Industry leading technology with the top features hunters could ask for in camo, and it’s entirely made in the USA… Is this the best camo I’ve been waiting for? Absolutely. I’ve thoroughly put my FORLOH camo through the wringer while bowhunting and ended up with the most memorable bull elk I’ve harvested, a 6×6 non-typical titan.
I was excited to get my hands on FORLOH camo when I first heard about them. FORLOH’s high tech manufacturing techniques were familiar to me from technical apparel for mountaineering and backcountry skiing. Effective camo with features like sonic welded seamless construction, true waterproof breathable softshell fabrics, waterproof zippers, durable and stretchy insulating fabrics, and side zip ventilation for pushing myself in adverse conditions are exactly what I was looking for and it’s 100% American made!
I ordered my camo in the Exposed camo pattern except that I opted for the Deep Cover camo for my softshell jacket.
FORLOH met and even surpassed my expectations. Over the course of the Spring, Summer, and Fall through scouting, hunting, and harvesting my archery elk, I wore my camo in the rain, on warm sunny days, cool nights, and frost covered mornings. I was comfortable throughout the conditions.
The materials, stitching, and sonic welding were top quality and perfectly executed. I appreciated the fine details like quiet YKK reverse coil zippers, reinforced elbow and knee fabric, water resistant and durable knee pads, and ventilation zippers. I loved welcoming in the breeze through side zippers on warm days. As far as comfort in motion, the fit and joint articulation were superb on each piece of apparel. With the stretchy materials, crawling around and taking shots with my bow felt great. I loved having knee pads on my pants for both crawling and kneeling. In wet weather the softshell jacket was definitely waterproof (35k/mm) as I tested it in some hard rain storms. I look forward to using my softshell for future winter hunts and also while backcountry skiing. I liked that the Stretch Woven Pants were water resistant but of course the DWR finish couldn’t resist soaking through while bushwhacking through wet brush, but I didn’t expect it to. You’d need waterproof pants for that, and that’s why I normally wear waterproof gaiters when it’s wet. Regarding my mesh hat, it’s great. The hat fits well, it’s well made, stays cool, and keeps the sun out of my eyes while matching my camo. What else could I ask for?
So how did my FORLOH camo perform while hunting? I came within 40 yd of elk on 4 separate occasions including 2 satellite bulls who looked straight through me, 5 separate mule deer encounters including 2 decent bucks within 50 yd (didn’t draw out for my buck tag), and a turkey family that was oblivious of me 15 yd away even when I stood up and walked around them. Including the beautiful bull which I detail below, I’d say that’s successful.
I detailed my latest archery elk hunt on my Instagram account @AmericanGearGuide more or less as follows – I’m so grateful and humbled by this beautiful giant (photo above). I believe this is the same non-typical ghost bull I’d been following for the past two years on a Utah general season public land hunt in the back backcountry. Effort, patience, and lots of luck came through!
He roared back to bugles and cow calls but as usual never came out of thick cover. I owe a huge amount of gratitude to Beau @beau.beus for distracting him with calls while I crawled through ridiculous brush to close within 35 yds and shoot through a little 20×20 inch window. Presenting a perfect broadside near last light my arrow had a full pass through the top of the heart and both lungs ensuring a quick ethical end. I immediately cow called and he woozily bedded within just 30 yds. Not wanting to startle and bump him far away in the night, we returned in the morning with no need for tracking.
In short, I’ve found my favorite camo with FORLOH and would replace it immediately if it were lost. I think that says it all. I hope my review has been helpful and I hope it supports a great local manufacturer who does things right. FORLOH also makes a variety of other apparel that I didn’t review including camo down puffies, light rain jackets, thin camo sun shirts for hot weather, and fishing apparel. You can find FORLOH camo directly through their website: FORLOH.com
Below are some photos that illustrate how the camo looks in some of the places I hunt.