Revenant Late Season Jacket
As you probably expect, ScentLok’s Revenant Late Season Jacket ($250 to $260) utilizes the company’s Carbon Alloy technology to contain game-spooking odors. It also offers cold-weather hunters a windproof membrane, an outer DWR moisture-shedding finish and a host of other weather-defeating features. The Revenant is designed with articulated elbows, telescopic cuffs and enough Thinsulate insulation to keep even the wussiest hunters comfortable when the bottom falls out of the mercury.
If warmth-to-weight is an issue, consider the new Celcius Midi ($249) from Sitka Gear. Packed with PrimaLoft Silver Active insulation and weighing about as much as three ping-pong balls, this jacket is designed with a zippered chest pocket, thumbhole loops for easy layering and a water-repellant finish. Sitka Gear isn’t cheap, but be warned — if you save up the money for this jacket, you’ll be hooked after wearing it a few times. It is very, very easy to get addicted to Sitka’s products.
It was only natural for Badlands to go from producing some of the best backpacks on the market to churning out some of the best high-performance duds. This year, the company’s clothing line includes the Rev Jacket ($130), a single-layer, lightweight softshell offering that is perfect for early- to midseason hunts. The Rev is wind- and water-resistant thanks to its Teflon Shield + coating, and it’s bio-mapped to encourage mobility and promote proper temperature regulation.
Rain Slayer-FM GORE-TEX Jacket & Pant
Browning has taken its clothing game to the next level for 2018. If you don’t believe that, look no further than the new Rain Slayer lineup, which contains a jacket ($325) and pant ($300). This suit is designed with a three-layer GORE-TEX shell (with fully taped seams), is both windproof and waterproof, and is offered in both of the new Browning A-TACS patterns.
The Hailstorm Jacket ($180) and Pants ($180) from NOMAD are designed to handle hunts for everything from river-bottom whitetails to mountain-basin-dwelling mule deer. Designed with a back-country fit, this rain suit is 100 percent breathable and waterproof. It is also one of the most durable rain suits on the market thanks to its multi-layer abrasion-resistant shell fabric.
Mossy Oak Mackinaw Wool Field Jacket
Filson is a name that has been in the hunting industry for a long, long time. This year, the company has partnered with another industry mainstay, Mossy Oak. Together, they’ve created top-end clothing like the Mossy Oak Mackinaw Wool Field Jacket ($395), which is constructed of a quiet, 24-ounce wool/cotton blend and covered in Bottomlands camouflage. This jacket features a zip-close hand warmer, adjustable waist and interior security pockets, in addition to many other user-friendly attributes.
Men’s Soft Shell Fleece Jacket
Adorned in the new Disruption camo pattern, the Men’s Soft Shell Fleece Jacket ($130) from Huntworth utilizes triple-layer fabric to keep body heat in and Mother Nature out. It also incorporates Microban antimicrobial product protection to reduce game-spooking scent, features a detachable hood and harness-access hole, and is built with a differential hem, which is longer in the back and always much appreciated during bitter sits on a whitetail stand.
Ridge Reaper Infil Windstopper Jacket
The Ridge Reaper Infil Windstopper Jacket ($250) combines a GORE-TEX Windstopper soft shell with Under Armour’s ColdGear Technology to create one of the best jackets on the market for repelling wind, brutally cold temperatures or precipitation. In addition to featuring an ultra-comfortable microfleece liner, this jacket also boasts a zip-secured chest pocket that is perfect for a laser rangefinder, smartphone or GPS. Choose from small to 3XL in this Ridge Reaper Barren Camo-covered jacket.
Walls Outdoor Goods
Pro Series Outfitter Jacket
Walls has a rich history and a solid reputation amongst the kind of folks who work hard outdoors all day long. The company has taken its knowledge of what working men and women need and parlayed that into an outdoor lineup that includes the new-for-2018 Outfitter Jacket ($190) and Pant ($180). These water- and wind-resistant garments are covered in the human-form-disrupting and scent-controlling HID3 concealment system.
The problem with many of the over-the-clothes suit options for cold-weather hunting is that they aren’t really designed for bowhunters. This is not the case with the Blizzard Buddy. This fleece-lined, ultra-quiet suit is built in such a way that bowhunters can easily (and silently) zip open the arm slots and shoot without worrying about interference from bulk. It’s also made in the U.S.A., outfitted with interior pockets and rolls up into a small, portable unit that can be carried anywhere late-season critters dwell.
You can spend a lot more for a pair of boots than you would for a pair of Danners, but the good news is, you don’t need to. The company’s latest, the Alsea Boots ($180 to $190), are insulated with PrimaLoft (400g or 1,000g) and built with a GORE-TEX waterproof and breathable liner. To keep you upright and blister-free in elk country, the 8-inch Alsea boots are fitted with an ultra-grip outsole and a dual-density Ortholite footbed. Choose from either solid brown or Mossy Oak Break-Up Country.
For most bowhunters, the first appendages to get uncomfortably cold are their feet, and soon after that, it’s game over. Well, it used to be game over, because now hunters can just wear the new Cold Snap boots ($140 to $160) from LaCrosse. These 10-inch late-season boots are available in three options: 1,200g, 1,600g or 2,000g Thinsulate Ultra Insulation. Deep lug Permafrost outsoles provide much-needed traction, while a fully waterproof Dry-Core works to keep little piggies from getting wet and cold.
Available in a women’s (3-pound) and a men’s (3.5-pound) hiker, the Kenetrek Hardscrabble LT is ideal for Western hunters. The 7-inch-tall leather uppers are made with 2.8-mm premium full-grain leather and utilize one-piece vamp construction with no seams running down the tongue, which results in better abrasion resistance and ensures no moisture will get inside. Nylon midsoles offer extra support for when you’re toting heavy hindquarters, and the lightweight K-Talon outsole should provide excellent traction. Designed for those early-season warmer-weather outings, the Hardscrabble LT is not insulated but does have a breathable, flexible membrane.
…And A New Camo Pattern
It’s always exciting when camouflage powerhouse Realtree introduces a new pattern. This year that pattern is EDGE, which combines an abstract background with realistic limbs and leaves in the foreground. What this does is allow for look-through concealment in a variety of settings and hunting scenarios by not only allowing hunters the chance to truly blend in, but to also completely disrupt the easily identifiable vertical silhouette of the human shape.