Best hunting jackets & pants 2019
|Kryptek Bora Jacket and Pant, Altitude|
This is a superior hunting jacket and pant for the active hunter, and for our team, as we spot and stalk game across the Greatland. This set is very comfortable, quiet, and technically advanced. The material is windproof and water resistant, and incorporates schoeller’s revolutionary fabric technology c-change. When you are actively on the stalk and generating body heat and moisture, the membrane in the fabric opens to allow both heat and moisture to escape. When you sit still and glass, or wait for an animal to emerge, then the fabric contracts and traps in your body heat. This is an incredible solution to a problem we often encounter in Alaska: getting warm and sweaty while moving and then getting cold when you sit still. Kryptek makes incredibly good products for Alaskan hunters. Contributing Editor and float-hunt expert Larry Bartlett shared, “The Altitude Bora soft shell system is the perfect combination of technology meets durability. Schoeller c-change nylon fabrics create a windproof, water-resistant, and breathable system that goes on every extreme hunt I pursue! The camo pattern has proven itself effective for concealment and versatility in any vegetative environment.”
|Carhartt Stormy Woods Camo Jacket|
This breathable jacket is super-light, waterproof, and highly packable, which make it well suited for spot-and-stalk hunting in the Greatland. We stayed dry in moderately rainy conditions and liked that the jacket is quiet. It’s cut large, so your normal sizing will give you adequate room underneath for layering. It features fully-taped waterproof seams, a full-length waterproof zipper, adjustable hood, and both the chest and front pockets have water-resistant zippers.
|Slumberjack Arctic Cloak|
Tired of freezing while you’re sitting on a stand or glassing for hours on end? This just might be what the doctor ordered. It’s more or less a sleeping bag that you can wear. With an open bottom and arm holes, getting in and out of it is a snap and staying warm is a given. It is available in several camo patterns to suit the conditions you’re hunting and it is fairly weatherproof. We’ve used it on several cold-weather predator hunts and put it to use on some LONG sits for spring bear in a ground blind and stayed toasty warm the entire time. The magnetic closures on the arm slots let you seal in as much heat as possible but still quickly and quietly get to your firearm or bow when the moment arises. This is a great option for anyone who struggles to stay warm in the outdoors.
|Marmot Featherless Hybrid Jacket|
The jacket sports 3M Thinsulate Featherless Insulation which is an alternative to down. It works when wet and has the warmth of 700 fill power down. It’s very lightweight and not bulky. This is a great packable layer. It works perfectly as a layer under your rain jacket. Our tester wore this a lot in 2018 and it was one of his favorite items.
|Slumberjack Incog Jacket DST|
This jacket is a solid layering item, featuring SJK’s Dridown insulation. It is lightweight and packable. We packed it while hiking and put it on when stopping to sit and glass. It features Slumberjack’s Perception DST (Disruptive Shadow Technology) camouflage pattern. It’s comfortable to wear and pretty quiet too.
|Sitka Kodiak Jacket|
The Kodiak jacket by Sitka is a very good rain jacket. After a rough season of use it still looks and performs like new. The additional length is fantastic for shedding heavy rain and snow and is great for added wind protection too. If you don’t need the full length, just tuck it up and snap it in to wear it as a normal length jacket. Our tester even used it as a makeshift sleeping bag when he spent the night with the moose he shot in September. If you are looking for a piece of rain gear that will handle anything Alaska can dish out, this is it. It’s available in sub-alpine or open-country patterns to suit the terrain you’re hunting.
|Sitka Gear Women’s Cloudburst Jacket and Pant|
This high performance rain suit by Sitka Gear is the answer to rain protection for women hunters in Alaska. It is totally waterproof and breathable and packs away well. It’s an essential choice for women spending time outside and worth the investment. We are pleased with the fit and mobility of this suit as well.
|Marmot Eclipse Pant|
These pants are truly hydrophobic and kept our tester dry in some nasty weather in 2018. They are comfortable as well, and breathable, which came in handy on several long hikes. We like the ¾-length side zippers for venting heat and making it super easy to put on the pants while wearing boots. The pants are 100% seam-taped, and feature an elastic waist with snap closure and adjustable belt.
|WingWorks Game Vest |
Contributing Editor Jim McCann spends a large amount of time in the field hunting upland birds. He had this to say: “I’ve collected more than a few different upland hunting game vests as I searched for the perfect vest to contain my shotshells, extra gear, and any gamebirds I was fortunate enough to shoot. About ten years ago my search ended when I purchased my first WingWorks strap vest. With comfortable shoulder straps and waist belt, the vest is adjustable for wearing over different clothing layers, and it distributes the weight nicely. Two bottles of water for my dogs are carried in pockets on each side of the vest. A roomy game pocket allows me to carry several birds comfortably.”
|Sitka Timberline Pant|
Contributing Editor John Whipple shared the following, “There is a lot of high-tech clothing available in the hunting space these days from big brands that demand big prices, and frankly, in many cases I feel that the extra cost is just not warranted. Often you can find an alternative piece of gear that may not be name brand, but that does as good a job, or better. A glaring exception to this is the Timberline Pant from Sitka Gear. At $229, they are anything but cheap, but I will gladly pay this price any time for these pants. They are worth it. They are the best hunting pant I have ever worn. These pants show thought in every detail. There is nothing unnecessary or flashy about them. Every feature is functional, from the water-resistant, quick-drying, stretchy fabric, to the reinforced waterproof knees and seat, to the flat-taped silent zippers and silent snaps, to the built-in suspenders (a life saver when wearing a pack with a hip belt). These are the closest thing I have found to a perfect hunting pant yet.”