Winter 2017’s new & noteworthy gear
Awesome new outdoor equipment to get you through the Canadian winter
Made with Columbia Sportswear’s unique OutDry Extreme waterproof fabric, the OutDry Ex Gold Down Hooded Jacket ($329.99) is ideal for wet, cold days on the water or the ice. The seams are fully sealed, while the horizontal chambers of 700-fill down are heat-bonded—not stitched—keeping the insulation in and the elements out.
Columbia Sportswear, 1-800-622-6953; www.columbiasportswear.ca
Designed specifically for hunters, the Accurate (US$99.95) is a new fixed-blade hunting knife made exclusively for Ruger by CRKT. The satin-finish, 4.37-inch plain-edge blade is available in either a drop or rising point, with a rubber over-mould, full-tang handle. It comes with a reinforced nylon-fabric sheath.
Ruger, 1-800-891-3100; www.ruger.com/crkt
Following up on Duck, Duck, Goose, his acclaimed 2013 waterfowl cookbook, hunter and food writer Hank Shaw is back with Buck, Buck, Moose: Recipes and Techniques for Cooking Deer, Elk, Moose, Antelope and Other Antlered Things (US$29.95). The comprehensive, lushly photographed book includes 100 venison recipes from around the world.
If you get cold feet on your outdoor adventures, ThermaCell’s ProFlex Heavy Duty Heated Insoles (US$199) might be the ticket to staying out longer. Powered by removable rechargeable batteries, the flexible insoles can stay warm for up to 8½ hours. And using a smartphone, you can power the insoles on and off and choose among four temperature settings.
ThermaCell Heated Products, 1-866-651-7579; www.heat.thermacell.com