Best hunting outerwear | Hydro-Fleece
The reintroduced Hydro-Fleece line includes a parka, jacket, bib and pants insulated with Prima-Loft to maximize warmth while reducing weight. The breathable outer fabric is Browning’s softest and quietest yet, with an improved water-shedding treatment on its surface. The inner liner is anti-microbial, helping to control the spread of human odour. All the pieces are available in Mossy Oak’s Break-Up Infinity camo pattern.
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Best women's hunting boots | Ladyhawk
Unlike many women’s boots that are simply smaller versions of men’s boots, the Ladyhawk has been designed specifically for women from the ground up. It has a lower calf height, smaller heel volume and adjusted arch support, all to best accommodate a woman’s proportions. At seven inches high, the boot features 1,000 grams of Thinsulate Ultra and scent control, and is fully waterproof. It’s available in B width, sizes 5 to 11. Irish Setter is donating a portion of the proceeds from each sale to benefit breast cancer research.
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Best hunting pack | Sacrifice
All that was sacrificed was weight when Badlands designed this functional and versatile internal-frame hunting pack. With a capacity of 56 1/2 litres, it will sustain you for several days in the field or carry vast amounts of meat or gear. At just 3.9 pounds, the Sacrifice is also light enough to use as a daypack. With two main compartments and seven pockets, there’s plenty of space to organize all your gadgets and gear.
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Best blind bag | Layout Blind Bag
Finally, a solution to the problem of leaving your hunting gear outside layout blinds. This innovative unit from Final Approach looks like an ordinary blind bag, but it can be opened up into a long, narrow rectangle that fits between your body and the side of your layout blind. It holds up to six boxes of shells, along with your calls and a host of other gear. Available in Mossy Oak Duck Blind or Realtree Max-4 camo.
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Best hunting socks | PrimaLoft Heavy Hunt HEP
When your feet are cold, your entire hunting experience is compromised. Lorpen’s Heavy Hunt HEP socks use a unique blend of 75 per cent PrimaLoft yarn (PrimaLoft fibres and Merino wool), nylon and Lycra to produce a sock that combines warmth and comfort with superior wicking and drying. Not only are these socks less bulky, making for an improved fit, the Lycra ensures they’ll stay up and remain wrinkle-free all day long—ideal for keeping
your feet happy in any hunting situation.
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Best Ground Blind | Carnivore
This portable ground blind is ideal for deer hunters using either rifles or bows. The Carnivore weighs 22 pounds, has six window openings and comes in a backpack with side straps for carrying your rifle or bow and other gear. The ground skirt helps keep light out and scent in, while the new poly-cotton outer material reduces glare and noise. Featuring Realtree’s AP camouflage pattern, this bllind pops up and down in a flash.
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Best deer-hunting jacket | Fanatic
The first thing you notice on the Fanatic is the diagonal zipper, allowing for a kangaroo-style handwarmer pocket in front, while also moving the zipper so it’s not directly below your chin. With Gore’s high-tech Optifade Forest camo and Windstopper shell, along with PrimaLoft insulation, the Fanatic is ideal for treestand whitetail hunters. Specially designed pockets for your grunt tube and rangefinder ensure that your most important tools are close at hand.
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Best boot sole | Long Range
Between the recyclable, odour-resistant insole and the aggressive non-slip centre lugs on the outsole, the Long Range sole system features eight other layers of high-tech materials. Promising durability, strength, stability, flexibility and comfort, these soles are available on a variety of Rocky’s insulated, non-insulated, leather and Cordura hunting boots.
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Best cold-weather hunting boots | Pac Boots
Insulated with 1,200-gram PrimaLoft and an additional removable liner for easier drying, the breathable and waterproof Pac Boots are sure to be a favourite of stand hunters under the most extreme cold conditions. L.L.Bean says this is the warmest boot it’s ever made. The oversized pull-on loop, large foot opening and BOA lacing system make it easy to get these boots off and on.
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