New and noteworthy gear for the winter of 2016

Essential new goodies to help you make it through the winter

 

Handy warmer

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Created by NFL quarterback Mike Kafka to warm up his hands during cold games, the Inferno Hand Pouch ($49.99 to $59.99) is designed for hunters sitting on the stand. Lightweight and form-fitting, the pouch features Polar Tec insulation, a weather-resistant camo shell and an ammo belt for quick access to rounds.

Roo Outdoor, (773) 658-9766; www.roooutdoor.com

Hard-core camera

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Waterproof to 30 metres, shockproof from a fall of 2.1 metres and freeze-proof down to -10°C, Nikon’s Coolpix AW130 camera ($379.95) is billed as the “all-weather explorer.” Available in blue, orange or yellow, it features so-called Action Control, which allows the user to adjust settings with the flick of the wrist.

Nikon Canada, 1-877-534-9910; www.nikon.ca 

Cold comfort

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Stay out on the ice or in the winter woods longer with B.C.-based Saxx Underwear’s new Blacksheep long johns ($84.95). Made with 95 per cent merino wool and five per cent Spandex, they’re warm, flexible and moisture-wicking, promising to keep you dry, comfortable and odour-free all day long.

Saxx Underwear, 1-844-877-7299; www.saxxunderwear.com

Outdoor reads

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Looking to tackle a fishing-related book this winter? Edited by long-time Outdoor Canada contributor Jake MacDonald, Casting Quiet Waters: Reflections on Life and Fishing ($19.95) is a collection of essays by such renowned literary writers as Canada’s own David Adams Richards and American Tom McGuane. And in the attractive coffee-table book Heart Waters: Sources of the Bow River ($40), another veteran contributor, Kevin Van Tighem, explores this iconic Alberta river.

Casting Quiet Waters: Greystone Books, (604) 875-1550; www.greystonebooks.

Heart Waters: Rocky Mountain Books, (250) 360-0829; www.rmbooks.com