Retro Knit Camo Sweater

Retro Knit Camo Sweater


In today’s hunting market, everything from bows to boots to apparel seem to be more technologically advanced than in year’s past.  There are a few items, however from “Back in the Day” that worked extremely well and drew admiration from hunters across the country.  Unfortunately, many of those items are out of production now.  Not to fear!   Legendary Whitetails has brought back the beloved Winona Sweater.  Styled after the original made famous by Bob Fratzke and the Winona Knit Company, this Zip-up Sweater is priced right and will have you reminiscing about hunting days gone by.  I have the original version of this sweater hanging in my closet right now.  It doesn’t fit me anymore because…..well….let’s just say that I outgrew it!  It was and continues to be one of my favorite pieces of hunting garb and I just can’t bring myself to let it go.  When I saw that Legendary Whitetails had brought this style sweater back, I jumped at the chance to review it. 

The Sweater comes in two camo patterns (snow and brown) and features a high collar for added warmth and style.  The waist pockets are handy but our suggestion would be to throw zippers on them for next year.  Available sizes are: M, L, XL, XL Tall, 2XL, 2XL Tall, 3XL. (Add $3.00 for Talls or 3XL)


We field tested this sweater during our 2009 rifle season and found it to be a heavier knit than the older Winona style sweaters.  The added thickness kept us warmer on stand and we found that it stretched to allow for more layers should the need arise.  As with the original, the acrylic knit is ultra quiet and the high collar eliminated the need for our regular StormKloth neck gaiters.  I like the full zip feature on this version of the classic should I need to regulate my body temperature during a hike.  Overall, I’d say that Legendary Whitetails has done us hunters a favor by bringing back this Retro Sweater.  Next stop on the field testing checklist for this sweater…….Ice Fishing!

Our Marks on the Retro Knit Sweater:

Fit:  4 out of 5: The fit is true to size around the shoulders but we felt the waist band could have gone down past our actual waists a little more.  We’d recommend ordering the XL tall size.

Quality and Comfort:  5 out of 5: As with the original, this sweater can take whatever you dish out. In fact, the more you wear it, the more comfortable it becomes!

Overall Value: 5 out of 5: We’re average hunters just like you and don’t want to waste our hard earned money on apparel or equipment that doesn’t work or isn’t top quality.  At $59.99, it’s hard to go wrong with this sweater and you won’t have to break the bank to give it a try.

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