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Review of Outfitter Tuff Camo (AKA: Trebark)

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The Nostalgia of the Pattern:
Growing up in Central New York, my camouflage clothing consisted of two choices; Military “Woodland” camo and Jim Crumley’s original Trebark pattern.  You may have a similar memory of this pattern that seemed to sweep the country back in the 1980’s. I remember one particular Trebark garment that I wore regularly.  It was a pair of fleece pants that were ultra warm and I always thought they were perfect for making my lower body disappear in the particular tree I parked myself in throughout bow season.  Although those pants have since gone into the great unknown, Trebark remains one of my all time favorite patterns (a relative tie with Mossy Oak’s “Forest Floor”)  I never really thought much about the origin of the Trebark pattern until later in my hunting career when I ran across Jim Crumley’s book Secrets of Bowhunting Deer.  That book, which I highly recommend, recounts the history of Jim’s work with camouflage and the origin of Trebark.  Fascinating stuff if you’re a bowhunter.  I remember thinking during my reading of this book that I haven’t seen much Trebark related products on the shelves at my local sporting goods stores.  The other two mainstream camo companies (and I’m sure you can figure out who they are) had pretty much cornered the market in the Northeast.   I liked the Trebark pattern because it had that vertical representation found on actual trees, but couldn’t find it anywhere.  

Jim Crumley:
Trebark was invented by a man named Jim Crumley.  I ran into Mr. Crumley at a Sportsman’s Show in Virginia a few years back and was ecstatic to find out that he is still producing the original Trebark pattern along with 2 new patterns (Trebark 005 and Outfitter Tuff camo).  During our conversation, I remember telling him that I had not seen the Original Trebark pattern on the shelves in NY recently and he referred me to his website, which is how he does most of his business these days.  The name is now Outfitter Tuff but all three patterns are available on the site www.outfittertuff.com

Many think that camouflage patterns are all the same, with small exceptions.  Trebark and Outfitter Tuff camouflage however have a vertical base that mimics the natural lines found in the timber.  It is this characteristic that sets these patterns on a new level and one you may want to investigate for yourself.  In fact, there is a great video on Jim’s site explaining how the Trebark pattern got its start….Click here to see it!

Here’s a look at the 3 types of camo on Jim’s site

Original Trebark:  Chamois Pants ($39.99) Chamois Shirt ($39.99)

If you read the opening paragraph, you know how fond I am of the original Trebark pattern.  I honestly think this pattern may be the single best pattern for treestand hunting in that the pattern is vertical, you know, like a tree!  Aside from my affinity to this pattern, the chamois shirt and pants that we tested are extremely rugged and built to withstand the punishment of many bow seasons.  I also liked how the color lightened up a bit with successive washings.  This makes you less likely to appear like a darkk blob up in a tree.  So I guess the fact that fading may occur is a good thing in this case.

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Trebark 005:  Chamois Pants ($39.99)  Chamois Shirt ($39.99)

This pattern appears to be more of a digital representation of the original.  While the colors of browns, blacks and grays are separated with clear boundary lines in the original pattern, the Trebark 005 pattern boundaries seem to blend together better and appears more like a digital representation of the actual bark of a tree. The gray in this pattern appears a little darker than the gray in the Original pattern in my opinion.  Never the less, this updated version of the original pattern is offered in the same rugged material and lightens up with washing.  Remember, we think that’s a good thing in this case!

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Outfitter Tuff:  Nylon Pants ($29.99) Nylon Shirt ($24.99)

The pattern that bears a new name and logo for Mr. Crumley is visibly different from the Trebark patterns. It has a base similar to the new Trebark 005 pattern but with brown and green leaf overlays.  We particularly like the brown rust color of the leaves since it’s a great representation of that Fall color we all know and love.  As I mentioned in my opening paragraph, my two favorite camo patterns have always been the Original Trebark and Mossy Oak’s Forest Floor.  This pattern appears to combine both elements of both bark and leaf patterns.  Bravo Mr. Crumley!

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Long Sleeve T-shirts:  ($19.99)

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Outfitter Tuff offers a performance style long sleeve T-shirt in the two Trebark patterns.  We absolutely loved these for scouting and treestand work!  Think of the same material found in those loose fitting Under Armour / moisture wicking type shirts but with the Trebark pattern on them, and for half the price!

All three of these patterns are available in chamois and nylon as well as insulated versions of the jackets.  The material and stitching are rugged and held up well after heavy use and washing.  We found the “Tuff” in the new Outfitter Tuff name to be accurate!

Our Marks on Jim Crumley’s Outfitter Tuff Camo

Quality: 5 out of 5: The 9.0 Ounce 100% cotton chamois material is not only rugged, but extremely quiet and does not shrink when washed.

Fit: 5 out of 5: We found the Outfitter Tuff products to be very true to size.  We usually have to settle for XL pants even though we would consider ourselves a Large.  Since the Outfitter Tuff website provides a size chart for each garment, we ordered a Large waist size and the pants fit perfect!

Overall Value: 5 out of 5:  It’s hard to beat the combination of quality and price with the Outfitter Tuff products.  We really like the fact that the website includes a sizing chart with each product so you can decide which size is right for you.  Also, the fact that the pattern is offered in a variety of materials depending on your typical hunting climate is a bonus as well.

Selection: 4 out of 5: Personally, we’d like to see these patterns offerred in bibs, fleece and more insulated type apparel to give a solid 5 out of 5.  Regardless, we’re glad to find that the original Trebark pattern is still alive and kicking and that it has new members to the family!

For more information and products in the Outfitter Tuff line, please visit www.outfittertuff.com

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