Muck Boots Men’s Arctic Pro Mossy Oak
If you hunt in cold, snowy, icy, muddy conditions, then we highly suggest you consider these boots. We used them in sub- freezing temps on multiple hunts in 2021 and they performed great. They kept our tester’s feet dry and fairly warm, even when sitting still. Featuring an 8 mm neoprene liner and fleece lining, they are comfortable. They also have 2 mm of thermal foam under the footbed which aids in warmth and comfort. At 17 inches high, they give you plenty of clearance to walk through snow, sleet, mud and standing water.
Ibex Men’s Woolies 2 Crew and Bottoms
Woolies Tech is regarded as one of the best base layers on the market, and it makes the perfect hunting layer. This merino-wool base layer is built to keep you warm and dry; it’s 81% merino wool with a nylon core for durability. Raglan sleeves allow extra movement and comfort, while flatlock seams prevent chafing (even when you’re wearing a pack). The tops have optional thumbholes for easy layering under mid-layers and gloves.
Kryptek Koldo Jacket and Pant
Our 14-year-old tester wore this set with the Obskura Traditional pattern in 2021. He was able to stay dry while spotting and stalking deer, and it also worked as a top layer over his warmer non-waterproof gear when he sat in the duck blind or along the field edge pass-shooting geese. The set is breathable, which was useful for our tester, as he hunts blacktail deer in steep, unforgiving country where even the young and fit get a workout. He also commented that he stayed warm when it was cold and windy, and he appreciated that the suit prevented the wind from giving him a chill. The set sports multiple pockets, allows you to
adjust the clothing in multiple locations for a custom fit and is built for movement with articulations and reinforcements throughout.
Kenetrek Corrie 3.2 Hiker
We really love how comfortable these boots are to wear, while also providing serious support in rugged terrain. We wore them packing out several deer, as well as on multiple long days hiking where 10-plus miles per day were covered combined with several thousand feet of elevation change. The boots feature a Windtex waterproof breathable membrane and Grapon outsoles that provide exceptional traction. Publisher Marcus Weiner has worn many different sets of Kenetrek Boots over the last two decades and is supremely impressed with the quality, design and performance of every pair.
Forloh Men’s UPF Hooded Long Sleeve Shirt
Everyone is making silky, stretchy technical shirts these days, and for good reason: They’re comfortable, functional and effective. During the last couple years, hooded versions like the UPF Hooded Long Sleeve Shirt by Forloh have entered the market. The advantages of the hood are to provide a degree of warmth on cool mornings, and UPF sun protection. Forloh offers a UPF rating of 1000; the highest UPF rating we’ve seen in a performance shirt. This shirt is also treated to eliminate odors and is available in camo patterns as well as solid colors in sizes S through 3XL. This is a fantastic warm-weather shirt. Made in the USA.
Lacrosse Alpha Range Boots
Our young tester wore these boots for many days in the field in 2021. He says that the vulcanized-rubber outsoles gave him good traction, and he wore these boots in some wet and slippery mud. During some cold, later-season deer hunts he was pleasantly surprised that his feet stayed warm. The neoprene gusset allowed him to adjust the boot depending on what pants or bibs he was wearing. The boots are waterproof, tough, and well made.
Simms Guide Classic Stockingfoot Wader
Southeast Alaska contributor Bjorn Dihle had this to say: “Simms recently released the Guide Classic Stockingfoot Wader. I tested mine during months of wandering in the soggy wonderlands of southeast Alaska. They’re much more comfortable than other waders I’ve tried in the past. The Guide Classic kept me dry after long days spent in the rain, wading streams and bushwhacking through the snarly rainforest. I’m used to being perpetually wet, sometimes continually for weeks at times, so I felt like I was getting royal treatment wearing these.”
Stone Glacier Grumman Down Jacket
Weighing in at a mere 11.8 ounces, this down jacket is the definition of light, warm and packable. We hunted in it in 2021 and were very impressed. The combination of a Pertex Quantum shell with HyperDRY 850+ Fill Power DWR treated down makes this a highly technical insulation piece that fits into a small stuff sack. Worn under the Stone Glacier M7 Jacket, this system will keep you warm and dry. It’s so light that you can pack it regardless of the destination.
LaCrosse Alpha Agility Wader
After another busy year in the field, Associate Editor Scott Haugen conveyed, “We tested many brands of waders this past season, and an all-around favorite is LaCrosse’s new Alpha Agility Wader. The boot is lightweight, fits perfectly, is the most comfortable built-in boot we’ve worn in a wader, and the 1,600 grams of Thinsulate along with the removable 120-gram quilted liner makes it a winner anytime, anywhere in Alaska. The multiple pockets, suspenders and belt system are solid and efficient, and with over 50 hunts we’ve had in them, they’re holding up well.”
Gobi Wolf Men’s Heated Jacket
We tested out this heated jacket on some sedentary, cold-weather hunts in 2021. It’s a nice addition for cold mornings spent glassing, winter hunts, ice fishing, and for individuals who run cold. This jacket has three heat zones—two in the chest and one in the back— and operates at three settings. Most of the time we ran it on high (140ºF) and it definitely aided in keeping our tester’s core warm. The rechargeable lithium-ion battery runs for 5 hours on high, 7 hours on medium and 10 hours on low. It comes in 7 sizes and 2 colors.
Kryptek Bushcraft Jacket
Associate Editor Scott Haugen spends many days in the field each year. He shared, “This is one of the most efficient jackets we’ve used when it comes to layering for big-game, bird-, and small-game hunts in Alaska. The ergonomic fit makes it ideal for layering in cold, windy conditions, and the 80-gram insulation and highly water- and abrasion-resistant fabric means it’s a great outerwear option, too. Multiple pockets, specialized cuffs, and efficient ventilation equates to extra comfort, and after more than 50 days in the field, it still looks like new.”
Stone Glacier M7 Jacket and Pants
Having worn this set in Alaska, the Pacific Northwest and in Minnesota in 2021, Publisher Marcus Weiner is a big fan. The jacket and pants are comfortable for active hunts, fully waterproof and windproof, while remaining breathable and quiet. They are both smartly designed. The articulated hood protects your head and neck when the weather is at its worst and Marcus ran this set through three weeks of rain, sleet and snow. There’s some stretch to the garments, which makes them exceptionally comfortable during active wear, and there are numerous pockets on both the jacket and pants, which allow for storing essentials and warming hands. The fleece-backed garments offer some extra warmth and added comfort.
Stone Glacier Chinook Merino Crew LS and Merino Bottom
Stone Glacier’s Chinook base-layer pieces are made of 89% merino wool and 11% nylon. This combination increases durability and wicking capabilities, maintains the odor resistance, but decreases the possibility of the garments stretching or shrinking. This is a very comfortable base layer. Stone Glacier set out to “build the lightest, most durable gear using only the toughest technical materials available” 15 years ago. We use and endorse several of their products including packs, sleeping bags, technical hunting clothing, as well as the Chinook base layer.
Patagonia Men’s Micro D Fleece Jacket
This fleece jacket is warm, light, and soft. It’s a good top layer on cool, dry days and a quality mid-layer when the temperature drops. Layering is the key to staying warm in Alaska and this garment makes a solid addition to your layering system. Our tester wore this jacket in all kinds of situations, both during rigorous hikes and during sedentary days in the blind. It dries quickly, is very light, packable, and ultrasoft, so it’s one of the first garments our tester now reaches for.
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