Filson advises against spot cleaning with soap and water, as it may result in a loss of water repellent or color in that spot. The reason for a wipe or brush cleaning is the cotton is not preshrunk; this finish can only be cleaned by wiping or brushing it off. I started out of 35 years ago with a set of double oiled Tin Cloth pants and a double Oiled Tin Cloth hunting jacket. Oil Finish Tin Cloth is the most durable, wind resistant and water repellent cloth Filson makes. This gear test on a pair of tin chaps begins back in 1978.
My Carhart jacket is great but not for rainy weather during field trips. I use them rabbit hunting and I can go places even the rabbit couldn't go. The lower legs go first then the inside of the legs. It is so hot right now and I figured. They are like iron and will wear your legs raw without a base layer. For more than 120 years, Filson has made rugged gear for rugged humans.
In fact, it may make the fabric stiffer than before. And the pants are meant to wear as normal pants or are they like overpants? I walked through stands of blackberry and never tore them. I was concerned about shrinking the waist of dry finish tin cloth pants. I would look elsewhere for a pair of bibs and jacket. The chaps blocked the wind on cold and sometimes snowy Kansas bird hunts.
Please contact Filson Customer Service at 1-800-624-0201 so that a price adjustment may be issued. I owned a pair of the double tin pants when I was working forestry in western Washington. If an Oil Finish garment is dry cleaned, it will need to be re-waxed to restore its water repellency. This hat has become my go-to for quick trips out in inclement weather here in the temperamental winter of Montana. The best thing is you aren't stuck with one pair of pants. I only wear my chaps when the temps are warm - I prefer my pants and I have to re-wax them every 2 months or so.
I wax them once a year or so with the Filson wax. I just re-wax mine when my legs gets damp after hunting. Every couple of weeks I throw them in the tub and wipe them down to get dried mud off them. I have set my eyes on the Filson brand. They softened up quite a bit after a couple hrs being tossed around in the dryer.
My guess is that it is as stiff as a horsehide jacket. Bottom Line Filson Single Tin Chaps are tried and true classics, durable enough to outlast a number of bird dogs. As others have already said, get them a size larger. Due to this process, there can be small variances in the color from one Oil Tin cloth item to another. To view our entire sizing guide, Description A double layer of our tough, water-repellent oil finish Tin Cloth provides armor-like protection against briars and wet brush. I think I was the poster a while back that complained about Filson shrinkage and quality.
The armpit vents are necessary when moving through chukar territory as we were, and the breathable nature of the coat proved itself over hill and dale. Yes they are hot and any temps over 50 degrees or heavy exercise even when cooler will have you sweating. Thanks, Andy I have the single tin pants - I sized up from regular waist and they still fit a little snug. Right now I wear my Carhartt and going through the briars ain't nothing but even with just a fleece vest and a t-shirt underneath I'm starting to get too warm and it's only 35 degrees. Filson seems clutzproof in that respect. But that was quickly mended by a needle and thread.
Oil Finish Tin Cloth is made of 100% cotton that has not been preshrunk, so shrinkage can occur, even if care is taken to avoid prolonged exposure to heat when wet. The more you wash them, the better they get. The Oil Tin Cloth will allow air to push through it, but it is not as breathable as some of the new high-tech synthetic fibers. Filson advises against spot cleaning with soap and water, as it may result in a loss of water repellent or color in that spot. And the mesh side pocket is great for grabbing and stashing items on the go. Good idea to wait until my Field Jacket arrives.
Dry cleaning solutions destroy the Oil Finish, effectively turning Oil Finish fabrics into Dry Finish fabrics. The reason for a wipe or brush cleaning is the cotton is not preshrunk; this finish can only be cleaned by wiping or brushing it off. Send it back to us and we'll exchange it at no additional cost. I wore it on a pheasant hunt in South Dakota in very cold, windy, snowy conditions along with a pair of their upland chaps jeans and polypro thermals underneath. Andy Double Tin Pants I wear them over a pair of long under wear. I also have a pair of double tin pants, and love them more. My pairs have lasted 3-4 years wearing them every day from Nov - April.