The SHOT Show is the place to find the newest in guns, ammo, optics and other gear. But there’s a ton of great clothing, footwear and packs here, too. Good hunting clothing needs to keep you comfortable, whether that means warm in the winter or cool in the summer. Wet feet suck, so it’s nice have boots that don’t leak. Packs need to be designed by people who hunt and understand how they’ll be used. And, of course, if the critters can’t see you because your clothing is decked out in a great camo pattern, it becomes that much better.
Here’s a look at a few things we found today.
1 | Irish Setter Lady Hawk Boots
Irish Setter Lady Hawk Boots: Few things will ruin a long treestand sit faster than cold feet. That’s why Irish Setter has doubled the amount of insulation in its Lady Hawk boots for 2013. These new kicks have 2,000 grams of Thinsulate; are waterproof; weigh just 3 pounds, 10 ounces; and are available with either pink or brown laces. The price for a pair of these boots—model number 2889—is $184. www.irishsetterboots.com
2 | King’s River Clothing
The new King’s River clothing line from Mahco Outdoors offers full-featured, technical clothing at bargain-bin prices. The Bomber Jacket and Insulated Bibs, for example, have scent inhibiting technology, 135 to 200 grams of insulation, polyester outer shells, zippered fronts with storm flaps and plenty of pockets. The clothing is waterproof and breathable, too, and costs just $59.99 per item. www.mahcooutdoors.com
3 | Hot Shot Texting Gloves
Warm gloves that allow smartphone texting are gaining popularity fast in the hunting world. Hot Shot offers a full lineup of gloves in varying styles with its Pro-Text technology, which allows you to use the touch screen of your device (both index finger and thumb) without ever removing the gloves. Prices range from $19.99 to $29.99.
4 | Prois Leather Accessories
Most women would agree that the perfect outfit, even if it’s a camo outfit, needs accessories. Enter Prois’s new line of leather accessories, crafted in Canada. Available in March, the trio of luscious chocolate brown leather includes a rifle sling, a 1-and-1/2-inch-wide belt with light accent stitching and a retro pouch that rides where it is placed and holds 12 rifle cartridges. The belt and sling retail at $79.99, and the pouch costs $59.99. www.proishunting.com
5 | Lacrosse Arrowhead Boot Line
Lacrosse has been a leader in the rubber boot market for more than 100 years, but its latest product might be its best one yet. The new AeroHead Boot line incorporates a neoprene sock liner, molded into a polyurethane outer, with a traditional rubber lug sole (that’s a cutaway image shown). The boots are fully waterproof, incorporating Lacrosse's Armor Weld on the neoprene seam, and were tested with more than 5 million flexes (that’s roughly the equivalent of walking 4,000 miles), showing little or no wear. Two thicknesses are offered, 3.5 and 7 mil, and they retail for $129 and $139, respectively. www.lacrossefootwear.comhttp://www.lacrossefootwear.com
6 | Badlands Packs
“As we all know, the love of filming hunts has grown to epic proportions,” said Bill Crawley, president of Badlands, maker of some of the finest mountaineering and hunting packs in the world. Crawley said the company consulted Campbell cameras for the design of its camera bag. Some of the highlights of the bag include an air-tight, dust proof sealable compartment with a magnetic closure for your SLR to compartments for everything a camera operator needs, along with all that other stuff you want to take on a hunt with you. And his favorite feature? “What I like most about this bag," said Crawley, “is if I want to change a lens or if I want to get into an area of this pack – instead of taking it completely off – I can spin it around and rest if parallel in front of me.” Badlands packs are well reputed for their internal suspension systems that take the load off your back, and down around your hips. Available in Realtree Max-1 and AP for $299. www.badlandspacks.com
7 | Under Armour Spinex Boots
Under Armour has well-established itself as a top maker of base layers and high-performance outerwear. But if there was a complain us Northern hunters have with UA gear, it was a lack of true cold-weather options. Under Armour seems to have listened. The company unveiled several cold-weather options at the 2013 SHOT show including the Spinex Boot. The Spinex is a new take on rubber boots – it’s heated. The Spinex ($299) is constructed of thermal rubber and Under Armour’s INFRARED liner (another new technology that claims to reflect body heat) and features a battery-charged heating system that generates heat on the top of the foot area. www.underarmour.com
8 | Under Armour Ridge Reaper PrimaLoft
In sticking to the cold-weather theme, Under Armour also announced a new addition to the Ridge Reaper line that features both the INFRARED liner system and PrimaLoft insulation. The INFRARED liner is a ceramic coating that’s claimed to store and return body heat to maintain warmth without adding bulk. PrimaLoft is a highly-insulating material that’s ultra-light and provides excellent insulating properties with minimal bulk. The system will feature a jacket with 300 grams of PrimaLoft ($159), a jacket with 100 grams of PrimaLoft ($129), pants ($129) and vest ($109). The lineup is expected to be available at retailers in July. www.underarmour.com
9 | Gecko Brands
One of the newest Realtree licensees was also one of the newest players in the pack game at the 2013 SHOT Show: Gecko Brands. Gecko Brands has created a suite of bags, packs, coolers and cases built of dry bag material that features the Realtree Xtra pattern. The bags range from day-use style bags to rolling travel bags to phone cases. The designs look fantastic and offer a ton of functionality. Retail pricing was surprisingly affordable. The bags are expected to be available at retailers in the fall of 2013.
10 | Rocky Broadhead Apparel
This was one of the most talked-about clothing items for bowhunters at the SHOT show. The Rocky Broadhead line offers scent-control with Rocky’s ScentIQ system, temperature control with Rocky’s Climate IQ and is waterproof. These aren’t cold-weather items but they are designed for moderate temperatures and are built for mobility and silence. The material stretches when you move and is suede-like in texture. The system contains pants ($249.99) jacket ($319.99) and performance tops ($79-89). www.rockyboots.com
11 | Rocky Broadhead Boots
Using the same stretchy, waterproof VapourFlex material utilized in its line of apparel, the Rocky Broadhead boot is an innovative new option for hunters. The system is essentially an athletic-style shoe top with a durable rubber sole with a sheath of waterproof, stretchable membrane over top. The shoes lace on and then the VapourFlex covering is zipped over top. The end result is an extremely light, comfortable boot that keeps water out. A 6-inch model is available ($189.99) as well as a 16-inch model ($284.99). www.rockyboots.com