New and noteworthy gear for the winter of 2016

Essential new goodies to help you make it through the winter


Handy warmer


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;

Hard-core camera


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; 

Cold comfort


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;

Outdoor reads


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;