny pack/day pack convertible

  161. Peter A. Reply

    Many people have already suggested items that I already had in mind such as a day pack, bino cover, facemasks, and a different glove/mitten. Here is my two cents on what could be done with some of those ideas, plus one I haven’t saw mentioned.
    1. A carbon fiber walking stick. A super strong and lightweight walking stick would be excellent. Innovations could be made to make it dual purpose as a walking stick/mono pod for shooting. The latter is probably more usefull to elk and mule deer hunters than sheep or goat hunters.
    2. A neck warmer and or balaclava. For cold weather hunts these would be superb. neck warmers are great at preventing heat loss rising up from your chest. For the balaclava an open face design is much better than holes for your eyes, nose and mouth. Working outside in Canada during the winter teaches you a few heat conservation tricks.
    3. A liner or realease glove. A smaller, more technical glove would be great. Also a mitten that would fit over such a glove or the current model would be great. Do not make cold weather gloves with a shooting finger that unzips or opens up in any way! That will always be a weak point in that glove and then your entire hand will get cold.
    4. More camo patterns. Vias is a wicked pattern but in some applications its usage isn’t always ideal. Perhaps a green and brown version for elk hunting and a version with more browns for the southwest and other areas of the world.
    I hope my input helps and that everyone can help make Kuiu a company that provides specialty gear that is user designed and evaluated.

  162. Tom Murphy Reply

    Keep up the solid color options and add more solid colors.
    Thumb holes on base layers.
    Orange (solid blaze for legal requirements of some firearm seasons in some states) hats in merino beanie and an attack fabric ball cap also, camo and orange trucker style ball cap.
    Spindrift vest.
    Jacket with windproof chest and just wind resistant in the sleeves so it can breath.
    Low-cut gaiters similar to OR flextex.
    Merino glove liner and windproof “honey-badger” tough gloves.
    Merino Hoodie.
    merino: crew “T” and boxer brief (with merino waist band)
    Hoodie just like the new logo gear just full-zip front, also offer the logo gear in merino wool but with same weight fabric.

  163. jerseyjohn1 Reply

    1- day/fanny pack of about 1000CI
    2- slightly bigger hats and gloves
    3- bino pouch

    JJ

  164. casey holen Reply

    A KIDS LINE OF CLOTHING THAT IS ADJUSTABLE FROM AGE 5 TO 10YRS OLD.
    next level of gloves
    reinforce the back pockets on the pants
    another level of baselayer

  165. Mark Reply

    Lots of great ideas that I won’t repeat, but here are a few of more. Since these are hunting garments quiet is the key.

    The Chugach rain pants I tried had a hard shell at the bottoms that made a lot of noise as the rubbed together at the ankles when walking. I understand the durability you wanted, but this was excessive and counterproductive to the ultimate use (hunting).

    Everything you make should not have buttons or zippers that rattle. I am amazed at how many lines of so called hunting gear has this problem. They were not designed by someone who hunts successfully!

    A lightweight packable fanny pack for those short trips away from a base (bivy) camp.

    You already said you were going to make size smalls. Yippee! Expect a huge order in 2012.

  166. Russell Reply

    I agree with the bino and rangefinder holder. I liked David’s idea of having it attach to backpack straps.
    I know you are in the process with the gaiters can’t wait to test those!
    I would really like to see the crew lightweight shirt with just small zip pocket on the arm to hold elk diaghram calls.
    I have a hard time finding really thin tight fitting gloves for bowhunting. Those would be great.

  167. chad w Reply

    i would like to comment on refining the guide jacket or building a winter geared jacket. check out the loki brand ski/snowboard jackets. the cuffs fold out into mittens and it has a built in balaclava in the hood. might be interesting.

    also, for a mid season archers jacket- most all of us archers prefer tighter fitting clothing with articulated joints and during september carrying a backpack can get your upper back pretty warm even with vented packs. how about a two layered jacket with a verticle upper back waterproof zip to open up when carrying a pack? my idea is to have elastic between the two layers from the shoulders to the scapula to open the vent when unzipped and pull tight the articulated shoulders when zipped.

    as far as the beanies, i love the fabric but..
    1. its way too tight even for my small head
    2. i appreciate the long back when my ears are cold but then i cant hear so i never pull it down. not to mention it bunches up on my neck and pulls hairs. maybe a relief arch is necessary for the bridge of the back of the neck and a looser fit.

  168. Adam Janke Reply

    1) Definitely a spindrift vest. Total must.
    2) Throw another vote in for a lightweight/tactile “shooter/tac” style glove. Would buy in a second.
    3) Matte black colour offerings in the solids. I would own 2 each of the guide jackets and vests if you had matte black.
    4) Another vote for a chest pouch but not just a bino pouch. Ideally with various sleeves, compartments for sorting calls, binos, map, GE pics, compass, etc. I agree with the other guy re. making both standalone and pack compatible.
    5) Would love to see the guide vest be less a layering piece and more of a functional moving “fast and light” option. As mountain hunters we’re almost always moving with a pack on and it would be great if the guide vest had some well placed pockets to hold calls, compass, extra ammo, release, etc. that ALSO weren’t covered by pack straps. The chest pouch would solve some of this but I’m seeing something similar to a turkey vest in function just not that bulky and cumbersome. Sort of a “run-and-gun” vest that would provide wind and weather resistance if moving slow/stalking but gives you some added breathability if climbing/packing/moving fast. Same guide materials just some added functionality.
    5) Merino boxers and socks. Bad socks make for a HORRIBLE mountain hunt.
    6) Some sort of bow and rifle protecting pack-compatible sleeve/scabbard/attachment.
    7) An arm band similar to what you see QB’s wear in football but made from a different materal. Something with a big enough window to see your map (small areas) without having to stop and pull a map out and make additional movement. Something you can quickly reference when on the move and also protects your map from the weather.
    8) Boots. The trend in footwear right now is to go as light-weight and “minimalist” as possible. The rules in terms of what ankles and feet need are changing drastically so we will slowly but surely see the boot manufacturers pick-up on what is happening in running/trail-running right now. I assess and work with feet all day in my business and this is a real phenomenon the big footwear companies are investing tons of money in this realm. Kuiu could be first to market with a hunting oriented option. Email me Jason if you have questions/ideas, I’d love to help design a boot.

  169. Matthew Reply

    1. Make the damn gaitors already.
    2. Make a woolen ball cap that is fitted, just like an MLB cap. No need for merino wool, but ditch the cotton caps.
    3. I have no idea why anyone thinks the attack pants are too warm. I want a spindrift pant. It needs to go under a shell for sure, but I will use my Chugach pants for that.

  170. Bryden Reply

    I like the Idea of a Kuiu Bino bivy like Sitka’s. and to have a system that you can use it with its own straps and have clips that attach it to shoulder straps of a pack.

    A light daypack and a daypack that can handle meat hauling, with an expandable meat shelf.

    i would defiantly go for morino 185 shirt with no zip. And maybe more pockets on the outerwear.

  171. Jeff Burgess Reply

    Jason what about a light weight long sleeve that will hold up better in the Southwest scrub oak cactus etc….. I like the merino but this summer 20 days with my kuiu gear and my shirts are all torn up.

  172. warren nichols Reply

    I think a heavy jacket camo jacket designed like a ranger bush jacket. Something suited for 8 hour horse back trips or riding around on atvs/snowmobiles.

    Winter/late fall colour patterns would be great.

    • dave Reply

      What???

  173. Harlan Giles Reply

    I too would like to see a good pair of knee pads. Have you thought about merino wool socks and boxers also? I’d be interested in those. Also be interested in a fanny pack for calls and such.

  174. Raymond Reply

    Thank you for the GREAT products!
    I would like to see a light weight, Under 2 lbs, 3 season tent and a Guide Jacket.

  175. Bob Stevenson Reply

    I would like to see a utility vest in blaze orange and camo for rifle and archery hunting. I would like it to include a place for range finder, bino harness/cover, a light weight day pack that could hold a small water bottle, sandwich, couple granola bars, and things necessary for one day trips. It would be very important that there wouldn’t be any snaps or buckles to rub on rifle when it is on your shoulder. Also gloves that would be a quarter inch longer than the current xl gloves that Kuiu currently offers. I would like these gloves to include a merino liner and if primaloft could be incorporated that would be even better. Need to be compact enough to fit in a trigger guard. The rest of the new line I would look forward to would be the basic jacket, pants, gators, insulating layers, and a light weight merino wool cap. The current line is so good that I would be careful with major changes.

  176. george mcgillivray Reply

    How about a shorter legged pant? There are quite a few of us with less than a 31″ inseam and a 38″ waist. It’s obviously not an issue unless there is an ankle zipper.
    I like the idea of a warmer camo jacket in the equivalent of a polartec 300 windstopper.

  177. Alvaro from Spain Reply

    Jason,
    Sorry I am so late to the Blog, but we have been hunting hard lately. Maybe these have already been suggested by others, in their wish lists, but in any case here are my two cents:
    -Guide Jacket: wider fore arms, and looser fit in the arm pits.
    -Attack pants: Major Brown
    -Attack pants II: heavier fabric, for the not-so-active hunts
    -All pants: optional shorter inseam length, Major Brown
    -Chugach jacket: improve cuff adjustments
    -Spindrift Pants: with full length zips on both legs
    -Spindrift Jacket II: with more insulation, hood, and the Attack pant fabric. Not too heavy, though, as it should still work as a mid layer.
    -Spindrift vest: in the same material
    -Merino boxers
    -4500 Icon: with lid
    -All jackets: more pockets
    -Gaiters: knee high, Vias Camo
    Thank you, and best regards from Spain!
    Alvaro

  178. Thomas Downing Reply

    A Kuiu short would be awesome. They would have to be long, to the knee. Simply, your attack pant, side pockets and all…Another option is to take your attack pant and have a zip off version at the knee, to make it a pair of shorts…Another idea, offer you merino wool bottoms in Vias Camo. A Merino wool t shirt, that would be have options to have either Vias or the tan…And finally, A Kuiu hunting shirt, with a sewn in bino pocket on the front of the shirts. It would provide the a place to put your binos in when you are stalking, crawling toward your quarry…Thank you for letting your customers express their ideas and thoughts. God bless, T Downing

  179. john Reply

    Lots of ideas here, some are very good (imo). Since you’re not the size of Cabelas yet I’ll echo some of the above suggestions.
    Stick with the Vias Camo please!! Crew merino layer. Exterior chest pocket on Guide jacket and vest and/or maybe a sleeve/shoulder pocket on jacket. I find the wrist strap on the gloves a bit cumbersome with my string release. I like the idea of the glove liner/warm season glove. A boonie style hat in the guide fabric will get my money too. All in all you guys are killing it!! Keep doing what you’re doing cause you got it right!! Thanks.

  180. Ron Green Reply

    Jason, thanks for the opportunity to submit my ideas and participate in your building and growing of KUIU.

    I have several ideas that I’ll list below, but they aren’t in any particular order.

    1. Guide Series Pants: Full zip, reinforced knees, inside of ankles, and seat, designed to wear as stand alone or over attack pants. Full zip would mean no cargo pockets, but with a double (or better yet a triple slider) zipper, pants could be vented or access to attack pant cargo pocket underneath.

    2. Attack (or even Chugach) boonie hat. Used to keep the sun off of face, neck, and ears, and in light rain showers when hood isn’t needed.

    3. Attack Ball Cap. Replace the cotton (vias) ball cap for wearing while hunting. I like wearing the cotton style ball hats around town, but in the mountains I prefer to wear non-cotton.

    4. Primaloft (Spindrift) Vest:

    5. Heavy weight (heavier than 250) Merino shirt with zippered chest vent, hood, and thumbholes. Is it / would it be possible to mesh together 250 on the outside and 185 next to skin for a heavier weight shirt?

    6. Merino Tshirt: crew neck, with or with out chest vent zipper (185 weight)

    7. Merino Boxer Jock briefs (185)

    8. Brush Buster Attack Pants. Here in AZ we deal with lots of plants (catclaw, manzanita, cactus, etc) that will shred worst case, and snag the heck out of best case, the attack pants. A pant that would stretch and provide the dwr ability that the attack pants provides, but wouldn’t be shredded by the vegatation would be an instant hit to desert sheep and coues deer hunters across the state. Best and current options are double faced carhartts, chaps, or upland pants. Most of these options are cotton and are ok when dry, but not good when wet. They also don’t stretch and work with you while hiking like the attack pants do. Granted, for a protective outer layer on the front of the pant you would give up some stretchability and coolness, but it would be worth it to have pants last longer and not have your legs shredded under the pants.

    9. Lobster Claw insulated outer glove with removable fleece liner (or use the guide glove for inside.

    10. KUIU gaitors (in progress)

    11. KUIU bino harness/cover (in progress)

    Thanks and feel free to contact me if you have any questions on anything I put above. I also completed the online survey.

    Thanks,
    Ron

  181. LoneGriz Reply

    Just a thought I’m going to throw out since there have been many suggestions that I would think would be/should be outside KUIU’s strategic business model…

    There are several companies out there focused on hunting (and military) packs… companies out there focused on hunting (and military) shelters… that produce high quality products. There are definitely fewer that produce high quality hunting (and military clothing). Would it be possible to partner with those companies vs. compete with them to remain focused on core products vs. spreading resources too thin across too large a produce line?

    I would like to see a KUIU, Mystery Ranch and Kifaru partnership! I know there is some overlap in product offering, but at least IMHO, there are products each offer that are better than the others. Nobody beat me up here since this is only my opinion and is bing used to make my point: KUIU is, or will be, clearly out in front on clothing/offering a ultralight mountain hunting layering system; in my opinion Mystery Ranch makes the best packs produced anywhere; Kifaru produces ultralight heated shelters systems that none can touch. If KUIU (clothing), Mystery Ranch (packs) and Kifaru (shelters) partnered to produce an end to end ultralight hunting system for serious hunters, that would be nervauna for hardcore mountain hunters (with too much money!).

    Admittedly, I’m not sure where the benefit would be for these 3 companies to partner, but the hardcore hunter would certainly benefit. I expect the primary benefit to the companies would be the ability to focus resources on a smaller set of products and to capture a higher market share in their particular niche. I suspect there may be other areas where the combination of the parts would be greater than the individual pieces (?).

    Hey, a hunter can dream in between seasons, can’t he! If I woke up tomorrow and read in the headlines that KUIU, Mystery Ranch, Kifaru, Dozier (knives) and HSPrecision (rifles) had partnered to provide the serious mountain hunter the absolute top of the line hunter package… I would have died and gone to hunter heaven.

    BTW, Filson partnering with Levi on serveral products, is just one example of this actually happening in the marketplace.

    • brant mcgee Reply

      No.

    • Jerry V Reply

      LoneGriz, I agree.
      One company can’t do it all and provide a top rate product on everything. Personally (will probably get flamed for this), I wish Kuiu had concentrated on just hunting clothing, at least for the first few years to have a complete line. Example: not having a good set of gaiters or a lightweight jacket, but packs in the first year didn’t seem right.
      BTW, I agree about Mystery Ranch

      JV

      • dave Reply

        Have you even tried the packs? Obviously not. It puts every other pack out there to absolute shame.

      • LoneGriz Reply

        dave
        December 10, 2011 at 10:05 am
        “Have you even tried the packs? Obviously not. It puts every other pack out there to absolute shame.”
        ______

        Come on Dave… seriously?

        I appreciate and understand your loyalty to KUIU, and I’m definitely not taking any credit from Jason for his product design experience and what he is working to accomplish here with KUIU, but you can’t honestly say that a 1st year pack can compare to Dana Gleason (Mystery Ranch) or Partrick Smith (Mountain Smith) products who have been designing and providing top of the line backpacks (and other products) for 30+ years… or sold their proven companies/designs (Dana Gleason – ‘Dana Design’; Patrick Smith – ‘Mountain Smith’) to large global companies to focus on hunter/military specific niche packs? I don’t want to get into a pissing match here… that isn’t my intent and doesn’t belong in this blog. I think Jerry summarized my point very well… “One company can’t do it all and provide a top rate product on everything”. My only point, as an avid hunter who is willing to spend big coin on niche products that meet/exceed my requirements for my hunting pursuits, is I’d like to see select companies partner to benefit our niche market vs. spreading their talents and resources too thin across a product line that has competing products that are already at the top of their game. Again, just my dream…

      • Jerry V Reply

        Yes, I have and this is my opinion.

        I really like the Kuiu clothing, in fact have every piece except a ball cap. Right now I’m trying out the new MR Dragonslayer (X frame), for it’s size- 4 1/2lbs, it blows away everything I’ve ever tried or owned. That goes for my two other Mystery Ranch packs.

        This is how products get improved, is by questioning and comparing with other brands. Don’t slam me for my opinion, especially since you don’t know me.
        Enough said
        JV

      • dave Reply

        And you sure as hell dont know me. I also own packs from both manufacturers. Tell me, how heavy is the frame for the mystery ranch pack? You basically said “how dare you Kuiu for making a pack and taking business away from poor Mystery ranch.. You dont know what your doing Kuiu when it comes to making packs.” And that is completely ignorant.
        you didnt answer the question either. You dont own a kuiu pack do you. See, this is what pisses me off about people and their so called opinions. If you havent even tried a particular product, how can you give an accurate opinion?
        Your entitled to yours as am I.

  182. Juan Reply

    I will agree with all those who would like to see…
    1. lighter weight “shooter” glove in VIAS
    2. merino base layer w/out the zipper
    3. bino pouch
    4. spindrift type vest in VIAS
    5. Don’t know if this has been mentionad as I didn’t read ALL the above posts.. But how about a hooded “pull-over” sweatshirt in VIAS? Either merino or maybe even just a performance polyester??
    6. Also, I CAN’T be the only “FLAT-BILLER” out there! How about a “flat-bill” fitted type hat in VIAS?? PURDY PLEASE!?!?!?!?!
    7. Guide style jacket with a little more insulation
    THANKS KUIU and as stated above, PLZ don’t become a follower! Keep on your current path! THANKS again!!! 8 )

  183. Mike Evans Reply

    My suggested products
    1. Merino lined gloves
    2. Lightweight waders for stream crossing
    3. Larger sized merino beanie
    4. Short sleeve merino tee shirt
    5. Wool ball cap with ear flaps

  184. sean Reply

    I buy Kuiu because I live and hunt in the B.C. mountains, I have no use for sitting in a tree stand at the corner of a farmers field, i dont want camo with leaves on it or charcol linings to control scent. You see i went for years buying quality back packing gear to keep me warm, dry and comfortable while hunting in the backcountry, problem was they are not meant for hunting so there were alot of downfalls. Then i found kuiu. No disrespect white tail tree stand guys, but you have owned the market for too long! let us mountain guys have our own line! I own the the whole kuiu line up minus some hoodies and ball caps, and it really does what is advertised to do( ultra light mountain hunting) better than anything else, bar none. You have to wear it as a system to truly realise how well it works. ok enough rambling.
    1: of course the bino harness( already seen jason wearing one in vias so im sure its in the works)
    2: ultra light tent, MSR makes my favorite tents
    3: Vias pack cover
    4: lightweight fully waterproof dry sacks
    5: warm waterproof gloves for glassing
    6: more merino products, that stuff will truly save your life!
    7: maybe a sleeping bag, seems like a big undertaking though, i truly believe there only 2 companys in there world right now that make a GREAT bag
    Other than that keep doing what you doing, but don’t change vias!

    • Nicholai Reply

      I agree with you, I don’t mean to sound pretentious but I don’t think that it would do mountain hunters any good to develop tree stand hunting gear.

      Thanks
      Nicholai

    • Alvaro from Spain Reply

      Vias pack cover, that is agood one I should have included in my wish list too…!

    • Adam Janke Reply

      Sean, I’m a BC hunter too and swear by KUIU as well. What sleeping bag companies are you referring to?

      • sean Reply

        western mountaineering bags all the way! a bit pricy but worth every penny, I used a marmot for a while and thought nothing could compare, until i bought a WM, it is like comparing a corvette to a ferarri, they are both nice, but the corvette is built on the production line by robots, ferarri is built with pride and craftsmanship.

  185. Tom Murphy Reply

    -How about some plaid merino shirts (like pendleton button front) in vias camo colors for hunting and every day wear?
    – A tough quite burr/sticker resistant hunting shirt.
    -merino ball cap is a great idea, I’d buy one or two.
    -more solid colors, especially in pants and hats.
    The reason behind solid colors is because for the money pent and how comfortable/durable they are I would like to wear them more then just for hunting.

  186. Nicholai Reply

    Thanks for the opportunity.
    I think that light weight gear is extremely important while mountain hunting, however I feel that the gear needs to be designed to mitigate issues and that durability and function are never compromised. Below is my wish list that I came up with on my wife’s sheep hunt this year.

    1) Low-Rise Bib Shell
    *Similar to the Arc Teryx Alpha LT 1/2 bib, with zippers that stop short of the waist so that they won’t dig into your hips while packing. I mostly get wet from walking through wet brush and grass, and would like vent zippers on the back of the thighs so that the pants turn into chaps while the vents are open, reducing the amount of water that can come in from walking through wet brush. The low rise bibs would eliminate a chink in the armor and keep you drier while crawling through the brush and prevent wind from infiltrating so badly

    2) Hard shell Gloves
    *I imagine these to be primo for costal mountain goats. I would like these to have removable liners so that you can tailor the glove the weather and dry out liners as needed.

    3) Shooter Glove
    *A glove for traditional archery hunting that can fit in the above mentioned hard shell glove.

    4) Hooded Primaloft
    *A late season primaloft with maybe 100g insulation, with no pockets and a half zip to reduce weight and cold spots. Pants would also be nice.

    5) Pack Cover
    *I would like a vias pack cover, that is either reversible or has some other provisions to make the pack extremely visible so that you can find it after dropping the pack for the final stock.

    6) Tarp/Poncho
    *I would like a vias sil-nylon tarp poncho to use as an emergency shelter and as a poncho to use as a wind block while glassing

    7) Knee Protection
    I would like removable knee pants put in the attack pants. These should be a relatively soft material so to not accelerate the wear and tear on the knees of your garments.

    8) Reinforcements
    *I am constantly damaging my clothing on scree and I would like to see reinforcement panels on the knees and seats of both of your pants. I do not feel that the instep should have reinforcement though since this is protected by the gaiters.

    9) Sizing
    *I think smaller sizes should be made for women hunters. I also think that the clothes in general should be a tall fit since that is the typical build of the sheep hunters that your line seems to cater to.

    Thanks for your time
    Nicholai

  187. Ron Wright Reply

    1) Merino 185 glove liners
    2) Merino 250 gloves for upland bird hunting
    3) Ear flaps on the Merino 185 beanie (I like using this as a hat liner)
    4) Merino sock liners
    5) A Guide Beanie that will work with eyeglasses and has ear flaps

  188. Justin Starck Reply

    Here is the solution for the “glassing jacket”… A down jacket (think Western Mountaineering Vapor) paired with the Chugach.

    • Jeff M. Valunas Reply

      J.S.-
      Nearly read my mind! How about something like the E.B. Micro Down Jacket + Wind Barrier + Chugach Shell?!?!?!?
      Unless, you are suggesting, get the W.M. Vapor, and put the Chugach on ??? Vapor, is not 100% windproof, right? Looking for 100%, windproof in the lightweight style/ concept of KUIU.
      Great idea/ back-up plan… 🙂
      JMV

    • Justin Starck Reply

      I would defiantly want the insulation and shell separate. I am going to have a rain shell anyway for active hunting in wet conditions. Combining the two into a single jacket would only add unnecessary weight to my overall system. An insulation piece with 5 oz. of quality down with a waterproof shell over top of it is going to be windproof.

      Because an insulation piece that warm wouldn’t be warn unless you were not moving, I think down is the only way to go. You have it in your pack for most of the hunt; maybe in a sil nylon stuff sack. You pull it out, through your shell over it and sit for hours. An insulation piece built for this purpose would never really be in any real danger of getting damp.

  189. Janis Putelis Reply

    Blaze orange Guide Vest
    Heavier Primaloft jkt, possibly with hood
    Pants from same material as Guide jkt
    Arizona brush buster style pants
    Stormy Kromer/Filson Mackinaw style hat

    Hand pockets on jackets could be a touch higher, so as not to interfere with waistbelt of pack.

  190. Zach Kincaid Reply

    I would love a lightweight, insulated, quiet, NOT camo pair of overalls. Seems that a heavy pair of carharts are the only option for non camo bibs. Since ill be backpacking, it would be nice to have a low back profile, possibly as low as the waist, to help keep cool with a load. Thanks in advance, most companies won’t take the time for customer suggestions.

  191. Matt Reply

    What i would like to see most is a camo pattern designed specifically for hunting in snow but not designed to be used in a treestand or other non-active method of hunting. Building a light snow camo layer would be ideal for late season deer hunting in the mountains where insulation is not key but where having the ability to layer your clothing is key. Id like to see the attack pants built for hunting in snow. I cant think of any snow camo out there that isnt too hot for active hunting such as mountain hunting muleys.

  192. Matt Reply

    A lightweight snow camo pack cover would be another great idea as no other company makes something like that to make your camo suitable for all seasons.

  193. Matthew Reply

    4. Since you are already playing with carbon…..how about a durable, simple, purpose-built hunting tripod for a spotting scope/camera?

    • Dave Reply

      I am 100% in agreement on the tripod. If you can build a bomber tripod and make money on it selling it cheaper than Outdoorsmans you should go for it. Zero middle man factor!

      • Matthew Reply

        Outdoorsmans is the best around. KUIU could trump that with carbon fiber.

  194. Derrick Reply

    Do NOT change Vias. I don’t think that very many many people (those who are saying to add green) read about how vias was developed. How many predators of ungulate prey do we see using green?? Think wolves, cougars, etc… I’ve used Vias in Idaho and it works just as well in my home state of Kansas hunting whitetails. I agree that KUIU should stay focused towards mountain hunting, but I think people need to get away from their designer camo’s and realize how effective Vias can be any any environment.

    • Jeff M. Valunas Reply

      Derrick-
      I agree!!!!!! VIAS, has yet to be understood, by most! Perhaps, those who feel a need to change it, should research (this web-site), to find the answer. I believe, there is ONLY one better camo….. That of the Predator, in the Movie….. And, perhaps- That would not even be better!?
      JMV

  195. Andy Bacigalupo Reply

    A couple of buttons and on the sleeves of the Spindrift and a couple of loops on the sleeves of the Guide so they can be attached to each other.Also a light weight high collar, full zip windshirt type garment that could attach to the Guide same as the Spindrift. Tripple duty for the Guide.

    Andy.

  196. Jason N Reply

    How about some ultralight, packable, yet comfortable and durable “whites” for snow camo and/or the “trojan sheep” strategy for Dall’s?

  197. Jason Browning Reply

    I live in southern NM, where daily temps tires swing 40 degrees morning to mid day. The layering system wield good but I would like to see a wool wind stopper sweater of some sort, maybe with a bit of insulation. Something to wear in like 50 degree temps.

    • Jason Haskell Reply

      50 degrees? That’s T-shirt weather!

  198. Gord C Reply

    I would like to see a Vias Camo Rifle Sling. Perhaps there are trimmings available from the manufacturing other products that could be used as you would only require a small strip of the material. Also, titanium hardware could be used to keep it as light as possible. Should have built in ammo holders and could be named The Kuiu Coop. On a related note, adding a a patch of material on the shoulder of outer wear that would marry well with a rifle sling to prevent the constant slipping of slings.

  199. Mike P Reply

    As mentioned above in other posts:

    Lightweight waders
    Bivy/ solo shelter
    KUIU running shorts 🙂

    Cheers,

    Mike P

    • johnc801 Reply

      I am really surprised by all the requests for waders. Assuming for stream crossings, then you would need boot foot waders (because the option, stocking foot, you would have to wear your hiking boots and they would be soaked and then why would you want the waders to start with) I just cannot imagine a physically light boot foot wader.

      To me, this is another area that I think KUIU would be wasting resources trying to develop. There are many great, bomber waders on the market…look at Patagonia and Simms to start, they both make a waist high, Gore-Tex wader that is as light as I would want if you actually want them to keep you dry and last.

      • Mike P Reply

        John,

        you are right that there are lots of waders on the market but as far as i know there is only one company that makes lightweight ones (Wiggy’s out of Alaska). What most guys are looking for is a pair that roll up the size of a water bottle and you slip over your boots and just tie off to your belt for crossing rivers and streams.

        Some of the areas we hunt have multiple crossings (one area I hunt sheep has 8 crossings to get too in 12 km) and taking your boots off every time is not feasible and going across bare foot is super cold and painful, not to mention you are asking for an injury while doing it. Carrying regular waders is a pain in the butt and does not make sense when backpacking so a lightweight pair would be the bomb 🙂

        As for wasting resources…not sure how that would be a waste since 30% of the guys on here have asked for them, its one of the top 5 things asked for so far so obviously there is a high demand for them.

        My 2 cents

        Mike P

        • johnc801 Reply

          That’s cool, Mike. I’ve never seen a wader like that, one you can put over your boots as you describe. I am an avid fly fisherman, so was logically thinking of a more traditional wader.

    • Mike P Reply

      oh and tall sizes too 🙂

      cheers,

      Mike

  200. Jonathan Clough Reply

    1, Camo Goose down half bag for the long mountain ambush after climbing the ridge waiting for the monster North Idaho whitetail or sheep hunt that goes too long and you can’t get back. It has to be waterproof, able to fit with your boots, clothing on. Just slip into it. It would double as a survival setup when stuck for the night. Feathered Friends makes the Vario but not in camo, not waterproof, not the right size. 1 1/2 lb goal weight.
    2. Merino Wool Hat, short brimmed, flapped, Camo with reverable orange band,
    3. Lightweight compressable butt pad, waterproof that could be put into a pack without taking up a ton of room
    3.

    • johnc801 Reply

      Lightweight, compressable butt pad…that is an awesome idea! I end up sitting on my backpack, which is fine except that you have to take it off…and sit on it.

  201. Braden Flood Reply

    1) Pull-over lightweight shell without a hood, 3/4 zip, chest pocket, wind/water resistant, rear map/hunters pocket.
    2) Shooters glove
    3) Poncho/tarp

    Keep the tall sizes coming. Not everybody that has long legs has a large waist.

  202. Travis M Reply

    Love the products I have and will be getting more for the weather I am in all the time on Kodiak.
    1 Might look at a simple sock system for both limbs of a bow that can snap to a pack or go with one of your backs.
    2 Love and attack pants, but I am looking a getting a great shell top and bottom and the chugak looks good but might try redesigning the zippers and pockets.
    3 If you go with fan pack of sort look in staying with the ones that have the back straps/ shooter glove/windproof light fleece.

  203. Pedro Ampuero Reply

    Almost out of time…

    I will love to see the following.

    1. 2000 ci pack with the frame system also. Really noise free for the day hunts. Lightweight is not a priority. Functionality.
    2. Shooting glove for bowhunting. Really nice fit.// A glove that is waterproof will be a great addition.
    3.Gaiters are on the way, great job!.

    Above there some great ideas also!

    Another great idea from the Kuiu team, great job.

    Good luck in the woods,

    Pedro Ampuero

  204. Nate Reply

    I would love to see your popular items offered in a small. I tried most of the current line up in a med and is was just too big. I was able to keep the layering pieces but the Jackets were too large.

    Admittedly I am not a giant. But I cant be the only one with this problem and heck I would bet that many guys have kids that they would love to outfit.

    Besides that just keep it light and fast don’t fall into the trap of extra pockets straps etc. If you need 100 pockets for your stuff, stay home with your smart phone. Some of us have a mountain to hunt.

    Thanks, Nate

  205. Tony Turra Reply

    1. Gun sling. Light weight. Field adjustable for field use. Quickly adjustable to be used to brace shooting.
    Also would like to find better sling connectors that will not corrode in the rain and do not sqeek.
    2. Insulated pants – mid weight for those colder days.
    3. Thin light weight grip glove. An underglove style to take the nippy mornings away. Especially when holding a bow.

  206. Jason Haskell Reply

    One thing to keep in mind to all those that are begging for down. When it gets wet it doesn’t insulate very well. In my opinion, down does have a place, but I am not sure that it is in a layered clothing system for mountain hunting. As hard as I try to regulate my temp it always seems as if I overheat a little at some point. All those wonderful wicking layers will push the moisture out until it hits the down layer where it will all get absorbed by the down. To me, Primaloft is still the best option for a layered clothing system for mountain hunting. I could see a down “overcoat” to throw on once you reach your glassing destination and plop down to scan draws for the next 8 hours. I would be very hesitant to use down, even in spite of its warmth and lightness, as an essential layer piece. Thanks again, Jason, for letting us “become” KUIU. It is a rare opportunity for us consumers and a very unselfish act on your part.

    • Jonathan Clough Reply

      Agree completely about your wicking moisture comments. Down is the only way to go once you get there, cool off and put it on. It is the lightest weight item to carry as we all know. For wearing stuff while you climb primaloft is excellent, the problem we have hunting in the mountains is staying warm once you get there, not climbing up. So we need both. However, the down product makers are set up for mountaineering, not hunting, so we continue to comprimise when it comes to hunting products available that use down. These comprimises are color, fabric choices, configurations, etc.

      • Nicholai Reply

        My opinion on gear is that if it can fail it eventually will fail. A down jacket at some point will get wet, or the shell will tear and it will become useless and could ruin a 2 week once in a lifetime hunt. I would really prefer that kuiu stays away from down, and sticks with more durable and moisture resistant insulations.

    • Justin Starck Reply

      If you can wear your insulation peice hiking your glassing point, it isn’t warm enough to use glassing. That is why down is my choice. There are plenty of good options out there without KUIU making one anyway.

  207. Graham McFarlane Reply

    1) I was thinking of a midweight wool (maybe merino) button-up shirt that could be either a layering piece or as an outer layer. I’ve been reading a bit about ion-mask waterproofing and was wondering if it could be used on a product like this.
    2) A large fanny-pack. I currently have the Badlands Monster and it is merely OK. I like the idea of the shoulder straps which spreads the load and allows for easy use of a hydration pack. But there is plenty of room for improvement. The layout of the pockets is kind of random, the “gps” pockets are terrible (it’s hard to close the zipper more than half way with only one hand, and while the pack is on you can only get one hand to each pocket), and the pocket for the hydration pack is an awkward after-thought. I also thought it might be possible to incoporate a binocular harness on the shoulder straps.

  208. Don Carpenter Reply

    1. Merino crew neck and/or hoody
    2. Insulated pants
    3. Gear sling/hauler for the icon frame, something that can be used seperately from the 3000 or 6000.

  209. George Hicks Reply

    I would like to see a heavier weight qtr. zip. When I go on backpacking trips when the weather can be highly variable (most of the time), I still find myself grabbing my lined Sitka quarter zip (the one with the thumb holes). I don’t want another jacket; I want another layer. I agree that a lighter weight pant would be nice for warm weather. A smaller daypack in the 2000 to 2250 size range would be a nice addition to.

  210. Levi Keyes Reply

    Jason,
    A few quick ideas for the KUIU Team.
    Merino glove liners that fit inside the guide glove
    Outside chest pocket on the guide jacket and vest
    Merino sock system
    Wool snap shirt with pockets and collar
    Wool billed hat with ear flaps
    And if at all possible a recharge kit for the DWR coating on the outer wear
    Thanks for the great products and customer support, looking forward to the new shipment.
    Levi

  211. Justin Martinez Reply

    Jason,
    I spend on average 40+ nights a year i the backcounty chasing my dreams of a monster. I have found products I love and many I hate. But there are a few thing I believe the KUIU family can use.
    1) light weight zip off pant for hot weather that dry fast
    2) cold eather glove, like a finerless mitten
    3) Bivy w/ a vestibule. something between Hilleberg Akto and The North Face Asylum. This will help out the down guys. It will help keep loft in there sleeping bags when needed and gear out of the weather.
    4) sox,sox,sox I cant say it enough. light, medium and heavy weight
    5) Spindrift pants
    6) Snake gaiters, Kuiu design w/ turtle skin protection
    7)Bandanna,Something as simple as this can be a life saver.Keeps the sun off your neck and bugs out of the ears if worn under a ball cap
    8)Compression Stuff sack. Maybe a Kuiu spin off Kifaru’s. They work great.

    Well thats all I got, Hope Im not to late…

  212. Gina Reply

    1. Waterproof bibs- no zippers on the hips (I would call them the TMA bibs because when I was hunting the Tok management area this year for dall sheep I wished I had them)
    2. Waterproof gloves- with leather or other very durable palms for stalking on all fours
    3. Sil-nylon tarp/ poncho- camo for glassing and emergency shelter
    4. Size small- because the medium is just too big.

  213. Stephen Hand Reply

    1. A brush-tough, long sleeve, camo, hot weather shirt with two big chest pockets with top button flaps. No velcro. Its too noisy. Would serve as a layer in colder weather. A couple of loops for rangefinder, GPS, etc. tether attachments would be useful.
    2. Rifle and bow backpack attachment which leaves rifle or bow quickly available yet provides secure attachment and protection.
    3. Thin camo archery gloves without velcro. Velcro interferes with the placement and attachment of a release.
    4. Wide brim camo hat,well ventilated and which is size adjustable to fit various sized heads and could be expanded to fit over a wool under layer in cold weather. Also a camo truckers hat with ventilated back.
    5. Larger sizes of neck gator and guide beanie.
    6. Tarp shelter and extra large bivy sac.
    7. Whole sleep system but not too small. Need some room for movement for those with wide shoulders.
    8. Pant sizes to fit 38X30 ,40X30, and similar sizes. Many of us need shorter inseams.
    Thanks, Jason.
    Stephen Hand

  214. Sean Reply

    1) Built in webbed belt like the Sitka Mt Pants, love that on mine!
    2) A slightly darker camo pattern

  215. Steve Reply

    This is a big one but why not design a pack and sleeping system that fits each other-the pack is designed so that the tent and sleeping bag have compartments tailored to their size, creates a weight balanced system and takes the guess work out of how things are going to fit together. Also it takes the guess work out of what to buy-I don’t mind researching different manufacturers products (tents, bags, etc) but often you are buying things based upon user recommendations and sometimes the “users” comments are not accurate or their definition of use is not in synch with yours. I look at manufacturers such as Kuiu as being at the next level and would trust all products you make and would definitely consider your recommendations and reviews above random comments on the internet. I am just getting into mountain hunting (elk, mule deer) and from a novice perspective it would be great just to order a complete system that his high quality, you know it will work and eliminates learning the hard way in the backcountry.

  216. Cody C. Reply

    1) Spindrift Pant
    2) Merino socks (Liner to Heavy)
    3) Merino Boxers
    4) Gators
    5) Short Sleeve Merino W/ 1/4 Zip Front
    6) Long Sleeve Collared Button Front shirts
    7) Merino glove liners
    8) Waterproof Glove Shell to take merino liners
    9) 7200 CI pack
    10) Warm weather pant-Like the attack w/ vents or zips
    11) Existing Guide, Chugach, Attack, Spindrift in small for the ladies
    12) Knee pads for hunters not construction. Nice to have for stalking and crawling through the cactus.
    13) I love the Vias camo. Maybe replace a tan block here and there with a sage or light green. Or leave it as is, works in most areas. Keep up the good work on the cuts of the clothing, fit is awesome.

  217. Puke Reply

    I guess since we are fantasizing here, I probably should throw in my 2 cents.

    1.) A light-weight jacket, similar to the Attack Pants, without a hood and plenty of pockets to match the Attack Pants.
    2.) Add a wind stop laminant to the Guide Jacket to make it wind proof. While we are at it, add some chest pockets to the jacket.
    3.) A wind proof Guide Pant with side zips to match the refined Guide Jacket above.
    4.) A Spindrift Pant just like the Spindrift Jacket.
    5.) Put some pockets in Chugach line of clothing.

    Basically, don’t create a bunch of new stuff. Just refine what you already have.

  218. Jon Reply

    Like sliced bread, a pocket on a t shirt is handy.

  219. Caleb Lawrence Reply

    A solid colour option like Patagonia’s Alpha Green would be a nice option, very versatile mix of green, grey, brown, seems to change with the background.

    Vias pattern is great, but the palette is not quite right for my hunting area (northern foothills). Somewhat too light. Maybe with a brindle background instead of tan and change the dark red-brown patches to alpha green.

    I am not sure whether I will buy the Attack pants when my turn comes, as I am not a fan of either colour option right now. I would buy in alpha green with no hesitation, if it were available. Very multi-purpose, great for hiking/scouting in the summer without looking like you’re wearing a giraffe. Or I’d buy a modified Vias, or a medium brown/tan.

    For us poor people, having multi-purpose gear makes all the difference when deciding to purchase. It’d be great if I could wear it in the field with work, hiking with the kids, camping with friends, AND hunting.

  220. Dave Reply

    I am another one for suggesting a different camo color and or pattern. The Vias pattern seems to be a little too open? And bright. I could not see any pictures where the camo blended in to the surroundings.

    I did learn from Veronica that the patter is to break up the human outline, not really blend in? As well it is better for breaking up at longer distances?

    I hunt elk in the West with a bow and don’t really look for my camo to work best a farther distances, but instead at closer distances when it’s time to get the bulls in range.

    I have a pretty good realm of hunting friends and our thoughts are the pretty much the same on this. We don’t own any of the Kuiu yet.

    thanks for the opportunity to comment. The material is great.

  221. Jeff Banke Reply

    On the camo pattern subject, hunting seasons in California are way earlier than most, and as such the archery season which begins at the end of July, and the rifle season which begins in the middle of September are both in the dry season, grasses are golden, yellow, and most camo patterns I have ever seen are too dark. Some areas are predominantly sage, and are not unlike other Western states, but as such are a light green.
    One other factor which is different about much of the hunting in Western states is the temperature, generally much warmer then in Eastern states during hunting seasons, and as I mentioned earlier California’s archery season the worst. Equipment, and clothing ideally needs to be light weight, wick moisture and if possible absorb human odor.

  222. Thomas Barker Reply

    Product – The spin drift jacket is a very nice piece. I would also like to see a Vest and possible pants offered in the product line, same material, same insulation. Also as a mountaineer and ice climber here in Colorado. I as do others use a more effective way in layering under strenuous activities in the mountains. We wear our soft shells when on the move or just a vest and first layer. When we stop to belay the other or to rest; could be glassing or spotting in a hunting situition; we just pull out a over sized jacket (belay jack) like the Spin drift which fits over (not under) the soft shell. This prevents rapid cool down with out excessive movement or time. I don’t have to remove my soft shell put on additional insulated layer and put back on my soft shell and repeat the process when ready to move again. Ready to move off goes the belay jacket and your gone. This could be accomplished by purchasing a larger sized Spin Drift jacket. Although the cut may be a little different in a true Belay Jacket. Same could hold true for a pair of Spin Drift pants. For utra light Bivy you could sleep in this system forgoing a sleeping bag and/or use a much lighter rated bag. I used this sytem in the mountains with a 30 degree bag with an out side temp of -10 worked very well.

  223. Darin Reply

    On camo patterns, think green and wet. Olympic peninsula type wet, but wetter and greener. Your product is terrific but more suited to interior hunting than coastal rainforest for Roosevelt Elk.
    Thank you.

  224. GeorgeE Reply

    So Jason, when do we see the new colors for 2012?

    • Jason Hairston Reply

      We are shooting for April. I am waiting on confirmation from the factory.

      Jason

  225. Kyle Fadal Reply

    Man I’m way late finding this blog. I just emailed KUIU today was directed here.

    “I love your camo pattern and company story, and I am planning to purchase some gear from Kuiu later this year. I was wondering if there was any chance that you would consider making your logo sweatshirt in the Vista Camo pattern? I know that most of your gear is for hardcore mountain hunt, but in the West Texas Panhandle there are not many mountains. Your pattern is great; I like your comparison to Sitka, and Love the price. For a West Texas bow hunter like me, a Vista Camo sweatshirt would be the ticket! I could hunt and hangout in it and not get hazed by cotton farmers for wearing other fabric. I will be purchasing some Merino Wool from ya’ll either way. Hope you roll that thought around a little, it might be a good way to advertise your products a little more if folks could see your camo with the big logo on it. Please feel free to email me a response at any time.”

    Any warm weather camo, maybe a little looser fit for the big boys would be great!

  226. Joe Reply

    How about some lightweight merino boxer shorts for warm weather.

  227. Tim Loran Reply

    Jason, I would reaaly like to see a high performance fleece mid layer in Vias camo in your line up.

  228. dan ross Reply

    a more versatile pack option using your existing platform.

    I’m imagining an Icon frame with a bag attachment that’s not even a bag. a back piece of fabric that has ‘bat wing’ style side with some pockets for spotting scope, field dressing gear, etc. This could be used as a dedicated hauler. Still would be able to utilized the meat shelf design you have but you could take even more. I’m also thinking that it may lend itself into the snowmobiling/back country skiing world.

    now think of the versatility. you could haul wood, chain saw, multiple dry bags so it would still work for normal gear but most importantly the amount of meat you could haul with it would be crazy. take a look at the tensing TZ CF13… that’s what i’m thinking. Now you can have a day pack attachment, mountaineering attachment and a versatile hauling attachment.

    A lot of day hunts i do don’t require a large bag unless you take something in a difficult area. so, icon day back with the other attachment tucked away in the truck or quad. Now you have a downed deer or what ever. Haul the first load back to your ride, take off the day pack, put on the hauling pack and you only have one more trip. Big plus, NO extra frame packs to deal with.

  229. dan ross Reply

    One more thing.

    MORE SOLID COLOURS!!!! I’m thinking more in the outwear line…

  230. James drywater Reply

    I’d like to see something for the Pacific Northwest coastal rain Forests. Nothing on the market has enough green as we are loaded with ferns and evergreens . My hunting party and I have yet to find something that keeps us dry and is breathable in late season of archy in the coastal rain forest.

    • Jason Hairston Reply

      Verde has a lot of green in the pattern and we have a lot of customers who use it in the Pacific NW with great results.

  231. Todd Brickel Reply

    I’m laughing at myself. I started reading at the top, without noting the dates. I had read through about a dozen posts and kept thinking – Guys, KUIU already offers a solution to what you’re suggesting. Then I noticed the comments were from 2011. I guess this just shows how Jason and the crew keep innovating based upon customer feedback. Love it!

    • KUIU Ultralight Hunting Reply

      Thank you for supporting KUIU, Todd!
      Jason

  232. Chris Settle Reply

    A gun/bow wrap that matches the camo patterns you carry. (I prefer a consistent pattern to break up my profile, having the ability to carry the pattern onto my barrel adds comfort)
    Merino shorts/boxer briefs. (merino is awesome and not having to wear long pants all the time is also awesome.)
    Women’s sizing chart. (a co-worker thought the gear was great and liked the design and philosophy, but was concerned about the sizing enough that she is reluctant to make a purchase.)

  233. Cole Reply

    I would love to see some Tiburon arm sleeves and neck gaiter/ face mask. Not sure if it’s possible with the material. We do more stand and ground hunting in creek bottoms and thick woods. On hot days, which where I hunt is more hot than cool, I’ll wear a T and the Tiburon pants. I don’t want to wear long sleeve walking in but want concealment once I’ve set up. Tiburon material sleeves and face mask would provide the concealment without adding heat.

  234. Cole Reply

    I would love to see some Tiburon arm sleeves and neck gaiter/ face mask. For those that do more stand and ground hunting but want to wear a T walking in on warm days, Tiburon material sleeves and face mask would provide concealment after we’ve set up without adding heat.

  235. Jake Reply

    I would love to see a fingerless option in the glove line. Kuiu products are absolutely amazing

  236. Nick Reply

    I would like to see some Blaze Orange Options for Rifle Hunting or Pheasant Hunting!!!

  237. Dave Reply

    Shemagh, Shemagh, Shemagh!! I cant speak highly enough of this age old garment. Agreeing with the minimalist comment above, this piece of kit has a myriad of uses. I use one on every hunt, and heres a few things it’s great at:

    -Keeps my face, neck, and ears warm. I’m not a fan of a high collared jacket, I don’t like my chin scraping the collar during “walk and stalk” hunts every time I turn my head, and my Shemagh helps keep my neck warm as I’m constantly turning my head to cover all sectors. When tucked into a low collar, it stays put, and doesn’t require constant adjustment. While transitioning from camp to hunting country on a quad or UTV early morning, cold air can quickly sap a hunters drive, but the Shemagh, worn properly, keeps my ears, face and neck protected from the wind chill in the high desert.

    -Sun shade. Self explanatory, but many times have I enjoyed an afternoon nap on a glassing ridge, and the Shemagh facilitated in keeping pesky bugs and piercing sun from interruption. While glassing, the Shemagh also provides an extra level of comfort when draped between the head and binos/spotting scope, dimming the surrounding light, allowing the eyes to comfortably focus on the picture provided by the optics.

    -Flag. In rough, monotonous terrain, everything looks the same. Once the target is spotted, and the stalk commences, my bag comes off. Finding that bag afterwards can be a challenge, depending how long of a stalk is needed. Quickly fashioning the Shemagh to a nearby cactus/tree/bush helps me reacquire my bearings and quickly locate the tools I need to move forward and process game.

    There are a million uses for this versatile kit to include first aid, survival, protection from the elements, etc… I would buy several for myself, and one for every hunter that I hunt with.

  238. mick Reply

    awesome product, just ordered the attack pant and really enjoy them.
    what i have noticed and would enjoy seeing in this pant is a knee re-reinforcement.
    i have found myself crawling in many hunting situations and feel i will wear them out rather quickly.
    not looking for a “patch”look on the outside but something with abrasion resistance, durable, comfortable on the knee.
    thanks

  239. Ronald Reply

    I would like to see a new soft shell system as well as a bino “chest rig”.

    Soft Shell: In the military we have a Protective Combat Uniform which we are issued and the most versatile piece of the entire PCU is the soft shell pants and jacket. While Kuiu already has softshell products I don’t believe I’ve seen a softshell system like the one we have (in any hunting clothing brand that is). Our softshell PCU is basically a replacement for our regular uniform when it turns a bit cool. What I love about it though is that it can either be work layered or stand alone, even in hot weather and it is very thin. Most of us wear the softshell set on the onset of cold weather and it works well. But, I have worn it in warm weather as well, or when I know I’m going to be hot and sweaty from a long movement but there will be rapidly changing temperatures. If Kuiu had a a product like this it would be an option to wear this as the standard hunting clothing (with t-shirt and shorts underneath) and then as weather turns add layers as needed. The only issue with using the issued PCU shoftshell is it isn’t quiet and can get a little noisy when moving through brush. This would allow a person to wear this outfit year round and well through the late season, I’ve used our gear in 80+ degree weather down into the -20’s before, just layering appropriately

    Ideal SoftShell Jacket:
    1: Almost t-shirt thin
    2: moisture wicking
    3: water resistant and wind proof
    4: pit zips
    5: pockets on upper arms
    6: stowable hood
    7: large front pockets
    8: drawstring on waist
    SoftShell Pants:
    1: Thigh vest
    2: water resistant and wind proof
    3:Thigh pockets / pockets on front of thighs (small)
    4:moisture wicking
    5: shock cord on bottom for “gaitors”
    6: removable suspenders

    Bino Chest Rig:
    1: pouch for binos
    2: spot of bear spray or similarly sized items
    3: internal pocket for maps etc…
    4: customizable to have put a “pouch suite” to the left and right of the bino pouch.

  240. Dillon Reply

    Awesome product line. I am a convert from eberlestock packs after years of use, and have loved using the icon pro series. However, I would like to mention a few observations:

    1. I’d love to see some form of actual gun scabbard. I have the rifle carrying boot system that you offer, but i just don’t care how the rifle still feels strapped to my pack and not readily accessible. I understand weight would be a concern, but possibly a detachable scabbard, designed to fit similarly as the integrated scabbard on eberlestock packs?

    2. I’m not sure what I’m missing but on several product videos I see that the pack system used to have a piece of material that bridged from the bottom of the bag to the bottom of the frame creating an actual “shelf” in load sling mode. Now it appears that there are only the webbing straps to hold the bottom of the load. When hauling boned out meat, this shelf really would help to keep the meat sack stay in place. I created a small canvas piece with sewn in webbing loops so i could simply use the existing buckles to create one on mine.

    3. I have noticed that after only a few trips, that the webbing used on the load lifter straps that run through the top slots on the carbon frame are already beginning to show wear and fraying slightly from rubbing on the frame. I have tried to protect them with a little athletic tape but wondered if anyone else noticed this wear.

    Keep up the good work, I love your gear otherwise.

    • Maclaine Reply

      I too would like to see a gun scabbard attached to the icon series. I like the protection the scabbard offers on the Eberlestock packs.

  241. Brian Reply

    I have started buying Kuiu gear, and am loving the items I’ve received so far. I’m in North Central Texas and hunt towards the panhandle. I’m building a system of Kuiu gear that I think will work well, but would love to see a “line” of things geared towards the whitetail crowd. I mean cold/rainy is cold regardless of where you are I suppose. I’m still playing with correct fit in the items I buy, but this stuff is incredible. Can’t wait for to get out and try it here in a few weeks.

    • KUIU Ultralight Hunting Reply

      Brian,
      Thank you for your feedback and for supporting KUIU!
      Jason

  242. Bob Reply

    Ok, I have a suggestion for a new offering, and sort of a new business model specific to that offering. I think many people have brought up the idea of having a youth/kids line, but we all know how fast kids grow so it is hard to justify the expense for this quality gear for kids who will likely outgrow it by next season. But this is a similar problem that gear-intensive sports have (e.g., skiing), and they managed to solve this by offering trade-in programs. So my suggestion is to basically offer kids sizes for certain lines, but with it offer a guaranteed trade-in value the following year towards new and (newly traded-in) used gear. I would think this could build a following for youth hunters towards Kuiu. Just a recurring thought I have had this year as I try to outfit my 12 y.o. for his first hunt…

    • KUIU Ultralight Hunting Reply

      Bob,
      Thank you for the suggestion!
      Jason

  243. Ian Reply

    I would like to see a waterfowl line.

    Jackets
    Vests
    Sweaters
    Pants
    Bibs
    Bags
    Waders

  244. Derek Reply

    Would like to see more pieces in the solid colors. I also second the request for some waterfowl gear.

  245. Brian Shuler Reply

    I’d love to see pitzips added to the softshell. Y’all need to offer blaze orange as well for hats and a vest. Vest should be quiet and breathable.

  246. Seth Soley Reply

    I have a suggestion that maybe some other hunters may benefit from. First possibly a longer tail to some of the shirts. I am a taller guy that does most hunting with a pack chasing elk in Idaho and Montana. I notice that the shirts tend to ride up my back as the hunt goes on and I am constantly tugging at my shirt tail so that the pack doesn’t rub on the skin. Secondly for guys with a bigger seat and legs possibly offering I bit of a roomier fit in those areas… I love that the pants have some stretch to them but for myself in particular to put a layer on underneath in the late season becomes a bit of a chore and I have to open the hip vents in order to create an easier fit. Love the gear keep up the great work look forward to coming innovations from KUIU NATION.

    • KUIU Ultralight Hunting Reply

      Seth,
      I appreciate your feedback. Thank you for supporting KUIU!
      Jason

  247. Matt Fenn Reply

    This might sound funny but it would be nice if there could be some way to hold up the zipper on the kuiu pants like a loop to go over the button. i have four pairs of the attack pants and after the new wears off the zipper likes to let the wind in. Your gear is by far the best I’ve used and on a side note its got great drinkability when your back at camp

    • KUIU Ultralight Hunting Reply

      Matt,
      Thank you for the feedback. I appreciate your support for KUIU!
      Jason

  248. Dave Reply

    I’d like to see an old school wool pullover with a kangaroo pocket with some type of wind resistant liner. I think it’d be awesome to wear around camp, while glassing, tree stand folks and traditional bowhunters would all love it!

  249. Eric garges Reply

    Alright I’ll add my 2 cents to the personal wish list!
    My passion is hunting blacktail bucks in the jungle of the North West. I live in Oregon and as much as I love my
    Kuiu gear the briar patches of this country tend
    To be hard on it. Last year I had to send in my chugah pants because they had multiple tears. KUIU being the incredible company they are took the pants in and did some amazing patch work/ even matching up the patterns with the patches! I just finished with my late blacktail hunt for 2016 and unfortunately I’m going to have to send them in again…..only one tear though.
    So my wish list would be to design a line that will hold up to the rough country of the North West and also be completely water proof as our late season hunts are extremely wet.
    Thank you for the opportunity to voice our opinions, truly love what your doing in the industry!

    Eric

    • KUIU Ultralight Hunting Reply

      Eric,
      Thank you for your feedback. I appreciate your support for KUIU!
      Jason

  250. Brian Reply

    Not sure if it has been mentioned or not already, but women’s sizes in all your field gear would be a great addition. Hunting in Alaska is a family event and many women hunt up here, so there is a market. It may be small, but I have noticied it is growing. I have bought my wife the smallest sizes you have and while they fit OK, it is definitely not ideal. A better fit means she would be more comfortable in the woods……and as the addage goes “happy wife equals happy life”!

  251. Larry Reply

    I would like an insulated pant like the Kenai pant but one that is designed to wear over your pants. It should have full length zippers like the Kenai but have double zippers like a lot of Ski pants do. Also a Fly!!!! They would be great to put on when one stops moving, glassing ,around camp or one can carry in and put on over outer pants when getting to a stand or blind. Several people I know really want to see an over pant like this! I hear rumors that another company is coming out with one like this. I would like a quiet shell and like the Vias pattern.

  252. John Passacantando Reply

    Hey buddy, just discovered your company recently in an article in a bike magazine about getting into the back country on a fat bike. Suggestions, and Hell, I know I am a couple of days late, but I have been hunting, day hunting, Virginia Shenandoah Valley, minimal gear needed, carrying a light old Winchester 30-30. Using just a simple UTG messenger bag, [search this on Amazon: Tactical Messenger Bag – Ergonomic Bag With Shoulder Strap and Bottle Holder by Quality Choices] and it’s the damn perfect size for a day hunt with a rifle. Now simplify it, get ride of a half dozen pockets, get rid of all the friggin’ velcro, charge us 4x and make it out of this super lightweight stuff these Zimmerbuilt guys use:

    http://www.zimmerbuilt.com/tenkara-gear.html

    and you’ll have something new that is damn useful.

    John

  253. Tim Loran Reply

    I would love to see a mountain bib, attach pant weight, but a little more water proof.

    A mountain weight back belt for those big loads.

    A face sleave with sun block consideration

  254. Rick Lindsey Reply

    1. A better selection of stylish baseball caps. mixing camo and casual design (something like what Killik is doing).
    2. A camo rifle wrap to protect your rifle while hiking in still being fast and functional when needing your rifle.(maybe even a camo scope wrap that is easily removed.)
    3. A flap built into the sleeve of the insulation and outer layer that flips open where you could write bullet drop and windage information for your rifle(something like a football quarterback uses for play call referencing). Could even be a zippered pull out. And going one step further you could offer a waterproof custom printed interchangeable pull out or card depending on the rifle that may be carried.
    4. Since i often take a dog big game hunting. A KUIU camo dog vest and or a pack for dogs(my dog usually packs its own food and water). Leash and collar are other mentions.
    5. KUIU camo tape(consider sound deadening) for adding camo to odd items.
    6.Consider integrating a sown in durable and flexible solar panel into the pack or even the waterproof pack cover for charging electronics to eliminate packing and buying extra gear. Maybe the tent roof would be another option.
    7. Waterproof camo ATV cover
    just a few ideas

    I live and hunt in Alaska these a just a few of the ideas ive had while out and about.

  255. Rocky Kingrea Reply

    Rocky Kingrea

    I would like to help design a line of duck hunting clothing. I understand your LOGO and Marketing is not geared towards the duck hunter, so everyone go easy on the dude from West Monroe, LA. My dad was a professional football player, and I WAS a D-1 football player myself. I understand how important it is to have equipment that fits properly and functions above expectation. Duck hunters and mountain hunters have a few things in common, but the most important is that the hunt is so esoteric. Unless you enjoy the process of the hunt, you will never understand the essence of the hunt. Looks like you guys enjoy the process of producing good products. Duck hunters are relegated to using products from two companies. One company makes pretty good stuff (Si**a), and the other company (Ba**ed) thinks they make good stuff. God Bless your Families, your Company, and this Country. Take ’em!!!!!!

    • KUIU Ultralight Hunting Reply

      Rocky,
      Thanks for the input. KUIU doesn’t have any duck hunting specific camo or clothing in the works right now.
      Jason

  256. chad gettemy Reply

    Insulated and uninsulated hunting bibs

  257. Jason Trauntvein Reply

    Jason
    I am an outfitter and guide in western Wyoming. Our operation is based on horseback in the high country and I am having a really hard time finding the exact tent that I want. I was hoping to inspire you to build it. I need a light weight base camp tent. I looked into t.p. style tents but they do not provide enough room and I can only find one with a floor in it and it is to small for my wishes. Arctic oven makes a dome style tent that you can put a wood burner in, it is nearly what I am after but it still is around 40 pounds. I have been using a 6 person north face kaiju 6 tent with propane heaters but it doesn’t cut it on those late season sheep hunts. When I say 6 person it is really just right for 2 people with cots, gets a little crowded with 3 people. I like the design of the tent with its vestibule and its size and weight when packed is awesome. It is only a 3 season tent though so it has to much venting and doesn’t hold the heat well. My dream tent would be just a little bigger than the kaiju 6 so I could put 3 cots in it in a u shape pattern with a set up in it for a wood burner. It would also need to be more like a 4 season tent as far as venting and set up goes. If it could be kept to 20 to 25 pounds and a decent sized packed in a bag that would definitely sell to most people here in Wyoming. Thanks for any feedback you can give me. Last year I spoke to one of your product developers who also works for wyoming game and fish, he told me you were working on something similar but I have not seen a product yet. The one thing I would stay away from is the style like the cabelas alaknak tent. I have one of them also and when you get lots of snow the weight builds between the center pole and the side poles and tends to collapse your tent.

  258. Ryan Reply

    Hi Jason,

    I have a couple of items on my wish list but I thought I would throw this in for my wife. There are a lot of ladies getting into hunting and there isn’t a lot quality hunting clothing for women out there. She is always asking if you have anything for her yet. I also have three daughters that cant wait to hit the mountains and it would be cool if you had a women’s line of clothing. I don’t think I could help design that but she would have some ideas I’m sure.

    Thanks

    Ryan

  259. Dale Reply

    Jason,
    I really like the warmth and wind resistance of my Peloton 240 hoodie. I’m not a big softshell fan, because half the time I feel like I’m keeping the fabric warm instead of the other way around, and the 240 fabric gives me a great alternative to softshell when precipitation is not in the forecast. If you start making a Peloton 240 vest I’d surely buy one!

  260. Eric Reply

    Jason:
    To echo some of the requests above, I have a daughter who is a very active and avid hunter. A womens line of KUIU offerings would be wonderful. She presently fits ok in superdown pants and hooded jacket in a medium size, but the other lines just don’t fit properly as theyre designed for a man’s figure. Functional, atheletic cut womens pants, shirts, jackets, base layers, etc would sell like hotcakes, in my opion and experience. Just a thought.

    thanks again for the best american made hunting gear there is

    Eric

  261. Mike Reply

    I hunt the north east Vermont, Maine, New York, and some in New Hampshire. I have always worn wool in the past but last year my self and a buddy tried kuiu and loved it. I went with the guide coat and pants and the only thing I would like to see in the coat is a pocket for a radio. Something you can place a radio or gps in from the top and not the side. Also would love to see some sort of a day pac/ fanny pack with very thin shoulder straps and a water bottle holder on the outside of the pack for easy access. I do agree with the Orange hat and maybe vest or half vest because just about every where up here it’s required.

    Thanks for a great product I’m very excited to keep adding to my collection!!!!

    Mike

  262. David Bohn Reply

    I would like to see you guys make a camo compression arm sleeves for hot weather hunting with a t-shirt.

  263. Rhett Heppler Reply

    Rhett

    Do you have any plans to design a blaze orange camo pattern? In the state of Utah you have to wear orange. I know that other states required hunters to wear orange. I think Kuiu should design a blaze orange camo line.

    Rhett Heppler

  264. Pat Kennedy Reply

    Removeable down hood for down vest and jacket

  265. Danny Stotler Reply

    Can you please make guide pants in solids again…???

  266. Brian M. Reply

    Living in a warmer climate (Florida) I would love to wear the Kuiu logo gear year round and not just when I’m hunting out west. In fact, even when hunting I wear visors until temperatures are in the 30’s.

    Would you be open to adding a visor to the cap line-up?

  267. Darren Reply

    Hi Jason,

    A smaller daypack for working from a base camp… perhaps detachable from a larger pack. We had some hung similar in the Marines.

    Thanks,
    Darren

    • KUIU Ultralight Hunting Reply

      Darren,
      We have a great day pack to use from base camp. Our ULTRA 1800 and ICON PRO 1850 are extremely light and integrate with your existing shoulder straps on your ICON Or ULTRA pack. It’s a great system.

  268. Kyle Dougherty Reply

    I would like to see a range finder pouch that ties into the bino harness. I saw a prototype a long while back but never heard or saw anything come of it.

  269. Cody snellstrom Reply

    I would like to see a nice 2 person pack tent that is cheaper than the mountain star and have a 2 pole design making it slightly lighter. An SFS bow kit with slightly more protection for the cams and sight along with a sling. That was something that was sort of disapointing to me when hiking around the mountains this last season. I loved the idea but i found myself in a few situations where i couldn’t strap my bow to my pack but i also need both of my hands to navigate across steep slopes.

  270. Laurien Riehl Reply

    Minimalist love quilts. I would like to see someone manufacture a quilt hybrid. The down is that you lay on is not really useful. Just extra weight. I think we could use a a sleeping bag with only a down on top and a moisture resistant back. Best of both worlds and lighter. Keeps the air drafts out which is a downfall of the quilt for someone who toss and turns a lot. I would think you could produce a hybrid weighing in at about 16 oz. Just a thought.

  271. John Reply

    A backpack cover with your camo patterns. Right now you have a solid rain cover, but no camo prints available. I have a large blue backpack I’ve been using for years for multi day non-hunting trips and I would rather not have to buy an entirely new backpack for hunting. If you develop a line of camo covers it would really be helpful. I suppose the solid grey (or whatever the color is) would work, but making them available in your camo patterns sure would be nice…

  272. Lanny Huber Reply

    I would like to see KUIU ultra merino shirts in blaze orange. In the West most states require blaze orange clothing when big game hunting. It defeats the purpose of camo to put blaze orange over it. Many days in the early fall it’s very warm while hunting and all one needs is a shirt. Colorado does not accept blaze orange camo patterns, only pure orange. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a high quality orange wool shirt. Corner the market; be the first.

  273. Rafe Reply

    How about a white jacket with hood and pant that you can put on over your gear similar to your rain gear?
    Purpose: fooling a Dall Sheep when you can only approach in the open. Doesn’t work if they have seen the trick once, but works on many.

    PS
    Your gear is some of the best I have ever used. This is a compliment coming from over 40 yrs as a hunter, trapper and guide in Alaska and Wyoming.
    Thanks for the creations and taking out the middleman.

    • KUIU Ultralight Hunting Reply

      Thank you for the suggestion, Rafe. I appreciate your feedback and support!

  274. Charlie Gibson Reply

    I would like to see the long sleeve shirts and short sleeve shirts made in looser fit, Im not as athletic as i once was, I know your gear is designed for layering but I’m sure there are many of us that dont need all the layering, just a looser fitting shirt, other than that, the kuiu gear i currently have works awesome.
    Thanks

    • KUIU Ultralight Hunting Reply

      Thank you for the feedback, Charlie!

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