The Filson Guide Waterfowl Sweater is a Filson heritage product that has been worn by sportsmen for decades. Specifically designed for outdoor work when you don't want to wear a jacket. A water-repellent oil finish shelter cloth lines the chest, arms, and upper back, protecting from wet and abrasion. A right shoulder shooting patch provides extra protection while hunting.
I've tested the sweater ice fishing and on a winter day hike in the woods. The virgin Merino wool is a tight knit and easily traps body heat while the 8.5oz Shelter Cloth blocks heavy winds. The quality, although made outside of the USA, is some of the best I've seen from Filson. The stitching is perfect and the design has decades of thought built in - making it comfortable with plenty of room for moving about. The garment itself is rugged and that's obvious when you pick it up. It's heavy and not phased by thick brush and stray branches as you maneuver through the woods. During an hour of light rain while hiking, it easily beaded and fell from my shoulders. When you pull on the Guide Waterfowl Sweater, you feel like you just put on $230 bucks. Well, that's because you did. But, my point is that you feel proud to wear it - it's a handsome and quality piece that I know will last for years and years and years.
Should you be looking for an investment piece that will bring compliments when in the field - look no further. Should you be able to swing the price and then this sweater is for you. A good wool sweater is something every man needs. Sure, it's on the expensive side, but your purchasing the storied Filson quality that tends to be passed down to future generations. And when you buy into that idea - you're investing in an item that will be able to tell a story years from now. For more information, see it here on Filson.com