A very hearty congratulations to your new 2012 Prois Award Recipient..RUTH CUSACK! We have absolutely no doubt that Ruth will be a great representative for Prois and the women in the hunting industry! She is amazing!! Congratulations, Ruth!
Each and every contestant in this award is quite simply amazing in their own rights and we want to congratulate each of them for making it to the top 12. We also have to say that we are so proud of the grace and dignity with which each of these ladies has conducted themselves during this contest. They are all amazing and we are humbled to have learned more about each of them.
This is the second year Prois Hunting Apparel for Women has held the prestigious Prois Award, which was created to honor the amazing huntresses out there who also commit their time and efforts to conservation, management and community education. This year, over 80 entries were submitted and the top 12 finalists were chosen by our elite panel of judges who include Ron Spomer, Diana Rupp, Guy Eastman, Julie Golob, Craig Boddington, Tracy Barnes, Jim Zumbo, Lanny Barnes and Kirstie Pike. The top 12 finalists worked furiously to obtain online votes and the online voting ceased at midnight December 16th. At that time, Prois added the cumulative judge scores to the online scores to determine the winner.
Ruth will win an amazing prize package including a 2 species hunt in Namibia with Mogwadiri Hunting Safaris, gear package from Prois Hunting Apparel for Women, firearm by Weatherby, Heartbreaker Bow from Bowtech, bow rest from Rip Cord, Optics by Swarovski, knives from Buck Knives, arrows/broadheads/logowear from Shoot Like A Girl, scent-free products by Her Camo Shop, customized journal by Hunter Hills Journals, shooting sticks from BOG, European mount racks from Skullhooker, boots from Zamberlan and high altitude drinks from Acli-Mate! Whew.
Ruth will also be flown out to attend the 2013 SHOT Show press conference which will introduce her to the industry media.
Kirstie Pike, CEO
Prois Hunting and Field Apparel for Women
28001B US Highway 50
Gunnison, CO 81230
Phone: (970) 641-3355
Fax: (970) 641-4400
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Prois Hunting Apparel for Women is celebrating their 5th year in business with record breaking achievement and a huge customer and fan following. When I first met Kirstie Pike CEO, Prois was a fledgling company experiencing normal growing pains. After talking to Kirstie and reviewing her products I realised that Prois was the future of the womens hunting apparel and I was right.
Drowning in a sea of mens hunting apparel; women hunters were frustrated with trying to wear ill fitting men’s clothing. There were a couple of other companies but the quality of Prois FAR out shined them
The Prois Facebook page is full of hilarity and fun with a quirky and sassy bunch of regular contributors but also shows the legion of admirers that grows daily. The furry mascot, a bunny named “Bun-Bun” is featured and posts about his antics add to the fun.
Over 30 Field and Pro-Staffers proudly wear the “Prois P” not only while hunting but also at any other outdoor function where they can show off the fantastic product line. “Prois was there!” is a common shout out on the Facebook and Twitter pages along with pictures showing ladies wearing Prois in many different settings.
The Prois “sisterhood” grows daily but Prois has many male admirers as well. This year showcased the first ever “Men of Prois” contest. Several men vied for the title and all were asked to model some Prois wear at the Professional Outdoor Media Association conference. It was hilarious but also had a serious note…well not really…it was just funny as heck.
A comment made during the contest was how women have had to wear ill fitting hunting clothes until now and that it was interesting to see the men attempt to wear clothing that clearly didn’t fit them for a change.
When you get to the actual Prois product line though, that is where things get serious…very serious. They are created for women who are dedicated and who represent the very best of the hunting and shooting world. The ladies who represent Prois are not the ones headed to the swamp in a bikini for a silly photo shoot. They are respected throughout the hunting/shooting world for being genuine and determined hunters.
The clothing in the Prois line are well thought out and made from the highest quality materials. Each piece is subject to rigorous testing with much attention to detail and functionality. The fabrics are researched and found to be some of the most desirable for athletes and outdoorsmen and women for all outdoor pursuits.
Some of my favorite Prois items are:
Prois Sherpa Jacket: This is a cozy and comfy jacket that I wear all through the fall and winter months. I layer it when the snow is flying but can just throw it on over a turtleneck for a fall turkey hunt or quick trip to the grocery store. The Sherpa jacket is made from 100% polyester Sherpa Fleece to ensure warmth and fabric silence. A nylon tricot liner throughout the garment helps when layering and ease of movement. Prois’ signature scapular pockets hold activated heat packs between the shoulder blades for those chilly days. There is a handy lumbar compartment across the lower back for more heat packs across the hips. I really appreciate the tapered wrist cuffs with thumb holes to help with warmth, concealment and ease of movement especially when bow hunting because they don’t get in the way of my bow strings when shooting.
Eliminator Rain Jacket:
This is one of my absolute favorite Prois products! I wore my Eliminator Rain Jacket the entire time I was in South Africa this year. Since I could only pack one jacket I wanted to be sure I could stay dry in the South African winter. I was very comfortable layering from early morning when temperatures were in the low 30′s through the day where they rose to the 60′s and back into the late night. I never was wet and the drop flap in the back aided me when I was sitting in tall wet grass. I LOVE this jacket! While you are checking out the jacket, be sure to grab some Eliminator Rain Pants as well!
High Plains Brush Pants:
The High Plains Brush Pants are fabulous for walking through brush while hunting pheasants and any upland game birds. The pants have a tough cotton/poly base and heavy-duty Cordura facings, these pants will provide the comfort and protection you need to move through any upland cover.
Thinking I would be walking in high thorn areas in So. Africa I took a pair with me. I was very comfortable with the pants and the color was great in the tall winter grass, but I don’t recommend them for bow hunting in South Africa as they are a bit noisy in the brush. If you are taking them on your next safari for thorn protection and rifle hunting from a stand they are perfect.
Prois Ultra Shirts:
I love, love these shirts! I pack all of mine every time I go hunting. They are perfect for layering and fit well. The Prois Ultra shirts are super soft but made out of the Prois signature polyester birdseye wicking fabric to create an athletic, breathable shirt. I usually begin layering with the Próis Ultra Short Sleeve Shirt, then follow up with a longer sleeved version and then a Prois jacket or Sherpa vest depending on how cool it is and how much walking I am going to be doing.
This is the BEST cap! There are several different colors to choose from and is one of the first things I pack for any hunting or shooting event. It fits and proudly shows off the Prois P! I was wearing my favorite one in South Africa July. I consider my Prois caps to be my lucky hunting hats!
If you are looking for the very best in women’s hunting clothing you will find NO better than Prois. If you are looking for a great bunch of ladies to share your stories with and have a great laugh, check out their Facebook Page and join the fun…but beware of random gnomes and Flaming Cheetos!
COLUMBUS, Georgia– The Prois Ultra Backcountry Shirt, available in a variety of Realtree ® patterns, is designed for women hunters who want a tough shirt with functional storage. The Prois Ultra Backcountry Shirt is constructed from Prois’s signature 100% polyester birdseye fabric, which wicks moisture away from the skin, keeping you cool when it is hot and warm when it is cool. The neck zipper allows venting in warm weather. What sets the Backcountry apart from the pack? The Ultra Backcountry Shirt features a unique and convenient three-compartment lumbar pocket system, which is perfect for holding calls, gloves, hand warmers and other hunting necessities. The ultra Backcountry provides maximum function for the hunter on the move.
The Prois Ultra Fitted Pants are designed with 100% polyester brushed tricot 380 Gm fabric, which boasts the four “S’s”: soft, sturdy, silent and snag-resistant. Fitted just below the natural waist for a form fitting and functional feel, the Ultra Fitted Pants are designed to allow more room through the hips and thighs to enhance comfort and function. The pants feature large cargo pockets with magnetic closures for silence, a boot cut fit, elasticized cuffing and cordlock to cinch cuff closer to the boot during the hunt. Knee pleats enhance movement and comfort while sitting, squatting or stalking.