Filson Expert Picks: Geoff Samples

black button with gold lettering on knitted wool

“Growing up my family instilled my brother and me with a passion for the outdoors. At a very young age, we were taught to fly fish, hunt, camp, ski, and be stewards of our public lands. From exploring the Rockies, fishing in Mexico, trekking through Iceland, and beyond, my family and I depend on unfailing outdoor gear. Perhaps unsurprisingly, we have a closet full of Filson for all of our different outdoor passions. Below are my top three picks this season.”

Geoff Samples, FILSON Wholesale Account Representative for the Great Lakes Region

hunter in filson hat and heavy coat holds pheasant while sitting next to dog on truck bed

Geoff with his dog Oakley on their first upland hunt together.SHOP 3-LAYER FIELD JACKET

man in brown filson coat holding a shotgun in a forest


Usage: Upland hunting, yard work, & around town in the rain, wind, or snow.
Initial impressions: A rugged, technical rain jacket designed for the serious outdoor sportsman.
Materials: 3-layer, 100% nylon waterproof membrane, YKK® AquaGuard® pit zips, two-way front zipper, plus fabric tabs for attaching a whistle, calls, or transmitters.
Manufacturing: Engineered at Filson in Seattle, Washington, with best in class imported materials.

How do you primarily use this product?

This has been my go-to jacket for hitting the field with my Labrador retriever Oakley and over under shotgun. I love how tough the exterior fabric is against briars and brush. Along with unmatched durability, it features extra-large shell pockets in the front, an oversized game pocket in the back, pit zips for extra ventilation, and plenty of other great features designed from hours of real-world testing.

Bottom line: The 3-LAYER FIELD JACKET is a must-have for the serious upland hunter looking for a durable rain/snow shell worthy of bearing the Filson name.


Usage: Fishing, hunting, camping, all colder weather outdoor activities.
Initial impressions: This is the ultimate layering piece.
Materials: 1.5-oz. CORDURA® ripstop nylon shell + 60g PrimaLoft® Gold insulation + 7-oz. 100% cotton, moleskin pocket lining, elastic cuffs.
Manufacturing: Engineered at Filson in Seattle, Washington, with best in class imported materials.

How do you primarily use this product?

I can’t hype the Ultralight Hooded Jacket enough. It’s the SUV of Filson jackets. It performs as a stand-alone, or as a mid-layer, while also being lightweight and packable. When the temperature starts to drop, have this jacket with you—it will not disappoint. With a ripstop nylon CORDURA® outer shell, and PrimaLoft® Gold insulation providing as much warmth as 500 or 550 fill-power down, this is an insulated jacket for the modern age.

Bottom line: Made with the same rugged dependability you’d expect from Filson, this jacket pays homage to its heritage, using best in class modern materials, without sacrificing quality.

Man in black filson beanie and matte green jacket in forest with river in background


Usage: All cold-weather outdoor activities.
Initial impressions: A must-have in cold weather, classic style.
Materials: 100% wool, sourced from American farmers.
Manufacturing: Made in the USA.

How do you primarily use this product?

When the air starts to turn crisp, this cap goes everywhere with me—backyard pond hockey, winter dog walks, snowy pheasant fields, and icy steelhead rivers. It practically lives on my head during bitter mid-West winters.

Bottom line: Classic maritime styling, comfortable fit—stays warm in adverse conditions even when wet.