December 2012 Gear Guide

Fowl Weather Gear

There is one constant in late-season waterfowling: cold weather. Being prepared for extreme winter weather will keep you comfortable in the duck blind even in the toughest hunting conditions. The DU Newsletter editorial team has selected winter-weather gear that could find its way onto your Christmas list.


Gander Mountain – Guide Series TecH2O Insulated Wader Jacket

The Guide Series TechH2O wader jacket offers comfort and mobility. Designed for the wading waterfowler, the insulated jacket has five pockets for shells, calls, and several must-have items.  

Features:
  • Windproof, waterproof, breathable TecH2O membrane
  • Thinsulate insulation is lightweight and warm
  • Five-pocket design 
  • Full-zip front with storm flap
  • Articulated elbows for unrestricted movement
For more information visit, www.gandermountain.com.

Cabela's – Cyner-G™ Waterfowl Systems™ Izembek™ Soft-Shell Liner Jacket 

Built for the many faces of waterfowl season, this jacket can be used as an individual jacket, or partnered with the Cold Bay Tech Shell Parka for additional warmth. 

Features: 
  • Rip-stop shell 
  • WindStopper® layer 
  • Durable YKK® zippers 
  • Zippered armpits for added ventilation 
  • Adjustable draw cord hood 
  • Storm flaps and hook-and-loop cuffs resist driving rain and wind 
  • Draw cord-adjustable waist
  • Two low zipper hand pockets feature pleated pocket bags for shell storage
  • Laser-cut, quick-stash call and whistle pocket on upper chest
  • Realtree Max-4®, camouflage that blends with wetland and agriculture terrain. Imported.
For more information, visit www.cabelas.com.

Beretta – Xtreme Ducker 2-in-1 jacket 

Beretta's heavy-duty Xtreme Ducker jacket is designed for tough conditions. Combined with the new Digital GORE™ OPTIFADE™ Concealment Marsh Pattern by Gore, the 2-in-1 jacket provides all the necessities for an everyday waterfowler.
 
Features:
  • GORE-TEX® waterproof membrane 
  • Internal fabric consists of Primaloft® insulation which is extremely warm and fast drying, water resistant, lightweight and compressible
  • Security zip and pocket inside
  • Fleece inner collar
  • Two large shell pockets
  • Two fleece lined hand-warmer pocket
  • Inside flap pocket
  • Neoprene cuff
  • Removable hood
  • Sizes: M - XXXL
For more information, visit www.berettausa.com

Herter's® FowlTech™ Plus Waterfowl Series Insulated Bibs

Herter's FowlTech Plus insulated bibs are ideal for layout blind hunters who need the waterproof capabilities of waders, but don't need the bulk. These bibs have a full-zip front and zip-to-thigh legs, making them easy to put on and take off. 

Features:
  • Iron-tough, 100% nylon Soft Taslan shell 
  • 150-gram Thinsulate™ Insulation
  • Seam-sealed and coated with a durable water-repellent finish 
  • Waterproof, breathable membrane for all-weather performance 
  • Non bulky freedom of movement 
  • Hand warmer packets
  • Sizes: M-3XL
  • Camo patterns: Realtree MAX-4®, Mossy Oak® Duck Blind®
For more information, visit www.cabelas.com

Drake Waterfowl Systems – LST Refuge Gore-Tex® Glove

Keeping your hands warm and still being able to perform important hunting tasks has always been a problem for waterfowlers. Drake's LST Refuge glove was designed to remove the feel of an oven mitt and provide hunting functionality and warmth. 

Features:
  • 140g insulation on the palm of the hand 
  • 200g insulation on the back of the hand
  • Constructed of Drake's Refuge HS shell fabric and treated with DWR (Durable Water Repellant)
  • 100% waterproof/breathable protection 
  • Zippered pocket on the back of the hand for inserting small hand warmers 
  • Pre-curved fingers for better fit and movement
For more information, visit www.drakewaterfowl.com/drake.

Browning – Dirty Bird Vari-Tech Jacket

The Dirty Bird Vari-Tech jacket is the all-season option for hunting in multiple weather conditions. Stay warm, dry and comfortable.

Features:
  • Pre-Vent® waterproof, breathable fabric
  • Fully-taped external seams
  • Vari-Tech Temperature and Motion Design
  • PrimaLoft® Synergy insulation in the body
  • 3-layer laminate fabric in sleeves
  • Adjustable, watertight laminated cuffs
  • Articulated elbows
  • Two upper and two lower zippered pockets
  • Detachable hood with drawcord
  • Full-length water-resistant zipper with inner and outer storm flaps
  • Drawcord bottom
  • License tab
For more information, visit www.basspro.com

Sitka – Boreal Jacket

If warmth and comfort is the goal, Sitka's Boreal incorporates the protection of a GORE-TEX® membrane with the warmth of 650 fill down. This jacket offers maximum mobility to swing and shoot, and shelter from the elements. 

Features:
  • Two chest, two shell pockets
  • Fully adjustable rotating hood
  • Articulated patterning
  • Water sealing cuffs
  • GORE™ OPTIFADE™ Concealment Marsh
  • Sizes: M-3XL
For more information, visit www.sitkagear.com

Cabela's Cyner-G™ Waterfowl Systems™ Cold Bay™ Tech Shell Pants

Cold Bay Tech Shell pants are ideal for layout or boat hunting, offering mobility and protection from the elements. The 100-percent waterproof outer shell is lightweight and stretchable. 

Features:
  • Waterproof, breathable GORE-TEX shell 
  • Flexible, articulated knees and inner ankle areas 
  • Adjustable, removable suspenders 
  • Snap-adjustable cuffs and inner-ankle scuff guards 
  • Waterproof side zippers with snap-down storm flaps 
  • Inner elastane waistband
  • Belt loops and adjustable, removable, traction-enhanced suspenders
  • Realtree Max-4®
  • Sizes: M-2XL
For more information, visit www.cabelas.com.

Under Armour – Skysweeper Systems Jacket

The Skysweeper Systems Jacket from Under Armour combines durability and lightweight performance with ArmourStorm Construction to provide a water- and windproof option for waterfowlers. 

Features:
  • 100% polyester 
  • Wind and waterproof Armour Storm® outer shell
  • Removable 100g PrimaLoft® vest inner layer 
  • Adjustable and removable hood
  • Strategic ArmourGrip® placement prevents gun slippage
  • Cargo pockets for shell storage
  • Adjustable neoprene cuffs
  • Size: S-XXXL
For more information, visit www.mackspw.com.

Drake Waterfowl – LST Waterproof Over-Pants

Designed to keep you warm and dry under the worst weather conditions, Drake's LST Waterproof Over-Pants are ideal for hunters who prefer pants instead of bibs. 

Features: 
  • Refuge HS™ shell fabric
  • HyperShield 2.0 Technology™ 100
  • Waterproof/windproof/breathable protection
  • Elastic waist with adjustable draw 
  • Two front slash pockets
  • One zippered rear pocket
  • Knee-length zippers for easy on and off over boots
For more information, visit www.drakewaterfowl.com/drake.

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Cabela's Legacy™ Fleece Wader Pants

Adding a fleece layer of wader pants under your waders offers added protection from winter's chill. Cabela's Legacy Fleece Wader Pants may be the solution to braving the cold weather all day. 

Features:
  • Elastic waistband with draw cord
  • Elastic stirrups keep them from riding up
  • Interior pocket bags over lock edges
  • Zippered back pocket for secure storage 
  • Sizes: M-3XL. 
  • Realtree MAX-4®, Black
For more information, visit www.cabelas.com