NOTE FROM AUTHOR: This is not a paid endorsement or review and I am not an ambassador for Duck Camp.
I’ve been meaning to write this review for a while, but life (and Covid-19) got in the way. I first heard of Duck Camp a few years back after I published an article in the Project Upland magazine entitled, “Discovering Tinkhamtown.” A Duck Camp representative contacted me and asked me if I would like to try their product and offered me one of their upland-game hunting shirts and, of course, I accepted. I chose the heavy weight tan and hunter orange chamois shirt. Upon receipt, the shirt was super nice and comfortable, but was a little too small for me, so I gave it to brother Shawn as his Christmas present that year.
At the time, I was looking for a good, light-weight rain jacket, and approached Duck Camp about letting me review their 3L Ultralight Rain Jacket in Mallard Green, and they graciously agreed. I first received this jacket in late October of 2019 and wore it the rest of the hunting season and also used it in the 2020 and 2021 hunting Seasons. It worked well as a light jacket on warmer days and also as the outer shell with underlying layers in the late, snowy season.
I also used the jacket often for my fishing outings and it treated me right. I even took the jacket with me to Southeast Alaska last summer for salmon fishing and it worked pretty dang well in that humid climate, especially in the rain.
Overall, I found the breathable jacket to be pretty durable, but unfortunately, I did tear a hole in the hood when I got horse-collared in a thicket while trying to get to Rainey pointing a ruffed grouse. I patched the jacket up with a black Goretex patch, which looks okay and works to keep me dry.
In short, having used raincoats from Cabelas, Columbia, and Mountain Hardwear in the past, I can say without reserve, that this is the best waterproof jacket I’ve ever personally owned. I love it!
In fact, I loved the jacket so much that I decided to order two of their longsleeve Hooksetter fishing shirts including the Red Drum Plaid and the Bull Trout Plaid. They are both great shirts that I have enjoyed wearing fishing and hunting.
For those of you who follow the blog, you know I don’t do a ton of reviews, so this is kind of a new area for me. But I can say without reservation that Duck Camp makes a good product and I recommend it to anyone. My only complaint is that they didn’t name their company “Grouse Camp,” but I guess I’ll just have to live with that!
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Thanks for the review. I’m always looking for ways to upgrade my kit, especially this time of year. I’ll check out their site.