January 08, 2015
Choosing the right gear can make or break a hunt. Tip the scales in your favor while avoiding any unnecessary frustration when you outfit yourself with the best new field wear for bowhunters.
Whether it's the perfect hunting pack or the proper outer layer for whatever conditions you'll be facing, we've got you covered. Check out our list of the best new hunting clothes and packs for 2015.
ALPS OutdoorZ | Traverse X
The new Traverse X hunting pack from ALPS OutdoorZ
has a little bit of everything and then some. Features include two wing pockets lined with fleece, a large organizational pocket, shooting stick and tripod holders, a drop-down pocket for your bow or firearm and it is also hydration compatible. But all packs can transport your gear, right?
The other exciting part about the Traverse X is it's equipped with a built-in, stow-away meat shelf that attaches to the front of the pack to securely hold your meat in place. Extension lashing straps are included for bulky loads, and a blaze orange flag keeps you safe.
ALPS Outdoorz | Commander X
With the new Commander X hunting pack from ALPS Outdoorz
, you're really getting two packs in one — the frame hauler and a pack bag that attaches to the frame. The pack bag helps you take everything you may want to camp, but then allows you to ditch it because the top lid actually doubles as a waist pack for scouting and other essentials. The frame, which is perfect for transporting meat after a successful hunt, features a shelf and a compression wing system for expanded carrying capacity. The pack bag attaches to the frame via zippers or a series of compression straps.
Badlands | Impact Fleece Pant
Playing off the success of its Impact Jacket and Kinetic Fleece Vest, Badlands has designed the Impact Fleece Pant
as part of its popular and growing Bio-Thermic clothing line. The newest item in a long list of successful products features Hex-Lite fleece for top-notch warmth and comfort, articulated knees, Badlands' Scent Reduction System and built-in removable gaiters. The Impact Fleece Pant is available in Realtree Xtra camouflage.
Browning | Hell's Canyon/Belles
is extending its popular Hell's Canyon and Hell's Belles
line of apparel to include the Blended Down Jacket. The new jacket features blended down insulation that provides maximum warmth and water resistance. Other features include a wind-resistant shell fabric, handwarmer pockets and an inside pocket, both of which have zippered closures. Easily stuff the jacket into the provided sack for storage. Comes in black, Mossy Oak Break-Up Country and Realtree Xtra, in sizes S-3XL for men and S-2XL for women.
225 (Men), $
Bushnell | Avalanche V2
Consumers will quickly discover a very noteworthy change in the Bushnell Footwear Avalanche
— now know as the Avalanche V2
. The all-new Dynamic Cell System in the heel of the boot takes a proven athletic technology and brings it to the hunting world. An air-filled cell disperses weight and impact, which in turn gives you maximum shock absorption, top-notch stability and unmatched comfort. Additionally, keep warm in the 10-inch boot with 800-gram Thinsulate and a Hydroguard membrane.
Cabela's | Instinct Accelerator 9mm Rubber Boots
has built the new Instinct Accelerator 9mm Rubber Boots
from the ground up using lightweight, seamless, injection shells and outsoles. The boots feature plush fleece linings and a layer of 9mm Airmesh for protection against cold weather, and also to wick away moisture to ensure feet stay completely dry.
Abrasion won't be a concern due to a neoprene construction covered with Armor-Flex, which also helps take away the chance of a puncture. The 9mm Rubber Boots also feature 5mm TC3 OrthoLite footbeds, stand 17 inches tall, weigh 5.2 pounds and come in sizes 8-13 in Cabela's Zonz Woodlands camo.
Cabela's | Icebreaker Thermal Zone merino Base Layers
With three weighs of fabric in each garment, the new Cabela's + Icebreaker Thermal Zone Merino Base Layers
will work magic in unpredictable weather. They're designed to keep you warm when the temps drop and keep you cool when things warm up again.
The three weights are strategically placed in body-mapped areas, depending on the area's heat-retention needs. The base layers are lightweight and breathable, made from odor-resistant merino wool that will not irritate skin.
Core4Element | Element XT Bib
Even if the weather turns uncomfortable, that doesn't mean your hunt has to. That's especially true now that Core4Element has introduced its new Element XT Bib
. Designed for the active hunter, the garment has a raised chest and back with suspenders for the most warmth and protection it can give. Additionally, hunters will enjoy the oversized fleece-lined front pockets, dual-zippered chest pockets and dual back pockets that feature snap closures. Available in sizes S-3XL in Realtree Xtra, the Element XT Bib also has an extra-long chest zipper and three-quarter length leg zippers.
Core4Element | Pivot Crew Shirt
Available in long- or short-sleeve models, the new Pivot Crew shirt from Core4Element
was developed and tested by hunters. The shirt's body-mapping construction gives it the ability to cool your body due to a light mesh back panel as well as keep it protected from the wind with a tight knit front panel. Also included is a breathable, single-knit, polyester diamond mesh to wick moisture away, keeping you cool, dry and scent-free. The shirt is available in size S-3XL in two camo patterns — Realtree Xtra and Realtree MAX-1.
44.99 (long sleeve), $
34.99 (short sleeve)
Easton Outfitters | Tailgate Duffel
For 2015, Easton Outfitters
brings you the 1200 and 2700 cubic inch Tailgate Duffel
. These are durable, rugged and reliable nylon duffels with an internal LED TABlight supplying illumination when you're in desperate need of some. Also, securing your bow, firearm, shooting sticks or other gear to the top of the duffel is easy with the concealed gear straps. Shoulder straps are present, but are easily removed for convenient transport. YKK Zippers open and close with ease, fabric is Water-Shed treated and it comes in Realtree Xtra camo.
99.99 (1200); $
Easton Outfitters | Whitetail 1500
The new Whitetail 1500 from Easton Outfitters
is everything a treestand or ground blind hunter needs in a pack. In addition to 1500 cubic inches of space, the pack features compression straps to carry your bow, a high-quality shoulder system with breathable straps, internal organizer pockets that are easy to access and mesh side pockets for small but essential accessories. It is also hydration compatible, weighs in at just 1.6 pounds, has a built-in emergency whistle and comes in Realtree Xtra camouflage.
Fieldline | Pro Series Women's Canyon Backpack
Measuring 17x13x17 inches comes the Pro Series Women's Canyon Backpack from Fieldline
. With a roomy main compartment for extra clothing or other bigger items and a large front accessory compartment, lady hunters will have all the space they need for a day in the field. But if you need even more room, Fieldline's Gear-Lock Modular Locking System can further extend the pack's carrying capacity while offering great customization.
Other features include a side water bottle pocket, yoked shoulder straps and a padded back panel. Available in Realtree AP camo.
First-Lite | Sanctuary Insulated Jacket
When the temperature drops, whitetails are sure to move. The all-new Santuary Insulated Jacket from First-Lite
features a proprietary, seven-layer construction to assure warmth in the coldest of conditions. That means you now have every reason to stay up in the stand when the temps go down. Interior insulation and fleece lining is mapped to retain heat while still allowing for a full range of motion.
Outer fabric is quiet and burr proof, and the internal technology actively sends moisture away from your skin for faster drying and effective odor control. Available in S-2XL, and in ASAT or Realtree Xtra camo.
Girls with Guns | Huntress
The six-inch Huntress boot from Girls with Guns
features 400-gram Thinsulate Ultra so your feet remain warm during cold weather, a Mossy Oak Break-Up camouflage upper with pink accents that is completely waterproof, a removable and cushioned orthotic insole, plus a secondary insole that's used to create a custom fit. Additionally, the multi-directional lug system on the outsole is designed for excellent traction on many different types of terrain.
Irish Setter | Rutmaster 2.0
Irish Setter has unveiled the Rutmaster 2.0
knee-high boots for the 2015 fall hunting seasons. This second-generation boot features the new-and-improved ExoFlex Fit System with an extended ExoFlex panel to make it easier to put on and take off. The boots are lightweight due to being constructed with RPM material, a breeze to walk in and hunters are sure to appreciate the many available insultation options. Choose from men's or women's sizes in non-insulated, 800-gram or 1200-gram Thinsulate insulated models. The boots are finished in Realtree Xtra camouflage.
MSRP: Starting at $
Kenetrek | Bridger Ridge Hiker
Getting both comfort and performance out of your hunting footwear can be a challenge, but Kenetrek has stepped up to the plate with the new Bridger Ridge Hiker
to give you just that. Weighing in at 2.6 pounds per pair, the boots feel like tennis shoes while performing like traditional hunting boots. Features include a waterproof, breathable membrane to protect you in harsh weather conditions, reinforced toes and heels for durability and added protection, supportive insoles that stabilize your heel and arch while softening each step and speed lace hooks.
LaCrosse | 4XAlpha
Over a decade ago, LaCrosse Footwear
introduced the Alphaburly Sport boot. Since then, the company has continually improved the comfort of knee boots, resulting in the newest member of the Alpha family for 2015 — the 4XAlpha. They will be available in three styles — 3.5mm neoprene, 7mm neoprene and 3.5 snake boot neoprene — in Realtree Xtra Green and Realtree Xtra.
Features include lightweight construction, waterproof protection and a contoured Ankle Fit design. Additionally, Quad Core technology provides four layers of cushioning under the foot by combining a 3-layer sponge rubber midsole with a dual-density molded polyurethane footbed.
Original Muck Boot Company | Pursuit Glory
The Original Muck Boot Company has unveiled its Pursuit Glory
just in time for the new year, a high-performance hunting boot that is fully waterproof and fully insulated with flex foam to ensure complete comfort in the field. Aside from the natural scent-containing properties offered by rubber and neoprene, each pair is equipped with Inscentible scent masking, as well as an antimicrobial treatment to prevent bacterial growth.
The Pursuit Glory also has rubber reinforcement pads on the side for added durability. Available in Realtree Xtra, hunters will appreciate the Pursuit Glory's temperature rating range of 60 degrees to -40 degrees.
Podz Gear | Thermal Base Layer
As a bowhunter, you know that range of motion is critical when the moment of truth arrives. Podz Gear
know this as well, which is why it has created a method that allows you to stay warm in your stand without layering up so badly that you can't draw your bow. With the Thermal Base Layer
, you have the option of when to turn up the heat. Easily insert and remove hand warmers into the six pockets on the outside of the garment. They are specifically placed to target your circulatory system, without the inconvenience of cords or batteries to worry about.
Rocky | RAM Stalker
If you're in pursuit of an animal on foot, being stealthy is of utmost importance. That's why Rocky
designed and developed the RAM Stalker
boot with a quiet, lightweight ripstop upper. Other features include a thin rubber outsole for close contact with the ground, Rocky's guarantee of being completely waterproof, 400-gram PrimaLoft insulation and a speed lacing system. Boots are available in Realtree Xtra camouflage.
Rocky | Silent Hunter Elite
Bowhunters work hard to get their prey into shooting range. So, don't blow it at the last second because you're wearing noisy clothing. Enter the Silent Hunter Elite line from Rocky
, which will be available for the upcoming fall season. The complete offering — which includes a wind shirt, soft shell jacket and pants, a quilted jacket and a stealth cloak — features soft, lightweight Silent Hunter suede, improved waterproofing and windproofing, as well as Scent IQ scent-control technology. All five items are available in Mossy Oak Break-Up Country camo.
89.99 (wind shirt), $
189.99 (soft shell pants), $
189.99 (quilted jacket), $
209.99 (soft shell jacket), $
309.99 (stealth cloak)
ScentBlocker | Dead Silent
has recently announced the introduction of Dead Silent
— a new jacket and pant combination that is the latest in a long line of proven products from the company. Based on bowhunter feedback, participants wanted silence above all else, and it was granted with the development of a new composite fabric. As always, the garment comes complete with ScentBlocker's Trinity scent control technology. The combo features a water repellent DWR finish, two zippered chest and lower pockets, a safety harness slit, an internal, rubberized waistband and 20-inch leg zippers. Avilable in Mossy Oak Break-Up Country and Realtree Xtra camo.
Scent-Lok | Assassin Perormance Hoodie
Two of bowhunting's most recognizable names — Scent-Lok
and Bone Collector — have teamed up for 2015 and beyond, and you can be a part of the excitement with the new Assassin Performance Hoodie
. The garment offers a comfortable and quiet fabric, as well as flat-lock seams for ease of movement.
Additionally, consumers will enjoy a drop shoulder with full range of motion sleeves, a roomy front pocket and a comfortable hood for warmth and concealment. Anti-microbial technology is also included, which takes some of the worry away when walking through the woods to pull camera cards or do your scouting.
Scent-Lok | Savanna Crosshair
Savanna suit is one of the most popular choices for warm-weather bowhunting. This year it's going to be even better under a new name — the Savanna Crosshair
system. Features include a tapered collar, a safety harness access opening, stretch cuffs for maximum comfort, Scent-Lok's patented Carbon Alloy Technology and soft, lightweight, durable fabric.
Plenty of pockets are also present to keep all your necessary gear right by your side for the moment you need them the most. Carbon Alloy combines the power of activated carbon, treated carbon and zeolite for Scent-Lok's best odor adsorption yet.
Sitka Gear | Celcius Shacket
You've never seen a body-mapping process like the one Sitka Gear
has introduced on its new Celcius Shacket
. This garment gives you the insulation you need, only in the places you need it. The construction features a diagonal, full-length zipper and a built-in front hand muff with short sleeves that leave no bulk on your forearms. In turn, you won't have to worry about string contact upon release anymore.
A quilted construction and quiet zipper, as well as a safety harness pass through are just a couple more things that make the Celcius Shacket — available in GORE Optifade Elevated II camo — something that you'll surely want to add to your arsenal for next season.
Sitka Gear | Fanatic Hoody
popular Fanatic System is bigger and better for 2015 with the addition of the new Fanatic Hoody
. Sitka took a traditional hooded sweatshirt and used body mapping and micro grid fleece to regulate your temperature while keeping scent to a minimum with Polygiene Odor Control Technology.
Cut for maximum peripheral vision, hunters will appreciate the built-in facemask and half-zip construction that allows for an integrated hand muff. The Fanatic Hoody comes in GORE's new Optifade Elevated II pattern.
Under Armour | Ridge Reaper Boot
Tested in the harshest and most extreme environments, the Ridge Reaper Boot from Under Armour
has hit the ground running for the 2015 season. With a high-abrasion 900D nylon upper and a GORE-TEX breathable, waterproof lining, diehard hunters will feel good about traveling into the toughest conditions. Other features include UA Scent Control lining and ClutchFit ankle support, a lightweight molded EVA midsole, an Ortholite sockliner with a memory foam top layer and a Poron heel crash pad, among many others. Available in sizes 8-13 with half sizes, and also size 14.
Under Armour | Ridge Reaper
is extremely excited to unveil its exclusive new Ridge Reaper
camouflage pattern for 2015, and it'll do so in the form of the 23 Jacket and Field Pant combination. The company says Ridge Reaper is 'designed with coincidental disruption technology and an innovative 'no background' color algorithm, blocking your prey's ability to complete forms. '
The jacket is 96 percent polyester and 4 percent elastane, and the sleeves and hood will zip off for conversion into a vest. Four-way stretch fabric allows for top-notch mobility. The pant is 100 percent nylon with reinforced overlays for added protection in the knees and seat. Also, there are dual cargo pockets. Both garments are water resistant.
249.99 (jacket), $
Natural Gear | Scent-Tec Performance Series
If you're in the market for a new hunting suit for cool weather, you'll want to check out the new Natural Gear Scent-Tec Performance Series
. The full-zip jacket features an athletic fit with stretch storm cuffs and articulated elbows and shoulders, while the pants offer a six-pocket design with articulated knees and leg zippers up to the knee. Both garments are anti-microbial to keep you undetected while in the field, and water resistant so that the weather is no reason to make you head for home earlier than you planned.
109.99 (jacket), $
Wolverine | Ramsay
The new Wolverine Ramsay
combines the traditional look of a field boot with a modern, athletic update. With waterproof leather and a 900-denier polyester upper with a padded heel, the boots are durable and will certainly keep your feet protected.
Other features include wave mesh with a waterproof, breathable membrane lining, a removable EVA footbed with an NXT Odor Control sockliner and a Vibram rubber outsole. Heavy-duty D-ring eyelets with speed hooks provide quick and convenient lacing. Men's sizes range from 7-14, while women's boots are available in 7-13.