As bowhunters, so much of what we do involves our feet and backs. Whether we’re hiking in to a treestand, chasing down a monster buck or shed tracking in the off-season, it’s essential that we protect ourselves with rugged boots and lightweight, durable packs. Not only is it a matter of utility, it’s also a matter of comfort.
Fortunately, there were a lot of new boots and packs on display at the 2013 ATA Show in Louisville, Ky. For off-season horn hunters, Irish Setter introduced the new Shed Tracker boots, which are lightweight enough to do some serious hiking, but sturdy enough to take a beating. LaCrosse also introduced its new AeroHead boot, which is great for a wet day in the field or a long sit in the treestand.
Check out the rest of the great new boots and packs on our list, with exclusive coverage from the 2013 ATA Show.
The duffel is also built to last, as it's made with heavy-duty 600 denier construction. Available in Mossy Oak Break-Up Infinity or Realtree AP camo, the bag also comes with a shoulder strap as well as a ârip-gripâ handle for easy transportation.
The âWing Systemâ in this pack will prevent that, securing rattling antlers of any size to take away one worry of your morning. Available in Mossy Oak Break-Up Infinity and Realtree AP camo.
Breathable mesh uppers allow air to circulate around the foot to reduce heat build-up, and the toothy Quest rubber outsole provides superior traction on rocky and uneven terrain. Available in a 5-inch model and a 6-inch model.
Price: $109 (5-inch), $129 (6-inch)
Price: $199 (7-inch), $229 (10-inch)
This non-insulated boot is constructed with thick, 2.5 mm, premium full-grain leather uppers that are lined with Cambrelle to increase durability, enhance breathability and reduce the amount of perspiration. Walking long distances? Not a problem any longer. Boots weigh in at 2.9 pounds per pair.
In addition to AeroForm, boot enthusiasts will find LaCrosseâs Ankle Fit technology that ensures a secure fit on your foot, a shank at the arch of the foot for ultimate support while climbing in and out of treestands, and an adjustable back gusset for a personalized fit. Available in both Mossy Oak and Realtree patterns, and in sizes 5-15 for men.
Price: $129 (3.5mm styles), $139 (7 mm styles)
The boot is an all-terrain hunting boot that provides support, comfort and protection, whether youâre in the woods, in a swampy area or having to trek through a stream or wet grass. Mossy Oak Camouflage provides full concealment. Available up to size 15 for men and size 13 for women.
Price: $59 (Kidâs Hunter), $89 (Kidâs BlizzardStalker), $84 (Kidâs Long Range)
With 1,700 cubic inches of storage, you can rest assured that there is plenty of room for everything. The main compartment features a divider sleeve to install the included hydration reservoir. You will also have two other compartments for storageâthe first for smaller items such as your knife, calls and flashlight, and the other that has several mesh pockets so you can arrange it as you prefer. Available in Realtree AP.
The boot will feature an NXT odor-control sock liner that breaks down sweat and prevents odor before it even starts. Available in a 5- or 7-inch version and in a variety of menâs sizes.
Price: $120 (5-inch), $130 (7-inch)