The Best New Apparel and Footwear of 2017 for Alaskan Hunters
Kenetrek Hiking Gaiter
Because of the extreme demand for the Kenetrek Hunting Gaiter, they went back to the drawing board and designed their all-new Kenetrek Hiking Gaiter. Built for use with shorter boots, these light and fast front-opening gaiters slip right on and stay put. The adjustable top cinch cord keeps out unwanted debris, while the Stormblocker waterproof membrane keeps you dry. The reinforced Hypalon rubber straps and the durable four-way stretch exterior repels snow and mud for all-day comfort and protection. One size fits all; available in Army Moss.
Kryptek Altitude Takur Series
Windproof and waterproof, the Kryptek Altitude Takur series is their answer to facing the harshest elements. Built with Schoeller’s cutting-edge fabric technology, the Takur series uses a three-layer, 100 percent waterproof laminate rated at 19,500mm H2O. This means you get maximum protection in wet conditions. In addition, they added Schoeller c-change technology, which reacts to your body’s activity levels to ensure a pleasant body climate. The technology in this series is able to react to changing temperatures and moisture levels by means of an advanced polymer fabric structure. Pack it in for extended stays and forget about Mother Nature.
Muck Boots Arctic Ice
The Arctic Ice extreme conditions winter boot features a Vibram Arctic Grip outsole, also with a full Vibram Icetrek base layer for two-pronged traction technology forcold, wet and slippery conditions. The Arctic Ice features 8mm of CR Flex Foam and a fleece lining wrapped in a soft rubber outer layer so feet stay warm and dry in the most extreme temperatures (down to-60F for the tall boot and -40F for the mid). When we are sitting still glassing, it’s easy for feet to get cold. We are thinking that this might be a good boot to try when glassing, and then switch to a lighter, less-insulated hiking boot for the stalk.
LOWA Irox GTX Mid
LOWA’s new hunting boot is an extremely lightweight, athletic design for carrying packs up to 40 pounds over a variety of terrain. The abrasion-resistant synthetic upper features minimal seams and provides a secure fit, while the GORE-TEX lining ensures breathability and waterproofness. The LOWA Elika outsole is designed for sure-footedness and stability on and off trail while the DuraPU midsole provides comfort and support.
Arctic Shield Classic Elite Parka and Bib
This waterproof, windproof set features Retain heat-retention technology, which allows a hunter to maintain most of their body heat. The jacket sports zippered chest- and side pockets, as well as top-load cargo pockets. The detachable hood is adjustable with a drawcord, as is the waist. It also boasts a high collar with chin guard and a chin cover with hook and loop closure. The bib features an elastic waistband, a range of pockets, thigh-high, two-way zippered side gussets, and a two-way zipper. Both jacket and bib feature Realtree Xtra camouflage pattern.