by Mike Hardaker.
One of the top waterproof, rain proof, snow proof hunting pants comes from Kryptek. The Kryptek Camo Takur Line of Pants is guaranteed to keep you dry when hunting, hiking or backpacking. Features of these Kryptek Pants include a built in belt & buckle, full length pit zips on both legs, almost 20k of waterproofing and it all comes together in a great camo Kryptek pattern.
This was the best hunting rain gear we tested and when layered with Ibex worked perfectly for staying warm in the mountains. We sweat a lot while hunting and this jacket does a great job of regulating temps.
One of the better camo hunting jackets we tested this year featuring advanced polymer fabric which allows the Takur Jacket to adjust it’s shape to the current temperatures and moisture levels by means of an Schoeller®’s fabric tech. And when we say tech, were talking serious technology. The Takur Jacket is a 100% waterproof, 3 – Layer Shell perfect for high alpine hunting.
The most unique feature of this jacket is during periods of low output, the jacket retracts in size keeping heat in place. And on the flip side during high output activities the jacket expands to allow trapped moisture to escape. Toss in the Krpytek Camp Pattern and it’s darn near impossible for animals to see you. This pattern works best hunting in mid to late fall and through winter as the colors are darker. And best of all the material was able to stand up to elk hunting in Wyoming thanks to the abrasion resistant properties.
Staying warm while hunting is key. Some hunters prefer to sit in a tree stand for long periods of time, for them staying warm standing in place can be tough. Same can be said for hunters hiking in rugged terrain at some point you start to sweat which is quickly followed by the cold. That’s where performance base layers like the Ibex Woolies come into place.
Thanks to Merino Wool these Ibex Base Layers are one of the most important pieces of cold weather insulation layering hunting gear as Merino wool clothing tends to stay warm even when damp. Sure you can still soak through these base layers if your hiking for miles and miles but unlike synesthetic. The perfect shirt for yoga, lounging around the house or high output activities in the mountains.
Out of all the gear on this list, the one thing that will safe your butt at some point is the onX Hunting Map App. Getting lost and having to spend a night in the mountains is no fun, especially after a hard day of hunting. Not only will onX Hunt show you where you are on the map, (which can be downloaded in advance for your hunt zone) but it shows land boundaries, legal areas to hunt and not hunt.
Don’t get caught trespassing, poaching or not knowing where you are in the mountains, simply by downloading the onX map which is guaranteed to have all the hunt information and maps for your hunt areas.
Price: onX Hunting App Cost: $99.00
Lets face is cold hands in the mountains suck, and loosing power on your cell phones sucks even more. So what can you do to make sure both of these things never happen? Simple, toss one of the Ravean Hand Warmers in your pack or pocket and stop fussing with cold hands and dying batteries.
Out of all the things on this list the Ravean Electric Hand Warmer / Power Bank takes up the least amount of space while offering the ability to charge your devices and keep your hands warm all in one. Pro Tip: Try putting the Ravean Hand Warmer on High in a chest pocket, it really helps to keep your core warm. This is one of the best pieces of winter hunting gear you can own that hopefully you won’t have to use too often, but when you do, its a game changer.
What was that you said? Was that a branch breaking off in the distance. The Howard Leigh Electronic Shooting Ear Protection allows you to easily amplify or turn down just about any sound you might experience at the range or while walking around in the backountry . Plus, if you shoot guns long enough you’re going to damage your ears, simply put.
Now you can stop additional damage by using the Howard Leight Impact Sport Shooting Protection, I wish I found these for bird hunting many years ago, shotgun blast are loud! These headphones are able to keep you warm, can fit under a beanie and work for playing mp3’s are great for snowmobiling and more and they pack down tiny.
Stop wondering around on cold mornings and late afternoons looking for deer and elk. Instead try setting up the Technaxx TX-1600 Trail Camera in an area you plan to hunt. A must have for Ideally on a game trail or near known bedding areas. Here in Wyoming hunting with Bluetooth trail cameras are illegal, which makes the Technaxx Hunting Camera a safe and legal way to capture photos of animals walking by the motion activated trail camera.
One thing that you must do with this camera is mark on your phone, where it’s located as the camera is designed to blend into the backcountry, which can make finding the tree with the camera a bit tough. Once you find the camera the wait to get home feels like forever, simply pop the microSD card into a reader or adapter and there’s photos of each and every animal to walk by your camera. Keep in mind tree branches can set off the camera, so mount in a clear area.
Plan on hiking in the snow? Hiking down the mountain with a heavy pack? The Leki Makalu Lite Poles are an excellent option for staying safe. Their comfortable and ergonomic grips are made from 80% natural cork to absorb sweat and moisture while keeping your hands dry. Wrist straps are moisture-wicking and easily adjustable for maximum comfort. The aluminum shafts are heat-treated for durability to withstand the toughest hikes while remaining light enough to carry. Carbide Flextips provide solid traction for a variety of terrain and surfaces encountered on the trail. With patented SpeedLock Plus locking system, you can adjust pole length even when wearing bulky gloves.
Optional attachments enable easy transformation from trail poles to snow poles so you can use these all year round. Try out the Leki Makalu Lite Trekking Poles, and you’ll see why hikers and hunters everywhere use them for their go-to option on the trail.
What happens when your phone dies in the cold is ALL BAD. Prevent that scenario with the Phoozy Phone Case. More than just a basic case for your phone, the PHOOZY Insulated Phone Case offers thermal protection for your phone, tablet, laptop and other accessories. There is nothing worse than getting stuck somewhere and finding out that your device overheated in the sun, froze in the cold or drowned in moisture.