Outstanding apparel for the Canadian hunter
6 superb suggestions for new boots, coats, pants and more
WOODY ARCTIC ICE
At the heart of Muck’s Woody Arctic Ice boots is the new Vibram Arctic Grip outsole, which Vibram describes as the most technically advanced gripping system it’s ever created. Designed for maximizing traction in wet and icy conditions, and temperature rated to -60°C, these lightweight, completely waterproof boots promise sure-footed confidence. They come in both men’s and women’s sizes.
Muck Boots, 1-855-501-5227; www.muckbootcompany.com
Hunting editor Ken Bailey has an eye for the best new gear for Canadian hunters.
BUCKLAND & UPLAND FIELD
Hunters can expect the same affordable, rugged durability they’ve come to expect from Carhartt’s workwear in the Buckfield and Upland Field hunting collections. With a mix of soft, water-repellent polyesters and cotton-poly canvas, this apparel boasts a host of strategic design features, from the pockets to the zipper placement, making it clear Carhartt consulted with avid hunters in developing the lines.
Carhartt, 1-800-833-3118; www.carhartt.com
New from the ground up, Browning’s Buck Shadow offers everything you could ask for in a hunting boot—three insulation level options, complete waterproofing, and a host of new-age materials and technologies to maximize comfort, stability, traction and durability. Depending on the insulation you select, this lightweight all-round boot is ideal for practically any hunting scenario.
Signature Products Group, 1-800-453-1098; www.spgoutdoors.com
A lightweight early- to mid-season boot from Irish Setter, the Ravine will appeal to hunters who spend more time on the trail than in the stand. Available in both seven- and nine-inch models, these crossover boots incorporate all the features you could want, including waterproofing, scent control, a choice of insulation and a slew of high-tech features aimed at making comfort a priority.
Irish Setter, 1-888-738-8370; www.irishsetterboots.com
RIDGE RUNNER CLOTHING
From jackets and pants to hats, gloves and boots, the new Ridge Runner line of hunting clothes should appeal to hunters of both sexes. The outerwear is quiet, windproof and chock full of little features that increase comfort and function. As for footwear, choose between the insulated rubber boots and the mid-height waterproof hiker to suit how and where you hunt.
L.L. Bean, 1-800-441-5713; www.llbean.com
WOMEN’S HUNTING LINE
In keeping with the increased demand for technical hunting clothing designed specifically for women, Sitka’s new 16-item women’s line incorporates all the features of its renowned menswear, with styling and fit better suited to females. The line includes jackets, bibs, pants, accessories and more in sizes small to XL, all available in the full suite of Optifade camo patterns.
Sitka Gear, 1-877-748-5247; www.sitkagear.com