BACKGROUND

Growing up in Marlborough I had some awesome wilderness right on my back doorstep.  However it wasn’t until I hit 16, and having the option of learning to fly fish at school as part of an extra curricular program, that I went out and enjoyed what was on offer.  I actually took fly fishing as a joke, turns out it’s a heap of fun.  From there I knew one of my mates was a mad keen fly fisherman and hunter, so when we weren’t partying, surfing, driving round in cars doing skids, I was nagging him to take me hunting and fishing.  I became obsessed.  I went to Dunedin to study Industrial Design, came away with a masters degree, a fond taste of Speights, a girlfriend who didn’t mind me going hunting and a good work connection in Wellington.  After doing my time behind the counter of a couple of fishing and hunting shops in both islands, Rob eventually gave in and gave me a job as a product designer here at Evolve Outdoors.  From 1 day a week on not much more than minimum wage, we slowly grew the company to what it is today.  12 years later, I’m still here and doing a few more hours than 1 day a week.


ACCOMPLISHMENTS

As far as designing cool stuff goes, Hunters Element is by far the most technical hunting clothing brand in New Zealand and Australia.  We push the boundaries hard and take some gambles from time to time.  We have designed the most technical Camo pattern available to hunters in NZ and Australia, based on real, factual science and have proven this time and time again in the field.  It’s got to be good when the worlds largest sunglasses manufacturer rings you up and wants to chuck it on their sunnies.

It’s no use being a designer and having no real life experience of what its actually being used for.  I’ve got the alpine double hanging on the wall.  I look at those and remember that hunt very fondly, and everything else that lead up to those.  The many many fruitless trips, thousands of Kms walked, plenty of shitty nights in leaking tents or cramped up in the back of the truck at a road end, dodging rock slides in the dark, Blisters from the shitty pair of fake timberland boots I had to buy at the warehouse for a chamois hunt in the snow cause I had just driven the length of the island only to figure out I’d left my boots at home…..All those lessons learnt, the adversities overcome and the ones that beat me down all combine to make those 2 trophies mean an awful lot to me. 

I’ve been lucky enough to hunt a variety of species nationwide, I’ve learnt a lot, met some real characters, had some incredible experiences and long may it continue. That 40” red stag is waiting for me somewhere, I’ve just got to earn the opportunity.


FAVOURITE GEAR

Zulu boots: For a pair of boots that are grunty enough to handle steep country above the bush line, these things are comfortable straight out of the box.  Couple them with a decent pair of socks and there’s little to no breaking in required. 

Crux Top: Best for warm weather, this thing soaks up your sweat, dries quickly and doesn’t stink anywhere near as badly as other polyester garments.

Traverse Jacket: This will keep out the wind, provide you with some warmth, but it breathes, so you won’t sweat like you would in a soft shell.  A real do it all jacket for hunting year-round.

Pinnacle Gaiters: Nearly 2 years of pattern tweaks and homemade samples being tested goat shooting in the steep scrubby papa country near Wanganui then the final testing done by Cody in the Marlborough high country, these are a triumph.  So comfortable you forget they are even there.

Kayan Neck Gaiter: Stops the animals seeing that ugly mug, keeps the sun off when it’s hot, the heat in when it’s cold.  A really versatile piece of kit that is always with me when on a hunt.


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SIZE GUIDE

MEN'S JACKETS AND TOPS

Place the tape measure around the large part of your chest, usually just below the arm pits. Don't stretch the tape too tight. Align this measurement with the table below to help select your size. Outer layers are made larger to accommodate layers underneath.

 
MEN'S OUTER LAYER JACKETS

 SIZE
CHEST CM
CHEST INCHES
XXS
85-90
33-35
XS
90-95
35-37
S
95-100
37-39
M
100-105
39-41
L
105-110
41-43
XL
110-115
43-45
2XL
115-120
45-47
3XL
120-125
47-49
4XL
125-130
49-51
5XL
130-135
51-53




MEN'S BASE & MID-LAYER TOPS

 SIZE
CHEST CM CHEST INCHES
XXS 85-90 33-35
XS 90-95 35-37
S 95-100 37-39
M 100-105 39-41
L 105-110 41-43
XL 110-115 43-45
2XL 115-120 45-47
3XL 120-125 47-49
4XL 125-130 49-51
5XL 130-135 51-53


MEN'S PANTS & SHORTS

WAIST: Place the tape measure around your waist, just above where your pants would normally naturally rest. Don't pull the tape tight, but make sure it is snug. Align this measurement with the table below to help select your size. 
INSEAM: This is the measurement from the center of the crotch on our pants, to the base of the inner leg.
Our over-trousers are designed to be worn over the top of your regular pants. The sizing is therefore larger than our regular pants. 

 

MEN'S PANTS & SHORTS

 SIZE
WAIST CM WAIST INCHES INSEAM CM
XXS 71-74 28-29 78
XS 75-79 30-31 79
S 80-84 32-33 80
M 85-89 34-35 81
L 90-94 36-37 82
XL 95-99 38-39 83
2XL 100-104 40-41 84
3XL 105-109 42-43 84
4XL 110-114 44-45 85
5XL 115-120 46-47 85

 

MEN'S OVER-TROUSERS

 SIZE
WAIST CM WAIST INCHES INSEAM CM
XS 83-86 33-34 79
S 87-90 34-35 80
M 91-94 36-37 81
L 95-98 37-38 82
XL 99-102 39-40 83
2XL 103-106 41-42 84
3XL 107-110 42-43 84
4XL 111-114 44-45 85

 

WOMEN'S SIZING

Place the tape measure around the largest part of your chest, the narrowest point on your waist and the just above where your pants normally sit on your waist. Don't stretch the tape too tight. Align these measurement with the table below to help select your size. Outer layers are made larger to accommodate layers underneath.

 

WOMEN'S SIZING GUIDE

SIZE
CHEST
WAIST
HIPS
6 79cm / 31" 70cm / 27.5" 102cm / 40.2"
8
 84cm / 33"
74cm / 29.1"
106cm / 41.7"
10
 89cm / 35"
78cm / 30.7"
110cm / 43.3"
12
 94cm / 37"
82cm / 32.3"
114cm / 44.9"
14
 99cm / 39"
86cm / 33.9"
118cm / 46.4"
16
104cm / 41"
90cm / 35.4"
122cm / 48"  
18
109cm / 43"
94cm / 37"  
126cm / 49.6"
20
114cm / 45"
98cm / 38.6"
130cm / 51.2"

 

BOOT SIZING

All sizes are US men's sizing. Measure from the from the back of your heel to the end of your longest toe. Use your foot measurement to select the closest boot size.

BOOT SIZING GUIDE

US
FOOT LENGTH (approximate)
6 9.3 in / 23.6 cm
7 9.6 in / 24.4 cm
8 9.9 in / 25.2 cm
9 10.25 in / 26 cm
10 10.6 in / 26.8 cm
11 10.9 in / 27.8 cm
12 11.25 in / 28.6 cm 
13 11.6 in / 29.4 cm

 

 GAITER SIZING

Measure the circumference of calves at the thickest point. The size on the chart is the largest measurement that will fit in the gaiter. Gaiters can be tightened, but cannot be stretched to fit legs larger than the measurements shown on the chart.

GAITER SIZING GUIDE

SIZE
CALF SIZE
 S
380mm
M
410mm
L
440mm
XL
470mm
2XL
500mm

 

GLOVE SIZING

SIZE
LENGTH CM WIDTH CM
S 18 9
M 19 9.5
L 20 10
XL 21 10.5
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