Dressed to kill
New apparel for waterfowl, upland and big-game hunters
Durable and practical attire for hunting in forests, cornfields, swamps, mountains and everywhere in between.
INSTINCT WATERFOWL BIBS
Cabela’s Canada, $369.99
Key features: Polyester and Gore-Tex shell with nylon ripstop lining; Primaloft Silver insulation; polyurethane-reinforced knees; full-leg, two-way zippers; matching wading jacket ($399.99).
The promise: “Hunt through the coldest and wettest fowl conditions.”
LST HEAVYWEIGHT EQWADER QUARTER-ZIP
Drake Waterfowl Systems, US$150
Key features: Breathable shell exterior and fleece interior provide warmth without adding bulk; neoprene cuffs; zippered handwarmer pockets; licence and call pockets with magnetic closures.
The promise: “Practical and comfortable for wearing under waders.”
WIND RIVER BALACLAVA
First Lite, US$35
Key features: Unique two-piece design, with ear holes to aid hearing; superfine Merino wool retains heat even when wet; odour resistant; machine washable; one size fits all.
The promise: “Concealment, warmth and comfort.”
SORMLAND DOWN SHIRT JACKET
Key features: Padded down shirt in G-1000 Silent Eco fabric; lined with light, windproof Pertex Quantum; leather trim and side slits; four pockets, two with ammo holders.
The promise: “A serious contender to all light hunting jackets.”
Key features: Quiet, light two-layer Gore-Tex shell; waterproof, windproof and breathable; detachable hood; arm and two GPS/radio shoulder pockets; Optifade Ground forest pattern; matching lightweight trousers ($529).
The promise: “An exceptional camo suit.”
Key features: Flexible softshell with Windstopper membrane over a micro-fleece lining; textured Oiltac leather palm; goat leather thumb, pointer and middle finger; Sitka’s Elevated II camo.
The promise: “Seals out cold northern gusts.”
HELL’S CANYON ULTRA-LITE PANT
Key features: Now in all-new Mossy Oak Break-Up Country; designed for early-season hunts, with lightweight, breathable, water- and wind-resistant shell fabric; open cuffs with zip-to-knee opening.
The promise: “Ideal for the active hunter that covers mile after mile.”
GameGuard Outdoors, US$49.99
Key features: Two high-capacity hip pockets for shotshells and gear; large rear pouch for birds; rugged build resists snags and stains; cleans easily with soap and water.
The promise: “A fully adjustable belt accommodates nearly any wearer.”
Proper clothing doesn’t just play an important role in your hunting success—it’s also key to your personal safety in cold, wet or even hot conditions. Here are some factors to consider when purchasing new apparel.
Choose outerwear that’s durable and weather resistant, since it will face much more strenuous conditions than everyday clothing or sportswear would. Look for hunter-friendly features such as ammo, gear and call pockets, silent closures and fabrics, zip-cuffs to slip over boots, and padded or reinforced knees and elbows.
Cold-weather outerwear should be roomy enough to fit over base- and mid-layers. Ensure jackets and pants allow for freedom of movement to crouch, kneel or climb. Warmth typically comes at the cost of flexibility, so decide what’s most important for your hunt.