Looking for the ultimate camouflage when you’re out hunting in the woods or just hiding out? A ghillie suit is the best way for you to blend in with the natural surroundings in the woods. What’s really cool about ghillie suits is that they’re not just your basic green and brown camo pattern – they actually make you look like part of the wilderness because of the 3D design of the suit, which is why they’re so amazing for hunters.
Not sure if you need one of these? Well, ghillie suits are used by more than just hunters. In fact, these are valuable for hardcore paintballers, nature photographers and watchers, snipers and military training exercises. So, if you need to disappear into your surroundings in the woods, then a good ghillie suit is exactly what you need.
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What To Consider Before Buying
While you can use natural brush and other materials to make your own natural camouflage, a ghillie suit use artificial components to give you cover using artificial camouflage. As you check out the available ghillie suits on the market, you’ll notice that you can choose from things like different materials and colors. To help make the decision a bit easier for you, we’ll go over some of the features and other things to consider before you select a good ghillie suit for airsoft or other needs.
How Will You Use It?
One of the most important things you need to think about is why you need one of these. Are you going to be using it for paintball or airsoft? If so, you need something that you can easily move in. But if you need it for hunting, then ease of movement isn’t really a priority here.
So, if you’re going to be moving around, then look for one that is made of synthetic materials because the natural materials are more lightweight, which makes the movement easier. Otherwise, you can go with the suits made of natural materials, like jute.
You can also just get a ghillie suit for Halloween if you’re interested in doing a Predator costume or something similar.
More About Materials
To help further explain the differences between the suits made of synthetic materials vs natural materials, let’s dig into that a bit more. Overall, we think that suits made of synthetic materials are a better choice for most people. Not only are the synthetic materials more lightweight, but they are more durable and resistant to mold and mildew. And that’s one thing you might not consider – when you’re laying on the ground, your suit can and will get damp from the ground’s moisture. And you need to be able to clean that effectively, which is more easily accomplished with synthetic materials than natural materials, like jute.
What Color Do You Need?
The cool thing about ghillie suits is that you can buy them in a color design to match pretty much any terrain out there. So, if you’re in a desert landscape, then you can get one that blends in more easily with sand and your typical desert surroundings. Or, if you’re in a location with a lot of snow, then you can get one that is white and helps you to blend in with a snowy landscape more easily. And, of course, there are standard models that help you to blend in with the surroundings of your typical forest scenery.
How much does it weigh?
One thing that you might not be thinking about is the weight one of these suits. Ideally, you want the most lightweight ghillie suit you can find because not only can these things be heavy, but they can also be very warm to wear. And the last you want is to be roasting in one of these things! Plus, the heavier it is, the more difficult it is for you to transport one of these when you’re not wearing it.
And in addition to the weight of the suit, consider how breathable the materials are of the suit that you’re considering. While this won’t be a big deal if you’re in a snowy landscape, you will definitely want a breathable option if the weather is warm or if you’re in a desert climate.
Ghillie Suit Reviews
To help make your buying decision a bit easier for you, our editors have compared all of the top models of ghillie suits on the market to determine which ones are worth your money. Below you’ll find our editor reviews of some our favorite ghillie suits on the market right now.
Ghost Ghillie Suit™ by Arcturus Camo – Advanced 3D Camo Review
One of our absolute favorite options right now is the Ghost Ghillie Suit that’s made by Arcturus Camo. You can currently order this one in two different color design options, and unfortunately snow is not one of them.
Here are your color options at the time of this article:
- Woodland (pictured to the right)
- Dry grass
As I’m sure you can tell, the woodland option looks a lot like green grass and moss that you’d see in the forest. And the dry grass option is a light tan color that looks sort of like dead grass, which would work well in the fall and maybe even for some desert climates. Honestly, we think that this is the best woodland ghillie suit you can buy right now.
To give you some more details on the colors, the woodland design features seven colors of green, tan, brown, and black blended together to create the camouflage. The dry grass design features a base color of greenish tan with light olive thread blended in to give the look of grasslands.
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We really like that you get full coverage from this ghillie suit, however that does come with a bit more added weight compared to your average suit. In fact, this one weighs in at around 6.5 pounds total weight.
One of the best features of this model is that all of the thread uses double stitching instead of the industry standard of single stitching. What does this mean for you? It means that you don’t have to worry about the threads falling out and leaving you exposed or threadbare.
Another great feature of this one is that it comes in several different sizing options. You can choose from:
- Kids size (up to 5’0″)
- Young adults size (5’1″ to 5’6″)
- Regular adults size (5’6″ to 6’0″)
- Extra-large adults size (6’0″ and over)
So, if you’ve been looking for a good ghillie suit for kids, teens, women, or big guys, then this model right here gives you all those options with the sizes that are available for you.
Other things that we like about this one is that it’s double mesh is very breathable and it’s made of synthetic thread that is fire retardant. Plus, it comes with it’s own camouflage carrying bag. At the end of the day, this gets our pick at the #1 ghillie suit for the money.
Red Rock Gear Ghillie Suit Review
Another decent option to consider is the Red Rock Gear Ghillie Suit. It’s a five-piece suit that is available in a few different color options and sizes. In fact, this model is available in more color choice than the Arcturus Camo model up above. Color choices are:
- ACU camouflage
- Desert camouflage
- Snow camouflage
- Woodland camouflage
At the end of the day, this suit actually has a lot in common with the Arcturus Camo model up above. So, we’ll cover some of the features that they have in common as well as some key differences about this one.
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It is made of synthetic materials, with the composition being 2% spandex and 98% polyester. As a result of these components, the suit itself is lightweight and breathable, which makes it a good option for warmer weather.
One of the things that we really like about the Red Rock Gear Ghillie Suit is that it not only comes with a stuff sack to carry it in, there is also a gun wrap include that should fit most rifles or shotguns.
Overall, this thing is easy to get on and off and not as heavy as it looks like. With so many color options available, we think that this is a good choice for people shopping for a cheap sniper ghillie suit that offers full coverage 3D camouflage for almost any type of terrain or situation.
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