Feel the Heat
October 28, 2010
Cold weather clothing and gear.
Whitewater Outdoors has teamed up with Realtree Outdoors to produce cold weather 'garments of necessity' for those who live or hunt in regions where snowfall is not only a possibility, but then hangs around for a while. Whitewater's Reversible Sherpa to Hardwoods Snow Jacket (2230) and matching Bibs (5230) are not only waterproof and breathable since Rainblocker protection makes them so, they're also soft and whisper-quiet because the Realtree AP side is made of tricot while the Hardwoods Snow side is warm Sherpa fleece. Features like the jacket's attached hood, bibs' knee leg zippers, and quick release, shoulder-strap buckles all highlight an outfit that's destined to become a clothing workhorse in cold or snowy weather. Gloves and hat also available for 100-percent protection.
Contact | Whitewater Outdoors, www.whitewateroutdoors.com; (920) 564-2674
Frigid outside? Feel the heat in Scent-Lok's ThunderTek 4X4 Quattro Jacket (SKU6312) and Performance Pant. ThunderTek items are waterproof and breathable. ClimaFlex activated carbon fabric adsorbs human scent. The Timberfleece 360 zip-in liner jacket can be worn beneath the Quattro outer shell as an extra layer or zipped out for solo use in milder weather. Both jacket shell and pant are insulated with lightweight, warm Primaloft which consists of specially-treated, water-resistant, manmade fibers that retain body heat, whether dry or wet, much like wool does. Slip on BaseSlayers with ClimaFleece--an insulated zip-up long sleeve top and pull on pant--beneath the ThunderTek and Climafleece technology will help keep you even warmer.
Contact | ScentLok, www.scentlok.com; (800) 315-5799
ArcticShield's innovative cold weather H5 Pro Series clothing is lighter, quieter and more functional than any previous ArcticShield selections. The company's forté is developing multi-layered thermal barrier technologies rather than relying on thicker insulations that simply retard heat loss. ArcticShield's warm, low-bulk H5 Pro Series Jacket and Pant are windproof, waterproof and breathable, have quiet sueded outer shells, a soft brushed polyester lining, and employ RE-tain heat-retention technology. Lots of pockets, as well as a zippered air vent beneath each armpit provide even more reasons to check out ArcticShield before making a cold weather move.
Contact | ArcticSheild, www.arcoutdoors.com; (877) 974-4353
Go fearlessly into the cold when wearing Robinson Outdoors ScentShield Base Layers with S3 Silver ShieldTechnology. Using antimicrobial S3 Silver Shield in both base layers and tech wear is genius: cut down, at the source, offensive human odors. S3 Silver Shield is incorporated into all of Robinson's 4-way stretch merino wool base layers which include long-sleeved, seamless T-shirt, seamless pant, and socks in either midweight or expedition weight. Feel invincible to cold and to being detected by wary game animals by combining S3 technology with the ScentBlocker Outfitter Jacket and Pant, both made waterproof and breathable with the addition of Rainblocker. The jacket's zip-out, reversible Sherpa fleece vest and adjustable, removable armguard are exactly what discriminating archery hunters look for when shopping for cold weather wardrobes.
Contact | Robinson Outdoors, www.robinsonoutdoors.com; (800) 397-1827
Mossy Oak Apparel items are ever-evolving due to customer demands. Mossy Oak (MO, for short) gives its buyers 'MO' value, quality and features in their cold weather clothing. The Drystalker II Series Parka and Bibs have plenty of pockets for storing gear and necessisites, plus full-range-of-motion contoured sleeves, reinforced leg hems for added durability, Scent-Stop scent control and Torrent waterproof/breathable technology. Also, look to MO's APX ScentStop 320-gram poly-fleece Expedition Weight Shirt and Pants for increased cold weather protection.
Contact | Mossy Oak Apparel, www.mossyoakapparel.com; (800) 331-5624
Under Armour Armourstealth Extreme Cold Parka (1006015), in Realtree AP camo, has been called the ultimate cold weather item, and rightly so. The parka's outer shell fabric is known as Armourstealth. The parka is waterproof, breathable and insulated with Armourloft, Under Armour's own insulation. Other features include stretch-mesh lining beneath arm vents, plus quiet magnetic-closure gear and cargo pockets.
Contact | Under Armour, www.underarmour.com; (888) 727-6687
Stay warm, and smug, since the holiday savings account is safe when you decide to purchase RedHead's Mountain Stalker Elite Hooded Jacket and matching Insulated Bibs from Bass Pro Shop. This cold-fighting duo generates real heat because both jacket and bibs are fortified with waterproof/breathable Bone-Dry protection as well as Thinsulate insulation--200 grams in the jacket, 150 grams in the bibs. There's also the convenience of full-length leg zippers, the mobility of a gusseted action back, a warm removable hood, and wristlet with thumbhole to keep sleeves from riding up arms.
Contact | Bass Pro Shop, www.basspro.com; (888) 486-8740.
Medalist's Silvermax 3 Peaks 3-in-1 Full Zip Jacket, with removable hood (#7800HG) conquers human scent by virtue of its 99.9-percent silver technology twill lining that requires no activation and no maintenance. Both the jacket and matching Silvermax Anchorage Insulated Pants are waterproof, windproof and available in Mossy Oak's New Break-Up camo. Exteriors are made of a soft and quiet brushed micro-poly fabric, and zip-out jacket and pants are insulated with Thinsulate. The very same SilverMax used in HuntGear for its static-free, scent-free, antimicrobial and heat-regulating properties is also NASA approved. Wear Medalist's Silvermax Expedition Weight Microfleece Zip Top (shown as a base layer) and Pant, and forget winter, period. SilverMax's scent-free performance will endure even after 250 washings.
Contact | Medalist, www.medalist.com; (800) 543-8952 or (610) 373-5300)
Extreme cold calls for extreme measures, like rushing to either a computer or phone to order Cabela's Stand Hunter Extreme Series Parka (XH960124) and Bibs once cold weather threatens. Made with Cabela's Q-Tec, an extremely quiet fabric that's also exceptionally warm, and featuring a zone insulation system that reduces bulk while maximizing warmth, the Parka's extras include articulated sleeves, low-bulk cuffs, an integrated hand-warmer muff, two interior chemical-warmer pockets above the kidneys, and a substantial 300-grams of Thinsulate Supreme in the jacket's core area. Bibs are insulated with 200-grams of Thinsulate Supreme, with 500 additional grams in the rear end, which will be much appreciated on days when leaning against a tree or perching on a heat-sapping metal seat is the only action you see.
Contact | Cabela's, www.cabelas.com; (800) 237-4444
ThermoLogic Apparel wants to keep archery hunters warm. They aim to do so with an extensive line-up of lightweight, highly-efficient heated apparel that's durable, practical and washable. ThermoLogic's red hot selection of items warm without benefit of bulky batteries or a network of wires. ThermoLogic INK-TEK technology is instead applied directly to the apparel and then operated with an easy-to-use control. Create your own micro-environment by using the control's three temperature settings: low (85-degrees F.), medium (98.7-degrees F.) and high (110-degrees F.) Numb toes, nose or fingers? ThermoLogic's socks, hats and gloves will cancel out cold. ThermoLogic Jackets, vests and bibs, each of which comes with a battery recharger, two 2-inch x 3-inch batteries and two pulse modulators, is fashioned with two separate pockets, one for each battery-pulse module combination, so it's easy to remove the devices before laundering.
Contact | Thermalogic Apparel, www.thermologic.com; (877) 945-6837
Chilly to the core? Try XGO Tech's 2 layer Technical Base Layer System, with X-STATIC, from Longworth Industries , and warm up immediately. The system--a PolarMax Zip Mock Top, Pants and Balaclava, is great for the scent-conscious, too. XGO Tech works its cold weather magic from a melding of Acclimate Dry fabric, with its mix of hydrophobic (moisture-wicking), topical microbial and insulating properties, with X-STATIC's silver-thread, scent-busting technology. No wonder the U.S. military has contracted to purchase and use XGO base layers. Available in men's and women's sizes, in lightweight, midweight, super midweight and heavyweight fleeces and fabrics.
Contact | XGO Tech, www.xgotech.com; (800) 552-8585
Mothwing Camo Technologies' new Hydrowing Series includes the ThunderDRI water-resistant 5-pocket Pant and Shirt, which can be worn beneath the water-resistant and vented Thermawing 4-in-1 Parka for a double helping of warm and comfy. The Parka comes with an integral 90/10 down, zip-in bomber jacket that can be zipped out and is reversible, too. Remove the sleeves and the bomber jacket becomes an instant vest. Camo patterns include Fall Mimicry 2.0, Mountain Mimicry 2.0, or Canyon Mimicry 2.0.
Contact | Mothwing Camo Technologies, www.mothwing.com; (800) 668-4946
RutWear's Late Season 3-in-1 Parka is constructed of Silencer Micro-Fleece and cut extra long for extra protection, but with side zippers that, when opened, provide enough mobility to access tree stands. Features include a zip-off hood, fleece-lined collar, adjustable wrist cuffs, and plenty of specialized pockets. Available in Mossy Oak and Realtree camos.
Contact | RutWear, www.rutwear.com; (866) 521-5012
"You stay warm or your money back." That's tough talk from the same folks who solved the puzzle of what to wear in sub-zero weather to stay warm without sacrificing mobility. Climb inside a Heater Body Suit and let the suit do the rest. Just like fingers feel warmer in a mitten instead of a glove, an insulated, water-resistant, windproof and lower body-encompassing Heater Body Suit will do the same for an archery hunter. A safety harness, included with each suit, feeds out a strap at the rear of the suit's collar and should be attached to the tree before getting into or out of the suit, and remain attached while bowhunting. Available in all Skyline camo patterns.
Contact | Heater Body Suit, www.heaterbodysuit.com; (888) 565-2652
Day One Camouflage wants late season bowhunters to pack heat in the from of their new ASATW--All-Season All Terrain Wool--insulated with 150-grams of Thinsulate and pre-quilted with Wind Stop to form a triple thermal barrier against wind and cold. Select from 10 different items, including Parka, extra-high Pants (similar to bibs, but without the shoulder straps), and ski-style Hat with fake fur lining.
Contact | Day one Camouflage, www.dayonecamouflage.com; (800) 347-2979
TrueTimber's Bomber Jacket, with Amerisuede exterior, is soft, silent, waterproo
f and warm, plus it comes with a removable 3-piece hood. Underarm gussets, articulated elbow and bi-swing shoulders allow for unrestricted motion. Team the Bomber Jacket with True Timber's Insulated Bibs because both are insulated with SolarSeal and lined with a waterproof-breathable membrane. Stretch side panels for comfort and full-length leg zippers for convenience seal this cold weather deal! In TrueTimber Flooded Timber, Harvest, Pine, Mixed Pine, Conceal or Conceal Green camo patterns.
Contact | TrueTimber, www.truetimber.com; (864) 472-1720
Fight chills with Sitka Gear's new clothing which includes outerwear, rainwear, base layers and accessories. Sitka Gear's water-repellant, windproof 90% Pants are constructed of a 4-way stretch fabric that's extremely warm and lined with a comfy microfleece-bonded layer that won't irritate sensitive skin. Knees are articulated for climbing or field-dressing duties. The matching 90% Jacket has both minimal midsection bulk and articulated arms for maximum bowstring clearance. Add Sitka Gear's dual weave, moisture-wicking, base layer Summit Bowhunting Zip-T shirt, with Silver ATB-100 Scent Prevention System, and be good to go in even the harshest weather. Available in exclusive Mothwing Mountain
Contact | Sitka Gear, www.sitkagear.com; (877) 748-5264