Modern Camo Hunting Cloak

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Modern Camo Hunting Cloak

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Not long ago I posted pictures of myself clad in modern hunting camo with my green ranger's cloak. Well, I've enjoyed hunting wearing my light cloak so much that I decided to make a modern version. Behold!
This evening I have cut the fabric and taken the first steps to constructing my new cloak!
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I now seek council on how to proceed. I have many ideas and would like some input. First, let me tell what is.

The design is a half circle with hood. This will, in a sense, be two cloaks. An outer and inner cloak. The outer cloak, the camo, is 55% Cotton, 45% Poly fabric in a "Mossy Oak Breakup" pattern. One of the best modern hunting camo patterns. It is a nice, heavy twill. I actually have store bought pants made of the same fabric. The inner cloak, blaze orange, is a mid-weight plush fleece. 100% Poly. Thus, I have only cut the fabric and seek opinions before forging on.

Once constructed, I'll have two cloaks that can be worn separately or together. The outer, camo cloak, is intended for weather and concealment. I hope to waterproof the fabric. It can be worn alone if it's not cold enough. The inner, orange cloak, is intended for safety and warmth. While archery hunting, blaze orange is not required (by law where I am, check your local regulations) it is a good thing for any hunter to have. Fun fact, deer actually cannot see this color. A hunter could be clad all in orange, so long as is hides their shape and movement it can still be effective.

These are essentially two cloaks, but together they can be greater. I intend them to be multipurpose survival tools as well. I will not always require the warmth or color of both. My thought is to add snaps or buttons that would easily connect the camo to the orange, making one, heavy, waterproof cloak, or use to them separately. Together, in great need, they would make a decent survival shelter. The waterproofed camo cloak could be strung up as a tarp against the rain and the orange would make a good blanket.

So now I'm looking at what other features could be added to this cloak. Perhaps some pockets for small items. I'm thinking of paracord, always great for survival. Perhaps using it for the neck tie, and maybe even sewing an emergency length of it into the edge seams. Grommets around the edge would help to string it up as a tarp

What say you? What would you add, subtract or change on a modern hunting cloak. Admittedly, I even have a small thought to making a few to sell in the future (only a few if any. My day job pays too well to give up for cloak making). What features do you think would make this worthwhile?
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Wow I dont have anything to add but that's awesome!
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Camo outer cloak is done (except waterproofing). I’m sitting in the woods, an hour before dawn, for my first test. Wish me luck!
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Well, here is the camo outer cloak in action.
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Not much to look at, but that's the point. Haha!

I hunt on the ground without a blind. You can see the chair hanging from my pack. This was great to settle down and just wrap myself up and wait. I saw two deer yesterday, but they did not come into range. At least they didn't see me!

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The cloak features grommets at the corners and spaces along the edges. Once waterproofed, I'll be able to string it up as a tarp for emergency shelter. The hems have paracord threaded through them. The tie closure at the neck is six, 2 foot pieces of paracord braided together. It'd be relatively easy to undo the neck tie and use the short bits to string up the cloak as a tarp. If more is needed, the sides each have about 4 feet, and the bottom rounded edge about 16 feet, but these will not go back in easily (had to use wire to thread them through). All in all, about 36 feet of paracord.

As many are aware, paracord is so great for survival cordage because you can remove the inner strands to use for smaller twine. Even with the inner strands removed, the outer sheath is still a good bit of rope. The cord I used here is has 10 strands, 9 nylon and 1 of fishing line. So, in a pinch, I could have about 36 feet of outer sheath rope, 36 feet of fishing line (I have fish hooks in my survival kit), and 324 feet nylon twine. That nylon twine is made of 3 threads which could be undone for sewing. Still not a match for Elven Hithlain rope, but it'll do.
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Wow cool!
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It's beautiful, very nice camouflage outfit.
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That is very awesome looking :P
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Heh, I really dig it. The grommets are a nice touch!
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My Modern Camo Hunting Cloak is done and it is working wonderfully. Well, maybe not working because I haven't gotten a deer yet, but I'm happy with it. It's kept me warm, dry, and hidden on a few hunts. It's nice to just sit down, wrap up, and wait. The extra, polar fleece inner cloak has been great on cold mornings.
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Thanks to some Christmas snow, I also figured out that the back side of the printed camo pattern works well for snow camo.
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I added some wire to the hem of the hood. I can shape the opening, and even grab onto my hat. It can be removed to make survival snares.
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Bonus is that it also becomes an emergency shelter. There's paracord hidden inside the edges, so if you really need it (it's hard to put back) there's about 36 feet of rope to string it up as a tarp. Here, I just used the neck ties around a tree and some sticks for pegs.
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It's small, but it will keep you warm and dry in a pinch and there's still the fleece inner cloak to use as a blanket.
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Add to that, in my modern survival gear I keep a mylar emergency blanket and a thin plastic poncho, and I stay cozy lost in the woods.
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Really cool :P
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I saw your post on reddit! Very awesome, especially how it converts to a shelter.
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theowl wrote: Mon Jan 02, 2023 12:10 am I saw your post on reddit! Very awesome, especially how it converts to a shelter.
Haha. I knew double dipping on my posts would let someone find me.
Even if the shelter is never used for an emergency, it could be great for convenience. Say I shoot a deer before dust and loose the blood trail in the dark. Do I really want to hike all the way back to my car in the dark, then all the way back to the blood trail in the morning? If I'm out far enough, I might just want to hunker down for the night and have a fresh start on the trail in the morning. My hunting pack right now is just a small camelbak bag with a few things strapped on. I don't want to carry a tent as well for this possibility.
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I like your use of old technology in the modern day; it's something I do all the time, although not really for specific functions.

In my case, I know that in the great depression children often wore potato and flour sacks for clothes and had no soks because it all wore out and they had nothing else. I on the other hand know how to make and use a leg wrap, ruana cloak, tunic, trousers, head wrap, etc. all from simple pieces of cloth. In a dire situation me and my family will be set and still have style.
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Tom_Ranger wrote: Sun Jan 08, 2023 10:33 am I like your use of old technology in the modern day; it's something I do all the time, although not really for specific functions.

In my case, I know that in the great depression children often wore potato and flour sacks for clothes and had no soks because it all wore out and they had nothing else. I on the other hand know how to make and use a leg wrap, ruana cloak, tunic, trousers, head wrap, etc. all from simple pieces of cloth. In a dire situation me and my family will be set and still have style.
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