Buying a ghillie suit is an easy choice since they are the best camouflage available and make great gifts for all ages. Ghillie suits come in a variety of types, styles, materials, and colors. With so many options, choosing the right ghillie suit might seem overwhelming. Here are some things to consider for helping you choose the right ghillie suit.
1. How the Ghillie Suit Will Be Used
First, consider how the ghillie suit will be used and how much mobility you will need. If you plan to move around a lot in activities like airsoft and paintball, then consider buying a ghillie suit made of synthetic materials. Ghillie suits made from synthetic thread are much lighter than suits constructed from natural jute.
Paintball and airsoft players often shoot from a prone position or frequently crawl on the ground. They would benefit a sniper-style ghillie suit that includes reinforced areas on the front side of the suit. Many hunters need a ghillie suit that provides full body camouflage, such as a ghillie long jacket. Some suits are even designed specifically for bow hunting where the ghillie material is removed from the path of the bow string.
2. Type of Outer Material
It is important to consider the type of outer material used on the ghillie suit. Most ghillie suits are made using natural jute thread or synthetic thread. Both materials can blend into an environment extremely well, but synthetic thread has many advantages over jute thread. Synthetic thread is mildew resistant, washable by hand, fire resistant, odorless, and non-allergenic. It also equals about half the weight of jute thread.
3. Type of Inner Material
The inner material of a ghillie suit is what the ghillie thread is attached to. This "inner shell" is composed of nylon netting, lightweight mesh, or Battle Dress Uniforms (BDUs). Nylon netting and lightweight mesh allow air to easily pass through a suit, and lightweight mesh is also bug-proof. BDUs are a jacket and pants set worn by the military. Used as the inner shell, ghillie thread is either sewn directly onto the BDU or tied onto a netting that is sewn onto the BDU. BDU canvas is thicker than netting and mesh, so air does not pass through the suit as easily. However, BDUs are the strongest inner shell available and second to none in durability. BDUs are the inner shell for all military style ghillie suits.
To save money, some people purchase ghillie suits with nylon netting as the inner shell and then attach the netting onto their own pair of BDUs. If you need a pair of BDUs, great deals on BDUs can be found at army-navy surplus stores.
4. Color Pattern
Consider the landscape where you will be wearing your ghillie suit. The foliage of a dense forest is drastically different from an arid desert. Think about the colors of the trees and ground cover when selecting a color pattern for your suit. Most ghillie suits are offered in at least 3 patterns including Woodland, Mossy, and Desert.
Sizing of course, is an important factor when selecting a ghillie suit. If you are undecided between two sizes, normally the larger size is the better option. Clothing that is too snug can be too uncomfortable to wear, but larger sizes can always be cinched up.
Ghille Suit Depot offers a wide selection of ghillie suits in various types, styles, materials, and colors. The task of choosing a ghillie suit becomes easier when making the following decisions:
- Think about how the ghillie suit will be used, and how much mobility is needed.
- Choose the outer material, synthetic or natural jute thread.
- Decide what inner shell is best for you.
- Base the color pattern on colors from the foliage of the surrounding terrain.
- If unsure about what size to select, choose the larger option.
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