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Product Review: The Truth About Badlands Camo

Brad Smith

When it comes to Badlands camo, the choice is easy. 

Not all product reviews are rosy. Some can get down right negative due to false advertising and product claims that just don’t live up to the hype. However, when it comes to Badlands camo, that can’t be further from the truth. As a matter of fact, the 2015 season is my first season wearing nothing but Badlands camo, and I couldn’t be more impressed.

Over the summer, I went all in. I revamped my entire camo lineup through A good friend of my mine, Mike Malchow, is an elk and mule deer guide in Colorado for Silver Spur Outfitters. He has said nothing but great things about Badlands for some time, so making the leap wasn’t that unsettling.

Silver Spur Outfitters with Mike Malchow (left) and client

Upon receiving my order, rather quickly I might say, I was worried. My new bibs, jacket, and vest, were lighter than anything I’ve ever worn during an Indiana deer season. True to the advertising and endorsements from others that have followed these same footsteps, that is just one of the advantages of Badlands camo.

For early season, temperatures where I hunt are in the high 60s. By mid-season, 40s are the average. By the time gun season rolls around, there could be a snow storm with highs in the 2’s as easy as a warm sunny day with lows in the 50s. The ability to adjust to these changes were often difficult with other brands.

My camo set up provided options for each type weather I faced. The fleece from the 3-in-1 jacket was all I needed during archery. As the weather turned, I paired it with the vest, then eventually with the bibs. Every part of the system easily packed inside my Badlands Diablo backpack as well, to be worn or taken off as the temperatures swung. Another added bonus were the zippers. Almost my entire system could be worn but just unzipped, allowing for air flow to and from my stand.

Brad Smith

The overall lightness, paired with incredible warmth, comfort, and quietness of Badlands camo was amazing. It felt like I was wearing a light fall set up pretty much at all times, but had the heat of a jacuzzi when layered together. It’s this lightness that really impressed me the most. The material that Badlands uses to make their camo really sets them apart from any other manufacturer out there.

The cost of this camo is a little on the high side, however, what you get out of it is worth it. You get what you pay for but with a lifetime warranty, you get a lot more.

If you are like me, you will find that it is easy to become a Badlands camo customer for life.


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Product Review: The Truth About Badlands Camo